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Woodruff in Oneida County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Million Penny Parade

 
 
The Million Penny Parade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
1. The Million Penny Parade Marker
Inscription. Dr. Kate NewComb had a dream -- a hospital for the Lakeland area. Through contributions and volunteer help, the hospital was started. Because of the lack of funds the building was discontinued. Pennies would now help to complete the hospital.

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.

Donated by Eighth Grade Class of 1969

 
Erected 1969 by the Eighth Grade Class of 1969.
 
Location. 45° 53.701′ N, 89° 42.014′ W. Marker is
The Million Penny Parade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
2. The Million Penny Parade Marker
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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial (approx. 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.) 
 
Categories. Charity & Public Work
 
The Million Dollar Penny image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
3. The Million Dollar Penny
Plaque on Penny image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
4. Plaque on Penny
Arbor Vitae Woodruff High School
Home of the Million Penny Parade
Plaque at Nearby Flagpole image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
5. Plaque at Nearby Flagpole
In loving memory of Ruth Schoen for her twenty-two years of dedicated service to the children of Arbor Vitae - Woodruff.
Nearby Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb Museum image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 13, 2010
6. Nearby Dr. Kate Pelham Newcomb Museum
923 2nd Avenue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 21, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 977 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 21, 2010, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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