Burlington Historical Society Museum

Burlington Historical Society Museum The Burlington Historical Society of Burlington, Wisconsin, was established to collect and preserve historical records and artifacts.

Wisconsin Historical Society
12/29/2019

Wisconsin Historical Society

On this day in 1879, aviation pioneer Billy Mitchell was born in Nice, France. Mitchell grew up in Milwaukee and attended Racine College.

During World War I, Mitchell was the first American airman to fly over enemy lines. He also led many air attacks in France and Germany.

Upon return to the U.S., he advocated the creation of a separate United States Air Force. Much to the dislike of A.T. Mahan, Theodore Roosevelt, and other contemporaries, Mitchell asserted that the airplane had rendered the battleship obsolete, and attention should be shifted to developing military air power. Mitchell's outspokenness resulted in his being court-martialed for insubordination. He was sentenced to five years suspension of rank without pay. General Douglas MacArthur - an old Milwaukee friend -- was a judge in Mitchell's case and voted against his court martial. Mitchell's ideas for developing military air power were not implemented until long after his death.

In 1946, Congress created a medal in his honor, the General "Billy" Mitchell Award. MKE - Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport is named after him.

Source: American Airpower Biography

Learn more: http://bit.ly/347S7Op

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Snowballs Save School Building When Fire StartsFree Press, March 19, 1931   Miss Norma Ketterhagen, teacher of the High ...
12/26/2019

Snowballs Save School Building When Fire Starts
Free Press, March 19, 1931

Miss Norma Ketterhagen, teacher of the High Street school (which was located on Karcher Road), is due for an honorary commission in the Burlington Volunteer fire department.
It was just after the snow of last week that the school children in the High Street school noticed, while they were playing in the yard, that smoke was ascending from the roof of the school house. Miss Ketterhagen was told about it, and the nearest assistance being some distance away, she hit upon a plan which undoubtedly saved the school house. Calling the school children around her she set them to work packing snowballs. These snowballs she threw at the roof with such efficient marksmanship that the small roof fire was soon extinguished.
When help arrived, having been summoned by one of the school boys, the excitement was over and a fair sized burned patch on the roof was all that remained of what might have resulted in a serious blaze. The origin of the fire is not known although it is thought to have come from a chimney spark.

NOTES: Norma Ketterhagen graduated from St. Charles Grade School in 1924 and from Burlington High School in 1928. She later attended the Racine-Kenosha Rural Training School at Union Grove. She began her teaching career in the fall of 1929 at the Lincoln School in the town of Brighton. She taught at High Street School through the 1934-35 school year. She married Donald McFarlane in September 1935.

The original High Street school, a wooden structure. was destroyed by fire on November 4, 1913. After the grounds were cleaned up, a new brick school house was built and opened in 1914. The High Street school district ceased to exist after the 1951-52 school year and the land reverted to Joseph Robers, who sold the school building and the one-half acre to Joseph Uhlenhake.

CHRISTMAS ADS - From Burlington's Christmas Past
12/25/2019

CHRISTMAS ADS - From Burlington's Christmas Past

100 YEARS AGO    ---     PROPERTY TAXES IN 1920The Standard Democrat of January 16, 1920, listed city taxpayers with bil...
12/21/2019

100 YEARS AGO --- PROPERTY TAXES IN 1920
The Standard Democrat of January 16, 1920, listed city taxpayers with bills of $100 or more. The top 33 are listed in the first image below. The names shown on the image are mostly those of factories, businesses, and business owners, although some individuals and groups with large real estate holdings are also shown.

Hillside Taverns - Wentker's and Log Cabin - Years Ago(Additional information has been added to 3rd photo.)
12/20/2019

Hillside Taverns - Wentker's and Log Cabin - Years Ago

(Additional information has been added to 3rd photo.)

Wisconsin Historical Society
12/19/2019

Wisconsin Historical Society

On this day in 1813, Nelson Dewey, the first governor of the state of Wisconsin, was born in Lebanon, Connecticut.

Nelson arrived in the Wisconsin Territory in 1836. He studied law, began a legal and business career in Lancaster, and made a considerable sum of money in land and lead mining investments. At the age of 35, he became the first state governor and served two terms, from June 7, 1848 to January 5, 1852.

In later years, Dewey suffered misfortune. On Thanksgiving day in 1873, his mansion at Stonefield was gutted by fire, after which his wife and children moved to Europe for several years. In 1886, he began divorce proceedings against his wife on grounds of desertion but later dropped the suit. For more than 10 years, Dewey lived alone. During the final 5 years of his life, he had no contact with his family. He lost a fortune in a railroad deal and was ruined financially.

In February 1889, he suffered a stroke while arguing a court case in Lancaster. Nelson Dewey died on July 21, 1889, in Cassville.

Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin – The Governors’ Wives by Nancy G. Williams

You can tour Governor Nelson Dewey’s home at Wisconsin Historical Society Stonefield Historic Site in Cassville. The home sits on a 2,000 acre agricultural estate.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/2rT7NHN

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Racine Heritage Museum
12/11/2019

Racine Heritage Museum

Pine Street in Burlington in 1949. Wisconsin Society Gas Company was located at 640 Pine Street.

HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS, CITY DIRECTORIES, BURLINGTON HISTORY BOOKS, AND MUCH MUCH MORE - YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT ALL THE AR...
12/06/2019

HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS, CITY DIRECTORIES, BURLINGTON HISTORY BOOKS, AND MUCH MUCH MORE - YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT ALL THE ARCHIVAL RESOURCES NOW ON burlingtonhistory.org
Multitudes of historical and genealogical information about Burlington and the surrounding area can be found on the Society’s website – burlingtonhistory.org. Some people may be familiar with our databases and photo galleries, which have been available on our website for over 15 years.
But recently the resources available on our site have EXPLODED. Now you can flip through original documents, including BHS and St. Mary High School yearbooks (as well as a few yearbooks from the Rochester Ag School and Wilmot High School), City and telephone directories from various years, the 1935 and 1990 histories of Burlington, the 1898 history of Burlington’s public schools, the 1944 book issued on the 100th anniversary of St. Mary congregation, and several other interesting and informational resources. One unusual resource is a document compiled by City Hall showing the before-and-after Street Names and Address Changes that occurred in 1962.
Most of the documents have been scanned and uploaded by Dennis Tully, who recently stepped down as Historical Society president but who continues to work to increase the archival resources available on our website.
To check out which publications and other resources are available, go to burlingtonhistory.org and click on Resources. A drop-down menu will list the various categories. Click on each of the categories to see what’s available and then select a publication you want to read through or review. And you probably won’t stop there. When you see what’s available, you’ll think of other information you’ve been wondering about or want to look up.
Like we said - You Will Be Amazed.

NOTE: The accompanying photos represent just a portion of the resources already on-line. Look for more resources to be uploaded to the Historical Society's website in the future.

1939 GRADUATES OF BOTH HIGH SCHOOLS IN BURLINGTON
12/05/2019

1939 GRADUATES OF BOTH HIGH SCHOOLS IN BURLINGTON

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985 Here are pages 28 and 29 of the Burlington Business section publis...
11/11/2019

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985
Here are pages 28 and 29 of the Burlington Business section published by the Standard Press in September 1985 - Burlington's Sesquicentennial year - which were supposed to be in the last post. Highlighted are such businesses as Miller Motor Sales, Miller Jewelers, Montgomery Ward Catalog Store, The Music Mart, Nancy’s Hair Affair, Natale’s Pizza, Off the Record, Otter Sales and Service, and Palace Bar and Restaurant. Past posts show earlier pages. Look for additional pages in future posts.

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985 Pages 28 and 29 of the Burlington Business section published by th...
11/11/2019

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985
Pages 28 and 29 of the Burlington Business section published by the Standard Press in September 1985 - Burlington's Sesquicentennial year - are presented in this post. Highlighted are such businesses as Miller Motor Sales, Miller Jewelers, Montgomery Ward Catalog Store, The Music Mart, Nancy’s Hair Affair, Natale’s Pizza, Off the Record, Otter Sales and Service, and Palace Bar and Restaurant. Past posts show earlier pages. Look for additional pages in future posts.

ONE BURLINGTON BUSINESS BLOCK IN 1992This series of photos shows the businesses on the east side of Pine Street from Che...
11/06/2019

ONE BURLINGTON BUSINESS BLOCK IN 1992
This series of photos shows the businesses on the east side of Pine Street from Chestnut to Washington in the early 1990s. The photos were donated to the Burlington Historical Society when the City’s Main Street Program, which operated from 1991 through 1993, was dismantled.

Thank you Ann Zarek Weimer for the donation of the Wehmhoff clock sign!Eugene Wehmhoff (a jeweler and watchmaker) and hi...
11/04/2019

Thank you Ann Zarek Weimer for the donation of the Wehmhoff clock sign!
Eugene Wehmhoff (a jeweler and watchmaker) and his wife Emma (a milliner) moved their stocks of jewelry and millinery to their new store in 1871. Both Wehmhoffs died in 1916. The building subsequently housed the Rothering brothers grocery store, Rueter & Hannas men's clothing store, and, since 1957, the Zarek insurance agency. The sign can be seen in the pictures.

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985 Pages 26 and 27 of the Burlington Business section published by th...
10/29/2019

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985
Pages 26 and 27 of the Burlington Business section published by the Standard Press in September 1985 - Burlington's Sesquicentennial year - are presented in this post. Highlighted are such businesses as Lois Tire Shop, John Lynch Chevrolet-Pontiac, Mangold Insurance, May’s Insurance, McCarthy-Koenig Funeral Home, and Merten’s Service Station. Past posts show earlier pages. Look for additional pages in future posts.

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985 Pages 24 and 25 of the Burlington Business section published by th...
10/24/2019

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985
Pages 24 and 25 of the Burlington Business section published by the Standard Press in September 1985 - Burlington's Sesquicentennial year - are presented in this post. Highlighted are such businesses as Jim’s Auto Body, John’s Main Event, Johnson Jewelers, Killen’s Ben Franklin, Ketterhagen Memorials, and Kolm’s Super Valu. Past posts show earlier pages. Look for additional pages in future posts.

BURLINGTON AUTOMOBILE DEALERS - 1953
10/21/2019

BURLINGTON AUTOMOBILE DEALERS - 1953

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985 Pages 22 and 23 of the Burlington Business section published by th...
10/15/2019

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985
Pages 22 and 23 of the Burlington Business section published by the Standard Press in September 1985 - Burlington's Sesquicentennial year - are presented in this post. Highlighted are such businesses as Haskell's Women's Wear, Ray J. Heck Electric, Hi-Liter Graphics, Itzin's Shoes, and JJ's Donut and Deli. Past posts show earlier pages. Look for additional pages in future posts.

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985 Pages 20 and 21 of the Burlington Business section published by th...
10/11/2019

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985
Pages 20 and 21 of the Burlington Business section published by the Standard Press in September 1985 - Burlington's Sesquicentennial year - are presented in this post. Highlighted are such businesses as Frahm Enterprises, Gingham Dog Antiques, Grand Durand, and Hansen Oil Co. Past posts show earlier pages. Look for additional pages in future posts.

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985 Pages 18 and 19 of the Burlington Business section published by th...
10/08/2019

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985
Pages 18 and 19 of the Burlington Business section published by the Standard Press in September 1985 - Burlington's Sesquicentennial year - are presented in this post. Highlighted are such businesses as Elsie's, Epping Buick-Olds, and First Banking Center. Past posts show earlier pages. Look for additional pages in future posts.

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985 Pages 16 and 17 (each in two parts) of the Burlington Business sec...
10/02/2019

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985
Pages 16 and 17 (each in two parts) of the Burlington Business section published by the Standard Press in September 1985 - Burlington's Sesquicentennial year - are presented in this post. Past posts show earlier pages. Look for additional pages in future posts.

A few sports-related photos from the 1966 Pictorial News-Advertiser.  This Burlington newspaper published a total of 93 ...
09/28/2019

A few sports-related photos from the 1966 Pictorial News-Advertiser.
This Burlington newspaper published a total of 93 issues from October 11, 1965, until February 27, 1967. The paper, published by Wisconsin Hi-Liter, Inc., was purchased by the Burlington Standard-Press in 1967.

1841 Whitman School House Open HouseWhen: Saturday, September 28th from 10 am to 2 pmWhere:  Schmaling Park on Beloit St...
09/24/2019

1841 Whitman School House Open House

When: Saturday, September 28th from 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Schmaling Park on Beloit Street
What: Children can sit at desks like those of long ago or try on a pinafore, vest, or bonnet like those pioneer school children wore. They can also practice writing on individual slate boards with chalk or count the number of stars of the then current American flag. Docents will share stories of the school day and take visitors back in history. Combine a visit to the school with a visit to the Society’s Pioneer Log Cabin in downtown Wehmhoff Square, which is open on Saturdays through October from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985 Pages 14 and 15 of the Burlington Business section published by th...
09/23/2019

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985
Pages 14 and 15 of the Burlington Business section published by the Standard Press in September 1985 - Burlington's Sesquicentennial year - are presented in this post. Past posts show earlier pages. Look for additional pages in future posts.

Before and After:This slot machine was donated by Vic and Donna Weiler to the Burlington Historical Society.  The machin...
09/10/2019

Before and After:
This slot machine was donated by Vic and Donna Weiler to the Burlington Historical Society. The machine was made in the early 1900s and had been in the Weiler's Tavern at Brown's Lake. Peter Weiler bought the tavern from Peter May in 1916, and operated it until the late 1950s. The Historical Society recently had it refurbished. It looks great! Thank you to the Weiler family!

McCORMACK'S POPCORN WAGONMcCormack's popcorn wagon, pictured in 1958 beside Kessler's variety store on the southeast cor...
09/07/2019

McCORMACK'S POPCORN WAGON
McCormack's popcorn wagon, pictured in 1958 beside Kessler's variety store on the southeast corner of Chestnut and Pine Streets, was a familiar downtown sight for many years, first at the Badger Hotel corner and then here. Floyd "Mac" (in the window) and Florence McCormack bought the 1921 Model T Ford popcorn wagon in 1924 from Fred Oberg, who obtained it in 1922. The wagon, which the McCormacks also took to various community and area activities, was moved to Chicago in 1966.

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985 Pages 12 and 13 (in two parts) of the Burlington Business section ...
09/06/2019

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985
Pages 12 and 13 (in two parts) of the Burlington Business section published by the Standard Press in September 1985 - Burlington's Sesquicentennial year - are presented in this post. Past posts show earlier pages. Look for additional pages in future posts.

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985 Pages 10 and 11 (each in two parts) of the Burlington Business sec...
08/28/2019

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985
Pages 10 and 11 (each in two parts) of the Burlington Business section published by the Standard Press in September 1985 - Burlington's Sesquicentennial year - are presented in this post. Past posts show earlier pages. Look for additional pages in future posts.

OPEN HOUSE - Saturday, August 31, from 10 am to 2 pmWhitman School, the Burlington Historical Society’s one-room schoolh...
08/28/2019

OPEN HOUSE - Saturday, August 31, from 10 am to 2 pm

Whitman School, the Burlington Historical Society’s one-room schoolhouse located in Schmaling Park on Beloit Street between Northrop and Sheldon streets, will be open to the public. Experience the days gone by of a one-room schoolhouse used in the 1840s and 1850s by Burlington area school children.
Children can sit at desks like those of long ago or try on a pinafore, vest, or bonnet like those pioneer school children wore. They can also practice writing on individual slate boards with chalk or count the number of stars of the then current American flag. Docents will share stories of the school day and take visitors back in history. Combine a visit to the school with a visit to the Society’s Pioneer Log Cabin in downtown Wehmhoff Square, which is open on Saturdays through October from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Whitman School will also be open on the last Saturday of September. Group visits at other times can be scheduled by appointment.

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985 Page 7 (a full page ad) and pages 8 and 9 (each in two parts) of t...
08/23/2019

BURLINGTON BUSINESS - SESQUICENTENNIAL EDITION - 1985
Page 7 (a full page ad) and pages 8 and 9 (each in two parts) of the Burlington Business section published by the Standard Press in September 1985 - Burlington's Sesquicentennial year - are presented in this post. Past posts show earlier pages. Look for additional pages in future posts.

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