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The Press

An Examination of the La Crosse Press and the Republican Party in the Wisconsin Election of 1904 / by James M. McQuin, 1972.

This 34 page UW-La Crosse seminar paper compares the editorial content of three La Crosse, WI newspapers during the 1904 Wisconsin gubernatorial campaign highlighting their respective positions on key issues and the Republican candidates including Robert M. LaFollette.

Editorial Opinion of the La Crosse Tribune and Leader Press Prior to U.S. Entry into World War Two / Darryle D. Erickson, 1971

This Wisconsin State University-La Crosse seminar paper examines the editorials of the La Crosse, WI daily newspaper from 1933-1941 and its gradual shift from isolationism to acceptance of war preparations against Nazi Germany.

Examination of the La Crosse Press During the Political Campaign of 1912 / Charles W. Birch, 1967.

UW – La Crosse Seminar Paper

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.

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

The Press-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.

Index to La Crosse Tribune 1990-present

A partial index to articles in the La Crosse Tribune covering news events in the city of La Crosse. General news articles about the La Crosse County area and La Crescent are also indexed. Human interest stories, sports scores and most letters to the editor are not included. The index covers the La Crosse Tribune from September 1990 to the current month. Some older articles can also be found in the La Crosse Public Library's La Crosse Area Clipping File which is not available online - ask staff for help archives@lacrosselibrary.org.

The Industries of La Crosse, Wis.

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, 1862-1882: Crime, the Police Court, the Newspapers / Gerald A. Layton, 1971.

UW – La Crosse Seminar Paper

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.

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."

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.

La Crosse County Press - Characteristics of Early Editorial Writers-First Paper Published Spirit of the Times Succeeded by the Democrat-Changes in Name and Editorial Management-The Independent Republican-Pen Portraits of La Crosse Editors in 1857-"Brick" Pomeroy and the Democrat-The Chronicle, Ellis B. Usher-The Star and Free Press-The Leader, Lute A. Taylor-The Leader and Republican-The La Crosse Sun-The German Papers-The Norwegian "Faederlandet" -Other Early Publications-City Papers in 1907-The Onalaska Record-The Nonpareil Journal, West Salem-The Bangor Independent-Clippings from the Early Press

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.

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