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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
Did you know cranberries were a big industry in New Lisbon? I believe the swamps/lowlands off Monroe Street were the original fields for these little beauties. In 1866, cranberries were a great export; over 28,000 bushels at $1.75 per bushel fetching a sale of $58,000 were shipped out of the depot. One man alone harvested over 13 bushels from the local marsh.
Looking for places to go to see artifacts of old New Lisbon? There are plenty of places to check out. Displays can be found at the New Lisbon Public Library, Corner Cafe, Raabe's Rexall Drug Store, and Crestview Nursing Home.
These wooden crates made by Million Brewery, Inc in New Lisbon would hold 6 quart bottles of local beer. I was told this beer was called "picnic beer". These wooden crates are hard to find, so if you have one to get rid of, let me know!
Check out this little beauty. I found this little treasure from 1936 and was told these bells were passed out at the local football games. Spectators would "ring" the bells when a touchdown was scored. Not sure if legend or fact, but sounds like a great way to support the New Lisbon Rocket Football Team!