Carrie Frost

Fly Fishing Boss


How do you make history?

Carrie Frost was a fly fishing entrepreneur who paved the way for other female business owners in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Despite the fact that women could not vote and in many cases could not own property, Carrie Frost created a successful manufacturing company, and she gave over 150 Stevens Point women a chance to earn their own wages in a time when they were not often able to do so.

Meet Carrie Frost

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Questions to Consider

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What were the expectations of women during the time Carrie was growing up, and how did those expectations affect her?

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How did Carrie’s business change Stevens Point? How did it change opportunities for women in Wisconsin?

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Carrie fought against the stereotype that women shouldn’t own and run a business. What stereotypes do you see in the world around you today?

Read On

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Carrie Frost: Fly Fishing Boss

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Project Credits

Ian Glodich
Jessie Nixon

Stephanie Hofmann

Ian Glodich
Brandon Ribordy

Animation Voice Over
Tricia Stewart Shiu

Sound Design
Curt Sorensen

Audiobook Narration
Aika Zabala

Audiobook Editing
Kerman Eckes

Catie Pfeifer
Vicki Way Kipp

Translation Services
University of Wisconsin-Madison Cultural Linguistic Services

Educator Support Materials
Jessie Nixon
Mia Forslund

John Vieth
Erika Kachama-Nkoy
Tim Schneider

Charles Barrows

Additional Production Support
Philip Ashby
Mike Baron
Holly De Ruyter
Steven Dorchester
Georgia Beaverson
Vicki Pierce

Executive Producer
Megan Monday

Director of Education
Alyssa Tsagong

Director of Television
Jon Miskowski

Story Advisors

Debra Burmeister and her students
Tullar Elementary
Neenah, WI

Kaitlyn Beguhl
Section Elementary School
Mukwonago, WI

Bill Frost Jenkins

Trace Frost

Jen Ripple

Funding provided by

This project was part of Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Stevens Point funded by major support from Sentry Insurance, Dr. Henry Anderson and Shirley Levine, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Dick Cable Family, Mitzi and Bernie Hlavac, Delta Dental of Wisconsin, Judy Cable Anderson and the John Anderson Postcard Collection, Dr. Henry Anderson, on behalf of the P.J. Jacobs High School Class of 1964, Sue and Jim Buck, Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, JHL Digital Printing, Tina and Don Peters, Rebecca Wiegand and Marvin VanKekerix, the Ward and Ethel Family Fund, and the Focus Fund for Wisconsin Programs.

Additional support from The Timothy William Trout Education Fund, a gift of Monroe and Sandra Trout, the Focus Fund for Education, and Friends of PBS Wisconsin.