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Subject:
Reuter, H. C., 1885-1981
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse -- History
Physical education teachers -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse -- Biography
Creator:
Williams, Vera Estelle
Description:
This study is concerned with the life and contributions of Hans C. Reuter to the field of physical education at Wisconsin State University, La Crosse and in the State of Wisconsin. Through his heritage and education at the Normal College of the American Gymnastics Union, he typifies the kind of influence which the German Turners exerted on the physical education programs in this country. Hans Reuter carried the Turner philosophy to La Crosse in 1920, where it was inculcated in the teacher training program. La Crosse was the only teacher's college in the State of Wisconsin designated for the specific purpose of training physical education teachers between the years 1912-1958. Mr. Reuter was instrumental in curriculum development and teacher training at La Crosse during the formative years and continuing through the adoption of the Master Degree program. The entire aim, purpose and object of his life has been the role of a master teacher, and through the teachers he trained, his impact was felt throughout the State of Wisconsin. His influence was also felt through his publications, lectures, demonstrations, inventions and professional leadership. Hans C. Reuter, Professor Emeritus, retired in 1956 after spending sixty-six years of his life as a physical educator.
Author:
Bruce L. Mouser
Subject:
Poage, George Coleman
African American athletes--Wisconsin
African Americans--Wisconsin--La Crosse
Creator:
Bruce L. Mouser
Description:
Mouser follows Black Olympian George Poage's extraordinary life from Hannibal, Missouri, to La Crosse and Madison, Wisconsin, to St. Louis, Missouri, finally settling permanently in Chicago, Illinois. Poage excelled in the classroom until his attention turned to athletics.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Subject:
Poage, George Coleman
African American athletes -- Wisconsin
African Americans -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Creator:
Mouser, Bruce L.
Description:
An early paper about Olympian George Coleman Poage and his formative years growing up in La Crosse, Wisconsin, presented to the North American Society of Sport History Annual Meeting, May 25, 1985, by Bruce L. Mouser and Edwin L. Hill of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse..
Author:
Discover Wisconsin
Creator:
University of Wisconsin Foundation
Description:
This video production features George Coleman Poage (1880-1962), who grew up in La Crosse, WI. Poage's parents worked for prominent white families of La Crosse and his mom ensured that he received a good education. He graduated at the top of his class from a La Crosse high school and was an excellent track runner. He went on to study history and run track for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Shortly afterwards, he represented the Milwaukee Athletic Club at the 1904 St. Louis Games and became the first African American Olympic medalist.
Author:
Chamber of Commerce: La Crosse (Wis.)?
Subject:
Tourism--Wisconsin--La Crosse County
United States
Wisconsin
La Crosse
Description:
brochure intended to attract tourism to the La Crosse County, Wis., area possibly produced by the Chamber of Commerce, La Crosse, Wis.
not cataloged
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
Subject:
School sports -- Study and teaching -- Wisconsin -- La Crosse
Sports for children -- Study and teaching -- Wisconsin--La Crosse
Creator:
Lawson, H. Dutch
Description:
The purpose of this study was to determine the institutions in the La Crosse, Wisconsin, area offering activities of an interscholastic nature for young children, the competitive sports or games of an interscholastic nature that were conducted for young children in the La Crosse area, and how these activities of an interscholastic nature were organized, administered, and presented. A 70 item questionnaire was developed to determine what activities were offered and how activities were organized, administered, and conducted. At least 19 organizations offered a total of 16 competitive activities of an interscholastic nature to young children in the La Crosse area. Major areas of the study included medical supervision, travel, winning, participant playing time, and the granting of awards. Subject
UW-L Seminar Paper
Author:
Wisconsin State University (La Crosse)
Subject:
Wittich, W. J. 1885-1953
Wisconsin State University (La Crosse) -- History
Physical education and training -- United States -- History
Creator:
Culver, Anna Beth
Description:
The career of Walter Wittich was in great measure the motivating influence which brought the Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at what is now Wisconsin State University -- La Crosse to its position of national prominence. His inclination and competence to contribute to his profession were based upon a heritage of family interest in physical training in the German tradition of the Turnverein. His driving professionalism as expressed in positive leadership, prolific writing, and earnest participation in campus and community affairs made the years he served as Director of the department ones of growth and vitality for physical education. His administration encompassed six revisions of the physical activity offerings, saw the introduction of a four-year course in physical education, saw the acceptance of academic minors, and the establishing of a recreation major, as well as the groundwork laid for graduate studies in physical education. Under Wittich's directorship, the programs at La Crosse were characterized by their reliance on fundamental training in gymnastics and sports activities, the subordination of athletic competition to the purposes of physical education, and the instilling of truly professional attitudes and competence in students training to be teachers of physical education. The impact of his career was felt by his students, the college, the community, and the profession generally, and is exemplar of the contributions of a dedicated physical educator.
Author:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Subject:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse -- Students -- Research -- Periodicals
College students -- Research -- United States -- Periodicals
Journals
History
Creator:
GrawOzburn, Clement C.
Description:
The war years of the 1940’s saw unprecedented numbers of women entering the public realm in numerous traditionally male occupations. The war left scores of businesses, including baseball, without adequate labor. Driven by the fear that Major League Baseball would be shut-down for the duration of the war, Philip K. Wrigley created a women’s league as a back-up plan to keep baseball alive. The league existed from 1943 to 1954. It eventually became known as the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). The aim of this project was to look at the stories and experiences of the women of the AAGPBL through oral history interviews and relate those experiences to the larger social developments and norms of the 1940’s and 1950’s. The examination focused on how these women were able to acquire the skills necessary to play baseball at a professional level traditionally dominated by men; how as women they were able to slip through the cracks of societal norms while others accepted the predestination of home and family; what not conforming to societal norms meant for these women and their interaction with their communities; and how their personal outlook on life was influenced by their league experience. Some of the interviewees were from the La Crosse, Wisconsin, area.
Published as part of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Journal of Undergraduate Research, Volume 7 (2004)