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Biography

Biography of the Business Career of William Doerflinger / William Doerflinger, 1895.

Biographical History of La Crosse, Monroe and Juneau Counties Wisconsin, 1892.

This 936 page volume features biographical sketches of socially and economically prominent figures in La Crosse, Trempealeau, and Juneau counties in the 19th century. There are approximately 700 biographical sketches, mostly of men. The work begins with biographies of the U. S. Presidents from George Washington through Benjamin Harrison, before switching to the local citizens. There are over 700 biographies, ranging in length from several paragraphs to several pages. The sketches are presented in no discernible order but there is a name index at the beginning of the volume.

Biographical History of La Crosse, Trempealeau and Buffalo Counties Wisconsin, 1892.

This 794 page volume features biographical sketches of early setters and socially and economically prominent figures and families in La Crosse, Trempealeau, and Buffalo counties from the 19th century. There are over 700 biographies of local citizens. Most, if not all, of the subjects are men. The volume also includes biographies of the U. S. Presidents from George Washington through Benjamin Harrison. There is a name index at the beginning of the volume.

David W. Hogue: A Biography / Martha J. Skoch, 1987.

UW – La Crosse Seminar Paper

Emma Lou Wilder : She Came to Teach / Linda Jean Thompson

UW-L theses for Master of Science

George Edwin Taylor

Taylor was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in August 1857, to Amanda Hines, a free black woman. Taylor later reported that his father was Nathan Taylor, a slave. Hines was forced to leave Arkansas in 1859 as a consequence of a new law which required all free blacks to leave the state by 1 January 1860 or be sold as slaves. Hines died in Alton, Illinois, in 1861 or 1862, and young George was forced to live in “dry goods boxes” and fend for himself.

In 1865 when he arrived in La Crosse, Wisconsin, onboard the “Hawkeye State,” a side-paddle vessel then operating on the upper Mississippi River. Taylor lived in La Crosse only one or two years, after which he was “bound out” to Nathan Smith of rural West Salem where he lived until he reached the age of 20 years. He attended Wayland University in Beaver Dam from 1877 to 1879, after which he settled in La Crosse and in the employ of Marcus “Brick” Pomeroy, editor of Pomeroy’s Democrat. From 1880 to 1885, Taylor wrote for several local papers and contributed articles to the Chicago Inter Ocean. In 1885, he was the editor of a newspaper supported financially by Frank “White Beaver” Powell, and eventually became an important player in Powell’s first two terms as mayor of La Crosse.

Lastly, In 1886 and 1887, Taylor became a crucial figure and office holder in Wisconsin’s People’s Party and then its Union Labor Party. His Wisconsin Labor Advocate was the voice of Wisconsin’s labor party in 1886-1887. From 1891 to 1910, Taylor lived in Oskaloosa and Ottumwa, Iowa, where he published a national magazine called the Negro Solicitor. During this period he rose to prominence in national black politics, acting as president of the National Colored Men’s Protective Association and the National Negro Democratic League and served high office in various other black organizations. In 1904, Taylor was selected to lead the ticket of the National Negro Liberty Party for the office of president of the United States. From 1910 to 1925, Taylor retreated from the national stage and lived an active life in Jacksonville, Florida.

Hamlin Garland: His West Salem Years, 1893-1915 / Oppriecht, 1971

This 45 page thesis paper was written for partial fulfillment of a masters’ degree from Wisconsin State University- La Crosse. The Pulitzer prize winning author Hamlin Garland (1860 - 1940) spent four or five months a year in his hometown of West Salem, Wisconsin from 1893-1915 yet struggled to fit in with the community. This thesis explores the uneasy relationship between Garland and West Salem and its purpose was to “present a new image and better understanding of Hamlin Garland.”

Kilian C. Flash : Second Bishop of La Crosse / James E, Biechler, 1958.

UW-Madison thesis.  Very little has been written concerning the history of the diocese of La Crosse and its early bishops.  More is known of Michael Heiss, the first bishop of La Crosse, than of Kilian Flasch, his successor. Heiss himself had done some writing about his life and work and since he later became archbishop of Milwaukee, he received a considerable amount of publicity.  But Bishop Flasch is today all but forgotten. During his brief episcopate, from 1881 to 1891, the diocese of La Crosse witnessed a progress that perhaps no other decade in its history has seen.  The number of priests in the diocese almost doubled, Catholic population increased by 40 per cent, and the number of churches rose sixty per cent.  But it was in the field of Catholic education that Flash did his most significant work.  Through his contribution as a member of the School Committe at the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore and his constant exhortation and encouragement of the parochial school ideal, the diocese took an early leadership in the field of Christian education--a position which it still retains today.

La Crosse County Historical Sketches, 1931-1955

His Dreams Came True: Sketch of Colonel Thomas B. Stoddard, First Mayor of La Crosse / Ellis B. Usher

Dr. Wendell A. Anderson / John P. Bird

Josiah L. Pettingill / G.C. Ellis

The Story of Carl Hanson / Mrs. Emma Hanson Heath

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Lottridge / Mrs. Ida Tilson

Christian F. Hoffman, Teacher and Composer of Music / Charlotte Loomis

Biography of G. Van Steenwyk, Sr. / G. van Steenwyk

Biography of E.B. Rynning / R.S. Rynning

Biography of H.J. Hirshheimer / Dora D. Marshall

Albert Hart Sanford, Teacher and Historian / Eleanor R. Sanford

A Vermonter in the West, 1859 / George H. Button

Leon W. Miller / Gerald C. Larson, 1974.

This 65 page thesis paper on the life and career of Leon Miller was written for partial fulfillment of a masters’ degree from Wisconsin State University- La Crosse. The thesis covers Leon Miller’s 40 year career in the Physical Education Department at Wisconsin State University-La Crosse, where he earned his Bachelor of Education degree in 1927, and was a full-time faculty member from 1927 until his retirement in 1967. Mr. Miller taught in almost every area of physical education. He also initiated competitive tennis at La Crosse State Teacher’s College, coached the basketball team during World War II, served as Intramural Director, and was an interim Associate Director of the Physical Education Department. An appendix includes a bibliography, copies of documents and awards that Leon Miller had earned in his long and distinguished career, a survey questionnaire, and remarks by Gerald Larson at his thesis presentation in 1974.

M.M. “Brick Pomeroy: Forgotten Man of the Nineteenth Century / Ruth Anne Tucker

Mark M. Pomeroy: Copperhead Editor: A Study in Transition by Harry Frederick Bangsberg (Ames, Iowa : Bangsberg), 1953.

This paper written by Harry F. Bangsberg was in partial fulfillment of a graduate class assignment while attending the State University of Iowa (now Iowa State University). Bangsberg tackles the question of why La Crosse Democrat editor Mark "Brick" Pomeroy switched from first supporting Lincoln and the Union cause to being a leader in the Copperhead movement and labeling Lincoln as the "widow maker."

Medicine, the Gundersen Experience, 1891-1991 : Gundersen Clinic, Ltd., La Crosse, Wisconsin written by Susan T. Hessel (La Crosse, Wis.: Gundersen Clinic), 1991.

The story of the Gundersen Clinic and Gundersen family who emigrated from Norway to come to La Crosse to found a flourishing medical practice.

Milo Knutson: The Man and the Myth / James Anderson, 1971.

UW – La Crosse Seminar Paper

Pepsi in his Blood: The Norman Gillette, Sr. Story written by Susan T. Hessel (La Crosse, Wis.: s.n.), 1996.

Biography of La Crosse business entrepreneur who started the Gillette Group who moved from bottling the soft drink Pepsi to wholesaling it.

Political Career of White Beaver Powell, Mayor of La Crosse, Wisconsin / Clarence L. Schlicht, 1966.

UW – La Crosse Seminar Paper

Portfolio of La Crosse People Past and Present, 1908

A Sketch of Gideon Cooley Hixon: La Crosse Lumberman / Drucilla Kathleen Munson.

UW – La Crosse Seminar Paper.

Soldiers and Citizens’ Album of Biographical Record [of Wisconsin] Containing Personal Sketches of Army Men and Citizens Prominent in Loyalty to the Union / Grand Army of the Republic, 1890

Biographical sketches of Wisconsin men involved in the Civil War on the Union side from Wisconsin.  Examples of La Crosse men include Alexander McMillan [MacMillan], John Wilson and Benjamin Bryant.

The Sunday Press / Press Publishing Co., May 13, 1894.

Walter J. Wittich: Physical Educator, 1885-1953 / Anna Beth Culver, 1967

This 217 page thesis paper on the life and career of Walter Wittich was written for partial fulfillment of a Masters of Science degree from Wisconsin State University- La Crosse. Wittich joined the La Crosse Normal School staff in 1917 as an assistant professor of physical education and became Director of Physical Education the next year. Under his direction through 1953, the department changed drastically with improvement and additions to the curriculum and the facilities. This thesis gives Wittich’s biographical background; his profound influence on the Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Wisconsin State University-La Crosse and its rise to national prominence; and his professional contributions to the field of physical education. Includes original photographs. Appendices include physical education curriculum; faculty of the Physical Education Department from 1918-1953; and a bibliography of the writings of Walter Wittich.

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