Clintonville Area Historical Society

Clintonville Area Historical Society The Clintonville Area Historical Society is located in the city of Clintonville, Waupaca County, Wisconsin. Over the last 40 plus years our society has gradually built a large and varied collection of historical items.
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Many of the items are displayed in our three buildings in Pioneer Park and at the Museum on Main, 102 South Main Street. The buildings are open to the public the first and third Saturdays of each month 1-4 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day and by appointment. The Museum on Main is also open from 1-4 p.m. the first Sunday of the months September through May. Members of the society receive a quarterly newsletter with stories of people and places of the area. Annual dues are $20 for the first person in a household and $15 for additional household members. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 1, Clintonville, WI 54929

Operating as usual

04/10/2021

This is a film of the FWD tabulating department at the end of a work day in the 40's.
It is one of the films given to us by Rod Gehrt. It was taken by his father, Jim Gehrt.

Compliments of Schroeder's General Merchandise, Clintonville Wis.Compliments of Mark Thomas who found this item and dona...
04/03/2021

Compliments of Schroeder's General Merchandise, Clintonville Wis.
Compliments of Mark Thomas who found this item and donated it to the historical society. Thanks Mark. If anyone has information about the store, let us know.

Compliments of Schroeder's General Merchandise, Clintonville Wis.
Compliments of Mark Thomas who found this item and donated it to the historical society. Thanks Mark. If anyone has information about the store, let us know.

The dog isn't barking anymore.  This is an advertising plate for the Clintonville business, The Merc (Clintonville Merca...
03/27/2021

The dog isn't barking anymore. This is an advertising plate for the Clintonville business, The Merc (Clintonville Mercantile). The business is gone and there are plans to raze the building it was in.
The business started as a grocery store in 1883. Dry goods were added and the business grew and moved into the new building, the Folkman Building, in 1913. We don't know the age of the plate but by 1913 the business was known as The Folkman Brothers, not Chas. F. Folkman.

The dog isn't barking anymore. This is an advertising plate for the Clintonville business, The Merc (Clintonville Mercantile). The business is gone and there are plans to raze the building it was in.
The business started as a grocery store in 1883. Dry goods were added and the business grew and moved into the new building, the Folkman Building, in 1913. We don't know the age of the plate but by 1913 the business was known as The Folkman Brothers, not Chas. F. Folkman.

Among items Mary Napier donated to our museum was this box.  The label  tells us that it came from Oscar E Lenz, Jeweler...
03/20/2021

Among items Mary Napier donated to our museum was this box. The label tells us that it came from Oscar E Lenz, Jeweler, Watch Inspector, C.N.W.R.R., (Chicago Northwestern railroad) Clintonville Wis.

After a little research we learned that the job of watch inspector for the railroads included ensuring the employee's were using an approved watch, inspecting those watches as often as twice a month, and adjusting the time. Often they also sold the watches.

That research on the internet also led to interesting sidetracks about time zones, train accidents, and watch manufacturing in America.

Among items Mary Napier donated to our museum was this box. The label tells us that it came from Oscar E Lenz, Jeweler, Watch Inspector, C.N.W.R.R., (Chicago Northwestern railroad) Clintonville Wis.

After a little research we learned that the job of watch inspector for the railroads included ensuring the employee's were using an approved watch, inspecting those watches as often as twice a month, and adjusting the time. Often they also sold the watches.

That research on the internet also led to interesting sidetracks about time zones, train accidents, and watch manufacturing in America.

The round sign on the building was donated by Al Mueller.  We love it. It is a keeper.  We don’t love the sign on the do...
03/07/2021

The round sign on the building was donated by Al Mueller. We love it. It is a keeper. We don’t love the sign on the door that says we are closed because of Covid 19. Inside that door we are getting ready to reopen and take that sign down. Watch for us.

The round sign on the building was donated by Al Mueller. We love it. It is a keeper. We don’t love the sign on the door that says we are closed because of Covid 19. Inside that door we are getting ready to reopen and take that sign down. Watch for us.

When Clintonville had an orchestra.
10/26/2020

When Clintonville had an orchestra.

Items in storage at the old armory have been moved to our buildings. Pictured are some of the moving crew.   From left, ...
10/24/2020

Items in storage at the old armory have been moved to our buildings. Pictured are some of the moving crew. From left, Al Mueller, Todd Bessette, Sarah Hankins, and Mike Hankins. Big job. Well done.

We have lost a good member.  Wayne Rindt died.  He was always supportive and valued.  We will remember when he spoke at ...
09/20/2020

We have lost a good member. Wayne Rindt died. He was always supportive and valued. We will remember when he spoke at our 2018 spring meeting and shared history of the Urban/Frontier Telephone company. He generously let us display his childhood farm set at the Museum on Main. He very recently donated some family artifacts. We will miss our friend.

Wisconsin Dental Association
06/30/2020

Wisconsin Dental Association

Dr. Elhanan “Chet” Winchester Bennett settled in Clintonville in 1855 and was the pioneer dentist. He was also a man of many other talents. Thanks to Clintonville Area Historical Society for the photos of Dr. Bennett's dental tools! Read more: https://www.wda.org/blog/pioneer-dentist-dr-chet-bennett-clintonville

06/13/2020

4H club party at Arnold Keller's cottage on Grass Lake, 1940s.
R. Gehrt film

05/29/2020

This movie is titled Clintonville downtown folks, 1930's. Another film from the Gehrt collection. Please comment if you can identify anyone.

05/17/2020

Another parade from the Gehrt films. 1940's. This time the milk bottle hitched a ride. If you didn't see the other parade film, check a previous post on our page.

03/29/2020
The Museum on Main is open Sunday, March 1, 2020. 1-4 p.m..  The display to see is the Dairy display.  In 1963 there was...
02/29/2020

The Museum on Main is open Sunday, March 1, 2020. 1-4 p.m.. The display to see is the Dairy display.
In 1963 there was a June Dairy Contest. !st place prize was $15.00. Do you recognize any of the ladies in the photo? Did you enter the contest? Did you win? Come in and take a closer look at the picture and see the rest of the display.

Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region
02/22/2020
Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region

Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region

Clintonville Area Foundation held its 8th annual Grant Distribution Celebration at the The Living Room Coffee Shop this morning, awarding nine area nonprofit groups grants to help strengthen the community and create opportunities!
Story here: https://bit.ly/2V7j3g9
Congrats to:
CESA 8, Clintonville Area Ambulance Service, Clintonville Historical Society, GSNWGL - Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin Northeast Regional Office, Mission of Hope House of Wisconsin, Navarino Nature Center, Phoenix Players and St. Vincent de Paul of Appleton

Like the sign says..."Museum on Main, Open February 2, 1 - 4.  No admission fee."   201 S Main Street, Clintonville WI
02/01/2020

Like the sign says..."Museum on Main, Open February 2, 1 - 4. No admission fee." 201 S Main Street, Clintonville WI

The Museum on Main (102 South Main Street) will be open Sunday, January 5th from 1 to 4 p.m.  While you are there be sur...
01/04/2020

The Museum on Main (102 South Main Street) will be open Sunday, January 5th from 1 to 4 p.m. While you are there be sure to take a look at the award winning display by students; Theresa Murphy, Carolyn Sasse, and Rilie Schertz.

The Museum on Main will be open Next Sunday, December 8th.  Too much snow to be open today.   Drive by the museum after ...
12/01/2019

The Museum on Main will be open Next Sunday, December 8th. Too much snow to be open today. Drive by the museum after dark and see the lighted Christmas windows, but drive carefully.

Thursday, November 14th, social time 5:45, evening meal 6:00 (freewill offering) followed by the business meeting with b...
11/12/2019

Thursday, November 14th, social time 5:45, evening meal 6:00 (freewill offering) followed by the business meeting with board elections and a program.
The program features speakers Theresa Murphy, Carolyn Sasse, and RIlie Schertz and their state award winning National History Day project about Theodora Winton Youmans, a women's suffrage activist from Wisconsin.

The Museum on Main (102 South Main Street) will be open Sunday, November 3rd from 1 to 4 p.m..  If you still haven't tur...
11/02/2019

The Museum on Main (102 South Main Street) will be open Sunday, November 3rd from 1 to 4 p.m.. If you still haven't turned your clocks back, it will be open from 12 to 3 p.m.. Either way, it is worth a visit.

The Museum on Main, 102 S Main Street, and Pioneer Park, 32 11th Street will be open Saturday, August 17th..  That is th...
08/16/2019

The Museum on Main, 102 S Main Street, and Pioneer Park, 32 11th Street will be open Saturday, August 17th.. That is the last day they are open before the deadline to get your tour card stamped.

Butter Churns are some of the items in the dairy display at Clintonville's Museum on Main.  The Museum on Main is open t...
08/02/2019

Butter Churns are some of the items in the dairy display at Clintonville's Museum on Main. The Museum on Main is open this Saturday. August 3rd from 1 to 4 p.m.. 201 Main Street. across from Culvers. Come in and take a look at the things shared by their generous owners.

Dam!  It's fixed now.  Find this picture in Clintonville's History House Saturday, August 3rd.  32 11th Street, open fro...
08/02/2019

Dam! It's fixed now. Find this picture in Clintonville's History House Saturday, August 3rd. 32 11th Street, open from 1-4 p.m. There is another picture of the dam there too along with other historic Clintonville items.

Take a tour of the History House on 11th Street, pick up a card there and get it stamped.  The History House will be ope...
07/19/2019

Take a tour of the History House on 11th Street, pick up a card there and get it stamped. The History House will be open Saturday, July 20th from 1-4 p.m.. Go to the Museum on Main to get your second site stamp. It is open Saturday too. Five sites stamped and you can enter a drawing for a gift basket.

Looking for a new adventure?
Start at our Clintonville Area Historical Society!

The Museum on Main and the History House are open Saturday, July 20th from 1 to 4 p.m.. This map showing where some of t...
07/19/2019

The Museum on Main and the History House are open Saturday, July 20th from 1 to 4 p.m..
This map showing where some of the many cheese factories in the area were is part of the dairy display at the Museum on Main, 102 S Main St..

Saturday, July 6th. 1 to 4 p.m.. Rain or Shine today, we are open.  Both the History House at 32 11th Street and the Mus...
07/06/2019

Saturday, July 6th. 1 to 4 p.m.. Rain or Shine today, we are open. Both the History House at 32 11th Street and the Museum on Main across from Culvers on Main Street.

While you are waiting for the fireworks to start, visit the Clintonville History House, 32 11th Street.  It will be open...
07/02/2019

While you are waiting for the fireworks to start, visit the Clintonville History House, 32 11th Street. It will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. July 3rd.

July 3rd

06/25/2019
Tour highlights Waupaca County’s historical sites
06/05/2019
Tour highlights Waupaca County’s historical sites

Tour highlights Waupaca County’s historical sites

The Historic Hometown Tour, hosted by Waupaca County area historical societies, encourages locals to hit the road to visit historical sites this summer.

Some of the best cooks are grilling brats and hamburgers at the Econo brat barn.  Today supplemental funds are provided ...
05/30/2019

Some of the best cooks are grilling brats and hamburgers at the Econo brat barn. Today supplemental funds are provided through Thrivent Action Team funding and all goes to preserve Clintonville area history. Serving till 6 today May 30th. We will be there Friday and Saturday too.

Hungry?   We will be waiting for you at the Econo Brat Barn May 30, 31, and June 1.
05/29/2019

Hungry? We will be waiting for you at the Econo Brat Barn May 30, 31, and June 1.

We are open during the car show, just up the street.  Come in and see what this thingamajig is.  It is part of our new d...
05/16/2019

We are open during the car show, just up the street. Come in and see what this thingamajig is. It is part of our new dairy display. Friday May 17th.from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.. Museum on Main, 102 S Main St., Clintonville WI

ReminderSpring Meeting Thursday May 16th at the Museum on Main, 102 S Main St..See the new dairy display and hear speake...
05/15/2019

Reminder
Spring Meeting Thursday May 16th at the Museum on Main, 102 S Main St..
See the new dairy display and hear speakers, Fred Laack and Hugo Mielke from Dupont cheese. 5:45 Meet and Greet, 6:00 Evening Meal, Program to follow.

Address

32 11th Street, And 102 S Main Street, (mailing Address, PO BOX 1)
Clintonville, WI
54929

Telephone

(715) 823-5695

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Over the last 40 plus years our society has gradually built a large and varied collection of historical items. Many of the items are displayed in our three buildings in Pioneer Park, 32 11th Street, and at the Museum on Main, 102 South Main Street. The buildings are open to the public the first and third Saturdays of each month, 1-4 p.m., from Memorial Day to Labor Day and by appointment. The Museum on Main is also open from 1-4 p.m. the first Sunday of the months September through May. Members of the society receive a quarterly newsletter with stories of people and places of the area. Annual dues are $20 for the first person in a household and $15 for additional household members. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 1, Clintonville, WI 54929

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Who is the supposed builder of this house in Clintonville? What is the History of it?
I'm curious if you have any information or images of the racing track at Clintonville? As far I can tell they raced midget cars from 1941-1942. Thank you. Dan
The Clintonville Area Historical Society will be CLOSED today due to weather, but instead will be OPEN December 8th from 1-4 PM.
The Tribune publ. in Clintonville, WI: 22 March 1884; New London: Mr. Millet landlord of the Wisconsin House had a wood bee Tuesday and drew in his summer supply. This was my Great great Grandfather. I am trying to find more info on him. Any help would be appreciated.
Did anyone see these 2 huge square logs on 13th St, right before the construction area? In the middle of each is a chain, and I'm wondering if they were dug up, or just what they might be. Thanks for any info.