John Turk audio transcript:

But there was some, there was some huge beds of rice on the St. Louis in the early thirties, and I did a lot of wild ricing in the 1940s, late 40s and into the… into the 1950s. And that’s when it started to disappear. But, all these bays above the Oliver bridge and below the Oliver bridge were full, full of wild rice. Big Pokegama Bay, Allouez Bay had a lot of rice. Every bay here was loaded on both sides, the Minnesota side and the Wisconsin. More… there was more rice on the Wisconsin side than the Minnesota side, but there… there… all… every bay here was loaded… was loaded with wild rice. The St. Louis had… it was short and stubby, but there was a lot of it.