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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...
    • "The Leona" undergarment, La Crosse

    • Clothing & Dress; Clothing industry; Lingerie; Underwear; Textiles;
    • Women's undergarment designed and made in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Called "The Leona" after its inventor and manufacturer, this is a "three-in-one" which consolidates camisole, drawers, and slip into one undergarment. This "Leona" is constructed of a...
    • Amusement ride car from Myrick Park, La Crosse

    • Amusement parks; Amusement rides; Model cars; Parks; Recreation;
    • A child-sized car from an amusement ride in Myrick Park, La Crosse, Wisconsin. It is covered in green painted steel and has a steering wheel. The tires are solid rubber (not inflatable) and there is a large number "2" painted on the rear below the...
    • Ankle boots

    • Boots; Clothing & dress; Footwear; Leather goods; Shoes;
    • A pair of men's black ankle-high black leather boots. The heels are re-soled with "Goodyear Wingfoot" heels and there are elastic inserts on each side of boot. The twill ribbon pull-loops on back have "La Victoria" woven into them. Donor stated...
    • Bed with carved wooden frame

    • Beds; Decorative arts; Furniture; Wood carvings; Woodwork;
    • A bed with a decorative wood headboard and baseboard. There are carved wooden urns on corners of headboard and the carved decorative medallion on left side of headboard is missing. The ID number is on the top of the left-side rail. It is located in...
    • 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...
    • Brown fedora

    • Clothing & dress; Hats; Headgear; Millinery;
    • A men's brown felt fedora, with a wide brown grosgrain ribbon and round yellow metal button decoration. There are two feathers stuck in the brim. Label is "Stevens Royalist." No accession file has been located to associate with this artifact,...
    • Bus driver's hat, La Crosse, 1960-1978

    • Bus drivers; Clothing & dress; Hats; Headgear; Uniforms;
    • A bus driver's hat, worn by Ernest Howard in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Howard drove for the La Crosse Transit Company in the 1960's and 1970's, retiring in 1978. The hat is designed in a modern military-style, with a hard, shiny visor and soft...
    • Carriage boots

    • Boots; Clothing & dress; Footwear; Shoes;
    • A pair of women's carriage boots made of black velvet with a brown/black fur trim. The inside has an off-white quilted lining. The boots are laced together through three eyelets with corded tassels, which may or may not be replacements, as many of...
    • Chamber pot

    • Chamber pots; Containers; Hygiene; Sanitation;
    • White chamber pot with a handle and blue flowers and leaves painted on the lid and sides. There is a gold color border around edges and design on lid and side. The bottom reads: "Adamantine China". The Hixon House collection consists of artifacts...
    • Chapeau-de-bras style hat

    • Clothing & dress; Hats; Headgear; Millinery;
    • Black silk chapeau-de-bras style ("fore and aft") hat. Hat is crescent shaped with black woven trim and black and white plumes that extend down the back. Possibly there was once a red and silver cross insignia attached to the sides.
    • Child's cowboy hat

    • Clothing & dress; Cowboy hats; Hats; Headgear;
    • Child's red straw cowboy hat with plastic edge on the brim. It has three white grommets on each side and a black chin cord. There is an image of a cowboy with a gun on the front. There's a patch of leather on the inside front of crown with "Bar X"...
    • Decorative candlesticks

    • Candlesticks; Decorative arts; Light fixtures; Pottery;
    • A pair of candlesticks with hand-painted Chinese motifs, with green cabbage leaves and yellow, black and orange butterflies and pink roses or peonies. A gold dragon, made of a separate piece of clay, wraps around the middle of the candlestick. The...
    • Decorative metal belt buckle

    • Belts (Clothing); Buckles; Clothing & dress; Engraving; Metalwork;
    • Belt buckle made of silver colored metal, possibly nickel silver, with a brass clasp or hook soldered to the back. It is engraved with decorative flourishes, mottos, and the name "H. Heileman." It belonged to Henry Heileman, only son of Gottlieb...
    • Decorative urn

    • Decorative arts; Interior decoration; Silverwork; Urns;
    • Silver decorative urn with a village/domestic scene including lots of windmills, possible portraying Holland. A goat and child decorate the lid and it has a silver handle. This artifact is located in the master bedroom at Hixon House. The Hixon...
    • 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,...

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