Sauk County Above & Beyond

         High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,

 And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

 Sunwards I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

 Of sun-split clouds – and done a thousand things

 You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung 

 High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there,

 I’ve chased the shouting wind along and flung

 My eager craft through footless halls of air,

 Up, up the long delirious burning blue

 I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

 Where never lark, or even eagle, flew;

 And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod

 The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

 Put out my hand, and touched the face of god.


Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee
No 412 squadron, RCAF
Killed 11 December 1941

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Gavin Kowalke

"...So, we’re heading on back and we got an engine knocked out too. So we’re flying on three [engines]. So Bucket decided not to stop at Iwo Jima..."

George Schlieckau

"...Schlieckau owned the first airplane in Sank County and owned eight different planes during his lifetime..."

Cecil Hess

"...Cecil Hess was one of the early barnstorming stunt flyers, performing at many southwestern Wisconsin fairs..." 

Nels J. Nelson

..."On Tuesday, Aviator Nelson gave Baraboo their first exhibition of a flying machine..." 

Mae Rox

"...when a flying circus was hired to entertain the Reedsburg community for the 4 of July celebration in 1930, one of the prime attractions was a parachute jump..."

Josh Sanford

"Joshua (Josh) Sanford was the only Native American to fly as a pilot and flight commander with the famous Flying Tigers of World War II..."

Otto Baumgarten

"...As well-trained and disciplined as was the crew of the Empire Express, and as well as each man knew his job, they were not prepared for what happened on May 7, 1945 over Kyushu, Japan..." 

Don Rodewald

"...Rodewald’s Korea experience featured frequent contact with the Russian MIG plane piloted by North Korean or Chinese pilots..."       

Don T. St Hilaire

"...The second man pulled his chute too soon and the chute dropped behind him on the plane floor, and I kicked it out for him..."

Wilbur Cooper Magli

"The first person to own an airplane in the township of Sumpter was Wilbur Cooper Magli..."

Earl E. Bowe

"Earl E. Bowe was struck by an aeroplane propeller Sunday afternoon just before four o’clock as he was getting out of the cockpit to the ground after taking a ride..."

Ringling Biplane

"The photos of this uniquely detailed biplane, were taken on the lawn of the Charles Ringling home on 8th Street in Baraboo..."

Barnstorming was a popular form of entertainment in the US in the 1920s, in which stunt pilots would perform tricks with airplanes, either individually or in groups called a flying circus. Barnstorming was the first major form of civil aviation in the history of flight.

The term barnstormer was also applied to pilots who flew throughout the country selling airplane rides, usually operating from a farmer’s field for a day or two before moving on. “Barnstorming season” ran from early spring until after the harvest and county fairs in the fall.

The term barnstorming comes from an earlier American tradition of rural political campaigns.