Friday, December 31, 2010

Ice Fishing Anyone?

It's that time of year again when locals will be bringing their hauls in off the Lemonweir River from ice fishing. This fantasy catch was a favorite postcard in the early 1900s. How would you like this catfish on the end of your line?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Lisbon Millinery

Did you know New Lisbon had a Millinery Shop? Now in case you are too young to know what that is, it's a store that made hats for ladies. It was in the late seventeenth century that women's headgear began to emerge in its own right and not be influenced by men's hat fashions. The word 'milliner',

A maker of women's hats, was first recorded in 1529 when the term referred to the products for which Milan and the northern Italian regions were well known, i.e. ribbons, gloves and straws. The haberdashers who imported these highly popular straws were called 'Millaners' from which the word was eventually derived.

By the mid 1800's Swiss and Italian straws, together with imitation straws made from paper, cardboard, grass and horsehair were available to women, along with the introduction of velvet and tulle.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

1879 New Invention Arrives in New Lisbon!

(From the Juneau County Times Argus, March 13, 1879) Considerable interest is being manifested by several of the citizens of this place in the mysteries of the telephone and the communications conveyed by it on a linen thread from one business establishment to another, and from one place to another in residence neighborhoods. It is truly a wonderful invention and yet the construction of the machine appears very simple. On last Saturday communication was established between the store of J.M. Barlow on Bridge Street and Frank Hurd's store on Adams Street and groups of people were assembled at either end to the other. All seemed delighted with the wonderful performance of the invention, and many expressed their determination to become owners of this new invention called a telephone.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Classic Old New Lisbon

This classic picture was taken in the early 1920s and centers around the intersection of Adams and Bridge Streets. In the center you will notice the Horse Fountain used to water horses as they came into town with their masters. This fountain can be found today in Heritage Park.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sleigh Bells Ringing...

One of my favorite postcards and priceless treasures is this scene of a couple riding their sleigh on a cold winter day in New Lisbon. This shot was taken at the corner of Adams Street. The Gibson home is in the background. (Currently owned by the Ballerings)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

1865 News Tidbits

1865 Tidbits from New Lisbon Times Argus

New Lisbon Brewery
Henry Bierbauer, of lager beer notoriety, has lately fitted up his brewery in this place at an enormous expense and in a manner, which now enables him to manufacture this wholesome beverage in a superior manner. There is no use of any more poor beer being sold here as soon as Henry can supply the market.

• Rattlesnakes continue being a problem in New Lisbon. A small child died this week from a bite.

• Children are warned to be cautious when flying their kites. Electrocution is a constant hazard. (Copper wire was used to fly kites)

• Horse stealing has become a horrendous problem in our area. The team rescued by Sheriff Platt last week has been returned to its proper owner in Waukesha. Platt shows these villains no mercy.

• An unwelcome visitor made herself known as a self-degraded wretch of the feminine gender dressed in male attire! Several days elapsed before her real character became known, during which time she occupied in drinking whiskey, smoking cigars and other masculine amusements – including fighting Unbelievable! She made her get-away just in time.

• Some strange new invention known as the “washing machine” has been introduced to this local. We see no use for them.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Old Treasures

Souvenirs were very popular to give to tourists in the early 1900s. This custard glass was a popular item from New Lisbon.

First produced in England around 1880, novelties, salt dips, small baskets, etc were created in creamy custard glass but it was not made in America for nearly five more years. The first American company said to produce custard glass was the Dithridge Company in Pittsburgh, Penn.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Civil War Coin

Anyone with information about WM Runkel Civil War coins from New Lisbon, please email me!

Civil War coins offer intriguing North and South subplots. Put in context of America’s worst war, the story of Confederate coins, US coins, Civil War tokens, and other Civil War money is described and illustrated.

One can only wonder at the hardships faced by that generation of Americans.

Thursday, December 16, 2010


In 1922 New Lisbon residents were hit with a bit of ice. This shot looking down Monroe Street shows the M&I bank building (then New Lisbon State Bank) on the left. Power lines were caked in ice and tumbling down. Notice the hitching posts along the road way for horses. Those were the days!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

History of Our School Song

Ever wonder where that came from?  The high school band director presents the tune of “College Boy” to his students in 1927. He then asked them to come up with words to go along with the melody.  A school wide contest was held.  The judges were unable to decide the winner, so they took the first part of one song written by Gordon McNown and the last part of another song written by Dorothy Cole, Alice Christensen, Vera Grown, and Leota Plunmkett to combine into the traditional song we still sing proudly today.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Today's mystery picture

Anyone know this house in New Lisbon?


At last! A compilation of all my archives of the history of New Lisbon in one central location. I hope you enjoy reading and viewing my treasures as much as I have putting this all together. Won't you come along and travel into the past with me?