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.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Cranberry Harvest


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.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Local Businesses Share History

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.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Fishing in the Lemonweir River

New Lisbon was the hot spot for fishing back in the day. From the number of people fishing at the local dam last weekend, it still is a popular place to look for tonight's dinner.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Picnik Crates

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!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Ring for the Rockets?

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!