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Browsing items in: La Crosse County Historical Society

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    • "Crossing the Line" certificate, 1940-1945

    • Awards; Certificates; Naval parades & ceremonies; Rites & ceremonies; War;
    • Type-written, mimeographed certificate. Text reads: "Ye Old Shellback, No. 45, Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The court of Neptune Rex does hereby acclaim and honor K. E. Brekke a certified salt of 'Thaddeus K' and entitled to one...
    • Bronze Star medal, 1940-1945

    • Awards; Medals; Military decorations; War;
    • Bronze Star military medal. (2009.015.004a) Inscription on back reads: "Heroic or Meritorious Achievements. Kermit Brekke". Bronze star attached to red, white, and blue ribbon. Has accompanying rectangular pins.(2009.015.004b,c) Pins are encased in...
    • Easter service bulletin and letter, 1945

    • Correspondence; Pamphlets; Religious services; War;
    • Easter service bulletin. "Allied Protestant Sunrise Easter Service in front of the 17th General Hospital. Sunrise: 0558 hours- 1 April 1945". The back of the bulletin has a handwritten message from Kermit Brekke to his wife, Evelyn: "Dear Evelyn,...
    • Handmade applique quilt, 1850-1870

    • Handicraft; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Textiles;
    • All cotton applique quilt, with fine, dense hand quilting. The motifs in this quilt have been cut out of colored cotton fabric and sewn down with tiny, near-invisible stitches. Label on back states: “L. L. Finch, over 100 years old.” The Finches...
    • Handmade crazy quilt, 1905

    • Handicraft; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Textiles;
    • Silk and velvet crazy quilt with a red cotton backing. Top has a large central block surrounded by smaller crazy blocks. Includes three commemorative ribbons, including one for the Old Settler Association. Embroidered patch, lower right corner...
    • Handmade pieced quilt, 1850-1875

    • Handicraft; Quilts; Quilting; Sewing; Textiles;
    • All cotton pieced quilt. Friendship block, but with no signatures. Cream backing and cream background on front with colors of red, brown and yellow: lots of madder-dyed prints. Red binding, hand sewn. Binding and solid red fabric in quilt are the...
    • Handmade quilt with "bear paw" pattern

    • Handicraft; Quilting; Quilts; Sewing; Textiles;
    • An all-cotton quilt, hand-pieced and hand-quilted. It uses the “Bear Paw" pattern in printed cotton, in which bear paw blocks of predominantly brown prints are separated by a sashing of red print. The binding is in the same printed red cotton,...
    • Italian Fascist flag, 1940-1945

    • Fascism; Flags; Marks (Symbols); National emblems; Slogans;
    • An Italian Fascist flag. Fringe on three sides made of gold metal twisted braid, while the fourth side has five pairs of ribbon ties, each 7 inches long. The flag is made of three panels, one solid green, one white, and one red, with center oval...
    • Italian souvenir scarf, 1940-1945

    • Keepsakes; Memorabilia; Scarves; Souvenirs; Textiles;
    • A 15 in. x 15 in. purple souvenir scarf from Italy with blue stitching around the edges. The words "To my wife" and "Souvenir Italy" are embroidered in multi-colored stitching. An arrow-pierced heart and a flower are also embroidered on the scarf.
    • Italian souvenirs, 1940-1945

    • Keepsakes; Knives; Memorabilia; Pendants; Souvenirs;
    • Group of five souvenirs from Italy: Three religious medals (2009.015.015, 2009.015.016, 2009.015.017); one machine-made, synthetic material coaster embroidered with "Italy" (2009.015.013); and one pocket knife with label: "Panforte Pepi, Siena"...
    • Military coveralls, 1940-1945

    • Clothing & dress; Coveralls; Military uniforms; Protective clothing; War;
    • World War II-era olive drab coveralls or work pants made of cotton twill, lined with wool. Front zipper and zipper under right arm for access to pockets. Tie closures at bottom of leg.
    • Military dress overcoat, 1940-1945

    • Clothing & dress; Coats; Military uniforms; War;
    • Heavy olive-drab wool coat lined with cotton twill fabric. Part of U.S. Army uniform. Double-breasted, with wide lapels, a self-belt in back, and two side placket pockets. Back has high slit that can be buttoned closed. Stamped label at neck reads:...
    • Portrait of Abby Clark Lord

    • Portraits
    • Charcoal portrait of Abby Clark Lord (1817-1898). Married to Cyrus Lord in 1836, the couple came to La Crosse in 1853. Active in civic affairs, she served as president of the Soldiers' Relief and Aid Society during the Civil War.
    • Portrait of Anna Funk

    • Portraits
    • Oil portrait on canvas of Anna Funk (1846-1929) by George O'Brien. Funk was the wife of Michael Funk and a German immigrant. She was the mother of eleven children, with 19 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren at the time of her death. She had...
    • Portrait of Captain Wilson Colwell

    • Portraits; Mayors; Military officers; Civil War, 1861-1865
    • Portrait of Captain Wilson Colwell (1827-1862). This appears to be a chalk drawing on top of a photograph. Colwell was a banker and investor in La Crosse. At the beginning of the Civil War he was the mayor of the city, but as commander of the Light...

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