Langlade County Historical Society

Langlade County Historical Society The Langlade County Historical Society (LCHS) preserves, advances, and disseminates knowledge in the history of Langlade County, Wisconsin.

The mission of the Langlade County Historical Society (LCHS) is to preserve, advance, and disseminate knowledge in the history of Langlade County. This is done by the maintenance of a museum, local historical artifacts and archives, and historic sites on the museum campus. In addition, the LCHS prepares programs and publications dealing with local history. The LCHS is affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society. The museum is managed by a curator and governed by a nine member board.

June Brides..... just love looking at these old wedding pictures seeing their dresses and veils. Some pictures had names...
06/06/2019

June Brides..... just love looking at these old wedding pictures seeing their dresses and veils. Some pictures had names and dates and some didn’t. Also showing a few favorite wedding dresses that we have on display.

Summer pictures of towns closer to the Antigo area.
06/04/2019

Summer pictures of towns closer to the Antigo area.

With everyone going up north to open up their cabins for the summer or to camp ,here are some pictures of towns around t...
05/24/2019

With everyone going up north to open up their cabins for the summer or to camp ,here are some pictures of towns around the area.....

Memorial Day... Remembering and honoring the Men and Women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Found some Memor...
05/21/2019

Memorial Day... Remembering and honoring the Men and Women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Found some Memorial Day parade pictures. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Graduation time...... good luck to all who are graduating from grade school, high school or college.
05/15/2019

Graduation time...... good luck to all who are graduating from grade school, high school or college.

Did you know that Antigo was struck by a tornado? At 7 o’clock Wednesday evening May 18th, 1898 a tornado struck the n...
05/10/2019

Did you know that Antigo was struck by a tornado? At 7 o’clock Wednesday evening May 18th, 1898 a tornado struck the northwestern part of Antigo causing the loss of three lives and approximately $35,000 worth of damage to property. A gentleman was killed when a box car was thrown against him, a 7 year old girl was killed and a women who was struck while standing in a front yard by debris. Anna Martin who’s family home was destroyed wrote about the experience —“we were gathered in the downstairs bedroom where my brothers and I were eating supper as all three of us had the measles. My father had mother, the boys and me lie on the big bed then he threw a blanket over us. He and grandmother knelt beside the bed and they put their heads under the blanket at the last moment before the tornado struck. Mother peaked out to see if her mother was all right, flying glass gave mother a scalp wound; otherwise none of us were hurt. My brother worried about the horse and I cried for my dolls”.

Life in a logging camp was not for the faint of heart. The diary of a women who worked as a cook described how cabins we...
05/08/2019

Life in a logging camp was not for the faint of heart. The diary of a women who worked as a cook described how cabins were so poorly built, she would wake up to find herself covered in a layer of snow that has blown in through the gaps between the walls of logs during the night. Cooks needed to awaken at 4:00 a.m. in order to prepare breakfast for the crew. For breakfast they would have pork, beefsteak or sausages, griddle cakes , fried spuds, doughnuts, and coffee. For dinner beef stew or pot roast, potatoes, onions or rutabaga, good brown gravy and pie. For supper they were provided fried potatoes, cold meat or fish, batter cake, prunes, coffee or tea, mince, apple, or prune pie. Being a lumberjack was hard work with long hours in winter cold and snow for poor pay. But the food? It has been said that the camps with the best food got the best lumberjacks. And some men would quit a camp with a bad cook. Each meal provided a large selection of foods and the men ate as much as they wanted.

Wishing all the fishermen good luck on opening day. Wouldn’t you like to be fishing in this boat..... this boat was ma...
05/04/2019

Wishing all the fishermen good luck on opening day. Wouldn’t you like to be fishing in this boat..... this boat was manufactured by the Antigo Boat Works and is one of their earliest models. It is a cedar strip boat 12’ long with a round bottom and was called a “Cub” in their Comanche model series. It was designed as a fishing boat with padlocks and originally a 7 1/2 hp Martin 60 outboard motor was used on it. The boat was purchased by August Hoppe. The family had purchased a lot on Enterprise Lake in Langlade County and the boat was purchased for use at the property. The boat was purchased for $135.00 from Sheldon’s Sport Shop located on Main Street in Antigo. The Antigo Boats Works factory began sometime before 1945 and was located at the end of Elm Street in Antigo, then the factory moved to a location on Langlade Road and Flight Road in Antigo. Some time in 1946 the factory acquired the production rights for a line of Lakecraft boats that had been in existence in the Waupaca area for many years. They merged their production and renamed their expanded facility as the Lakecraft Boat Company. In 1948 the expanding company moved to new facilities at Elcho, WI. The company was sold about 1950, renamed as the Wavemasters Boat Company and moved to the former Civilian Conservation Corps building and grounds at Pelican Lake. The company apparently dissolved with the growth and popularity of aluminum boats in the 1960’s.
The Hoppe family used the boat until 1956 when they purchased a new Tomahawk 14’ Runabout and the Antigo boat was put into storage where it remained for 57 years. It was taken out of storage in 2014. It was restored by Harold Blumer of Cumberland WI and was donated to the museum.

With the Kentucky Derby this weekend thought we would post pictures of people with their horses and pictures of horse ra...
05/02/2019

With the Kentucky Derby this weekend thought we would post pictures of people with their horses and pictures of horse racing when Antigo use to have harness racing at the fairgrounds ( they will be back this summer). The first fair was held in 1886 and it included trotting and running horse races. They followed a course down Superior Street South to the bridge over Spring brook. And of course we can’t forget about Antigo born horse trainer D.Wayne Lukas.

Logging...Wisconsin extensive northern forests were. Powerful magnet for lumber men interested in supplying a growing na...
04/20/2019

Logging...Wisconsin extensive northern forests were. Powerful magnet for lumber men interested in supplying a growing nations recovery from a devastating Civil War. At first logging camps were situated along major waterways, since rivers were the highways transporting logs from the forests to sawmills and markets. The Wolf River was such a thoroughfare, with many small lumber camps and towns, such as Langlade and Lily, springing up. With the later expansions of rail lines into northern Wisconsin, logging became feasible in area away from the major rivers. This made the growth of towns such as Antigo and Elcho possible. Langlade County was covered by a spiderweb network of short rail lines leading to lumber camps and sawmills. We have many logging pictures here at the museum, will post others later like the camps and the sawmills.

We have a lot of these old postcards,here are a few Easter ones.....Happy Easter!
04/19/2019

We have a lot of these old postcards,here are a few Easter ones.....Happy Easter!

Soon it will be prom...  found some prom pictures through the years, and boy did they know how to decorate you can just ...
04/12/2019

Soon it will be prom... found some prom pictures through the years, and boy did they know how to decorate you can just vision it when reading about it and by the way did you know that Antigo prom was featured in Life Magazine in 1937!

04/11/2019

Due to this “spring” snow storm the Langlade County Historical Society Museum will be closing at 11:00 today. Will be open Friday and Saturday from 10-4.

Going through our archives and found some more baseball teams...
04/09/2019

Going through our archives and found some more baseball teams...

It’s National Volunteer Week and I would like to take the time to thank the wonderful volunteers who come and spend a ...
04/09/2019

It’s National Volunteer Week and I would like to take the time to thank the wonderful volunteers who come and spend a hour or up to 6 hours welcoming the many visitors to our museum, and taking them on tours of the Deleglise Cabin, 440 train and Caboose. These wonderful people are.... Nancy Bugni, Sue Kramer, Jim Posselt, Mary Mollet, Patricia Kennedy, Cliff Hoffmeister, Red & Judy Turney, Joe Hermolin. Would also like to thank Toni Thomas who volunteers her time to take care of our flowers, shrubs and our landscaping. Anyone can be a volunteer so if you have time and want to help out taking people on tours or just sitting at the front desk, just come into the museum or call us, we are always looking for new and wonderful volunteers to join us.

The Langlade County Historical Society has many artifacts that some people might overlook when touring the museum so let...
04/06/2019

The Langlade County Historical Society has many artifacts that some people might overlook when touring the museum so let’s take a peek at one.... Cash /Change Cable Carrier System.
These were used in shops and department stores to carry the customers payment and receipt from the sales clerk to the cashier located on the second floor and back again with his or her’s change and receipt by a system of cable and framework. The sales clerk did not handle any money themselves.
This one was used in the Krom’s department store located on the corner of 5th ave and Superior street in Antigo. It was donated by Gary Ross

With spring finally here... let’s play some baseball!
04/04/2019

With spring finally here... let’s play some baseball!

White Lake Area Historical Society - WLAHS
04/03/2019

White Lake Area Historical Society - WLAHS

Alft's Log Cabin Inn

We are, slowly but surley, moving toward our fundraising goal to make the museum handicap accessible and to improve the ...
03/30/2019
WJFW - Langlade County museum building looking to expand for wheelchair access

We are, slowly but surley, moving toward our fundraising goal to make the museum handicap accessible and to improve the interior space. Consider a donation to
Let's Make History
c/o Langlade County Historical Society
P.O. Box 215
Antigo, 54409

In 1997 the Antigo library moved locations because it was not wheelchair-friendly. The building that remained became a museum, but steps are still the only way to get in. Nancy Bugny said an addition on the north side of the building will change that, as well as provide some new facilities.

Antigo Hospitals.....
03/28/2019

Antigo Hospitals.....

Depots from other towns.... some had dates on them some didn’t.
03/23/2019

Depots from other towns.... some had dates on them some didn’t.

More railroad pictures.....
03/21/2019

More railroad pictures.....

When the railroad expanded into Northern Wisconsin, Mr. Deleglise convinced the Milwaukee, Lake Shore and Western (MLS&W...
03/20/2019

When the railroad expanded into Northern Wisconsin, Mr. Deleglise convinced the Milwaukee, Lake Shore and Western (MLS&W) to come through Antigo with gifts of land and right of way. Th First train pulled into the Antigo depot on 1880. The MLS&W was taken over by the Chicago & Northwestern (C&NW) in 1892. In 1907, Antigo became the division headquarters of the Ashland division of the C&NW. The railroad continued to be a major part of the community’s growth for the next 50 years. It is estimated that in the 1940’s about 40% of the workforce in Antigo was somehow connected to the railroad. When the C&NW took over they built warehouses, a pump house, ice house,a blacksmith shop, carpentry shop and a roundhouse.

The Langlade County Historical Society has many artifacts that some people might not notice when touring the museum. Let...
03/16/2019

The Langlade County Historical Society has many artifacts that some people might not notice when touring the museum. Let’s take a peek at one......
Foot powered dental drill, the dentist operated the pedal with his foot while implementing the dental procedures, this was a slow and rickety process.

Churches.... here are some that we have pictures of, I know some have merged with other churches and some have been torn...
03/14/2019

Churches.... here are some that we have pictures of, I know some have merged with other churches and some have been torn down.

More pictures.....
03/09/2019

More pictures.....

Our museum houses artifacts, photo archives, and documents related to our history. We are fundraising to remodel and mak...
03/07/2019

Our museum houses artifacts, photo archives, and documents related to our history. We are fundraising to remodel and make the building handicap accessible. Please consider a contribution. Every bit helps toward our $500,000 goal.

More memories of Antigo....
03/07/2019

More memories of Antigo....

Stores that were here once....  it’s not to late to try and get our downtown looking good again!
03/02/2019

Stores that were here once.... it’s not to late to try and get our downtown looking good again!

The museum has many artifacts that some people might not notice when touring the museum, so let’s take a peek at one.....
03/01/2019

The museum has many artifacts that some people might not notice when touring the museum, so let’s take a peek at one...... Shaving mugs - they were used at the turn of the century in barbershops. Customers of the barber shop kept their own personal mugs there. A fitted shelf held the spot for the personalized mugs. These mugs had the customers name and a hand painted illustration on the mug. The mugs pictured where owned by patrons of the Smolk barbershop ( James K. Smolk) his business was located at 729 Fifth Ave.

Memories.....
02/28/2019

Memories.....

More memories of Downtown Antigo Businesses....
02/26/2019

More memories of Downtown Antigo Businesses....

Since everyone seems to like seeing buildings in downtown Antigo- found some more and also some businesses that were aro...
02/22/2019

Since everyone seems to like seeing buildings in downtown Antigo- found some more and also some businesses that were around too.....

Downtown Antigo sure had a lot of unique looking buildings some still stand today some don’t here’s a look at some o...
02/21/2019

Downtown Antigo sure had a lot of unique looking buildings some still stand today some don’t here’s a look at some of them.....

The Langlade County Historical Society has many artifacts that some people might not notice when touring the museum, so ...
02/20/2019

The Langlade County Historical Society has many artifacts that some people might not notice when touring the museum, so let’s take a look at one—-
“Shoe Fitting Fluoroscope”
A common fixtures in shoe stores from the 1930’s-1950’s. It would x-ray your feet when you bought a new pair of shoes. You would put your foot on the bottom area and it would x-ray your foot, the parent and the child could look and see their bones and make sure that the shoe was fitting right. By the 1960’s , they were banned in the United States due to the danger of radiation.
This one was at the Family Shoe Store in Antigo. It was donated by Wade Neufeld.
A lot of people that come in say “what is that” or “ I remember putting my feet in there”!!

Since I had pictures of the old Ward Schools, thoughts would show some Parochial Schools-
02/19/2019

Since I had pictures of the old Ward Schools, thoughts would show some Parochial Schools-

With the country schools closing at the end of the school year- let’s look back at when the city moved to the Ward  sc...
02/16/2019

With the country schools closing at the end of the school year- let’s look back at when the city moved to the Ward school system with neighborhood schools.
Here are pictures of the schools and where they were located.....
All the schools were built with bricks from the Grabowsky brickyard on Western Ave.

Found some more flood pictures— no dates on the pictures, so if anyone knows the dates please let us know- thanks!
02/15/2019

Found some more flood pictures— no dates on the pictures, so if anyone knows the dates please let us know- thanks!

Happy Valentines Day-❤️ Here are some old fashion Valentines Day Cards. This old fashioned valentine was sent to Mis...
02/14/2019

Happy Valentines Day-❤️
Here are some old fashion Valentines Day Cards.

This old fashioned valentine was sent to Miss A.E. Woodward from Michigan City Indiana on February 14th, 1862 , she was living at LeRoy, New York when this was sent to her. It was sent by C. Werden Deane, a prominent Antigo citizen who came to Langlade County after the city was established. Mr. Deane was a Civil War Veteran and a Pioneer Antigo Attorney.

The Langlade County Historical Society has many artifacts that some people might not notice when touring the museum-so l...
02/13/2019

The Langlade County Historical Society has many artifacts that some people might not notice when touring the museum-so let’s take a look at one...
Wm. L. Gilbert Calendar Clock - William L. Gilbert bought a clock shop with George Marsh in 1828. Following several changes in name and ownership, the William L. Gilbert Clock Company was formed in 1871. The clock we have at the museum was installed in the Register of Deeds office about 1883 or 1884. It was also in the sheriffs office. It was donated by the Langlade County Board. ( still works beautifully just have to wind it up every 8th day).

Here we go again with more snow....so let’s think about SPRING!!!!  What happens to all the snow when it melts too fas...
02/12/2019

Here we go again with more snow....so let’s think about SPRING!!!! What happens to all the snow when it melts too fast..the flood of 1913 affected the area around the 3rd and 4th ward.

Well since it’s snowing.....
02/07/2019

Well since it’s snowing.....

The Langlade County Historical Society has many artifacts that some people might not notice when touring the museum, so ...
02/07/2019

The Langlade County Historical Society has many artifacts that some people might not notice when touring the museum, so let’s take a peek at one....
Mustache Cup— is a drinking cup with a semi-circular ledge inside. The ledge has a half-moon shaped opening allowing the passage of liquids and serves as a guard to keep the mustache dry and not melt the mustache wax. They often came with matching saucers and some were even custom made. Popular around 1850-1900’s.

The Langlade Historical Society has many artifacts that some people might not notice when touring the museum, so let’s...
02/01/2019

The Langlade Historical Society has many artifacts that some people might not notice when touring the museum, so let’s take a peek at one.....

Hair Flowers- the making of hair flowers began in England. Hair was woven, braided or sewn into decorative designs or flower-like forms. The hair came from relatives or close friends. Hair work is one of the most representative arts of the Victorian Era. Here are a few that we have here.

Address

404 Superior St
Antigo, WI
54409

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(715) 627-4464

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