Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cuba City Bakery

Did you know that the building now housing Nick's Cafe used to be a bakery? On July 8, 1930, Joseph P. Nilles of Dubuque became the owner of the Cuba City bakery. Before this, Albert and Charles Lippolt and D.A. Dixon also had bakeries at this location.

The sign behind this gentleman reads Lippolt Bros. Bakery Confectionery Ice Cream, located at 119 S. Main, where Nick's Cafe is today. The outlines of City Hall and the First National Bank dome are just visible in the distance. Circa 1922. Thank you to Linda Lambert for sharing this wonderful photo belonging to her great aunt, Rachel Idel Smith.

 This drawing comes from the 1932 fire insurance map of Cuba City. The Nilles bakery is the second building from the bottom, labeled Bake Shop. Sadly, the bakery did suffer a fire in December 1935 that destroyed the interior of the building.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Rachel Idel Smith's Cuba City, 1921-1923

Rachel Idel Smith

 Rachel Idel Smith taught in Cuba City from 1921-1923. Below is a page of her photo album documenting her time in Cuba City. Smith went on to have an amazing career and retired as an occupational therapist at Central Islip psychiatric hospital in New York. Thank you to Linda Lambert for sharing her great aunt's photos!

Dillon Donohoo store. Now, Antiques and Salvage.

 A north-facing view of Main Street with Florine's Drug Store on the left and First National Bank on the right.

  Cuba City Depot
C.H. Bartlett was involved in all sorts of businesses in Cuba City, including real estate and undertaking. He had a hand in the Cuba City Motor Company and the telephone company.

First National Bank
Cuba City State Bank
Today, Veteran's Memorial Park.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Cuba City High School's girls' basketball team, 1922

The January 31, 1919 issue of the Cuba City News Herald reported that "a High School girls basketball team has been organized and will soon be ready for a peppy game." This picture was taken a few years later in 1922. Thank you to Linda Lambert for sharing this wonderful photo belonging to her great aunt, Rachel Idel Smith, an occupational therapist and teacher.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

1950s parade and baseball game captured on film

Footage of a parade on Cuba City's Main Street, circa 1957.

 Short clip of a baseball game at Splinter Park, circa 1957.

Scene from a 1950s parade

This still image from an old home movie shows a parade in Cuba City, probably around 1957. Behind the Robbins Radio and TV car is the Northwestern Hotel on the corner of Main and Webster Street.