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Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Olson, Palmer -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Outdoor recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Entertaining -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Agnes Osborne discusses her family and memories of her childhood in La Crosse during the turn of the century. Topics include but are not limited to: education, outdoor recreation, social activities, dances, parties, WWI, Great Depression, winter time, and summer time.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Flottmeyer, Albert E. -- Interviews
Housing developers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Neighborhoods -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Albert E. Flottmeyer discusses his life in La Crosse, Wisconsin, focusing on his experiences and observations as a building developer. He details the housing industry, describing construction materials, building styles, interior design, and housing developments, in particular the Wedgewood Terrace and Wedgewood Valley developments.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
D'Angelo, Alex -- Interviews
Bands (Music) -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Rock music -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Bars (Drinking establishments) -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Music publicity -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Little magazines -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.)
Description:
D'Angelo discusses the live music scene in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He mentions several rock bands and local bars and also discusses his efforts to promote bands and provide publicity through his small press magazines.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Thomas, Ann -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Ann Thomas discusses her experiences attending UWL in the 1930s. Topics include but are not limited to: Hans Reuter (temperament, syllabus, teaching methods and philosophies, inventions, relationships with colleagues, and legacy), Physical Education Department, Student teaching program, public schools, Gymnastics, Post World War II, Segregating classes by gender, academic advising, and the Physical Education newsletter.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Eggen, Armand -- Interviews
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Eggen discusses his life in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He details social practices, community organization, and local politics. He also describes recreation and entertainment opportunities.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Frank, Barbara A -- Interviews
Sierra Club
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Coulee Region Sierra Club -- History
Coulee Region Sierra Club -- Membership
Environmentalism -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Environmental policy -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Environmental education -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Description:
Frank discusses growing up in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where she became interested in environmental issues. She describes her work in environmental education and policy and details her involvement in such environmental groups as the Coulee Region Sierra Club, Coulee Region Environmental Education Development (CREED), the Wisconsin Association of Environmental Education, and the Wisconsin Conservation Corps.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Medinger, Bernard -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- United States -- Personal narratives
World War, 1939-1945 -- United States
Veterans -- United States
Description:
Medinger discusses the following topics: Personal history, La Crosse, Wisconsin -- Drafted into U.S. Army, 1942 -- Reaction to Pearl Harbor Attack, December 7, 1941 -- Memories of Army base, Camp Butner, North Carolina, 1942 -- Assigned 339th General Service Engineer Regiment, Camp Butner, North Carolina -- North Carolina Camp Butner to Army Station, Brisbane, Australia to Milne Bay, New Guinea, 1943 -- Segregation of African Americans in Army, Replacement center, 1943 -- Japanese airfields, Leyte Bay, MacArthur present, 1943 -- Building bridges, Leyte Bay, Japan, 1943 -- Building air strips, San Marcelino, Luzon, Philippines, 1945 -- Building hospitals, north of Manila, Philippines, 1945 -- Health problems, "Jungle Rot" (skin ulcer) -- End of World War II, return to Santa Barbara, California, Camp Anns, 1945 -- Interactions with German prisoners of war, Camp Anns, 1945 -- Return to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, 1945 -- Photos of indigenous people in new Guinea, built the camps with U.S. soldiers, presence of women in camps, 1943 -- C-Rations, Ten-and-One Rations; packs of cigarettes, corned beef, Spam, 1943-1945 -- Removal of Japanese soldiers’ teeth, sold, Capitan later Court Marshaled, 1943-1945 -- Impressions of Japanese people post-war, 1945 -- Censored letters from brothers in service, 1943-1945 -- Opinions of Hollywood’s portrayal of World War II, 1939-1945 -- Comparison between WWII and the events of September 11th, 2001 Terrorist Attacks.
00:00:10—Personal history, La Crosse, Wisconsin
00:00:50—Drafted into U.S. Army, 1942
00:01:20—Reaction to Pearl Harbor Attack, December 7, 1941
00:03:10—Memories of Army base, Camp Butner, North Carolina, 1942
00:03:50—Assigned 339th General Service Engineer Regiment, Camp Butner, North Carolina
00:05:45—North Carolina Camp Butner to Army Station, Brisbane, Australia to Milne Bay, New Guinea, 1943
00:11:15—Segregation of African Americans in Army, Replacement center, 1943
00:16:15—Japanese airfields, Leyte Bay, MacArthur present, 1943
00:20:30—Building bridges, Leyte Bay, Japan, 1943
00:27:45—Building air strips, San Marcelino, Luzon, Philippines, 1945
00:32:15—Building hospitals, north of Manila, Philippines, 1945
00:36:15—Health problems, "Jungle Rot" (skin ulcer)
00:38:45—End of World War II, return to Santa Barbara, California, Camp Anns, 1945
00:39:40—Interactions with German prisoners of war, Camp Anns, 1945
00:40:30—Return to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, 1945
00:42:10—Photos of indigenous people in new Guinea, built the camps with U.S. soldiers, presence of women in camps, 1943
00:44:30—C-Rations, Ten-and-One Rations; packs of cigarettes, corned beef, Spam, 1943-1945
00:46:20—Removal of Japanese soldiers’ teeth, sold, Capitan later Court Marshaled, 1943-1945
00:48:30—Impressions of Japanese people post-war, 1945
00:50:00—Censored letters from brothers in service, 1943-1945
00:52:20—Opinions of Hollywood’s portrayal of World War II, 1939-1945
00:53:50—Comparison between WWII and the events of September 11th, 2001 Terrorist Attacks
Part of the WWII Veterans Collection-2001 Central High School Oral History Project.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Warner, Betty -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Betty Warner discusses her time at UWL and her memories of Hans Reuter. Topics include but are not limited to: Reuter's UWL courses, testing, grading, student interactions, and syllabus in public schools.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
McMahon, Bob -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Fishing -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Fly fishing -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Trout fishing -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Water quality -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Coon Creek (Monroe County-Vernon County, Wis.)
Timber Coulee Creek (Vernon County, Wis.)
Description:
Bob McMahon spends a majority of his interview discussing fishing and natural resources in the La Crosse area. Topics include but are not limited to: fishing as recreation, fishing in Coon Valley (1950s), fish species in Coon Valley, fly fishing limits, threats to recreational fishing (pollution and land usage), farming and run off pollution, Department of Natural Resources, and conservation. 00:01:30 -- Fishing in Coon Valley, 1950s
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Thoms, Brandon -- Interviews
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Indians of North America
Description:
This interview includes Mr. Thoms discussing the following topics: Indian Reorganization Act (Wheeler-Howard Act, 1934), changes ca 1960s -- Lac Du Flambeau, relations with surrounding community, Minocqua, Wisconsin -- Living in Minocqua, Attending Lakeland High School, 1987 -- Lakeland high school, conflicts between white and Native American students, 1980s -- Racial animosity due to spearfishing regulations, ca late 1980s -- Experience with spearfishing, reservation support to practice spearfishing -- Protesting Native American spear fishermen at boat landings, 1986/87 -- Victimization at Lakeland High School, violent words and actions -- Protest marches led by anti-treaty organization PARR (Protect America’s Rights and Resources), 1988 -- Teachers unwilling to defend Native American students, Lakeland High School -- Violence against Native American traditions, ceremonial drum destruction -- Parent protesters influence students to bully Native students, death threats, Lakeland High School -- Media portrayal and police presence, boat landings protests -- Use of traditional remedies to calm Native Americans during protest, tobacco, sage, sweet grass, and cedar -- Lac Du Flambeau lawsuit against the organization Stop Treaty Abuse-Wisconsin, Inc., 1992 -- Joint committee study, health and state of lakes, findings prove no damage caused by spear fishing, Report Title = "Casting Light Upon the Waters: A Joint Fishery Assessment of the Wisconsin Ceded Territory," 1991, Document produced by: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), (http://dnr.wi.gov/wnrmag/html/stories/2005/aug05/treaty.htm), 1990.
00:00:10—Indian Reorganization Act (Wheeler-Howard Act, 1934), changes ca 1960s
00:01:05—Lac Du Flambeau, relations with surrounding community, Minocqua, Wisconsin
00:02:10—Living in Minocqua, Attending Lakeland High School, 1987
00:03:45—Lakeland high school, conflicts between white and Native American students, 1980s
00:04:30—Racial animosity due to spearfishing regulations, ca late 1980s
00:06:10—Experience with spearfishing, reservation support to practice spearfishing
00:09:35—Protesting Native American spear fishermen at boat landings, 1986/87
00:12:20—Victimization at Lakeland High School, violent words and actions
00:15:35—Protest marches led by anti-treaty organization PARR (Protect America’s Rights and Resources), 1988
00:18:25—Teachers unwilling to defend Native American students, Lakeland High School
00:19:50—Violence against Native American traditions, ceremonial drum destruction
00:23:35—Parent protesters influence students to bully Native students, death threats, Lakeland High School
00:27:30—Media portrayal and police presence, boat landings protests
00:28:25—Use of traditional remedies to calm Native Americans during protest, tobacco, sage, sweet grass, and cedar
00:30:30—Lac Du Flambeau lawsuit against the organization Stop Treaty Abuse-Wisconsin, Inc., 1992
00:33:10—Joint committee study, health and state of lakes, findings prove no damage caused by spear fishing, Report Title = "Casting Light Upon the Waters: A Joint Fishery Assessment of the Wisconsin Ceded Territory," 1991, Document produced by: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), (http://dnr.wi.gov/wnrmag/html/stories/2005/aug05/treaty.htm), 1990
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Description:
Brenda Lauderdale was born in Alabama, but spent most of her childhood in the Chicago area. She came to La Crosse for college. Lauderdale mostly discusses growing up in housing projects in Chicago in the 1950s and her family life. In 1975, Lauderdale enrolled in UWL, and some of her interview focuses on anti-Black racism and discrimination in La Crosse and at UWL.
Tape 2
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Miyamoto, Bud -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Bud Miyamoto (b. 1945) spends a majority of his interview remembering his early life in La Crosse, specifically life on the North Side as a Japanese American. Topics include but are not limited to: North Side neighborhood, his (white) mother's background and employment at the Auto-Lite factory, father’s service in the 100th Infantry Battalion during WWII and journey from Hawaii to La Crosse, Camp McCoy, local businesses (the Sweet Shop, the Country Kitchen, and the Riviera Theatre), social life and entertainment (school dances, drag races, movies, county fair, circus, and picnics), recreation and sports (swimming at the North Side Beach, softball at Copeland Park, and fishing on Black River), student rivalries between Central High School and Logan High School, health remedies, religion (St. Luke’s Methodist Church), anti-Japanese racism in town, Black Americans in La Crosse, Moss family, working-class cultures on North Side, Auto-Lite factory, community grief from 1959 lay-offs at Auto-Lite, employment (Manke Hardware Store, M. Lokken & Son Grocery, Neumeister’s Butcher Shop, Guggenbuehl and Nekola, Nelson’s Clothing Store, and Berg’s Pharmacy, Milwaukee Sentinel, the Sweet Shop, andSandy’s fast food), President John F. Kennedy, 1965 Flood, Lower North Side train depot, telephones, medical industry, and local radio.
Description:
Charles Conrad was a La Crosse area resident for his whole life, born in the late 1800s and growing up on a farm just outside of the city. In his interview, he discusses subjects like: his ancestry, Indigenous peoples, education, family life, working at a saw mill and grocery store, religion, movie theaters, the Red light district, Prohibition, clamming, the Klu Klux Klan (KKK), Black families, racism, early doctors and home remedies, and the Great Depression.
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Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Zobin, Chris -- Interviews
Slow Pedestrians (Musical group)
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Altrusion Grace (Musical group)
Bands (Music) -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Musicians -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Bars (Drinking establishments) -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Little magazines -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.)
Description:
Zobin discusses the 1980s live music scene in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He focuses on local bands, including the Slow Pedestrians and Altrusion Grace, and also describes the difficulties of forming bands and finding venues. He also mentions downtown bars and local fan magazines.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Riness, Clay -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Trout fishing -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Water quality -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Timber Coulee Creek (Vernon County, Wis.)
Coon Creek Watershed (Monroe County-Vernon County, Wis.)
Description:
Clay Riness discusses fish and fishing in the Coon Creek Watershed around Coon Valley, Wisconsin. Topics include but are not limited to: Rullands Coulee Creek, Spring Coulee Creek, Timber Coulee Creek, Bohemian Valley Creek, Kickapoo River, erosion and pollution, self-employment, environmental issues and education, Mississippi River, fish species, fishing techniques, and recreational fishing.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Staats, Dick -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Trout fishing -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Fly fishing -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Fish habitat improvement -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Coon Creek (Monroe County-Vernon County, Wis.)
Description:
Dick Staats discusses fly fishing for trout in the creeks and streams around Coon Valley, Wisconsin. In particular he mentions fishing in Coon Creek, Bohemian Valley Creek, Timber Coulee Creek, and Spring Coulee Creek. He also comments on Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources efforts to improve fish habitat. Topics also discussed include the following: Fishing as a child -- Most common fish in streams -- Kinds of gear used -- Changes in fishing -- Greatest problem with trout fishing -- Changes in trout and other fish population -- Changes in farming and land use -- Changes in streams -- Pollution -- Flooding -- Greatest threat to fishing.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Swords, Donald E -- Interviews
Schmidt, Marie -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Families -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Neighborhoods -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Sports -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Entertainment events -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Goosetown (La Crosse, Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Swords and Schmidt discuss their experience as siblings growing up during the early 1900s in the Goosetown area of La Crosse, Wisconsin. They describe family relationships, the Goosetown neighborhood, sports and games, and entertainment options.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Dohlby, Edwin T. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Railroads -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Edwin Dohlby begins this interview discussing his genealogy, family life, and relationship with his mostly absent father. His mother was a midwife and he left school early to work various jobs to support his family (butchering, grocery, auto parts factory). He touches on many social and cultural topics in La Crosse history, including but not limited to: North Side and South Side, taverns and beer, recreation, area rivers, La Crosse Rubber Mills, Auto-Lite, Red-light District, the railroad industry, Prohibition, La Crosse Rubber Mills, dance halls and theaters, dating, local politics and business, anti-German discrimination, Wisconsin Progressive Movement and Robert LaFollette, the Great Depression, and the La Crosse River Marsh.
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Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Gershon, Ernest -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Ernest Gershon discusses attending the Phy. Ed. program at UWL in the mid-1900s. He speaks about being involved with gymnastics, dance, track and field, taking classes with Hans Reuter, and Reuter's impact on the university. Gershon also discusses gender roles in sports education.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Gautsch, Floyd -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Physical education and training -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Physical education teachers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Description:
Floyd Gautsch discusses attending the Phy. Ed. program at UWL in the mid-1900s. He speaks about being a student athlete, taking classes with Hans Reuter, and Reuter's impact on the university.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Haiden, Frank C. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
German Americans -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Railroad companies -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Breweries -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Haiden discusses growing up in a German immigrant family in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He discusses family life, work life, and the development of La Crosse. He details his work in the railroad industry, mentioning several companies operating routes through La Crosse. He also describes the downtown district, including the breweries that operated there.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Purcell, Gene P -- Interviews
WLSU (Radio station : La Crosse, Wis.)
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Radio -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- History
Radio stations -- Employees
Radio producers and directors -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Public radio -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Description:
Purcell talks about his career as a disc jockey in the 1970s and 80s. He expresses his passion for radio and working with musicians, and talks about some history with La Crosse radio and UWL radio.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Ragland, Geneva F. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Geneva Ragland discusses her family history and social life and customs in early La Crosse history. Topics include but are not limited to: log riding, Ho-Chunk community members in 1870, baseball, Hixon family and home, Gillette family, Johns family, horse racing, and teaching and education. Tape 2
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Smith, Glen -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Glen Smith's interview focuses on the physical education program at UWL and Hans Reuter. Topics include but are not limited to: Hans Reuter (contributions curriculum, readings and writings, staff interactions, opinions of, retirement, impact on students), gymnastics, and the student teaching program.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Feinberg, Gordon H. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Businesspeople -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Central business districts -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Feinberg discusses his life in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He describes his work history, including starting his own business, Sanitary Supply Company. He details the development of downtown La Crosse and discusses organizing the 3rd Street Merchant's Association. He also describes the Market Square complex and changes in the downtown shopping area.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Banasik, Ed -- Interviews
Banasik, Helen -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Families
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Mr. and Mrs. Banasik discuss their marriage and family life in La Crosse, Wisconsin. They describe work, home, recreation, and entertainment activities. They also comment on changes in society and politics.
Description:
Henry Keimowitz was born in Hungary. He moved to the U.S. after serving in WWI. He discusses many topics, including his childhood in Hungary, his Jewish heritage, experiencing antisemitism and Facism during and in between the World Wars, his experience as a POW,
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Tape 7
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Norcross, Henry -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Railroad engineers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Railroads -- Employees
Labor unions -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Henry Norcross (b. 1899) describes his family background and life on French Island. Topics include but are not limited to: German ancestry, festivals, Milwaukee Railroad, farming, French Island and La Crosse tensions, education, winter, drowning accidents, diseases and quarantine (mumps, measles, chicken pox), Frank Powell and Buffalo Bill Cody, circus, summer fairs, Mary Hauck (doctor), early electric cars, Dr. McLoone and Bessie Moore murders, home remedies, Rubber Mills, railroad engineer, anti-German propaganda during WWI, Prohibition, bootleggers, tobacco usage, Great Depression, unemployment, being member of Ku Klux Klan (KKK) (audio cuts out here in the middle of his story), Lodge 754, union strikes and involvement, anti-Black racism and his perceptions of white working-class discrimination. Content warning: this interview contains racist ideas and language.
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Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Gerber, Inga -- Interviews
La Crosse Business and Professional Women's Club (La Crosse, Wis.) -- History
La Crosse Business and Professional Women's Club (La Crosse, Wis.) -- Membership
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Equal rights amendments
Women -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- Societies and clubs
Oral history
Description:
Gerber discusses her work history, her concern for equal rights for women, and her long involvement with the La Crosse Business and Professional Women's Club in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She describes the purposes and concerns of the club as well as its history and development.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Bruins, James -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
James Bruins discusses attending the Phy. Ed. program at UWL in the 1930s. He speaks about taking classes with Hans Reuter, and Reuter's impact on the university.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Halko, Jeff -- Interviews
Warehouse (Music club)
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Java Jam (La Crosse, Wis.)
Music -- Societies, etc.
Bands (Music) -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Rock music -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.)
Description:
Halko discusses local rock bands and the music performance scene in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He describes his collaboration at the Warehouse club and his efforts to organize and promote Java Jam.
Subject:
Lazinger, Joel P -- Interviews
Peace Corps (U.S.)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements
Peace movements -- Wisconsin
Government, Resistance to -- Wisconsin
Civil disobedience -- Wisconsin -- Madison
Student movements -- Wisconsin -- Madison
Colombia -- History
Madison (Wis.)
Description:
A typed transcript of the interview with Joel Lazinger, who discusses growing up in a patriotic Jewish family, serving in the Peace Corps in Colombia, and resisting the actions of the United States government in the Vietnam War. He describes anti-war rallies and demonstrations and the Army Math Research Center bombing at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
1 sound tape reel (approximately 120 min.) : analog, 3 3/4 ips ; 7 in. + 1 transcript (80 leaves ; 28 cm) + 2 audiocassettes.
Description:
Hoeschler touches on many subjects, but mainly focuses on his family history and his professional career. He also spends quite a bit of time talking about his uncle, Frank Hoeschler, who was a known dentist and developer in La Crosse.
Tape 2
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Haraldson, John -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Norwegian Americans -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Shoe industry -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Retail trade -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Clubs -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- History
Westby (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Haraldson begins his interview discussing his family history, early childhood in Norway, and his immigration journey to the U.S. as a young man. He first arrived in Westby, where he worked on a farm. When he came to La Crosse, he began working in the shoe trade. Topics include but are not limited to: cobbling in Norway, railroads as a form of transportation at the turn of the century, Norwegian community in Westby (WI), tobacco farming, Arenz Shoe Store, Fry Shor Company, WWI, local shoe-making industry, businessmen's club, Adolf Gundersen, Trinity Lutheran Church, night school and furthering education, store fire, Judge Lincoln Neprud.
Tape 2
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Lysaker, John -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
John Lysaker begins his interview discussing his education at Logan High School and school programs. Other topics include but are not limited to: Teacher's College, Catholicism, relations and businesses within ethnic groups, race relations, Rivoli Theatre and other movie theaters, carpentry, transportation, Copeland Avenue, railroad industry, the Great Depression, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, veterans, 1965 flood, train depots, technology changes (computers and calculators).
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Nevers, John -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
John Nevers primarily discusses the Physical Education program at UWL and Hans Reuter. Topics include but are not limited to: gymnastics at UWL, Hans Reuter (student interactions, class discipline, grading, demonstrations, coaching techniques, local and state involvement, staff opinions, inventions, teaching philosophy), student teaching program, dance and marching classes, gender roles, changes in the field, and public schools.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Gilbertson, John P. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Postal service -- Employees
Postal service -- History
Letter carriers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Postmasters -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
John P. Gilbertson begins his interview by discussing his Norwegian family history. His interview largely focuses on La Crosse social life and recreation, as well as his career as a letter carrier. Topics include but are not limited to: saw mills, railroads, Coon Valley, family working-class occupations, the Great Depression, history of the La Crosse Post Office, steamboats, La Crosse Inter-State Fair, farm technology, newspaper and press industry, education in La Crosse, Wisconsin Business University, the circus, segregation from Ho-Chunk community and community racism, Bartl Brewery, anti-Black racism and interracial marriage, river and lumber industries, Goosetown, gambling houses and City policies, anti-German discrimination, WWI, automobiles, federal government, development of the La Crosse Normal School (now UW-L), Hoeschler family, medical history, Adolf Gundersen, early Ho-Chunk community members, early Black American community members, La Crosse Historical Society, Nathan Myrick, local politics, Wisconsin Progressive Movement, corruption in La Crosse Police Department, personal sentiments towards communities with different identities than his own (Indigenous, Black American, and Jewish).
Note: This interview has sections of poor audio quality.
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Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Potterton, Kenneth -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Potterton, Marie -- Interviews
Description:
Kenneth and Marie Potterton discuss Han Reuter and the physical education program at UW-La Crosse. Topics include but are not limited to: Hans Reuter (description, physique, discipline, inventions, teaching methods, class standards, relationships, testing), and extracurricular activities.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Leum, Larry -- Interviews
Trout fishing -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Spring Coulee Creek (Vernon County, Wis.)
Coon Creek Watershed (Monroe County-Vernon County, Wis.)
Coon Valley (Wis.)
Description:
Leum discusses trout fishing in Spring Coulee Creek and other creeks and streams that form the Coon Creek Watershed around Coon Valley, Wisconsin. He describes fishing conditions, including fishing pressure and problems caused by flooding and erosion. He also comments on the role of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in managing fish habitat.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Miller, Leon Warren, 1896-1991 -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Athletics -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Athletic directors -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Description:
Leon Miller primarily discusses the physical education program at UWL. Topics include but are not limited to: expansion of Physical Education program at UWL, Hans Reuter (education, teaching methods, state and national impact, influence, relationships, critics), UWL Athletic Committee, being a student and teacher, staff members in program, uniform curriculum.
Description:
Marlene Koula was born in La Crosse and discusses her family life and childhood. She touches on topics like family customs, dating, her marriage, Catholicism, religious discrimination, and social events.
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Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Van Loon, Maude -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Farm life -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
New Amsterdam (La Crosse County, Wis.) -- History
Description:
Van Loon discusses her ancestors' 1856 emigration from the Netherlands to Wisconsin, where they settled in New Amsterdam. She focuses on her father, John Van Loon, and also discusses general family life and her childhood growing up on a farm in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Topics also discussed include but are not limited to: ancestry, immigration from Holland, LaFleur family, New Amsterdam, Native Americans, Presbyterian Church, marriage and work, Childhood memories, diseases, Joseph Losey, her childhood home, her parents railroad tramps, birthday celebrations, farm animals, Christmas celebrations, farming and harvesting, education, Perkins family, Black Americans, childhood games, bluff hiking, agricultural and horticultural societies, traffic concerns with horses and cars, horse races, bird watching, food and cooking, farm labor, as well as local newspapers papers.
Warning, some bits of this recording has sound issues and the audio is incomprehensible.
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Description:
Maxine Kroner (b.1927) was born in Dodgeville, WI, but spent her childhood in La Crosse. In her interview, she discusses topics such as the Great Depression, welfare programs, the North Side neighborhood, Catholicism, private education (Aquinas), employment during WWII, teaching, working as a mother, local politics, the YMCA, the polio pandemic, and vaccines.
Tape 2
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Luxenburg, Mildred -- Interviews
Families
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Luxenburg discusses her marriage and family life in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She focuses on life in the 1950s, commenting on changes in the economy and social practices. She describes work life, childrearing, and recreation activities.
Description:
Myer Katz (b.1910 - d.1993) grew up in La Crosse in a Jewish family. He would later become a prominent local La Crosse historian. In his interview, he mostly covers topics about his family heritage. The subjects include local Jewish history and immigration, Judaism, family customs and practices, antisemitism, education experiences, and general Jewish history.
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Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Goode, Nancy -- Interviews
Sierra Club
Coulee Region Sierra Club -- History
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Coulee Region Sierra Club -- Membership
Environmentalism
Oral history
Fund raising
Description:
Goode discusses environmental issues and her involvement with the Coulee Region Sierra Club in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She mentions members, meetings, fund raising activities, and the evolution of the club.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Lange, Norman -- Interviews
Breweries -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Labor unions -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Fraternal organizations -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Description:
Lange discusses returning to La Crosse, Wisconsin, following service in World War II. He details his work history and union involvement, describing the brewing industry and his work for Peerless Brewery and his career with the La Crosse Cooler Company. He also discusses his membership in fraternal organizations.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Jorgenson, Ole -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Ole Jorgenson attended the La Crosse Normal School (now UWL) and was enrolled in the Physical Education program there. For much of this interview, Jorgeson discusses Hans Reuter, who was instrumental in creating a nationally-renowned Phy. Ed. program that continues today at UWL. Jorgeson also touches on topics like student life in the 1920s and the post-WWI era.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Winter, Oscar -- Interviews
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse -- History
Neighborhoods -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Winter discusses his life in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He focuses on his recollections of the area that became overtaken by the expanding University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He also describes neighborhood life and social practices.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Olson, Palmer -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Fly fishing -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Fish habitat improvement -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Timber Coulee Creek (Vernon County, Wis.)
Rullands Coulee Creek (Vernon County, Wis.)
Coon Creek Watershed (Monroe County-Vernon County, Wis.)
Description:
Palmer Olson's interview largely focuses on fish and fishing in the Coulee Region. Topics include but are not limited to: fly fishing, fish species, Coon Creek Watershed, Rullands Coulee Creek, Timber Coulee Creek, Coon Valley, fishing regulations, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, farming, fish habitat trends, fly and lure shops, fishing during WWII, fish population in 1990s, logging, pollution, and floods.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Seubert, Patricia -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Neighborhoods -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Pat Seubert (b. 1936) discusses her life in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She focuses on family and neighborhood life and details recreation activities and social life. She also describes changes in society and politics during her lifetime. Topics includ but are not limited to: childhood home, La Crosse neighborhoods, 20th century changing technologies (dishwasher, washing machine), household roles, husband's employment, raising a family, clothing fads, leisure activities, children's extracurricular activities and music tastes, fraternal and social organizations, courtships and friendships, treatment of women (1940s-1970s), relationship and marriage (married 1958), vacations and first car, WWII (homefront), Communism, Korean War, nursing homes and funerals, religious importance, major societal changes (1945-1960s), family ethnicities, and racial and ethnic tensions in La Crosse. Content warning: this interview does contain racist, anti-Black language. Tape 2
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Fitzpatrick, Patricia L. -- Interviews
Families
Neighborhoods -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Fitzpatrick discusses growing up in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She details family life and marriage; neighborhoods where she grew up and raised her own family; recreation activities; and local social life and practices.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Pappas, Paul G. -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Greek Americans -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Restaurants -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Family-owned business enterprises -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Central business districts -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Paul G. Pappas discusses growing up as one of five sons born to Greek immigrants who settled in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Topics include but are not limited to: the downtown business environment, the Elite, family background, Imperial Ice Cream Shop, childhood, Greek Food, church, religion, dating, sports and recreation, WWII, transportation, YMCA, Valley View Mall, 20th century technology changes (refrigerator, television), atomic bomb, Korean Conflict, McCarthyism, voting, local politics, Vietnam War, Civil Rights Movement, and marriage.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Kogut, Paul -- Interviews
Fly fishing -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Coon Valley (Wis.)
Timber Coulee Creek (Vernon County, Wis.)
Bohemian Valley Creek (Vernon County, Wis.)
Rullands Coulee Creek (Vernon County, Wis.)
Spring Coulee Creek (Vernon County, Wis.)
Coon Creek Watershed (Monroe County-Vernon County, Wis.)
Description:
Kogut discusses fly fishing in the streams and creeks around Coon Valley, Wisconsin. In particular, he mentions Timber Coulee Creek, Bohemian Valley Creek, Rullands Coulee Creek, and Spring Coulee Creek. He also discusses fishing pressure, catch-and-release areas, and the Coon Creek Watershed project.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Bice, Raymond C. -- Interviews
Wisconsin -- Politics and government
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Raymond Bice discusses his childhood and early life, talking of fishing, hanging out at rail yards, his school delinquency, some of his teachers and his principal, as well as his story of eventually dropping out of high school. He also talks about his adult life, including his political career and the greater political climate of La Crosse, specifically at the County level. Bice talks in detail about the Trapper's bill and law, the Speed Limit bill and law, the Highway Safety bill and law, Liquor tax, and lobbying groups. He also discusses general topics like the Great Depression, Prohibition and bootlegging, neighborhood rivalry, and Syrian immigration to La Crosse.
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Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Hackner, Robert B. -- Interviews
Architects and housing developers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Public housing -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Hackner discusses his life in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where he became an architect's apprentice and after establishing his own business in 1953, worked on commercial and residential buildings. He details his involvement in the development of the first public housing projects in La Crosse in 1957 and also discusses La Crosse architectural developments in the 1950s.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Rynning, Rolf -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Families -- Wisconsin
Work -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Mr. Rynning discusses the following topics: Personal history, 1900s -- Family Norwegian ancestry, Direct decent of Bishop Bech crowning Norwegian King 1818 -- Immigration from Norway, 1870s -- Surname spelling and pronunciation change -- Father’s immigration, 1876, civil engineering degree from Sweden -- Father’s job at Holway Lumber, La Crosse, Wisconsin -- Rynning and Pedrson Clothing store, 727 Rose Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin -- Father’s position Exchange State Bank, La Crosse, Wisconsin 1892 -- Father’s death, Dr. Adolf Gundersen performed surgery, 1895 -- Statement to La Crosse paper, Allegations against Gundersen for malpractice 1895 -- Brother’s civil engineer degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison, accident in St. Louis, death in 1909 -- Attempt to deferral from draft, World War One (195-1918) -- Drafted into World War One (1915-1918): July 8, 1918, Promotion to Sargent: September 15, 1918 -- Left position at Exchange State Bank, 1920, reasoning due to hiring cheap labor after WWI -- W.A. Roosevelt Company, employment, 1920-1953 -- Father’s memories of La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1880s to 1890s -- Ballard Drug Store, 3rd and Pearl Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin -- Maternal immigration, Norway, 1870s -- Father’s education, language; German, French, English, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish -- Holway Lumber Mill, St. Cloud Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin -- Union National Bank, Main and 4th Streets, La Crosse, Wisconsin -- Making currency exchange, transporting $10,000 through town, carried gun for insurance -- Union National Bank, staff picture, 1911 -- North side neighborhood living, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1922 -- Black River, swimming with neighborhood kids, 1910s.
00:00:40—Personal history, 1900s
00:01:10—Family Norwegian ancestry, Direct decent of Bishop Bech crowning Norwegian King 1818
00:02:00—Immigration from Norway, 1870s
00:03:00—Surname spelling and pronunciation change
00:04:20—Father’s immigration, 1876, civil engineering degree from Sweden
00:05:40—Father’s job at Holway Lumber, La Crosse, Wisconsin
00:05:55—Rynning and Pedrson Clothing store, 727 Rose Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin
00:06:20—Father’s position Exchange State Bank, La Crosse, Wisconsin 1892
00:06:50—Father’s death, Dr. Adolf Gundersen performed surgery, 1895
00:14:45—Statement to La Crosse paper, Allegations against Gundersen for malpractice 1895
00:17:30—Brother’s civil engineer degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison, accident in St. Louis, death in 1909
00:19:20—Attempt to deferral from draft, World War One (195-1918)
00:20:00—Drafted into World War One (1915-1918): July 8, 1918, Promotion to Sargent: September 15, 1918
00:21:50—Left position at Exchange State Bank, 1920, reasoning due to hiring cheap labor after WWI
00:22:00—W.A. Roosevelt Company, employment, 1920-1953
00:27:30—Father’s memories of La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1880s to 1890s
00:27:58—Ballard Drug Store, 3rd and Pearl Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin
00:31:00—Maternal immigration, Norway, 1870s
00:32:10—Father’s education, language; German, French, English, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish
00:35:00—Holway Lumber Mill, St. Cloud Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin
00:39:30—Union National Bank, Main and 4th Streets, La Crosse, Wisconsin
00:47:30—Making currency exchange, transporting $10,000 through town, carried gun for insurance
00:54:25—Union National Bank, staff picture, 1911
00:57:35—North side neighborhood living, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1922
00:59:20—Black River, swimming with neighborhood kids, 1910s
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Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Rynning, Rolf -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Families -- Wisconsin
Work -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Mr. Rynning discusses the following topics: Walking through marsh from North Side Neighborhood, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1910s -- Newspaper route, working during childhood, 1910s -- Lumber yards, collection for wood burning stove -- House chores, 1910s -- Mother’s experience raising five kids, after husband’s passing -- Holiday traditions; Christmas trees, church service, and gifts, 1910s -- Home remedies for illness, cough medicine and lard rub, 1910s -- Hand-made products by mother; clothing, bread, desserts, canning, butter -- Gangs, division between North side and South side, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1900s -- Elementary school, Fourth, Fifth, and Tenth ward schools, relationship with principals -- La Crosse High School, received recommendation to attend, 1900s -- Fire destroys Pomoroy theater, McMullan theater, Lincore building, 4th and Main streets, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1904 -- City Hall building sold in 1889 to Rynning family, $17,000, 4th and Main street, La Crosse, Wisconsin -- High school jobs; Telephone company, Ice cream and Butter company, 1910s -- Work after High School, Union National Bank -- Siblings’ education, brother’s civil engineering education from UW-Madison, sisters attend La Crosse Normal school -- Houses of ill-fame (prostitution), 2nd street, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1907 -- Union National Bank salaries and recreation opportunities, 1920s -- Grandfather’s bluff (present-day Grandad’s bluff) and Grandmother’s bluff (present-day Hedgehog bluff), hiking activities, 1860s -- New Mysters park, 1900s -- Cemeteries of La Crosse, Wisconsin; Catholic, Jewish, and Lutheran -- World War One (1914-1918) promotion, army sergeant -- Army company war enthusiasm, 1918 -- Spanish Influenza, suffering in army camps, 1918 -- Anti-German sentiments, change of Berlin Street to Liberty Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin -- Buying War Bonds, banks selling War Bonds for war effort -- Racial divide in army company, 1918 -- Recreation in army service, 1918.
00:00:10—Walking through marsh from North Side Neighborhood, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1910s
00:01:25—Newspaper route, working during childhood, 1910s
00:03:15—Lumber yards, collection for wood burning stove
00:06:00—House chores, 1910s
00:06:35—Mother’s experience raising five kids, after husband’s passing
00:08:00—Holiday traditions; Christmas trees, church service, and gifts, 1910s
00:09:45—Home remedies for illness, cough medicine and lard rub, 1910s
00:12:10—Hand-made products by mother; clothing, bread, desserts, canning, butter
00:15:40—Gangs, division between North side and South side, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1900s
00:16:45—Elementary school, Fourth, Fifth, and Tenth ward schools, relationship with principals
00:20:10—La Crosse High School, received recommendation to attend, 1900s
00:23:55—Fire destroys Pomoroy theater, McMullan theater, Lincore building, 4th and Main streets, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1904
00:24:50—City Hall building sold in 1889 to Rynning family, $17,000, 4th and Main street, La Crosse, Wisconsin
00:27:00—High school jobs; Telephone company, Ice cream and Butter company, 1910s
00:29:20—Work after High School, Union National Bank
00:30:20—Siblings’ education, brother’s civil engineering education from UW-Madison, sisters attend La Crosse Normal school
00:32:10—Houses of ill-fame (prostitution), 2nd street, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1907
00:36:45—Union National Bank salaries and recreation opportunities, 1920s
00:38:00—Grandfather’s bluff (present-day Grandad’s bluff) and Grandmother’s bluff (present-day Hedgehog bluff), hiking activities, 1860s
00:42:30—New Mysters park, 1900s
00:48:05—Cemeteries of La Crosse, Wisconsin; Catholic, Jewish, and Lutheran
00:51:00—World War One (1914-1918) promotion, army sergeant
00:53:55—Army company war enthusiasm, 1918
00:54:30—Spanish Influenza, suffering in army camps, 1918
00:56:40—Anti-German sentiments, change of Berlin Street to Liberty Street, La Crosse, Wisconsin
00:57:45—Buying War Bonds, banks selling War Bonds for war effort
00:58:25—Racial divide in army company, 1918
00:59:10—Recreation in army service, 1918
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Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Rynning, Rolf -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Families -- Wisconsin
Work -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Mr. Rynning discusses the following topics: Alcohol and smoking habits in the home,1910s -- After the army, back to work at Union National Bank, 1920s -- Anti-German discrimination, 1920s -- Klu Klux Klan presence in La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1920s -- Prohibition, 1920-1933, home-brews for sale -- Political influence and affiliations, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1920s -- The Great Depression, 1929, job loss -- La Crosse Normal School, sisters’ attendance 1909 -- St. John’s Catholic church, North Side La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1910s -- Religious and national prejudice, Catholics vs. Protestants, Germans vs. Irish, 1910s -- Public schooling vs. Parochial schooling -- Rivalries between North Side and South Side La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1910s -- World War Two (1941-1945), Fort McCoy, Wisconsin -- Major changes in La Crosse, Riverside Park and university development, 1940s -- Changes in social activities, lack of community activity, lack of business on Main street, 1940s to 1970s -- Youth mentality and activity, 1910s compared to 1970s -- Prospective future for U.S., international relations, Russia and China, 1970s -- Opinions of Water Gate trial status, 1973 -- Major changes in U.S. government, opinions of welfare, Social Security, Medicare, 1970s -- The Spanish American War, 1898, lasting influence on international policy -- Farm lifestyle and chores; milking cows and ice cutting, 1900s.
00:00:10—Alcohol and smoking habits in the home,1910s
00:02:30—After the army, back to work at Union National Bank, 1920s
00:03:20—Anti-German discrimination, 1920s
00:03:50—Klu Klux Klan presence in La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1920s
00:04:40—Prohibition, 1920-1933, home-brews for sale
00:06:30—Political influence and affiliations, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1920s
00:10:00—The Great Depression, 1929, job loss
00:13:20—La Crosse Normal School, sisters’ attendance 1909
00:15:00—St. John’s Catholic church, North Side La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1910s
00:15:45—Religious and national prejudice, Catholics vs. Protestants, Germans vs. Irish, 1910s
00:19:10—Public schooling vs. Parochial schooling
00:23:15—Rivalries between North Side and South Side La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1910s
00:27:50—World War Two (1941-1945), Fort McCoy, Wisconsin
00:31:00—Major changes in La Crosse, Riverside Park and university development, 1940s
00:33:20—Changes in social activities, lack of community activity, lack of business on Main street, 1940s to 1970s
00:34:40—Youth mentality and activity, 1910s compared to 1970s
00:38:10—Prospective future for U.S., international relations, Russia and China, 1970s
00:42:10—Opinions of Water Gate trial status, 1973
00:43:35—Major changes in U.S. government, opinions of welfare, Social Security, Medicare, 1970s
00:46:00—The Spanish American War, 1898, lasting influence on international policy
00:50:00—Farm lifestyle and chores; milking cows and ice cutting, 1900s
Tape 3 of 4.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Rynning, Rolf -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Families -- Wisconsin
Work -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Recreation -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Description:
Mr. Rynning discusses the following topics: Storing food, ice boxes and salt rubs, 1900s -- Change in health concerns, food poisoning and injury, 1900s -- Food processing by hand, corn cutting and husking -- Steam locomotive to transport crops -- Types of crops available, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1900s.
00:00:10—Storing food, ice boxes and salt rubs, 1900s
00:01:20—Change in health concerns, food poisoning and injury, 1900s
00:02:45—Food processing by hand, corn cutting and husking
00:03:30—Steam locomotive to transport crops
00:05:20—Types of crops available, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 1900s
Tape 4 of 4.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Randorf, Roy -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Vietnam -- Social life and customs
Description:
Roy Randorf discusses his family background and life growing up in Wisconsin. Topics includ but are not limited to: family ancestry, education, teenage years, youth drinking culture, UW-Stevens Point, United States Army (race and discrimination, bullying, mental abuse, entertainment, living conditions, venereal disease, harassment, propaganda), trial and imprisonment for going AWOL, prison life (censorship in books, racial tensions, protesting, cigarettes, homosexuality, drugs, entertainment, psychiatrists), Vietnam War (training, deployment, impressions, racial discrimination, sex work and trafficking, guerilla warfare, bombing, relationships and communication with South Vietnamese, combat injury, wound treatment, veteran life, morale, food, medical treatment, amputees, recreational activities, discharge, PTSD), civilian life, UW-La Crosse, Computer Science Program, politicization, Young Democrats and Young Republicans, voting, politics, campus life, and student government. Tape 2
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Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Levenstein, Sally G. -- Interviews
Jews -- Social life and customs
Jewish way of life
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Levenstein details her life as a member of the Jewish population in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She discusses neighborhood activities, the structure of the community, and social practices and traditions. She also offers details about Jewish leaders and community members.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Oswalt, Sally -- Interviews
La Crosse Business and Professional Women's Club (La Crosse, Wis.) -- History
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Equal rights amendments
Equal pay for work
Women -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- Societies and clubs
Women's health services -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Health care reform
Description:
Oswalt discusses her involvement with the La Crosse Business and Professional Women's Club and efforts to achieve wage equality and health care reform and to improve the status of women in the workplace and society.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Schonsberg, Sylvan Arthur -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
Sylvan Arthur Schonsberg discusses his family background and life in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Topics include but are not limited to: 1965 Flood, hardware stores, Burlington Train Depot, WWII, entertainment (Avalon Ballroom, Riviera Theatre, Oktoberfest, Farm Fest fair, parades, Torchlight Parade), flea market, rivalry between Logan and Central High Schools, household appliances, stores in downtown La Crosse.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Collins, Terrance -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse -- Alumni and alumnae
Wisconsin State University (La Crosse)
Description:
Terrance Collins (b. 1947) interview largely focuses on his family, early childhood in La Crosse's North Side neighborhood, his local education (Aquinas, Central, and UWL), and his career as a lawyer. Topics include but are not limited to: North Side neighborhood, Heritage Preservation Commission, Stoddard Hotel, North Side Depot, Catholicism, military service (Air Force), UW-La Crosse, professors, Vietnam War, protests, counter culture, drugs, Wisconsin and La Crosse politics, law firm (Cillins, Quillin, and Knofe) 00:00:00 -- Education, political science
Tape 2
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Bagstad, Tip -- Interviews
Trout fishing -- Wisconsin -- Coon Valley
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Fish habitat improvement -- Wisconsin
Flood control -- Wisconsin
Stream channelization -- Wisconsin
Coon Valley (Wis.)
Description:
Tip Bagstad's interview focuses largely on fishing in the Coulee Region and his employment in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Topics include but are not limited to: fish species (trout, sucker, and chub) and population in the area, popularity of fishing, threats to different fish species, farming and pollution, conservation methods, streams, projects on streams in area (Monroe, La Crosse, Vernon, and Crawford counties), and flooding.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Rasmusen, Viggo B -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Graff, Maurice Otto, 1907- -- Interviews
Mitchell, Rexford Samuel -- Interviews
Gates, Samuel G -- Interviews
Wittich, Walter A. (Walter Arno), 1910- -- Interviews
Steinhoff, G. Lester -- Interviews
Wisconsin State Teachers College (La Crosse)
Wisconsin State College (La Crosse)
Wisconsin State University (La Crosse)
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Universities and colleges -- Administration -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Instructional materials centers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Student publications -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Audio-visual education -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Racquet (La Crosse, Wis.)
Description:
Rasmusen talks of his early years in Withee, Wisconsin, college days at River Falls, and a distinguished career in education. He describes his experiences in setting up and developing the audio visual department, including the film library. He discusses university administrators and faculty including Gates, Mitchell, Lindner, Wittich, Graff and Steinhoff. Topics also discussed include: Rasmussen family, ancestry -- Family, immigration, Denmark to America, early 1900s -- Parents, first impressions of America -- Language barriers --Father, farming, Withee, Wisconsin--Occupations, siblings--Family dynamics--Earliest memories--Appendix injury -- Surgeries, infections--Father, memories of--Viggo name meaning--Religion, church attendance--Education, favorite teachers--Education, math and science--Athletics, basketball and baseball--College jobs, pharmacy work, UW-River Falls, 1936--Employment, teaching, Minong, Wisconsin--Teaching contracts, Athens, Wisconsin--Trip to Milwaukee, draft physical, late 1930s--Milwaukee, impressions of--Returning to college--Great Depression (1929-1939), effects of-Family income--Social activities--Barn dances--Baseball team--Pharmacy, impressions of--Brothers, education--Memories, drug store--River Falls, favorite professors/coworkers, 1936--Chemistry classes, stories--Social Studies minor--Attending River Falls, 1936--Teaching, changing majors--Recreation, college.
00:00:30 -- Rasmussen family, ancestry
00:02:26 -- Family, immigration, Denmark to America, early 1900s
00:03:33 -- Parents, first impressions of America
00:04:14 -- Language barriers
00:05:23 -- Father, farming, Withee, Wisconsin
00:06:05 -- Occupations, siblings
00:08:15 -- Family dynamics
00:09:21 -- Earliest memories
00:10:07 -- Appendix injury
00:11:50 --Surgeries, infections
00:12:49 -- Father, memories of
00:14:40 -- Viggo name meaning
00:16:05 -- Religion, church attendance
00:17:56 -- Education, favorite teachers
00:20:02 -- Education, math and science
00:22:22 -- Athletics, basketball and baseball
00:24:18 -- College jobs, pharmacy work, UW-River Falls, 1936
00:25:49 -- Employment, teaching, Minong, Wisconsin
00:29:13 -- Teaching contracts, Athens, Wisconsin
00:30:02 -- Trip to Milwaukee, draft physical, late 1930s
00:31:38 -- Milwaukee, impressions of
00:32:41 -- Returning to college
00:33:35 -- Great Depression (1929-1939), effects of
00:34:59 -- Family income
00:37:17 -- Social activities
00:38:38 -- Barn dances
00:40:33 -- Baseball team
00:43:07 -- Pharmacy, impressions of
00:44:00 -- Brothers, education
00:48:00 -- Memories, drug store
00:50:45 -- River Falls, favorite professors/coworkers, 1936
00:51:15 -- Chemistry classes, stories
00:53:24 -- Social Studies minor
00:57:21 -- Attending River Falls, 1936
00:58:00 -- Teaching, changing majors
00:59:13 -- Recreation, college
Tape 1 of 5.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Rasmusen, Viggo B -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Graff, Maurice Otto, 1907- -- Interviews
Mitchell, Rexford Samuel -- Interviews
Gates, Samuel G -- Interviews
Wittich, Walter A. (Walter Arno), 1910- -- Interviews
Steinhoff, G. Lester -- Interviews
Wisconsin State Teachers College (La Crosse)
Wisconsin State College (La Crosse)
Wisconsin State University (La Crosse)
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Universities and colleges -- Administration -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Instructional materials centers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Student publications -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Audio-visual education -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Racquet (La Crosse, Wis.)
Description:
Rasmusen talks of his early years in Withee, Wisconsin, college days at River Falls, and a distinguished career in education. He describes his experiences in setting up and developing the audio visual department, including the film library. He discusses university administrators and faculty including Gates, Mitchell, Lindner, Wittich, Graff and Steinhoff. Topics also discussed include: Teaching, coaching salaries--Spencer, Wisconsin--Job interview, hiring process--New school, bigger problems -- Higher demands, responsibilities--Marquette University, summer courses, Physical Chemistry-- Audiovisual course, UW-Madison, Walter Wittich relationship--Technology in classrooms--University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, technology and media--Technology, cost of--Notable professors, UW--Madison-- Graduate school experience, UW-Madison--New job, Athens, Wisconsin--Athens, town description-- Teaching, coaching, administrative roles, Athens, WI--Athens, career highlights--Bus accident, controversy, community support--Greenwood, WI job offering--Coaching story--Greenwood, WI, move to--Greenwood, WI poor experience--Job offering, La Crosse, physics--Job acceptance, La Crosse--Student interactions, La Crosse--Resigning, leaving schools--Athens, student discipline--Classroom visits--La Crosse, first impressions--Housing difficulties--Chancellor Rexford Mitchell (1939-1966), opinions of--La Crosse campus, first impressions--Faculty first impressions--Job interview, questions--Maddie, impressions of La Crosse--Teaching, college level--Coaching, baseball--Baseball rivalries--Traveling baseball team story-- Team's success, conference champions--Athletic association, board member--Athletic treasurer, chairmen--The Racquet, student newspaper sponsor--Athletics, Walter Wittich, other board members-- Athletics, faculty attitudes--Athletics, board meetings--Coaching staff, interactions -- Faculty meetings, coaching, ROTC.
00:00:08 -- Teaching, coaching salaries 00:01:23 -- Spencer, Wisconsin
00:01:46 -- Job interview, hiring process
00:03:52 -- New school, bigger problems
00:05:30 -- Higher demands, responsibilities
00:06:26 -- Marquette University, summer courses, Physical Chemistry
00:08:44 -- Audiovisual course, UW-Madison, Walter Wittich relationship
00:11:14 -- Technology in classrooms
00:12:04 -- University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, technology and media
00:13:09 -- Technology, cost of
00:17:28 -- Notable professors, UW--Madison
00:18:48 -- Graduate school experience, UW-Madison
00:20:15 -- New job, Athens, Wisconsin
00:21:03 -- Athens, town description
00:21:43 -- Teaching, coaching, administrative roles, Athens, WI
00:22:56 -- Athens, career highlights
00:23:50 -- Bus accident, controversy, community support
00:25:03 -- Greenwood, WI job offering
00:26:00 -- Coaching story
00:27:18 -- Greenwood, WI, move to
00:28:00 -- Greenwood, WI poor experience
00:29:01 -- Job offering, La Crosse, physics
00:31:40 -- Job acceptance, La Crosse
00:32:11 -- Student interactions, La Crosse
00:33:02 -- Resigning, leaving schools
00:34:11 -- Athens, student discipline
00:35:02 -- Classroom visits
00:36:08 -- La Crosse, first impressions
00:36:40 -- Housing difficulties
00:38:40 -- Chancellor Rexford Mitchell (1939-1966), opinions of
00:39:27 -- La Crosse campus, first impressions
00:40:07 -- Faculty first impressions
00:41:05 -- Job interview, questions
00:42:38 -- Maddie, impressions of La Crosse
00:43:13 -- Teaching, college level
00:45:11 -- Coaching, baseball
00:46:00 -- Baseball rivalries
00:46:18 -- Traveling baseball team story
00:49:24 -- Team's success, conference champions
00:50:20 -- Athletic association, board member
00:51:34 -- Athletic treasurer, chairmen
00:52:22 -- The Racquet, student newspaper sponsor
00:54:01 -- Athletics, Walter Wittich, other board members
00:55:00 -- Athletics, faculty attitudes
00:56:57 -- Athletics, board meetings
00:58:27 -- Coaching staff, interactions
01:01:05 -- Faculty meetings, coaching, ROTC
Tape 3 of 5.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Rasmusen, Viggo B -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Graff, Maurice Otto, 1907- -- Interviews
Mitchell, Rexford Samuel -- Interviews
Gates, Samuel G -- Interviews
Wittich, Walter A. (Walter Arno), 1910- -- Interviews
Steinhoff, G. Lester -- Interviews
Wisconsin State Teachers College (La Crosse)
Wisconsin State College (La Crosse)
Wisconsin State University (La Crosse)
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Universities and colleges -- Administration -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Instructional materials centers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Student publications -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Audio-visual education -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Racquet (La Crosse, Wis.)
Description:
Rasmusen talks of his early years in Withee, Wisconsin, college days at River Falls, and a distinguished career in education. He describes his experiences in setting up and developing the audio visual department, including the film library. He discusses university administrators and faculty including Gates, Mitchell, Lindner, Wittich, Graff and Steinhoff. Topics also discussed include: Notable colleagues, math department--Audiovisual career, beginnings--Audiovisual, teaching--Building audiovisual department--Audiovisual department, difficulties--Credibility--Staff/tenure voting story-- Controversy, staff tensions--Voting results, opinions of--Following procedures/laws--Legal advice-- Accusations laid to rest--Faculty, ill feelings/support--Possible law suit--Film library, La Crosse--Film library, lack of funding--Film library, success--Film library, debt--Film orders/demands--UW-Madison relationship-- Televison courses, national recognition--Competition, major universities--Audiovisual career, reflection-- Staff appreciation--Film libraries, other institutions--Budget establishment--Leave of absence, tension-- Chancellor Samuel Gates (1966-1971), opinions of--Students for a Democratic Society (SD)S policy--The Raquet, Student newspaper problems--Community influence.
00:00:08 -- Notable colleagues, math department
00:01:29 -- Audiovisual career, beginnings
00:04:25 -- Audiovisual, teaching
00:05:50 -- Building audiovisual department
00:08:15 -- Audiovisual department, difficulties
00:09:03 -- Credibility
00:11:47 -- Staff/tenure voting story
00:15:48 -- Controversy, staff tensions
00:16:53 -- Voting results, opinions of
00:19:05 -- Following procedures/laws
00:19:44 -- Legal advice
00:21:15 -- Accusations laid to rest
0:21:52 -- Faculty, ill feelings/support
00:24:52 -- Possible law suit
00:26:11 -- Film library, La Crosse
00:29:02 -- Film library, lack of funding
00:30:20 -- Film library, success
00:31:36 -- Film library, debt
00:32:07 -- Film orders/demands
00:34:02 -- UW-Madison relationship
00:36:11 -- Televison courses, national recognition
00:37:55 -- Competition, major universities
00:38:24 -- Audiovisual career, reflection
00:41:40 -- Staff appreciation
00:43:35 -- Film libraries, other institutions
00:44:52 -- Budget establishment
00:47:28 -- Leave of absence, tension
00:48:57 -- Chancellor Samuel Gates (1966-1971), opinions of
00:53:55 -- Students for a Democratic Society (SD)S policy
00:55:44 -- The Raquet, Student newspaper problems
00:57:00 -- Community influence
Tape 4 of 5.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Rasmusen, Viggo B -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Graff, Maurice Otto, 1907- -- Interviews
Mitchell, Rexford Samuel -- Interviews
Gates, Samuel G -- Interviews
Wittich, Walter A. (Walter Arno), 1910- -- Interviews
Steinhoff, G. Lester -- Interviews
Wisconsin State Teachers College (La Crosse)
Wisconsin State College (La Crosse)
Wisconsin State University (La Crosse)
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Universities and colleges -- Administration -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Instructional materials centers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Student publications -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Audio-visual education -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Racquet (La Crosse, Wis.)
Description:
Rasmussen talks of his early years in Withee, Wisconsin, college days at River Falls, and a distinguished career in education. He describes his experiences in setting up and developing the audio visual department, including the film library. He discusses university administrators and faculty including Gates, Mitchell, Lindner, Wittich, Graff and Steinhoff. Topics also discussed include: Chancellor Kenneth Lindner (1971-1979), relationship--Faculty merit evaluations--Student evaluations-- Lindner, power struggles--Department dynamics--Audiovisual department, reservations--Program growth, management--Program changes, betterment--Retirement, alumni involvement--UW-La Crosse appreciation--Rasmusen, contributions--Rasmussen, university replacement--Conclusions.
00:00:13 -- Chancellor Kenneth Lindner (1971-1979), relationship
00:03:02 -- Faculty merit evaluations
00:04:40 -- Student evaluations
00:06:51 -- Lindner, power struggles
00:08:38 -- Department dynamics
00:09:43 -- Audiovisual department, reservations
00:12:01 -- Program growth, management
00:14:30 -- Program changes, betterment
00:15:37 -- Retirement, alumni involvement
00:16:13 -- UW-La Crosse appreciation
00:17:00 -- Rasmussen, contributions
00:18:40 -- Rasmussen, university replacement
00:19:24 -- Conclusions
Tape 5 of 5.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Cain, W. R. -- Interviews
Shoe industry -- Wisconsin
Traveling sales personnel -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- 1945-1953
United States -- History -- 1953-1961
Description:
Cain discusses his life as a traveling salesman for the shoe industry, based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He details his travels to La Crosse, Wisconsin, describing the city, living conditions, and his business accounts, including Menards, Sears, and Montgomery Ward. He also describes staying at the Stoddard Hotel.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Oral History Program
Subject:
Picket, William -- Interviews
Oral history
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
Description:
William Picket primarily discusses the physical education program at UW-La Cross in the mid-20th century. Topics include but are not limited to: Hans Reuter (character, inventions, teaching methods, ability, contributions, appearance), student teaching, Bob Nohr, Walter Wittich, physical education staff, Education during the Great Depression, gymnastics classes, dance classes, marching formation, student life at UW-La Crosse.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Subject:
Neighborhoods -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Oral history -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse Region
Interviews -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse Region
La Crosse (Wis.) -- History
La Crosse (Wis.) -- Social life and customs
Creator:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse public history class
Description:
In September of 2003, UW-La Crosse history professor Charles "Chuck" Lee, approached the Washburn Neighborhood Association, offering to work on a project for the association. As a result of that offer, Professor Lee's Public History class was tasked with preparing historic sites nominations, developing a walking tour of the neighborhood, and conducting neighborhood oral history interviews.