Monday, October 31, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ramsey's Studio 1895 (Tuesday's is currently located here)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

1895 Hunting Group

Monday, October 24, 2011

Haiser Funeral - 1918

Friday, October 21, 2011

Opera House early 1900s.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

New Lisbon Flour Mill on the Lemonweir River.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

New Lisbon High School 1924

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

City Park 1923

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Hiawatha roars into town.

Friday, October 7, 2011

1981 Rocket Football Team

Thursday, October 6, 2011

1972 Rocket Football Team

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

1971 Rocket Football Team

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

1949 Rocket Football Team

Monday, October 3, 2011

1946 Rocket Football Team

Friday, September 30, 2011

1936 Rocket Football Team

Thursday, September 29, 2011

1926 Rocket Football Team

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

1929 Cross Country Team

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Annual Staff 1917

Monday, September 26, 2011

School Administration

School Administrators in 1910

Friday, September 23, 2011

Grade 4 (1910)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

1940 Boy Scout Troop

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Remember 1985? A gas explosion rocked New Lisbon to its foundation. The entire block was destroyed and later replaced by the current post office.

Monday, September 19, 2011

1903 Fire

This photo depicts downtown New Lisbon after the devastating fire of 1903. Do you recognize any of these folks? Let me know.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Lisbon Newspapers (Part 3)

Don Leicht continued to publish the New Lisbon Times and Juneau County Argus until 1913 when his father again took over the publishing of the newspaper.  In 1922 his son, C. A. Leicht, Jr. became associated with him and after the death of Mr. Leicht, Sr., in 1932 his son continued in the publication of the newspaper until January 1950, when the plant and good-will was sold to Larry Arnold. The Leicht family was part of the publishing business for over 60 years.

(Source: New Lisbon 100 Years Centennial Book)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Lisbon Newspapers (Part 2)

The newspaper was revived in March 1863 by E. Miller and J. M. Stowell.  In October of that year, Mr. Wells again became its publisher and he nourished it until his death in June 1864. The paper was kept alive by the family until M. F. Carney came to its rescue in October 1864. He managed the Argus until his death in January 1883. After that came A. A. Young for four months and then A. C. Wilkinson until 1885. Jay R. Hinckley took over then until 1889, when he moved the plant to Mauston but removed to New Lisbon in a few months. He was succeeded by Charles A. Leicht from 1890 to 1894. A. G. Shrake guided its destiny from 1895 to 1900 with A. C. Brooks being a partner the first year. Next came Erle N. Hurd, who remained with the paper for about eight years, or until December 1908 when merged with the New Lisbon Times. The Times was started in March 1895 by Charles A. Leicht, it was conducted by him until its merger with the Argus in 1908 with Don M. Leicht as publisher.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New Lisbon Newspapers (Part 1)

New Lisbon newspapers played an important part in the growth and advancement of the community.  The New Lisbon Republican was the first newspaper to be printed in Juneau County. It was founded in June 1855, by R. B. Rice; edited later for a year by J.W. Bright and Rice again in 1859 until its suspension in 1863.

In 1857, the Juneau County Argus was founded in New Lisbon by J. H. Wells and edited by him until February 1862. R. B. Rice, founder of the New Lisbon Republican, was associated with Mr. Wells for about six months.  In 1862 N. V. Chandler became its publisher but the paper suspended publication in November of that year.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New Lisbon State Bank

New Lisbon State Bank in the early 1900s. This bank is now owned by M&I Inc. and still stands in the original location. The streets are still unpaved and boardwalks are still in use.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

High School

1924 view of the New Lisbon High School. This site is now the New Lisbon swimming pool.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Cheese Company

This receipt shows a purchase made from the New Lisbon Cheese Company in 1888. Looks like the customer was from Black River Falls.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ice Storm

This postcard shows the damage from the ice storm of 1922. Do you recognize this house? Let me know if you can identify it!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

1934 State Basketball

The New Lisbon basketball team of 1933-34 won the conference title to play in the Madison State Tournament. They finished second in a close fight for Class B title at Madison. New Lisbon was only to be nosed out of the State Championship by a strong DePere quintet. The score was 22-19.

The team consisted of Woodman Clary, Warren Lamson, Robert Mortensen, Roy Balgord, Gordon Reisenaurer, and Carol Whitinger; Coach F. Bates, Assistant Coach A. E. York.
(New Lisbon Century as a City: 1889-1989)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


1940 - Hiawatha Engine #11 stands proud behind Louis Schultz and Louis Kallies

Monday, May 23, 2011


The New Lisbon Community welcomes the Hiawatha in 1958. This being the fastest regularly scheduled passenger train operating through New Lisbon.  Average speed is 61.9 miles. The Hiawatha was 76 feet long, weighing 265 tons and had 12 powerful engines.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

1862 Carr Store

 (From the New Lisbon Times Argus 1862)
 W. P. Carr has purchased the building he now occupies, of a New York Firm, and has now become a fixed institution in this city.  We wish we had a few more such Carrs bringing goods from eastern cities and selling them cheaply.  It is becoming generally known that New Lisbon is one of the most flourishing towns in the Northwest.

NOTE: Corner of Bridge and Monroe Street where the Acuity Bank now stands.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


In 1867, the largest hops crop ever was harvested in New Lisbon. 4,000,000 pounds valued at $2.5 million dollars. Unimaginable. Hops were mainly used in brewing beer, but can also be used to make medicine and other beverages.

New Lisbon farmers splurged on fancy buggies, furniture, clothes and other luxuries of which they could only once dream of as hops reach 60 cents per pound.

Soon the bubble bursts and prices fall to 3 cents a pound leaving many farmers in debt. Too bad they didn't save that surplus money. Hard lesson to learn.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Blondie's Cafe/Ed White Drop Inn

Here's an early photo of Ed White's Drop Inn and Blondie's Cafe. I drove by this building the other night and noticed how little it has changed. It's located across from the M&I Bank Building.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

May Flowers

Hope you are enjoying all the spring flowers around town in full bloom. This postcard from 1906 shares the love of flowers with citizens around the country.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Spring Planting Time

Now is a great time to get those crops in!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

1857 BOOM

Dry Goods Store late 1800s
In 1857, New Lisbon was a booming place.  The first county board was held and the first school opened its doors.  400 residents move into town raising the population to 2,500 people. Many businesses are starting for the locals that include 8 hotels, Crandall's Jewelry, Boynton's Confectionery, McKewin's Variety Store, Larger's Barber Shop, Krohmer's Cigars, Oerel's Restaurant, Farmers' and Merchants' Bank, Curtis General Store, Hurd's and Anderle's Mercantile and Bierbauer Brewery and the local flour mill.