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—World War I—


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,
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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:
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 3 of 4.
00:00:01 -- Unemployment
00:06:43 -- Member of Klu Klux Klan (KKK)
00:10:33 -- Lodge 754, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen union
00:25:19 -- Union strikes and involvement
00:35:28 -- Working conditions, Railroad
00:42:30 -- Chairman for union
00:53:01 -- Union, better pay
00:54:10 -- White versus Black discrimination
00:58:57 -- Accomplishments of unions
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 4 of 4.
00:00:01 -- Lodge 754, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen union
00:01:58 -- Buying a train caboose
00:12:49 -- Early days on railroad
00:31:28 -- Union strikes
00:33:44 -- Experience, engineer
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:
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: 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
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Subject:
World War, 1914-1918 -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
World War, 1939-1945 -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Creator:
Pifer, Richard L.
Description:
A master's thesis. Introduction -- Chapter I. The setting: Wisconsin and the nation -- Chapter II. La Crosse: neutrality to intervention -- Chapter III. Preparedness -- Chapter IV. La Crosse and the world wars -- Chapter V. Select groups and the world wars -- Chapter VI. The search for security -- Conclusion
Subject:
Editorials
La Crosse Tribune (La Crosse, Wis.)
Treaty of Versailles (1919)
Creator:
Moderski, Audrey
Description:
UW-L Seminar Paper