LA CROSSE HISTORY
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Pioneers & Settlers


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—Pioneers and Settlers—


Author:
Lewis Publishing Company
Subject:
La Crosse County (Wis.) -- Biography
Monroe County (Wis.) -- Biography
Juneau County (Wis.) -- Biography
Author:
W.C. Rogers
Subject:
United States
Wisconsin
La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.)--History
La Crosse (WIs.)--Directories
Creator:
Spencer Carr 1811-1880
Description:
this list includes men and eligible women and is not a comprehensive listing of La Crosse residents at the time of publication; it was an attempt to draw young people to the fledgling community on the prairie
Carr was pastor at First Baptist Church
Author:
Wisconsin Historical Society
Creator:
McMillan, Morrison
Description:
"Early Settlement of La Crosse and Monroe Counties" by Morrison McMillan, describes the advantages of the location that first attracted Indians and then white settlers to the area. The organization of the town, the construction of buildings and organization of churches, and the leading citizens in La Crosse are discussed. McMillan then moves to describe the history of Monroe County, the first white settler Franklin Pettit, relations with Indians, and the establishment of other towns in the county.
Part of Wisconsin Historical Collections, Volume IV (1859), pp.387-
Author:
State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Subject:
Frontier and pioneer liffe -- Wisconsin
Wisconsin -- Description and travel
Fort Howard (Wis.)
Creator:
State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Description:
Includes chapters three and four only: III. Recollections of a pioneer woman of La Crosse / by [Fredericka] Augusta Levy (ed. by Albert H. Sanford) -- IV. Another La Crosse pioneer's statement / by John S. Harris.
"From the proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin for 1911, ..."; Includes bibliographical references.
Subject:
Brice, George F
Brice family
Creator:
Brice, George F.
Description:
Memoirs, marriage announcement, and obituary of George F. Brice, Sr.
Author:
Western Historical Company
Subject:
United States
Wisconsin
La Crosse
La Crosse County (Wis.)--History
La Crosse County (Wis.)--Biography
Creator:
Butterfield, Consul Willshire
Subject:
Welsh Americans -- Wisconsin -- Bangor -- History
Assimilation (Sociology)
Bangor (Wis.) -- History
Creator:
Forrester-Jones, Rachel
Author:
La Crosse County Historical Society
Subject:
Mississippi River--Navigation--History
La Crosse River--Navigation--History
Steamboats--Mississippi River--History
Boats and boating
La Crosse (Wis.)--History
Creator:
Hirshheimer, Harry J.
Description:
A chapter in the La Crosse County Historical Sketches, series 7, about the La Crosse River and the Davidson family, well known steamboat and packet company owners and manufacturers in La Crosse. Other lines and the influence of the railroad is also discussed. Written by Harry J. Hirshheimer.
Author:
Western Historical Association
Subject:
United States
Wisconsin
La Crosse
La Crosse County (Wis.)--History
La Crosse County (Wis.)--Biography
Creator:
Bryant, Benjamin F.
Author:
Area Research Center, Murphy Library, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Subject:
La Crosse County (Wis.) -- History -- Indexes
La Crosse County (Wis.) -- Biography -- Indexes
La Crosse County (Wis.) -- History
Description:
A name index to the History of La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1881.
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.
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:
Liesenfeld Press
Subject:
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Biography
Creator:
Pammel, L.H.
Description:
This book written in 1928 is a comprehensive, first person account of people and events in La Crosse in the 19th century by Louis H. Pammel. At the time of publication of this 102 page book in 1928, Pammel was a professor of botany at Iowa State College. His book begins with a general history of La Crosse, a description of the flora and fauna of the area, and his father’s emigration from Germany and arrival in La Crosse in 1855. The focus of the book, though, is on the people that Pammel knew or had acquaintance of and events that occurred La Crosse primarily in the 1870s and 1880s. There is a name index at the back that was added at a later date. There are no illustrations.
Author:
Wingate
Subject:
Germans -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse County
Farms -- Location -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse County
Human geography
La Crosse County (Wis.) -- History
Ethnicity -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse County
Creator:
Wingate, Robert George
Description:
This PhD thesis (1975 University of Minnesota) by Dr. Robert Wingate, emeritus geography professor at UW-La Crosse, is a valuable research tool on the pioneer settlers of La Crosse County. As stated by the author, “The aim of the study is to examine the locational factors operative in decision making during initial selection of farmsteads in La Crosse County when the county was first settled between 1850 and 1875.” The thesis is divided into three major sections: the La Crosse County physical environment, cultural milieu, and settlement patterns. Wingate discusses the choices made by six ethnic groups - Norwegians, British-Irish, Germans, Dutch, French, and Bohemians - when choosing a homestead in La Crosse County. There are numerous graphs and charts along with an extensive bibliography.
Description:
The Wisconsin Pioneer Experience is a digital collection of diaries, letters, reminiscences, speeches and other writings of people who settled and built Wisconsin during the 19th century. The project has been made available through the partnership of the Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries (CUWL) and the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS). The historic papers included in the Wisconsin Pioneer Experience were drawn from the collections of the Area Research Centers (ARC) including the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, as well as the headquarters of the Wisconsin Historical Society. For the Wisconsin Pioneer Experience, the archivists of the ARCs selected numerous collections representative of the various corners of Wisconsin and Wisconsin’s pioneer history. Through these documents, students and non-students alike can learn about life in the early days of the Badger State from the words of those who lived it.
Specific entries from La Crosse include: Nathan Myrick letter, Friedrich Tillman diary.