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Oshkosh, WI

Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Howard Wruck

Dominic C. Carmona interviews Howard Wruck about his own and his family's history with sturgeon spearing. Howard discusses cooking methods for sturgeon and spearing stories.

Dominic Carmona Oshkosh, WI University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish
Todd Schaller

Todd Schaller, Convservation Warden Supervisor in Oshkosh, is interviewed by Kathleen Schmitt Kline regarding his involvement with the Sturgeon Guard program and public attitudes toward sturgeon due to Sturgeon for Tomorrow.

Kathleen Schmitt Kline Oshkosh, WI University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish
Jerry Neumueller

Jerry Neumueller talks about his experiences with sturgeon spearing and shares some of his knowledge about the sport.  He explains how to find a spot, cutting holes, moving shanties, using decoys, and throwing the spear straight.  He also talks about how things have changed over the years.

Dick Ristow Oshkosh, WI University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish
Ron Epprecht

Ron Epprecht is interviewed by Eugene Herubin about his skill at decoy carving. He discusses color, shape, and style variations for decoys, how he got involved with carving, and why he has a continued interest in carving and spearing sturgeon.

Eugene Herubin Oshkosh, WI University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish
Ken Corbett

Ken Corbett tells stories of his time as a warden in an interview conducted by Ronald M. Bruch and Kathleen Schmitt Kline. He talks about dragging for set lines, how they caught poachers, crooked politicians, close calls, flying his plane, other wardens, undercover workers, and other experiences from his time spent as a warden.

Ron Bruch, Kathleen Schmitt Kline Oshkosh, WI University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish
Richard Braasch

Richard Braasch is interviewed by Dick Ristow about his experiences sturgeon fishing. Richard discusses good years and bad years for spearing, old models for decoys, and the fact that most people used to hand make all of their spearing supplies.

Dick Ristow Oshkosh, WI University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, Oshkosh Public Museum People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

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