Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Time Machine Trip to August 1939

August 2, 1939
The Kaukauna Mellow Brews took a 12 to 1 beating at Waupun Saturday from the State Prison nine.  The Prison nine scored in every inning.

Guy Krumm was named the new basketball coach by the board of education. The reorganization of the athletic set-up at Kaukauna High school moves Paul E. Little, formerly head coach of all major sports, to the newly created position of athletic director.    

In one of those wild and wooly games that the baseball players showed how the game should not be played was as Little Chute defeated the Mellow Brewers Sunday 15 to 14 in ten innings at the Chuters Park.  The Chuters spotted the Kaws ten runs in the first inning this apparently is not enough as the Brewers let down and saw the Chuters fighting back to tie up the contest and win the tenth. Dago Schuler started on the mound for the Kaws and was relieved by his brother Ed in the fourth when the count was 10 to 7.

Kaukauna's major contribution to the big-time athletics, Richard “Red” Smith, assistant coach of the Green Bay Packers and coach of the Milwaukee Brewers took a little time out from his baseball activities last week to go into the huddle over the coming football season when his boss, coach E. A. “Curly” Lambeau at Lambeau’s summer home and Door County.

August 4, 1939
The cost of direct relief during July was substantially lower than during June according to relief director. The cost during July was $1147.93 compared to $1316.37 in June. 

August 9, 1939
Two Kaukauna boy scouts, Eugene Lange, Troop 20 and Mark Romenesko, Troop 31, will be taken to the Wisconsin State fair to help take care of the exhibit being placed there by scouts from the valley council.

Shoppers in Kaukauna during the next three days are having a chance to buy at bargain prices as the city merchants joined in the promotion of dollar days. Stores which are participation in the sales move are:


August 11, 1939
Owners of automobiles with defaced license plates are warned to have those plates repainted through the state. The cost of reconditioning the plates is not more than the three-cent stamp necessary for a letter to Madison. The secretary of state will send an envelope for your plates to be sent in.

When Phil Zwick, the Kaukauna battler, beat Nick Peters, California lightweight champion a few weeks ago, the Kaw fighter thought he would finally get a break in the fight game that he waited for the past 12 years. Peters was ranked fourth best lightweight in the world. Well, our Phil Zwick knocked the dope cockeyed when he gave Peters a boxing lesson. The referee called the halt in the ninth round and gave the bout to Phil. All lightweight boxers now refuse to fight Phil. This is the same thing that happened seven years ago when he knocked out the eastern favorite in Madison Square garden, New York.

August 16, 1939
The state law requires drivers to warn a driver when you are about to pass them. It is required that you sound your horn and turn on your left directional.

August 18, 1939
Kaukauna’s curfew bell, silent these 17 to 18 years will ring again tomorrow night.  The old bell will be taken from storage by the American Legion and be prepared as a big surprise for the state Legion convention that starts at Oshkosh tomorrow.

August 23, 1939
Kaukauna’s school bus got a red, white and blue paint job, according to the order of the state legislature. The bus is now ready for the school year. 

August 30, 1939
If any Kaukauna people figure on going into the tavern business here, they may have to wait a long time. The new state law states one license for each 500 people. At that rate Kaukauna would be able to have 14 taverns. The city currently has 27 taverns.  

A pair of brothers from Kaukauna married two sisters from Appleton. At the left are Mr. and Mrs. James Hietpas and at the right Mr. and Mrs. Austin Hietpas, principals in the marriages. The sisters are Marie Vosters, wife of James and Myrtle Vosters, wife of Austin. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Time Machine Trip to August 1902

August 1, 1902
Julius Kuehn has set the pace in the building of a new cement sidewalk in front of his business block of Second Street, and several others have fallen in line for the same kind of substantial   improvement. A cement walk is by far the cheapest in the long run and is generally being adopted in all of the larger cities. When once laid in the proper form, it will remain for a life time. The life of a board walk is only seven years, at best.

August 8, 1902
Jurors in the United States will hereafter receive $1 per day instead of $2 as has been the custom for years past.

August 15, 1902
The infant child of Albert Kirns, aged 2 years, lost its middle finger yesterday. It was chopped off by his four-year-old brother while the children were at play in the woodshed. The bone was badly crushed and the finger hanging by a mere thread, so that Dr. Blair had to amputate it.

King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom and Queen Alexandra were crowned at Westminster Abbey on August 9.

August 22, 1902
Twenty-five years ago, next Sunday, way back in 1877 when Kaukauna was but a small village and the south side of the river was still a wilderness only dotted here and there by fields of cultivated farm lands, Rev, R. Pieper gathered a few of the Lutheran faith in this vicinity together and founded the Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church of Kaukauna.

August 29, 1902
Mrs. Sarah Jane Lawe Grignon of Green Bay, youngest sister of the late Geo. W. Lawe of this city and the last remaining member of the Lawe family, died at Green Bay Friday. She was the only surviving daughter of Judge John Lawe and the widow of Alex Grignon, a very early settler of Kaukauna.

The Kaukauna Times - East Second Street

The TIMES - Composing Room

The TIMES - Pressroom

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Time Machine Trip to August 1898

August 5, 1898
Mr. Oscar Thilmany has had a bath house built on the river bank below his residence. It extends out quite a distance into the river reaching the clear flow of the water.

A 25-foot German flag has floated at half-mast this week on the Oscar Thilmany residence on account of the death of Prince Bismarck.

The trustees of Holy Cross church, Kaukauna, agreed to a cost of $770.00 for handsome solid oak seats in the church.

August 12, 1898
Julius Martens gave a very enjoyable gathering party Sunday to his friends on the steam yacht, Kaukauna. The party took dinner at Strobe's Island and went for a short cruise on Lake Winnebago returning to Island Park at Neenah, and then returning home.

The first death among Appleton volunteers is recorded. A message received states that John Schuh died of typhoid fever at Porto Rico.

The Spanish-American War has come to an end as Spain formally agrees to peace on U.S. terms: the cession of Cuba, Puerto Rico and Manila in the Philippines to the United States pending a final peace treaty.

Little Rock, Ark., - A mob lynched six people, two men and four women, at the jail in Clarendon, Ark.

August 19, 1898
Joseph Wolfinger's cheese box factory at Dundas was totally destroyed by fire about 3 o'clock Saturday morning. The plant was valued upwards of $7,000 and employed forty hands.

The Kaukauna Electric Light Company has received a contract for the wiring of the Holy Cross Church at $138.00. There are seventy-one incandescent lights - twenty of them in the Sanctuary - and most of the balance in five chandeliers.

The Kaukauna Water Works Co. have let all the necessary contracts for the construction of the buildings, reservoir, stand pipe, etc. and the laying of the water mains. Contractors will begin the system Monday morning. Several car loads of pipe for the water mains have already arrived.

August 26, 1898
There is very little doubt that Cuba will sooner or later be annexed to the U.S., but it will be done by the will of the people of Cuba, and not by force.

A Cuban Milkman - There are many cows in the streets in Cuba. The cows are used to deliver milk to each home and milked at the home for the customers.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Time Machine Trip to August 1907

August 2, 1907
The operations of the pickpockets last week have been followed by numerous reports from property holders whose various residences have been entered and robbed of lead pipe connections in the kitchen. In nearly every instance the thieves made away with from ten to twelve feet, using a saw in making the disconnections. One of the latest residences visited belongs to Henry Mau and is located near Eden Park. No other part of the house was molested.

August 9, 1907
Tim McCarthy narrowly escaped being killed at the site of the new electric power plant Tuesday morning by falling a distance of thirty feet, landing on solid rock. Those who saw the accident claim that he turned a complete somersault, landing on his feet. He complained of his ankle which upon examination was found broken and also suffered intense pain in his back.

The Thilmany Pulp and Paper Company have had plans drawn for a large warehouse to be located just back of the superintendent's office, extending from there to the railroad track at the rear of the mill, a distance of 130 feet. It will be 44 feet wide, 130 feet long and two stories in height, with heavy timber construction and will be finished with fire proof covering to match the building to which it will be joined.

August 16, 1907

From now on the rock removed from the tail race of the new electric power plant will not accumulate as fast, as large quantities are being crushed by Lindauer stone crusher and shipped to Appleton where it is being used in the streets. The Hackworthy Construction company which is doing the blasting has the contract for paving Appleton and Oneida streets and a portion of College avenue and are using about 4 car loads per day.
August 23, 1907
The Green Bay interurban car due here at 11:45 a.m. Monday got beyond control of Motorman Henry Rasmussen and left the rails at the sharp curve at the corner of Kaukauna and Taylor streets. There were eight passengers in the car at the time besides the motorman and conductor six of whom were slightly injured. The car struck the curve with sufficient force to throw it a distance of several feet. It landed on its side and landed headed down Taylor Street.

August 30, 1907

Because of complaints registered, Wisconsin Traction, Light, Heat and Power Company have issued an order prohibiting interurban conductors from assisting ladies in alighting and boarding a car. The order holds well in every instance except that of an aged woman who is unable to assist herself and was issued by the officers of the company on the complaint of several ladies who claim that the conductors soiled their shirtwaists.

The Kaukauna Fibre Company held a meeting here this week and important action was taken in regard to their affairs. Instead of closing down as reports have had it together, they are to commence next week the work of deepening their tail race and also are putting in a new and improved wheel, in order to make a better water power. The tail race will be made three feet deeper necessitating the removal of 300 cords of stone. The deepening process will extend from their mill to the main race.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Time Machine Trip to August 1889

August 2, 1889
During the past week, the justices of the peace have been busily engaged in making out warrants for the arrest of those dog owners who have failed to pay a $2.00 license, and Marshal Jule Kuehn has had his hands full to serve papers. Jule says he means business and everyone that has not paid will wish within a fortnight that he had. In addition to the regular tax they will now have to stand the costs of a suit.

Wilkesbarre, Pa., June 25 – Michael Rizzelo, “Red Nosed Mike” a murder of Paymaster McClure was hanged in the jail yard here this morning. He refused breakfast and told the sheriff that he was ready and to hurry his work without any delay.

Tulare, Cal., - A gang of about twelve men took from the jail here a man named Egan suspected of committing a robbery. They put a rope round his neck and dragged him to a tree. He protested his innocence as they strung him up. After nearly dead they let him down and again demanded a confession. Again, he refused and was hoisted up again. When lowered the second time he begged for mercy and was returned to the jail.

Atlanta, Ga., - Prof. L. M. Hershaw, colored, has been deposed as principal of the leading colored school here for having used the following language at a recent meeting. “The Southern whites don’t want us to come into contact with the Northerners and get their ides. I wonder if they are afraid we’ll cut ahead of them?”

August 9, 1889
That report having been circulated here Monday that Mr. Thilmany and the other parties interested in the Fox River Valley franchise for the erection of a large sulphite fibre mill had decided to locate in Kaukauna, and erect a 20-ton mill, furnished a topic of conversation for business men. Mr. Thilmany was contacted as to the truth of the report and said, "We have been talking over the matter considerable of late, but we haven't chosen the site. It will be selected, however, before many weeks."

August 16, 1889
The poor partridge' will henceforth be a target for sportsmen. The old musket can now be shouldered, the faithful dog unchained, a bottle of water (?) inserted in the game bag and a day's gunning enjoyed.

Sixty-eight barrels of beer were drunk by the crowd in attendance at the turn-fest at Appleton Sunday. Many from here drove to Appleton to witness the turn-fest. Every rig in town was engaged.

Rag socials are the latest in church socials. Each lady brings a ball of rags with her name written on a piece of concealed in its center. Each gentleman buys a ball and takes the lady whose name is in it. 

It has been reported that the Chinese riot case with the city of Kaukauna had been settled by the payment of $250. This however does not seem to be true according to the article that appeared in the Northwestern last Friday. Hop Chung threatens to sue the city of Kaukauna for damages which he sustained there last spring. I have received nothing from the city of Kaukauna. There are not only business and personal losses there are also legal expenses in obtaining consul to come here from Chicago. The city of Kaukauna can settle with me if it pays me enough to cover my losses.

“Rank and rotten” are two slang words which should be tabooed. Drop them, boys they aren’t half as dignified as swearing.
The Shawano train robber returned to his former home long enough recently to secure a bride and again departed. Strange that he cannot be captured when his every movement seems to be making it known. 

August 23, 1889
Terrific explosions such are what occur almost every hour now-a-days in the city. Visitors here imagine they have struck Port au Prince and that the Hippolyte bombardment is going on. Blasting is being done at the Kaukauna paper mill, where the tail-race is being deepened, at the Badger mill, where the race is being widened and at the Hamilton & Phelps quarry, where building stone is being taken out.

Good news for the summer girl! A Cincinnati judge has just released an ice cream dealer arrested for selling on Sunday by deciding that ice cream is “a necessity not a luxury.”

A dog fight that took place in a store on Wisconsin Avenue last night drew a large crowd in short order. From the yells sent forth by the curs’ people were led to believe someone was getting killed.

An Indian G.A.R. post has been organized at Keshena on the Menominee Reservation. It will be known as Joseph Lederberger Post No. 261 and is the only Indian Post in the United States. Twenty-three members comprise the new organization.

August 30, 1889
A swindler has been operating in this vicinity telling housewives that their husbands sent him to repair their clocks. In this way, he steals the clocks.  

John Sprangers, the south side jeweler, has recently taken out a patent on a musical clock, something of his own ingenuity and his fortune is evidently made. The contrivance is a very simple one, but still quite an amusing oddity. The musical clock is nothing more than an ordinary clock with a small music-box cylinder added to the interior. Mr. Sprangers has already received an offer of $15,000 from a firm in the state of Ohio, for merely the privilege of selling the new invention in that state alone.

Parties that attended a dance at Hollandtown last Saturday experienced pretty rough roads. One buggy and a bus tipped over both being damaged no one was injured. There is no excuse for the roads being in such bad condition. The town may be responsible to pay for damages.

John Cornelious, chief of the Oneida Indian tribe and last of the line of chiefs of that people, died at his home on the reservation Monday August 19. He was 78 years of age. For some time the government of the tribe has been in the hands of councilmen and sachems.   

B.T. Gilmore of this city has just platted a piece of ground about thirty acres whereon is to be located the coming town of Kimberly about three miles east from Appleton at the old Cedars dam says the Appleton Post. The paper making enterprise of Kimberly & Clark Co. there will employ about a hundred and fifty hands.

The present year will be a memorable one to Washington Territory, soon to be admitted as a state. Within a few weeks of each other the thriving cities of Seattle and Spokane Falls have been burned down.

There are 1711 Indians on the Oneida reservation. According to the allotment plan adopted each head of a family will receive ninety acres, persons over 18 years’ forty-five acres and children twenty-five acres. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Time Machine Trip to August 1967

August 2, 1967
Little Chute shut out Monona Grove 2-0 to annex its first Wisconsin State Semi-Pro Baseball championship in Madison. Earlier in the day the Chuters edged Madison American 8-7 to enter the championship round. In both games Hank Peerenboom entered the game as a relief pitcher and preserved the victory. Hank garnered three hits in the semi-final victory including a two-run home run.

August 4, 1967
Kaukauna National Guardsmen members of the 32nd Division were those called up for duty in the Milwaukee riot control. Those called are James and Frederick Steger, Ron Donnermeyer, Robert Schaefer, Jack Donnermeyer, William Jakl, Larry Greenwood, Lance Goetzman, Arthur Koehne, Don Wenzel. From Kimberly are Robert Munes and Leon Ebben.

August 9, 1967

Sgt. Thomas Pahl of Kaukauna was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with V for heroism in the Republic of Viet Nam theater in April of this year. Sgt. Pahl served as a Rifleman on a night waterborne assault mission near the village of Phu Due, Vietnam.

August 16, 1967 

Ronald Rademacher, Kaukauna, entered the Air Force undergoing basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

Wayne Hull set a course record for other golfers to shoot at when he fired a five under par 68 Sunday at the new Fox Valley club. 

The Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs will battle it out for the pro football championship in the Super Bowl for the second straight year, according to a pre-season poll of sportswriters. The Packers are also predicted to win it.

August 18, 1967
Hospitalman Robert W. Joosten, USN, Little Chute, is serving with the Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment in Vietnam. The unit is engaged in search out and destroy the enemy forces. The unit is also engaged in civic action designed to assist the Vietnamese people in completing building projects.

August 21, 1967

Alderman William Rogers, left and utility commissioner member Norbert Gerend, center, discuss “Operation Riverbank” activities while grader operator Harry Young of Fox Valley Construction looks on. 

August 25, 1967
Awards were won in the newspaper competitions recently by the Kaukauna Times are displayed by staff members. Left to right are Gary Schriver, news writer, Ron Kappmeyer, advertising staff man, Glenn Hansen, general assignments and Fred Kailhofer, news staff man.

 Van Dyn Hoven Buick 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Time Machine Trip to August 1888

August 3, 1888
The Publishers of The Times have, for some time now, been contemplating a change in the publication of this paper and have decided to issue a semi-weekly after this week. On each Wednesday and Saturday hereafter, the subscribers of The Times will find a sheet at the post office ready for delivery. The sheet will be a six-column folio-one half the size of the present sheet-and will contain besides a full and complete record of recent happenings, a liberal amount of the most important general news of the day.

“Mamma,” said the sweet small boy before admiring friends, “I knew as soon as I came in, there was folks visitin’ here.” “How did you know that” responded the fond mother. “Oh you had your company voice on.”

 The city of Green Bay has taken a new departure in the treatment of tramps. They have purchased an outfit of jewelry known as the ball and chain and henceforth all tramps caught within its borders will be set to work on the street with ornaments attached.

Lexington, O., - Charles Miranda, a brakeman on the railroad was killed as result of a falling from a train. There seems to be a strange fatality connected with this family, as this is the seventh son killed on the railroads.  

August 8, 1888
The Catholic Church in Hollandtown was struck by lightning on Thursday. The steeple was destroyed and some of the plastering was knocked off the wall of the interior.

Danville, W. Va., - Miss Mary Hudson an accomplished and wealthy young woman of 20 years, committed suicide on Saturday. She had a large number of admirers and left a note stating she preferred death to the risk of making a mistake in the selection of a husband.

General Phillip H. Sheridan, age 57 has passed away Aug. 6 of heart failure. The valiant hero passed away at his sea side home at Nonquitt, Mass. 

August 11, 1888
About seventy-five labors from this village found employment at the improvement near the Combined Locks.  The hotels are also doing a good business as a large number of men employed are board at Little Chute.
A 5-year-old son of M. Dovin had a narrow escape from drowning. While crossing the Lake Shore Bridge that crosses the rapids, he fell through into the water beneath. His rescue was remarkable there being no one with him at the time but a small boy, aged about seven years, who by a great effort succeeded in catching hold of his hand and helping him from the water. The little rescuer, Freddie Mundinger by name showed considerable heroism for so small a boy, and it was by his presence of mind that the boy escaped death.

Six thousand coal miners in the vicinity of Pittsburgh, Pa., struck on Tuesday against a reduction in wages. 

August 15, 1888
The smoke stack of the Kaukauna Paper company was completed on Saturday last. It is one hundred and ten feet high.

A witness before the immigration investigation committee told about what he knew about the sending of ex-convicts from English prisons.  He was sentenced to prison for life but upon his promising to go to America he was pardoned. He stated that only the worst prisoners were sent to America. 

August 18, 1888
Yesterday afternoon little six years old Willie, son of Louis Altendorf fell into the Fox River and drowned. He was playing upon the dock that is run in connection with Eden Park which is operated by his family. Another little boy who was with him ran for help and people rushed to the scene.

Pine Ridge Agency, Dakota Territory – A large band of Sioux Indians have left the Cheyenne Agency. It is feared that they contemplated the massacre of unprotected settlers on the Tongue and Power rivers. Two companies of cavalry are in pursuit.

August 22, 1888
The mammoth paper mill of G.A. Whiting at Menasha burned at 1 o'clock Thursday morning, and with the explosion of a rotary bleach therein fifteen men lost their lives and a large number were crushed, mangled and bruised. It was an awful night, the like of which was never experienced in this manufacturing valley.

August 25, 1888
The woods west of this city were on fire last night, and the light in the heavens arising there from caused many inquiries as to what was burning. It was thought at first that the new boarding house recently built at the combined locks improvement was on fire.

August 29, 1888
Dr. Tanner has been made the company's physician for the Kaukauna Paper Company, Union Pulp Company and the company owning the mill at the Combined Locks.