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Wolf's Book of Milwaukee Dates
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Wolf's Book of Milwaukee Dates
A Condensed History of Milwaukee

John R. Wolf, Editor and Publisher
420 Marshall Street
Milwaukee, Wis.

Know the Story of Your Own City
Copyright, 1915
By John R. Wolf

Printed by The Evening Wisconsin Co.

Transcribed by Genealogy Trails Transcription Team


ADVERTISING
March 15, 1890 - First whole page ads published by Frank A. Lappen.

AERONAUTICS
March 2, 1908 - Aero club.
1910 - Aviator Art Hoxey at State fair.
1911 - '12 - '14 - Aviator Lincoln Beachey at State fair.

ALLIS - CHALMERS MFG. CO.
May, 1847 - Established as Reliance Works by Decker & Seville; 1860, bought by Edward P. Allis, Charles D. Nash and John P. McGregor, and conducted under name of E. P. Allis & Co.; March, 1913, incorporated in Delaware.

AREA
1910 Census - 14,585.8 acres; metropolitan district - city and immediate environs, 112,826.6 acres.
1910 - 24.35 miles; 1900, 21.5; 1880, 15.

ART
1886 - Milwaukee Art society; 1910, revived.
April 5, 1888 - Layton Art Gallery opened.
Feb. 17, 1890 - Carl Marr left for Germany.
April 21, 1890 - Art League organized
April 10, 1896 - Carl Marr's "Flagellants" presented to city by Mrs. Emil Schandein

AUTOMOBILES
May, 1899 - First car operated by George L. Odenbrett.
1912 - Vanderbilt Cup and Grand Prix races.

AUDITORIUM
Sept. 21, 1909 - Opened

BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

1913 - Milwaukee, American Association.
1914 - Milwaukee, American Association.

BAY VIEW
April 8, 1868 - founded; 1887, annexed.

BALD HEADS
June 30, 1889 - Neumueller's Park scene of a picnic held by the Moonshiners, an organization of bald-headed men.

BENNETT LAW
April 18, 1890 - Bennett Law Democrats organized.
March 14, 1890 - West Side Turners support law.
May 2, 1890 - Wisconsin Lutherans called convention to oppose Bennett law.
 

BETHEL HOME
August, 1868 - Established by the Wisconsin Seamen's Friend Society.

B'NAIL B'RITH
June 29, 1861 - Gilead Lodge, No. 41.

BUTTERINE
April 26, 1915 - First butterine factory

CANAL
January, 1838 - Milwaukee and Rock River.

CEMETERIES

1850 - Forest Home
Nov. 2, 1857 - Calvary
1859 - Holy Trinity
Jan. 11, 1865 - Union
August, 1880 - Pilgrim's Rest.
April 1, 1872 - Greenwood
Sept. 6, 1894 - Wanderers' Rest.
June 5, 1909 - Holy Cross


CENTENARIANS
Oct. 2, 1914 - Mrs. Louise K. Thiers, 100.
Dec. 23, 1914 - Thomas Kelly, resident of the Soldiers' Home, 100
1915 - Mrs. Katherine Orzechowski, 100.


CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
1854 - Known as Board of Trade; Feb. 3, 1863, new building; Nov. 18, 1880, present building at Michigan St. and Broadway opened.
 

CHURCHES
1855 - Methodist Mission, Rev. Mark Robinson first pastor, place of worship, carpenter shop, Huron and East Water Sts.; May, 1841, first church built on east side of Broadway, between Oneida and Biddle Sts.; 1848, first German Methodist church, Rev. Casper Jost, pastor, built on Fifth St.; 1849, Welsh Methodist church built on lake shore at Huron St.; March 25, 1865, Norwegian Methodist, Rev. A. Haagenson.
1836 - First Baptist church, Washington St. and First Av., Elder Griffin; 1855, first German Baptist church, Chestnut and Third Sts., Rev. Carl Kleppe.
1836 - St. Paul's Episcopal, Milwaukee and Wisconsin Sts.
April 13, 1837 - First Presbyterian, Rev. Moses Ordway.
1837 - First Congregational church; 1857, Welsh Congregational church.
August, 1837 - First Catholic services held in home of Solomon Juneau by Rev. Fleurimont Bondisel; March 19, 1844, Very Rev. John Martin Henni consecrated bishop of Milwaukee; 1863, St. Stanislaus church established at Grove and Mineral Sts. by Father Bonaventura Buczynski.
1839 - St. Paul's Lutheran; 1847, Trinity Lutheran.
1848 - Our Saviour's Norwegian Evangelical, Scott and Reed Sts.
1841 - Unitarian.
1844 - Universalist
April 19, 1846 - Cornerstone of St. Mary's Catholic church laid; consecrated Sept. 12, 1847.
1847 - Evangelical
1848 - First Reformed (Dutch)
Oct. 5, 1856 - B'ne Jeshurun; Aug. 5, 1869, Temple Emanu-El; 1900, Sinai.
1862 - Trinity Evangelical, Fourth and Lee Sts., Rev. William Geyer.
Nov. 17, 1877 - Union Gospel.
Sept. 6, 1878 - Lutheran Theological seminary.
1889 - First Christian Science
March 9, 1890 - Methodists celebrated semi-centennial.
 

CITY HALL
Feb.  24, 1894 - Cornerstone laid; Dec. 23, 1895, inaugural proceedings; cost of building and fixtures, $1, 013,935; height to flag pole, 393 feet; bell weighs 20,505 pounds and cost $4,000.

CLEARING HOUSE
Dec. 1, 1868.

CLOCKS
1906 - Street clocks removed by Mayor Becker.

COLLEGES
Sept. 14, 1848 - Milwaukee College; 1895, Milwaukee-Downer.
1864 - Marquette University.

COMMON COUNCIL
1851 - First meeting held in Spring Street Methodist Church, Grand Avenue and Fifth Street.
 

COURTS
1835 - Albert Fowler appointed justice of peace
1836 - Courthouse site donated by Solomon Juneau and Morgan L. Martin.
June 13, 1837 - Federal court opened by Judge William C. Frazier.
1837 - Cyrus Hawley first clerk of federal court.
July 7, 1848 - J. S. Rockwell first United States marshal.
March 18, 1859 - Erasmus Foote elected first judge of municipal court; election later declared unconstitutional and James A. Mallory, then district attorney, appointed judge.
1872 - Courthouse; cost $1,000,000.
June 29, 1889 - Jury commission
April 19, 1910 - Civil courts.

DANCING
October, 1856 - First academy, Prof. L. W. Vizay.
Nov. 26, 1910 - People's dances, Auditorium.

DEBATE, LIQUOR
April 30, 1909 - Rose - Dickie 

DEITZ, JOHN
April 28, 1905 - Seventeen Milwaukeeans sworn in to arrest Deitz.
Oct. 8, 1910 - Captured

DIME MUSEUM
Dec. 31, 1889 - Closed.

DISASTERS
May 7, 1875 - Steamer Schiller lost off England; Joseph Schlitz, Henry Friend, Herman Zinkeisen, Marcus Stein and Mrs. Marie Millner and child of Milwaukee lost.
April 20, 1893 - Waterworks crib disaster, 15 lost.
March 1, 1892 - Seven killed in wreck in Milwaukee road yards.
Feb. 4, 1895 - Three drowned when car ran into open draw at Kinnickinnic bridge.
May 29, 1914 - Mr. and Mrs. Henry Freeman saved from the steamer Empress of Ireland, lost in St. Lawrence river.


DRAMA
1850 - 1856 - Albany hall, on site of Chamber of Commerce; March 24, 1862, burned.
February, 1852 - Young's hall completed; Feb. 17, 1852, burned; March, 1853, rebuilt; April 8, 1853, opened with the production of "The Czar and the Ship carpenter," by the Musical Society; June 21, 1859, burned.
1860 - Academy of Music; 1869, leased to Young Men's Association, became first public library.
Jan. 10, 1865 - Daniel Bandmann.
Jan. 31, 1865 - Music hall dedicated; 1869, name changed to Academy of Music.
Oct. 21, 1868 - Stadt, Third St., dedicated.
Aug. 29, 1889 - Bijou Opera House.
Aug. 17, 1871 - Grand Opera House opened with production of "Martha," by the Philharmonic Society.
April 16, 1890 -- Booth and Modjeska played at Grand Opera House.
April 6, 1890 - Ernst Possart, German actor, first appearance
1891 - Pabst theatre.
1890 - Davidson theatre.
1909 - Drama club.
March 20, 1910 - Hedwig Beringer's golden jubilee at Pabst.
May 21, 1915 - Ludwig Kreiss silver jubilee, Pabst.


DRUIDS
Aug. 22, 1855 - Walhalla Grove, No. 2.

EARTHQUAKE
Aug. 31, 1886.

EIGHT-HOUR DAY
May 9, 1890 - Carpenters' demand granted.

EPIDEMICS
Cholera 1849 - 104 die.
Ship Fever September, 1850 - 37 die.

Smallpox
1871 - 774 die.
1872 - 217 die.
1894-5 - 268 die; rioting during removal of patients to isolation hospital.

Grippe - 1890.


EXPOSITION BUILDING
Sept. 6, 1881 - Opened; June 4, 1905, burned.

FAMOUS SAYINGS
1898 - "There are some things worse than war.  There are some things better than money." - Senator John L. Mitchell in debate on question of declaring war on Spain after the destruction of the battleship Maine.

FATHER OF WEATHER BUREAU - Nov. 1, 1870 - Increase Allen Lapham

FEDERAL BUILDING - April 22, 1899 - Opened

FIRE DEPARTMENT
December, 1856 - First fire, Samuel Brown's residence, Cherry St., between Second and Third Sts.
1837 - Volunteer Hook and Ladder Co.
1839 - "Neptune, No. 1," first fire engine.
1840 - Second company
1844 - Third company.
February, 1869 - Alarm system.
March, 1874 - Paid department established.
February, 1878 - Relief fund established.
Aug. 17, 1885 - Thomas A. Clancy joined Engine Co. No. 4.
1858 - 1867 - Jobst H. Buening, first chief.
Dec. 2, 1877 - Fire insurance patrol
1889 - Henry Haerter, first fireman pensioned.
Sept. 4, 1889 - Mayor Brown christened Cataract.
1885 - Fire and Police Commission:  Thomas Shea, Gen. F. C. Winkler, Jacob Knoernschild, Jerome R. Brigham.
April 10, 1915 - First fire engine placed on Jones Island.


FIRES
April 6, 1845 - First big fire burned block bounded by Broadway, East Water, Huron and Michigan Sts.
Aug. 24, 1854 - Block bounded by Broadway, Michigan, Huron and East Water Sts., old Mitchell bank, Tremont house, United States hotel at East Water and Huron Sts., and four livery stables on Broadway destroyed.
Jan. 18, 1851 - Block bounded by Broadway, Erie, East Water and Chicago Sts.
March 20, 1860 - Twenty stores on Wisconsin St.
Jan. 1, 1863 - Camp Siegel barracks; three soldiers killed.
Nov. 15, 1868 - Gaiety theatre; three killed.
Feb. 2, 1865 - Van Etta, Treedman & Co.'s tobacco factory.
Oct. 23, 1865 - Block on Wisconsin St., between Broadway and Milwaukee St.
Oct. 10, 1871 - Refugees from Chicago fire came to Milwaukee.
Jan. 10, 1883 - Newhall house, northwest corner of Broadway and Michigan St.; 90 to 100 killed.
Oct. 20, 1883 - First Assistant Chief George M. Linkman joined department.
Oct. 26, 1913 - Goodyear Rubber Co. building, 380 East Water St.; nine firemen killed and seventeen injured.

Oct. 28, 1892 - Twelve blocks in the Third ward; started in Union Oil Co. store on East Water St. and burned to the lake and the river; two firemen killed, two women died from excitement; loss, $3,000,000 to $4,000,000; Milwaukee's most disastrous fire.

April 9, 1894 - Davidson theatre burned; Third Asst. Chief August Janssen and eight other firemen killed; fifteen firemen injured.
March 28, 1895 - Grand Avenue; Landauer Bros. wholesale dry goods house; loss, $1,000,000.
July 18, 1899 - Hotel Grace, Park and Reed Sts.; one fireman killed and six injured.

Feb. 3, 1903 - Schwab Stamp and Seal Co., 372-4 East Water St.; nitric acid gas causes death of chief James Foley, Capt. Andrew White and Pipeman Edward Hogan and Thomas Droney; Asst. Chief Thomas A. Clancy and twelve firemen overcome.

Feb. 24, 1905 - Interior Woodworking co.; Lieut. William Morgan killed.
May 19, 1905 - Lieut. Charles Dressel killed by fall from hosecart.
Feb. 13, 1909 - H. W. Johns-Manville Co., Clybourn St.; five firemen killed; one employee killed and several fireman injured.
Jan. 3, 1910 - American Bridge Co., Seventeenth St. and St. Paul Ave.; four firemen killed.
Oct. 29, 1910 - Phoenix International Light Co., 317 Chestnut St.; one fireman killed.
March 24, 1911 - Middleton Manufacturing Co., 354 Broadway; five firemen killed.
March 19, 1914 - Windsor hotel; one life lost.


FIRST BANK CHARTERED
1859 - Wisconsin Marine & Fire Insurance Co. (now Marine National bank).

FIRST BARBECUE
Jan. 1, 1841 - Honor of Harrison and Tyler's election.

FIRST BLACKSMITH SHOP
1835 - D. W. Patterson

FIRST BLOCK PAVEMENT
1861 - West Water St., from Clybourn St. to Grand Ave.

FIRST BREWERY
1840 - Owens & Pawlett

FIRST BRICK
September, 1835 - Nelson Olin

FIRST BRIDGE
Built by Byron Kilbourn across the Menomonee to connect Chicago road and Kilbourntown (west side).

FIRST COMMISSIONERS OF PUBLIC WORKS
May 10, 1869 - C. Latham Sholes, Henry Millman and James Reynolds.  In April, 1871, Mr. Reynolds resigned; succeeded by Jacob Velten.

FIRST CITY ATTORNEY
1846 - Charles E. Jenkins

FIRST CITY CLERK
1846 - A. H. Bielfeld

FIRST CITY COMPTROLLER
1852 - Cicero Comstock

FIRST CITY DIRECTORY
Feb. 10, 1847 - Julius P. B. McCabe; April, 1881, A. G. Wright began publication of city directory

FIRST ELECTRIC CAR
April 3, 1890 - Wells street line

FIRST CITY ENGINEER
May 20, 1869 - Theodore C. Brown

FIRST DAM
1842 - Built on Milwaukee river for Rock River Canal Co., by Capt. John Anderson.

FIRST CITY TREASURER
1846 - Robert Allen

FIRST COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH
April, 1877 - Dr. I. H. Stearns

FIRST COMMISSIONERS OF THE PUBLIC DEBT
1861-85 - Alexander Mitchell
1864-72 - Charles H. Larkin
1871-86 - Guido Pfister

FIRST CONSTABLE
October, 1835 - Sciota Evans

FIRST EXPRESS LINE
1852 - Arthur Flanders, over Milwaukee and Prairie du Chien road.

FIRST FOUNDRY
1842 - Egbert Mosley, Loring Dewey and Stephen Newhall.

FIRST GERMAN SETTLER
1855 - Wilhelm Strothman

FIRST GROCER, WHOLESALE
1845 - P. W. Badgley

FIRST HOTEL
1835 - Triangle, East Water St., Jacques Vieau; 1836, called Cottage Inn.

FIRST LIGHTHOUSE
1838

FIRST MATCH FACTORY
1844 - R. W. Pierce

FIRST MARSHAL
1846-7 - Thomas H. Fanning

FIRST MAYOR
1846 - Solomon Juneau

FIRST MILWAUKEE SURGEON IN THE PHILIPPINES
1899 - Dr. John R. McDill

FIRST MOTION-PICTURE THEATRE
July 10, 1906 - Saxe Bros., Grand Ave. and Second St., site of the Theatorium.

FIRST MURDER
November, 1836 - Indian named Manitou killed by Joseph Scott and Cornelius Bennett at southeast corner of Michigan and East Water Sts.; murderers escaped from jail; Scott hanged in Indiana; Bennett never found.

FIRST NATATORIUM
Feb. 14, 1890

FIRST NEWSPAPER
July 14, 1856 - The Advertiser, Democratic, published on the site of the Republican house by Daniel H. Richards; June 9, 1847, absorbed by The Evening Wisconsin, founded by William E. Cramer.

FIRST PASSENGER CONDUCTOR
Nov. 21, 1850 - Edwin Bridgeman of the Milwaukee & Mississippi.

FIRST PIER
1842 - Built by Horatio Stevens of New York, foot of Huron St.

FIRST PLANING MILL
1843 - Robert Luscombe and John T. Perkins.

FIRST POET
1836 - Egbert H. Smith, Oak Creek.

FIRST POSTMASTER
1835 - Solomon Juneau; Aug. 7, 1843, removed; succeeded by Josiah A. Noonan.

FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE COMMON COUNCIL
1874 - H. M Benjamin; served until 1878.

FIRST SAILING VESSEL
1779 - British sloop Felicity, Capt. Samuel Robertson, visited Milwaukee.

FIRST STEAMBOAT
June 17, 1835 - United States

FIRST SURVEY OF LOTS
1834 - By William S. Trowbridge

FIRST TANNERY
1848 - Pfister & Vogel

FIRST TAX COMMISSIONER
1869-72 - Matthew Keenan

FIRST TYPE FOUNDRY
December, 1856

FIRST VESSEL BUILT HERE
1836 - Sloop Wenona, by George Barber for William Brown

FIRST WATER REGISTRAR
1872-4 - Matthew Keenan (secretary board of water commissioners).

FIRST WOODENWARE FACTORY
1844 - C. E. Woolsey

FIVE TIMES MAYOR
1898, 1900, 1902, 1904, 1908 - David Stuart Rose.

FLOOD
Nov. 2, 1858
March 23, 1865

FLUSHING TUNNEL
Sept. 8, 1884 - Finished; Sept. 18, 188, first service.

FOUNDATION
May 24, 1915 - Milwaukee Foundation organized at meeting of Wisconsin Trust Co. directors.

GAS WORKS
Nov. 12, 1852 - First jet lighted.

GATHERINGS
June 8, 1880; Aug. 26 1889 - G. A. R.
June 17, 1888 - First national skat tournament
June 20, 1889 - Turnfest
1896 - Semi-centennial.
1898 - Carnival.
Aug. 3-7, 1909 - Homecoming
Sept., 1910 - American Health Association
Aug. 4, 1913 - Perry Centennial
June 11, 1914 - Comptrollers.

GERMAN ASSOCIATION
May 8, 1880 - Organized to protect immigrants.

HARUGARI
Feb. 18, 1855 - Guttenberg Lodge, No. 57.

HOME FOR THE AGED
September, 1878 - Established by the Little Sisters of the Poor.

HOME FOR THE FRIENDLESS
October, 1867

HOSPITALS
July, 1848 - St. Mary's, at Jackson and Oneida Sts.
Aug. 5, 1863 - Milwaukee, established by the late Rev. William Passavant.
Oct. 15, 1877 - City (isolation), Mitchell St. and Nineteenth Ave.
August, 1880 - County
May, 1888 - Johnston Emergency hospital

HOUSE OF CORRECTION
1865 - Windlake Ave.

HOUSE OF NUMBERS
April 24, 1865 - Property owners given 10 days to number houses under penalty of $5.

HUMANE SOCIETY
Dec. 5, 1879

ILLUMINATION
April 5, 1880 - Streets lighted by electricity by Prof. C. H. Haskins.
Feb. 28, 1890 -- $600,000 municipal electric light plant plans before board of public works.

IMMIGRATION, BOARD OF
March, 1879

INDIANS
Sept. 4, 1862 - Fear of uprising
October, 1844 - Last annual dance

INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
Feb. 11, 1875 - Michigan St.; April 15, 1875, Jackson St.; 1878.  North Point.

INFANTS' HOME
June 1, 1882

INSURANCE FIRE
Nov. 18, 1858 - Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. organized in Janesville; moved to Milwaukee March 7, 1859; Feb. 14, 1915, George W. Young 50 years in its employ; Oct. 1, 1915, occupied new building on Wisconsin St.
April, 1910 - Old Line Life Insurance Co. of America

INVENTOR OF TYPEWRITER
1868 - C. Latham Sholes

INVESTIGATIONS
March 5, 1905 - Beef "trust"
March 9, 1905 - Tenement houses
Oct. 2, 1911 - Senator Isaac Stephenson
July 13, 1914 - Vice commission

JENNY LIND CLUB
1861

JITNEYS
Feb. 6, 1915 - First license issued to W. B. Putnam; May 2, 1915, Robert Stauss killed; June 3, 1915, 1,000 licensed.

JOURNALISM
1910 - School founded at Marquette University by Rev. J. E. Copus, S. J.

KLONDIKE GOLD EXCITEMENT
July 15, 1891 - News of discovery; Milwaukeeans prepare to leave for gold fields.

KNIGHTS OF HONOR
Sept. 9, 1870 - Milwaukee Lodge, No. 300.

KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS
Sept. 9, 1870 - Milwaukee Lodge, No. 1.
May 21, 1890 - Wisconsin brigade, uniformed rank, organized
July, 1890 - Encampment

LABOR
Feb. 20, 1887 - Federated Trades Council organized; Aug. 14, 1887, received charter.
March 7, 1890 - Eight-hour day, building trades

LEGION OF HONOR
1880 - Six subordinate councils

LIBRARY, PUBLIC
Feb. 7, 1878 - Established, taking over books of Yong Men's Association

LIBRARY AND MUSEUM BUILDING
1898 - Cost $627,674

LINCOLN
Apr. 18, 1865 - Funeral services in memory of President Lincoln

LITERARY WORKSHOP
1915 - 420 Marshall St.

LYNCHING
Sept. 6, 1861 - Marshall Clark lynched following murder of Darbey Carney

MANUFACTURES
Feb. 28, 1890 - Reach $100,000,000 mark.

MAN GIRL
May 4, 1914 -Ralph Kerwinieo discovered to be Miss Cora Anderson

MARINE
1847 - Dry dock, floating; slip, February, 1877, Wolf & Davidson
May 4, 1877 - Life saving station
1838 - Lighthouse, foot of Wisconsin St.
1855 - Lighthouse, North Point
Nov. 1, 1870 - U. S. Signal service
Jan. 5, 1890 - Whale club
1908 - Strike of lake seamen, firemen oilers, watertenders, cooks and stewards against Lake Carriers' association.
Dec. 5, 1912 - Lightship, three miles off Wisconsin St.
May 15, 1915 - Interstate Commerce Commission divorces lake-rail lines; order effective Dec. 1, 1915.

Disasters
June 17, 1852 - S. P. Griffith burned; 322 lost.
Oct. 24, 1856 - Steamer Toledo foundered off Port Washington; 30 lost.
Sept. 8, 1860 - Steamer Lady Elgin lost of Winnetka, Ill.; about 300 drowned.
April 9, 1868 - Steamer Sea Bird burned of Waukegan, Ill.; 73 drowned.
Oct. 14, 1872 - Steamer La L Belle foundered in Lake Michigan; 7 lost.
Sept. 15, 1873 - Steamer Ironsides foundered in Lake Michigan; Capt. Sweetman and 16 others lost.
Sept. 9, 1875 - Bark Tanner wrecked; Capt. Howard drowned; crew of nine saved by a volunteer life-saving crew, Henry M. Lee, N. A. Peterson, Burnt Oleson, Henry Spark and John McKenna, assisted by the revenue cutter Andy Johnson and the tug F. C. Maxon.
Oct. 16, 1880 - Steamer Alpena foundered in Lake Michigan; about 100 lost.
March 19, 1885 - Steamer Michigan crushed by ice and sunk in Lake Michigan; no lives lost.
Oct. 29, 1887 - Steamer Vernon foundered; 22 lost
Oct. 30, 1888 - Explosion on tug Lawrence kills Capt. John Sullivan and three others.
May 18, 1894 - Schooner M. J. Cummings lost off Milwaukee; 6 drowned.
Jan. 21, 1895 - Steamer Chicora lost in Lake Michigan; 36 drowned.
Sept. 9, 1910 - Car ferry Pere Marquette No. 18 foundered in Lake Michigan; 28 lost.
Oct. 8, 1913 - Explosion, cutter Tuscarora.
Nov. 7, 1913 - Storm on great lakes; 244 sailors drowned and seventeen vessels lost.

MASONIC
July 5, 1845 - Milwaukee Lodge, No. 22.

MEDICAL SOCIETY, COUNTY
1846; 1855, lapsed; November, 1879, revived.

MERCHANTS AND MANUFACTURERS' ASSOCIATION
March, 1861 - Organized as Merchants' association.

MILITARY
1845 - Washington Guards; Milwaukee (German) Riflemen; 1854, reorganized as the City Rifles.
1847 - Milwaukee (German) Dragoons.
1848 - Milwaukee City Guards.
1854 - Milwaukee Union Sarsfield Guards; National Guards; 1855, reorganized as the Union Guards; July 16, 1855, again reorganized as the Milwaukee Light Guard.
1856 - Washington Artillery.
1857 - Milwaukee Light Guard Cadets; 1858, reorganized as Milwaukee Cadets; 1861, changed name to Milwaukee Zouaves; July 13, 1861, mustered into the U. S. service as Co. B, 5th Wisconsin Regt.; Aug., 3, 1864, mustered out.
1857 - Black Yagers; entered U. S. service for three months as Co. D, 1st Wisconsin Regt.; mustered out at expiration of that term.
1858 - Montgomery Guards; July 16, 1861, mustered into U. S. service as Co. B, 5th Wisconsin Regt.; mustered out at close of Civil War.
1858 - Juneau Guards
1858 - Milwaukee Cavalry Co.
1859 - Green Yagers.
Oct. 10, 1861 - Second Wisconsin Battery.
June 15, 1869 - Co. A, Sheridan Guards.
Sept. 14, 1874 - Co. K, Kosciusko Guards
June 20, 1879 - Co. L, South Side Turner Rifles
April 22, 1880 - Light Horse Squadron organized
Apr. 25, 1884 - Sheridan, Kosciusko and Lincoln Guards and South Side Turner Rifles organized into Fourth Battalion, W. N. G.
1887 - Co. I, rush Guard; Oct. 24, 1888, mustered into National Guard as Co. E.
Jan. 19, 1889 - Co. F, Badger State Rifles.
June 25, 1898 - Fourth Infantry at Oshkosh riots
July 26, 1898 - Co. D, Scofield Guard
Feb. 28, 1899 - Fourth Regt. mustered out at Anniston, Ala.

MILK FAMINE
July 3, 1914

MILWAUKEE LYCEUM
Jan. 10, 1839 - Lucius I. Barber, president

MILWAUKEE TO LIVERPOOL
July 21, 1856 - Schooner Dean Richmond sailed with 14,000 bushels of wheat; arrived De. 29.

MONUMENTS AND STATUES
Nov. 7, 1885 - Washington:  Gift of Miss Elizabeth Plankinton
July 6, 1887 - Juneau:  Charles T. Bradley and William H. Metcalf
Nov. 15, 1887 - Ericson:  Mrs. Joseph T. Gilbert
March 25, 1901 - Elk:  B. P. O. E.
June 19, 1905 - Kosciusko:  Popular subscription
June 28, 1898 - Soldiers:  Popular subscription
July 14, 1908 - Schiller-Goethe:  Popular subscription
June 26, 1909 - Burns:  James A. Bryden

MUSIC
January, 1843 - Beethoven society; E. D. Holton, president
May 1, 1850 - Musical society; Jacob Mahler, president.
1840 - First music hall built a Third and Chestnut streets by John Hustis.
July 23, 1858 - Liedertafel; John Marr, president.
Nov. 20, 1877 - Arion Musical club.
June 16, 1859 - Deutscher Maennerverein, originally the Catholic Young Men's Association.
Sept. 17, 1871 - Nunnemacher's Grand Opera house (now Pabst theatre): "Martha" presented by Philharmonic society.
March 29, 1905 - "Parsifal," in English.

MUSEUM, PUBLIC
April 14, 1882 - Accepted collection of Wisconsin Natural History Society.

ODD FELLOWS
1846 - Kneeland Lodge, No. 5

ODONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Aug. 25, 1878 - To protect and further interests of dentists.

ORPHAN ASYLUMS
May 9, 1848 - St. Rose's (Catholic)
Jan. 4, 1850 - Protestant
June 12, 1877 - St. Vincent's

PAPER MILL
1848 - North side of Menomonee river, block west of West Water street bridge; owned by Ludington & Garland; destroyed by a freshet in 1864.

PARKS
June 1, 1864 - Quentin's park opened
April 4, 1865 - Juneau park established
1889 - Park law authorized, $1,000,000 bond issue
1889 - Park Commission:  Christian Wahl, Calvin E. Lewis, Charles Manegold, Jr., Louis Auer and John Bentley.

PFEIL FUNERAL PYRE
Oct. 22, 1855

PHONOLOGICAL INSTITUTE FOR DEAF MUTES
January, 1878 - 594 National Ave.

POLICE DEPARTMENT
Sept. 10, 1855 - Organized with Chief William Beck and 11 patrolmen; chief's salary, $800; men, $30 a month.
Oct. 26, 1885 - John T. Janssen made chief.

POPULATION
1915, Estimated - 418,054.

Metropolitan District, City and Immediate Environs
1910 Census - 427,226

Twelfth City
12 - Milwaukee - 373,857
11 - San Francisco - 416,912
10 - Buffalo - 423,715
9 - Detroit - 465,766
8 - Pittsburgh - 533,905
7 - Baltimore - 558,485
6 - Cleveland - 560,663
5 - Boston - 670,585
4 - St. Louis - 687,029
3 - Philadelphia - 1,549,008
2 - Chicago - 2,185,283
1 - New York - 4,766,883

Growth
1850 - 20,061
1860 - 45,246
1870 - 71,440
1880 - 115,587
1890 - 204,468
1900 - 285,315
1910 - 373,857

PRESS CLUB, ENGLISH
Sept. 7, 1910 - Silver jubilee; Theodore Roosevelt guest of honor; "The Big Stick" published, Harlowe Randall Hoyt, editor; Fred W. Luening, associate editor.

PRESS CLUB, GERMAN
1887

POSTAL SERVICE
1835 - First post office, southwest corner East Water and Wisconsin Sts.
April 13, 1915 - Louis Manz a letter carrier for fifty years; aged 80 years April 9, 1915; oldest letter carrier in the United States.

POUND
May 12, 1865 - Thirty cows were reported in Caleb Wall's Seventh Ward pound.

RAILROADS, STEAM
1847 - Milwaukee & Waukesha chartered.
1851 - Milwaukee & Mississippi finished to Waukesha.
1854 - Finished to Madison.
1857 - Built to Prairie du Chien
1854 - Milwaukee & Watertown built from Brookfield to Oconomowoc.
1854 - Line south from Fond du Lac, now owned by Chicago & Northwestern.
1856 - Milwaukee & La Crosse begun.
1858 - Reached La Crosse.
1866 - Union depot, Reed St.
1879-80 - West Milwaukee shops.
Dec. 19, 1886 - First train ran into new union passenger station, between Third and Fourth and Everett and Clybourn Sts., at 5:45 p.m., Sunday.
June 24, 1889 - General passenger and freight departments of the Milwaukee road moved to Chicago.
Dec. 10, 1889 - North-Western depot, Wisconsin St.
June 16, 1905 - Passes abolished.

RAILWAYS, STREET
July, 1859 - River and Lake Shore City Railway; May 30, 1859, first two cars operated with four horses each, from East Water St. bridge to Juneau Ave.; one car's receipts first day were $38.
March 1865 - Milwaukee City
1874 - Cream City
June 1, 1874 - West Side
April 17, 1890 - Pittsburgh syndicate bought Cream City.
April 3, 1890 - First electric car, Wells street
Feb. 4, 1905 - Public Service building planned
Feb. 11, 1905 - Henry C. Payne, president Cream City
October, 1905 - Milwaukee-Northern organized; Oct. 28, 1907, first train to Cedarburg; Nov. 2, 1907, Port Washington; Sept. 22, 1908, Sheboygan.
Feb. 1, 1915 - Railroad commission rescinds order directing Electric Co. to sell 13 tickets for 50 cents.
June 14, 1915 - U. S. Supreme Court upholds Circuit Court order in 13-tickets-for-50-cents (coupon) case.

REAL ESTATE
May 22, 1905 - Railway Exchange (Herman) building, sold for $400,000.
March 3, 1890 - Pabst building site leased for 99 years.

RIOTS
April 6, 1845 - Rev. E. Leahy attacked in Spring St. (Grand Ave.) Methodist church and at U. S. hotel.
May 8, 1845 - Bridge
March 4, 1850 - Residence of State Senator John B. Smith in Third ward mobbed by crowd which objected to a measure he had introduced in the legislature and which became known as "the blue liquor law."
June 24, 1861 - Bank
May 4, 1886 - Bay View; five killed
March, 1889 - Chinese mobbed
Aug. 22, 1893 - Unemployed
May 5, 1896 - Street railway

ROOSEVELT SHOT
Oct. 14, 1912 - Theodore Roosevelt shot by John Schranck while leaving Hotel Gilpatrick.

ROYAL ARCANUM
Dec. 29, 1877 - Alpha Council, No. 43; Feb. 2, 1878, Allen Council

SANE FOURTH COMMISSION
1911

SCHOOLS
1835 - Private schools established
1845 - Thirteen schools, four public; 356 pupils out of 1,781 children of school age.
1885 - State Normal school
August, 1857 - Three high schools established; 1860, abolished.
November, 1859 - Normal class established.
1859 - Rufus King first superintendent
1879 - First kindergarten
June 7, 1904 - Frank M. Harbach, secretary.
March 18, 1890 - supreme court decides against reading bible in public schools.

SETTLEMENT
1789 - Jean Baptiste Mirandeau and Jacques Vieau arrived.
Sept. 14, 1818 - Solomon Juneau located on the site of the Wisconsin National bank, northwest corner of Wisconsin and East Water Sts.
1833 - Morgan L. Martin of Green Bay became a partner of Juneau
1834 - George H. Walker located on Walker's Point, south of the Milwaukee river.
1855 - Laid out as a village
1835 - Byron Kilbourn bought a tract on the west side.
September, 1835 - First town meeting held at Juneau's home.
May 4, 1835 - Charles Milwaukee Sivyer, first white boy born in Milwaukee.
Oct. 10, 1835 - Milwaukee H. Smith, daughter of Uriel B. and Lucy C. Smith, born; first Anglo-Saxon girl born in Milwaukee.
Dec. 25, 1837 - Louis Bleyer, son of Henry Bleyer, first German child born in Milwaukee
Sept. 12, 1844 - Ald. Henry Smith arrived from Stark county, Ohio, with his parents, two brothers and sister.
Jan. 31, 1846 - Charter adopted.
July 5, 1869 - Old Settlers' club organized.

SLAVES RESCUED
1842 - Caroline Quarles
March 11, 1858 - Joshua Glover, a runaway slave, rescued by abolitionists led by Sherman M. Booth, editor of the Free Democrat.

SLOT MACHINES
March 22, 1905 - Destroyed by Sheriff Cary
June 9, 1915, destroyed by Sheriff Melms.

SOCIALISTS
1910 - Emil Seidel elected mayor
1910 - Victor L. Berger elected congressman from Fifth district.

SOLDIERS' HOME
March 31, 1864 -- Opened.
June 28, 18765 - Great fair raised $110,000 in ten days for new building.

SONS OF HERMANN
April 20, 1848 - Milwaukee Lodge, No. 1

SPELLING, IN EARLY DAYS
Minwaki, Minewaki, Maunawaukee, Meloaki, Melleoki, Meloaky, Milouaqui, Milwaukie, Milwalky

ST. ANDREW'S SOCIETY
Jan. 25, 1859 - Alexander Mitchell, president.

STOCKYARDS
1870 - Established by Milwaukee road.

STRIKES
March 10, 1890 - Switchmen
May 15, 1905 - Molders

SWIMMING RECORD
Aug. 17, 1894 - World's record, 80 yards: 50 seconds, George J. Whittaker.

TAX, INCOME
March 19, 1865 - Incomes for year:  Alexander Mitchell, $53,071; Guido Pfister, $42,221; Angus Smith, $30,000.
1913 - Largest taxpayer, Patrick Cudahy, $9,556.36; largest woman taxpayer, Charlotte Hartig, $5,128.
1914 - Largest corporation tax, Schlitz Brewing Co., $103,852

TITANIC VICTIM
April 15, 1912 - Capt. E. G. Crosby among the 1,517 victims.

TELEGRAPH
Jan. 17, 1848 - First dispatch sent to The Evening Wisconsin from the Chicago Journal: "Chicago and Milwaukee united."

TELEPHONE
1877 - John S. George, first subscriber; first exchange, 411 Broadway.

TRAVELING MEN
Dec. 9, 1893 - Post B, Travelers' Protective association.
June 29, 1895 - Milwaukee Council, No. 54, United Commercial Travelers of America.

TURNERS
July 18, 1853 - Turnverein Milwaukee

UNITED WORKMEN
March 23, 1877 - Schiller Lodge, No. 21.

VISITORS
1679 - La Salle
Oct. 7, 1698 - De St. Cosme
1778 - Charles de Langlade
April 28, 1853 - Ole Bull
April 28, 1853 - Adelina Patti (at the age of 13)
Sept. 30, 1859 - Abraham Lincoln
Oct. 14, 1860 - Stephen A. Douglas
Jan. 23, 1865 - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Feb. 5, 1865 - John B. Gough
1865 - Artemus Ward
1865 - Josh Billings
Sept. 4, 1865; June 9, 1880 - Gen. U. S. Grant
Oct. 2, 1865 - Gen W. T. Sherman
Nov. 2, 1870 - James A. Garfield
Jan. 2, 1872 - Grand Duke Alexis
Sept. 12, 1878 - Present Rutherford B. Hayes
1880 - Henry Ward Beecher
July 9, 1887 - Earl of Aberdeen
Oct. 6, 1887 - President Grover Cleveland and bride, Frances Folsom Cleveland.
June 20, 1889, June 28, 1899, Sept. 1, 1901, April 4, 1903, Sept. 7, 1910, Oct. 14, 1912 - Theodore Roosevelt.
April 10, 1890 - Rev. T. De Will Talmage
Jan. 12, 1890 - Princess Engalitcheff
March 9, 1890 - George Francis Train
March 15, 1890 - Bill Nye
1890 - 1910 - Nelly Bly
Oct. 9, 1894; Oct. 16 - 17, 1899 - President William McKinley
Oct. 21, 1896 - Carl Schurz
Jan. 11, 1898 - Cheiro
Feb. 9, 1898 - James J. Corbett
Feb. 10, 1899 - Walter A. Wyckoff
Oct. 26, 1900 - James Whitcomb Riley
March 4, 1902 - Prince Henry of Prussia
April 10, 1903 - George Kennan
June 5, 1904 - Mayor Weaver of Philadelphia, with liberty bell
Oct. 26, 1904 - Elbert Hubbard
Nov. 3, 1904 - Gen. Nelson A. Miles
Jan. 14, 1905 - Melba
March 16, 1905 - John L. Sullivan
April 6, 1905 - Harry K. Thaw and wife, on their honeymoon trip.
Jan. 25, 1905 -Judge Ben B. Lindsey
April 21, 1906 - Admiral Robert E. Peary
Oct. 16, 1906 - Sir Thomas Lipton
March 2, 1907 - Edward Payson Weston
May 29, 1907 - Gen. Tamemato Kuroki
Oct. 16, 1907 - Sir Thomas Lipton
Nov. 7, 1907 - Senator Benjamin R. Tillman
April 21, 1908 - Dr. Frederick A. Cook
Feb. 9, 1909 - Admiral Robley D. Evans
Feb. 10, 1909 - James Bryce
March 6, 1909 - Count Johann von Bernstorff
Nov. 12, 1909 - Opie Reed
Oct. 21, 1910 - Karl Liebknecht
Nov. 17, 1910 - Woodrow Wilson
Dec. 8, 1910 - Charles W. Eliot
Feb. 20, 1912 - Atty. - Gen. Wickersham
Feb. 8, 1913 - Capt. Roald Amundsen
Aug. 9, 1913 - Cardinal Gibbons
Jan. 23, 1914 - Miss Anne Morgan
1912 - 1915 - William H. Taft.

WAR
Aug. 6, 1847 - Mexican war enlistments
April 15, 1861 - War meeting called to order by Dr. Lemuel Weeks
April 25, 1861 - Seven companies recruited and assigned to the 1st Wisconsin regiment
April 23 - June 9, 1861 - Camp Scott, north side of Grand Ave., between Twelfth and Fourteenth Sts.
May 8, 1861 - Flag, gift of the women of Milwaukee, presented to the First Wisconsin Volunteers by Mrs. George H. Walker.
July 2, 1861 - First engagement at Falling Waters; George Drake first Milwaukee soldier killed.
Feb. 13, 1862 - Milwaukee celebrates capture of Fort Donaldson on Feb. 12, 1862.
Oct. 19, 1862 - State draft
November, 1863 - National draft
Oct. 19, 1861 - Milwaukee Ladies' association for the aid of military hospitals organized.
Feb. 27, 1865 - City enjoined from paying bounties.
1898 - Camp Harvey, state fairgrounds, Spanish-American war.

WATERWORKS
Oct. 24, 1873 - river supply; Sept. 14, 1874, lake
July 21, 1914 - Record consumption, 65,975,480 gallons

WEATHER
June 4, 1816 - Blizzarad
June 17, 1816 - Snow storm (Known as the year that had no summer)
Jan. 1, 1846 - 35 to 40 below zero
June 2, 1866 - tornado
May 2, 1875 - 25, coldest May day in history of weather bureau.
March 19, 1881 - Record-breaking snow storm
May 31, 1889 - Snow
June 23, 1892 - 41 days' rain ended
May 18, 1894 - Snow
May 24, 1901 - Snow
May 27, 1907 - Snow
Dec. 12, 1913 - 57
May 17, 1915 - Snow; 33

WHISKY CASES
October, 1875 - July, 1876

WHITE SLAVERY
May 20, 1915 - Rev. James M. Darnell sentenced to three years at Fort Leavenworth

WISCONSIN'S BIRTHDAY
May 29, 1848 - Wisconsin admitted to the Union

WOMEN'S INDUSTRIAL EXCHANGE
November, 1882

WORLD'S FAIR
May 20, 1890 - Wisconsin commissioners to Chicago World's Fair appointed
Aug.9, 1915 - Milwaukee day
June 29, 1904 - Wisconsin building at St. Louis presented to the management

YOUNGEST MAYOR
1906 - Sherburn Merrill Becker, aged 29 years.

Y. M. C. A.
Dec. 22, 1876 - Organized
May 3, 1890 - German branch opened

Y. W. C. A.
September, 1892

YOUNG MEN'S ASSOCIATION
Dec. 8, 1847 - J. H. Van Dyke, president

ZINDA MURDER
Nov. 12, 1909 - Hattie Zinda murdered by Carl Wojeciechowski and Adam Pietrzyk; Dec. 10, 1909, prisoners sent to state prison for life.

ZOO
1905
 

This book will be sent postpaid to any address upon receipt of 25 cents.  John R. Wolf, 420 Marshall St., Milwaukee, Wis.


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