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DIGGING UP HISTORY

Gary Frank found this issue of the former Eureka Journal, circa 1879, from his home in Evansville, Wis.

EUREKA - A reflection of the people and occurrences in the town's distant past has been discovered in an unlikely place: inside an old mirror in Wisconsin. It was discovered in Evansville, a community of just over 5,000 and located 45 miles south of the state capital of Madison.

“My husband, Gary Frank, was refinishing an antique walnut Eastlake-style mirror,” commented his wife, Ann Frank. "While taking the glass out of the mirror, he noticed a newspaper under the wood slats that hold the glass in place. He said they used to typically put newspapers behind the glass to decrease vibration. He removed the wood slats and took the newspaper out. He was very excited to see the date on the newspaper being 1879, as this confirmed to him how old this antique truly is.”

The paper is the Aug. 21, 1879, edition of the Eureka Journal, which currently is the Woodford County Journal. 

Ann Frank eventually decided to post the finding on the Eureka Facebook page.

See article on April 4 WCJ newsstands

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