Saturday, April 30, 2011

1862 Teachers' Pay

1862 Writing

The annual school meeting was held in this village Monday night. In this district the meeting voted to pay teachers the annual salary of $700 for their wages and $130 for incidental expenses for the ensuing year.

Friday, April 29, 2011

1862 Nuisance

(From the 1862 New Lisbon Times Argus) The practice of letting cattle run at large in the village to get their living from the lawns, and from wagons of the farmers who come to market their produce, is but one remove from stealing, though we suppose those who do so hardly realize the injury their animals do. Hardly a day but we see farmers with bags of grain or feed standing guard over them for fear of the hungry brutes eating into their profits. There is not a load of hay, straw, turnips, potatoes, corn in the ear that comes into town that is safe. Oftentimes the weight of the load is reduced one-fourth or one-third from these creatures.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Images of America

Historic New Lisbon also find headlines in Jacqueline Ann and Sheila Z's book, Juneau and Sauk Counties 1850-2000. The New Lisbon brewery (pg. 118) is mentioned with photo and talks about the community sponsored baseball team called the "Ex-Brews", since during the Prohibition, the brewery only made "ex-beer" and "near beer".

Leer Manufacturing also makes the book as being recognized as the first company to begin making ice-vending machines. (pg. 67)

The Victorian Hotel is mentioned but I believe the photo is inaccurate. They have the Bierbauer House pictured. I believe the Victorian Hotel was on Broadway Street. Let me know if you know different! (pg. 66)

The fire of 1985 from the gas explosion in downtown New Lisbon is also mentioned. The fire caused $500,000 in damages that destroyed a tavern, two apartments, and at least nine other buildings. (pg. 38)

Daddy Salter's story and photo of his wife's grave (pg.12) are shared from the tragedy on June 13, 1863.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Stagecoach and Tavern Tales

Did you know New Lisbon was mentioned in the book, Stagecoach and Tavern Tales of the Old Northwest by Harry Ellsworth Cole?  Sure enough our town goes down in history about Daddy Salter's tavern tragedy (pg 335). The murder of Daddy's wife was a tragedy that was unimaginable for any man to endure. For more information about this tale, see previous posts March 16 and January 6.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

1936 Orchestra

1936 New Lisbon High School Orchestra

The New Lisbon Schools orchestra was comprised of 14 pieces. 
Practice was held on Tuesday and Thursday after school from 3:15 - 4:00. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

1936 Band

New Lisbon High School Band 1936

TOP ROW: Gordon Pitel, Evalyn Reetz, John Farley, Arthur Peterson, Gladys Temte, Edna Temte, Mary Ruland, Esther Lyon.
SECOND ROW: Mary Ross, Elaine Lyon, Jean Eberhardt, Garlen Bonnell, Joe Hrncirik, Margaret Witz, Hurst Gibson, Harley Brown, Wallace Robertson, Mr. Linnevold, Director.
THIRD ROW: Romelle Ormson, Harold Moe, Betty Hall, June Kretzschmar, Robert Barlow, Dorothy Pearson, Margery Carter, Winnifred Jax, Gertrude Barnes
BOTTOM ROW: Peter Peterson, Kenneth Carter, Rodney Eberhardt, and Richard Barnes.

In 1936, the Band-Orchestra mothers organized an association for the purpose of furthering the interests of the band/orchestra students, in a social and financial way. Candy and sandwich sales helped purchase instruments for the students.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

1936 Training School For Girls

New Lisbon High School Training School for Girls

BACK ROW: Germaine Bremmer, Edith See, Helen Cure, Leona Robinson, Helen Haske.
FRONT ROW: Lucille Koopman, Dolores White, Corine Kallies, Helen Gibson, Margaret McKegney.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Model Department

TOP: Richard Leicht, Charlotte Gibson, Grace Cook, Norma Pearson, Mabel Martin, Jewel Clausen, Romelle Smith, Katherine Sack, Muriel Schoof, Marion Ritchart, Avis Grulke.
SECOND ROW: Royance Waite, John Ely, Robert Balgord, Hugh Gibson, Conant Smith, Stuart Ritchart, Forrest Clausen, Jack Kallies, Kermit Johnson, Elgin Clausen
THIRD ROW: Richard Balgord, Jack Ritchart, Helen Sack, Virginia Belle Smith, Wanda Lou Sorenson, Phyllis Kallies, Marion Serrurier, Anna Lou Schoof, Bonnie Oakes, Rodney Leicht, Danny Kallies.
BOTTOM ROW: Ellsworth Johnson, Herbert Smith, Roy Ritchart, Paul Thompson, Robert Smith, Jimm Apker, Gordon Peterson, James Walden, Raymond Balgord, Hamilton Thompson

Friday, April 22, 2011


Did you know NLHS offered Boxing as a sport in 1936?

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Digging through the archives today I was lost in a 1936 NLHS annual. I noticed a number of students were participants in something called "Kittenball". Kittenball? What is that? So, with a little research, I found out it was the early form of softball.

Kitten ball is another name for softball. Softball was invented in 1887 and was designed to be an indoor sport. In 1895, a member of the Minneapolis, Minnesota fire department named Lewis Rober invented outdoor softball and named it Kitten League Ball, which was subsequently shortened to Kitten Ball. The name was changed from kitten ball to diamond ball in 1922 and eventually to softball in 1926.

Now let's solve the mystery of "Hannibal" class......

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Garbage Pick Up

April 21, 1871: "Our streets are becoming pretty well stocked with liberated cows and the fresh buds on the young shade trees have a sweet taste to these perambulating animals.  The numerous hogs that go nosing 'round serve as first rate volunteer scavengers to clean the streets and alleys of the garbage that accumulated in neglected places during the winter.  They will sometimes root up a street a little but that should be overlooked on account of the good they do otherwise."

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Rothe's Ice Cream Factory

In 1916, W. L. Rothe located in New Lisbon and started an ice cream factory in the old Steiner Creamery building.  A year later he purchased the ice business of Harry Nuttall. His first local deliveries were made with a two wheel push cart, while out of town customers were reached by express.

In 1945 the factory was expanded to included a modern refrigeration plant. Ice cream was shipped to points within a radius of 40 miles.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Well....always learning about old New Lisbon. While digging through the archives today I discovered the city shop used to be the old jail! Hmmm... didn't know New Lisbon had a jail. The jail became the New Lisbon Cooperative Creamery Association building on January 18, 1910.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Red Brick School

 This red brick school building was erected in 1900 and replaced Buildings #4 and #5 located where the current New Lisbon Swimming Pool resides.

While the school was being built, classes were held in churches, business buildings and homes.

This building would burn to the ground in 1907.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Building #4

Schoolhouse #4, was originally located where the New Lisbon City Pool now resides. Grades five and six were taught for many years by Hermie Martin and grades seven and eight upstairs by Sarah McKinstry, Flo B. Smith and E. G. Herrell and Harley Clover.

A similar building known as Number Five, was across Dvision Street where the tennis courts used to stand.  This building housed grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 downstairs and the High School occupied the second floor.

The two buildings were purchased by Stinson Brothers and moved to the present site of M&I Bank for mercantile purposes. It was here that the disastrous fire of 1903 originated.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Leviathan of the Lemonweir

Pictured is the "White Queen" steamer which many years ago, before the old dam was washed out, was a tourist attraction.  It was 36 feet long, 9 feet wide and was capable of carrying 60 passengers. It made trips up the river to Wigwam Point, Hogs Back, Green Corn Landing, Blackburn's Landing, Val Blatz picnic grounds, Kennedy's and Buckley Bridge, discharging its human cargo in the morning and returning with the passengers in the evening.

This "Leviathan" of the Lemonweir was owned by W. H. Smart.  Lyman Sanderson was its engineer and George Scott was Captain. The ship was propelled by steam power.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bill Cash

He came to New Lisbon in 1861 as a youth of 18 and shortly thereafter enlisted in the Union Army.  While a member of the Wisconsin State Legislature, he secured the passage of special legislation for the construction of the Necedah Branch of the Milwaukee Railroad and was awarded the contract to build the railroad from New Lisbon to Necedah.

The city of Cashton was laid out by Mr. Cash and subsequently named after him.

In 1879 he built the extension of the Milwaukee Railroad from Wausau to Merrill. Other railroads built by him in Wisconsin were from Sauk City to Mazomanie and from Hillsboro to Union Center.  Bill was a County Board Member, Postmaster, Banker and purchased entire issues of Municipal bonds for a Chicago Bond dealer.

The Cash house was erected on the site of an old Indian Trading Post and was torn down after being gutted by fire. A portion of the lot was later graded to street level and became the home of August Drom and the location of a gasoline service station.

Several years before his death, Mr. Cash erected the largest monument in the New Lisbon City Cemetery declaring at the time that he wanted to enjoy it awhile himself.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lemonweir River

This valuable stream which gives name to the valley, derives its name from an incident  among the Northwestern tribes of Indians, many years prior to any white settlement within the territory of Wisconsin.

An Indian chief, who then held unbounded sway over the tribes west of the southern end of Lake Michigan to the Mississippi, fearing the rapid encroachments of the white men, dispatched a messenger with a war belt of Wampum, and a request for deleations of the Dacotah's and Chippewas to meet in ground council at the big bend of the Ouisconsin - now Portage City.

The runner, in the course of his journey, encamped on the proposed council grounds overnight. Next morning crossing the river, he followed the well-known trail to the West and again encamped on the banks of this beautiful stream. It is believed this runner gave the stream it's name, "Lem-o-wee" (river of memory), after having a dream while sleeping on the shore of the Lemonweir River.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

1873 Hearse

A suitable vehicle to carry the remains of the dead to their last resting place had not been provided in New Lisbon until the year 1873 when three businessmen purchased a new hearse and placed it in charge of L. C. Wescott

Monday, April 11, 2011

School History

The first school building in New Lisbon was a slab building which stood on the Hess Lot, on Bridge Street.

As New Lisbon grew larger and more room was needed two buildings were erected, one for the grammar school where our high school now stands which held the fifth to the eighth grades inclusive and the other a two story building across the street where the tennis courts used to be.  This held the first four grades on the lower floor with the high school on the second floor. Later a kindergarten was built on to this building which at times housed mere infants as there was no established school age.

At first there were nine grades besides the kindergarten but this was later changed to eight to conform to other schools.

These building after standing many years were eventually condemned as unsanitary and over-crowded, so in the year 1900 a new brick school house was built on the site where the grammar school stood, the children moved into this school the first part of January in 1901.

The old buildings were sold and moved. These buildings being moved on to the site where the M&I Bank now stands and changed into a store which was the fire trap that nearly burned New Lisbon to the ground in 1903. The kindergarten was saved and set on a new foundation facing north and south instead of east and west as formerly, and was used until 1907 when it was abandoned. This was finally sold and moved near the depot where it burned. In 1926 the athletic field directly behind the school was purchased by the city.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

1931 Turkey Race

TOP:  Donald O'Beirne, Charles Smith, Raymond Huebner

BOTTOM: Joe Powers, Arthur Willer, Bert O'Beirne, John Saxe, Harold Schubert

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Baseball Time

1929 NLHS Baseball Team

TOP: Kenny Krotzman, Floyd Johnson, Lloyd Conway, Arthur Martin, Harold Davies, Walter Stehle, Coach Goldgruber

BOTTOM: Kenneth Balgord, Kendall Hilts, Loren Byam, Cecil Mouritsen, Arthur Mortensen, Glen Ormson, Lincoln LaVinn

Friday, April 8, 2011

School Teachers

Country school teachers arrived early and started the fire in a jacketed round stove with its large smoke pipes and fresh air pipes very visible in the room. She would add large blocks to keep the fire going and to warm the large room. Many times the teacher cut her own kindling to make the fire easier to start. Your feet would freeze and your head would be too warm.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Grade Faculty

TOP:  Camilla Hjermstad, Marion Hurd, Elizabeth Jennings, Winifred O'Beirne

BOTTOM: Myrtle Steinmetz, Mattie Wright, Marjorie Wright, Barbara Vinapol

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


1929 NLHS Faculty

TOP: J. C. Curtis, Ruth Biddick, S. M. Goldgruber, Miriam Maxwell

BOTTOM: Gertrude Morrissey, F. E. Mortiboy, Edna Talg, Helena Torkelson

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


The Hiawatha train makes it way through New Lisbon on daily routes and connects people to other parts of the United States. Local products were also shipped out on a daily basis. The railroad was an important part of daily lives of our residents.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Ramsey Photography Studio

A group of patrons outside Ramsey's Photography Studio in New Lisbon on the corner of Pearl and Adams Street. You can see the Park Hotel behind the building. Tuesday's Bar & Grill now stands on the property.

Notice the streets are still dirt and the use of "boardwalks" to cross the roads are in place. This places this photo in the early 1900s.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Cabinet Cards

George Wonderly (1906)

CABINET CARDS are photographic prints mounted on card stock, which made the prints stronger and more durable than the photographic print alone. They came to be called “cabinet cards,” because they could be easily propped up and displayed in the home, especially in a cabinet in the parlor. Eventually large albums were made to hold the cards, which soon became a staple in almost every home in the United States.

This cabinet card was created at Ramsey's Studio in New Lisbon.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Remember the ice storm of 1922? Here's a look down Monroe Street near M&I Bank. Notice the posts to the left to hitch the horses. The lot behind the bank was used as a place to leave the horses while visiting town according to one old timer I talked to.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Wide view of 1903 fire that destroys an entire block in downtown New Lisbon. The fire would break out in Stinson Bros. Store which was located where the M&I Bank now stands and spread beyond the control of the local bucket brigade. A block and a half of business places were wiped out in a single night. The burned area extended from the present M&I Bank corner to the Opera House. Fire swept across the street and destroyed the F&M Building and buildings which were situated on sites now occupied by Frank's Barber Shop, Corner Mall, LVT Realty, and Investment Office.