Sunday, March 25, 2012

Don't say you are too busy to knit

Cuba City had a very active Red Cross branch during World War I. This newspaper piece encouraging (or shaming) residents to get involved is still intense almost one hundred years later.


What is your work for the war? Undoubtedly you have given generously of your income, but that is not sufficient to buy immunity from work, from personal sacrifice, from the honorable weariness of those who share great responsibilities and give themselves with light heart and high purpose to a noble and lofty ideal. When we think of the war work we would like to do, it is in terms of ambulance drivers and aviation pilots. Yet these roles are for the few and they alone can not win this war. Back of them must be a great army of workers ready to take up the humblest task leading to victory. There is one form of work that every woman can share. Don’t say that you are too busy to knit. In war more men die from cold and exposure and illness than from wounds. Every hour that you waste, you are throwing away the life of one of our soldiers. Do you dare to shirk? Set aside a part of each day for your war work. It may tire you a little—what of it? Do you think our army is ignorant of fatigue? Our men are giving up every pleasure, every comfort, every home tie—offering up their bodies and their lives for you. Just stop and think of all they are doing for you and your children! Come out and begin your work today.

The Red Cross has just made another shipment of seven hundred and forty-six (746) pieces altogether. Here is a list of the knit articles:

16 Mufflers
23 Wristlets
7 Pairs Socks
6 Sweaters
5 Hemlets

Our meetings are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, from 2:00 to 5:00 o’clock. Room in the First National Bank Building.

--Cuba City News Herald (11-02-1917)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

James Jeffrey, Georgetown

Before the definite path of the railroad was determined, several area settlements vied for the honor and certain economic boost that frequent rail traffic would bring. One of those places was Georgetown, located just northwest of Cuba City. In the mid-to-late 1800s, Georgetown was a flourishing community with several businesses and residents.

1895 Plat Map of Georgetown

One of Georgetown's businesses was a general store owned by James Jeffrey. Jeffrey was born in England in 1841 and came to America with his parents in 1847. I don't have exact years for Jeffrey's store operation in Georgetown, but he was definitely in business from 1880-1900, based on census information. I believe his store was located at the intersection of what is today County Road D and St. Rose Road.

Above is a trading card from the James Jeffrey store in Georgetown. It is advertising Dr. D. Jayne's Expectorant.

When the railroad tracks were built through Cuba City, Georgetown's fate was sealed. Its population dwindled and businesses closed or moved to more lucrative locations, leaving Georgetown a small, peaceful farming community.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Old Cuba City high school, a new perspective

This is the first picture I've seen of the old Cuba City high school from behind. It must have been taken after the addition was constructed in 1915. Thank you to Rachel Knoblich, who kindly shared this photo belonging to her grandmother, Lillian Heitkamp Kirk.

Cuba City school staff, 1928-29

The following list of teachers at Cuba City's public grade and high school in the 1928-29 school year gives you an idea of how classes were arranged and what subjects were offered. The numbers beside the names are the annual salaries.

L. A. Struck, Prin.-----------------------------2400.00
Alma Borah, English & Library-----------------1485.00
Alice Johnson---------------------------------1215.00
Theodore Kexel, Science and Music------------1450.00
Arthur Kriewald, Commercial------------------1700.00
Ann Power, Latin, Mathematics----------------1215.00
Hale Quandt, Science and Mathematics---------1700.00
Martha Warner, 7-8 Grades---------------------990.00
Catherine McCarten, 5-6 Grades----------------990.00
Marjorie Kay, 3-4 Grades-----------------------1080.00
Delia Preston, 1-2 Grades-----------------------1125.00
Florence B. Quandt, Kindergarten and Music-----675.00

School officers, which I assume were the equivalent of a school board, were W. A. Kivlahan, Dr. J. C. Harris, and L. W. Porter.