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Subject:
Gymnastics--Wisconsin--La Crosse -- Societies, etc. -- History
Deutscher Verein (La Crosse, Wis.)--History
German Americans--Wisconsin--La Crosse
Creator:
Richard J. Schild
Description:
It was the purpose of this study to trace the history of the gymnastic program in the La Crosse, Wisconsin, Turners, showing the background of the organization and the scope of its activities.
Author:
Robert R. Lorenz
Subject:
Shelby (Wis.:Town)
German Methodist Church (La Crosse County, Wis.)
Salzer Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church (La Crosse, Wis.)
Chipmunk Coulee (La Crosse County, Wis.)
Hiekel family
Kunerth family
Bendel family
Tietz family
Starch family
Creator:
Robert R. Lorenz
Description:
A short history of the early German-American Methodist farming families who settled in the Town of Shelby, Chipmunk Coulee area of La Crosse County, Wisconsin, in the mid-nineteenth century. Family names include Hiekel, Kunerth, Bendel, Tietz and Starch.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Subject:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse -- Students -- Research -- Periodicals
College students -- Research -- United States -- Periodicals
Journals
History
Creator:
Richardson, Tamara K.
Description:
The goal of this project is to explore the personal history of the Altmann family in relation to the common and yet unique experiences of other German immigrants. With oral histories as the main source, my goal is to show how the history of the Altmanns is the history of the modern family in America. This modern family is the end result of ancestors moving to America for push-or-pull immigration reasons, and adapting to the mainstreamed American culture. These full life interviews will take the form of discussions of the past. Some of the topics to be covered include the family members’ personal recollections and impressions of specific eras (i.e. the Great Depression, WWII, the Vietnam War) as well as daily activities during those eras.
Published as part of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Journal of Undergraduate Research, Volume 5 (2002)
Subject:
United States
Wisconsin
La Crosse
Germans--Wisconsin--La Crosse
Norwegians--Wisconsin--La Crosse
Assimilation (Sociology)--Wisconsin--La Crosse--History
Immigrants--Cultural assimiliation--Wisconsin--La Crosse
Language and languages--Usage
Creator:
Steven Aune
Description:
Aune examines the use of language in immigrant churches in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Aune argues that cultural assimilation began in earnest when English became the dominant language in use over the native immigrant language. The author looks specifically at the two largest non-English native speaking immigrant groups in La Crosse in the 19th century; namely, the Germans and Norwegians.
Capstone project for History 490, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
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.
Tape 2
Tape 3
Tape 4
Tape 5
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:
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:
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