Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Postal Delivery

Lynn Clark in 1913 delivering mail outside the Corner Cafe. At the time, the Corner Cafe was the Post Office.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Civil War Soldier

Many Juneau County men joined the battles of the Civil War. The state of Wisconsin paid the wives of volunteers $5 a month and an additional $2 for each child.  And each private received $13 a month and an additional $52 clothing allowance. Whatever the soldier could save, he would send to his family. However, the men were paid neither regularly nor on time.

Monday, March 28, 2011


Believed to be the Hughs family home. This house still exists on Bridge Street and has recently been renovated after a fire. Look closely and you will see it looks very similar to the way it looked one hundred years ago. Can you see the resemblance? Take a walk tonight and check it out.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Snail Mail

Do you remember a time before email? Twitter? Status updates on Facebook? Sure. Most of us "oldies" do. For most citizens receiving a "post" was pretty exciting and memorable event. For one cent you could write to your loved ones while traveling and show them pictures of the attraction or news of your travels.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Christie's Motel Court

Remember Christie's? I do. This postcard brings back memories as it was my first "home" for several weeks when I first moved to New Lisbon. We had to stay here until our house was ready to occupy. Single family units were available to rent for travelers.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

March Madness

1929 Boys Basketball Team

TOP: Joe Powers, Raymond Jax, Gordon McNown, Coach Goldgruber, Bert O'Beirne, Kenny Krotzman, Ken Balgord

BOTTOM: Loren Byam, Arthur Mortensen, Cpt. Cecil Mouritsen Glenn Ormson, Harold Davis

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Country School

Country schoolhouses were about the size of a double car garage.

Rural teachers and children walked to school daily during the school year in all kinds of weather.  The short cuts were through the pastures, up and over the hills, over the fences or through the creeks.  An occasional 'catstairs' was built over a fence to save the clothes from being torn. Sometimes a cow or sheep might chase you if you were in their territory.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Early Years

Grade 4 (1910)

City father Amasa Wilson donated land for a three-room frame school building in 1860. This building would serve New Lisbon's needs until 1900. In that year, school administrator Mr. C. Thompson supervised the construction of a two-story red brick school building that was destroyed by fire in 1907.

Monday, March 21, 2011

School Time

"New Lisbon can justly take pride in her schools," said the 1881 History of Northern Wisconsin.  "They are acknowledged to be the first in the county and among the best in the state."

Sunday, March 20, 2011

First Graduation

First graduating class of New Lisbon High School in 1879

Emma Millman
Horace Macomber
Jennie Lily Smith

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Rolling Mills

New Lisbon's sawmills ran out of Lemonweir timber in the 1870s but the village remained an important grain milling center.  O. H. Harwood built the first grain mill in 1858 but the four-story mill is best remember as belonging to Bierbauer and Smart. The first roller mill in Juneau County, it brought wheat farmers to New Lisbon in the 1860s and 1870s. When other crops replaced wheat, the mill switched and ground corn, oats, and rye.

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Depot

The most important event in New Lisbon's early history was the arrival of the railroad in 1857. The railroad would trigger a boom that brought an estimated 2,500 people to the New Lisbon area. Shops and stores lined Bridge and Adams streets.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Burdette Kennedy

Burdette Kennedy

Kennedy County Park is located on the Lemonweir in Clearfield. It is the bequest of Burdette Kennedy, a reclusive eccentric who used a shotgun and a pack of dogs to run off visitors to his 200-acres of woods and riverbank property.  When Kennedy died, however, he willed the land to the county for preservation as a park to be used by all.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Daddy is back

George "Daddy" Salter ran the Halfway House he called it "Hell's Delight." Daddy was an Indian trader, with whiskey as his stock in trade.  After his wife was killed by a intoxicated Winnebago, Salter took his revenge by killing the man with an axe handle.  Salter was tried but never convicted for this murder and that of another Winnebago. He later boasted that he had killed eighteen Indians to avenge his wife's death. Some say the grave stone remembering this incident still exists along Hwy 80 outside New Lisbon.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Pioneers of 1889

The first order of business for a Juneau County pioneer was the acquisition of land.  Once taken from the Indians, land became the property of the federal government to survey, then give away or sell at auction. Huge blocks of territory were sold at auction for a price of $1.25 an acre. It was very difficult for an individual settler to purchase good land at these large sales. Almost always a land speculator purchased substantial acreage, divided it into farm-size parcels, and sold it at profit.

Settlers could also exercise rights of preemption which allowed them to "squat" and eventually own unclaimed land. A pioneer could build a home, clear stumps and farm it, but he had no clear title to the property until he filed a claim at the land office and paid a minimal price for it before anyone else did.

Monday, March 14, 2011

F&M Bank

The Macomber Brothers founded a private bank called the Farmer's and Merchant's Bank in the early 1870s. It closed shortly after due to a hops crash. James Marsh and J. Hughes rescued the bank from insolvency and incorporated it in 1903. It remained open until the 1933 bank holiday and did not reopen. Located at the corner of Adams and Pearl Streets.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


In 1899, the Lemonwier River floods and threatens New Lisbon dam.  Men work day and night to sandbag shores while water threatens the village.  Though the dam held, the water table rose high enough to flood privies and contaminate shallow wells in the city. This resulted in the typhoid fever break out and infecting 121 people in town and the death of three community members.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Teacher Raise!

In 1890 school teachers of New Lisbon were given a raise: Men - $29.53/month, Women - $21.10/month

Photo at left was taken in 1954 as New Lisbon celebrated it's Centennial. Local teachers dressed up as they would have in late 1800s.

Friday, March 11, 2011


1864: Abraham Lincoln re-elected.

Juneau County Vote

Lincoln - 726
McClellan - 687

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Fruitville in 1900. How about a little home delivery now?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


New Lisbon Creamery in early 1900s. This building still stands and is part of the city works department by the dam.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

New Lisbon WAS County Seat

In 1837, a treaty was signed in Washington whereby the Winnebago ceded all their lands east of the Mississippi and were to leave the state in eight months.  Juneau County formed with full powers in January 1857 dividing Adams and Juneau County down the Wisconsin River. The proposition of division as carried by vote of the people. When the bill was finally passed, the county seat went to New Lisbon. Mauston residents claimed that New Lisbon unfairly offered corner lots to legislators. The county seat battle continued for several years when another vote was taken.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Bank Robbery

Did you know there was a bank robbery in New Lisbon in 1933? My father used to be a banker there and told me about the event. One July morning, a bandit slugged H. J. Gibson over the back of his head with the butt of his gun. The other robber was rounding up assistant cashiers Ida Hayes and Clayton Higgs.

 Several other local citizens were involved as the robbers dragged in Chuck White and Attorney McNown.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Guess Who?

This local couple took a sleigh ride during the long, cold days of winter. Who's house is in the background? HINT: close to Heritage Park

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Souvenir Letters

Souvenir Letter packets like this one were popular items to purchase at Lyon's Drug Store (now Raabe's Rexall). The packet would fold out into several postcards with scenes from area places.

Friday, March 4, 2011


 Our dam as it originally looked before the construction of the cement dam that now stands. You can see the mill in the background. This view would be looking from the island toward the city.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bluff Outing

A local family on an adventure to our local Twin Bluff.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Old Settlers

Old Settlers of New Lisbon, Wisconsin

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Had Smith

Had Smith had quite the reputation according to the old-timers in New Lisbon. He was known as the local rebel. This picture shows him by his cabin outside of town. Do you have any stories about Had? Let me know.