Clare A. Briggs - Cartoonist

Clare A. Briggs - Cartoonist (HMEL)

Location: Reedsburg, WI 53959 Sauk County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 31.997', W 89° 55.68'

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Clare A. Briggs was born in Reedsburg on August 5, 1875 to Mr. and Mrs. William Pardee Briggs.

At an early age Briggs became a sketch artist, and in 1896 he accepted a job as an illustrator with the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. After working for several newspapers, he gained national recognition as a cartoonist with the New York Herald Tribune.

Briggs is best remembered for such titles as "The Days of Real Sport," "When a Feller Needs a Friend," and "Ain't it a Grand and Glorious Feelin'?" His most popular cartoons depicted his boyhood in Reedsburg and made the town's "Old Swimming Hole" and his childhood friend "Skinny" famous.

He died January 3, 1930, and according to his request his ashes were scattered over New York Harbor.

The keen observation and gentle humor of Briggs are evident in his cartoons and make his work just as enjoyable today as when it first appeared.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number245
Year Placed1978
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 7:14pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 263412 N 4824203
Decimal Degrees43.53328333, -89.92800000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 31.997', W 89° 55.68'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 31' 59.82" N, 89° 55' 40.80" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8000-8198 WI-23 Trunk, Reedsburg WI 53959, US
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