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Author:
Emma Salzer Hallauer?
Subject:
United States
Wisconsin
La Crosse
Salzer, John Adam, 1823-1892--Diaries
German Americans--Religious life--Middle West
Methodists in La Crosse (Wis.)
Creator:
John Adam Salzer 1823-1892
Emma Salzer Hallauer
Subject:
United States. -- Army. -- Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, 30th (1862-1865)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1881-1865 -- Personal narratives
Arnold, Alexander Ahab -- 1833-1915
Creator:
Doser, John
Description:
During the Civil War years Wisconsin mustered into the service of the Union various organizations such as the Thirtieth Volunteer Infantry. Although it did not take an active part in the war against the Confederacy, it carried out its duties well. These duties included protecting civilians from Indians, enforcing the draft, building forts, and guarding prisoners of war. Of the ten companies in the Thirtieth, Company C was under the command of Captain Alexander Arnold of Galesville, Wisconsin. During much of his life Arnold kept a diary which included his years in military service. This paper centers around his diary which has not been previously transcribed. Because the Thirtieth was not engaged in combat, not much is known of its day to day operations. Arnold's diary does reveal some of these operations particularly as they relate to Company C.
UW-L Seminar Paper
Creator:
Tripp, Addie
Description:
Addie Tripp was a single woman, perhaps a domestic servant, who lived with the William Johnson family of Onalaska, Wisconsin, during the Civil War. Her diary describes her daily household tasks for the family and community life during the war. Although the war continued unabated, Tripp's diary is notable for the absence of references to it, revealing its relatively minor impact on a working class woman's daily life. Tripp wrote nearly every day, and her entries slowly chronicle her romance and ultimately her marriage to a local man. The diary volume itself - - a leather-bound book roughly the size of a deck of cards - - included 24 pages of statistical information in the front as well as pages to record one's expenses and other data at the back. We have enhanced the images slightly to make Tripp's penciled entries easier to read. To see a typed version, click "Page & Text" at the upper right while viewing any page.
Addie Tripp Papers. Wisconsin Historical Society. La Crosse Area Research Center (La Crosse SC 106)
Part of the Wisconsin Historical Society's Turning Points in Wisconsin History online project
Author:
Wisconsin Historical Society
Creator:
McMillan, Morrison
Description:
"Early Settlement of La Crosse and Monroe Counties" by Morrison McMillan, describes the advantages of the location that first attracted Indians and then white settlers to the area. The organization of the town, the construction of buildings and organization of churches, and the leading citizens in La Crosse are discussed. McMillan then moves to describe the history of Monroe County, the first white settler Franklin Pettit, relations with Indians, and the establishment of other towns in the county.
Part of Wisconsin Historical Collections, Volume IV (1859), pp.387-
Author:
State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer liffe -- Wisconsin
Wisconsin -- Description and travel
Fort Howard (Wis.)
Creator:
State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Description:
Includes chapters three and four only: III. Recollections of a pioneer woman of La Crosse / by [Fredericka] Augusta Levy (ed. by Albert H. Sanford) -- IV. Another La Crosse pioneer's statement / by John S. Harris.
"From the proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin for 1911, ..."; Includes bibliographical references.
Author:
C. F. Gillette, Printer
Subject:
Free thought
Creator:
Pettey, J., 1815-
Description:
J. Pettey was originally from England and made his way to the United States, eventually settling in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He plied his trade as a gunsmith and then a market gardener. He is listed as Joseph Petty in the History of La Crosse, Wis. (1881) as being a gunsmith as early as 1861 (p.497). Pettey died in 1893 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in La Crosse, Wis.
Pettey wrote this book primarily expressing his views on free-thought and challenging the existence of God.
Subject:
Brice, George F
Brice family
Creator:
Brice, George F.
Description:
Memoirs, marriage announcement, and obituary of George F. Brice, Sr.
Subject:
Allen, Mildred
Pfaff family; Mindoro (Wis.) -- History
La Crosse County (Wis.) -- History
Creator:
Allen, Mildred
Description:
Places mentioned include Mindoro, Wisconsin, written by Mildred (Pfaff) Allen, and include information and photographs of the Pauline and Edward Pfaff family.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Medinger, Bernard -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- United States -- Personal narratives
World War, 1939-1945 -- United States
Veterans -- United States
Description:
Medinger discusses the following topics: Personal history, La Crosse, Wisconsin -- Drafted into U.S. Army, 1942 -- Reaction to Pearl Harbor Attack, December 7, 1941 -- Memories of Army base, Camp Butner, North Carolina, 1942 -- Assigned 339th General Service Engineer Regiment, Camp Butner, North Carolina -- North Carolina Camp Butner to Army Station, Brisbane, Australia to Milne Bay, New Guinea, 1943 -- Segregation of African Americans in Army, Replacement center, 1943 -- Japanese airfields, Leyte Bay, MacArthur present, 1943 -- Building bridges, Leyte Bay, Japan, 1943 -- Building air strips, San Marcelino, Luzon, Philippines, 1945 -- Building hospitals, north of Manila, Philippines, 1945 -- Health problems, "Jungle Rot" (skin ulcer) -- End of World War II, return to Santa Barbara, California, Camp Anns, 1945 -- Interactions with German prisoners of war, Camp Anns, 1945 -- Return to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, 1945 -- Photos of indigenous people in new Guinea, built the camps with U.S. soldiers, presence of women in camps, 1943 -- C-Rations, Ten-and-One Rations; packs of cigarettes, corned beef, Spam, 1943-1945 -- Removal of Japanese soldiers’ teeth, sold, Capitan later Court Marshaled, 1943-1945 -- Impressions of Japanese people post-war, 1945 -- Censored letters from brothers in service, 1943-1945 -- Opinions of Hollywood’s portrayal of World War II, 1939-1945 -- Comparison between WWII and the events of September 11th, 2001 Terrorist Attacks.
00:00:10—Personal history, La Crosse, Wisconsin
00:00:50—Drafted into U.S. Army, 1942
00:01:20—Reaction to Pearl Harbor Attack, December 7, 1941
00:03:10—Memories of Army base, Camp Butner, North Carolina, 1942
00:03:50—Assigned 339th General Service Engineer Regiment, Camp Butner, North Carolina
00:05:45—North Carolina Camp Butner to Army Station, Brisbane, Australia to Milne Bay, New Guinea, 1943
00:11:15—Segregation of African Americans in Army, Replacement center, 1943
00:16:15—Japanese airfields, Leyte Bay, MacArthur present, 1943
00:20:30—Building bridges, Leyte Bay, Japan, 1943
00:27:45—Building air strips, San Marcelino, Luzon, Philippines, 1945
00:32:15—Building hospitals, north of Manila, Philippines, 1945
00:36:15—Health problems, "Jungle Rot" (skin ulcer)
00:38:45—End of World War II, return to Santa Barbara, California, Camp Anns, 1945
00:39:40—Interactions with German prisoners of war, Camp Anns, 1945
00:40:30—Return to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, 1945
00:42:10—Photos of indigenous people in new Guinea, built the camps with U.S. soldiers, presence of women in camps, 1943
00:44:30—C-Rations, Ten-and-One Rations; packs of cigarettes, corned beef, Spam, 1943-1945
00:46:20—Removal of Japanese soldiers’ teeth, sold, Capitan later Court Marshaled, 1943-1945
00:48:30—Impressions of Japanese people post-war, 1945
00:50:00—Censored letters from brothers in service, 1943-1945
00:52:20—Opinions of Hollywood’s portrayal of World War II, 1939-1945
00:53:50—Comparison between WWII and the events of September 11th, 2001 Terrorist Attacks
Part of the WWII Veterans Collection-2001 Central High School Oral History Project.
Subject:
Lazinger, Joel P -- Interviews
Peace Corps (U.S.)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements
Peace movements -- Wisconsin
Government, Resistance to -- Wisconsin
Civil disobedience -- Wisconsin -- Madison
Student movements -- Wisconsin -- Madison
Colombia -- History
Madison (Wis.)
Description:
A typed transcript of the interview with Joel Lazinger, who discusses growing up in a patriotic Jewish family, serving in the Peace Corps in Colombia, and resisting the actions of the United States government in the Vietnam War. He describes anti-war rallies and demonstrations and the Army Math Research Center bombing at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
1 sound tape reel (approximately 120 min.) : analog, 3 3/4 ips ; 7 in. + 1 transcript (80 leaves ; 28 cm) + 2 audiocassettes.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Olson, Palmer -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Fly fishing -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Fish habitat improvement -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Timber Coulee Creek (Vernon County, Wis.)
Rullands Coulee Creek (Vernon County, Wis.)
Coon Creek Watershed (Monroe County-Vernon County, Wis.)
Description:
Palmer Olson's interview largely focuses on fish and fishing in the Coulee Region. Topics include but are not limited to: fly fishing, fish species, Coon Creek Watershed, Rullands Coulee Creek, Timber Coulee Creek, Coon Valley, fishing regulations, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, farming, fish habitat trends, fly and lure shops, fishing during WWII, fish population in 1990s, logging, pollution, and floods.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Rynning, Rolf -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Families -- Wisconsin
Work -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Mr. Rynning discusses the following topics: Personal history, 1900s -- Family Norwegian ancestry, Direct decent of Bishop Bech crowning Norwegian King 1818 -- Immigration from Norway, 1870s -- Surname spelling and pronunciation change -- Father’s immigration, 1876, civil engineering degree from Sweden -- Father’s job at Holway Lumber, La Crosse, Wisconsin -- Rynning and Pedrson Clothing store, 727 Rose Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin -- Father’s position Exchange State Bank, La Crosse, Wisconsin 1892 -- Father’s death, Dr. Adolf Gundersen performed surgery, 1895 -- Statement to La Crosse paper, Allegations against Gundersen for malpractice 1895 -- Brother’s civil engineer degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison, accident in St. Louis, death in 1909 -- Attempt to deferral from draft, World War One (195-1918) -- Drafted into World War One (1915-1918): July 8, 1918, Promotion to Sargent: September 15, 1918 -- Left position at Exchange State Bank, 1920, reasoning due to hiring cheap labor after WWI -- W.A. Roosevelt Company, employment, 1920-1953 -- Father’s memories of La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1880s to 1890s -- Ballard Drug Store, 3rd and Pearl Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin -- Maternal immigration, Norway, 1870s -- Father’s education, language; German, French, English, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish -- Holway Lumber Mill, St. Cloud Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin -- Union National Bank, Main and 4th Streets, La Crosse, Wisconsin -- Making currency exchange, transporting $10,000 through town, carried gun for insurance -- Union National Bank, staff picture, 1911 -- North side neighborhood living, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1922 -- Black River, swimming with neighborhood kids, 1910s.
00:00:40—Personal history, 1900s
00:01:10—Family Norwegian ancestry, Direct decent of Bishop Bech crowning Norwegian King 1818
00:02:00—Immigration from Norway, 1870s
00:03:00—Surname spelling and pronunciation change
00:04:20—Father’s immigration, 1876, civil engineering degree from Sweden
00:05:40—Father’s job at Holway Lumber, La Crosse, Wisconsin
00:05:55—Rynning and Pedrson Clothing store, 727 Rose Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin
00:06:20—Father’s position Exchange State Bank, La Crosse, Wisconsin 1892
00:06:50—Father’s death, Dr. Adolf Gundersen performed surgery, 1895
00:14:45—Statement to La Crosse paper, Allegations against Gundersen for malpractice 1895
00:17:30—Brother’s civil engineer degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison, accident in St. Louis, death in 1909
00:19:20—Attempt to deferral from draft, World War One (195-1918)
00:20:00—Drafted into World War One (1915-1918): July 8, 1918, Promotion to Sargent: September 15, 1918
00:21:50—Left position at Exchange State Bank, 1920, reasoning due to hiring cheap labor after WWI
00:22:00—W.A. Roosevelt Company, employment, 1920-1953
00:27:30—Father’s memories of La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1880s to 1890s
00:27:58—Ballard Drug Store, 3rd and Pearl Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin
00:31:00—Maternal immigration, Norway, 1870s
00:32:10—Father’s education, language; German, French, English, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish
00:35:00—Holway Lumber Mill, St. Cloud Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin
00:39:30—Union National Bank, Main and 4th Streets, La Crosse, Wisconsin
00:47:30—Making currency exchange, transporting $10,000 through town, carried gun for insurance
00:54:25—Union National Bank, staff picture, 1911
00:57:35—North side neighborhood living, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1922
00:59:20—Black River, swimming with neighborhood kids, 1910s
Tape 1 of 4.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Rynning, Rolf -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Families -- Wisconsin
Work -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Mr. Rynning discusses the following topics: Walking through marsh from North Side Neighborhood, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1910s -- Newspaper route, working during childhood, 1910s -- Lumber yards, collection for wood burning stove -- House chores, 1910s -- Mother’s experience raising five kids, after husband’s passing -- Holiday traditions; Christmas trees, church service, and gifts, 1910s -- Home remedies for illness, cough medicine and lard rub, 1910s -- Hand-made products by mother; clothing, bread, desserts, canning, butter -- Gangs, division between North side and South side, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1900s -- Elementary school, Fourth, Fifth, and Tenth ward schools, relationship with principals -- La Crosse High School, received recommendation to attend, 1900s -- Fire destroys Pomoroy theater, McMullan theater, Lincore building, 4th and Main streets, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1904 -- City Hall building sold in 1889 to Rynning family, $17,000, 4th and Main street, La Crosse, Wisconsin -- High school jobs; Telephone company, Ice cream and Butter company, 1910s -- Work after High School, Union National Bank -- Siblings’ education, brother’s civil engineering education from UW-Madison, sisters attend La Crosse Normal school -- Houses of ill-fame (prostitution), 2nd street, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1907 -- Union National Bank salaries and recreation opportunities, 1920s -- Grandfather’s bluff (present-day Grandad’s bluff) and Grandmother’s bluff (present-day Hedgehog bluff), hiking activities, 1860s -- New Mysters park, 1900s -- Cemeteries of La Crosse, Wisconsin; Catholic, Jewish, and Lutheran -- World War One (1914-1918) promotion, army sergeant -- Army company war enthusiasm, 1918 -- Spanish Influenza, suffering in army camps, 1918 -- Anti-German sentiments, change of Berlin Street to Liberty Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin -- Buying War Bonds, banks selling War Bonds for war effort -- Racial divide in army company, 1918 -- Recreation in army service, 1918.
00:00:10—Walking through marsh from North Side Neighborhood, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1910s
00:01:25—Newspaper route, working during childhood, 1910s
00:03:15—Lumber yards, collection for wood burning stove
00:06:00—House chores, 1910s
00:06:35—Mother’s experience raising five kids, after husband’s passing
00:08:00—Holiday traditions; Christmas trees, church service, and gifts, 1910s
00:09:45—Home remedies for illness, cough medicine and lard rub, 1910s
00:12:10—Hand-made products by mother; clothing, bread, desserts, canning, butter
00:15:40—Gangs, division between North side and South side, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1900s
00:16:45—Elementary school, Fourth, Fifth, and Tenth ward schools, relationship with principals
00:20:10—La Crosse High School, received recommendation to attend, 1900s
00:23:55—Fire destroys Pomoroy theater, McMullan theater, Lincore building, 4th and Main streets, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1904
00:24:50—City Hall building sold in 1889 to Rynning family, $17,000, 4th and Main street, La Crosse, Wisconsin
00:27:00—High school jobs; Telephone company, Ice cream and Butter company, 1910s
00:29:20—Work after High School, Union National Bank
00:30:20—Siblings’ education, brother’s civil engineering education from UW-Madison, sisters attend La Crosse Normal school
00:32:10—Houses of ill-fame (prostitution), 2nd street, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1907
00:36:45—Union National Bank salaries and recreation opportunities, 1920s
00:38:00—Grandfather’s bluff (present-day Grandad’s bluff) and Grandmother’s bluff (present-day Hedgehog bluff), hiking activities, 1860s
00:42:30—New Mysters park, 1900s
00:48:05—Cemeteries of La Crosse, Wisconsin; Catholic, Jewish, and Lutheran
00:51:00—World War One (1914-1918) promotion, army sergeant
00:53:55—Army company war enthusiasm, 1918
00:54:30—Spanish Influenza, suffering in army camps, 1918
00:56:40—Anti-German sentiments, change of Berlin Street to Liberty Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin
00:57:45—Buying War Bonds, banks selling War Bonds for war effort
00:58:25—Racial divide in army company, 1918
00:59:10—Recreation in army service, 1918
Tape 2 of 4.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Rynning, Rolf -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Families -- Wisconsin
Work -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Mr. Rynning discusses the following topics: Alcohol and smoking habits in the home,1910s -- After the army, back to work at Union National Bank, 1920s -- Anti-German discrimination, 1920s -- Klu Klux Klan presence in La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1920s -- Prohibition, 1920-1933, home-brews for sale -- Political influence and affiliations, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1920s -- The Great Depression, 1929, job loss -- La Crosse Normal School, sisters’ attendance 1909 -- St. John’s Catholic church, North Side La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1910s -- Religious and national prejudice, Catholics vs. Protestants, Germans vs. Irish, 1910s -- Public schooling vs. Parochial schooling -- Rivalries between North Side and South Side La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1910s -- World War Two (1941-1945), Fort McCoy, Wisconsin -- Major changes in La Crosse, Riverside Park and university development, 1940s -- Changes in social activities, lack of community activity, lack of business on Main street, 1940s to 1970s -- Youth mentality and activity, 1910s compared to 1970s -- Prospective future for U.S., international relations, Russia and China, 1970s -- Opinions of Water Gate trial status, 1973 -- Major changes in U.S. government, opinions of welfare, Social Security, Medicare, 1970s -- The Spanish American War, 1898, lasting influence on international policy -- Farm lifestyle and chores; milking cows and ice cutting, 1900s.
00:00:10—Alcohol and smoking habits in the home,1910s
00:02:30—After the army, back to work at Union National Bank, 1920s
00:03:20—Anti-German discrimination, 1920s
00:03:50—Klu Klux Klan presence in La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1920s
00:04:40—Prohibition, 1920-1933, home-brews for sale
00:06:30—Political influence and affiliations, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1920s
00:10:00—The Great Depression, 1929, job loss
00:13:20—La Crosse Normal School, sisters’ attendance 1909
00:15:00—St. John’s Catholic church, North Side La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1910s
00:15:45—Religious and national prejudice, Catholics vs. Protestants, Germans vs. Irish, 1910s
00:19:10—Public schooling vs. Parochial schooling
00:23:15—Rivalries between North Side and South Side La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1910s
00:27:50—World War Two (1941-1945), Fort McCoy, Wisconsin
00:31:00—Major changes in La Crosse, Riverside Park and university development, 1940s
00:33:20—Changes in social activities, lack of community activity, lack of business on Main street, 1940s to 1970s
00:34:40—Youth mentality and activity, 1910s compared to 1970s
00:38:10—Prospective future for U.S., international relations, Russia and China, 1970s
00:42:10—Opinions of Water Gate trial status, 1973
00:43:35—Major changes in U.S. government, opinions of welfare, Social Security, Medicare, 1970s
00:46:00—The Spanish American War, 1898, lasting influence on international policy
00:50:00—Farm lifestyle and chores; milking cows and ice cutting, 1900s
Tape 3 of 4.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Rynning, Rolf -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Families -- Wisconsin
Work -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Mr. Rynning discusses the following topics: Storing food, ice boxes and salt rubs, 1900s -- Change in health concerns, food poisoning and injury, 1900s -- Food processing by hand, corn cutting and husking -- Steam locomotive to transport crops -- Types of crops available, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1900s.
00:00:10—Storing food, ice boxes and salt rubs, 1900s
00:01:20—Change in health concerns, food poisoning and injury, 1900s
00:02:45—Food processing by hand, corn cutting and husking
00:03:30—Steam locomotive to transport crops
00:05:20—Types of crops available, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1900s
Tape 4 of 4.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Rasmusen, Viggo B -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Graff, Maurice Otto, 1907- -- Interviews
Mitchell, Rexford Samuel -- Interviews
Gates, Samuel G -- Interviews
Wittich, Walter A. (Walter Arno), 1910- -- Interviews
Steinhoff, G. Lester -- Interviews
Wisconsin State Teachers College (La Crosse)
Wisconsin State College (La Crosse)
Wisconsin State University (La Crosse)
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Universities and colleges -- Administration -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Instructional materials centers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Student publications -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Audio-visual education -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Racquet (La Crosse, Wis.)
Description:
Rasmusen talks of his early years in Withee, Wisconsin, college days at River Falls, and a distinguished career in education. He describes his experiences in setting up and developing the audio visual department, including the film library. He discusses university administrators and faculty including Gates, Mitchell, Lindner, Wittich, Graff and Steinhoff. Topics also discussed include: Rasmussen family, ancestry -- Family, immigration, Denmark to America, early 1900s -- Parents, first impressions of America -- Language barriers --Father, farming, Withee, Wisconsin--Occupations, siblings--Family dynamics--Earliest memories--Appendix injury -- Surgeries, infections--Father, memories of--Viggo name meaning--Religion, church attendance--Education, favorite teachers--Education, math and science--Athletics, basketball and baseball--College jobs, pharmacy work, UW-River Falls, 1936--Employment, teaching, Minong, Wisconsin--Teaching contracts, Athens, Wisconsin--Trip to Milwaukee, draft physical, late 1930s--Milwaukee, impressions of--Returning to college--Great Depression (1929-1939), effects of-Family income--Social activities--Barn dances--Baseball team--Pharmacy, impressions of--Brothers, education--Memories, drug store--River Falls, favorite professors/coworkers, 1936--Chemistry classes, stories--Social Studies minor--Attending River Falls, 1936--Teaching, changing majors--Recreation, college.
00:00:30 -- Rasmussen family, ancestry
00:02:26 -- Family, immigration, Denmark to America, early 1900s
00:03:33 -- Parents, first impressions of America
00:04:14 -- Language barriers
00:05:23 -- Father, farming, Withee, Wisconsin
00:06:05 -- Occupations, siblings
00:08:15 -- Family dynamics
00:09:21 -- Earliest memories
00:10:07 -- Appendix injury
00:11:50 --Surgeries, infections
00:12:49 -- Father, memories of
00:14:40 -- Viggo name meaning
00:16:05 -- Religion, church attendance
00:17:56 -- Education, favorite teachers
00:20:02 -- Education, math and science
00:22:22 -- Athletics, basketball and baseball
00:24:18 -- College jobs, pharmacy work, UW-River Falls, 1936
00:25:49 -- Employment, teaching, Minong, Wisconsin
00:29:13 -- Teaching contracts, Athens, Wisconsin
00:30:02 -- Trip to Milwaukee, draft physical, late 1930s
00:31:38 -- Milwaukee, impressions of
00:32:41 -- Returning to college
00:33:35 -- Great Depression (1929-1939), effects of
00:34:59 -- Family income
00:37:17 -- Social activities
00:38:38 -- Barn dances
00:40:33 -- Baseball team
00:43:07 -- Pharmacy, impressions of
00:44:00 -- Brothers, education
00:48:00 -- Memories, drug store
00:50:45 -- River Falls, favorite professors/coworkers, 1936
00:51:15 -- Chemistry classes, stories
00:53:24 -- Social Studies minor
00:57:21 -- Attending River Falls, 1936
00:58:00 -- Teaching, changing majors
00:59:13 -- Recreation, college
Tape 1 of 5.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Rasmusen, Viggo B -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Graff, Maurice Otto, 1907- -- Interviews
Mitchell, Rexford Samuel -- Interviews
Gates, Samuel G -- Interviews
Wittich, Walter A. (Walter Arno), 1910- -- Interviews
Steinhoff, G. Lester -- Interviews
Wisconsin State Teachers College (La Crosse)
Wisconsin State College (La Crosse)
Wisconsin State University (La Crosse)
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Universities and colleges -- Administration -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Instructional materials centers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Student publications -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Audio-visual education -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Racquet (La Crosse, Wis.)
Description:
Rasmusen talks of his early years in Withee, Wisconsin, college days at River Falls, and a distinguished career in education. He describes his experiences in setting up and developing the audio visual department, including the film library. He discusses university administrators and faculty including Gates, Mitchell, Lindner, Wittich, Graff and Steinhoff. Topics also discussed include: Alcohol prices, late 1930s--Segregated housing, 1930s--College, course rigor, UW-River Falls -- Extracurriculars, public speaking--Peer discussion--Politics, Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration (1933-1945)--Notable people in the community, River Falls--Positive college experience--First teaching job-- Teaching, qualifications--Technology in the classroom, new media, 1940s--College of Education, La Crosse--School involvement, Minong, Wisconsin--Financial situation--Teaching, students--Coaching, refereeing--Teaching, faculty, Minong, WI--Teaching salary, Center, WI--Students, impressions of--Student reunions--Administrative role--University of Wisconsin Madison, master's degree--Working with faculty-- Administration, difficulties--Discipline--Discipline procedures--Physical altercations--Administration, pressures of--Community, pressures of--Administrative mistakes, inexperience, learn-by-doing-- Administrative salary--Controversy, church membership, switching to Methodist--Social function-- Marriage, Maddie, wedding story--Tough conditions, working--Wife, Maddie, characteristics-- Legacy, points of pride.
00:00:45 -- Alcohol prices, late 1930s
00:01:09 -- Segregated housing, 1930s
00:02:15 -- College, course rigor, UW-River Falls
00:04:35 -- Extracurriculars, public speaking
00:05:59 -- Peer discussions
00:06:41 -- Politics, Franklin D. Roosevelt Administration (1933-1945)
00:11:15 -- Notable people in the community, River Falls
00:14:02 -- Positive college experience
00:16:38 -- First teaching job
00:17:59 -- Teaching, qualifications
00:20:20 -- Technology in the classroom, new media, 1940s
00:20:57 -- College of Education, La Crosse
00:21:30 -- School involvement, Minong, Wisconsin
00:22:20 -- Financial situation
00:24:08 -- Teaching, students
00:26:40 -- Coaching, refereeing
00:27:57 -- Teaching, faculty, Minong, WI
00:29:27 -- Teaching salary, Center, WI
00:31:24 -- Students, impressions of
00:32:00 -- Student reunions
00:35:33 -- Administrative role
00:36:25 -- University of Wisconsin Madison, master's degree
00:38:20 -- Working with faculty
00:39:42 -- Administration, difficulties
00:40:42 -- Discipline
00:41:29 -- Discipline procedures
00:43:49 -- Physical altercations
00:44:53 -- Administration, pressures of
00:45:41 -- Community, pressures of
00:47:38 -- Administrative mistakes, inexperience, learn-by-doing
00:50:25 -- Administrative salary
00:51:58 -- Controversy, church membership, switching to Methodist
00:53:08 -- Social functions
00:54:24 -- Marriage, Maddie, wedding story
00:55:22 -- Tough conditions, working
00:56:08 -- Wife, Maddie, characteristics
00:57:02 -- Legacy, points of pride
Tape 2 of 5.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Rasmusen, Viggo B -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Graff, Maurice Otto, 1907- -- Interviews
Mitchell, Rexford Samuel -- Interviews
Gates, Samuel G -- Interviews
Wittich, Walter A. (Walter Arno), 1910- -- Interviews
Steinhoff, G. Lester -- Interviews
Wisconsin State Teachers College (La Crosse)
Wisconsin State College (La Crosse)
Wisconsin State University (La Crosse)
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Universities and colleges -- Administration -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Instructional materials centers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Student publications -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Audio-visual education -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Racquet (La Crosse, Wis.)
Description:
Rasmusen talks of his early years in Withee, Wisconsin, college days at River Falls, and a distinguished career in education. He describes his experiences in setting up and developing the audio visual department, including the film library. He discusses university administrators and faculty including Gates, Mitchell, Lindner, Wittich, Graff and Steinhoff. Topics also discussed include: Teaching, coaching salaries--Spencer, Wisconsin--Job interview, hiring process--New school, bigger problems -- Higher demands, responsibilities--Marquette University, summer courses, Physical Chemistry-- Audiovisual course, UW-Madison, Walter Wittich relationship--Technology in classrooms--University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, technology and media--Technology, cost of--Notable professors, UW--Madison-- Graduate school experience, UW-Madison--New job, Athens, Wisconsin--Athens, town description-- Teaching, coaching, administrative roles, Athens, WI--Athens, career highlights--Bus accident, controversy, community support--Greenwood, WI job offering--Coaching story--Greenwood, WI, move to--Greenwood, WI poor experience--Job offering, La Crosse, physics--Job acceptance, La Crosse--Student interactions, La Crosse--Resigning, leaving schools--Athens, student discipline--Classroom visits--La Crosse, first impressions--Housing difficulties--Chancellor Rexford Mitchell (1939-1966), opinions of--La Crosse campus, first impressions--Faculty first impressions--Job interview, questions--Maddie, impressions of La Crosse--Teaching, college level--Coaching, baseball--Baseball rivalries--Traveling baseball team story-- Team's success, conference champions--Athletic association, board member--Athletic treasurer, chairmen--The Racquet, student newspaper sponsor--Athletics, Walter Wittich, other board members-- Athletics, faculty attitudes--Athletics, board meetings--Coaching staff, interactions -- Faculty meetings, coaching, ROTC.
00:00:08 -- Teaching, coaching salaries 00:01:23 -- Spencer, Wisconsin
00:01:46 -- Job interview, hiring process
00:03:52 -- New school, bigger problems
00:05:30 -- Higher demands, responsibilities
00:06:26 -- Marquette University, summer courses, Physical Chemistry
00:08:44 -- Audiovisual course, UW-Madison, Walter Wittich relationship
00:11:14 -- Technology in classrooms
00:12:04 -- University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, technology and media
00:13:09 -- Technology, cost of
00:17:28 -- Notable professors, UW--Madison
00:18:48 -- Graduate school experience, UW-Madison
00:20:15 -- New job, Athens, Wisconsin
00:21:03 -- Athens, town description
00:21:43 -- Teaching, coaching, administrative roles, Athens, WI
00:22:56 -- Athens, career highlights
00:23:50 -- Bus accident, controversy, community support
00:25:03 -- Greenwood, WI job offering
00:26:00 -- Coaching story
00:27:18 -- Greenwood, WI, move to
00:28:00 -- Greenwood, WI poor experience
00:29:01 -- Job offering, La Crosse, physics
00:31:40 -- Job acceptance, La Crosse
00:32:11 -- Student interactions, La Crosse
00:33:02 -- Resigning, leaving schools
00:34:11 -- Athens, student discipline
00:35:02 -- Classroom visits
00:36:08 -- La Crosse, first impressions
00:36:40 -- Housing difficulties
00:38:40 -- Chancellor Rexford Mitchell (1939-1966), opinions of
00:39:27 -- La Crosse campus, first impressions
00:40:07 -- Faculty first impressions
00:41:05 -- Job interview, questions
00:42:38 -- Maddie, impressions of La Crosse
00:43:13 -- Teaching, college level
00:45:11 -- Coaching, baseball
00:46:00 -- Baseball rivalries
00:46:18 -- Traveling baseball team story
00:49:24 -- Team's success, conference champions
00:50:20 -- Athletic association, board member
00:51:34 -- Athletic treasurer, chairmen
00:52:22 -- The Racquet, student newspaper sponsor
00:54:01 -- Athletics, Walter Wittich, other board members
00:55:00 -- Athletics, faculty attitudes
00:56:57 -- Athletics, board meetings
00:58:27 -- Coaching staff, interactions
01:01:05 -- Faculty meetings, coaching, ROTC
Tape 3 of 5.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Rasmusen, Viggo B -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Graff, Maurice Otto, 1907- -- Interviews
Mitchell, Rexford Samuel -- Interviews
Gates, Samuel G -- Interviews
Wittich, Walter A. (Walter Arno), 1910- -- Interviews
Steinhoff, G. Lester -- Interviews
Wisconsin State Teachers College (La Crosse)
Wisconsin State College (La Crosse)
Wisconsin State University (La Crosse)
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Universities and colleges -- Administration -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Instructional materials centers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Student publications -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Audio-visual education -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Racquet (La Crosse, Wis.)
Description:
Rasmusen talks of his early years in Withee, Wisconsin, college days at River Falls, and a distinguished career in education. He describes his experiences in setting up and developing the audio visual department, including the film library. He discusses university administrators and faculty including Gates, Mitchell, Lindner, Wittich, Graff and Steinhoff. Topics also discussed include: Notable colleagues, math department--Audiovisual career, beginnings--Audiovisual, teaching--Building audiovisual department--Audiovisual department, difficulties--Credibility--Staff/tenure voting story-- Controversy, staff tensions--Voting results, opinions of--Following procedures/laws--Legal advice-- Accusations laid to rest--Faculty, ill feelings/support--Possible law suit--Film library, La Crosse--Film library, lack of funding--Film library, success--Film library, debt--Film orders/demands--UW-Madison relationship-- Televison courses, national recognition--Competition, major universities--Audiovisual career, reflection-- Staff appreciation--Film libraries, other institutions--Budget establishment--Leave of absence, tension-- Chancellor Samuel Gates (1966-1971), opinions of--Students for a Democratic Society (SD)S policy--The Raquet, Student newspaper problems--Community influence.
00:00:08 -- Notable colleagues, math department
00:01:29 -- Audiovisual career, beginnings
00:04:25 -- Audiovisual, teaching
00:05:50 -- Building audiovisual department
00:08:15 -- Audiovisual department, difficulties
00:09:03 -- Credibility
00:11:47 -- Staff/tenure voting story
00:15:48 -- Controversy, staff tensions
00:16:53 -- Voting results, opinions of
00:19:05 -- Following procedures/laws
00:19:44 -- Legal advice
00:21:15 -- Accusations laid to rest
0:21:52 -- Faculty, ill feelings/support
00:24:52 -- Possible law suit
00:26:11 -- Film library, La Crosse
00:29:02 -- Film library, lack of funding
00:30:20 -- Film library, success
00:31:36 -- Film library, debt
00:32:07 -- Film orders/demands
00:34:02 -- UW-Madison relationship
00:36:11 -- Televison courses, national recognition
00:37:55 -- Competition, major universities
00:38:24 -- Audiovisual career, reflection
00:41:40 -- Staff appreciation
00:43:35 -- Film libraries, other institutions
00:44:52 -- Budget establishment
00:47:28 -- Leave of absence, tension
00:48:57 -- Chancellor Samuel Gates (1966-1971), opinions of
00:53:55 -- Students for a Democratic Society (SD)S policy
00:55:44 -- The Raquet, Student newspaper problems
00:57:00 -- Community influence
Tape 4 of 5.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Rasmusen, Viggo B -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Graff, Maurice Otto, 1907- -- Interviews
Mitchell, Rexford Samuel -- Interviews
Gates, Samuel G -- Interviews
Wittich, Walter A. (Walter Arno), 1910- -- Interviews
Steinhoff, G. Lester -- Interviews
Wisconsin State Teachers College (La Crosse)
Wisconsin State College (La Crosse)
Wisconsin State University (La Crosse)
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Universities and colleges -- Administration -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Instructional materials centers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Student publications -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Audio-visual education -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Racquet (La Crosse, Wis.)
Description:
Rasmussen talks of his early years in Withee, Wisconsin, college days at River Falls, and a distinguished career in education. He describes his experiences in setting up and developing the audio visual department, including the film library. He discusses university administrators and faculty including Gates, Mitchell, Lindner, Wittich, Graff and Steinhoff. Topics also discussed include: Chancellor Kenneth Lindner (1971-1979), relationship--Faculty merit evaluations--Student evaluations-- Lindner, power struggles--Department dynamics--Audiovisual department, reservations--Program growth, management--Program changes, betterment--Retirement, alumni involvement--UW-La Crosse appreciation--Rasmusen, contributions--Rasmussen, university replacement--Conclusions.
00:00:13 -- Chancellor Kenneth Lindner (1971-1979), relationship
00:03:02 -- Faculty merit evaluations
00:04:40 -- Student evaluations
00:06:51 -- Lindner, power struggles
00:08:38 -- Department dynamics
00:09:43 -- Audiovisual department, reservations
00:12:01 -- Program growth, management
00:14:30 -- Program changes, betterment
00:15:37 -- Retirement, alumni involvement
00:16:13 -- UW-La Crosse appreciation
00:17:00 -- Rasmussen, contributions
00:18:40 -- Rasmussen, university replacement
00:19:24 -- Conclusions
Tape 5 of 5.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Cain, W. R. -- Interviews
Shoe industry -- Wisconsin
Traveling sales personnel -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Cain discusses his life as a traveling salesman for the shoe industry, based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He details his travels to La Crosse, Wisconsin, describing the city, living conditions, and his business accounts, including Menards, Sears, and Montgomery Ward. He also describes staying at the Stoddard Hotel.
Author:
Western Wisconsin Technical Institute
Subject:
Coleman, John B., 1889-
Vocational education -- Wisconsin -- History
Creator:
John B. Coleman, 1889-
Description:
Based on an original oral history project recording by Howard R. Fredricks; edited by Donald J. Meinert.
John B. Colman relates his life story but focuses on his tenure at the Western Wisconsin Technical College or Western Technical College and changes in vocational education.
Author:
Tucker & Company
Subject:
Nichols, George C., 1824-
Mississippi River -- Navigation -- History
Mississippi River Valley -- History -- 1803-1865
Mississippi River Valley -- History -- 1865-
Creator:
Nichols, George C., 1824-
Description:
This memoir discusses early river travel in the Upper Mississippi Valley. One chapter is titled "Moving the Winnebago Indians" and recounts the details behind the 1848 removal of the Ho-Chunk from the La Crosse area. Nichols was one of the steamboat pilots hired by the U.S. Federal Government to conduct this formal and violent removal of Indigenous Peoples from their ancestral lands.
Subject:
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
A history of La Crosse, Wisconsin, as told in reminiscences of Fredericka Augusta (Mrs. John M.) Levy, from the time of her arrival there in 1845 until about 1904. The first few pages are written in the German language and in old script. The stories are then handwritten in English.
Collection stored, all or in-part, at ARC: Collection can be requested for transfer through the Area Research Center (ARC) Network, consult Reading Room Staff.; Presented by Ellis B. Usher, 1910.
Author:
Liesenfeld Press
Subject:
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Biography
Creator:
Pammel, L.H.
Description:
This book written in 1928 is a comprehensive, first person account of people and events in La Crosse in the 19th century by Louis H. Pammel. At the time of publication of this 102 page book in 1928, Pammel was a professor of botany at Iowa State College. His book begins with a general history of La Crosse, a description of the flora and fauna of the area, and his father’s emigration from Germany and arrival in La Crosse in 1855. The focus of the book, though, is on the people that Pammel knew or had acquaintance of and events that occurred La Crosse primarily in the 1870s and 1880s. There is a name index at the back that was added at a later date. There are no illustrations.
Description:
The Wisconsin Pioneer Experience is a digital collection of diaries, letters, reminiscences, speeches and other writings of people who settled and built Wisconsin during the 19th century. The project has been made available through the partnership of the Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries (CUWL) and the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS). The historic papers included in the Wisconsin Pioneer Experience were drawn from the collections of the Area Research Centers (ARC) including the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, as well as the headquarters of the Wisconsin Historical Society. For the Wisconsin Pioneer Experience, the archivists of the ARCs selected numerous collections representative of the various corners of Wisconsin and Wisconsin’s pioneer history. Through these documents, students and non-students alike can learn about life in the early days of the Badger State from the words of those who lived it.
Specific entries from La Crosse include: Nathan Myrick letter, Friedrich Tillman diary.
Author:
publisher not identified
Subject:
United States
Wisconsin
La Crosse
Bice, Raymond C., 1896-
La Crosse (Wis.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Creator:
Raymond C. Bice 1896-
Description:
An autobiographical recollection of long-time North Side businessman Raymond C. Bice. Born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Bice was a building contractor, lumber dealer and a termite exterminator. He was a veteran of World War I and later he served in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1947-1951 and the Wisconsin State Senate in 1953-1969.