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1998 Market Survey of La Crosse Area Tourist & Visitors / Joe Dyess, Carol Taylor, Brett Altergott

A Brief Sketch of La Crosse, Wisconsin Showing the Location of the Place, its Surrounding Scenery, Commercial Advantages, Early History, and the Social, Moral, Literary, and Religious Character of the Inhabitants; and Various Other Interesting Items / Spencer Carr. La Crosse, W. C. Rogers, 1854.

This pamphlet of 28 pages contains a brief history of La Crosse, written in 1854 by a La Crosse clergyman, three years after La Crosse County had been organized in the hopes of attracting more residents and industry. Of special interest are the three registers containing the names, birth places, religious affiliations and occupations of all heads of households and single men and women in La Crosse in 1854.

The City of La Crosse, Wis.: Its Advantages for Residence, Resources and Commercial Progress / from the Annual Report of the Board of Trade for 1891 ; with Representative Illustrations of its Residences and Public Buildings by The Art Gravure & Etching Co., 1892

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the first settlement of La Crosse, the Board of Trade issued this special edition of their annual report, which features over 100 photos and illustrations of street scenes, businesses, churches, government buildings, and residences. The photo of the John C. Burns Fruit House business also includes portraits of the baseball team they sponsored in their uniforms.

Early La Crosse Parade Film

Special Collections, Murphy Library recently accessioned a short (1 minute, 39 seconds) film clip of a parade at the corner of Main St. and 5th Ave. in downtown La Crosse. We believe this parade occurred on July 30, 1913 and this film is a portion of the first motion picture footage of professional quality to be filmed in La Crosse. The film was produced by a Mr. Huntley of Wenohna Films in Winona, Minnesota. The parade was organized by Harry Taggart, the Secretary of the Retail Grocers Association, and featured local business and civic groups. In the footage, the Majestic Theatre on the south side of Main St. is visible at the extreme left and the Boyer-Furber Furniture store is on the right.

History of La Crosse County, Wisconsin, 1881

Board of Trade-This 862 page tome is the preeminent 19th century history of the La Crosse area. It begins with a general overview of the history of Wisconsin but then begins a detailed account of the history of both the city and county of La Crosse including its villages and towns as well as biographical sketches of prominent citizens. It is illustrated with black and white woodcuts. A name index to this volume was compiled in 1977 by Murphy Library and this index is included.

The Industries of La Crosse, Wis., 1888. La Crosse, Wis.: Spicer & Buschman, 1888.

This informative 90 page book includes an overview of government services and living conditions in La Crosse circa 1888 followed by short chapters on the press, transportation facilities, banks, and real estate. The longest chapter has paragraphs on the leading lumbermen, merchants, and manufacturing firms. It is richly illustrated with detailed woodcut drawings of many buildings and businesses. There is a general index at the back of the book.

La Crosse, Wisconsin: The Gateway City: A City of Great Enterprises, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Agricultural Resources Unsurpassed. La Crosse, Wis.: Spicer & Buschman, 1904?

This 31 page tract is good example of early 20th century civic “boosterism.” It includes a short overview of the social life and features paragraph-length descriptions of businesses, businessmen, and professionals. It is illustrated with photographs and woodcut images and has an index at the back.

A Study of the Characteristics of La Crosse County Labor Force and its Relationship to the Economy of the Area / by Alfred J. Francour, 1964.

UW-Madison master's theses.  "This study is part of the overall economic planning program for La Crosse County and will provide basic information which may be helpful in solving the problems of persistent unemployment in the area."

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