Author Patricia Lacey has been interested in American history since being exposed to her father’s and uncle’s Indian artifact collections as a little girl. Both men were active in the Wisconsin Archaeological Society and on several occasions she got to tag along to archaeological discoveries and sites. This armed Patricia with a passion for history, and she began a career as a National Register Consultant. Patricia has worked with individual property owners, the Wisconsin Historical Society and the National Parks Service to author over forty successful National Register Nominations, including one in Sawyer County. Her passion for research is demonstrated by the over 140 source footnotes found in this book.

Patricia’s other passion is fishing. As a young girl she waded Wisconsin trout streams with her dad. When marriage was on the horizon, her husband Michael had to prove that he could fish before she would marry him. (That was 53 years ago). Fishing is what brought Patricia and Michael to Sawyer County in 2005. It did not take long for them to get hooked on both muskie fishing and Sawyer County. Always competitive, Patricia is at the top of the leader board with a 49 inch muskie, one inch larger than her husband’s biggest fish. When Michael retired in 2016, they sold their home and bought a small log chalet, one block from their favorite fishing hole, the Chippewa Flowage.