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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
Outdoor recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Entertaining -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
00:01:10 -- Paternal ancestors
00:06:33 -- Father in La Crosse, 1855
00:13:20 -- Mother's ancestry
00:19:14 -- Childhood home
00:20:24 -- Earliest memories
00:26:50 -- Childhood friends
00:30:36 -- Leisure activities, winter
00:31:00 -- Sledding and sleigh rides
00:32:58 -- Leisure activities, summer
00:35:20 -- Dances
00: 43:19 -- Schooling
00:54:10 -- Education at Northwestern College
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Flottmeyer, Albert E. -- Interviews
Housing developers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Neighborhoods -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
t Flottmeyer discusses his life in La Crosse, Wisconsin, focusing on his experiences and observations as a building developer. He details the housing industry, describing construction materials, building styles, interior design, and housing developments, in particular the Wedgewood Terrace and Wedgewood Valley developments.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
D'Angelo, Alex -- Interviews
Bands (Music) -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Rock music -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Bars (Drinking establishments) -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Music publicity -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Little magazines -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.)
Description:
D'Angelo discusses the live music scene in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He mentions several rock bands and local bars and also discusses his efforts to promote bands and provide publicity through his small press magazines.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Eggen, Armand -- Interviews
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Eggen discusses his life in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He details social practices, community organization, and local politics. He also describes recreation and entertainment opportunities.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Frank, Barbara A -- Interviews
Sierra Club
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Coulee Region Sierra Club -- History
Coulee Region Sierra Club -- Membership
Environmentalism -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Environmental policy -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Environmental education -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Description:
Frank discusses growing up in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where she became interested in environmental issues. She describes her work in environmental education and policy and details her involvement in such environmental groups as the Coulee Region Sierra Club, Coulee Region Environmental Education Development (CREED), the Wisconsin Association of Environmental Education, and the Wisconsin Conservation Corps.
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.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
McMahon, Bob -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Fishing -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Fly fishing -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Trout fishing -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Water quality -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Coon Creek (Monroe County-Vernon County, Wis.)
Timber Coulee Creek (Vernon County, Wis.)
Description:
00:01:30 -- Fishing in Coon Valley, 1950s
00:02:20 -- Breeds of popular fish, Coon Valley
00:04:00 -- Fly fishing limits
00:05:00 -- Changes of fishing parameters, where to fish and how many fish one is able to catch
00:06:10 -- Greatest threat to recreational fishing, pollution and land usage
00:07:00 -- Quality of land and farming, run off pollution
00:09:30 -- Role of Department of Natural Resources
00:11:15 -- Effects of water pollution
00:13:00 -- Conservation
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Description:
Brenda Lauderdale was born in Alabama, but spent most of her childhood in the Chicago area. She came to La Crosse for college. Lauderdale mostly discusses growing up in housing projects in Chicago in the 1950s and her family life. In 1975, Lauderdale enrolled in UWL, and some of her interview focuses on anti-Black racism and discrimination in La Crosse and at UWL.
Tape 2
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
Description:
Charles Conrad was a La Crosse area resident for his whole life, born in the late 1800s and growing up on a farm just outside of the city. In his interview, he discusses subjects like: his ancestry, Indigenous peoples, education, family life, working at a saw mill and grocery store, religion, movie theaters, the Red light district, Prohibition, clamming, the Klu Klux Klan (KKK), Black families, racism, early doctors and home remedies, and the Great Depression.
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Tape 3
Tape 4
Tape 5
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Zobin, Chris -- Interviews
Slow Pedestrians (Musical group)
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Altrusion Grace (Musical group)
Bands (Music) -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Musicians -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Bars (Drinking establishments) -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Little magazines -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.)
Description:
Zobin discusses the 1980s live music scene in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He focuses on local bands, including the Slow Pedestrians and Altrusion Grace, and also describes the difficulties of forming bands and finding venues. He also mentions downtown bars and local fan magazines.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Staats, Dick -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Trout fishing -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Fly fishing -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Fish habitat improvement -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Coon Creek (Monroe County-Vernon County, Wis.)
Description:
Staats discusses fly fishing for trout in the creeks and streams around Coon Valley, Wisconsin. In particular he mentions fishing in Coon Creek, Bohemian Valley Creek, Timber Coulee Creek, and Spring Coulee Creek. He also comments on Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources efforts to improve fish habitat. Topics also discussed include the following: Fishing as a child -- Most common fish in streams -- Kinds of gear used -- Changes in fishing -- Greatest problem with trout fishing -- Changes in trout and other fish population -- Changes in farming and land use -- Changes in streams -- Pollution -- Flooding -- Greatest threat to fishing.
00:01:20- Fishing as a child
00:04:21- Most common fish in streams
00:05:24- Kinds of gear used
00:06:06- Changes in fishing
00:09:35- Greatest problem with trout fishing
00:11:00- Changes in trout and other fish population
00:12:54- Changes in farming and land use
00:13:12- Changes in streams
00:14:08- Pollution
00:15:10- Flooding
00:17:50-Greatest threat to fishing
Part of the Coon Creek Fishing (DNR project).
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:
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:
Gershon, Ernest -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Ernest Gershon discusses attending the Phy. Ed. program at UWL in the mid-1900s. He speaks about being involved with gymnastics, dance, track and field, taking classes with Hans Reuter, and Reuter's impact on the university. Gershon also discusses gender roles in sports education.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Gautsch, Floyd -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Physical education and training -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Physical education teachers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Description:
Floyd Gautsch discusses attending the Phy. Ed. program at UWL in the mid-1900s. He speaks about being a student athlete, taking classes with Hans Reuter, and Reuter's impact on the university.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Haiden, Frank C. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
German Americans -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Railroad companies -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Breweries -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Haiden discusses growing up in a German immigrant family in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He discusses family life, work life, and the development of La Crosse. He details his work in the railroad industry, mentioning several companies operating routes through La Crosse. He also describes the downtown district, including the breweries that operated there.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Purcell, Gene P -- Interviews
WLSU (Radio station : La Crosse, Wis.)
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Radio -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- History
Radio stations -- Employees
Radio producers and directors -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Public radio -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Description:
Purcell talks about his career as a disc jockey in the 1970s and 80s. He expresses his passion for radio and working with musicians, and talks about some history with La Crosse radio and UWL radio.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Ragland, Geneva F. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Topics discussed include the following: Paternal grandfathers' land in Baraboo WI -- Paternal grandfather moves to La Crosse, 1867 -- Paternal grandfather's log riding business, La Crosse -- Native Americans in the La Crosse area, 1870 -- Paternal grandfather's multiple properties -- Paternal grandmother -- Paternal grandfather establishes first La Crosse baseball team -- Personality of paternal grandfather -- Relationship with the Hixon family -- Birth of father, 1858 -- Family's horse racing business -- Hixon family education -- Father's youth -- Mother's family -- Mother's personality -- Relationship with parents -- Becoming a teacher after high school.
00:01:40- Paternal grandfathers' land in Baraboo WI
00:10:00- Paternal grandfather moves to La Crosse, 1867
00:12:03- Paternal grandfather's log riding business, La Crosse
00:14:15-Native Americans in the La Crosse area, 1870
00:19:28- Paternal grandfather's multiple properties
00:22:51-Paternal grandmother
00:24:25-Paternal grandfather establishes first La Crosse baseball team
00:26:55- Personality of paternal grandfather
00:28:40- Relationship with the Hixon family
00:29:49-Birth of father, 1858
00:31:10-Family's horse racing business
00:36:35-Hixon family education
00:39:35-Father's youth
00:46:00-Mother's family
00:51:19- Mother's personality
00:55:10- Relationship with parents
00:56:30-Becoming a teacher after high school
Tape 1 of 2.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Ragland, Geneva F. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Topics discussed include the following: Early childhood years -- The Gillette family -- Joseph Hixon -- Alice Hixon -- Hixon home -- Special features of the Hixon home -- Alice's sister Ruth -- Historic Hixon House Museum -- The Johns family -- McCormick school superintendent.
00:01:36- Early childhood years
00:05:58- The Gillette family
00:10:11- Joseph Hixon
00:14:20- Alice Hixon
00:32:02-Hixon home
00:35:50- Special features of the Hixon home
00:40:58- Alice's sister Ruth
00:42:30- Historic Hixon House Museum
00:51:03- The Johns family
00:57:33- McCormick school superintendent
Tape 2 of 2.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Feinberg, Gordon H. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Businesspeople -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Central business districts -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Feinberg discusses his life in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He describes his work history, including starting his own business, Sanitary Supply Company. He details the development of downtown La Crosse and discusses organizing the 3rd Street Merchant's Association. He also describes the Market Square complex and changes in the downtown shopping area.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Banasik, Ed -- Interviews
Banasik, Helen -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Families
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Mr. and Mrs. Banasik discuss their marriage and family life in La Crosse, Wisconsin. They describe work, home, recreation, and entertainment activities. They also comment on changes in society and politics.
Description:
Henry Keimowitz was born in Hungary. He moved to the U.S. after serving in WWI. He discusses many topics, including his childhood in Hungary, his Jewish heritage, experiencing antisemitism and Facism during and in between the World Wars, his experience as a POW,
Tape 2
Tape 3
Tape 4
Tape 5
Tape 6
Tape 7
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Norcross, Henry -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Railroad engineers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Railroads -- Employees
Labor unions -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Tape 1 of 4. 00:00:42 -- Ancestry, German immigrants
00:05:20 -- Mother, born 1873, French Island
00:08:15 -- Childhood memories
00:09:50 -- Mother's stories, festivals and employment
00:15:52 -- Father's employment and memories
00:23:19 -- Employment, Milwaukee Railroad
00:24:43 -- Born, 1899, French Island
00:25:40 -- Childhood employment, farming
00:27:21 -- Families on French Island
00:30:04 -- Mother's childhood, school
00:32:20 -- French Island and La Crosse, tensions
00:35:42 -- Education
00:37:50 -- Brother's death, drowning
00:40:09 -- Winter on French Island
00:41:00 -- Swimming and Clifford Sheppard accident
00:43:29 -- Childhood pranks
00:44:59 -- Expulsion from school
00:46:00 -- Behavior in school
00:48:20 -- Diseases and quarantine, home doctors
00:56:16 -- Buffalo Bill Circus
00:58:52 -- Summer fairs
01:01:10 -- Female doctor, Mary Hauck
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Norcross, Henry -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Railroad engineers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Railroads -- Employees
Labor unions -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Tape 2 of 4.
00:00:01 -- Personal physician
00:00:41 -- Murders in La Crosse, Wisconsin
00:03:07 -- Female doctor, Mary Hauck
00:04:20 -- Home remedies
00:06:38 -- Employment, La Crosse Rubber Mill
00:07:33 -- Employment, Milwaukee Railroad
00:31:04 -- Becoming a railroad engineer
00:34:23 -- Railroad conditions, c. 1920s-1940s
00:36:00 -- US government control of railroad, c. 1918
00:39:16 -- Propaganda against Germans, World War, 1914-1918
00:42:51 -- Prohibition and marriage, 1918
00:46:12 -- House fire
00:49:06 -- Bootleggers
00:51:40 -- Smoking and chewing tobacco
00:53:39 -- Unemployment, Depression, 1929
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Gerber, Inga -- Interviews
La Crosse Business and Professional Women's Club (La Crosse, Wis.) -- History
La Crosse Business and Professional Women's Club (La Crosse, Wis.) -- Membership
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Equal rights amendments
Women -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- Societies and clubs
Oral history
Description:
Gerber discusses her work history, her concern for equal rights for women, and her long involvement with the La Crosse Business and Professional Women's Club in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She describes the purposes and concerns of the club as well as its history and development.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Bruins, James -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
James Bruins discusses attending the Phy. Ed. program at UWL in the 1930s. He speaks about taking classes with Hans Reuter, and Reuter's impact on the university.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Halko, Jeff -- Interviews
Warehouse (Music club)
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Java Jam (La Crosse, Wis.)
Music -- Societies, etc.
Bands (Music) -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Rock music -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.)
Description:
Halko discusses local rock bands and the music performance scene in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He describes his collaboration at the Warehouse club and his efforts to organize and promote Java Jam.
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.
Description:
Hoeschler touches on many subjects, but mainly focuses on his family history and his professional career. He also spends quite a bit of time talking about his uncle, Frank Hoeschler, who was a known dentist and developer in La Crosse.
Tape 2
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Haraldson, John -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Norwegian Americans -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Shoe industry -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Retail trade -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Clubs -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- History
Westby (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Tape 1 of 2. 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
**00:56:30 to 00:58:45 bad audio quality
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Haraldson, John -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Norwegian Americans -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Shoe industry -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Retail trade -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Clubs -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- History
Westby (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Tape 2 of 2.
00:04:34 -- Haraldson's store catches fire
00:07:14 -- Comparing Norway to United States
00:11:42 -- Personal life and family
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Lysaker, John -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
00:01:34 -- Education, Logan High School, Teacher's College
00:12:32 -- School programs
00:15:14 -- Religion, Catholicism
00:18:15 -- Ethnic groups, relations, businesses
00:22:44 -- Race relations
00:26:15 -- Employment, Rivoli Theatre, carpenter
00:30:00 -- Transportation, La Crosse
00:31:20 -- Movie theaters, La Crosse
00:34:30 -- Copeland Avenue
00:35:50 -- Employment, railroad
00:39:17 -- The Great Depression, 1929
00:43:15 -- Businesses, World War, 1939-1945
00:49:00 -- Korean War, 1950-1953
00:51:40 -- Vietnam War, 1961-1975
00:55:18 -- Veterans, Vietnam War, 1961-1975, La Crosse
00:56:38 -- Flood, La Crosse, 1965
00:58:58 -- Train depot, La Crosse
1:07:30 -- Technology, computers, calculators
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Nevers, John -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
00:00:01 -- Nevers, background, 1938
00:00:58 -- Nevers, opinion of Hans Reuter
00:01:53 -- Reuter, student interactions
00:03:25 -- Reuter, class discipline
00:04:05 -- Reuter, strict grading
00:05:34 -- Reuter, demonstrations
00:07:55 -- Reuter, athletics and coaching
00:08:54 -- Student teaching program
00:10:01 -- Reuter, local and state involvement
00:11:54 -- Reuter, strengths and weaknesses
00:12:48 -- Reuter, gymnastics fundamentals
00:14:13 -- Dance classes
00:14:42 -- Reuter, inventions
00:15:46 -- Reuter, staff opinions
00:16:38 -- Marching tactics class
00:18:50 -- Reuter, teaching philosophy
00:21:18 -- Adapting to changes in the field
00:24:32 -- Reuter, Phi Epsilon Kappa involvement
00:25:50 -- Dance, gender roles
00:27:11 -- Reuter, using techniques in public schools
00:28:39 -- Reuter, comparing to other professors
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
**00:56:30 to 00:58:45 bad audio quality
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:
Leum, Larry -- Interviews
Trout fishing -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Spring Coulee Creek (Vernon County, Wis.)
Coon Creek Watershed (Monroe County-Vernon County, Wis.)
Coon Valley (Wis.)
Description:
Leum discusses trout fishing in Spring Coulee Creek and other creeks and streams that form the Coon Creek Watershed around Coon Valley, Wisconsin. He describes fishing conditions, including fishing pressure and problems caused by flooding and erosion. He also comments on the role of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in managing fish habitat.
Description:
Marlene Koula was born in La Crosse and discusses her family life and childhood. She touches on topics like family customs, dating, her marriage, Catholicism, religious discrimination, and social events.
Tape 2
Description:
Maxine Kroner (b.1927) was born in Dodgeville, WI, but spent her childhood in La Crosse. In her interview, she discusses topics such as the Great Depression, welfare programs, the North Side neighborhood, Catholicism, private education (Aquinas), employment during WWII, teaching, working as a mother, local politics, the YMCA, the polio pandemic, and vaccines.
Tape 2
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Luxenburg, Mildred -- Interviews
Families
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Luxenburg discusses her marriage and family life in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She focuses on life in the 1950s, commenting on changes in the economy and social practices. She describes work life, childrearing, and recreation activities.
Description:
Myer Katz (b.1910 - d.1993) grew up in La Crosse in a Jewish family. He would later become a prominent local La Crosse historian. In his interview, he mostly covers topics about his family heritage. The subjects include local Jewish history and immigration, Judaism, family customs and practices, antisemitism, education experiences, and general Jewish history.
Tape 2
Tape 3
Tape 4
Tape 5
Tape 6
Tape 7
Tape 8
Tape 9
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Goode, Nancy -- Interviews
Sierra Club
Coulee Region Sierra Club -- History
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Coulee Region Sierra Club -- Membership
Environmentalism
Oral history
Fund raising
Description:
Goode discusses environmental issues and her involvement with the Coulee Region Sierra Club in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She mentions members, meetings, fund raising activities, and the evolution of the club.
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:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Jorgenson, Ole -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Ole Jorgenson attended the La Crosse Normal School (now UWL) and was enrolled in the Physical Education program there. For much of this interview, Jorgeson discusses Hans Reuter, who was instrumental in creating a nationally-renowned Phy. Ed. program that continues today at UWL. Jorgeson also touches on topics like student life in the 1920s and the post-WWI era.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Winter, Oscar -- Interviews
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse -- History
Neighborhoods -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Winter discusses his life in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He focuses on his recollections of the area that became overtaken by the expanding University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He also describes neighborhood life and social practices.
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:
Olson discusses fly fishing for trout in Rullands Coulee Creek, Timber Coulee Creek, and other creeks that form the Coon Creek Watershed around Coon Valley, Wisconsin. He describes fishing pressure, fishing regulations, and his efforts to improve streams. He also mentions the roles of farmers and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in improving fish habitat. Topics also discussed include the following: Fly and lure shop, Coon Valley -- Starting the shop -- Fishing as a child -- Differences in fishing over the years -- Lack of fisherman during World War, 1939-1945 -- Fewer local fisherman -- Fish population in 1990s -- Dangers to fish population -- Note: no audio for 15 seconds -- Fish population increase -- Logging -- Changes in water current -- Pollution -- Flooding.
00:01:00- Fly and lure shop, Coon Valley
00:02:03- Starting the shop
00:02:30- Fishing as a child
00:05:50- Differences in fishing over the years
00:06:32- Lack of fisherman during World War, 1939-1945
00:07:02- Fewer local fisherman
00:08:40- Fish population in 1990s
00:09:50- Dangers to fish population
00:12:00- Note: no audio for 15 seconds
00:17:55- Fish population increase
00:20:47- Logging
00:21:21- Changes in water current
00:24:25- Pollution
0026:06- Flooding
Part of the Coon Creek Fishing (DNR project).
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.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Kogut, Paul -- Interviews
Fly fishing -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Coon Valley (Wis.)
Timber Coulee Creek (Vernon County, Wis.)
Bohemian Valley Creek (Vernon County, Wis.)
Rullands Coulee Creek (Vernon County, Wis.)
Spring Coulee Creek (Vernon County, Wis.)
Coon Creek Watershed (Monroe County-Vernon County, Wis.)
Description:
Kogut discusses fly fishing in the streams and creeks around Coon Valley, Wisconsin. In particular, he mentions Timber Coulee Creek, Bohemian Valley Creek, Rullands Coulee Creek, and Spring Coulee Creek. He also discusses fishing pressure, catch-and-release areas, and the Coon Creek Watershed project.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Bice, Raymond C. -- Interviews
Wisconsin -- Politics and government
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Raymond Bice discusses his childhood and early life, talking of fishing, hanging out at rail yards, his school delinquency, some of his teachers and his principal, as well as his story of eventually dropping out of high school. He also talks about his adult life, including his political career and the greater political climate of La Crosse, specifically at the County level. Bice talks in detail about the Trapper's bill and law, the Speed Limit bill and law, the Highway Safety bill and law, Liquor tax, and lobbying groups. He also discusses general topics like the Great Depression, Prohibition and bootlegging, neighborhood rivalry, and Syrian immigration to La Crosse.
Tape 2
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Hackner, Robert B. -- Interviews
Architects and housing developers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Public housing -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Hackner discusses his life in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where he became an architect's apprentice and after establishing his own business in 1953, worked on commercial and residential buildings. He details his involvement in the development of the first public housing projects in La Crosse in 1957 and also discusses La Crosse architectural developments in the 1950s.
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:
Levenstein, Sally G. -- Interviews
Jews -- Social life and customs
Jewish way of life
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Levenstein details her life as a member of the Jewish population in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She discusses neighborhood activities, the structure of the community, and social practices and traditions. She also offers details about Jewish leaders and community members.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Oswalt, Sally -- Interviews
La Crosse Business and Professional Women's Club (La Crosse, Wis.) -- History
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Equal rights amendments
Equal pay for work
Women -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- Societies and clubs
Women's health services -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Health care reform
Description:
Oswalt discusses her involvement with the La Crosse Business and Professional Women's Club and efforts to achieve wage equality and health care reform and to improve the status of women in the workplace and society.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Collins, Terrance -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse -- Alumni and alumnae
Wisconsin State University (La Crosse)
Description:
Tape 1 of 2. 00:00:00 -- Education, political science
00:03:05 -- Spanish teachers
00:05:40 -- Lawyer, University of Wisconsin -- La Crosse Foundation
00:06:40 -- Family ancestry
00:12:30 -- Employment, family
00:15:58 -- Logan Neighborhood
00:16:55 -- Heritage Preservation Commission, Goddard Hotel
00:19:20 -- Northside depot, beanery
00:22:15 -- Family, children
00:23:55 -- Childhood
00:25:42 -- Church, Catholicism
00:32:20 -- Conduct problems, high school
00:34:20 -- United States Air Force, Turkey
00:38:00 -- Reading, leisure
00:42:45 -- Richard C. Collins, brother
00:45:30 -- College, University of Wisconsin -- La Crosse
00:53:50 -- Wife
00:56:30 -- Professors
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Collins, Terrance -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse -- Alumni and alumnae
Wisconsin State University (La Crosse)
Description:
Tape 2 of 2.
00:00:00 -- Veterans, college
00:02:30 -- Vietnam War, 1961-1975, protest
00:05:45 -- Drug culture
00:08:30 -- Curt Reithel, foreign policy
00:13:30 -- Professionalism
00:20:38 -- Law school
00:22:30 -- Wisconsin State Assembly, 95th assembly district
00:28:40 -- Paul Offner, politician
00:36:55 -- Employment, lawyer
00:40:20 -- Ed Nix, municipal judge
00:43:50 -- Family, daughters
00:47:50 -- Self-reflection, education, thoughts
00:51:45 -- Philip Schuth
00:58:00 -- Real estate, development
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Bagstad, Tip -- Interviews
Trout fishing -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Fish habitat improvement -- Wisconsin
Flood control -- Wisconsin
Stream channelization -- Wisconsin
Coon Valley (Wis.)
Description:
00:01:10 -- Career, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
00:02:30 -- Love of fishing
00:04:48 -- Types of fish in Coulee streams
00:06:03 -- Successful fishing tips
00:06:40 -- Rise in fishing popularity
00:09:17 -- Greatest threats to trout fishing
00:11:31 -- Current state of trout population
00:14:14 -- Current state of sucker and chub population
00:14:39 -- Changes in farming
00:14:58 -- Conservation methods
00:15:40 -- Streams narrowed over time
00:17:24 -- Work on streams in Monroe, La Crosse, Burning, and Crawford County
00:20:21 -- Decreased flooding in Coulee region
00:22:45 -- Greatest threats to fishing
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: 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:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Subject:
Neighborhoods -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse Region
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse Region
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Creator:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse public history class
Description:
In September of 2003, UW-La Crosse history professor Charles "Chuck" Lee, approached the Washburn Neighborhood Association, offering to work on a project for the association. As a result of that offer, Professor Lee's Public History class was tasked with preparing historic sites nominations, developing a walking tour of the neighborhood, and conducting neighborhood oral history interviews.