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My cabin was built shortly after Wisconsin became a state in 1848

Page 1 of big thick abstract (Note date on Abstract and transfer from United States to the very first buyer). 


We still use the rustic solar powered cabin winter and summer, I've owned it for a few decades.  It will be around for another 150 years. It's been a fruit farm for over 100 years... apples, pears, cherries, plums, acres of grapes, etc... and still has apples, grapes, and acres of blackberries. asparagus and flowers grow wild all over. It's near Bayfield WI on the tallest piece of land (600') for 100 miles around, great view of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands.


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It was first purchased by Mr Rice directly from the US Government in 1856.   The abstract reads like a novel... including some serious financial fraud. Originally the land sold for $1.35 per acre (now worth about $15,000 per acre?).



View of foyer, kitchen, living room, dining room, family room, and bedroom.
The upstairs is currently only used for storage (boat, garden tractor, bicycles, tools, etc).



The entire field changes colors as various flowers bloom.






               
Shoveling Garage roof - 4-1/2 feet of snow.

More of Bayfield  = http://bertthemensachicken.multiply.com/journal/item/30/Snow_storm_at_75_degrees.

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And she doesn't need batteries.

Just look at that smile...

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Looks like a kids battery operated toy...?             Tuna actually likes her.



She prefers to sit on my hand...all the time. She goes everywhere with me. We go for walks, shopping, events, ... People stare (They think she's a puppet, "Is that real?").  Her name is "Shmoo" (the Al Capp cartoon) = Al Capp- Shmoo  

"The Shmoo believed that the only way to happiness was to bring happiness to others." 

Are you talking to ME ? ?
 

She's a "Silky" or "Silkie", about 2 months old, just 1.5 pounds but will not get much bigger. She has black skin (dark dark blue) and black bones, (but tastes like Chicken?) and very bright blue ear lobes.  Marco Polo wrote of this furry chicken during his travels in Asia in 13th century.
Ridiculously tame, cuddly, and lovable.
I love her gentle contented chortling.  Her sisters won first place and ribbons at the County Fair.