Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Time Machine Trip to October 1898

October 7, 1898
'The employees in the locomotive department at the Northwestern shops were reduced to the eight-hour day. They will quit work at 4 p.m.

“I here you have a little sister at your house,” said the Southside grocer to a small boy.
“Yes sir, “said Johnny “Do you like that” the grocer asked?
“I wish it was a boy,” said Johnny “So I could play baseball, tag and other things when he got bigger.” Well said the storekeeper “Why don’t to exchange your sister for a boy?”
Johnny reflected for a moment. Then he said rather sorrowfully:
“We can't now. It's too late. We used her for four days.”

Paul Juley will open his new hall at Rose Hill next Thursday with a dance, good music and good times for all.

Lilly - “The Widow Henpeck seems terribly cut up over her husband’s death.” Yes, she is, it was his last words that upset her. “Why what did he say?” He said that he was well prepared for the worst.

The case of Helmke vs. Oscar Thilmany, being the loss of a hand in the machinery at the Thilmany paper mill in 1896, was tried in the circuit court at Chilton and resulted in a non-suit, the court holding there was no legal liability. 

“G” the dog that accompanied the Appleton boys to Puerto Rico has been returned to its owner, D. Rounsville of Kaukauna, who prized him more than ever. The dog lost quite a little weight but was not long in regaining it after he got home.

October 14, 1898
Ponce, Porto Rico – It is well-grounded by the medical staff of the American army that the condition of the volunteer forces here necessitates their removal north. Monday shows 2700 in hospitals and 10,000 in quarters. That is 25 percent of the troops are on sick call.

The war may be over, but the paths of peace are still red with revenue stamps.

Virden, Ill., Oct. 13 – After a bloody battle, in which eleven were killed and thirty-four wounded, striking miners, detectives, guards, sheriff and deputy rest. In the battle Wednesday afternoon 700 striking miners were engaged by a posse of fifty Pinkerton and Thiele detectives who were guarding the train bringing in negro miners. The negro miners were brought from Alabama to take the places of miners here on strike.

Among the odd names in Jefferson county, Ind., are Rat Row, Possum Trot, Doe Run, Goat Hollow, Hog Trough, Mud Lick, Mollie’s Run, Carpet Allen, Gentry’s Bluff, Wash Board, Indian Sofa, Rabbit Hash, Ten Cent Pollywog, Sausage Row and Pig’s Eye.

The steady rain Wednesday night and all day yesterday proved disastrous to the water works contractors. The trenches where the pipe has not having been laid have the sides caved in and as result the streets are in horrible condition.

October 21, 1898
The north side public school has been closed this week on account of diphtheria; several new cases have been reported over the weekend.

October 28, 1898
The Wisconsin Telephone Company has put in a register on the telephone at the Hotel Brothers. There is a sort of a "nickel in the slot" attachment connected with the phone, and the apparatus refuses to work without pay.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Time Machine Trip to October 1907

October 4, 1907
The Kaukauna high school team is likely to prove to be a winning aggregation. Kaukauna made the score 10-0 in the first half as they defeated Menasha and would have added to it in the second half if not for the rank decisions of the referee. Griffith, Beulow and Lindberg were the greatest ground gainers for Kaukauna.

A. Golden & Co. have removed their second-hand store from Wisconsin Avenue to the southside on Second street next to Klumb’s wagon shop. They will continue to purchase hides, rags, scrap metal and old iron. They also buy second furniture.

October 11, 1907
The New London High school team met dire defeat here Saturday at the hands of the Kaukauna high football team the score totaling 39-0 at the end of the game. The home team handled the ball on the forward pass in a manner which brought them great gains proving it a most effective method of scoring touchdowns.

October 18, 1907

Chicago baseball champions are “World Champions” for the first time in baseball history the big pennant symbol will float over Chicago National League park next season. The Chicago warriors made themselves world beaters by winning their fourth straight victory over Detroit’s American League champions. The score was 2-0 and that puts four knots in the Tiger’s tail that never will come out.

J.G. Fechter and Father Dusolt, assistant at Holy Cross church, made a record breaking automobile run from Sherwood late Monday afternoon. They were visiting friends and started for home at 5 o’clock and were at Father Rohde’s residence just twenty minutes later. The distance covered ten miles. When slow moving wagons saw the dust coming toward they cleared the road as the automobile shot by them with the speed of an express train.

The giant turbine steamship Lusitania is queen of the ocean. She crossed the Atlantic in four days and fifteen hours beating all other records. The Lusitania beat its old record by nine hours.  In every way, she is the fastest ocean steamship in the world.  

October 25, 1907
Uncle Sam is planning to distribute during the coming year nearly 5,000,000 acres of land. This will be the biggest distribution since Oklahoma was opened. The land is located on eight different Indian reservation in four states.

The new eight-hour child labor law, which went into effect in New York State will have an important bearing on the children of the state. The law will protect 700,000 children on New York City alone. It is expected that this will materially affect attendance at the public schools.

Again, the Kaukauna high school football team has demonstrated its superiority by defeating the DePere high school team by the score of 7-0.

Appleton – The Appleton Coated Paper company started up its new mill at Appleton Tuesday morning. The plant manufactures white enamel book paper and is the only one in the state.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Time Machine Trip to October 1889

October 4, 1889
A condemned criminal in England must be allowed to see three Sundays between his sentence and his execution.

Nothing makes so much noise as a rickety wagon, with nothing in it unless it be a man who insists on talking when he has nothing to say. 

Texas employed its convicts last year in raising sugar cane and refining the juice. They not only supported themselves but made $65,000 for the state. Some folks are saying that state ought to withdraw the convicts and let honest industry reap the benefits.

October 11, 1889
Almost daily some weary sportsman can be seen returning from a day's hunt, and almost invariably comes back as he goes without game. Hunting in this locality is about done for.

Jamboree, W. Va. Oct. 4. – The old Hatfield-McCoy feud has broken out again and at least three more lives have been taken. The shooting occurred at a marriage of Peter McCoy’s daughter and John Hand, a relative of the Hatfield gang. Members of both families had sworn to prevent the union. As the couple were about to say their vows a volley of shots poured thought the window killing them and the minister.  

At the common council meeting Tuesday evening a letter was received from Oshkosh. It was from the Chinaman whose property was destroyed in the riot on the south side of Kaukauna. It stated that the case could be settled by the payment of $550 and all cost incurred. The TIMES believes that this case should be settled at once. The sooner it is settled the less the cost to settle. There is no doubt the city is responsible for the property that was destroyed.  Southside marshal Wm. Sludy made no effort to stop the attack. Let the city settle and then bring those who participated in the riot be arrested and punished.  

The Grand View Hotel has been thoroughly lined for electric lights. Every room in the house will supplied with a globe.

October 18, 1889
Helf Bros. will build a new brewery on the south side, work having been commenced this week. The capacity will be 10,000 barrels of beer per year or about double the amount being manufactured at the present works.  

John Earles, who canvassing the City for the Kaukauna Electric Light Company, has reported there is very laughable objections to putting in the lights. Some people would put them in if they were free. Others object to the electric wires in homes as very dangerous and would expect to depart this life within a few days if they were installed. The Times office has been wired for lights this week. 

While labors were excavating for a cellar on the south side yesterday they exhumed the remains of two people, a grown person and a child. They were not Indians but civilized people as they were buried in wooden boxes about 30 or more years ago.  The bodies which were believed to be that of early French settlers were placed in new coffins and reburied in the cemetery.  The owner of the lot's wife stated, she will not live in the house if it is built on the lot.
Peter Topic, a brakeman of the Lake Shore road lost a finger while coupling cars on Friday. Mr. Wells, a brakeman for the Northwestern road lost the toes on his right foot when a train car passed over his foot. 

The new French Army law extends the age of liability to service from 45 years to fifty.


Chicago, Ill., Oct. 11 – A good looking young woman from Australia arrived in Chicago last night after a 10,000-mile journey in pursuit of a married man who had wedded her under pretence that he was single. The fellow is now in jail.

October 25, 1889
Among the novelties possessed by Kaukauna, is that of a woman barber who presides over the tonsorial parlors with as much success as her competitors of the sterner sex. Her name is Mrs. Abele and she came from Fond du Lac, where she learned the trade, in a shop owned by her husband.

Milwaukee – Manager Litt, of the Bijou theatre has been sued for $2500 damages by several colored people who were excluded from the opera house. 

The air has been smoky about this place lately a sure indication that forest fires are raging about us.

Patrick Murphy, a brakeman on the Lake Shore railway was run over in Forest Junction and killed. The wheels passed over his chest and he was cut in half. He was a single man of 26 years of age from the south side of Kaukauna.  He was a great favorite among the “boys.”

Articles of incorporation have been filed with the register of deeds for the Kaukauna Electric Light Company which is organized to establish and maintain a plant for the generation of power.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Time Machine Trip to October 1967

October 4, 1967
A2C Donovan Dain, Kaukauna, has been promoted to A1C at Nelles Air Force Base, Los Vegas, Nevada.  He has been in service since June 1964.

John A. Esler, a 1967 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, has become an associate in the law firm of Esler and Green.

Mr. Robert Grogan, Kaukauna Postmaster, is shown presenting National Safety Council “Save-driving Awards’ to four Postal employees. Right to left Mr. Grogan, George Vanden Hogen, Robert Wittman, Donald Wenzel and Jack Tulloch.

October 6, 1967
Marine Private Rodney Bonjean, Kaukauna, completed two weeks of advance training at the Marine Corps base.  

The Kaukauna high school cross-country team swept to their second win of the season as they won a four-team run at Oakwood Hills Golf Course on Tuesday. Carl Haack was the top Ghost runner finishing in the third spot. He followed by teammates Nick Popp, Terry Van Wychen and Don Kerkhof.

Three weeks ago, the scoreboard at Lambeau Field read 17-17 after the defending World Champion Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions fought to an indecisive and unsatisfactory outcome in their League opener.  Now, three weeks later the two teams will meet at Tiger Stadium, Detroit to settle the feud over the Central Division.

The Kaukauna law firm of McCarty, Swetz and Curry has announced a new addition to their firm in the person of R. Thomas Cane.

October 11, 1967
It was the case of the good “small” school winning over the good “big” school in the football game between Little Chute St. John and Appleton Xavier. Oscar Schuler provided all the scoring punch for the fired-up Chuters in their first win ever over Appleton Xavier by a final tally of 21-14. Schuler climaxed the first Little Chute scoring drive as he plunged over the line following a 93-yard drive.  

Kaukauna’s high school gridders finally got their offense rolling last Friday evening at New London and defeated the Bulldogs by a final score of 28-0.  Coach Harry Wilson went with his sophomores in the backfield starting Gary Mathis as quarterback with Steven Dreier and Paul Fassbender at the running backs.  

October 13, 1967
Last Sunday the Green Bay Packers answer critics with a strong win over the Detroit Lions 27-17 to take a two-game lead in the Central Division. They have extended their undefeated streak to 17 consecutive wins. Starting quarterback Zeke Bratkowski again filling in for the injured Bart Starr, completed 12 of 19 pass attempts for 2 touchdowns.

October 18, 1967
The Kaukauna High School cross-country team won the Mid-Eastern Conference Meet Saturday at Oakwood Hills Golf Course, giving Kaukauna its second title in that sport in the school's history. Kaukauna had four runners finish in the top ten in Nick Popp (3rd), Carl Haack (5th), Don Kerkhof (6th), and Bob Kneepkens (7th). Kaukauna's fifth man was Dan Siebers who finished 16th to complete the Kaukauna point total. Don Jensen is the Kaukauna coach.

The Kaukauna High School Cross Country team won the Mid-Eastern Conference championship.  Left to right are Carl Haack, Don Kerkhof, Captain Terry Van Wychen, Nick Popp and Bob Kneepkins. Standing Coach Don Jensen, Don Bloy, Kent Luedtke, Bill Konen, Bob DeCoster, Gordie McDaniels, Dan Siebers, Ken Van Wychen and manager Bill Smith. 

U.S. Air Force Captain Louis McGoey, Kaukauna, has been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal at Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam, for meritorious service against Viet Cong forces.  

“Through rain, snow. Sleet and hail …. nothing shall delay him from his appointed rounds…”  Let’s see now who would this apply to?” The mailman? But I am referring to the Times newsboy. Every Wednesday and Friday morning he hauls himself out of bed bright and early.  He picks of his newspapers, folds them and stuffing them in a sack he follows his route delivering the local newspapers.

October 25, 1967

One of the last remaining landmarks of Kaukauna’s railroading days disappeared from the southside business area last week to make room for an employee parking lot for Badger Northland. The building was known as the Thompson Memorial Building but the railroad old-timers refer to it as the YMCA. 

October 27, 1967

The Green Bay Packers continued their winning ways Sunday with a resounding 48-21 victory over the New York Giants and now turn their attention to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Packer offence of Bart Starr led his forces to 397 yards with 249 yards rushing in the New York game.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Time Machine Trip to October 1888

October 3, 1888
As we are preparing to go to press to-day news comes of the shocking death of Fred Hedke, an employee at the Badger Paper mill. While working about the machinery at half-past twelve, his apron caught in a shaft and he was dashed against the wall striking his head with such violence that he was instantly killed.

The buffalo is now so scarce in the west that live specimens are worth from $500 to $1000 apiece. The day is not distant when the boneman will market the last relic of this much-hunted animal.

October 6, 1888
Last Sunday, by order of the Pope, a requiem mass was said in every Catholic church on the globe. The first time such an event ever occurred. The event commemorated the close of the Pope's Jubilee.

A counterfeiter who was caught in New York trying to pass a spurious note swallowed the bill.

The financial success of the Kaukauna Building and Loan association is inspiring the establishing of similar institutions in the cities around here.

October 10, 1888
Last Sunday marked an era in Methodism in Kaukauna, the occasion being the dedication of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The services of the day were of unusual interest.

October 13, 1888

The Dutch Kermis dances were celebrated this week for three days at Little Chute and Dundas.

The new “cooler” was christened Wednesday night. A young man from near Holland was the christener, His pugilistic propensities caused has arrest.
The steamer Evelyn collided with the bridge in passing through this city last Friday. The bridge was slightly damaged.

October 17, 1888
People who had occasion to cross the river on Sunday morning last wondered at the muddy appearance of the stream near the south bank. On investigation, it was learned that a break had taken place in the coffer dam at the Combined Locks improvements the night before, flooding the mill site and rendering work upon the same impossible until the break in the dam could be repaired and the water pumped out.

October 27, 1888
When Mr. C. H. Posson was driving into town one evening, from his home just outside the city limits, he was confronted by three tramps who locked arms and endeavored to block the road. The situation looked a little dubious for Mr. Posson but he dispelled its difficulties by striking his horse a sharp and sudden blow which took him through the ranks of the intruders before they had time to make any opposition. One of the men was knocked down, and the buggy ran over his feet.

October 31, 1888
John Schubring, teamster for the Kaukauna Lumber and Manufacturing Company had a narrow escape from death yesterday. While watering his horses at the fountain near the mill, the whistles blew for noon and the horses took fright and ran. Schubring was standing in front and between the animals, and was dragged along with them for quite a distance. He was fearfully cut and bruised about the head (10 stitches), two ribs were broken and his ankle wrenched.

Washington, D.C., - The President issued a proclamation this afternoon designating Thursday, November 29, as a day of Thanksgiving and prayer throughout the United States. 
 The south side Railroad Shop employees took time out for a picture.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time Machine Trip to September 1912

September 6, 1912
William Powers of Holland reported the electrical storm of Sunday night the worst in years in that vicinity. A number of trees in his pasture and fields were struck and torn to splinters by the lightning. Mr. Powers considers he was lucky that his horses, which were in the pasture under the trees, were not killed.

Three people drown in the Fox River in Appleton Thursday evening, having gone over the upper dam in a gasoline launch.  The engine failed to work and the swift current swept the boat over the falls. Harold Schultz was operating the motor when it failed. He was with his mother, Mrs. Charles Schultz and a neighbor Mrs. Frank Diener.

Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Allis of Milwaukee, arrived to visit relatives in Kaukauna Monday, by auto. They reported it a grueling trip over muddy roads, Through deep sink holes and across dangerous bridges. At one point a puddle in the road was so deep it stopped the engine. A farmer with a team pulled them out. Mr. Allis says no more Wisconsin trips.

September 13, 1912
Renn & Co., wood and coal dealers, are building an innovation in the way of an elevator and car unloader for handling clippings.  The elevator has been built about thirty feet high and twenty feet square.

September 20, 1912

Word came from Atlantic City states that girls no longer are to be seen along the beach unprotected by stocking. Now the girls are protesting that the men should be treated likewise.

Emil Hoeft, employed at the Kaukauna Fibre company, was quite badly injured this morning by being caught in the belt of the chipper. He was taken to his room at Dreger’s where he is boarding. He is a single man about 40 years old.  

The Seymour fair management has contracted the Mills Aviators of Chicago to give flights there. The Mills Aviators have given rides at many fairs throughout Wisconsin.

Miss Rosia Mangold had her hair caught in the fast running machinery of a typesetting machine. Miss Mangold came close to being scalped and only escaped by the machine being promptly shut off. She was taken home and told to rest for a few days.

September 27, 1912
This week the Training School will have completed the first fortnight of its existence. The total enrollment is twenty-five with students from Kaukauna, Seymour, Shiocton, West De Pere and the towns of Kaukauna and Buchanan.

If there were Carnegie medal for ideal husbands, a Chicago man surely should be so decorated. He weighs nearly 200 lbs. and by trade is a boiler maker. He found he could not earn as much as his 98lb wife who works as a dressmaker. He proposed to do all the housework including taking care of the baby. His wife would then be the family breadwinner.

The local rural mail carriers will get a raise in salary under a new law passed by the post office department. The carriers with a twenty-mile route will receive $1,100 per year.

Peter Reuter, who left Kaukauna six years ago to enter the United States Marine corps, came back to his native town Saturday. Since leaving he has traveled in many lands and climates and by his looks has benefitted much. He has also gained educationally in his service.

While excavating at the new Thilmany pulp plant on the Grignon flat last week workmen found two Indian skulls bones and artifacts in a former Indian mound. The legend is that once a great cannon located on the hills on the east side of the river swept the Indian village which was known to have existed here. Lawrence college gathered many choice relics from the mounds for their museum. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Time Machine Trip to September 1902

September 5, 1902
The season for long hair and pads is almost here. The more a football player can make his caput look like the Paderewski, the better appearance he makes on the gridiron.

The statues of the twelve apostles were received Wednesday by St, Mary’s society. They are in terra cotta, except two which are intended to decorate the altar, which are in Carrara Marble.

A freight wreck here yesterday afternoon in front of the Wisconsin division depot on the northside made kindling wood of a flat car, a clover holler and a threshing machine.

September 12, 1902
A peculiar and very painful accident happened here Saturday afternoon to C. L. Sanborn of Minneapolis, who was engaged in covering the roof of the Kaukauna mill with tar.  He had reached the highest part of the roof when he slipped and the contents covered him from head to foot, burning his body terribly. Physicians think his eyes can be saved, and that he will recover. He told the attending physicians he just wants to go home as soon as possible to his wife and daughter.

September 19, 1902
The post office department has issued a new order to go into effect on October 1, with regard to the rural mail routes throughout the county. A mail box must be erected by the roadside, so that the carrier can easily obtain access to it without dismounting the vehicle.

September 26, 1902
The old reservoir at the corner of Third street and Main avenue which furnished the water supply for fires before the water works system was put in is being filled in.

Dr. Victor Kutchin, the people's doctor, who has been coming to Kaukauna on monthly visits for years, has been confined to his bed at his home in Dartford. For the first time in years, he failed to meet his patients last month and will not be able to do so the coming week. His physicians say he will be on his feet by the end of October.

Now that the women are to vote this year the board of registry will have more than the usual amount of work in most cities. All women who plan to vote for state and county positions, as the law allows them to do, will have to register before the election which falls on Nov. 4. This year the elections board meets on October 7 and 28. This gives the persons who desire to vote two opportunities to register.