Founders' Day Picnic

Founders' Day Picnic

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The Society’s annual Founders’ Day Picnic will be held on Tuesday, June 5th at 6 p.m. at the large fireplace shelter at Ochsner Park in Baraboo. A delicious summer picnic meal will be catered by Geffert’s Catering of Reedsburg followed by a presentation on the Ochsner family and the park, which turns 100 this year. The area is the epicenter of the Baraboo’s history with the first dam built along the Baraboo River at the west side of the park and the first permanent settler’s cabin built on the high hill overlooking the river. Forty-five years later, the property was rural acreage between Baraboo and Lyons (West Baraboo) when Henry and Judith Ochsner purchased it, built a house and moved to Baraboo to retire. Their property became Baraboo’s first public park when twelve acres were obtained from their five children. Though purchased in 1918, the land was slow to be developed due to the shortage of manpower during World War One. It quickly became popular, and just eight years after the property was purchased a small zoo was started with a cage for bears and another for monkeys.

The public is invited to attend the picnic (tickets are required) and help celebrate the centennial of the park. The picnic will be the first of two events to celebrate the centennial with another event planned for July to celebrate with descendants of the Ochsner family.

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