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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
Subject:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse -- Students -- Research -- Periodicals
College students -- Research -- United States -- Periodicals
Journals
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Creator:
Rigotti, Katelyn
Description:
This paper examines the work and accomplishments of the La Crosse County Women’s Political Caucus, which operated as a local branch of the state and national organization. Their purpose was to encourage women to run for state and local office, and to provide support and information on campaigning. They also worked to educate the public on important issues like the Equal Rights Amendment and Affirmative Action. This paper focuses on their efforts to secure the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment for the federal and state constitution. My research is a study of the Equal Rights Amendment, and the way it would have impacted the condition of women. There was a lot of opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment for various reasons. Some people understood what changes the amendment would make, while others were making assumptions. This research dissects the reasons people opposed it and the way proponents failed to correct these misconceptions surrounding the amendment, resulting in the lack of successful ratification.
Published as part of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Journal of Undergraduate Research, Volume 21 (2018)
Subject:
Hospitals -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- History
St. Ann's Hospital (La Crosse, Wis.)
Creator:
Larkin, Virginia Marcotte
Description:
Written by Virginia Marcotte Larkin, St. Francis School of Nursing class of 1951 alumnae. St. Ann;s was a maternity hospital established by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in 1912.
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
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Gershon, Ernest -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Ernest Gershon discusses attending the Phy. Ed. program at UWL in the mid-1900s. He speaks about being involved with gymnastics, dance, track and field, taking classes with Hans Reuter, and Reuter's impact on the university. Gershon also discusses gender roles in sports education.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse -- Students -- Research -- Periodicals
College students -- Research -- United States -- Periodicals
Journals
History
Creator:
GrawOzburn, Clement C.
Description:
The war years of the 1940’s saw unprecedented numbers of women entering the public realm in numerous traditionally male occupations. The war left scores of businesses, including baseball, without adequate labor. Driven by the fear that Major League Baseball would be shut-down for the duration of the war, Philip K. Wrigley created a women’s league as a back-up plan to keep baseball alive. The league existed from 1943 to 1954. It eventually became known as the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). The aim of this project was to look at the stories and experiences of the women of the AAGPBL through oral history interviews and relate those experiences to the larger social developments and norms of the 1940’s and 1950’s. The examination focused on how these women were able to acquire the skills necessary to play baseball at a professional level traditionally dominated by men; how as women they were able to slip through the cracks of societal norms while others accepted the predestination of home and family; what not conforming to societal norms meant for these women and their interaction with their communities; and how their personal outlook on life was influenced by their league experience. Some of the interviewees were from the La Crosse, Wisconsin, area.
Published as part of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Journal of Undergraduate Research, Volume 7 (2004)