Welcome to the
Pulaski Area Historical Society
by Chris Jaworski
On a fall day in 1916, Angelica town resident Albert Bonnin was busy plowing land on his farm. The team of horses pulling his plow lurched when he hit a large stone. This was a common occurrence because land in all of northeast Wisconsin is littered with glaciated fieldstone. However, what was un- common, was the appearance and weight of this particular stone. It had a dark brown color, almost rusty in appearance and the stone weighed more than a typical field stone.
Upon further observation it was determined the stone actually consisted of metal. The rock was such an oddity that Mr. Bonnin kept it in his barn for years on top of a water tank where it became a conversation piece for any visitor to his farm. At some point in time it was thought this peculiar stone might be a meteorite. Other Angelica town residents, including Henry Raaths of section 5, also reported finding similar rocks and there was curiosity amongst area farmers as to what they may be. Mr. Bonnin used a hacksaw to cut off a small portion of his stone and sent it in for analysis. When the results were received, it was determined that this mysterious stone was indeed a meteorite. According to the minerals of Wisconsin data base, the state has been hit by at least 12 meteorites since 1860. The meteorites range in size from less than a pound to around 530 pounds. Meteorites are called “falls” when the meteorite is observed falling to the ground while those recovered later are called “finds”. Meteorites are always named for the cities or municipalities in which they were found.
Between the years 1939 – 1940 the Winnebago County board appropriated $500 to the Oshkosh museum to help establish a natural history department. Under the leadership of Ralph N. Buckstaff, a local scientific citizen, contact was made with Albert Bonnin and Oshkosh’s public museum purchased the Angelica meteorite in 1940 for $136.
Once Mr. Buckstaff had gained possession of the meteorite he began a series of tests. A small portion was cut off and it was determined the meteorite consisted of 95.5% iron, 4.5% nickel, and .5% manganese. Over 90% of meteorites are considered stony. However, the Angelica meteorite would be classified as iron. Only 6% of all meteorite finds are comprised of iron and are scientifically called siderites.
Siderites trace their origins to asteroids or small planets. Most meteoroids or asteroids are moving in their own orbits in the asteroid belt around the sun. Sometimes their orbits cross and they bump into one another. This causes pieces to break off or orbits to change. Once this happens, Jupiter’s gravity can fling meteoroids or as- teroids out of the asteroid belt and into Earth’s orbit. When they cross Earth’s orbit, and if they are close enough to our planet, there is a chance they will be caught by Earth’s gravity and fall to the surface.
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The Pulaski Area Historical Museum will be open to the public on
Thursdays from 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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Display your family's ancestry at the Pulaski Museum. The PAHS is selling bricks that can be engraved with your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents names. It's a great way to display your family heritage. All proceeds from the bricks go toward the maintaining the Pulaski Museum and all of its contents. Print out the form and send in your check with your information that you would like engraved on it.
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Each year the Pulaski Area Historical Society honors a member of Pulaski or in the surrounding areas for preservation of heritage. This year, the preservation award went to member, Larry Puzen for his restoration work on his home that he resides in at 211 Front Street in Pulaski. Congratulations Larry! Read more about it in our newsletter.
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