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Swimming in the Eau Claire River, 1935 to 1942

Submitted by Editor on April 8, 2010 – 6:15 am | Print or Email »3 Comments

The "Bathing Beach"

by Armond Beguhn

During the summer months, swimming was only done on the south side of the river, accessed through what is now Boyd Park. The north side of the river was quite often polluted with animal waste from the Drummond Meat Packing Company, which was upriver on the northside.

Above the beach were boys and girls bath houses. These were maintained by Mr. Herman Piesch, who was employed by the city. The bath houses did not have showers. For diving purposes, we dove off of a pile of logs next to the river.

My swimming was cut short in 1942, due to my enlisting in the United States Army Air Corps, for the duration of WWII. In late 1942, the Gillette Tire Company, which is now Banbury Place, shifted from making tires and tubes to producing goods for the war.

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