Schneider, Mary – LouTaycheedah, WI

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Mary Lou hails from Fond Du Lac, WI and now is from Taycheedah, WI.

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 Mary Lou has earned a well deserved reputation as a decoy carver. Her first decoy was a modified bowling pin and her most recent carving is of two sturgeon that will adorn a wedding cake, made at the request of the spearing couple. But most of her decoys begin as a block of wood and end up resembling a fish ranging in size from small to as large as a sturgeon itself.  She explains that sturgeon are curious and will come investigate, no matter what the decoy is.

See Also:
Ondrick, Chuck and Brad Kimball. “Wisconsin Lake Winnebago Regional School of Making Ice Spearing Fish Decoys, Part 2.” Hunting & Fishing Collectibles Magazine, Vol. 11, No. 4, (July-August, 2011), pp. 12-18. (Contains biographical profiles of Ed Frerks, Lloyd Wachter, Frank Casper, Mary Lou Schneider and Bob Wilson).
Also See: People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin’s Love Affair With an Ancient Fish, Volume 2, By Kathleen Schmitt Kline, Ronald M. Bruch, Frederick P. Binkowski

Photo from Midwest Folke Life Festival

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