1875 – Increase Lapham Dies While Fishing

On this date died of a heart attack while fishing in Oconomowoc. Lapham served Wisconsin as a , meteorologist, historian, archivist, anthropologist, and scientist.He helped found the State Historical Society and served on its board for 22 years. He helped establish the and worked to preserve , as well as the forests and prairies of Wisconsin. He also helped establish hospitals for the blind, deaf, and mentally ill in Milwaukee and to start two women’s colleges, Carroll College and Milwaukee-Downer College. [Source: by Fred L. Holmes, p.330-344]