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Author:
E. Hackner Company
Subject:
Church furniture
Catalogs
E. Hackner Company
Creator:
E. Hackner Company
Author:
Wisconsin Business University
Subject:
Business education -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Education, Higher -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Wisconsin Business University (La Crosse, Wis.)
Description:
Frank J. Toland operated several business schools and his main one was called Wisconsin Business University located in La Crosse, Wisconsin. This booklet contains a descriptions of courses commonplace in the late 19th and early 20th century business schools of the time.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Subject:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse -- Students -- Research -- Periodicals
College students -- Research -- United States -- Periodicals
Journals
Marketing
Creator:
Logan, Nichole
Description:
Worksite health promotion is increasing as businesses are becoming more concerned with the financial impact of poor employee health. Small businesses are less likely to implement health promotion activities than large businesses. This study assessed the attitudes, barriers, and existing health promotion activities in La Crosse area small businesses. The results showed that there is a strong interest in health promotion among small businesses, but many lack the resources required to plan and maintain health promotion activities. The majority of small businesses want to improve employee wellness because they believe this decreases insurance costs and absenteeism, and increases productivity. Financial resources were the most common barriers small businesses faced with health promotion. Most businesses were interested in getting help with healthy eating and physical activity and these were the most common health promotion activities in place. Tobacco use was the most common health concern in La Crosse area small businesses. Without outside support, many small businesses are not able to provide health promotion activities to their employees. By addressing these issues, health professionals can facilitate small business efforts to increase health promotion and improve the health of a large segment of the U.S. workforce.
Published as part of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Journal of Undergraduate Research, Volume 13 (2010)
Subject:
Service industries -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse Region
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Commerce
Retail trade -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse Region
Service industries -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Economic conditions
Creator:
Chew, Margaret S.
Description:
A PhD geography dissertation
Subject:
La Crosse County (Wis.) -- Geography
Creator:
Ristow, Walter William, 1908-2006
Description:
An undergraduate thesis by Walter William Ristow about the geography of the city of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and its hinterland or trade territory, roughly defined as 7500 square miles, based on data from the late 1920s.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Subject:
La Crosse Rubber Mills Company (La Crosse, Wis.) -- History
Footwear industry -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Shoe industry -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Strikes and lockouts -- Shoe industry -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Creator:
Beirne, Jim
Ingram, Dave
Ostrander, Gina
Reilly, Steven
Description:
A student paper focused on the history of the La Crosse Rubber Mills Company with particular emphasis on labor issues.
Author:
publisher not identified
Subject:
United States
Wisconsin
La Crosse
Tri-State Ice Cream Corporation--History
Ice cream industry--Wisconsin--La Crosse--History
Creator:
Tri-State Ice Cream Corporation
Description:
printed between 1919-1926
Author:
[La Crosse Plow Works]
Subject:
United States
Wisconsin
La Crosse
La Crosse Plow Company (La Crosse, Wis.)--Catalogs
Farm equipment--Catalogs
Agricultural implements--Catalogs
Plows--Catalogs
Cultivators--Catalogs
Creator:
La Crosse Plow Company (La Crosse, Wis.)
Description:
A black and white catalog from the nineteenth century of a plow company owned by the Albert Hirshheimer family in La Crosse, Wisconsin
16 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subject:
Harborview Plaza (La Crosse, Wis.)
Urban renewal--Wisconsin--La Crosse
Creator:
William D. Klaus
Description:
The study investigates the impact of Harborview Plaza, which is the urban renewal project of the La Crosse river front area. This paper includes a short history of the events that led to the deterioration of the area. Some of the questions examined are: what effect will the project have on the established businesses in the C.B.D., do businessmen view it as beneficial or as a threat to their existence, is it beneficial for the public, and what is the public reaction to Harborview. Much of the information for this study was obtained by personal interviews with the city engineer, city planner, and the La Crosse Redevelopment Authority. A search of the available literature was made. This was basically the La Crosse Tribune, reports by the city planner, and other studies made by different departments of the city that affect the water front area. To get the viewpoint of the city businesses, a questionnaire was distributed among downtown businessmen. A citizen survey was used to find out how Harborview was seen by the public and what the public expects from it. The results of the study are as follows: 1) La Crosse has already realized an increased tax base by the relocation of businesses to other areas of the city, 2) it is a general consensus that most businessmen are in favor of Harborview Plaza even if it poses certain problems, and 3) the public is in favor of the plaza.
UWL seminar paper
Author:
Spicer & Buschman
Subject:
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Commerce
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Industries
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Description and travel
Description:
Compiled in 1888, the 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.
Subject:
La Crosse Plow Company (La Crosse, Wis.)
Farm equipment
Agricultural machinery--Wisconsin--La Crosse
Plows
Creator:
La Crosse Plow Company (La Crosse, Wis.)
Description:
The La Crosse Plow Company Collection contains a variety of visual materials including repair guides, photographs, 3-dimensional objects, letters, and other similar items. The collection’s materials span the various phases of the La Crosse Plow Company including names such as Sta-Rite, Happy Farmer Tractor Company, and the La Crosse Tractor Company. The bulk of this collection was scanned from materials owned by Randy Reysen, and the other items featured are part of the Murphy Library Special Collections. In total, there are over 100 items included in this collection with the prospect of adding more in the future.
Subject:
La Crosse Plugs (La Crosse, Wis.)
City promotion--Wisconsin--La Crosse
United States
Wisconsin
La Crosse
Creator:
Austin Hallett
Description:
The La Crosse Plugs started as an organization in La Crosse, Wisconsin, as a result of the gloomy atmosphere during the economic Depression in 1932. The Plugs, led by William Freise, tried to spread cheer and goodwill through the city and surrounding areas, serving as a symbol of hope to thousands.
Capstone project for History 490, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Author:
Spicer & Buschman
Subject:
Business enterprises -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- History
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Author:
Land & Thompson
Subject:
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Industries
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Commerce
Author:
Leader Print. Company
Subject:
Railroads -- Minnesota
Railroads -- Wisconsin
Southern Minnesota Railroad Company
Description:
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.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Miyamoto, Bud -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
00:00:20 -- Introductions, born at Gundersen Clinic lived in apartment above Guggenbuehl and Nekola Department Store
00:01:20 -- Mother's background before she met Miyamoto's father, moved to La Crosse at nineteen, working at the Auto-Lite factory, work tasks, shift management
00:02:36 -- Father's service in the 100th Infantry Battalion, U. S. Army, (predominantly Japanese American unit from Hawaii) during World War II, father's transfer to Camp McCoy for basic training, missions in the Pacific Islands interpreting Japanese communications, father shot in shoulder and discharged from U.S. Army, parents meeting in La Crosse
00:04:20 -- Childhood, social life, spending time with friends and classmates at local sporting events, school dances, and The Sweet Shop, North Side neighborhood, comparing teenage years to scenes from the movie American Graffiti (1973), drag racing cars on Main Street on Friday and Saturday nights for entertainment, dining at Country Kitchen, student rivalries between Central High School and Logan High School
00:09:50 -- Riviera Theatre, seeing the Wizard of Oz as a child at the theater, seeing color film for the first time, being afraid of film character the Wicked Witch of the West
00:12:10 -- Childhood, recreation, swimming at the North Side Beach, spending days at the beach, getting sunburnt, sunburn remedies, taking vinegar baths, playing recreational softball at Copeland Park, fishing on the Black River, visiting the county fair and circus
00:14:50 -- Religion, being baptized and confirmed at St. Luke's Methodist Church, attending church camps in the summer at Pine Lake, Wisconsin, friendships with Catholic children, attending different grade schools than Catholic friends, Catholic parents not allowing their children to talk to other children who were non-Catholic
00:17:00 -- Being Japanese American, friendships with people of other races, families of color on in the North Side neighborhood, the Moss family, first encountered racism while playing high school football, players on other teams using racial slurs
00:21:30 -- School, extracurricular activities at Logan Junior High School and Logan High School, Student Council President and Class President, respecting football coaches, Joe Thienes (1926-2013) and Jack Fent, Athletic Director Ron Johnson, Assistant Principal and basketball coach Rod Martin (1908-1990), Logan High School being on the "other side of the tracks," students coming from blue collar families
00:24:10 -- North La Crosse, solidarity, feeling of community within the neighborhood, shared experiences of blue collar families, community caring for one another, community bond throughout the North and Lower North Side
00:25:56 -- Community gatherings, picnics with neighboring families in Copeland Park, North Side neighborhood or at County Park in West Salem
00:27:15 -- Auto-Lite factory, 1959 lay-offs at Auto-Lite, mother loses her job, community grief caused by factory closing, Miyamoto family discussed moving to Iowa, staying in La Crosse because of community connections, mother worked three jobs to provide for her family, late 1950s
00:32:10 -- early employment experiences, shoveling snow for business community on Caledonia Street, Manke Hardware Store, M. Lokken & Son Grocery, Neumeister's Butcher Shop, Guggenbuehl and Nekola, Nelson's Clothing Store, and Berg's Pharmacy, delivering newspapers for Milwaukee Sentinel, working at The Sweet Shop, Sandy's fast food
00:36:10 -- U.S. President John F. Kennedy, memories of the day President Kennedy was assassinated, November 22, 1963
00:37:55 -- 1965 Flood in La Crosse, city preparing for the flood, using sandbags as a preventative measures, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse college students' assistance to the upper North Side before and during the flood, damage on the Causeway, damage to businesses North Side businesses, severity of the flood
00:39:25 -- Fast food management employment with Hardee's Restaurant chain throughout Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana
00:40:30 -- Memories of the train depot on the Lower North Side, visiting mother's family in Alma, Wisconsin by train, meeting actor Alan Ladd on one of the trains, love of the movie Shane, actor Lloyd Bridges visited La Crosse
00:46:50 -- Telephones, party lines, waiting for other neighbors to finish their phone conversations to use the shared line
00:47:55 -- Doctors' house calls, transition from house calls to visiting the hospital when in need of care
00:49:40 -- Listening to the radio, listening to sports on 580 WKTY, announcers Charlie Kearns and Mike Kearns, listening to rock stations, 102 Eagle
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Swords, Donald E -- Interviews
Schmidt, Marie -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Families -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Neighborhoods -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Sports -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Entertainment events -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Goosetown (La Crosse, Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Swords and Schmidt discuss their experience as siblings growing up during the early 1900s in the Goosetown area of La Crosse, Wisconsin. They describe family relationships, the Goosetown neighborhood, sports and games, and entertainment options.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Lange, Norman -- Interviews
Breweries -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Labor unions -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Fraternal organizations -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Description:
Lange discusses returning to La Crosse, Wisconsin, following service in World War II. He details his work history and union involvement, describing the brewing industry and his work for Peerless Brewery and his career with the La Crosse Cooler Company. He also discusses his membership in fraternal organizations.
Author:
Push Publishing Company
Subject:
United States
Wisconsin
La Crosse
Economic development--Wisconsin--La Crosse
Business enterprises--Wisconsin--La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.)
La Crosse (Wis.)--Commerce
Description:
volume 3 number 5
Author:
Greater La Crosse Chamber of Commerce
Subject:
Service industries -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse Region
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Commerce
Retail trade -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse Region
Creator:
Chew, Margaret S.
Description:
Determining the influence of a city in a region is a complex problem. Not only does a city supply the requirements needed by its region, but it in turn serves as a market and distributing center for products raised and made in the region. This study is concerned with the first mentioned phase of relationships. Each single service supplied by a city can have its service area mapped. Combined service areas present a composite picture that aids in determining the influence of a city in its region. Two methods of studying service areas are presented here. An intraurban study of La Crosse service areas was made by interviewing managers of selected retail stores, wholesale firms, and service agencies in the city. A second study of service areas was made from questionnaires filled out by families in La Crosse's surrounding Tri-State region.
Based on the author’s theses, this study maps various services available in La Crosse.
Author:
Upper Mississippi River Improvement Association
Subject:
Inland navigation -- United States
Mississippi River -- Navigation
Creator:
Upper Mississippi River Improvement Association
Description:
Suggestions to U. S. Congress for the permanent improvement of the Upper Mississippi River for "securing cheaper and more direct transportation for the products of factory, farm and forest" by securing a six foot channel from St. Anthony's Falls in Minnesota south to the mouth of the Ohio River. The recommendations emanated from the Upper Mississippi River Improvement Association.