U.S. Forest Service hosts Passport in Time

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  • Superior District Ranger Carole Johnson introduces the Passport in Time program at Savenac Nursery on Friday, July 19. (Maggie Dresser/Mineral Independent)

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    The Historic Savenac Tree Nursery is one of the oldest U.S. Forest Service tree nurseries in the western United States and operated from 1907 to 1969. (Maggie Dresser/Mineral Independent)

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    Erika Karuzas sports a shirt dedicated to Charles Schroeder, who worked at the nursery for 37 years and died in 2017. (Maggie Dresser/Mineral Independent)

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    U.S. Forest Service archaeologist Erika Karuzas introduces the Passport in Time volunteers.

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    John Shontz of the Milwaukee Historical Society presents the history of Taft.

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    A crowd watches as the Charles Schroeder memorial is unveiled. (Maggie Dresser/Mineral Independent)

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    Charles Schroeder’s memorial is unveiled at the Passport in Time in Savenac. (Maggie Dresser/Mineral Independent)

  • Superior District Ranger Carole Johnson introduces the Passport in Time program at Savenac Nursery on Friday, July 19. (Maggie Dresser/Mineral Independent)

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    The Historic Savenac Tree Nursery is one of the oldest U.S. Forest Service tree nurseries in the western United States and operated from 1907 to 1969. (Maggie Dresser/Mineral Independent)

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    Erika Karuzas sports a shirt dedicated to Charles Schroeder, who worked at the nursery for 37 years and died in 2017. (Maggie Dresser/Mineral Independent)

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    U.S. Forest Service archaeologist Erika Karuzas introduces the Passport in Time volunteers.

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    John Shontz of the Milwaukee Historical Society presents the history of Taft.

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    A crowd watches as the Charles Schroeder memorial is unveiled. (Maggie Dresser/Mineral Independent)

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    Charles Schroeder’s memorial is unveiled at the Passport in Time in Savenac. (Maggie Dresser/Mineral Independent)

The U.S. Forest Service held the annual Savenac Nursery Reunion Friday, July 19, in Haugan to present projects and honor former employee Charles Schroeder.

Volunteers showcased the Passport in Time project, a Forest Service program where volunteers travel to historic sites and help with preservation projects.

They worked the week of July 14 on various projects at Savenac including tree planting and building renovations at the historic nursery.

John Shnotz of the Milwaukee Historical Society presented the history of Taft, an old railroad town that burned down in the Fire of 1910.

U.S. Forest Service archeologists have recently located the Taft Hospital Cemetery where there are 72 possible graves. All records of the graves were destroyed following the hospitals closure in 1909.

The Passport in Time closed with a memorial unveiling for Charles “Coon Dog” Shroeder who worked at Savenac for 37 years and died in 2017.

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