Woodruff in Oneida County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Million Penny Parade
The pupils of the geometry class of Arbor Vitae - Woodruff School wanted to see a million of something. Their teacher, Otto Burich, suggested that they collect pennies for the new hospital. The Million Penny Parade was launched.
In March of 1954, Dr. Kate went to a Doctors convention in California. She was a surprise guest on the T.V. program "This is Your Life." Because of her appearance people all over the country sent money for the hospital. With this money, amounting to $106,000 the hospital was completed and equipped.
As a result of this Penny Parade, the residents of this area had the beginning of the present Lakeland Memorial Hospital. This Penny is dedicated to the work of Dr. Kate and the people of the community who helped make this hospital a reality.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Charity & Public Work. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1954.
Location. 45° 53.701′ N, 89° 42.014′ W. Marker is in Woodruff, Wisconsin, in Oneida County. Marker is at the intersection of Hemlock Street and 3rd Avenue on Hemlock Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Hemlock Street, Woodruff WI 54568, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. World’s Largest Penny (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Snowmobile (approx. 10.3 miles away); Forest Restoration (approx. 10.8 miles away); Government Boarding School Boys Dormitory (approx. 11.1 miles away); First Forest Patrol Flight (approx. 11.9 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. World's Largest Penny. (Submitted on September 21, 2010.)
2. Dr. Kate Newcomb Museum. Learn the history of the Million Penny Parade and Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb, who was known as the "Angel on Snowshoes". (Submitted on September 21, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 21, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,374 times since then and 112 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 21, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.