Autobiography and First-Hand Accounts
Autobiography : A Translation from the Diary of John Adam Salzer by Emma Salzer Hallauer (Springfield, Mo. : Emma Salzer Hallauer?), 1925.
John Adam Salzer, an emigrant from Wuerttemberg, Germany, became a Methodist preacher in the early history of La Crosse County and eventually founded the Salzer Seed Company. In about 1869 Salzer recorded his remembrances of his life up to that time in his native German language. In 1925, his daughter Emma Salzer Hallauer published this small booklet as a translation of his diary and added a page to fill out the rest of her father's life.
George F. Brice / George F. Brice, 199?
Autobiography of George F. Brice who was born in Midway (on Brice’ Prairie) where his parents were early settlers.
Humbug Coulee: Diary of a Census Enumerator / Estella K. Bryhn, 1976.
This is a 100 page work of fiction “based on facts of the Federal Decennial Census.” The story is of a young census taker and her interactions with the rural residents of a coulee of western Wisconsin in the spring of 1950.
La Crosse County Historical Sketches, 1931-1955
This publication is based on an oral history interview that John Coleman did in 1969 with Howard Fredricks from Wisconsin State University-La Crosse. It includes 68 pages of the interview, edited by Donald Meinert in 1971, and 8 pages of photographs that recount John Coleman’s long career as director of the La Crosse Vocational and Adult School, now called Western Wisconsin Technical College.
Recollections of John P. Bird by Louis H. Pammel (S. l.: s. n.), 1927.
A small press publication is a biography of La Crosse educator and school superintendent John P. Bird compiled by Louis Pammel. Bird spent over thirty-five years in the La Crosse city school district, serving from 1875-1911.
Reminiscence, ca. 1904 [manuscript] / Levy, Fredericka Augusta
A history of La Crosse as told in reminiscences of Fredericka Augusta (Mrs. John M.) Levy, from the time of her arrival in 1845 until about 1904. Her husband, John Levy, came to La Crosse as a fur trader and later served as mayor of La Crosse three times. Mrs. Levy originally wrote this manuscript in German but later, with the help of her ten-year old grandchild, she translated it. It documents the growth La Crosse from a fur trading post to a prosperous lumbering center and steamboat port and provides perceptive insights, sometimes humorous, about those changes.
Reminiscence, ca. 1904 [published in Four Episodes in Wisconsin Pioneers] / Levy, Fredericka Augusta
excerpts of reminiscences by two La Crosse pioneers. The first is
Reminiscences of Early Times, 1892/ Nathan Myrick
Typewritten copy of a letter from Nathan Myrick, an early settler of La Crosse, Wisconsin, to F. A. Copeland, Mayor of La Crosse, dated St. Paul, Minnesota, January 28th, 1892, in which he provides a brief account of his life and reminiscences of his arrival at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, in 1841 and subsequent life as a trader in the settlement of La Crosse, until his departure for Minnesota, ca. 1850.
The Washburn Tapestry: Weaving a Sense of Place: Washburn Neighborhood, La Crosse, Wisconsin / UW--La Crosse public history class, Fall 2003
Oral history interviews with 9 families of the Washburn neighborhood in La Crosse.
What Do You Remember: Memories of a Neighborhood / compiled by Terri Boesel ... [et al.]
Oral history interviews with families of the Hood/Powell Park/Hamilton neighborhood in La Crosse.
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