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Social Life & Customs


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—Social Life and Customs—


Creator:
Tripp, Addie
Description:
Addie Tripp was a single woman, perhaps a domestic servant, who lived with the William Johnson family of Onalaska, Wisconsin, during the Civil War. Her diary describes her daily household tasks for the family and community life during the war. Although the war continued unabated, Tripp's diary is notable for the absence of references to it, revealing its relatively minor impact on a working class woman's daily life. Tripp wrote nearly every day, and her entries slowly chronicle her romance and ultimately her marriage to a local man. The diary volume itself - - a leather-bound book roughly the size of a deck of cards - - included 24 pages of statistical information in the front as well as pages to record one's expenses and other data at the back. We have enhanced the images slightly to make Tripp's penciled entries easier to read. To see a typed version, click "Page & Text" at the upper right while viewing any page.
Addie Tripp Papers. Wisconsin Historical Society. La Crosse Area Research Center (La Crosse SC 106)
Part of the Wisconsin Historical Society's Turning Points in Wisconsin History online project
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:
Agnes Osborne discusses her family and memories of her childhood in La Crosse during the turn of the century. Topics include but are not limited to: education, outdoor recreation, social activities, dances, parties, WWI, Great Depression, winter time, and summer time.
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:
Albert E. 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:
Miyamoto, Bud -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Bud Miyamoto (b. 1945) spends a majority of his interview remembering his early life in La Crosse, specifically life on the North Side as a Japanese American. Topics include but are not limited to: North Side neighborhood, his (white) mother's background and employment at the Auto-Lite factory, father’s service in the 100th Infantry Battalion during WWII and journey from Hawaii to La Crosse, Camp McCoy, local businesses (the Sweet Shop, the Country Kitchen, and the Riviera Theatre), social life and entertainment (school dances, drag races, movies, county fair, circus, and picnics), recreation and sports (swimming at the North Side Beach, softball at Copeland Park, and fishing on Black River), student rivalries between Central High School and Logan High School, health remedies, religion (St. Luke’s Methodist Church), anti-Japanese racism in town, Black Americans in La Crosse, Moss family, working-class cultures on North Side, Auto-Lite factory, community grief from 1959 lay-offs at Auto-Lite, employment (Manke Hardware Store, M. Lokken & Son Grocery, Neumeister’s Butcher Shop, Guggenbuehl and Nekola, Nelson’s Clothing Store, and Berg’s Pharmacy, Milwaukee Sentinel, the Sweet Shop, andSandy’s fast food), President John F. Kennedy, 1965 Flood, Lower North Side train depot, telephones, medical industry, and local radio.
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:
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:
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:
Edwin Dohlby begins this interview discussing his genealogy, family life, and relationship with his mostly absent father. His mother was a midwife and he left school early to work various jobs to support his family (butchering, grocery, auto parts factory). He touches on many social and cultural topics in La Crosse history, including but not limited to: North Side and South Side, taverns and beer, recreation, area rivers, La Crosse Rubber Mills, Auto-Lite, Red-light District, the railroad industry, Prohibition, La Crosse Rubber Mills, dance halls and theaters, dating, local politics and business, anti-German discrimination, Wisconsin Progressive Movement and Robert LaFollette, the Great Depression, and the La Crosse River Marsh.
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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:
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:
Geneva Ragland discusses her family history and social life and customs in early La Crosse history. Topics include but are not limited to: log riding, Ho-Chunk community members in 1870, baseball, Hixon family and home, Gillette family, Johns family, horse racing, and teaching and education. Tape 2
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:
Henry Norcross (b. 1899) describes his family background and life on French Island. Topics include but are not limited to: German ancestry, festivals, Milwaukee Railroad, farming, French Island and La Crosse tensions, education, winter, drowning accidents, diseases and quarantine (mumps, measles, chicken pox), Frank Powell and Buffalo Bill Cody, circus, summer fairs, Mary Hauck (doctor), early electric cars, Dr. McLoone and Bessie Moore murders, home remedies, Rubber Mills, railroad engineer, anti-German propaganda during WWI, Prohibition, bootleggers, tobacco usage, Great Depression, unemployment, being member of Ku Klux Klan (KKK) (audio cuts out here in the middle of his story), Lodge 754, union strikes and involvement, anti-Black racism and his perceptions of white working-class discrimination. Content warning: this interview contains racist ideas and language.
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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:
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.
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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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:
Seubert, Patricia -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
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:
Pat Seubert (b. 1936) discusses her life in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She focuses on family and neighborhood life and details recreation activities and social life. She also describes changes in society and politics during her lifetime. Topics includ but are not limited to: childhood home, La Crosse neighborhoods, 20th century changing technologies (dishwasher, washing machine), household roles, husband's employment, raising a family, clothing fads, leisure activities, children's extracurricular activities and music tastes, fraternal and social organizations, courtships and friendships, treatment of women (1940s-1970s), relationship and marriage (married 1958), vacations and first car, WWII (homefront), Communism, Korean War, nursing homes and funerals, religious importance, major societal changes (1945-1960s), family ethnicities, and racial and ethnic tensions in La Crosse. Content warning: this interview does contain racist, anti-Black language. Tape 2
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:
Pappas, Paul G. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Greek Americans -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Restaurants -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Family-owned business enterprises -- 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:
Paul G. Pappas discusses growing up as one of five sons born to Greek immigrants who settled in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Topics include but are not limited to: the downtown business environment, the Elite, family background, Imperial Ice Cream Shop, childhood, Greek Food, church, religion, dating, sports and recreation, WWII, transportation, YMCA, Valley View Mall, 20th century technology changes (refrigerator, television), atomic bomb, Korean Conflict, McCarthyism, voting, local politics, Vietnam War, Civil Rights Movement, and marriage.
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.
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Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Randorf, Roy -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Vietnam -- Social life and customs
Description:
Roy Randorf discusses his family background and life growing up in Wisconsin. Topics includ but are not limited to: family ancestry, education, teenage years, youth drinking culture, UW-Stevens Point, United States Army (race and discrimination, bullying, mental abuse, entertainment, living conditions, venereal disease, harassment, propaganda), trial and imprisonment for going AWOL, prison life (censorship in books, racial tensions, protesting, cigarettes, homosexuality, drugs, entertainment, psychiatrists), Vietnam War (training, deployment, impressions, racial discrimination, sex work and trafficking, guerilla warfare, bombing, relationships and communication with South Vietnamese, combat injury, wound treatment, veteran life, morale, food, medical treatment, amputees, recreational activities, discharge, PTSD), civilian life, UW-La Crosse, Computer Science Program, politicization, Young Democrats and Young Republicans, voting, politics, campus life, and student government. Tape 2
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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:
Schonsberg, Sylvan Arthur -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Sylvan Arthur Schonsberg discusses his family background and life in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Topics include but are not limited to: 1965 Flood, hardware stores, Burlington Train Depot, WWII, entertainment (Avalon Ballroom, Riviera Theatre, Oktoberfest, Farm Fest fair, parades, Torchlight Parade), flea market, rivalry between Logan and Central High Schools, household appliances, stores in downtown La Crosse.
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.
Subject:
Prostitution -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- History
Creator:
Gehle, Milton G.
Description:
It is the purpose of this paper to show through the use of documentary evidence that prostitution did exist in La Crnsse between 1876 and 1913. Further, those methods of arrest and conviction used to legally stop or attempt to stop individuals involved in the vice were often quite sloppy by modern standards of "legal justice,."
UW-L Seminar Paper
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.