Milwaukee'r Arbeiter-Zeitung

Milwaukee'r Arbeiter-Zeitung

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, August 30, 2014

Memorial for Anna Heinl

Two Milwaukee death notices for Anna Heinl: from a local German language daily paper and the other from an English language daily. The information is similar, but not identical. One is clearly a family memorial to their loved one. The other is a helpful, but perfunctory piece of information, and adequate for data collectors.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

'Bierseidel Pavillion' in Milwaukee? - if you build it, they will come!

After the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, a competition was held in Milwaukee for the design of an attraction to draw tourists (or beer drinkers) to Milwaukee. A prize of $100 was awarded for this three story beer stein which incorporates a feature some Milwaukeeans will recognize!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

a Father's Day reminiscence ...

Richard A. Rebholz, lake cottage
& day's catch, c. 1956
     Both my father and mother were not keenly interested in the family genealogy. But my father was a storehouse of knowledge about the City of Milwaukee's industrial neighborhoods and had many Rebholz family stories as well as those culled from the old codgers of my mother's Goelz and Quast family. There was the political shenanigans (that's Irish for Schadenfreude) behind the naming of Milwaukee's tiniest park Goelz Triangle at S. Whitnall, S. Howell and E. Ohio Sts. in the 1930s; the location of the Quast family grocery store at N. 7th & Wright Sts. now occupied by a freeway ramp; how his father and uncles learned to swim at one of the last of the swimming schools near the old North Avenue dam.
     I don't know if he had prior knowledge of my own discoveries of early Rebholz history, but like my mother, I bet his natural curiosity would've been piqued as I've unfolded even more family stories.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Ride your bike for green genealogy research in Milwaukee

It's Ride Your Bike to Work Week (May 10-18) in Milwaukee!
Milwaukee's bike lanes can get you all around town for your genealogy research: from the UW-Milwaukee library, Milwaukee Public Library, Salzmann Library, Milwaukee County Historical Society, other historical societies in places like Bay View, Wauwatosa and New Berlin, even the FHL.

You can also put your bike on a bus, put your feet up, and organize that day's notes and research finds using your electronic device (keep those batteries charged!).

Sunday, May 11, 2014

a Mother's Day reminiscence ...

25th wedding anniversary, Boulevard Inn, Milwaukee
     My mother, Betty Quast Rebholz, wasn't at all interested in the family genealogy. I ignored that and regaled her with names of ancestors going back 12 generations, lost branches of her tree and about my experiences with the genealogy community and in local research collections. Her typical response was "You couldn't make this stuff up!"
     So it was a real surprise when she related her own story about my research in Milwaukee's German newspapers: her hairdresser provided a detailed version of my biography relayed by instructors of a genealogy class at the public library! All sorts of detail unconnected with Milwaukee's German newspapers was included in the information.
     This was an Aha! moment for me because of an incident at the local family history library where a researcher named Tom (an acolyte of the one true genealogy) LOUDLY regaled 4 or 5 patrons and me with his own version of my biography.
     Betty and I had a good chuckle over this. From that time on she appreciated that my anecdotes about bullying librarians and threats from local genealogy queens were true.
     She would also enjoy a good chuckle if she knew that a stranger attended her funeral service in May 2011 and actually approached me with a research question.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A wide variety of artful beer advertising from the 1850s on ...

Here's a wonderful example of a Milwaukee beer advertisement from the German language newspapers. The wide range of advertisements could fill more than a couple of panels on my display of Milwaukee's German newspapers.
(If you must drink beer and conduct research at the same time, please do so both responsibly and ethically.)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Castles of the 99%; house images found in Milwaukee's historic newspapers ...

Milwaukee's East Side, 1898
Milwaukee's historic German language newspapers have many real estate advertisements that include images like this architect's rendering of an East Side address from 1898.
This  advert. for the house and side lot includes the old version of the address so I dug up the current address at the library. This home became someone's 'castle' in about 1898 and it's still here in 2014, with changes.

I have a growing list of citations for adverts. and featured addresses with architectural renderings or photos from the German papers.
Milwaukee's East Side, 2014