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Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy
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Apr 02, 09

Not like any other book.... don't read it so much as dip into it and marvel at how tough life was back in the Wisconsin of the 1890's. Snippets of newspaper articles touching on deadly epidemics, bank failures, suicides, arson and doctors' notes from the Mendota State "Insane Asylum".
Here is one such snippet: (Mary Sweeney appears often - in different towns - throughout the state, breaking windows.) Governor Schofield willl take steps to provide, if necessary, for the care of Mary Sweeny who has cause so much trouble.... by smashing plate glass windows. This woman... once taught school in Marquette, Michigan and Stevens Point in this state... Mary says she doesn't know why she breaks windows and only does it when the craze seizes her. She uses cocaine liberally on such occasions, saying it quiets her nerves."
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