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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Traces of spaces on Milwaukee's Holton Street.

Even with changes like duplex conversion and vinyl siding these frame homes built in the 1890s are still recognizable today.
Pictures of houses built for the 99% can be found in not-so-out-of-the-way places as long as someone takes the time to document them. These are verified examples of each property, dating from the 1890s. Another Milwaukee home owner might find that their home is nearly identical.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Milwaukee's singing Socialists celebrate 50 years in 1926.

When Milwaukee's Socialists weren't busy cleaning up the corruption of previous decades (after the 1910 Mayoral election), they were celebrating their history! The article includes their full concert program and names the choral and orchestral groups that participated in the event.
More politically enlightening history can be found by clicking here:
Milwaukee's history of Socialist Mayors

Thursday, May 14, 2015

30 years war ... in the Town of Granville?


Wedding events and anniversaries, notable birthdays and other events are all found in the German papers, but not usually with such humor as this clipping about the 30th wedding anniversary party for Mr. & Mrs. Henry Flach.

On the 28th of February Mr. and Mrs. H. Flach of Granville, Wis., celebrated the most light-hearted "Thirty Years' War" that you could think of: namely, the 30th anniversary of the day on which the said pair joined together in this exceedingly happy marriage. ...

These clippings frequently include guests lists and it's another way to step back and take a look at a snapshot of our ancestors' lives (and in this case, the party antics of lil' Albert Flach).

There are at least two published versions of this clipping - the Germania version (the Brumder's Lutheran rag) leaves the humor out of the telling of the event.

Both clippings are indexed in "Milwaukee's German Newspapers; an index of death notices and related items" (1844-1950) / an ongoing, independent project created, compiled and edited by Gary R. Rebholz, for another 30 years ...

Saturday, December 20, 2014

English or German language clippings? it's your choice.

Mrs. Catherine Dorothy Zach's death notice found in the Milwaukee Journal has been digitized into illegibility, but I checked a library microfilm and counted 50 words. The notice provides information about the arrangements, but only makes limited mention of the family: her daughters are identified by their husband's names.

The German language death notice (119 words) is not only more comprehensive but it's progessive too. It sets the scene for us -- during her long illness she was provided with the Last Rights -- and includes Mrs. Zach's maiden name (Golner), provides her daughter's given names separately from their husband's names, names her daughter-in-law and even references Mrs. Zach's siblings. It's a research and German-American cultural gem!

This is the family's paid death notice for Mrs. Zach; there was no separate obituary article written by the newspaper.

This difference between competing papers isn't always the case - it may even be found reversed - but it bears understanding by family researchers or anyone else doing research in Milwaukee. These differences may also be found in a comparison between the English language papers and Milwaukee's Polish language newspapers.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Castles of the 99%; long-gone home on Walnut Street

This classic early 20th C. flat located at 504-506 Walnut Street was advertised by the builder in the local German language papers. The home is gone now, but was located in the old German ghetto adjacent to the north edge of Milwaukee's current downtown. If the home survived through 1929 the address would've become 506-508 W. Walnut Street.There are many homes like this one that remain today although most have lost or changed some of their features like porch railings. Some research to determine the name of the builder could verify whether the builder's model is the same.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Milwaukee's Bock Bier festivals; a lost tradition!

You don't hear about an annual Bock Beer season in Milwaukee anymore.
The local German papers featured adverts. for the brew in late winter and into early spring.
(I'm not a beer fan, but as I understand it, back when city animal ordinances were more lax, enterprising home brewers would feed all the necessary ingredients to their goats and then collect the warm, foamy, golden, organic brew for annual festivities. If not properly filtered, drinking Bock beer could leave a prickly mustache ;-).

This advertisement for Best's Bierhalle special goat-brew dates from the 1850s.
More information can be found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bock