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    • Remember When...the big snow of '47 buried Milwaukee?

    • Remember When...the big snow of '47 buried Milwaukee?

    • Kilbourn Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Snow -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Winter -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Weather -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Blizzards -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • "We're going to have some nasty weather," warned weatherman Howard J. Thompson, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1947, and he didn't know how right he was! Less than 48 hours later, Milwaukee was buried under 18.1 inches of snow. The fall was so thick that...
    • Remember When...movies cost a quarter?

    • Remember When...movies cost a quarter?

    • Third Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Central business districts -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Strauss Building (Milwaukee, Wis.); Princess Theater (Milwaukee, Wis.); Theaters -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Buildings --...

    • The Strauss Building loomed over the northeast corner of N. 3rd St. and W. Wisconsin Ave. in 1946. Lawton's $18.50 Clothes - "Wisconsin's Largest Clothiers" - was located on the ground floor of the 12 story building, which was built in 1923. The...
    • Remember When...Marquette had a football team?

    • Remember When...Marquette had a football team?

    • Clybourn Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Thirty-fifth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.): Marquette University -- Football; Crowds -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Football -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • The 1926 Marquette University homecoming, heralded as "the biggest and best" ever arranged, opened on Thursday, November 4, with an alumni dance and ended that Saturday with a football game in the afternoon and fraternity reunion parties for alumni...
    • Remember When...streetcars needed shoveling out?

    • Remember When...streetcars needed shoveling out?

    • Walnut Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Charles Cowalsky & Co. (Milwaukee, Wis.); Winter -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Weather -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Snow removal -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • In January, 1910, when this picture was taken, snow shovelers were busy in front of Charles Cowalsky & Co. livery, 605-609 Walnut (later 607-609 W. Walnut), clearing the path for car No. 196. In 1910, 61.5 inches of snow fell in Milwaukee. Other...
    • Remember When...a gasoline deliveryman had to sell his product first?

    • Remember When...a gasoline deliveryman had to sell his product first?

    • Seventeenth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Vliet Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Schoenecker, Frank G.; Service stations -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Gasoline industry -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Trucks; Kissel Motor Car Company

    • Back in 1919, when Frank G. Schoenecker first got his job working for Standard Oil, he received a brand new Kissel truck, made in Hartford, to drive on his rounds. Back then, his job was as "tank truck salesman." He sold the company's Red Crown...
    • Remember When...their business was sign hanging?

    • Remember When...their business was sign hanging?

    • Laacke, Richard T.; Peterson, John -- Family; Peterson Family; Florida Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); R. Laacke Co. (Milwaukee, Wis.); Laacke and Joys (Milwaukee, Wis.); Joys Brothers Co. (Milwaukee, Wis.)

    • This photo was taken in 1897, the year 18 year old Richard Laacke went into business for himself as a steeplejack, sign hanger and awning manufacturer. He is shown standing in the center of the John Peterson family. Peterson helped hang signs and...
    • Remember When...bottling beer became a big operation?

    • Remember When...bottling beer became a big operation?

    • Pabst Brewing Company; Breweries -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Brewing industry -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Beer -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • This brewery worker looked a bit unsure of himself as he paused in the middle of his work to have his picture taken at the Pabst Brewing Co. bottle house in 1915. According to a history of the brewery, the introduction of large scale bottling for...
    • Remember When...the Hilltoppers beat the Aggies?

    • Remember When...the Hilltoppers beat the Aggies?

    • Marquette University Hilltoppers (Football team); Marquette University -- Football; Football stadiums -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Football -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Crowds -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • The Marquette University Hilltoppers beat a previously undefeated Kansas State team by a score of 14-0 on Nov. 6, 1926, in a homecoming game that was watched by a crowd of 18,000 - the largest that had ever attended a local collegiate game. The...
    • Remember When...the cornerstone was laid Kenwood Lodge?

    • Remember When...the cornerstone was laid Kenwood Lodge?

    • Hackett Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Freemasons. Kenwood Lodge.; Freemasons -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Clubhouses -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Crowds; Moehle, George

    • The cornerstone laying ceremony for the Masons' new lodge building at 2648 N. Hackett Ave., took place on Wednesday, June 9, 1915. In an unprecedented move, the 700 delegates who were in Milwaukee that week for the 71st Annual Communication of the...
    • Remember When...gasoline cost 18 to 20 cents a gallon?

    • Remember When...gasoline cost 18 to 20 cents a gallon?

    • Service stations -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Teutonia Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Hampton Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Gasoline prices -- Wisconsin; Automobiles

    • Cars stopping to fill up at this Deep Rock gasoline station could drive a long way on a dollar's worth of gas. The 1940 prices on the sign in this photograph were typical of that decade, but are now only a memory. The station, on the northwest...
    • Remember When...the Grand Avenue really was Grand Ave.?

    • Remember When...the Grand Avenue really was Grand Ave.?

    • Spring Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Grand Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Central business districts -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Electric railroads -- Cars -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Pedestrians; Browning King and Co....

    • On Dec. 18, 1876 the Common Council voted to change the name of Spring St. to Grand Ave. There had been some discussion for several weeks prior to the vote, but in the end the ayes won out 18-2, and the once sleepy street from the Milwaukee River...
    • Remember When...The school building at 8th and Michigan was brand new?

    • Remember When...The school building at 8th and Michigan was brand new?

    • Eighth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Michigan Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Fourth Ward School (Milwaukee, Wis.); Plankinton School (Milwaukee, Wis.); Fourth District School (Milwaukee, Wis.); Eighth Street School (Milwaukee, Wis.); North Division Downtown...

    • There were wooden sidewalks, hitching posts and gas lights at 8th and Michigan Streets when this building, now the oldest building in use in the Milwaukee Public School System, was built in 1884. A school has occupied the site ever since the...
    • Remember When...the library was at 4th and Grand?

    • Remember When...the library was at 4th and Grand?

    • Plankinton Building (Milwaukee, Wis.); Espenhaim Building (Milwaukee, Wis.); Fourth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Grand Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Library Block (Milwaukee, Wis.); Milwaukee Public Library (Milwaukee,...

    • For the 18 years between 1880 and 1898, Milwaukeeans went to the second floor of this building, variously known as Library block, the Plankinton building or the Espenhain building, to enjoy the city's public library. The library was established in...
    • Remember When...the Arena was under construction?

    • Remember When...the Arena was under construction?

    • Milwaukee Arena; Kilbourn Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Fourth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Arenas -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Exhibition buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Building sites -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Milwaukee (Wis.) -- Aerial photographs

    • It took 18 months to build Milwaukee's Arena, which is next to the Auditorium at Kilbourn Ave. and 4th St. But it took two years to acquire land for the site. Does all this sound familiar? The Milwaukee Board of Realtors objected to the building...
    • Remember When...Milwaukeeans took trips to Whitefish Bay by boat?

    • Remember When...Milwaukeeans took trips to Whitefish Bay by boat?

    • Milwaukee River (Wis.); Pabst Building (Milwaukee, Wis.); Grand Avenue Bridge (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Grand Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Bloomer Girl (Excursion boat); Silver Spray (Excursion boat); Bridges -- Wisconsin...

    • This turn-of-the-century photo looks northeast across the Milwaukee River toward Wisconsin Ave. (then Grand Ave.) The big structure behind the bridge is the Pabst Building, built in 1892 and demolished in 1980. A small park now occupies the...
    • Remember When...'Music Under the Stars' was young?

    • Remember When...'Music Under the Stars' was young?

    • Blatz Temple of Music (Milwaukee, Wis.); Washington Park (Milwaukee, Wis.); Parks -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Concert programs -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Music Under the Stars; Bandstands -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Crowds

    • The Milwaukee County Park Commission's "Music Under the Stars" series celebrates its 50th anniversary this season. The first concert was held Aug. 10, 1938, when Gilbert and Sullivan's "Gondoliers" played to 18,000 at the Blatz Temple of Music in...
    • Remember When...winters were considerably worse than this one?

    • Remember When...winters were considerably worse than this one?

    • Electric railroads -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Oakland Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Winter -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Weather -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Snow -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • With several mild winters under our belts, it may be in order to remember the really blustery weather. Here’s the delightful winter of 1947. This photo, taken on Jan. 3 of that year, shows a Route 15 streetcar rumbling up snowy Oakland Avenue. ...
    • Remember When...horses were common in the city?

    • Remember When...horses were common in the city?

    • Blizzards -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Snow -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Winter -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Weather -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Twenty-fifth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Horses; Architecture, Domestic -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • On Jan. 29 and 30, 1947, Milwaukee was paralyzed by more than 18 inches of snow, with drifts as high as 15 feet. Thousands were stranded at work. It took six days to dig out, and the city was not fully back to normal until March. At the time,...
    • Remember When...Milwaukee doctors studied here?

    • Remember When...Milwaukee doctors studied here?

    • Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons -- Buildings; Fourth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Reservoir Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Marquette University; Marquette University -- Buildings; Universities and colleges -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Medical...

    • The Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons was incorporated in May 1893. It was first located on N. 25th and W. Walnut sts., but in 1898 it occupied this structure designed especially for it. The building was located on N. 4th st. and W....
    • Remember When...horse drawn wagons used Water Street?

    • Remember When...horse drawn wagons used Water Street?

    • Water Street (Milwaukee, Wis); Horse-drawn vehicles; Street-railroads -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Streets -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; First Wisconsin National Bank (Milwaukee, Wis.); Banks and banking -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Bank buildings --...

    • Horses and buggies, horseless carriages and electric streetcars all used E. Water st. (now N. Water st.) in June of 1914 when the above photo was taken. It was a time of change for the city as the automobile came into vogue. Notice the electric...

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