LA CROSSE HISTORY
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THE LA CROSSE AREA'S HISTORY, DIGITIZED

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Author:
ASHRAE La Crosse Area Chapter
Subject:
Trane Company -- History
Creator:
Ritter, James
Description:
By Sinclair Lewis.
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:
Dohlby, Edwin T. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Railroads -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Tape 1 of 3.
00:00:38 -- Family ancestry
00:07:17 -- Father, abandonment
00:14:00 -- Employment, butchering, A. A. Ashla, Auto Lite
00:21:40 -- Property, home
00:25:38 -- Childhood
00:28:10 -- Father, poor parenting
00:30:30 -- Taverns, beer
00:32:36 -- Recreation, river, breweries
00:40:40 -- La Crosse Rubber Mills
00:46:00 -- Childhood, trouble
00:51:30 -- La Crosse, North and Southside
00:56:08 -- Childhood, employment
00:59:14 -- Prostitution
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Dohlby, Edwin T. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Railroads -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Tape 2 of 3.
00:00:00 -- Prostitution
00:03:26 -- Living in the South, Georgia
00:08:00 -- Prohibition
00:11:55 -- Employment, La Crosse Rubber Mills
00:17:25 -- Dance halls
00:22:08 -- Dating
00:27:00 -- Railroads
00:35:55 -- Wife
00:40:05 -- Dating
00:50:50 -- Businessmen, La Crosse
00:54:20 -- Discrimination, Germans
00:56:40 -- Politics, Robert LaFollette
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Dohlby, Edwin T. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Railroads -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Tape 3 of 3.
00:00:30 -- Unemployment, Great Depression, 1929
00:12:40 -- Matt Hoffman, carnival
00:20:32 -- Neighborhood, Northside
00:23:40 -- Marsh, La Crosse
00:26:25 -- Tom Knight, friend
00:28:05 -- Wife
00:30:20 -- Honeymoon
00:31:45 -- The Majestic Theatre
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Gilbertson, John P. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Postal service -- Employees
Postal service -- History
Letter carriers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Postmasters -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Tape 1 of 4. 00:00:40 -- Family history, immigration from Norway
00:01:20 -- Saw mills, family occupation
00:04:00 -- Railways, Coon Valley, 1900s
00:07:00 -- Ford Motor Company, Coon Valley
00:8:45 -- Postal worker, 1910s
00:11:00 -- Earliest memories, La Crosse
00:12:45 -- Father's occupation, blacksmith
00:13:30 -- Reasons for immigration to the U.S., family in La Crosse
00:16:15 -- Family income and standard of living
00:18:00 -- Boyhood, La Crosse
00:20:45 -- Popular attractions, La Crosse
00:25:15 -- The Great Depression, local strain
00:28:30 -- Recreation activities, steamboat river rides and dances
00:31:10 -- La Crosse fair
00:32:15 -- Grade school
00:33:50 -- Farm technologies, horse and buggy, outhouses
00:36:20 -- Newspaper delivery, press industry
00:37:45 -- Memorable teachers
00:41:45 -- Business college vs. public schooling
00:43:45 -- La Crosse Tribune, postmaster
00:47:30 -- Quality of education, Tomah business college
00:53:00 -- Progressive ideals, business college
00:54:00 -- Circus acts, La Crosse
00:57:15 -- Segregation, Native Americans
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Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Gilbertson, John P. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Postal service -- Employees
Postal service -- History
Letter carriers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Postmasters -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Tape 2 of 4.
00:00:30 -- Barley Brewery
00:02:20 -- Community disrespect of Native Americans
00:05:45 -- Family farm, Retreat, WI, 1909
00:08:00 -- Community diversity, La Crosse
00:11:30 -- Local opinions of race
00:14:30 -- Interracial marriage
00:18:15 -- River and lumber industry, crime associations
00:19:20 -- Goosetown, criminal reputation
00:20:30 -- Police and courts system, La Crosse
00:23:50 -- "Body houses", wine rooms
00:25:25 -- Gambling houses
00:30:35 -- City gambling policies
00:32:30 -- Anti-German sentiments, World War One, 1914-1918
00:40:00 -- Local business owners; saw mills, breweries, electrical, etc.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Gilbertson, John P. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Postal service -- Employees
Postal service -- History
Letter carriers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Postmasters -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Tape 3 of 4.
00:00:15 -- First automobiles, La Crosse
00:01:50 -- Horse and buggy, restrictions and popularity
00:08:00 -- Local business competitors
00:11:50 -- Presidential influence on local economy, President McKinley to President Theodore Roosevelt
00:13:15 -- Development of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
00:15:30 -- La Crosse Normal School
00:19:40 -- Horse and buggy racing, West avenue, La Crosse
00:23:00 -- Hoeschler family, drug store and realtor business
00:33:30 -- Post office experiences, interactions with the community members
00:41:15 -- La Crosse Clinic, Dr. Gunderson
00:46:40 -- Smith family, local businesses
00:55:00 -- Postmaster general and political views
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Gilbertson, John P. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Postal service -- Employees
Postal service -- History
Letter carriers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Postmasters -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Tape 4 of 4.
00:00:30 -- History of the post office, 1844 to 1971
00:02:15 -- La Crosse Historical Society, 1889
00:05:00 -- Postmaster General, duties and protocol
00:08:20 -- First building in La Crosse, Myrick building, 1842
00:09:00 -- Opinions of privatized post office
00:14:00 -- Post office catalogs, security methods
00:22:00 -- Family occupations, plumbing
00:24:30 -- Community politics, goals of local politicians
00:34:20 -- Advertising at the post office
00:37:45 -- Influential community members
00:39:40 -- Inflation effects, La Crosse
00:41:20 -- City Hall meetings, progressive ideals
00:42:00 -- Presidential visits, Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft
00:43:00 -- Attempted assassination, Theodore Roosevelt
00:47:15 -- The Great Depression, pay cuts, suicides, soup lines
00:51:50 -- Corruption in police force
00:53:20 -- Feelings towards Jewish people and culture
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Fitzpatrick, Patricia L. -- Interviews
Families
Neighborhoods -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Fitzpatrick discusses growing up in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She details family life and marriage; neighborhoods where she grew up and raised her own family; recreation activities; and local social life and practices.
Subject:
Industrial recreation --Wisconsin --La Crosse
Trane Company --Employees --Attitudes
Creator:
Frawley, Joan
Description:
A random sample of participants in the Trane Company recreation program were selected from two groups, salary employees and hourly employees. A questionnaire was constructed and administered through the U.S. Mail to the samples of salary and hourly employees. This study traces the correlation between involvement in the recreation program and attitudes among employees involved in such programs.
UW-L Seminar Paper