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People and Life

An Examination of the Vietnam Antiwar Movement at Wisconsin State University - La Crosse, 1965-1973 / Benjamin Weihrauch

UW-La Crosse Student paper appearing in the Journal of Undergraduate Research volume 5, 2002.

Black La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1850-1906: Settlers, Entrepreneurs & Exodusers / Bruce L. Mouser, 2002

This monograph consists of eight chapters covering the history of Black settlement between 1850 and 1906. Chapters 1 through 5 include biographical sketches of all persons listed in official records, personal/residential/occupational data for each person, residential districts and barbershop addresses, a chronology of Black settlement for the period of study, and a narrative analysis of data. Chapters 6 through 8 consist of reprints of eight articles printed earlier in Past, Present, & Future: The Newsletter of the La Crosse County Historical Society between 1998 and 2001. Of particular are chapters regarding George Coleman Poage (olympian in 1904) and George Edwin Taylor (newspaper publisher, politician, and unsuccessful candidate for President of the United States in 1904).

Challenger & Nurturer: Wisconsin Civil Rights Pioneer James Cameron (1914-2006) / by David J. Marcou (2007)

An historical and biographical sketch of civil rights activist James Cameron who was born in La Crosse written by David J. Marcou (includes bibliographical references).

Comprehensive Index to La Crosse Time Trip Series compiled by Douglas Connell: covering a sampling of interesting events of 1885-1899; 1935-1949 from various La Crosse (Wis.) newspapers (2010) / Petersen, William D. and Jacqueline Calkins.

Four Coulee Boys and the Civil War / Joyce Ann Richter, 1971.

This Wisconsin State University-La Crosse seminar paper compares the letters of four Union soldiers from La Crosse– James Mellor, Robert Rogers, Ed Cronon and David Cronon  - to examine the life of the common soldier during the Civil War.

Free Thought Miscellany, 1887

George Coleman Poage: His La Crosse, Wisconsin Years, 1885-1904 / Bruce L. Mouser & Edwin L. Hill, 1985

George Poage was the first Black Olympian to win medals in the modern era, placing third in 200 meter hurdles and 400 meter hurdles at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Games (St. Louis, MO) in 1904. This paper traces his life and education in La Crosse from 1885 and his studies at the University of Wisconsin where he excelled in track and classical studies. The paper was presented at the Society of Sport History Annual Meeting, held at the University of Wisconsin in May 1985. This paper was revised and expanded in the January/February 1998 issue of Past, Present & Future: The Newsletter of the La Crosse County Historical Society, 1, 3-7, authored by Bruce Mouser and published under the title: "George Coleman Poage: His La Crosse Years, 1885-1904." That article was later reprinted in Black La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1850-1906: Settlers, Entrepreneurs, Exodusers. Occasional papers of the La Crosse County Historical Society #1 (La Crosse: La Crosse County Historical Society, 2002), 137-44.

The German-American Experience: The Altmann Family / Tamara Richardson

UW-La Crosse Student paper appearing in the Journal of Undergraduate Research volume 5, 2002.

History of the Jews of La Crosse / Armand Tuteur, 1913

An article written for the Reform Advocate, published in Chicago in 1913, it gives a historical overview of the Jewish community in La Crosse and highlights several prominent residents including lumberman Morris Tuteur; Joseph Gutman; Dr. J.M. Furstman; and Albert Hirshheimer, president of the La Crosse Plow Company.

History of La Crosse County, Wisconsin, 1881/ Butterfield, Consul Willshire. Chicago : Western Historical Co., 1881, 862 p

Biographies of Township-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.

History of La Crosse County, Wisconsin, 1881/ Butterfield, Consul Willshire. Chicago : Western Historical Co., 1881, 862 p

Pioneer Recollections-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.

History Repeats Itself, Generosity of the People of La Crosse

The people of La Crosse are generous and this collection of articles highlights some of the philanthropic efforts to help other people. Topics include food pantries and community gardens, community philanthropic events, volunteerism, and some specific organizations.

La Crosse County Historical Sketches, 1931-1955

Jewish Settlers of La Crosse to 1880 / H.J. Hirshheimer

Since the Turn of the Century in La Crosse / Cameron L. Baldwin

Old-time Kitchens and Cooking / Mrs. B.A. Spangler

Dress in Early La Crosse / Mrs. Arthur E. Hebberd

Our Society and the Centennial years, 1941 and 1942 [La Crosse County Historical Society]

The Humane Society and its Successors / Gysbert van Steenwyk

La Crosse County History

A brief history about county organization and towns, early settlers, their ethnicity and agricultural products.

La Crosse's turn of the century Middle Eastern community / Wendy Holtz and Kathleen Coughlin, 1991.

UW-L paper for Historiography 395 class.

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.

Leisure with Dignity: A History of the La Crosse Club written by Susan T. Hessel (La Crosse, Wis.: The Club), 1997.

National Attention: Local Connection: La Crosse's Contributions to the Arts and Entertainment in America compiled by Richard Boudreau (La Crosse, Wis.), 2013.

Artists and entertainers include early poets, Marcus "Brick" Pomeroy, George W. Peck, David Franklin "Doc" Powell, Egid Hackner, Sandor Landau, Ford Sterling, Minnie Dupree, Percy Bentley, Guy & Eloda Beach, Howard Mumford Jones, Rudolf Kvelve, Arthur Kreutz, Walter Ristow, Joseph Losey, Alonso Hauser, Nicholas Ray, John Toland, James Cameron, Don Herbert "Mr. Wizard," Robert Moevs, Elmer Petersen, Frank Italiano, Hugo Jan Huss, John Judson, Kati Casida, Nancy Arganbright, Dallas Weekley, Charles Dierkop, John Solie, Sr. Thea Bowman, Bill Miller, Amy Mills, and Scott Thorson.

Portfolio of La Crosse People Past and Present H.E. Wheaton, 1908?

According to the publishers, this book was produced “in response to the repeated calls of citizens for the portfolio of the makers of La Crosse.” Each page contains a separate portrait and a brief biographical statement of that individual. Of note, all of the entries are of men, mostly businessmen, but there are also religious leaders, lawyers, doctors, government officials, educators, and even the manager of the La Crosse Base Ball Team, Emerson Hawley. Unfortunately, there is no table of contents or index to guide a researcher to the information on a particular individual. Additionally, there are also portraits in the 1900 La Crosse City Directory as well of prominent men of the day.

Memoirs of La Crosse County / Benjamin Bryant; 1907.

This work, along with History of La Crosse County, 1881, are the preeminent published sources for 19th century La Crosse history. Bryant’s Memoirs, as it is commonly called, is a wide-ranging work that covers the early history of La Crosse as well as the social, education, government, religious, and business institutions. The book is divided into 22 chapters and also includes brief histories of the smaller towns of La Crosse County. An alphabetical name index to Bryant’s Memoirs was prepared and digitized in 2004 and is available for searching at the “name index” button.

Biographical Sketches

Indian Affairs - Indefinite Boundaries of Indian Domains-Limitations of the Algonquin Family-Western Wisconsin a Neutral Ground-Occupation by the Winnebagoes-Indian Game the Origin of Name "La Crosse"- Attitude of the Indians toward the Early Settlers-Treaty of 1837- Indian Cave in Barre Township-Indian Villages-Mound Building in La Crosse County.

Lodges and other Associations - Free Masons-Odd Fellows United Workmen--Knights of Honor-Royal Arcanum-Knights of Phythias-Jewish Organizations- Later Organizations Temperance Societies-Agricultural and Horticultural Societies-Athletic Associations Board of Trade-Historical Associations-Literary Clubs and Reading Circles-Military Organizations Musical Societies-Patriotic Societies-Philanthropic Associations-Social Organizations

Political History - Personal Sketches, Timothy Burns, E. D. Campbell, C. C. Washburn, Geo. W. Peck, Angus Cameron, Charles Seymour, W. A. Anderson, W. R. Finch

Village of La Crosse - Professional Men of 1854-Growth of Business-Personal Sketches, Nathan Myrick, H. J. B, Miller, John M. Levy, Harvey. E. Hubbard, Samuel L. Smith, Samuel D. Hastings Theodore Rodoff, Cyrus K. Lord, Col. T. B. Stoddard

Prostitution in La Crosse Between 1876 and 1913 / Milton G. Gehle.

UW – La Crosse Seminar Paper.

Reminiscence / Levy, Fredericka Augusta. ca. 1904 [manuscript].

Reminiscence / Levy, Fredericka Augusta. ca. 1904 [published in Four Episodes in Wisconsin Pioneers].

Reminiscences of Early La Crosse, Wisconsin : An Account of the Men and Women Who Lived in La Crosse and Vicinity ... / by L.H. Pammel. Liesenfeld Press, 1928.

This book is a comprehensive, first person account of people and events in La Crosse in the 19th century by Louis H. Pammel. At the time of publication of this 102 page book in 1928, Pammel was a professor of botany at Iowa State College. His book begins with a general history of La Crosse, a description of the flora and fauna of the area, and his father’s emigration from Germany and arrival in La Crosse in 1855. The focus of the book, though, is on the people that Pammel knew or had acquaintance of and events that occurred La Crosse primarily in the 1870s and 1880s. There is a name index at the back that was added at a later date. There are no illustrations.

Settlement Patterns of La Crosse County, Wisconsin 1850-1875/ by Robert George Wingate. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Minnesota, 1975.

This PhD thesis by Dr. Robert Wingate, geography professor at UW-La Crosse, is a valuable research tool on the pioneer settlers of La Crosse County. As stated by the author, “The aim of the study is to examine the locational factors operative in decision making during initial selection of farmsteads in La Crosse County when the county was first settled between 1850 and 1875.” The thesis is divided into three major sections: the La Crosse County physical environment, cultural milieu, and settlement patterns. Wingate discusses the choices made by six ethnic groups - Norwegians, British-Irish, Germans, Dutch, French, and Bohemians - when choosing a homestead in La Crosse County. There are numerous graphs and charts along with an extensive bibliography.

The Social History of the House at 1328 State Street, La Crosse, WI / Gena Johnson

UW-La Crosse Student paper appearing in the Journal of Undergraduate Research volume 5, 2002.

True Tales of La Crosse : Unusual Stories from Old Newspapers of La Crosse, Wisconsin
compiled and edited by Douglas Connell (La Crosse, Wis. : D. Connell), 1994

Compiled from old La Crosse newspapers, this popular book brings together over 200 interesting, unusual and bizarre stories from La Crosse's past not deemed suitable for a general history book about the city. The chapter topics are animal kingdom, children, domestic disasters, fun & games, ghosts, grief & sorrow, naughty folks, odds & ends, transportation, weather.

We Need a Roof Over Our Heads: The Story of the La Crosse Housing Authority / Susan T. Hessel (La Crosse, Wis,: s.n.), 1998. coming soon!

Wisconsin Labor Advocate

Newspaper published in La Crosse in 1886-1887. La Crosse was a hotbed of Labor political party activity in the 1880s and the “Labor Advocate” was one of at least four La Crosse area Labor-related newspapers from that time. What makes the “Labor Advocate” unique was its editor and owner: George Edwin Taylor. Taylor was an African-American, born in Arkansas in 1857. As a black business owner, he was an anomaly in La Crosse in the 1880s. Taylor got his start in publishing working at other La Crosse newspapers. He also became increasingly interested in politics as reflected in his editorship of the “Wisconsin Labor Advocate.” The last existing edition of the paper dates from August 6, 1887 and George Edwin Taylor left La Crosse soon afterwards. He maintained a life-long interest in politics and by 1904 had become involved an all African-American political party called the National Liberty Party. Taylor accepted the nomination of that party in 1904 as its candidate for the office of the U.S. President. In doing so, Taylor was the first candidate of a national African-American party for the U.S. presidency.

Wisconsin Pioneer Experience

The Wisconsin Pioneer Experience is a digital collection of diaries, letters, reminiscences, speeches and other writings of people who settled and built Wisconsin during the 19th century. Specific entries from La Crosse include: Nathan Myrick letter, Friedrich Tillman diary.

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