A display case in a small museum in the capitol building held the taxidermic body of Old Abe. On a bitterly cold night in February 1904, it burned.
Investing in research to prevent disease on their fox farms, the Fromm brothers became key players in the development of a canine distemper vaccine.
From beaver trapping in the 1600s to fox farming in the 1930s, fashion has always ruled the fur industry.
Five brothers from Hamburg, Wisconsin, built a fox-fur empire that transformed the fur industry and played a major role in the development of a canine distemper vaccine.
In the decades after the Civil War, Old Abe toured around the country, entertaining veterans and evoking pride in the Republican Party.
This is no generic bird. Old Abe was a beloved Civil War mascot. He now stands guard in the state capitol.
Long after the death of the bird, the image of Old Abe lives on in military and commercial logos.
For several years during 1930s, a small fox farm in rural Wisconsin dominated the international fur industry.
The Fromm Fur Farm in Hamburg, Wisconsin, became world-renowned for its trademark “bright with silver” fox furs.
Newspapers around the country covered Old Abe’s escapades during the Civil War, making him one of the most famous wartime mascots.