The Island


“It is a no-man’s land, between states that share jurisdiction. It has no official title and is known only as the Island…yet trouble inevitably comes to rest along that muddy stretch of Trenton Township.” island

“This Island, which belongs to Wisconsin, harbored the most immoral places imaginable, and there was probably not a spot in the Northwest that was more wicked. Drunkenness and debauchery and grossest immorality there held sway for a generation. In the spring dead men were found in the sloughs on the Island. Every night in the week, and all Sunday the places on the Island were crowded by scores and scores of people, many of them young men and boys, and were led to temporal and eternal ruin. …the resorts on the island have swallowed up the manhood, the morality, the money and even the lives of men within their zone, without ever being molested and with only an occasional faint voice raised against them. Sodom and Gomorrah in their palliest days of licentiousness would have to look to their laurels were they to be compared with the island over which sounds the peals of Red Wing’s church bells, and yet Heaven has not set fire to destroy it nor has the public conscience of Red Wing risen in its might and smitten it, nor has Pierce County felt much uneasiness about this festering ulcer on her body.”

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“Is depravity so pronounced, corruption so general and cowardice so great that the County of Pierce and the City of Red Wing should pass this unnoticed? Heaven forbid!”

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