Monday, August 31, 2015

recording original bits of local Germanic architectural flavor

The Meinecke Building on E. Wells Street (across from the Pabst Theater) was built 1891/1892 as pictured, but lost its original Germanic decorative features. This may have been done with repairs and renovation due to a fire: the building gained a full 6th floor and a more standard and sedate Classical style (according to local historian Y. Marti).

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

featuring Milwaukee's prominent & well known citizens!

A lovely photo and biography of Louis Manz, long-time mailman to Milwaukee's South Side, on the occasion of his 81st birthday.

Family researchers sometimes tell me that there must be something in the local German press about their ancestor so-and-so because they were prominent or well known. Could be, you'd have to look for them.

In any case, that was certainly true of Louis Manz, as he would've been a prominent neighborhood feature AND well-known to the people on his mail route.

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.