In Wisconsin: a Magic Spirit

Appleton, Wis., is a midsize city in the heart of Middle America, as homespun and unpretentious as bread pudding or apple pie. Like other such cities, it has collected some singular claims to fame. Appleton, residents like to note, is the home of Lawrence University. It nurtured Novelist Edna Ferber and Senator Joe McCarthy. It also boasts the first house in the nation to light up with hydroelectric power. But what an outsider finds chiefly remarkable about Appleton is the ordinariness that spreads over the place like the warm October sunshine.

Appleton's leading citizens are the sort of folks one expects...

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