Wednesday, May 18, 2016

First National Bank draft


This note sent on First National Bank letterhead accompanied a draft for $150 sent by Wilhelm Busch of Cuba City to his son Ferdinand in North Dakota. The bank's cashier, Matt Hendricks, wrote the note, probably in 1905 or 1906. Others associated with the bank are also listed on the letterhead: William Thomas, President; Henry J. Kettler, Vice President; and W.H. Thomas, Assistant Cashier.

This letter is courtesy of Ferdinand Busch's grandson, Dick Bernard, and was published along with several letters and postcards received by Ferdinand and Rosa Busch after they moved from Wisconsin to North Dakota in 1905.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

"So neat and pretty"


This postcard was sent in March 1916 by a woman named Ruby after she visited Cuba City. Ruby writes:

"Went to Cuba City for a few days. This is a picture of a part of the town. It is a small place but it is so neat and pretty."

The photo is an aerial view of the corner of North Madison Street and Lafayette Street, facing northeast. The brick home belonged to George and Theresa Vosberg and was built around 1908. The first portions of Main Street were paved in 1915, and evidence of this work continuing can be seen behind the Vosberg house.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sisson's Summer Resort


This image comes from an early 1900s postcard, published by Henry D. Kivlihan of Cuba City, Wisconsin. Unfortunately, I have no other information about this "resort" or its location. According to the 1907-1908 Polk directory for Wisconsin, a Charles Sisson, feed mill owner, and a Mrs. L.W. Sisson, hotel owner, both lived in Jamestown, Grant County, at this time.