It apparently was owned by "Bonesman Edward T. Owen 1872, a French and linguistics professor at the University of Wisconsin." I knew his name but not as a linguist: He donated the land for Hoyt Park, an amazing urban chunk of land on Madison's near west side. There's an Owen Parkway that I think is named for the family and an Owen Street there that may be. Linguistics (and French), it seems, didn't occupy all his time, skull collecting aside as this bit on the Parkway indicates:
Edward T. Owen (1850 - 1931) was an educator and real estate speculator, and was a driving force behind the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association, which purchased land for public parks and drives decades before the city saw such need. In 1892 he bought a fourteen-acre tract of what was then wooded land along a commanding height about a mile south of Lake Mendota, parallel to the northern boundary of Resurrection (then Calvary) Cemetery. He donated it to the city as a pleasure drive dedicated to the memory of his daughters.But I was curious about him as a linguist ... he was here and alive when a lot of the early giants were … must have known Haugen, Twaddell, all those folks. He seems to have written this book:
Off to the library to see this one!
Linguistic Aberrations in Particular, Differences Between Thought Intended and Thought Express[ed?] by Owens, Edward T., Emeritus Professor Of French And Linguistics, University Of Wisconsin