Friday, March 25, 2011

Before High School was Mandatory...

This advertisement encouraging parents to send their children to the Cuba City High School was in the August 31, 1917 issue of the Cuba City News Herald. The original part of this brick building was built in 1905 and the addition was added in 1915. For those who don't remember the old school, it was located south of the "Pit."  

Text from the advertisement reads as follows:

The Corps of Teachers
Prof. Frank E. Ralph, Sup. Prin.

High School Teachers:
Miss Regina Whaley, English
Miss Mabel Bevers, History and Science
Miss Laura Magee, Domestic Science
Miss Leone McDermott, German

Grade Teachers:
Seventh and Eighth Grades--Celia Connell
Fifth and Sixth Grades--Miss Marguerite Mahr
Third and Fourth Grades--Miss Alma Willey
Second Grade--Miss Verna Peacock
First Grade--Miss Ella Calvert

Send your children to one of the best high schools in this section
All tuition pupils for both grades and high school will be accepted.

Board of Education
Thos. Willey, Dir.
H. D. Meloy, Clerk
H. S. Winn, Treasurer

Three distinct courses of study are now offered students of the Cuba City High School.
(1) A four years English course.
(2) A two years German course.
(3) A two years Domestic Science course. This course includes study of foods and work in plain and fancy sewing and is offered in the grades as well as in the high school department.

Our new high school building, one of the finest in Grant County, is modern and up-to-date in every respect. It is well lighted, equipped with a fan system for heating and ventilating, bubbling drinking fountains, indoor toilets, has an assembly room with a seating capacity of 150, and a fine gymnasium.

Tuition of pupils from outside the district paid, as heretofore, by the towns in which they reside.

All desiring a first-class high school education should attend.

Opportunities are offered for vocal instruction and training in band and orchestra music in the grades and throughout the High School.

Every member of the corps of teachers is an experienced pedagogue and every consideration will be given for the proper training and care of the pupils.

Graduates of this school can enter any College or University of this or any other state without examinations.

Arrange to attend the Cuba City High School this year.

Dummy Police?

In the summer of 1917, the newspaper mentions something called "dummy police." These things were placed at busy intersections and were meant to encourage safer driving. I have no idea what they looked like, but they must have been transportable because some jokesters took Cuba City's dummy police on a little ride:

$25.00 REWARD

A reward of $25.00 will be paid for information as to the parties taking the "dummy police" metal standards from Main St., Cuba City, Wis., and taking them to Shullsburg and Benton.

Village Board of Cuba City
 John Berning, Marshall

--Cuba City News Herald, August 24, 1917

Red Cross Hard at Work

During World War I, the newly formed Cuba City branch of the Red Cross was hard at work. Members met several days a week to make items for the war effort. Here is one of their schedules:


The schedule for the local Red Cross work for next week is as follows:

Tuesday--Compresses and Slings
Wednesday--Wipes, Drains and Fracture Pads
Thursday--Laparotomy Pads and Head Bandages
Friday--Rolls and T. Binders

--Cuba City News Herald, August 3, 1917

The hard work paid off and many supplies were shipped off for use in the war.

Red cross surgical dressings shipped this week were as follows: 92 head bandages, 24 T-binders, 148 single compresses, 83 double compresses, 41 triangle slings, 177 wipes, 75 rolls, 55 laboratory pads, 45 drains, and 8 suits of pajamas. Did you make one of these? -- Cuba City News Herald, August 17, 1917

Those who didn't contribute their time making supplies found other ways to help out. Cuba City residents could donate materials to the Red Cross:

"Old sheets, pillow cases, or table cloths--or any old white muslin--that anyone wishes to donate for Red Cross work, may be left at headquarters any afternoons except Monday and Saturday."--  Cuba City News Herald, August 3, 1917

Residents could also attend fundraisers for the Red Cross, like the one below:


The Red Cross Society is going to have an Ice Cream Social at the City Park, Saturday evening, August 18. The proceeds are to be used in buying yarn. Everybody come.

--Cuba City News Herald, August 17, 1917 


Friday, March 18, 2011

Liberty Bond sales soar in Cuba City

One way Americans were asked to show support for the war effort during World War I was by purchasing Liberty Bonds. The bonds were an investment, said to draw interest at 3 1/2 percent. By June 22, 1917, the total sale of Liberty Bonds in Cuba City was $27,100. That would be over $468,000 today, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator.

Not all towns had such impressive sales. The following blurb from the Platteville Journal was reprinted in the Cuba City News Herald on June 22, 1917:

"Platteville cannot be over proud of the number who subscribed for Liberty Bonds, the sale of which closed last week. It was way below the number subscribed in other towns of this size and places much smaller. Cuba City for example--had a much larger list."

If patriotism was not enough to spur residents to purchase liberty bonds, the newspaper provided its own sort of encouragement by printing the names and amounts of bonds purchased by individuals. The lowest denomination of war bonds listed--$50.00--would be about $864.00 today. The following article appeared after the first big war bond campaign:

Cuba City News Herald, June 15, 1917 

$17,500 IS RAISED


Consequent upon the visit of Mr. Wright, of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the following committee was chosen to solicit Liberty Loan Bond buyers and the results of their canvas appear below:

Jake Harris, chairman; Rev. J. J. Maguire, Ferdinand Schmieder, Andrew Hendricks, Jos. Longbotham, S. E. Smalley, Clem Heitkamp, Matt Weber, Henry Willey, L. W. Porter, Tom Byrne, Ed. Hartlip, Pat Cullen, George Wiederhold, Henry Schmieder, Chas. Loeffelholz, C. H. Bartlett, R. F. Conlon, Nic Jungels, and John Clemens.

Andrews, Joe $50.00
Byrne, Thomas E. 300.00
Byrne, John 300.00
Byrne, Ed. 300.00
Bartlett, C. H. 100.00
Byrne, Wm. 100.00
Burbach, Fred 50.00
Brewer Brothers 100.00
Banfield, Thomas 50.00
Byrne, Chas. 50.00
Bertram, C. H. 50.00
Byrne, C. J. 100.00
Bussan, Joe 100.00
Bray, George 50.00
Barker, Robert A. 50.00
Belken, Henry 50.00
Booth, George 50.00
Byrne, Mary Ann 300.00
Brewer, William 50.00
Brady, Dr. D. L. 100.00
Cuba City State Bank 5,000.00
Clemens, John 500.00
Cullen, Patrick 200.00
Cullen, Wm. 50.00
Conlon, R. F. 100.00
Clemens, Chris A. 100.00
Calvert, James J. 100.00
Curtis, W. E. 50.00
Calvert, Thomas 200.00
Clemens, C. C. 50.00
Cullen, George 50.00
Cook, Mrs. 200.00
Doyle, C. P. 200.00
Doyle Children 100.00
Doyle, Margaret E. 100.00
Dall, Margaret 200.00
Deiter, August 50.00
Deiter, Louis 50.00
Daniel, Alfred 100.00
Donohoo, C. D. 100.00
Dall, Ben H. 50.00
Dowling, Frank 100.00
Dowling, Curtis 50.00
Donnell, Dr. J. E. 50.00
Eustice, Charles 100.00
Eddy, Caroline 50.00
Eustice, A. J. 50.00
First National Bank 5,000.00
Farrell, Thomas 100.00
Fiedler, J. A. 50.00
Faherty, Emma 100.00
Fiedler, H. H. 100.00
Flynn, L. C. 50.00
Florine, F. A. 100.00
Fager, Oscar 50.00
Gray, Alfred 150.00
Grimm, Peter 100.00
Grimm, William 50.00
Garvey, George 50.00
Gray, John 50.00
Gill, Solomon 100.00
Gilbert, William 50.00
Galligan, James F. 50.00
Hartlip, Ed. H. 300.00
Hendricks, Andrew H. 50.00
Harris, Jake 500.00
Heitkamp, Clem 50.00
Heil, George F. 100.00
Heil, Adelbert 100.00
Heil, Arthur 100.00
Heil, Peter 100.00
Holt, Henry 50.00
Harris, Dr. J. G. 50.00
Hartung, Joseph 100.00
Hoppenjan, John 50.00
Hird, Joseph 100.00
Hendricks, Matt 300.00
Hoff, John 50.00
Hoff, Herman 50.00
Horsley, James 50.00
Hendricks, John 100.00
Harvey, Jos. 50.00
Huntington, G. A. 100.00
Harker, Albert 50.00
Hauser, Jos. J. 50.00
Haug, Albert 50.00
Heslop, Chris. 100.00
Hindermann, John 50.00
Heil, Mrs. Ann 300.00
Jungels, Nic 50.00
Jansen, Henry 50.00
Johns, John 100.00
Jenkyns, John 100.00
Jones, J. W. 50.00
Jones, Bert 50.00
Jones, Clyde 50.00
Jeffrey, Edward E. 50.00
Jeffrey, T. J. 50.00
Jackson, Arthur T. 50.00
Johns, Joe 50.00
Jenemann, George 50.00
Jenemann, Henry 100.00
Kellner Brothers 100.00
Kingsley, Chris. 200.00
Kivlahan, L. F. & Son 200.00
Kay, John 50.00
Kenney, J. E. 100.00
Kaiser, B. J. 50.00
Longbotham, Jos. 50.00
Linck, Nicholas 100.00
Loeffelholz, Chas. 50.00
Lowe, W. T. 50.00
Lacke, Phil 50.00
Lebben, A. W. 50.00
Lindsay, W. J. 100.00
Lebben, John 50.00
Maguire, Rev. J. J. 200.00
Mering, Michael 100.00
Murphy, Faley 50.00
May, Henry 100.00
McGaughey, B. A. 50.00
Marshall, William 50.00
Marvel, G. W. 100.00
Mitchell, H. W. 100.00
McFarlane & Mattert 200.00
Millman, T. E. 100.00
Minnick, James 100.00
Meloy, H. D. 50.00
McNett, E. L. 100.00
McNett, E. D. 100.00
Osborne, Robt. A. 50.00
Patterson, Cyrus W. 50.00
Premising, Leo 50.00
Pierce, Thomas 50.00
Pinch, James 50.00
Pierce, Robert 50.00
Porter, L. W. 500.00
Peacock, A. L. 100.00
Runde, Clem 50.00
Rasque, Ernest 50.00
Runde, Albert 50.00
Ralph, George C. 50.00
Rochek, Adeline 100.00
Rosemeyer, Anton B. 100.00
Richard, Lewis 100.00
Reese, John 100.00
Richards, George and Chas. 50.00
Riley, William 50.00
Riege, Floyd 50.00
Runde, Mrs. H. 50.00
Runde, Mrs C. 100.00
Runde, Arthur 50.00
Raisbeck, Wm. A. 150.00
Schmieder, Henry 100.00
Schmieder, Ferdinand 100.00
Smalley, Hon. S. E. 100.00
Stender, Fred 50.00
Staver, Jos. 100.00
Stokel, Jos. 100.00
Schneider, John 100.00
Schnorrenberg, Orville 50.00
Schneider, William 50.00
Sampson, Thomas 50.00
Slaats, Frank 50.00
Schuh, Nores B. 50.00
Saltzman, Frank 100.00
Stephens, John 100.00
Smalley, Luverne R. 50.00
Schneider, Jos. 50.00
Stephens, Frank H. 50.00
Schardt, Frank 50.00
Scadden, Ed. 100.00
Scott, H. E. 50.00
Turner, Ed. 50.00
Tebben, Frank 50.00
Toomey, Matt 50.00
Udelhofen, Otto 50.00
Vanatta, Will 50.00
Vosberg, T. J. 50.00
Vosberg, George 100.00
Weber, Matt 50.00
Willey, W. H. 100.00
Wiederhold, George, Jr. 100.00
Willey, Walter H. 100.00
Willey, Thomas 100.00
Whaley, Sam 50.00
Winn, Henry S. 100.00
Webster, Thomas 100.00

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Cars are a bargain, even during wartime

Loeffelholz Bros. & Wagner published the following advertisement in the Cuba City News Herald in late 1917. The business was located at the Ford garage on Main Street in Cuba City, across from City Hall today.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Red Cross in Cuba City

During World War I, Cuba City residents helped the war effort in many ways. One was by joining the local branch of the Red Cross. Each week, the Cuba City News Herald published the names of residents who joined the organization. Judging by the number of names, I think that nearly every person in town must have joined. Fear of not getting one's name published in the paper may have been a contributing factor to the size of Cuba City's Red Cross branch!

Cuba City News Herald, May 18, 1917


Cuba City Branch Organized Wednesday Evening

At a meeting held at the City Hall, Wednesday evening, the local branch of the Red Cross was organized.

Miss Emma Schreiner, of Lancaster, who had previously been appointed chairman of the county organization, appointed Mrs. S. E. Smalley as chairman of the local branch, and at Wednesday evening’s meeting the following officers were chosen:

Chairman—Mrs. S. E. Smalley
Vice Chairman—Mrs. C. H. Bartlett
Secy.—Mrs. Jacob Harris
Treas.—H. D. Meloy
Executive Committee—the above officers and Mrs. W. T. Lowe and Mrs. John Ralph.
Membership Committee—Mrs. Richard Brewer, chairman, Miss Grace Pascoe, Mrs. George Gill, and Miss Emily MacDonald.
Finance Committee—Mrs. Wm. J. Schilling, chairman, Mrs. H. D. Meloy, Mrs. G. W. Mattert, Mrs. F. Faherty, Mrs. J. L. Conlon and Mrs. J. J. Bass.

As soon as school is out, the High School gymnasium will be the meeting place of the society. The ladies of the Platteville organization will come down for the next meeting that will be held, the time to be announced later in the News-Herald.

Everybody is urged to join in this movement—man, woman and child. The fee for joining is $1.00. Half of this amount goes to Washington, D. C., for the upkeep of hospitals and the other half is to be used in buying needed materials.

Be a booster for the Red Cross and this good old U. S. A.

The Draft - World War I

In the spring of 1917, reminders of the coming war were seen often in the local newspaper. First, men were encouraged to volunteer for military service.

Cuba City News Herald, April 27, 1917


Applications for enlistment may be made through me. The call to the colors applies to Cuba City as well as elsewhere. For particulars, enquire of the undersigned at the shooting gallery.  – B. H. Williams

Then, men were required to register for the draft.

Cuba City News Herald, May 25, 1917


The law requires every man who has passed his twenty-first birthday on June 5 to register that day for army service. There are no exceptions. All men from 21 to 30 must register. Exemptions for health or other reasons will come later. A prison sentence is the penalty for failure to register.

Some of Cuba City's drafted men are shown in the photograph below, taken from the Cuba City Centennial book.

Back row: Luverne Johns, Luverne Smalley, George Belken, Earl Wright, Bob McCrea, Ben Conlon, Larry Flynn, Bill Wimmer, Earl Deutman, Harry Andrew, George Knight.
Middle row: Charles Wright, Paul Fiedler, Wm. Heitkamp, James Galligan, Ellsworth Cook, Leonard "Curly" Arthur, Arthur Droullard, Edward Faivre.
Front row: Ben Galligan, Albert Hird, Earl Knox, Wilfred Walton, Steve Cole, Nicholas Schmieder, Robert Peacock.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mobil Station

A shot of the Mobil station, located on Main Street where Munyon's is today. At the time the picture was taken, Paul Richardson ran the station. In fact, that may be him in the photo.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Wartime Advertisements - 1917

Newspaper advertisements for Cuba City businesses turned patriotic when the U.S. entered World War I.

This advertisement for Hendricks' Shoe Store appeared in a 1917 issue of the Cuba City News Herald:

These wartime ads for E.D. McNett's Quality Store also appeared in the Cuba City News Herald:

Sunday, March 6, 2011

12,000 People Celebrate the Fourth of July in Cuba City

By the summer of 1917, Cuba City was gearing up for war in Europe. The Fourth of July seemed like the perfect way to show off the town's patriotism and what a celebration they planned! 

This is the front page of the Cuba City News-Herald on June 29, 1917:

And here is the newspaper ad announcing the plans for the big day:

Event planners had high hopes for Cuba City's Fourth of July celebration, and it appears that it was a great success. According to the following article, at least 12,000 people flooded Cuba City on July 4, 1917!

Cuba City News Herald  July 6, 1917

Some Celebration

Cuba City Has Great Patriotic Demonstration

It wasn’t a mere celebration—it was a patriotic whirlwind and the largest crowd in the history of the city, conservatively estimated at 12,000.

The day’s doings opened up with a concert at the North Western depot by the Cuba City Military Band.

Then followed the grand street parade—a marvelous presentation of patriotic, fraternal and civic events.

The baseball game between Benton and Hazel Green was a hotly contested feature and was won by Benton the score being 2 to 0.

The afternoon’s program at the city park opened by a band concert. Then followed the chorus, “America,” sung by the little folks and the vast audience.

Hon. S. E. Smalley gave the address of welcome in his customary pleasing manner and the Milledgeville Drum Corps favored the audience with a number of selections with fife and drum, each member of the little company being a veteran of the Civil War.

John P. Lacke then read the famous Declaration of Independence and was followed by a number of vocal selections by Jos. V. Ryan, the Irish rag time king of Ft. Dodge, Iowa.

Mayor Harris headed the parade and was followed by mounted riders, Messrs. B.A. Clemens, Alfred Turner, James Galligan, and Homer Ralph, who were to have impersonated Washington, Pershing, Lee and Grant, but owing to the costumes not arriving were caused to wear civilian clothes.

Then followed the Milledgeville Drum Corps in a decorated auto, playing patriotic airs, which added much to the military aspect of the occasion.

Then followed a decorated car containing Hon. John Stephens, C.A. Bazinett, Jno. Clemens, Hon. S.E. Smalley and C.C. Clemens. The next in line were the Benton Boy Scouts, who paraded in true soldierly style. Then came the members of the Cuba City Fire Department in natty new uniforms, each bearing a “Star Spangled Banner.”

The Cuba City Military Band then came along in their swell uniforms of white and blue and playing inspiring strains of patriotic music. The band was followed by a company of local cadets under command of Capt. Frank Florine, Jr., and with only two weeks drill surprised the crowd with their precision which was equal to that of United States Regulars. We believe this is a move in the right direction and efforts should be made toward making it a permanent institution of our city for the good of our boys. Next came the school children with radiant, joyous faces, no doubt partly inspired by the easy traveling due to our fine street pavement. A word of appreciation is due Messrs Ben Conlon and Alban Fiedler and the Misses Harris, Hendricks and Peacock in directing the children.

The section of the parade consisting of the floats included the Red Cross, Rebekahs, Royal Neighbors, Eastern Star and Daughters of Isabella—and it would be hard to pick a winner from such an excellent line-up.

Decorated autos advertising the Big Chautauqua to be held in Cuba City, July 24-28, McNett’s Quality Store, the Maxwell and Hupmobile autos, and the Chalmers car were in the line of march. Then came a number of boys mounted on ponies, followed by Louis Cunzenheim with his tractor and binder.

The wind-up of the parade was “Maud’s” brother hitched to a cart.

Hon. J.W. Murphy, of Platteville, then delivered an address fired with patriotic zeal which was enthusiastically received. He also gave an understandable explanation of the Red Cross movement.

Then came the drill by the Benton Boy Scouts—a very creditable exhibition.

“The Star Spangled Banner” was then sung by the children on the platform and the audience all standing.

Daylight fireworks (the first shown in our city) were next on the program, followed by the various races, which were pulled off in a creditable manner.

The evening program opened with a concert by our military band, followed by a brass quartette consisting of Messrs. Kellner, Warner, Stephens and Goldthorpe, who played “Southern Songs” in a pleasing manner.

A series of tableau followed which Messrs. Faherty, Ralph, Fiedler, and the Misses Heitkamp, Hendricks, Harris and Byrne, interpreted various personages in the early history of our country. A group of songs by Joseph Ryan, accompanied on the piano by Mrs. C.H. Bartlett, amused the audience, and their numbers were followed by another series of tableau impersonated by Messrs. Clemens, Galligan, Fiedler, Riker, O’Neill, Fields, Splinter, Cummins, Burns and Turner, the Misses Byrne, Heitkamp, and Varker, and Mesdames Clemens, Jacobi, Brewer, and Heil.

Four reels of movies by Loeffelholz Bros. delighted the vast audience and the grand display of fireworks wound up a day that will long be remembered.

The vast crowd is to be commented on their orderly deportment for there are few cities of the size of Cuba City entertaining such an enormous crowd with in which there is not more or less disorder. Not a single accident occurred to mar the day’s celebration demonstrating a truly sane Fourth. An unusually large number of autos were parked about the city and it is doubtless due to the presence of the “dummy police” signs at the street intersections that not an auto accident occurred.

The dance at the Auditorium drew a record-breaking crowd and the Merry-Go-Round and various stands drew capacity business.

A man was nabbed in the morning by the police for circulating anti-draft literature.

We cannot bring this account to a close without giving credit to whom credit belongs for the unqualified success of the parade. On the shoulders of one man rests the lion’s share—C.E. Turnbull. He has merited the sincere appreciation of all of our citizens for his excellent work.