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Business & Industry

1998 Market Survey of La Crosse Area Tourist & Visitors / Joe Dyess, Carol Taylor, Brett Altergott

UW - La Crosse Student paper appearing in the Journal of Undergraduate Research volume 2, 1999.

Annual Report of Board of Trade of the City of La Crosse, Wisconsin

These annual reports from the predecessor of the Chamber of Commerce, a prominent La Crosse business group, include the president’s address and a secretary’s report. The reports present a wealth of data on such varied topics as city finances, school attendance, bank deposits, mortuary statistics, meteorological data, La Crosse Custom House, Post Office, Fire Department, railroad freight, manufacturers, merchandise handled, and value of manufactured goods.

Biography of the Business Career of William Doerflinger / William Doerflinger, 1895.

A Brief History of the Clamming and Pearling Industry in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin / Eric Tempte, 1968.

UW-L thesis detailing the history of clamming and pearling, especially for pearl buttons, in Prairie du Chien, Wis. 

Brief History of the Wisconsin Business University, La Crosse, Wisconsin / Richard A. Rogers, 1967.

UW–La Crosse Seminar Paper

Brownfields Remediation & Redevelopment Success Story: Riverside Redevelopment Project, CenturyTel, Inc & City of La Crosse, 2001

A Catalog of the Oyen Collection, from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

The Oyen Collection consists of graphic designs and business papers, mainly 1893-1940, of a prominent La Crosse interior design firm that was established by Odin J. Oyen in 1888 and that continued through the 1930s under the management of his son Leighton Oyen. The firm was known throughout the Midwest for its work. The 64 page exhibit booklet includes a history of the firm, its employees, and a partial list, with illustrations, of designs in the collection. The designs are a highlight of the collection and include projects for theaters, churches, courthouses, and other public buildings.

A Checklist of La Crosse Hotels and Motels, 1840's-1967 / Compiled by Virginia Kreyer, Carolyn Nelson, Donna Rummpe, Edwin Hill, General Editor.

Effects of the Dairyland Power Cooperative Electrical Generating Facility on the Phycoperiphyton in Navigation Pool No. 9, Upper Mississippi River / by Jeffrey V. Vansteenburg, 1983.

Employee Wellness in La Crosse Area Small Businesses / Logan, Nicole.

UW - La Crosse Student paper appearing in the Journal of Undergraduate Research.

A Geographic Study of Urban Service Areas, With Specific Reference to La Crosse, Wisconsin / Margaret S. Chew, 1960

Theses for Clark University which analyzes and interprets the progress that has been made in the study f urban service areas, to make a geographic study of the service areas of La Crosse, Wisconsin and to the previous as a basis for determining the best geographic method of studying and mapping the influence of a city in the region.

The Geography and economic development of La Crosse County / Vernon, Mabel Dorothy, 1920.

This 40 page thesis written for a bachelor of philosophy degree at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in 1920 is a traditional economic history of the city and county of La Crosse with chapters on early growth and development, transportation, and industries – lumbering, manufacturing, agriculture.

Heileman's History / Tracy Meisner and Terri Waldron, 1982.

UW-L student paper.

History of La Crosse County, Wisconsin, 1881 / Butterfield, Consul Willshire. Chicago : Western Historical Co., 1881, 862 p. and the Name index to the History of La Crosse County, Wisconsin, 1881 / Averkamp, Marcella. [La Crosse, Wis.] : Area Research Center, Murphy Library, University of Wisconsin --La Crosse, 1977, 150 leaves.

This 862 page tome is the preeminent 19th century history of the La Crosse area. It begins with a general overview of the history of Wisconsin but then begins a detailed account of the history of both the city and county of La Crosse including its villages and towns as well as biographical sketches of prominent citizens. It is illustrated with black and white woodcuts. A name index to this volume was compiled in 1977 by Murphy Library and this index is included.

History of the Brewing Industry in La Crosse / Steven Michael Baier, 1976

This is a comprehensive 33 page paper that provides brief histories of the fifteen breweries that had operated in La Crosse up until 1976 including the John Gund Brewing Company, G. Heilman Brewing Company, and C & J Michel Brewing Company.

The history of the La Crosse Rubber Mill / by Jim Beirne, Dave Ingram, Gina Ostrander, Steven Reilly, 1990.

A UW-La Crosse undergraduate group history paper.

History of the Trane Company by James M. Ritter

The Home of Tri-State Ice Cream by Tri-State Ice Cream Corporation (La Crosse, Wis. : Tri-State Ice Cream Corporation), 1919-1926?

An illustrated booklet showing the steps in manufacturing ice cream on a large scale.

Illustrated Catalogue: La Crosse Plow Works (La Crosse, Wis. : La Crosse Plow Works), 1885? (pdf copy)

A black and white illustrated 1885 catalog of the La Crosse Plow Works products. Most of the farm implements were designed to turn over the soil and break the sod. Started in 1865, the La Crosse Plow Works was owned and operated by Albert Hirshheimer and was a key manufacturing industry that helped pull La Crosse out of economic hardship following the collapse of the lumber industry. In 1929 the company was bought out by Allis Chalmers, and the La Crosse plant closed in 1969.

Impact Study of Harborview Plaza, La Crosse, Wisconsin / William D. Klaus, 1974.

UW – La Crosse Seminar Paper

Impingement and Entrainment of Fishes at Dairyland Power Cooperative’s Genoa Site / Michael C. McInerny.

UW-L theses for Master of Science in Biology.

Industries of La Crosse Wisconsin, 1884

This first half of this 123 page pamphlet extols the natural resources and economy of the area.  The second half is a directory of representative trade, commerce, and manufacturing firms in La Crosse in 1884 with a narrative description of each one, sometimes with accompanying detailed woodcuts of buildings or advertising.

The Industries of La Crosse, Wis., 1888. La Crosse, Wis.: Spicer & Buschman, 1888.

This informative 90 page book includes an overview of government services and living conditions in La Crosse circa 1888 followed by short chapters on the press, transportation facilities, banks, and real estate. The longest chapter has paragraphs on the leading lumbermen, merchants, and manufacturing firms. It is richly illustrated with detailed woodcut drawings of many buildings and businesses. There is a general index at the back of the book.

La Crosse Architects: A Checklist of Architects in the City of La Crosse from 1853 to 1973 / Compiled by Carolyn Nelson, General Editor, Edwin L. Hill.

La Crosse County Historical Sketches, 1931-1955

The Ohio Mill Company / Albert H. Sanford

Manufacturing in La Crosse, 1853-1880 / H.J. Hirshheimer

Beginnings of the La Crosse Plow Company / A. Hirshheimer

The First Telephone of La Crosse / told by John Burns

Telephone Systems of La Crosse / W.F. Goodrich

The Fight for Physical Connection of Telephone Systems / Frank Winter

Manufacturing in La Crosse, 1853-1880, additions and corrections / H.J. Hirshheimer

La Crosse Boards of Trade and Chamber of Commerce / E.S. Hebberd

La Crosse, Wisconsin: The Gateway City A City of Great Enterprises, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Agricultural Resources Unsurpassed. La Crosse, Wis.: Spicer & Buschman, 1904?

This 31 page tract is good example of early 20th century civic “boosterism.” It includes a short overview of the social life and features paragraph-length descriptions of businesses, businessmen, and professionals. It is illustrated with photographs and woodcut images and has an index at the back.

Lodging in La Crosse, Wisconsin: 1880s / by Rick Brown, 1992

The Manufacture of Rubber Footwear: An Illustrated Story of Rubber from its Growth to the Finished Product / La Crosse Rubber Mills Company, 1925.

This 38 page report includes a general history of the industrial development of rubber and features many interior and exterior photos of the La Crosse Rubber Mills plant showing the manufacturing process.

Memoirs of La Crosse County / Benjamin Bryant; 1907.

This work, along with History of La Crosse County, 1881, are the preeminent published sources for 19th century La Crosse history. Bryant’s Memoirs, as it is commonly called, is a wide-ranging work that covers the early history of La Crosse as well as the social, education, government, religious, and business institutions. The book is divided into 22 chapters and also includes brief histories of the smaller towns of La Crosse County. An alphabetical name index to Bryant’s Memoirs was prepared and digitized in 2004 and is available for searching at the “name index” button.

Village of La Crosse - Growth of Business

The Medical Profession - The First Doctor-Physicians in 1854-The Profession at Present The La Crosse County Medical Association-The St. Francis Hospital- The City Hospital-The Lutheran Hospital-Birth Rates-Death Rates R. S. MacArthur, M.D

Banks and Banking - First Bank in 1856 John M. Levy, First Banker-Second Bank Opened by S. D. Hastings-Third Bank, Cramer, Clinton & Company--Bank at Onalaska Bank of La Crosse-Green Bay and Other Banks-Batavian Bank-National Bank-State Bank of La Crosse-Exchange Bank-Security Savings Bank-Banking Statistics for 1906-La Crosse County Bank of West Salem-West Salem State Bank-Bangor State Bank-Gysbert Van Steenwyk

La Crosse Hotels - The First "Tavern"--Hotels of the Village-List of Hotels in 1861-Hostelries of Today, North La Crosse-Hotel Section on South Side-List of Hotels-"The Stoddard"

Opening Celebration of the Southern Minnesota Railway, 1870

This reprint of an article from La Crosse Morning Leader newspaper, Nov. 18, 1870 reports on the celebration of the completion of a branch railroad, the Southern Minnesota Railway, which connected La Crosse with the Minnesota cites of Hokah, Houston, Rushford, Lanesboro, and Fountain.

Push: An Illustrated Journal of Business v. 3 no. 5 (Nov. 1902) [cover title: Push: An Illustrated Edition of Progressive and Industrial La Crosse]

Offers a booster’s perspective of La Crosse was portrayed to outsiders in 1902.  Offers a general description of the city as well as individual write ups on various businesses and industries. Includes some photomechanical illustrations.

Report on the Application of the La Crosse Gas and Electric Co. for Authority to Increase its Rates / Strait, Edward Nathan, 1912.

A report of the Railroad Commission of Wisconsin relating to the application of the La Crosse Gas and Electric Company for authority to increase its rates.  Submitted to University of Wisconsin – Madison as a thesis for the degree of Electrical Engineer.

Service Areas of La Crosse, Wisconsin / Margaret S. Chew, 1961

Based on the author’s theses, this study maps various services available in La Crosse.

The Story of My Life by Billie Button.

The Sunday Press / Press Publishing Co., May 13, 1894.

Trane: Our History / Trane Company, 2008.

Working-class culture and unionization in North La Crosse, Wisconsin / Barbara Jane Lindner, 1983

This study examines unionizing attempts at the La Crosse Rubber Mills Company between 1915 and 1935.

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