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Kaukauna History, by Organization


April 28, 1944: The A&P Company announced the opening of a new store in the Elks Building on Second Street Thursday evening. The business will be under the management of Irving G. Van Zummeren.

American Legion Post 41

April 12, 1944: The boys overseas, serving in the Armed Forces have been sent 200,000 cigarettes, according to E. G. Haas financial officer of Kaukauna Post 41 American Legion.

June 9, 1944: At the meeting of post 41, American Legion Tuesday evening Al Weiss was elected the new commander.

July 8, 1960: Plans by the American Legion to establish a new club house at the end of 7th Street was voted down by the city council after a group of residents from the area objected to the idea.

March 1963: Kaukauna’s Post 41 will celebrate its 44th birthday. A special 45 year membership cards will be issued to 5 members. They are Walter Lucht, Harry Treptow, Art Schubring, Matt Verfurth and Lyle Webster. All five of these men have the distinction of having joined the American Legion while still stationed in France following World War I.

June 28, 1963: The 1963 American Legion picnic will be held for the first time on the outskirts of the City beyond highway “OO” adjacent to the new Legion club. In addition to the eight carnival rides there will be many stands on the midway.

September 13, 1963: The former American Legion clubhouse on Oak Street, located just east of the Kaukauna High School, will be purchased by the board of education. The approved price for the building is $4,000. The structure will be removed by March 1, 1964 and the land will be used for additional parking.

Badger Northland

January 13, 1960: An estimated 500 persons, including Badger Northland employees and dealers, salesmen and distributors of company products, their wives and guests, were on hand Monday for the dedication of the new addition to the Badger plant, which featured talks by Governor Gaylord Nelson, E. H. Jennings, Chairman of the Board of the Thilmany Pulp and Paper Company, Mayor Joseph Bayorgeon and firm president, Vincent Rohlf. All of the talks were well received by the crowd and the dedication ceremony came off as a success.

February 3, 1960: Badger Northland employees voted by 7-1 margin to settle contract negations for 1960. The employees had voted 4 to 1 to strike on February 24th unless wage increases were granted.

February 5, 1960: Badger Northland’s tenth anniversary in Kaukauna will be observed today with an open house. Guides will greet the guests and escort them through the plant.

May 13, 1960: Four residents of the Soviet Union were visitors in Kaukauna this week. They had come to tour the Badger Northland plant and see the equipment that their country had purchased. They are currently touring America for 31 days looking at farm equipment.

February 15, 1961: A two year contract covering 1961 and 1962 was signed recently by the Badger Northland employees with the company. A nine cent per hour increase was negotiated for 1961 plus shift differentials. The 1962 contract includes an increase of ten cents per hour.

May 2, 1962: A ground-breaking ceremony on the new Badger Northland Inc. plant, to be located at the corner of highways 41 and 55 in Kaukauna, has been set for 10:00 am today.

February 13, 1963: Badger Northland reports a 26 per cent increase on sales during the six months ended December 31, 1962.

Badger Paper Mill

August 14, 1885: The work of building the flume for the new Badger Paper mill is progressing as rapidly as possible. In the meantime Kline Bros. Flour Mill, the Bradner Smith pulp mill, and the Delaney machine shop are shut down for want of water. However, they are all improving the time by making necessary repairs and will be ready to run with full force when the water is again let into the canal. The railroad shops have the advantage of other factories on an occasion like this, their flume being above the head gates of the canal, and receive their water direct from the river.

November 13, 1885: The smoke stack of the Badger Paper Mill which is now under process of construction will be 137 feet high.

November 27, 1885: An electric clock has recently been placed in the office of the Badger Paper Co. This time piece is very ingeniously contrived, and has an attachment which will indicate whether or not the workmen at the mill are on duty. The watchmen will be required to report every half hour during the night and if they fail to do so this clock will show it.

June 15, 1888: The Frambach pulp grinder is the invention of Col. H. A. Frambach, paper manufacturer, treasurer of the Badger Paper Co. His original grinder made a ton of dry pulp by utilizing only 100 horse power, and the improved machine now makes 3,000 pounds with the same power. He has just invented an improved grinder that uses but 35 horsepower, in making a ton of pulp. The principles underlying the construction of them are new.

February 7, 1890: The Badger Paper Company has decided to erect a sulphite plant in Kaukauna, just west of its present structure, and the dimensions of the new building are to be 40×115, two stories high, and built of wood. The new mill will start out with a capacity of 5,000 pounds in twenty-four hours, but everything will be built so that the output can be increased to 15,000 pounds.

June 16, 1893: One of the Badger mill teams became frightened at a switch engine last Saturday and plunged into the tailrace back of the mill. The horses were taken out uninjured with the aid of ropes.

Bank of Kaukauna

June 26, 1885: The Bank of Kaukauna has recently built a vault in their building, which for proof against fire and burglars is equal to any in the country. The vault is built of stone and brick, and is seven by nine feet in the interior. It is provided with shelves, etc., for storing books and papers. The entrance is guarded with two large, heavy doors both of which, of course, have combination locks attached. In addition to all this is a small steel burglar proof safe placed within the vault, which will protect the funds of the bank against any attack. This safe is provided with a time lock in addition to the ordinary combination.

June 9, 1893: Owing to the suspension of many banking institutions about the country people are beginning to distrust even the soundest of banking houses and the fear of loss spread to Kaukauna this week. On Tuesday last a loan was negotiated at the First National Bank but the party seeking it was refused. He at once circulated a report that he could not get any money at the bank that it was insolvent and as a natural consequence a certain class of depositors became alarmed and a run was started. Tuesday afternoon many deposits were withdrawn. Wednesday morning a large crowd had gathered to withdraw their money. The doors of the bank were opened promptly at 9 o’clock with President H. A. Frambach at the cashier’s desk to assist the position of the affairs and guarantee the payment of all deposits. Business men came forward promptly and made large deposits this helping to dispel the fear that there had been aroused in the minds of a few. Quiet was restored by 10 o’clock and the usual routine a banking business taken up.

March 3, 1944: Leo J. Milo, cashier of the Bank of Kaukauna was elected president of the Kaukauna Advancement Association at the annual meeting of the Board of Directors held at the Hotel Kaukauna dining room Tuesday evening. Plans were made to hold the 1944 membership campaign early in the year.

Benotch Fuel and Supply

January 5, 1944: John Benotch, 77, passed away December 23 at his home after a short illness. He was the owner of the Benotch Fuel and Supply Company.

Black’s Quarry

June 1, 1888: J. W. Black has opened a stone quarry near the fifth lock.

Charlesworth’s Drug Store

May 11, 1888: Probably no one thing has caused such a general revival of trade at Charlesworth’s Drug Store as their giving away to their customers so many free bottles of Dr. King’s New Discovery for consumption. Their trade is simply enormous in this very valuable article from the fact that it always cures and never disappoints. Coughs, colds, asthma, bronchitis, croup, and all throat and lung diseases quickly cured. You can test before buying, by getting a trial bottle free.

May 25, 1888: Soda water can now be purchased at F. M. Charlesworth’s Drug Store. Frank started his “fizzer” on Monday of this week and has been enjoying a rushing business.

Coffey Motors

June 12, 1963: A yearling buck wandered into Kaukauna Saturday morning and got tied up in city traffic on the Southside of town. Taking a wrong turn on Third Street, the deer leaped through a plate glass window at Coffey Motors, 103 East Third Street. The animal was finally subdued with ropes and a tranquilizing drug. The deer was released in the wild outside of town.

Congregational Church

May 11, 1888: The First Congregational Church of Kaukauna was dedicated on May 6th. Nine months ago the little church began the repairs and enlargement. There was more “you can do it” class of people than “you can’t do it” people. The total price of the changes is $2500.

May 27, 1892: Ground was broken for the new Congregational parsonage on the north side last Saturday the residence will cost about $1100.

January 20, 1893: The new Congregational church on the Southside was dedicated Sunday. Rev. Q. L. Dowd is organizer and first pastor of the church.

Dick’s Drive In

March 16, 1960: At Dick’s Drive-In, Hamburgers, French Fries and Triple Milk Shakes all sell for 20c.

Ditter Plumbing

July 4, 1963: A long established Kaukauna business passed from the city scene this week when Joseph and Gene Ditter announced that they are retiring. The Ditter Plumbing and heating firm was founded by their father Walter Ditter in 1906.

Eden Park

June 17, 1887: Eden Park was formally opened over the past weekend on which occasion four hundred people participated in the festivities. Although reference has often been made to the new park and summer resort of Louis Altendorf on the south side of the river few people have seen the place or can realize that such a beautiful park is within a walk of the business district part of the city. The natural beauty of this location has made perfect wonder and a delight to the fastidious eye. Situated southwest of the city on the magnificent view of the Fox River in the midst of a fine grove is built a fine hotel. Nothing is lacking for the comfort of its guests. Among the entertaining features a bowling alley had been built on the east end of the building. Fine gravel walkways lead here and there; handsome fountains are placed at both north and west entrances. The ten acre park has rustic bridges over streams allowing visitors to travel though the Park. This park is destined to become a popular resort for excursionists from all parts using the boat landings for steamboats and railroad stop for trains.

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.

April 30, 1897: The Times reporter strolled out to Eden Park one day this week and found that a great change
has been wrought in this place since the new man Dan Stock, of Milwaukee, has assumed
management. The hall and other rooms have been newly painted and decorated and present a
neat and tidy appearance. Stock says he intends to once more make this a popular resort
for family picnics, parties, etc. Stock has had the bowling alley improved and other
things will be pleased to accommodate clubs on selected evenings each week

Electa Quinney Middle School

March 11, 1966: “Electa Quinney”, was selected by the Board of Education as the name of the new elementary-junior high school now under construction on Kaukauna’s south side. The
school was named after Miss Electa Quinney, who taught in a mission school established in Kaukauna in 1827. Miss Quinney was the sister of John W. Quinney, the celebrated Stockbridge Indian, who was instrumental in founding the school.


January 8, 1892: The year 1892 started rather disastrously for Kaukauna, quite a destructive conflagration being recorded for the first night. About 2:45 Saturday morning, an alarm of fire was sounded and those who hastened out found the destructive element fast devouring the bakery and restaurant conducted by D. W. Larkin on Second Street. The fire had completely enveloped the bakery before the department turned on a stream of water, and the building adjoining occupied by G. W. Fargo & Sons soon took fire and burned despite the effort of the fire laddies.

January 15, 1893: G.W. Fargo and son have opened a store for the present in a building on Second Street most recently used for the high school. They will probably build in the spring.

April 19, 1963: Open house was held Saturday and Sunday at the new Fargo Funeral Home at Depot Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

Farmers and Merchants (F&M) Bank

June 16, 1961: The Farmers and Merchant Bank is celebrating its 50th Anniversary today with an open house all day. The bank was organized by a group of businessmen and area farmers with assets of $60,000. The bank was located at 212 Main Street in 1916. In 1922 it was moved to the NE corner of Main Street and 2nd Street. In 1933 the bank consolidated with the First National Bank and moved to their location across the street to the SE corner of Main and 2nd Street. In 1955 the bank moved into a new building on Dodge Street where it is today. The current assets of the bank have increased 100 times from the beginning in 1916 and now stand at $6,000,000.

April 27, 1966: Thomas Look, formally of Little Chute, has been added to the staff of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Kaukauna. The appointment was announced by John VanDeLoo, executive vice president of the bank.

Faust’s Music Store

April 30, 1897: The old fire alarm bell, although cracked, has not yet outlived its term of usefulness. It
can be found at all hours at the corner of Faust’s Music Store, doing duty as a fountain
basin filled with water from the artesian well in the rear of Faust’s store.

Feller Hardware

May 26, 1893: Peter Feller, the north side hardware merchant took part in an incident last Monday that he will not care to repeat. Just as he stepped into the small building which stood on the brink of the bank back of his store, the building tipped over and rolled down the hill, with Feller inside. Feller says he was knocked almost unconscious not realizing what had happened. He was quite bruised up but fortunately no bones were broken.

Fletcher and Lang

June 6, 1890: Three men entered Fletcher and Lang’s store last Saturday evening and asked to be shown some pants. After looking over the pile, two of them turned the opposite side the store to examine underwear leaving the third, who carried an overcoat over his arm. When Mr. Fletcher’s attention was distracted elsewhere the third-party slipped six pair trousers within the fold of his overcoat and took his departure soon being followed by the remaining two. Several boys outside notice the bundle carried by the man and mistrusting something wrong reported the fact to the store where an inventory was taken and goods found to be missing. Policemen Kuehn and Reardon were notified forthwith in a short time the three culprits were under arrest and lodged in the cooler. Monday morning Justice Wirtz gave them 60, 30 and 20 days. While in route to the county jail one man jumped from the train in Kimberly but was captured later that day.

Giddings and Lewis

October 12, 1960: Giddings and Lewis, a 199-year old builder of machine tools in Fond du Lac has moved the manufacture of its Bickford line of drilling products to the newly enlarged quarters in Kaukauna. With the move
key personnel and the newest machines will be moved here.

March 11, 1966: A two-story air-conditioned structure of steel and masonry has been completed at Giddings and Lewis in Kaukauna and will serve as a new headquarters for engineering and production personnel. In addition to the new office building, the firm’s foundry facilities have been expanded by 15,000 square feet to permit a 25% increase in cast iron production capacity. The office will accommodate 30 salaried personnel. Giddings and Lewis employs a total of 440 persons in Kaukauna

April 1, 1966: The merger of the Giddings and Lewis Machine Tool Company and the Gisholt Co., Madison, was announced Thursday. Giddings and Lewis is based in Fond du Lac, but has a foundry and drilling machines plant in Kaukauna that employs 440 men.

Gordon’s Clothing

A fire destroyed the Gordon Clothing store at 120 E. 2nd Street along with the upstairs
apartment Tuesday evening. All members of the family including Mr. and Mrs. Zuehl and
four children escaped without injury, but none of their personal effects were saved.

Grandview Hotel

October 11, 1889: The Grandview Hotel has been thoroughly lined for electric lights. Every room in the house will be supplied with a globe.

February 19, 1892: Boarders at the Grandview Hotel are treated to amusing show last Saturday evening, It seems that during the day a well-known traveling insurance agent put up in the hotel in the evening after the train from the north had arrived, surprising landlord Heid by registering himself and his wife for the night. John knew the agent was not married and proceeded to question him being informed that his marriage had occurred some time previous. Satisfied the story was a fabrication, John kept his eye opening soon learns that the wife was a married woman from Appleton with somewhat unsavory reputation. The traveling insurance agent was again summoned with a request to take his baggage and leave. Heid grabbed the fellow by this back of his trousers and collar and instructed him in the art of walking.

June 23, 1893: The grand view hotel was filled with bridge man Wednesday, who had come here to bid on the iron bridge to be put in at Little Chute. Chairman Brill and Devine of Buchanan and Kaukauna were present and opened the sealed bids. The contract was let to the Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Works of Milwaukee for $2900.

The Grill

January 27, 1960: The Grill restaurant has moved from the former location on West Wisconsin to a new location on East Wisconsin Avenue.


March 25, 1938: The Gustman Chevrolet sales has purchased the William VanLieshout garage and property at 222 Lawe Street. Moving operations are now in progress and a formal opening
will be held on April 1, according to A. A. Gustman Pres. and manager. The new quarters will afford about twice as
much space as the former garage on E. 3rd Street, Mr. Gustman said. Mr. Gustman has been in the garage business in Kaukauna during the last 10 years.

Haas Hardware

May 17, 1963: Petitions are being circulated for the repeal of a law banning the display of merchandise on the sidewalks. In an effort to protest the present law, Haas Hardware has set up a display of lawnmowers in the street.

Haas Lumber Mill

September 6, 1889: Haas and Breier, south side contractors, have recently received orders to build four new homes in Kimberly for mill employees there. The homes will be built for $700 each.

March 25, 1892: Haas and Breier have secured the old machine shop building on the Island, together with ground enough for a large yard room and are now laying in a stock of lumber.

April 8, 1892: Haas and Breier, contractors and builders have secured the old machine shop building on the Island along with ground enough for large yard room and are laying in a stock of lumber.

June 16, 1893: The heaviest rainstorm of the year struck this vicinity Tuesday morning. The cloudburst caused considerable damage, especially on the South side of town, every cellar in town was flooded within minutes and several of the businesses, especially Butler & Guassenhainer and Haas and Breier suffered severe damages to stocks.

Hartjes Electric

David Hartjes had started in Little Chute in 1933 after he graduated from electrical school in Chicago. In 1936, Hartjes moved to Kaukauna and operated an electrical service repair and sales shop. In 1944, Hartjes purchased the Radder building (109 East Third) and moved Hartjes Electric there. Around August 1945, Hartjes purchased the corner of Third and Main containing the Stroetz grocery and Bemke tavern. He planned to have them demolished to make way for a “modern business block” with large windows on both Main and Third.

February 24, 1956: Dave Hartjes, manager of Hartjes Electric company, was elected president of the Kaukauna Advancement Association at a meeting of the board of directors this week. He had been active in the advancement Association since he came to Kaukauna as a youthful electrical contractor in 1936.

Hauschel Tavern

Mid-July 1939: Maron Hauschel opened a tavern at 110 East Third. The building had been previously owned by Jacob Miller, but was damaged by fire. Hauschel completely remodeled the building.

Late August 1939: An old storage shed was on fire, causing damage to the roof and door. The concrete shed was used by the Kaukauna Times to store waste paper.

January 7, 1944: The fire started about 6:30 Thursday morning in the basement of the Stroetz Food Market located at 216 Main Avenue. A kerosene stove which was used to heat water exploded according to Henry Esler, fire chief. Other structures in the area that sustained damages were Norman Foxgrover, barber shop, Maron Hauschel Tavern and the Kaukauna Times building.

Helf Brewery

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.

April 16, 1897: Articles of incorporation were filed by the Heif Bros. Brewing company of this city. Incorporators being Jacob Heif, John Heif and Alexander Stoeger, the capital stock is placed at $25,000.

Hilgenberg Lanes

June 24, 1960: Henry (Hank) Minkebige has a scrapbook bulging with yellow clippings as to testimony to the 55 years he reigned as King of Kaukauna Keglers. Hank was clutchman on the 1920 state championship team and later won 14 national, state and regional bowling events. His 719 series stood as a city record for 25 years. Hank began bowling and pin setting at Hilgenberg Lanes, the present site of the Bowling Bar on Wisconsin Avenue.

Holy Cross Catholic Church

December 28, 1888: One of the most beautiful of all the Christmas gifts we have gazed upon is to be found at the Holy Cross church. It is the “Crib of Bethlehem” and was presented by the ladies society to the church. It is indeed a beautiful and artistic piece oil work and one that will not fail to attract universal attention. It is a representation of the building in which our Savior was born, showing the interior thereof, with the cows and horses lying upon the floor near by. The exterior or surrounding thereto is also given, showing the overhanging cliffs, trees, herds of sheep, shepherds, etc. The whole scene, if such we may be allowed to call it, occupies a space about eight feet by five feet and is several feet high. It is rather difficult to describe its beauty, and must be seen to be appreciated.

April 28, 1893: Plans are being drawn up by architect Dean of Appleton for new rectory to be built this season by the Holy Cross church. The building will be a handsome two-story structure fully equipped with heating apparatus etc. The cost will be in the neighborhood of $5000.

July 28, 1961: Razing was started this week on the 67-year-old rectory of Holy Cross church. The construction cost of the building in 1894 was $3,500.

Hotel Brothers

February 15, 1901: Unknown parties broke into Hotel Brothers and cleaned out one of the slot machines of $15 or $20, all in nickels.

Hotel Kaukauna

April 5, 1944: Thomas Mislinski has purchased the Hotel Kaukauna from the First Realty investment company and took possession Saturday, April 1. He plans to renovate the hotel as soon as materials become available; in the meantime, he will operate the hotel in its present condition. The hotel has been owned by First Realty for the past 20 years and has been operated under the part-time management of Julius J. Martin during the last 12 years. It is Mislinski’s intention to offer the community an outstanding hotel and one that travelers will enjoy stopping at.

Immanuel United Church of Christ

May 25, 1962: Immanuel United Church of Christ will celebrate their Diamond Anniversary this Sunday. Rev. John Scheib, who served as pastor at the church from 1930 to 1958 will be in charge of the 10:00 worship service which will begin the day long 75th anniversary celebration. The church was founded May 22, 1887 by the Rev. Jacob Bollenbacher.

February 27, 1963: Rev. John Scheib, former pastor of Immanuel United Church, died Saturday, at the age of 60, after a short illness. He was pastor at Immanuel United Church in Kaukauna for 28 years. He left Kaukauna in September of 1958 after he was elected as the first president of the North Wisconsin Synod.

Jirikowic Tavern

William Jirikowic had a tavern at 727 Desnoyer in 1938. In April 1938, he had a new front installed on the tavern.

Kaukauna Athletic Club

February 21, 1962: The Kaukauna Lions club will be hosting a benefit for a new wing to the St. Paul Home here in Kaukauna. The Kaukauna Athletic Club cagers will take on the Green Bay Packerderm team. The team is composed of members of the Green Bay Packers. The team is coached by Norb Hecker, who normally directs the offensive backfield for the Packers. Coaching the Kaukauna team is KHS varsity coach Gerald Hopfensperger.

February 13, 1963: Robert Kerscher was elected president of the Kaukauna Athletic Club succeeding Jerry Klarer at the annual membership meeting of the K.A.C. held Saturday at the VFW Hall.

Kaukauna Building and Loan

July 15, 1887: The Kaukauna Building & Loan association held a meeting last evening the purpose being to effect a permanent organization having received its charter. N. H. Brokaw was elected president.

January 28, 1944: At the 57th annual meeting held Tuesday night the directors of the Kaukauna Building and Loan Association re-elected A. M. Schmalz to the office of president. Fred Konrad was re-elected vice president.

Kaukauna Carpenters Union

May 16, 1890: Several contractors and builders of this city have formed a union to be known as the Kaukauna Carpenters Union, with Peter Junk as president and Al Kaliope, as manager.

Kaukauna Community Hospital

October 28, 1960: The state of Wisconsin has approved plans for an addition to the Hospital, according to Bernice Elliott, Hospital administer. The cost of the addition was tentatively set at $200,000.

November 18, 1960: Contracts in the amount of $163,252 were awarded Wednesday for the construction of the new wing at the Kaukauna community Hospital to A. H. Nimmer Construction Company of Kaukauna.

January 20, 1961: The fund drive to raise $225,000 to finance the addition of a new wing to the Kaukauna Community Hospital has gone “Over the Top” according to finance chairman E. H. Jennings.

August 23, 1961: Kaukauna Community Hospital administrator, Bernice Elliott, recently announced the completion of four two-bed rooms and one private room, located in the new wing of the institution. The rooms will bring the total number of rooms in the hospital to 60. Completed and opened in March 1955, the first addition to the hospital was opened in March of 1957, increasing the original bed capacity of 40 to 52. Recently Elliot announced the completion of the first department of the new wing, the pharmacy room.

October 20, 1961: This weekend will mark the official opening of the new Kaukauna Community Hospital wing, according to an announcement made by Bernice Elliott, administrator. From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, the new wing will be open for public inspection, with members of the hospital auxiliary serving as guides.

Kaukauna Electric

June 22, 1888: The case of the Kaukauna Water Power Company versus the Green Bay & Mississippi Canal Company has been appealed by Kaukauna to the United States Supreme Court. The case has gone against Kaukauna in the circuit court and the Wisconsin Supreme. The water power is very important to the factories in this city.

October 18, 1889: 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.

October 25, 1889: 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.

February 26, 1892: F.M. Charlesworth has been chosen as manager of the Kaukauna Electric Light Company to succeed John Earles and entered upon the duties of the position this week. Frank is a though manager will soon have the business of the company running along smoothly.

January 13, 1893: Edward Beard, of Antigo, was killed at the Kaukauna Electric Light Company plant about 9:15 last Monday night. Beard had been at work around the plant for several days putting in a condenser and on the fatal night was whiling away a few hours before going to his hotel. In stepping sideways to get a view of the engine of the drive wheel he slipped and fell into the mammoth wheel which was making about 80 revolutions at the time. The engineer saw Beard fall and at once traversed the engine in an attempt to stop the mammoth drive wheels but it was futile. He was whirled to death.

February 10, 1893: Owing to the poor service rendered the later part of January, the Kaukauna Electric Company will discount its bills against consumers 25% for that month.

January 6, 1960: The profits of the KEW rise and fall with the volume of water that flows through the Fox River. In 1958 the profits were the lowest since 1938. The flow of water in 1958 was the lowest since 1938.

February 26, 1960: Record sales and earning were reported by the Kaukauna Electric and Water department. Net income was up $31,000 and net sales up $29,000.

June 1, 1960: A stream of water from near the base of the Kaukauna water tower started flowing Tuesday morning. An estimated of 6000 gallons per hour were flowing. The leak will be welded closed once the water level is low enough according to the KEW officials.

January 30, 1961: Norbert D. Rhinerson will take over as manager of the Kaukauna Electric and Water Department, succeeding William Ranquette, who is retiring from that position. Approval of the appointment was made at this month’s monthly meeting of the Kaukauna Utility Commission.

March 15, 1961: Delivery of a mobile diesel electric generator to Kaukauna last week assured residents that a source of electrical power, even in dire emergencies, would be available to maintain essential services.

June 30, 1961: William Ranquette will retire as manager of the Kaukauna Utility after 41 years of service. He says that he always followed the advice given to him when he took the job as manager. “Whenever you have a decision to make, just ask yourself whether or not it is going to be good for Kaukauna in the long run”. That was pretty good advice and I followed it.

January 25, 1963: Fallout shelters license agreements have been signed by Thilmany Pulp and Paper Co. and the Kaukauna Electric and Water Dept. recently. They would be used in case of nuclear attack. The combined shelters would provide space for nearly 60 per cent of the population of Kaukauna according to Kaukauna Civil Defense director Michael Gerharz.

April 1, 1966: The mercury vapor street lighting program initiated by the Kaukauna Electric and Water Co., in 1962 will be completed this week. The utility has installed 737 lamps in the city of Kaukauna, Little Chute, Combined Locks and the Town of Vandenbroek. Mercury vapor lights are rated to last four years as the incandescent lights averaged six months according to Norbert D. Rhinerson, Utility manager.

Kaukauna Fiber Company

February 21, 1890: The drainage of sulphite fiber mills seems to be sure death to fish. Shortly after draining some liquor from the vats at the Kaukauna Fiber Company’s mill into the tail race, fish began to rise to the top of the water dead, and dozens of them were soon floating about.

April 25, 1890: Simons & Tuttle have just completed the largest whistle in this part of the state. The bell thereof is thirty inches high and ten inches in diameter. It will be attached to the Kaukauna Fiber Company’s boiler.

June 23, 1893: Today fire broke out in Kaukauna and entirely destroyed the Kaukauna Fibre Company’s Pulp Mill. The fire broke out in the sulphur department of the mill and quickly spread, turning the wood structure to ashes for the most part.

April 2, 1897: The Kaukauna fiber company has been provided with a Dynamo this week which will hereafter produce all the electric light needed in the plant. The Dynamo is of sufficient power to furnish 125 lights.

Kaukauna Fire Department

July 24, 1885: The new fire steamer arrived in Kaukauna on Saturday morning of last week, via the M.L.S. & W. Ry. It is a handsome appearing machine and it is to be hoped that it will prove to work as good as it looks.

July 31, 1885: The new steam fire engine which arrived in this city on the 18th was pretty thoroughly tested by the council committee on fire on Friday and Saturday of last week. The engine is a very handsome machine throughout, and according to the report of Frank Slater, Chief of the Fire Department, who, by the way, is a practical engineer, and a first-class machinist, and is certainly fully qualified to act as judge in this matter, fills to the letter the contract made by the builders of the engine with this city. Slater also states in his report that he has carefully examined the engine and finds that it exhibits first-class workmanship in every particular. He therefore recommended the council to accept the engine.

June 16, 1893: The annual review of the fire department occurs next Saturday afternoon followed with a ball at Heindel’s Hall in the evening. The common Council approves $75 to the fire Department for the occasion.

Kaukauna High School

September 27, 1889: The State Inspector of Public Schools was in town last Saturday. He was satisfied that Kaukauna would experience no problem in establishing a free high school. Mr. Hussey, the superintendent of schools in Kaukauna reported that he is confident that twenty-five of the pupils that were examined last week would pass and be entitled to a seat.

July 11, 1890: Professor F. Cleary, who has held the position of principal of the city high school since its organization, received a dispatch Thursday, offering him the principal ship of the Kenosha high school at a salary of $1200. Cleary awaits the action of the board here before accepting the offer.

June 9, 1893: The first annual commencement accesses at Kaukauna high school will take place next Thursday evening June 15 at Heindel’s Hall. A class of eight will graduate. Arrangements have been made to secure the Kalophon Quartette of Chicago to give a concert at the hall that evening.

June 23, 1893: The first annual commencement exercise of Kaukauna High School was held at Heindel’s Hall last Thursday evening. A very large crowd assembled to honor the first class. The stage upon which sat the eight graduates, the principal and his assistants, and school board, was beautifully decorated with plants and flowers.

February 12, 1960: Walter Schmidt, a teacher and counselor at Kaukauna High School for the past 19 years, Tuesday evening was named Principal of the High School, effective July 1, 1960, by action of the Kaukauna Board of Education. He will succeed Principal Julian Bichler, who will be superintendent, replacing the retiring T. H. Boebel.

January 6, 1961: The Kaukauna Board of Education voted to except a recommendation of a report from the Wisconsin Department of Education to expand the existing high school building rather than building a new senior high school. A relocation of the athletic field would be necessary to make room for the expansion. The changes are necessary due to the increase in enrollment. Currently the school is over crowded by 100 students.

May 19, 1961: With the passage of a resolution Tuesday evening the common council authorized the city officials to negotiate on a loan in the sum of $60,000 for repairs for Kaukauna High School. The funds will be used to repair the heating and ventilation systems in the school.

September 29, 1961: The Kaukauna common council and Mayor Joseph Bayorgeon were presented an estimate for construction of an addition to Kaukauna High School by superintendent of schools Julian Bickler. The citizens of Kaukauna will soon be faced with a bond issue for 1 ½ Million Dollars to finance the construction.

February 23, 1962: A drawing of the proposed new $1.5 million addition to Kaukauna High School was released this week by George C. Narovec and Associates, architects for the project and the Kaukauna Board of Education. The addition is pictured as it will appear with the present high school and vocational school buildings. Included in the plans are a double unit gymnasium, a section with 18 conventional style classrooms, in addition to several offices, a cafeteria, and a commons area for student activities and overflow from the cafeteria. The new addition will be connected to the existing school by means of passage on the first and second floors. Barring unforeseen delays, the target date for completion of the project will be in September of 1963.

May 2, 1962: Ground clearing activities are commencing to the south of Kaukauna High School. Despite the cold weather operations are continuing with trees being removed and the land being leveled.

June 7, 1963: Ken VanderVelden has been named head basketball coach at Kaukauna High School. VanderVelden replaces Jerry Hopfensperger, who resigned to take a similar position at Preble High.

December 6, 1963: On Sunday at 1:30 p.m., the doors of Kaukauna High School swing open to admit the residents of the city and surrounding areas, as an open house will be conducted to show off the school’s new addition and the improvements which have been brought about in the older sections. According to Superintendent Julian Bichler, the entire project cost to date is $1,813,984.99, $180,000 of which has been used in renovating, altering and improving the original building.

Kaukauna Kiwanis Club

April 13, 1966: A new program instituted by the Kaukauna Kiwanis club, called “We Care”, will strive to honor servicemen from Kaukauna who have served, or will be serving in Vietnam. Dr. David Grunwaldt, president of the club, said the Kiwanians plan to honor as many of these men, publicly, as possible, at the Kiwanis meetings.

Kaukauna Lumber and Manufacturing Company

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.

Kaukauna Machine Company

February 17, 1893: During William Libert’s trip to the east he secured so many orders for machinery that the Kaukauna Machine Company will find it necessary to increase the present force of employees. A number of new machines are being put in and the shop will add ten more machinists as soon as they can be secured. The Kaukauna Machine Company will prove of great value to the “Line of Fox”.

Kaukauna Mining Company

March 25, 1887: The Kaukauna Mining and Exploring Co., in their ten days of work at the Driessen farm have drilled to a depth of more than one hundred feet. They have already encountered two veins of coal, and from present indications, are close upon a third.

Kaukauna Paper Company

December 7, 1888: The case of Charles Kroll vs. the Kaukauna Paper Company for damages on account of injuries received while in the employment of that company’s mill was dismissed by the circuit this week. The injury was shown to be the result of carelessness on the part of the plaintiff.

December 27, 1889: Peter Juley, a boy employed at the Kaukauna Paper Company mill, had three fingers of his left hand badly smashed in the calendars of the paper machine Tuesday.

January 30, 1891: Last Saturday just as people had settled back in their chairs from dinner to enjoy a few moments rest they were suddenly brought to their feet by the clang of the fire bell. Many donned their garments and hastened out to find the location of the flames, while others remained at home satisfied that another false alarm had been turned in. The fire did not take long to locate, for clouds of dark thick smoke that rose from the Kaukauna Paper Company served as a guide in the fact that one of Kaukauna’s largest industrious was doomed was soon evident to all. The fire Department responded instantly but before the apparatus arrived on the scene the mill was enveloped in flames.

February 27, 1891: The work of clearing away debris from the burnt Kaukauna paper mill continues. The engine room will be cleared this week and ready for rebuilding.

March 6, 1891: The work of rebuilding the Kaukauna Paper Company’s plant has now commenced in earnest as most of the debris has been cleared away and a crew of men placed at work preparing the necessary timbers.

April 24, 1891: Work on the Kaukauna paper mill is progressing rapidly. The larger beater tubs have arrived and are being placed in position. Several hydraulic grinders are also on the ground.

June 30, 1893: The Kaukauna Paper Company’s plant shut down for repairs last Saturday night. Part of the Thilmany mill has also shut down. The fact of the matter is the mill owners do not care whether the plants run or not during the hard times now throughout the country. It begins to look as if the good old Democratic days promised by campaign speakers last fall are coming in with a rush. These are the times that make good Republicans.

Kaukauna Police Department

January 7, 1944: On recommendation of the fire and police commission, the common Council Tuesday voted to purchase a new 1944 Harley-Davidson police motorcycle had a net price of $263 providing the war production Board grants the city permit to buy the motorcycle. The cost of the motorcycle is $488.50 and the company will allow the city $225.50 on its present motorcycle as a trade-in.

January 21, 1944: James E. McFadden, chief of police, submitted a bill amounting to $318.31 to the common council this week which represent the expense in connection with an operation to the left side of his face which was caused by having his face hit by a drunk while taking him to the police station. Chief McFadden says he feels that the city should pay the expense because he was injured while in the line of duty working for the city.

Kaukauna Post Office

July 10, 1891: The North Kaukauna post office was recently raised to the presidential class. Pres. Harrison appointed Thomas Reese as postmaster.

January 29, 1960: The National Safety Council has presented seven postal employees for accident free records from 2 to 29 years. Postmaster Robert Grogan presented awards to John Brouchek, Jerry Klarer, James Siebers, K. W. Kuchelmeister and John Tulloch.

January 13, 1961: He drove 31 automobiles 20 times around the world, but he wanted to be a rural mail carrier because of horses. “I loved horses’. John Brouchek the Route 2 carrier is retiring after 41 years of service at the Kaukauna Post Office. John recalled “One time in the early 20’s I started out in a sleet storm. The ice was driving into the horses face. When I reached the corner at Kelso road I pulled the reins to the right but the horse had more sense than me and headed left for home.

March 27, 1963: Arthur Koehne, an employee of the Kaukauna Post Office for the past 18 years, was recently informed of his appointment as assistant postmaster at Kaukauna, succeeding Mrs. Gen Anderson, who retired from the service on February 28.

Kaukauna Public Library

December 27, 1889: A petition will soon be circulated among the business men of Kaukauna, praying that the common council take the preliminary steps towards establishing a public library in this city. It will ask that the question be put to a vote of the citizens at the spring election.

February 1, 1901: The Kaukauna public library was transferred to new rooms in the Central block last Saturday.
Today the doors were open to hundreds of appreciative patrons throughout the city. The new rooms are great improvement over the old location, being neat and clean, well-lighted comfortably.

February 9, 1944: Miss Gertrude Buehler, Kaukauna’s new librarian, arrived Monday to assume her duties at the free public library to replace Miss Bernice M. Happer, who resigned to accept a position in Ohio.

July 29, 1960: Visitors to the Kaukauna Public Library over the summers have noticed a new change in the air. The library has installed a $4276 liquid gas air conditioner. The temperature in the library will hold at 77 degrees.

June 8, 1962: The Kaukauna Public Library Board has appointed Mrs. Lloyd Du Chaine to the position of head Librarian.

Kaukauna Sun

April 24, 1891: The Sun is progressing quite rapidly on a work to be called the “Lion of the Fox”, consisting of a pen and picture history of Kaukauna. The book will consist of 90 pages, with 55 illustrations. The addition will be a valuable one for our booming town.

Kaukauna Times

April 16, 1886: A change in the ownership of THE TIMES has been made this week. Mr. Chas. E. Raught purchased one half interests in the paper, which in the future, will be published by the firm of Bidwell & Raught. Charley Raught has been connected with this office during the past five years almost from the time of its establishment and is well known as a first-class printer.

September 20, 1889: The Times office will be moving to new quarter this week. The Hunt building on Wisconsin Avenue has been fitted to receive us. Our customers will no longer be required to climb a flight of stairs to see us any more.

March 11, 1892: A new six horse power upright steam boiler and engine was added to The Times outfit and we are now right “in line” with any office in the county.

Kaukauna Vocational School

March 22, 1944: The public is invited to attend an open house in the new and remodeled quarters of the Kaukauna Vocational School and adult education room from 9am to 9pm. The vocational school is located in the former NYA building next to the high school. The directors of the Kaukauna Vocational school are William T Sullivan, director, A. M. Schmalz, president, and Carl G. Bertran, acting director.

March 15, 1963: The Kaukauna Vocational School will conduct an open house on their newly completed building and the public is cordially invited to attend. The open house will be Sunday afternoon March 17.

Kelso Cemetery

December 13, 1889: Somebody has tore down part of the new fence that encloses the Kelso cemetery and have carried off the boards. Several parties are quite incensed over the matter and mean to see that it is not continued.

Kelso Pulp Mill

November 25, 1887: Two of our largest pulp mills went up in smoke last night. Gone to ashes are the Kelso Pulp Mill and the Union Pulp Company. The fire started near a stove in the Kelso Mill and spread to the Union Pulp Company. The flames had gained such headway that in less than an hour and a half all was lost. The burning of these mills will prove very disastrous for our city, as a large number of men have been employed in different ways.

Kline Flour Mill

November 27, 1885: Joseph Kline’s South side flouring mill is now running night and day to keep up with the numerous orders which are constantly coming in from many parts of the state and county. The capacity of this mill is one hundred and twenty-five barrels per day, and the mill is running to fullest extent. The fine trade which this institution has enjoyed from the commencement of its operations about two years ago, and which has continued ever since.

Knights of Columbus

June 15, 1962: The formal dedication and open house at the new $60,000 Kaukauna Knights of Columbus building, located on Highway 41, north of the city, will take place this Sunday, according to a recent announcement by Grand Knight Robert Niesen.

LaFollette Park

June 14, 1944: LaFollette Park will soon have a first class softball diamond, which will see a lot of action during the summer months. The diamond will be appreciated by the youth who play there almost nightly.

Lindauer’s Brick Yard

June 22, 1888: Work has now begun in real earnest at Luther Lindauer’s new brick yard. The manufacture of bricks at this place is no longer experiment. The test kiln was burned last week and the brick furnished have been decided A. No. 1 by some of our experienced masons. A car load of this building material has been shipped by Lindauer to Watersmeet last week, this being the first brick ever sent out from our city.

Lindauer’s Ice House

February 7, 1890: Luther Lindauer is erecting another large ice house on the south side near the round-house, and filling it with congealed water. The demands for ice last season far exceeded the supply and Luther means that it shall not happen this year.

Look Drug

March 3, 1911: The stock and going business of the Kaukauna Drug Co. has been taken over by Otto A. Look from F. M. Charlesworth. Mr. Look had been the general manager and pharmacist of the Southside store. He will operate both the north and south side operations. The store name will not change.

July 18, 1962: Demolition of the De Witt Shoe Store is underway this week to make room for a large addition to Look Drug Store on 2nd street.

March 20, 1963: Look Drug is holding the grand opening of its Southside store today through Saturday. The store has been expanded and remodeled outside and in.

Loope Grocery

May 1, 1891: Frank Loope’s grocery store near the Northwestern depot was broken into by tramps last Friday night and goods to the amount of $45 being stolen. The loss consisted of cigars, cigarettes, pocket knives and stockings. The city police officers were notified early next morning to search for the culprits. A gang of 10 tramps, who had been ordered from town the evening before, were suspected. They had taken a northbound train and the officers at Fort Howard and Green Bay were telegraphed to watch for them. Officer Liaht of Fort Howard arrested the gang. They refused to describe the place where the stolen goods were concealed. A search for the articles followed before being located 2 miles south of the town. The herd was returned to Kaukauna Saturday evening and lodged in the jail over Sunday. Monday morning all were given a hearing before Judge Wirtz who dismissed charges against six of them sentencing the others to jail for 30 and 60 days.

Martens Company

March 1, 1901: Julius J. Martens Co. will commence erection of the 50 x 90 solid brick structure adjoining
their present store. The front of the building will be red pressed brick and of the same design as the present building so that it will be one solid block.

Melchert Service Station

September 19, 1962: One of the familiar Lawe Street landmarks in Kaukauna, the Melchert Standard service station, was razed Wednesday afternoon to make way for a new station. The Melchert station is the second oldest in Kaukauna being built a couple of months after the Balza station on the corner of Third and Main in 1923.

Methodist Church

June 25, 1886: On Wednesday morning the first load of stone for the new Methodist Church was placed in the ground by George F. Kelso. The preliminaries have been arranged, and the work will be pushed with vigor until the new house of worship is ready for occupancy.

August 6, 1886: On Saturday evening August 21st the corner stone to the new Methodist Episcopal Church will be laid.

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.

Miller Liquor Store and Tavern (name unknown)

A liquor store Was owned by Jacob Miller and located at 207 Crooks in 1939. He also had a tavern at East Second Street that burned in January 1939. The fire burned the ground floor and second floor, but it was believed that insurance would cover the damages.

Nicolet School

April 24, 1891: The school board of the South district made an examination last week of the foundation walls of the new $20,000 school structure which were laid under contract last fall and finding the quality of stone that had been used not of the kind mentioned in the agreement and ordered several sections in a wall torn out and replaced with better material. The building will from this time on progress as rapidly as possible until its completion.

June 19, 1891: The laying of the cornerstone of the new South side school structure took place last Saturday afternoon calling forth quite a gathering. Peter Nettekoven acted as the master of ceremonies and made the announcements which were followed by music of the juvenile brass band. The stone which was to be laid was then hoisted into position the customary tin box been placed in an opening in the stone. The box contained late copies of the Kaukauna Times and Kaukauna Sun newspapers, copies of the old and new charter of the city, a copy of the Lion of the Fox, five and ten cent pieces of 1891and a listing of the school officers.

January 1, 1892: The new $20,000 public school building on the south side is now complete in every way and will be formally dedicated, today, January 1, 1892. The members of the school board have named the school the “Nicolet Public School.” History tells us that Jean Nicolet was the first white man to visit this place, 260 years ago, hence the adoption of the name.

Nu-Way Cleaners

January 25, 1961: One of the most spectacular fires to hit Kaukauna in more than a decade destroyed two businesses on West Wisconsin Ave. The Nu-Way Cleaners and the Wisconsin Bar were destroyed Saturday evening. Losses are expected between $75,000 and $100,000.

January 27, 1961: Mayor Joseph Bayorgeon sent letters of appreciation for assistance rendered help to the Kaukauna Fireman to fight the fire on Wisconsin Ave. Letters were sent to the City of Appleton, Village of Little Chute and Thilmany Pulp and Paper each assisting with men and equipment. No definite plans for opening a new cleaning business have been made by Mr. and Mrs. Wachel, owners of the destroyed Nu-Way Cleaners.

Opera House / Roller Rink

December 21, 1888: The Kaukauna roller rink will be open Thursday night of this week for skating, and each Thursday and Saturday evening during the winter. No pains will be spared to make the season an enjoyable one in every respect, a pair of skates will be given away each night to the holder of the lucky number. Music will be by the Union Band. Admission 15c, skates 10c.

June 14, 1889: One of the elevated seat stands in the rear part of the opera house gave away during the performance, causing quite a commotion for a few moments. Fortunately no one was hurt.
Manager Hayes has decided not to pay the $100 license and will close the opera house. This means no more shows for Kaukauna.

December 20, 1889: The roller rink opened Tuesday evening with quite a large attendance.

January 2, 1891: Manager Lawe has contracted with the Electric Light Company to wire the opera house, and that place of amusement will hereafter be lighted by electricity. A large lamp will be placed in the front of the hall.

January 30, 1891: Kaukauna can now boast of a good opera house, well appointed and managed. This place of amusement is centrally located, midway between North and South Kaukauna. It was originally opened as a skating rink, and was first opened to the public January first in 1885.

May 8, 1891: Kaukauna’s newest musical group, the Juvenile Band, made its debut at the Opera House earlier this week. The band, which just a few weeks ago was ushered into a state of musical ability, has passed through the first ordeal of learning, and now presents a sound that pleases the ear. The boys have done remarkably well and too much credit cannot be accorded B. S. Park for his work as their instructor. A little more than a year ago, the boys could not distinguish one note from another, and through an examination of the concert presented by the band the other night, definite progress can be observed. The band consists of fifteen pieces, with the members neatly uniformed in knee trousers and blouse waists of black, trimmed in gold braid, light colored shoes, dark stockings and skull caps. Taking in all, the Juvenile Band concert was a success, both musically and financially. About $100 was made by the boys.

June 26, 1891: The sporting fist paternity of the city gathered at the Opera house Tuesday evening to witness the eight round glove contest between Bill Daniels of Rhinelander and Tom Burdick of Chicago and they were by no means treated to a hippodrome affair. About 10 o’clock the two principles stepped into the ring Daniels overtired and black trunks and light shoes while Burdick appeared in pink trunks. Rounds 1-2-3 ended with honors about equally divided and after that Burdick began to show signs of fear. In the sixth round he was knocked to his knees by a stinger to his left eye. In the seventh round Burdick was again made to kneel but he rallied. The contest was decided by the referee in favor of Daniels.

Oudenhoven Constuction

September 1, 1963: Dick Oudenhoven Construction Company of Kaukauna was awarded the general contract job for construction of a new 55 bed addition to St. Paul Home for the aged. Total cost of the bids were $348,049, about 14 percent more than what had been anticipated according to A.M. Schmalz, chairman of the lay advisory board.

Outagamie County Teachers College

April 25, 1962: On April 28, the Outagamie County Teachers College will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. The school formerly was known as the Rural Normal School and as the Training School.

Park School

July 18, 1890: Lawe’s park, the site spoken of in our last issue as the place most desired for the new school house about to be erected, was purchased for this purpose last Monday evening; consideration $4,500. The property consists of ten large lots, and is one of the finest school sites in the state. Lawe sold at a very reasonable figure, and the residents of the north side should be more than pleased with the site thus secured.

February 12, 1892: The case of Peter Reuter vs. Geo. W. Lawe relating to the ownership of so-called Lawe Park was decided in favor of George W. Lawe in the circuit court of Appleton last Friday. It will be remembered that during 1890 the North Side school District voted to build a $20,000 school and the board after carefully reviewing the sites decided upon purchasing the Lawe Park. The district being short of funds at the time Reuter purchased the property for the board, intending to hold it until such time as a loan could be made from the state. Upon examining the records of the register of deeds office it was discovered that years ago at the time that portion of the city was plotted Lawe had donated this piece to the public for a park. The city therefore at once assumed control of the park and Reuter has a suit against Lawe to recover his money and title satisfactory proven. The court has decided that Lawe owned land at the time of the sale the simple reason that he never deeded it to the public.

April 2, 1897: The job of cutting the stone for the new school building to be constructed on the Lawe’s
Park site was let out. Thursday morning teams commence the delivery of large stones to be cut into sizes for the basement walls which up to the water table will be a rock face dimension stone. There will be, in the whole building, 189 Windows to trim, which necessitates a large amount of work in stone cutting. Luther Lindauer is furnishing all the stone for the new school building except the Portage entry red sandstone. The sandstone
will come from either Chicago or Milwaukee as it can be found there in stock.

Piggly Wiggly (Larry’s)

July 26, 1963: Construction of a new super market on Highway 96 between Kaukauna and Little Chute has been started, with an opening planned for late fall according to Lawrence Verhagen, proprietor. The store will operate under the Piggly Wiggly name.

Rialto Theatre

January 17, 1962: The Rialto Theatre will be showing ten recommended films for children. These films have been endorsed by the National Parent-teachers Association and the Children’s Film Library for Juvenile Consumption. The films will be shown on Saturdays and tickets are available at reduced prices and limited to seats available at the theatre.

Richardson Studio

May 24, 1944: An old Kaukauna landmark is being razed this week. The Richardson Studio building located near the municipal building had been purchased and will be used in the construction of a small home in the town of Buchanan. The building was erected 48 year ago by Frank Richardson on the site of the present high school. Two years later it was moved to its present site when the Lawe Street Bridge was built. Meade Richardson operated a photography studio in the building for 48 years until his death. There are few homes in the area that are without a family picture taken by Mr. Richardson.

Ritz Club

Built circa 1900. Martin E. VanderVelden owned the Ritz Club from 1936 to 1947. An addition was put on the building in 1959. The HVAC system was updated in 1980. John G. “Jack” Gengler purchased the Ritz from Dianne Lutz and Carey L. Miller in the summer of 2002.

Rivers and Yost

July 17, 1885: Fire visited Kaukauna again Sunday night, and again found the city without a fire engine. The property destroyed was the machine shop belonging to Rivers & Yost, in the fifth ward. The fire was caused by lightning, and commenced about 1 o’clock entirely destroyed the building and its contents. The firm carried insurance to the amount of $1,500. As soon as the insurance is adjusted the firm will rebuild, probably larger than before.

Rotary Club

March 30, 1960: James Gustman was elected president of the Kaukauna Rotary. He succeeds Stephen Baisch to the office. Paul West was elected vice president of the club.

April 17, 1963: David Hartjes was recently elected president of the Kaukauna Rotary club succeeding Leo Schmaltz. Mark Nagan was named vice president while D. J. Bordini was elected secretary and Luther Kemp treasurer.

Runte’s General Store

September 23, 1887: Otto Runte has commenced the improvement of the interior of his Wisconsin Avenue store. A new hard wood floor is being laid, and a large plate glass front will make the store one of the handsomest on the street.

November 4, 1887: Otto Runte’s store windows presented a very attractive appearance nowadays now shows his goods through a plate glass which calls forth much attention from the passersby.

S. J. Baisch

September 7, 1960: Construction will begin this week on the new S. J. Baisch Associates building on Hyland Ave. This will mark the opening of a 43-acre plot on the northwest corner of the city.

Sangamon Paper Mill

March 1, 1944: Fire of undetermined origin completely destroyed the main building of the Sangamon Paper mills, Thilmany Road, at 4:00 Tuesday morning, with the total loss estimated at close to $300,000 by T. J. Russell, superintendent. The fire started in the basement of the three story structure and spread rapidly throughout the building, which was completely gutted by flames, and was one of Kaukauna’s largest fires ever. The building which was destroyed by fire was built in 1887-1888 by Patten and Priest and was known as the Outagamie mill on property purchased from the Chicago and Northwestern railroad.

March 10, 1944: The fact that city Electric and Water Departments will receive $10,000 insurance from the Sangamon paper mill fire, providing the mill is not rebuilt as a paper manufacturing plant, was brought up at the March meeting of the common Council Tuesday evening city by city attorney Harold McAndrews. Mr. McAndrews explained that when the city sold the plant to the Sangamon interest there was an agreement drawn up that the mill must be used as a paper manufacturing plant for at least five years and that in the event the mill was destroyed by fire electric and water departments hold the insurance policy for $10,000.

St. Aloysius Catholic Church (and School)

March 16, 1962: Construction has begun in Kaukauna on a combination church-school building that will be the first unit of an eventual third parish in the city of Kaukauna. The new $200,000 building will be put into use next fall as an annex to St. Mary’s school, but it will bear the name of St. Aloysius, the name chosen by Bishop Bona for the parish it will eventually serve.

March 28, 1962: Ground breaking took place last week for the new St. Aloysius parish school building. Father Peter Salm turned the first earth. Present at the ceremony were Victor Haen, trustee; Robert Huelsbeck, general superintendent of Charles Gambsky Company Inc., general contractors; and Sylvester Schmidt, Architect.

January 2, 1963: Three school buildings are started here in 1962. St. Aloysius Catholic grade school has been completed. Kaukauna High School addition is continuing and the addition to the Kaukauna Vocational School is under way.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

September 18, 1885: The contract for building the Catholic Church and school house in South Kaukauna was awarded to Thomas Solar. The price of the work is $4,450 being $82.50 lower than the next bid.

November 26, 1886: The Rev. Father Hens of Grandlec, Kewaunee County, has been appointed to take charge of the South Kaukauna Catholic Church, and entered upon his duties this week.

September 22, 1888: The steamer Hitchinson brought down a load of bricks Tuesday for the Sister’s new residence that is being erected by St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

July 4, 1890: Rev. Father Helms, pastor of St. Mary’s church of the South side, left for the east last Monday, where he will enjoy a much needed vacation during the months of July and August. Previous to his departure he was waited upon by a committee consisting of a half-dozen of his most prominent parishioners, who presented him with a purse of $100 and best wishes from a congregation who greatly appreciated his undying devotion and labor towards the up building of the church. Within a few years Father Helms has succeeded in building up church property which stands today valued at $37,000 free from encumbrance. We understand the Rev. Father is contemplating the enlargement of the church which is far too small for the present congregation by an addition of a large and more imposing edifice. This new structure will be erected at a probable cost of $60,000 and well be without exception the finest church in a Green Bay diocese.

February 6, 1891: After looking over the annual financial report of St. Mary’s Church there is not one dollar of encumbrance stands against the property of the south side Roman Catholic Church. Its church and school house, parsonage and sisters’ residence, together with necessary lots and a large cemetery is entirely paid for, property valued at $25,000. The faithful and ceaseless labors of Rev. Fr. Hens have brought about this condition.

January 20, 1893: There was surprising and startling news in store for the parishioners of St. Mary’s Church last Sunday morning as they gathered at their place of worship. Before they departed from church Father Nicholas Hens had informed all that he was about to leave Kaukauna such had been the decision of the Bishop and he must abide by it. The announcement fell like a thunderbolt upon the congregation.

April 9, 1897: The building of a new edifice by the St. Mary’s Church congregation has been under
discussion for some time, and it is about to be decided that a new building will be erected
to cost about $25,000, meaning that the new structure will be a magnificent one.

St. Paul Nursing Home

February 21, 1962: The Kaukauna Lions club will be hosting a benefit for a new wing to the St. Paul Home here in Kaukauna. The Kaukauna Athletic Club cagers will take on the Green Bay Packerderm team. The team is composed of members of the Green Bay Packers. The team is coached by Norb Hecker, who normally directs the offensive backfield for the Packers. Coaching the Kaukauna team is KHS varsity coach Gerald Hopfensperger. (Could also add this to Kaukauna Lions.)

September 1, 1963: Dick Oudenhoven Construction Company of Kaukauna was awarded the general contract job for construction of a new 55 bed addition to St. Paul Home for the aged. Total cost of the bids were $348,049, about 14 percent more than what had been anticipated according to A.M. Schmalz, chairman of the lay advisory board.

Steiner Tissue Mills

June 10, 1960: Workers at the Steiner Tissue Mills here in Kaukauna have agreed on a new two-year contract. Wages will range from $1.77 to $2.05 per hour with a 6 cent raise per hour increase in 1961 and 1962.

Stroetz Food Market

January 7, 1944: The fire started about 6:30 Thursday morning in the basement of the Stroetz Food Market located at 216 Main Avenue. A kerosene stove which was used to heat water exploded according to Henry Esler, fire chief. Other structures in the area that sustained damages were Norman Foxgrover, barber shop, Maron Hauschel Tavern and the Kaukauna Times building.

Thilmany Pulp and Paper

June 28, 1889: The machinery for the Thilmany Paper Company’s new mill is arriving daily now. The work on the institution is progressing rapidly.

September 13, 1889: The new machinery at Thilmany’s paper mill was put in motion today.

September 20, 1889: The much-talked-about screen for the Thilmany paper mill arrived last Friday and was immediately placed in position. This screen was manufactured by Chr. Wandel, at Reutinger, Germany, and is the only one of the kind in the United States.

December 6, 1889: The demand for the paper manufactured by the Thilmany Company is increasing. The output of the mill is engaged far in advance and several orders have been refused.

February 28, 1890: When the bright, warm and sunny days of summer begin to roll around, the Thilmany mill will blossom out of its present stage into a large and more magnificent structure. Time changes all things, and ere the wintry blasts again are felt, the paper plant in this city owned by Oscar Thilmany will have undoubtedly been enlarged to twice the present size and capacity. Plans for the change have already been drawn and submitted for approval. They provide for the removal of the present wood structure used as the pulp department, and instead will be erected a structure fact-simile of the present building. The second floor of this building will be placed another paper machine and the necessary beaters to furnish stock for such a machine. The first floor will be arranged for a pulp department and the pulp machinery now in operation at the present plant will be replaced therein.

March 7, 1890: Two extra dryers were added to the paper machine at the Thilmany mill. The machine now has a total of twelve.

March 14, 1890: A new experiment will be tried at the Thilmany Paper mill this week, and work preparatory thereto is now under way. An attempt at manufacturing striped manila paper will be made. The necessary ruling machine is being placed in position and a few days will show whether or not it is a success.

May 2, 1890: The Thilmany Paper Company has leased the Fox River Pulp company’s mill on the Meade and Edward’s canal for a term of ten years. Owing to removal of their own pulp mill in order to erect the new addition, it became necessary to provide pulp and an entire mill was leased.

May 30, 1890: The Thilmany paper mill was put in motion again Tuesday the walls of the new addition being high enough to allow the water to be turned in the tale race.

June 20, 1890: The walls of the new addition to the Thilmany Paper Mill are beginning to loom up above the canal bank. Work on the second story was commenced on Tuesday.

June 27, 1890: A horse belonging to W. J. Campbell, foreman of the Patton Paper Mill, walked through the door of the new addition to the Thilmany Paper Mill last Saturday afternoon and fell into the flume below a distance of 30 feet. Strange to say the animal was not killed nor any of its bones broken. After several hours work the horse was removed.

April 24, 1891: Oscar Thilmany has commenced the erection of a large and handsome residence on his river bluff lot.

February 12, 1892: Oscar Thilmany is quite seriously ill this week.

May 20, 1892: The back-tenders and the third hands on the machines at the Thilmany Mill went out on strike Monday, for an increase in pay. They demanded a raise from $1.25 and $1.00 to $1.50 and $1.25. The boys miscalculated their power, however, and instead of the mill shutting down, everything ran, as their places were soon filled.

February 8, 1956: A gift of $50,000 to the city of Kaukauna from Thilmany Pulp and Paper Company was
unanimously accepted Tuesday evening at the regular meeting of the Kaukauna common Council. “Once again, we can thank Mr. Jennings and the Thilmany Pulp and Paper company for another whole-hearted contribution to the citizens of Kaukauna.” The mayor pointed out that Thilmany Pulp and Paper company pays approximately 1/2 of all city

February 10, 1960: Thilmany recorded record sales and production figures for 1959. The sales of $33 million are 5 million over the previous years.

February 10, 1961: G. E. McCorison, former president of Thilmany Pulp & Paper Company, was elected chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the company at its annual meeting yesterday. Former board chairman E. H. Jennings tendered his resignation at the meeting after 44 years with the firm. C. L. Dostal was elected president of the company.

November 15, 1961: Thilmany Pulp and Paper Company has placed an order for a new paper machine designed to increase paper production by 20 to 25 per cent. A new building will be constructed to house the machine.

March 9, 1962: Officers of the Thilco Management Club for 1962 are Marvin DeBruin, Secretary; Glen Vandehey, vice president; John Mau, president; and Bruce Carlson, treasurer.

September 19, 1962: The effects of the strike on the Thilmany Pulp and Paper Company operations at Kaukauna continues to be serious and extremely costly, but through the substitution of transportation facilities other than usual rail operations on the C&NW, the plant continues to operate at normal capacity.

January 25, 1963: Fallout shelters license agreements have been signed by Thilmany Pulp and Paper Co. and the Kaukauna Electric and Water Dept. recently. They would be used in case of nuclear attack. The combined shelters would provide space for nearly 60 per cent of the population of Kaukauna according to Kaukauna Civil Defense director Michael Gerharz.

February 8, 1963: Thilmany Pulp & Paper Company reported record net sales in 1962 of $35,499,770 at the firm’s stockholders meeting yesterday. This represents a gain of 5.3% over 1961.

April 3, 1963: The new paper machine at Thilmany Pulp and Paper Company produced its first web of paper last week, and currently is undergoing numerous tests. No. 13 paper machine marks the completion of a $10 million plant improvement and expansion program.

December 24, 1963: H. O. Peters, vice-president for Sales of Thilmany Pulp and Paper Company of Kaukauna announced that effective January 1, 1964, L. R. Graef will assume the position of General Sales Manager located at Thilmany’s general offices in Kaukauna. Graef has been with the company for 28 years and has served as Eastern Division sales manager since 1945.

Toonen Drug Store

April 19, 1944: The gift department was opened recently by Toonen Drug Store at 186 West Wisconsin Avenue. The Drug Store now occupies all of what was formerly known as the Wendt Building and in which the Aloys Hopfensperger Meat Market operated for many years.

Union Pulp Company

November 25, 1887: Two of our largest pulp mills went up in smoke last night. Gone to ashes are the Kelso Pulp Mill and the Union Pulp Company. The fire started near a stove in the Kelso Mill and spread to the Union Pulp Company. The flames had gained such headway that in less than an hour and a half all was lost. The burning of these mills will prove very disastrous for our city, as a large number of men have been employed in different ways.

VanDynHoven Auto

January 8, 1960: Van Dyn Hoven Auto Sales received the Studebaker-Packard franchise. First showing will begin today of the latest models. The dealership will continue to sell the Buicks.

Veterans of Foreign Wars 3319

March 17, 1944: Charles Hilgenberg was elected commander of Electric City post No. 3319, Veterans of Foreign Wars and a meeting Tuesday evening. Other officers elected were Ed Matchett, Edward Ward, Charles Clune, George Egan, Charles Scheer, Hugo Lemke, Frank Mitchler, Max Streich and M. J. Verfurth.

April 12, 1963: Joseph Schuh was elected commander of the Kaukauna Electric City Post 3319 of the VFW at the units annual election held Tuesday. Schuh succeeds Roland Geurts to the office.

Vilas House

October 9, 1885: Landlord Nettekoven has placed a fine street lamp on the corner near the Vilas House, which makes a great improvement in that locality on dark nights. This lamp is one which has been recently invented and needs filling but once a week. When lighted it will burn for a period of ten hours when it goes out automatically. This lap was purchased at the small cost of ten dollars.

Water Works

April 21, 1893: By a unanimous vote of the council Tuesday evening, the Moffett, Hodgkin, Dark Company water works ordinance was ordered to a final publication before adoption. The ordinance will be adopted the first meeting in May, without a doubt, and then the water works is a sure thing. This is a glorious day for Kaukauna. The Kaukauna water works are to be built by a New York firm at the cost of $76,000.

Wooden Shoe Factory

January 31, 1890: Probably very few residents of Kaukauna are aware that this city boasts a wooden shoe factory. The manufacture of shoes is not carried on extensively, for one man labors in the shop. His whole time, however, is devoted to this industry. He stated his output averaged six pairs a day, and met with ready sale.


March 8, 1901: The improvements which have been under way at the railroad Y. M. C. A. building or Thompson club for several months, were completed March 1. An open house was held music was furnished each evening by the Nugent-Chamberlain trio.

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