Saturday, September 25, 2010

St. Rose Rectory, Circa 1910

Home to many of St. Rose's priests over the years. The former St. Rose Catholic Church is just visible beside the rectory in this photograph. The Church building was torn down years ago but the rectory still stands and is used as a private residence.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pavement celebration

By the summer of 1915, part of Main Street was paved and there was a grand party to celebrate.

From the Cuba City News Herald, July 16, 1915:

Cuba City to have big time Tuesday night. To celebrate the new pavement. Something new--Don't miss the Doin's July 20.

Cuba City has finished its initial stretch of pavement, which will soon be opened to the public and in recognition of the good work started which we hope to extend from time to time, the Cuba City Commercial Club will stage a Gala Night next Tuesday, the 20th. The evenings entertainment will consist of music, speaking and dancing in the open air.

An entire block, from the State Bank to the First National Bank, will be closed for the evening, by order of the village board. Seats will be provided and the best of order preserved.

Gentleman will be charged a small admittance--25c for spectators; dancers 75c; ladies and children free.

Dinner will be served at the Dewey Hotel at 11:30.

All are invited to attend the biggest evening of the season in Cuba City.

The Tschudi Male Quartette of Dubuque have been secured for the occasion, also the C. C. M. B. male quartette.

Among the speakers who have given assurance of being here are Atty. L. A. Brunckhorst of Platteville, H. W. Nessler of Belmont, Atty. Frank Conley of Darlington, W. R. Buchan of Benton, and J. H. Cox of Hazel Green. As we go to press, negotiations are on for representatives from Galena, Shullsburg and other towns nearby.

Don't miss "Gala Night."

Crazy kids

In the early Cuba City papers, it was common to see notices from the village marshall warning residents to obey the law. Here are a few directed toward children that I thought were pretty funny.

Cuba City News Herald, June 18, 1915


Boys, Girls -- Don't shoot firecrackers on Main St. Fire them on the back streets if at all. Don't forget. By order Village Board. John Berning, Marshall.


Notice is hearby given that roller skating on the sidewalks of the village must be stopped at once. Parents and children take due notice. By order Village Board. John Berning, Marshall.

Cuba City News Herald, June 25, 1915


Boys are hereby warned that they must stop throwing pebbles in the village. Numerous complaints have been made of broken windows on this account, and the practice must be stopped at once. By order of the Village Board. John Berning, Marshall.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

New lights for the depot

From the Cuba City News Herald, October 1915

Electric Lights for Depot

One of the principal improvements of city conditions advocated and aimed at by the Cuba City Commercial Club has been adequate lighting of the North-Western depot and platform. President Brewer and Secy. Goldthorpe of the Club, have been working on the proposition for some time and now have assurance from official sources that an efficient electric lighting service will be installed, no doubt at an early date. Supplementing this improvement by the railway people, the city will install lights on the other side of the tracks so that chances for accident due to improper lighting will be at the minimum.

Sidewalk extended

From the Cuba City News Herald, October 1, 1915:

Cemetery Walk Begun

Work is underway for the building of the cement walk to Mt. Pleasant cemetery, south of town. The walk from the city limits on the south to connect with the walk already laid will be the customary six-foot width, as provided by the village ordinance. From the city limits to the cemetery, the width of the walk will be four feet, and the payment for the portion of the walk beyond the city limits will be provided for by popular subscription.

From the Cuba City News Herald, November 5, 1915:

That new concrete sidewalk to Mt. Pleasant cemetery is certainly appreciated, judging from the strollers down that way Sunday.

A new jewelry store in town

The following advertisement was printed in the Cuba City News Herald, September 17, 1915:

The New Jewelry Store

On Oct. 1st, 1915, Mr. E. H. Krueger will open a first class Jewelry Store and Repair Shop in Cuba City. We will carry a complete and up-to-date line of WATCHES, JEWELRY, etc. Fine repair work a specialty. No jobs too large, no jobs too small. Bring your watches, clocks and jewelry to Ed. H. Krueger, The Jeweler. Kenney & Bartlett Bldg. Cuba City, Wis.  We will appreciate your trade.


In the 1915 Cuba City newspapers, one can find a column called Gleanings by "Old Timer." These are usually nostalgic pieces about life when the author was growing up in the second half of the nineteenth century. The following column describes a tornado that hit the Cuba City area, probably in the mid-to-late 1880s.

From the Cuba City News Herald, September 3, 1915:

Gleanings by “Old Timer”

Some kinds of news a day old is not relished, and if we see that it happened a week ago we pass it along; but time seems to freshen or make new local happenings. Here is a clipping from a Galena paper of nearly thirty years ago. It will surprise some to know that Cuba City ever had such a visitor and will cause old timers to see in memory many old neighbors that have gone, and to talk over again the disagreeable experience. The clipping speaks for itself.

“Our correspondent at Cuba City sends us the results of last Wednesday evening’s tornado which passed over this section, a more severe portion of it striking Cuba City than was given to us here. Following is the damage done:

W. Burn’s residence was struck by lightning; child badly stunned; damaged house about $50. Mary Griffith’s residence, on lots now occupied by Joe Kellner, and fence damaged about $20. Mrs. Brown’s house occupied by F. Layton and F. Conlon, present home of Mrs. Geo. Heitkamp, room damaged. The late residence of John Harker, now owned by G? & Jackson, on north end of Main St., struck by lightning. North end and inside badly wrecked—a narrow escape for Mr. Layton, who that day had moved his furniture into it, intending to move his family the next day. Loss $600. The chimney on T. Mitchell’s residence blown off; this is the Cook home. The art gallery north of the Walsh & Kenney furniture store was blown to atoms, parts of it going through the plate glass front of the Harris & Hendricks store, doing $100 damage. The Harris & Co. machine shed, joining the store, was crushed; the present site of the Dillon Donohoo store. C. Kellner had two chimneys blown down. P. Grimm, the shoe maker, had a donation made of a pair of Jas. Kivlahan’s pants, but they came through the plate glass front of his shop at an expense of $20. J. D. McNaughton’s drug store windows were blown in on the Kivlahan block. Six trees in the park were blown away. The summer kitchen at the H. Kepper residence was taken 200 feet. T. Main’s two horses were so frightened by the flying debris that they ran away, demolishing the buggy, but were easily caught. A strange feature of the storm was the taking of about twenty feet square out of the tin roof of Wilsson & Co.’s store, now R. Dreessen’s store. E. A. Gillham’s ice house was struck by lightning and split wide open. A car on the side track was unroofed. Wilson & Co.’s grain house was struck, now the Kivlahan coal house. The Kittoe building was moved from its foundation. Jas. Laird’s barn was leveled to the ground. The barn of Geo. Laird was turned half around. A. J. Smidt and R. V. Wilson each had a pump taken clear out of their cisterns. M. Burns’ house was badly shaken up and glass broken. R. A. Wilson’s barn was moved about a foot, while Thos. Curtis’ chimneys are gone. S. Clemens’ new residence was picked up and then dashed to fragments, his store being damaged by lightning. The M. E. church was twisted so that the plastering is all off or loose and both chimneys gone. The parsonage was also damaged some. W. H. Kaump’s fruit garden was badly damaged, the Geo. Dent property. John Clemens’ hay shed is gone, and trees blown down. To look over the town now, but three houses show signs of a severe storm as viewed from the outside, but from the inside each shows evidence of a fierce struggle. No one was hurt in the least. Outside of the city the storm was even more severe. The windmills of Ben Carr, A. Foley, F. Carr, J. W. Burns, W. Stephens, B. Ripperda, H. Heitcamp, S. Bowden, J. Wills, James Harvey and T. Willey, were blown down. Hay sheds and fences without number are down. Lightning struck the residence and barn of John Jenkyns, killing some stock, and damaging him fully $500. H. Willey’s barn was demolished. S. Stephens’ corn crib and George Wilkinson’s stone barn are gone. The latter’s residence was unroofed. Twelve barns are known to have gone. Lightning struck eighteen places in a circle of a few miles. The brick house on the T. Banfield farm was unroofed and Thos. McCrea and John Seeley were badly shaken up.”

School Days

From the Cuba City News Herald, September 3, 1915:

School Starts Monday, Sep. 13

It has been decided to start school on Monday, Sep. 13, and from present indications, another successful school year will result. Building operations on the new addition will not interfere materially with the work of the teachers and students. The faculty has been selected with care and following is the list of teachers:

F. E. Ralph, Supervising Principal
Regina Whaley
Bertha L. Carns
Leone McDermott
Jennie Geaseland
Marguerite Mahr
Mabel H. Beavers
Alma Willey
Verna Peacock
Alta Blades

Cuba City has school facilities equal to any town of its size in the state. The courses of study are comprehensive and students who attend school here are given every advantage.

The schedule of rates for book rent, which is payable strictly in advance, is as follows:

1st Grade…………………………………Free
2nd and 3d Grades………………………..75c
4th and 5th Grades………………………..$1.00
6th and 7th Grades…………………………1.25
8th Grade…………………………………..1.50
High School………………………………...2.50

It is earnestly requested that parents see to it that their children report on the opening day so that there will be no delay in getting down to business.


I intend to use this site to keep track of cool bits of local history from Cuba City, Wisconsin, and the surrounding area. I love reading old newspapers but have never actually DONE anything with the photocopies and notes I've jotted down over the years. This is an experiment in progress...