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Ross Milo Curry – Noted Historian of Wisconsin Dells

If it weren’t for Noted Historian and author Ross Curry, much of the Dells’ area history would be lost. Curry, who lived in the area all his life, published ten books.

Ross’ books include three genealogies of early settlers and four histories of the Wisconsin Dells area. Nearly all aspects of pioneer life in the Dells-Sauk County area are covered in these history books with many pictures and illustrations.

  1. Hidden History of the Wisconsin Dells Area
  2. The Forebearers and Descendants of Henry and Abigail Barringer
  3. Curry’s Combings, A Family History
  4. Dells Area History Vol. I and Other Stories
  5. Dells Area History Vol. II and Other Stories
  6. Dells Area History Vol. III and Other Stories
  7. Dells Area Indian History
  8. The Bunce – Burdick Book: A Family History


Ross M. Curry, 1929-2018, the fifth of 7 generations of his family to live in Sauk County, Wisconsin.

After graduating from local schools he attended what was Madison Area Technical College in Madison in 1948 and 1949. He worked two years on Mauston newspapers before spending the next 40 years working for the Wisconsin Dells Events newspaper, the longest anyone has ever done so.

In 1963 he married the former Sylvia Phillipson of Whitehall, Wisconsin. (Read Ross’ 40th Anniversary Article). Sylvia was a graduate of North Central Bible College and La Crosse State Teachers College and was a retired school teacher. They have a son Ross P. of Wisconsin Dells, a daughter Laureen Hunter of Black Creek, WI, 3 grandsons, Alexander, Ryan and Ross Tanner, 2 granddaughters Tiffany (Hunter) DeBruin and Crystal (Hunter) DeVetter, 2 great-grandsons Greame and Timothy DeBruin, and 1 great-granddaughter Zelda DeBruin.

Ross and Sylvia were active members of Baraboo Assembly of God since marriage serving in a variety of positions.

Ross has written 10 books, mostly in retirement. Three are genealogies and four are local histories. He wrote Kilbourn Klippings for many years and wrote mostly historical articles nearly every week, then later, monthly, for the Wisconsin Dells Events.

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