Sunday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 37. Sunrise is 6:32 AM and sunset 5:42 PM for 11h 10m 39s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 11.9% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1904, Wisconsin’s second state capitol burns:
On this date fire destroyed the second State Capitol building in Madison. On the evening of the 26th, the generator was turned off for the night. The only lights visible were two gas jets serving the night watchman. At approximately 2 a.m., night watchman Nat Crampton smelled smoke and followed the odor to a recently varnished ceiling, already in flames. A second watchman arrived to assist, but there was no water pressure with which to operate a hose. The fire department encountered a similar situation upon arrival. Governor Robert M. La Follette telegraphed fire departments in Janesville and Milwaukee for assistance. La Follette was at the capitol, directing efforts to douse the fire and entering the burning building to retrieve valuable papers. The fire was completely extinguished by 10 p.m. the next day. Losses were estimated to be close to $1 million.
Mark Jacob, former editor at the Chicago Tribune & Chicago Sun-Times, offers a reminder about Ronald Harold Johnson: