Milwaukee'r Arbeiter-Zeitung

Milwaukee'r Arbeiter-Zeitung

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!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

1890s tremors of the Schandein-Best-Heyl-Pabst scandal erupting in 1905

Dr. Louis Frank and Ella Schandein and their families traveled to Landstuhl an der Pfalz for their marriage and its celebration. Upon arrival, they found questions had been brought about Dr. Frank's freedom to marry causing the local German government to publish marriage banns all the way back home in Milwaukee's German language press. Dr. Frank was cleared of any suspicion of bigamy, the marriage took place, and the couple played a roll in the rescue of members of the Schandein family leading up to the scandal that reached local courts in 1905.

Schandein house of horrors, 2400 W. Wisconsin Ave.
(Caution! scandalous reading found through the following links.)
Read more here:

Read an earlier version here:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Prussia to Milwaukee; an immigrant's dilemma ...

Gustav and Emilie Zimpel (from Gross Lops, Prussia) arrived in Milwaukee and were staying at a hotel called the Russel House on East Water Street. They were at a loss to find their sister Theresa; either she was expected to be living somewhere in Milwaukee, or at the very least, reading local German language newspapers to learn of her siblings' arrival.

Friday, September 11, 2015

The American worker and the Republican ticket (1892)

Very occasionally you'll find that the German language press published in English like this cartoon republished from another paper in Sept. 1892 -- as timely now as it was then.
A more common example would be court or other other legal notices found published in English, even tho' sometimes explicitly designated to be published in the German language press.

Monday, August 31, 2015

A record of original bits of Milwaukee's 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 99%!

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'll have to look.

In any case, that was certainly true of Louis Manz, as he would've been a prominent feature of the neighborhood 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 ...