A couple years back I stumbled on an old abandon homestead way back in the boonies while I was trout fishing. I typically fished this stretch in September and the leaves were still on the trees. This outing was in early season March and the trees were barren and snow was still everywhere. The world looks much different in early March.
The trout stream I fish had a large pool with flat rocks at the top of the pool. I thought the flat rocks looked almost man made like a platform. The stream was shallow and fast coming downstream and then the flat rocks and the hole widened out and deepened. My first thought was the WDNR had done this but after a little examination of the surrounding area this was the only structure and it looked out of place.
About 50 yards away was another structure. I wasn't sure what it was at first. After I examined it and the surrounding area I thought it was a smoke house. I had stumbled on an old abandoned homestead. I had fished this area numerous times in the past and not seen it because of the leaves.
The flat rocks on the stream and the large pool below them had to be a bathing and clothing washing area. This place was way remote and had some rock bluffs that cradled the home and its occupants. The discovery piqued my curiosity and I needed to know the history behind these ancient ruins.
I looked at a plat map and found the closest land owners and paid them a visit. They were the caretakers of the place for a family that owned it and camped and deer hunted on the property. The caretakers knew some of the history of the place. Later that year I went to the site when the owners were there deer hunting.
The Spanish Flu killed about 2 percent of Wisconsin's population that year. The Spanish Flu epidemic was an odd strain. I researched it and it attacked healthy people and because of their better immune systems it effected them even more than the old or sickly.