Friday, November 26, 2010

Gangsters in Cuba City?

National and international newspapers were buzzing about Cuba City in May 1934. This was the age of the gangster and one of America's most notorious criminals, John Dillinger, may have been hiding out at an abandoned mine near Cuba City. Federal agents armed with machine guns were in the area investigating and prepared for possible warfare with Dillinger and his men. Check out these articles, made available through Google's Newspaper Archive:

Dubuque Telegraph Herald article, May 17, 1934

Pittsburgh Press article, May 18, 1934

Montreal Gazette article, May 18, 1934

On a personal note, my grandfather was just a boy when a man approached him in a Dickeyville gas station, claiming to be Dillinger. I have also heard of other Dillinger sightings in the area during this time period.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Baxter Mine

The Baxter Mine was located northeast of Cuba City. According to the Cuba City Centennial Book, "it was one of the richer mines in the district, being a particularly good lead producer." Men by the name of Parker, Palmer, and Bostwick came here from Janesville and were involved with this particular mine.

Pictured below is a cave-in that occurred at the mine in the early 1900s.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Early residents of Cuba City

This is Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hauser, posing in front of their home in the early 1900s. According to the Cuba City Centennial Book (1975), they were German immigrants and lived at the site of the "new" city well.