History

The Confederate Monument & Pseudohistory

With the racial tension rocking our nation, what is your opinion on the monuments that commemorate the Confederacy, it's soldiers, and war leaders? These monuments started to appear near the turn of the 20th century and more were erected again in mid-century as part of the "Lost Cause" pseudohistory. Should these be left in place… Continue reading The Confederate Monument & Pseudohistory

History, World War I

Wisconsin and the Great Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918

Never before in the history of the state has it become necessary to close schools, churches, theaters, saloons; in fact, everything except factories, offices and places of regular employment, including hotels, restaurants and stores in which food and clothing are sold were closed for periods varying from three weeks to eight weeks or more.State Board… Continue reading Wisconsin and the Great Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918

History

Titanic’s Marconi Telegraph to be Salvaged from Wreck

RMS Titanic Inc. has been legally cleared to retrieve an iconic piece of equipment from the wreckage of the ill-fated ocean liner Titanic--the wireless telegraph. The ship's radio operators, Jack Phillips and Harold Bride, were the contracted employees aboard the Titanic for the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company. These young men sent and received radio messages--sent… Continue reading Titanic’s Marconi Telegraph to be Salvaged from Wreck

History, World War I

The Spanish Flu Experience in Winnebago County

  I can't help but be interested in the parallels of our current pandemic with the one in 1918. Naturally, I have been diving into the newspapers and trying to find any information/accounts/statistics of that horrible disease that swept the world back then. I stumbled upon this paper that sheds some light on our county's… Continue reading The Spanish Flu Experience in Winnebago County

family history, Uncategorized

A Letter to Ella Frederick

  I've posted letters written to my Grand-Aunt Lorraine. I have one letter in that stack that was written to her mother, my great-grandmother, Ella (Zillmer) Frederick. Ella was suffering from an illness for at least a year or so. This letter was written to her by a niece up in Tomah, Wisconsin. At the… Continue reading A Letter to Ella Frederick

family history, History, Uncategorized

New-ish Family Photos

With all of the craziness going on in the world, I am taking some time to do some family history work. I scanned some Frederick family photos given to me a few years ago by my 1st cousin 1x removed. I am also still working on transcribing letters written to my Great Aunt Lorraine as… Continue reading New-ish Family Photos

family history, History

Letters to Lorraine-April 1935

Cataract, Wis.April 1935 Dear cousin Lorraine, Thought I would sit down and write a few lines to you. We herd from you. But we been so busy we forgot to write to you. I have been busy with my school work all the time that I didn't have time. So tonight I thought I would… Continue reading Letters to Lorraine-April 1935

Breweries, History, roaring twenties

The Day The Party Ended

Schlitz beer crates being broken apart for kindling after Prohibition goes into effect.From Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc. An extended time ago in a land far, far away where beer, wine, and hard liquor were dumped down the drain and everyone had to go dry. Sound like a made up story?! Well, believe or not… Continue reading The Day The Party Ended