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.

Burlington Historical Society Museum
05/03/2019

Burlington Historical Society Museum

Volunteers Wanted
We are looking for docents to host visitors to the Log Cabin. The cabin is located in Wehmhoff Square. The cabin is open Thursdays 3pm-7pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm. Please contact the Historical Society if you are able to volunteer. (262) 767-2884

Volunteers WantedWe are looking for docents to host visitors to the Log Cabin. The cabin is located in Wehmhoff Square. ...
05/03/2019

Volunteers Wanted
We are looking for docents to host visitors to the Log Cabin. The cabin is located in Wehmhoff Square. The cabin is open Thursdays 3pm-7pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm. Please contact the Historical Society if you are able to volunteer. (262) 767-2884

ADDITIONAL 1954 MAY DAY, U. S. WAY PARADE PHOTOSThese photos were taken by Burlington resident Eugene "Gene" Weiss. They...
05/03/2019

ADDITIONAL 1954 MAY DAY, U. S. WAY PARADE PHOTOS
These photos were taken by Burlington resident Eugene "Gene" Weiss. They were donated to the Burlington Historical Society by his daughter Mary Weiss Vocelka.

Interesting.
05/02/2019

Interesting.

MAY DAY, U. S. WAY - May 1, 1954
65 years ago, Burlington was selected as the Nation's Model City for Americanism and, on May 1st, the City hosted an observance of American heritage and traditions in a day long program. A crowd estimated at up to 30,000 attended the festivities,
The day began with residents, guests, and visitors attending religious services at six city churches. The parade started at 10 a.m. and lasted for 3 hours as 61 floats, 25 bands, and 16 marching units passed the reviewing stand.
Following the parade more than 5,000 persons flocked to the Burlington High School Athletic Field (later named Dinty Moore Field) to hear talks by Wisconsin Senators Alexander Wiley and Joseph McCarthy.
Forty-five Burlington organizations worked together to stage the patriotic demonstration. Leading the effort were Burlington's Ross Wilcox American Legion Post and the Post's Auxiliary, together with the Wisconsin Department of the American Legion. Instrumental in the selection of Burlington as the model American city was a series of illustrated Americanism talks by Dr. Robert Spitzer. General chairman of the event was Robert Sullivan, Jr.

MAY DAY, U. S. WAY  -  May 1, 195465 years ago, Burlington was selected as the Nation's Model City for Americanism and, ...
05/02/2019

MAY DAY, U. S. WAY - May 1, 1954
65 years ago, Burlington was selected as the Nation's Model City for Americanism and, on May 1st, the City hosted an observance of American heritage and traditions in a day long program. A crowd estimated at up to 30,000 attended the festivities,
The day began with residents, guests, and visitors attending religious services at six city churches. The parade started at 10 a.m. and lasted for 3 hours as 61 floats, 25 bands, and 16 marching units passed the reviewing stand.
Following the parade more than 5,000 persons flocked to the Burlington High School Athletic Field (later named Dinty Moore Field) to hear talks by Wisconsin Senators Alexander Wiley and Joseph McCarthy.
Forty-five Burlington organizations worked together to stage the patriotic demonstration. Leading the effort were Burlington's Ross Wilcox American Legion Post and the Post's Auxiliary, together with the Wisconsin Department of the American Legion. Instrumental in the selection of Burlington as the model American city was a series of illustrated Americanism talks by Dr. Robert Spitzer. General chairman of the event was Robert Sullivan, Jr.

04/27/2019

CO-OP MEETING - This clip from the December 1940 movie shows the Consumers' Cooperative annual meeting at the Masonic temple. The Burlington Consumers Co-operative was organized and incorporated in 1937 - in the midst of the 1930s Depression - to handle petroleum products and put up a filling station. It later added a grocery store, a feed store, and a hardware store. At the 1940 meeting, officers elected were William Warren, president, Wesley Miller, vice-president, and Howard Peck, secretary-treasurer. A. Glenn Tomlinson was the local manager. Directors included Elmer Richter and Wesley Miller. Members at the 1940 meeting voted to double the capital stock to $30,000 due to their local stores' rapidly expanding business, which had increased during the previous year from $59,000 to $108,000.

Burlington Historical Society Museum
04/25/2019

Burlington Historical Society Museum

SOME BURLINGTON BEER BREWING HISTORY

SOME BURLINGTON BEER BREWING HISTORY
04/25/2019

SOME BURLINGTON BEER BREWING HISTORY

Burlington Historical Society Museum
04/20/2019

Burlington Historical Society Museum

A & W ROOT BEER STAND AT BROWN'S LAKE - Harry Kwenski of Racine started an A & W Curb Service Root Beer Stand on Highway 11 at Brown's Lake opposite Fischer Park in 1949. In June 1951 the stand was taken over by Edward P. Dunne of Two Rivers, who started a merit program rewarding youngsters for certain accomplishments. Dunne operated the stand until 1974, when he sold it to Mr. and Mrs. John Evancho.

Burlington Historical Society Museum
04/20/2019

Burlington Historical Society Museum

Root beers all around for a thirsty crew at Dunne's A & W stand across from Fischer Park. (1957 Emmett Raettig photo)

A & W ROOT BEER STAND AT BROWN'S LAKE - Harry Kwenski of Racine started an A & W Curb Service Root Beer Stand on  Highwa...
04/20/2019

A & W ROOT BEER STAND AT BROWN'S LAKE - Harry Kwenski of Racine started an A & W Curb Service Root Beer Stand on Highway 11 at Brown's Lake opposite Fischer Park in 1949. In June 1951 the stand was taken over by Edward P. Dunne of Two Rivers, who started a merit program rewarding youngsters for certain accomplishments. Dunne operated the stand until 1974, when he sold it to Mr. and Mrs. John Evancho.

04/13/2019
Burlington Police Department

BURLINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT - This clip from the December 1940 movie, taken on the Jefferson Street side of the City Hall building, shows members of the Police Department. The Chief was Lawrence Grossman. The other officers, all World War I veterans, were George Rupert "Roy" McCourt, Everard J. "Abe" Alby, Arthur W. Rein, and Charles "Jim" Wilson. The two who stand near the car are Chief Grossman and Roy McCourt, who would become Chief in 1945.

The Whitman School House is ready for student visitors!
04/12/2019

The Whitman School House is ready for student visitors!

04/10/2019
Children at the Plaza Theatre

CHILDREN AT THE PLAZA THEATRE
This clip from the December 1940 movie takes place in the lobby of the Plaza Theatre. In its newspaper ads in early December, the Plaza invitedf parents to bring their children, up to 5 years old, to the theatre on Saturday morning, December 14, to be filmed. A few parents took advantage of the opportunity and some, but not all, of the children appeared to enjoy the attention.

THE CHICAGO PACKERS TRAINED IN BURLINGTONWith the Milwaukee Bucks heading into the National Basketball Association (NBA)...
04/09/2019

THE CHICAGO PACKERS TRAINED IN BURLINGTON
With the Milwaukee Bucks heading into the National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs, some may remember that Burlington was once the site of an NBA team’s training camp. Today the team that trained in Burlington in September 1961 is known as the Washington Wizards, one of the 30 teams that make up the NBA.
When the franchise first started as an expansion team in the 1961-62 season, the team was known as the Chicago Packers. That was the team that trained at the Burlington High School gym from September 12 through September 28, 1961. The team stayed at Brown's Lake Resort.
The next season the team’s name changed to the Chicago Zephyrs. That team did not train in Burlington, but played an intra-squad game in the BHS gym on Saturday, September 22. After that season the team moved to Baltimore where, as the Bullets, it remained for 10 years before being moved to Washington, D. C., in 1973.
The 1961-62 Chicago Packers players included Walt Bellamy (who was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year), George Bon Salle, Barney Cable, Howie Carl, Ralph Davis, Archie Dees, Joe Graboski, Sihugo Green, Vern Hatton, Andy Johnson, York Larese, Bobby “Slick” Leonard, Dave Piontek, Woody Sauldsberry, Jack Turner, Charlie Tyra, and Horace Walker. The coach was Jim Pollard.

BHS MEMORIES  -  KANDY KIDSThe Kandy Kids Korporation was started at Burlington High School in 1926, with its proceeds u...
04/06/2019

BHS MEMORIES - KANDY KIDS
The Kandy Kids Korporation was started at Burlington High School in 1926, with its proceeds used to help fund the student newspaper, "The Crier." In the 1950s, students in the Business Club opened the "store" during the lunch hour. In 1954 part of the proceeds were used to help purchase an electric organ for the auditorium. The photos here were taken in 1955 and come from Elmer Ebert's Free Press collection.

MORE LINCOLN SCHOOL MEMORIES
04/05/2019

MORE LINCOLN SCHOOL MEMORIES

THE PLAYGROUND - MEMORIES OF LINCOLN SCHOOL
04/04/2019

THE PLAYGROUND - MEMORIES OF LINCOLN SCHOOL

04/04/2019

Lincoln Statue - This clip from the December 1940 movie shows Burlington's Lincoln Statue. The first man who approaches and stands by the statue is Mayor Harold J. "Hap" Runkel, who served three terms as mayor from April 1938 through April 1944. The second man who joins Runkel is thought to be Alderman Clifford O. Moe.

04/04/2019

Lincoln School - This clip from the December 1940 movie shows the west, or Dyer Street (now Kane St.), side of the school. The school's enrollment at the beginning of 1940-41 school year was 65. Teachers were Judith Jochimsen, kindergarten; Grace Asby and Martha Rohr, 1st grade; and Alice Glaser and Alice Forsjord, 2nd grade.

03/30/2019

KIWANIS CLUB - This segment of the December 1940 movie features the Kiwanis Club, which met Monday evenings at the Hotel Burlington. The club had elected its new officers less than a month earlier. Lawrence Murphy succeeded Paul Wagner as president of the group, while William Walsh was vice-president, and Jim Mangold, treasurer. Board members were Ray Schutt, John Vogelsang, and Harry J. O'Haire. Other Kiwanis members seen in the film include Dr. Ralph Schneider, Henry Heidermann, Bill Liggett, and Gilmore Gulbranson. The Kiwanis Club's Burlington chapter was begun in 1937. An earlier Kiwanis chapter, organized in 1928, had disbanded in early 1936.

THE HOUSE ON THE CORNER OF AMANDA AND CONKEY (241 and 249 Amanda)Photos 1 and 2, taken in July 1868 from the malt house ...
03/29/2019

THE HOUSE ON THE CORNER OF AMANDA AND CONKEY (241 and 249 Amanda)
Photos 1 and 2, taken in July 1868 from the malt house on the east side of Fox river, show the building on the corner of Amanda and Conkey streets without a roof, indicating that it was being built at that time. Photo 3 shows the house in 1997. Photo 4 shows the back of the house about 1905. The original Conkey Street (Cooper) school is at the left in photo 4. The house and school can also be seen in the postcard photo heading our page.

THE NEWELL BARN - THE HAYLOFTERS FIRST HOMEThe Burlington Drama Club, later called the Haylofters, was organized in Dece...
03/27/2019

THE NEWELL BARN - THE HAYLOFTERS FIRST HOME
The Burlington Drama Club, later called the Haylofters, was organized in December 1932 with Stanley Jung, president; Ruth Darling, vice president; and Russell Wilson, secretary and treasurer. Burlington High School teacher Katherine Alvord was chosen as director. In January 1933 the group met at Nettie Karcher's law office on Pine Street. The next meeting was held at the Howard and Edith (Brook) Newell home on the corner of Pine and State streets where the Post Office now sits. In April 1933 the club fitted up a rehearsal room on the top floor of the Newell’s garage, formerly a barn and stable, which sat near the corner of Dodge and State streets. In March 1934 the Burlington Drama Club chose "Haylofters" as its new name. The Newell barn is shown in the accompanying photos. The property is now the Post Office's parking lot.

A display of advertisements from 105 years ago in the 1914 BURLINGTON DIRECTORY, together with the Burlington, Rochester...
03/26/2019

A display of advertisements from 105 years ago in the 1914 BURLINGTON DIRECTORY, together with the Burlington, Rochester, and Waterford Business Directories. How many businesses still exist? What types of businesses have disappeared?

More of the 1897 paradeThis crop is from an Al-Vista photo taken on Chestnut Street and looking toward Geneva Street (no...
03/25/2019

More of the 1897 parade
This crop is from an Al-Vista photo taken on Chestnut Street and looking toward Geneva Street (now Milwaukee Avenue). It was taken the same day as the photo in the preceding post. The buildings are still recognizable today. For a collection of Al-Vista photos taken in Burlington and elsewhere, visit our website at burlingtonhistory.org. Click on Galleries and select Al-Vista Camera Panoramic Photos in the drop-down menu.

Downtown Parade - 1897School children, many carrying U.S. flags and most in their "Sunday best" and wearing hats (or cap...
03/25/2019

Downtown Parade - 1897
School children, many carrying U.S. flags and most in their "Sunday best" and wearing hats (or caps), parade east on Chestnut Street going toward Pine Street in this crop from an 1897 Al-Vista panoramic photo. The brick buildings on the left - then occupied by the Post Office and Denniston and Reinardy's Union Drug Store - still sit in the same locations. The wooden buildings on the right - Stang Bros. shoe and boot store and Nic Gill's Sample Room - were later replaced by brick buildings. Notice the dirt street and the raised wooden sidewalks.

Burial of George F. Jones - Burlington's last Civil War veteran - October 23, 1933. George served with Wisconsin's 9th B...
03/23/2019

Burial of George F. Jones - Burlington's last Civil War veteran - October 23, 1933. George served with Wisconsin's 9th Battery, Light Artillery. He entered service February 28, 1862, in Burlington at age 18, and served until September 30, 1865, when he was mustered out with the rest of his unit. Somewhat unusual is that his father, also named George, was a Sergeant in the same unit, having enlisted at Burlington October 14, 1861, at age 44, and serving until his term expired January 26, 1865.

DOWNTOWN HI-JINKSWisconsin Gas and Electric Co. employees "planted" a tree stump outside Ben Luhn's Pine Street tavern i...
03/23/2019

DOWNTOWN HI-JINKS

Wisconsin Gas and Electric Co. employees "planted" a tree stump outside Ben Luhn's Pine Street tavern in June 1944, giving the tavern a nickname - Lone Oak Inn - and promising "Free Beer Tomorrow." Of course, "tomorrow" never came as each tomorow became a new day with a new tomorrow. Occupying the former Luhn tavern site today is John's Main Event..

03/22/2019
Murphy Products Co. Service Station - December 1940

This clip from the December 1940 movie features the Murphy Products Co. Service Station - The Standard Oil station on Wilmot avenue, now South Pine Street, was on a portion of the property now occupied by the Pinecrest Shopping Center. It was a full service operation, as were most if not all gas stations at that time - oil and tire pressure checked, windshield washed, etc.. The Murphy station's operators at the time of the movie, Emerson Hamblin and Edward Wright, had taken over in June 1940 from Roger Mohr, who had opened the station in May 1932 on land leased from Murphy Products Co. The building was later the site of Jane's Beauty Shop, when Pinecrest was built.

HIPPO ON THE LOOSE - 1966
03/20/2019

HIPPO ON THE LOOSE - 1966

Moon, Dort, Marmon, Saxon, Flanders, Mitchell, Case, Oakland, Maxwell, Hupmobile . . . . .A collection of early Burlingt...
03/19/2019

Moon, Dort, Marmon, Saxon, Flanders, Mitchell, Case, Oakland, Maxwell, Hupmobile . . . . .
A collection of early Burlington area automobile, truck, and dealer ads.

03/18/2019

This clip from the December 1940 movie features folks coming out of the Plymouth Congregational Church.
The church, located on Geneva St., now Milwaukee Ave., was pastored in 1940 by Reverend Carl Stackman. Morning worship was at 10:45.
Church officers for 1940 included: E. H. Foltz, Robert Bayer, Jessie Wilson, Ermina Triechel, Fred Witter, William S. Wilson, Roy Wilson, Donald Mower, Ray Adams, Cyril Hammiller, and Mrs. Jessie Caldwell.
Women's Auxiliary officers for 1940 included Olive Wilson, Mrs. Lucile Perkins Caldwell, Inez Heath, Mrs. Horace H. Newbury [Jessie Crawford], Mrs. Bess Perkins Caldwell, and Mrs. Frank Bohnsack [Nell Fittro].

03/14/2019

UNION CHEVROLET - PART 2
This short conclusion of the Union Chevrolet segment of the December 1940 movie shows the employees of the firm lined up outside the Geneva Street (now Milwaukee Ave.) building and owner Bryan Roberts. Other automobile dealerships in Burlington at the time included Cunningham Buick, which was across Geneva Street; Champion Motor Co., which sold Studebakers, on Pine Street; and Coughlin & Turner, the Ford dealer, which had its sales rooms on Chestnut Street and its garage on Pine Street.

03/11/2019

Union Chevrolet - This clip from the December 1940 movie was taken at the Union Chevrolet building on Geneva Street (now Milwaukee Avenue). The building was constructed by Hugh Agner in 1927. Agner had bought the property from Frank Zwiebel, moved the house that was on it to West Geneva Street (now W. State Street),.and built the new garage for his Studebaker agency. Bryan Roberts and Howard Peterson bought the garage building from Agner in 1929 and moved their Union Chevrolet Co. from its former location on the north side of the White River bridge.
Roberts is seen standing by the white coupe with the former McCarthy Furniture store in the background. The 1941 Chevrolet with the writing on it was later sold (after being cleaned) to a customer whose son said that one could still see evidence of the writing when the car was seen in the right light.
Union Chevrolet also sold Fridgidaire appliances, a brand which was owned by General Motors from 1919 to 1979.

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