The Free Democrat

The Free Democrat

Monday, May 16, 2016

Traces of spaces along N. 27th St. between W. Grand Ave. & W. Wells St.

They just don't design them like they used to! This double house is long gone from the east side of N. 27th Street, but there are families who would be able to identify their history there as owners or renters through census records or city directories. The footprint image from the Sanborn fire insurance map is suprisingly accurate (UW-Milwaukee Golda Meir Library digital collection)

Monday, March 21, 2016

Passover in Milwaukee - matzos, matzos, matzos!

Jewish baker Julius Kohn (1724 Walnut St.) tells his valued customers that his matzos are available again this year and can be purchased at Klingbeil's on State St., Gottschalk's on Chestnut St., P. Welch's on Van Buren St., and at Ph. Weis's butcher shop (another advertiser of Kosher products in these papers) on Jackson St.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Black lives matter!

Katherine Bohanen, a blind African-American lady was born on Christmas Day in Kentucky in about 1806 according to her reckoning, but she couldn't be sure.
In 1909 she applied for assistance due to blindness which had occurred in the previous year. We get a little bit of her biography in this clipping.
Happy 209th Birthday Katherine Bohanen!