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Prohibition


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—Prohibition—


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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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:
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
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.
Tape 2