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Subject:
Neighborhoods -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Architecture, Domestic -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Goosetown (La Crosse, Wis.)
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Creator:
Baudhuin, Jason
Description:
Student paper-University of Wisconsin -- La Crosse, 1991.; "For Historiography 395...December 16, 1991"; Cover title.; Also available online.; Advisor: C. Lee; Includes bibliographical references.; At head of title: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
The Goosetown neighborhood covered the formerly residential area that was bounded on the north by the La Crosse River marsh; west by 12th Street North, the former interstate fairgrounds (Harring Field and Memorial Stadium to the east. The southern border is in dispute, ranging from the north side of Vine Street all the way to the north side of Main Street.
Author:
State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer liffe -- Wisconsin
Wisconsin -- Description and travel
Fort Howard (Wis.)
Creator:
State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Description:
Includes chapters three and four only: III. Recollections of a pioneer woman of La Crosse / by [Fredericka] Augusta Levy (ed. by Albert H. Sanford) -- IV. Another La Crosse pioneer's statement / by John S. Harris.
"From the proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin for 1911, ..."; Includes bibliographical references.
Author:
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:
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
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.
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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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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:
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:
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,
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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:
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
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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:
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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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:
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:
Bice, Raymond C. -- Interviews
Wisconsin -- Politics and government
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Tape 1 of 2.
00:00:20 -- Early education, politics
00:03:50 -- Politicians, local
00:10:08 -- Business, lumber
00:11:00 -- County supervisor, elected
00:11:45 -- County Board, issues
00:13:50 -- Great Depression, 1929
00:17:40 -- Bootlegging
00:20:00 -- Wages
00:21:58 -- Courthouse
00:23:30 -- Running for United States Congress
00:25:50 -- Political campaigns
00:28:50 -- Democrats
00:32:20 -- Quality of life
00:36:10 -- Typical day, childhood
00:37:55 -- Railroad yards
00:40:32 -- Fishing
00:41:50 -- Hobos
00:43:20 -- Juvenile delinquency
00:49:20 -- Ethnic groups, Syrians
00:50:35 -- North and South La Crosse, rivalry
00:52:45 -- High school, drop-out
00:56:30 -- Bart McCormick, high school principle
00:57:40 -- Teachers
01:00:00 -- Elected office, highlights
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:
Tape 2 of 2.
00:00:00 -- Trapper's bill, law
00:05:00 -- Speed limit bill, law
00:10:30 -- Highway safety bill, law
00:11:20 -- Liquor tax
00:13:20 -- Lobbying groups, breweries
00:20:30 -- Politicians, honesty
00:22:30 -- Political apathy
00:25:55 -- Primaries, elections
00:27:50 -- Incidents, United States, Congress
00:31:00 -- News, media
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:
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
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.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Subject:
Neighborhoods -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Creator:
Boesel, Terri
Description:
The Powell-Hood Park-Hamilton Neighborhood Steering Committee's plans for revitalizing their neighborhood, while focusing on major physical issues like housing and facilities, include history. Recognizing that the present and the past are closely associated in vibrant communities, the steering committee called for a greater awareness of neighborhood history. In the fall of 1998, Professor Charles Lee of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of History, proposed the idea of compiling a neighborhood history to our public history class. Early in the school year we met with two of the steering committee members, Sandy Herold and Margaret Larson. They brought with them a list of ten people whom the committee had decided might have interesting information about the neighborhood. The members of the class divided up those ten people and interviewed them. With the help of those ten people, the class found fourteen more names, and these people were interviewed as well. The goal of this project was to help gather and record the history of the neighborhood through the eyes of its residents.