About Malcolm Rosholt

Malcolm Rosholt was born in a village in central Wisconsin named for his grandfather, J.G. Rosholt, pioneer lumberman and banker, and grew up with the smell of pine sawdust in his nose. When he was fourteen, he worked in his grandfather’s sawmill where custom sawing was done for farmers, and when he finished high school he worked one spring in one of the last big sawmills in the state at Eagle River. Living with the crew in a shanty built on a barge anchored in the river, he listened to the stories of the lumberjacks and he heard about their hardships, and their good times, and he ate of the good food that was piled high on the able three times a day

After completing his B.A. degree in 1931 (St. Olaf College), Rosholt left for the Orient where he became a reporter on an English-language newspaper in Shanghai. In 1933 he came home to get married and brought his bride back to Shanghai. Here, in 1936, a daughter was born who was named Mei-fei, for a famous beauty of the T’ang Dynasty.

Rosholt covered the Sino-Japanese wars in Shanghai in 1932 and in 1937, and in 1938 he returned home to lecture and write about his experiences.

A year after America’s entry into World War II, he was commissioned a 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air force, returned to China on a troop transport, and flew over the famed Burma "Hump" to join the Flying Tigers of the 14th Air Force commanded by Claire L. Chennault.

After the war, he re-established his residence in Rosholt where he became deeply interested in state and local history. Since 1948 he has published or contributed to eleven books on Wisconsin and two on his experiences in China with the Air Force. His books on Wisconsin have twice won him the coveted Award of Merit from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.




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