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    • 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...Kupper Jewelers opened its doors?

    • Remember When...Kupper Jewelers opened its doors?

    • Kupper, Herman; Kupper Jewelers (Milwaukee, Wis.); Clocks and watches -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Tower clocks -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Jewelry stores -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Muskego Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.)

    • Herman Kupper, shown here outside the first store he opened in 1909 in the 1700 block of Muskego Ave., came to Milwaukee from Russia in 1898 and worked as a watchmaker for a jeweler on the South Side before striking out on his own. The store...
    • Remember When...a railroad builder lived here?

    • Remember When...a railroad builder lived here?

    • Finney, Frederick N.; Prospect Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Architecture, Domestic -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • This was the residence of Frederick N. Finney at 34 Prospect Ave. (later 1252 N. Prospect). Finney was born in Boston in 1832. At age 25, he came to Wisconsin, studying law at Oshkosh. Later he turned to civil engineering. Upon completion of...
    • Remember When...the Benjamin Church home was relocated?

    • Remember When...the Benjamin Church home was relocated?

    • Church, Benjamin; Estabrook Park (Milwaukee, Wis.); Architecture, Domestic -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Historic buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Horvath, Cecilia

    • A simple but elegant house like this, with its Greek Revival style featuring four columns in the front and classical cornices, must have looked like a gem in the wilderness when it was built in 1844 on a hill above a tamarack swamp, at what was...
    • Remember When...lions guarded an East Side home?

    • Remember When...lions guarded an East Side home?

    • Franklin Place (Milwaukee, Wis.); Fitch, Eliot G; Diederichs, Edward; Koch, Henry C.; Architecture, Domestic -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • The twin lions flanking the classic entrance will help old timers identify this historic Milwaukee home. It's at 1241 N. Franklin Pl., and since 1943 has been owned by banker Eliot G. Fitch. The couchant guardians were made by Richard H. White,...
    • Remember When...Campanelli's was on Brady?

    • Remember When...Campanelli's was on Brady?

    • Grocery trade -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Brady Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Campanelli, Tony; Campanelli, Antonietta

    • Tony Campanelli ran his market at 232 (later 811 E.) Brady St. from 1920 to 1946. From then until 1972, the family store was at 1699 N. Astor St. Campanelli's sold all manner of grocery products, especially imported foods, such as olives and...
    • Remember When...the YMCA was on 4th St.?

    • Remember When...the YMCA was on 4th St.?

    • Young Men's Christian Association (Milwaukee, Wis.) -- Buildings; Fourth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.)

    • As Milwaukee began putting down roots and growing into a booming America town, many organizations worked to meet the social needs to which a city civilization gave rise. An example of this was the Young Men's Christian Association. After...
    • Remember When...Rufus King meant a person, not a school?

    • Remember When...Rufus King meant a person, not a school?

    • King, Rufus, 1814-1876; Van Buren Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Mason Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Architecture, Domestic -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Children -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • This was the Rufus King residence on the northeast corner of N. Van Buren and E. Mason Sts. It was built in 1838 by Henry Williams and King lived in it from 1849 to 1861. During his lifetime, King was a soldier, editor, educator and diplomat. He...
    • Remember When...people went to the Aurora?

    • Remember When...people went to the Aurora?

    • Aurora Theater (Milwaukee, Wis.); Third Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Motion picture theaters -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Ladwig, Emil; Pavements, Brick -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • The Aurora Theater was at 1222 (later 3002 N.) 3rd St. The utility pole on the left in this picture bore both a Chambers St. sign and an election notice. The street surface was paved with bricks. Painted on the right side of the theater building...
    • Remember When...Thomas Kennan practiced law here?

    • Remember When...Thomas Kennan practiced law here?

    • Kennan, Thomas Lathrop, 1827-1920; Prospect Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Architecture, Domestic -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Mansions -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Horse-drawn vehicles

    • This was the home of Milwaukee lawyer Thomas Lathrop Kennan, at 179 (later 1605 N.) Prospect Ave. Born in Morristown, N.Y., in 1827, Kennan attended district schools there in winter and worked on a farm in summer until he was 17. He later studied...
    • Remember When...Blatz beer was first brewed here?

    • Remember When...Blatz beer was first brewed here?

    • Blatz, Valentin; Van Buren Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Architecture, Domestic -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Mansions -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • This is the Valentin Blatz home, built in 1885 and razed in 1964, at 605 (later 1141 N.) Van Buren St. Blatz was born in Miltenber-am-Main, Bavaria, in 1826. He came to the United States about 1847. He settled in Milwaukee in 1848 and worked as...
    • Remember When...trolleys skipped their tracks?

    • Remember When...trolleys skipped their tracks?

    • First Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Greenfield Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Clinton Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Trolley cars -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Street-railroads -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Accidents -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • On February 25, 1936, a broken switch caused the front wheels of this streetcar to go north on S.1st St., while the rest turned west on W. Greenfield Ave. The result was a rush-hour tieup that lasted more than an hour and backed up numerous other...
    • Remember When...a tornado hit State Fair Park?

    • Remember When...a tornado hit State Fair Park?

    • Wisconsin State Fair Park; Tornadoes -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Weather -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Roofs

    • It was the buildings, rather than the animals and exhibits displayed within them that attracted attention at State Fair Park on May 31, 1914. A tornado swept through the park on that Sunday afternoon and demolished a number of structures. After...
    • Remember When...new houses looked like this?

    • Remember When...new houses looked like this?

    • Bay View (Milwaukee, Wis.); Kenesaw Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Woodward Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Architecture, Domestic -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Johnson, Ole; Families -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • Bay View was young and growing in the 1890s, with dirt streets and wooden sidewalks. Ole Johnson (at far left in the photo) chose a lot at 932 Kenesaw St. (now 2220 S. Woodward) as the site for his new home. A spacious building with 13 rooms, it...
    • Remember When...corner groceries looked like this?

    • Remember When...corner groceries looked like this?

    • Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company; Sizer, Quincy; O'Brien, Clayton; Grocery trade -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • The A&P store on the southwest corner of 27th and State Sts. was typical of corner grocery stores all over the city for many years. This photograph was taken in late November 1924. Baked goods, some of it in holiday boxes, was temptingly...
    • Remember When...Milwaukeeans dined at THIS Toy's?

    • Remember When...Milwaukeeans dined at THIS Toy's?

    • Second Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Restaurants -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Charles Toy Restaurant (Milwaukee, Wis.); Toy's Chinatown Restaurant (Milwaukee, Wis.)

    • The name of Toy has been synonymous with good Chinese food in Milwaukee since the turn of the century, when Charlie Toy arrived here and started a restaurant. In the 1920s and early 1930s, his establishment was in this ornate building on 2nd St....
    • Remember When...gas station pumps were inside?

    • Remember When...gas station pumps were inside?

    • Schmidt, Reinhold L.; Service stations -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; John G. Wollaeger Co. (Milwaukee, Wis.)

    • The automobile was just beginning to revolutionize transportation and the "filling station" was in its infancy when this photograph was taken in 1917. Reinhold L. Schmidt was the first employe at John G. Wollaeger's filling station at 4th and...
    • Remember When...horses pulled delivery wagons?

    • Remember When...horses pulled delivery wagons?

    • Altmann Cartage Co. (Milwaukee, Wis.); Thirteenth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Altmann, James P.; Horse-drawn vehicles; Storage and moving trade -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Cobblestone roads -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • When Milwaukee's streets were paved with stones and lit by gas lamps, real horsepower got the delivery jobs done. This team and wagon belonged to Altmann Cartage Co. Between 1929 and 1942, the delivery company was located on 13th St. between...
    • Remember When...hotels were homier, like the old Randolph?

    • Remember When...hotels were homier, like the old Randolph?

    • Hotel Randolph (Milwaukee, Wis.); Third Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Terminal Hotel (Milwaukee, Wis.); Randolph Gardens (Milwaukee, Wis.); Hotels -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Automobiles; Hotel Charlotte (Milwaukee, Wis.)

    • The first Hotel Randolph, located on the east side of 3rd St. between Wisconsin and Wells, was an inviting building with decorative glass windows and wrought-iron balconies. Charles Clayton Randolph, who had worked for the Schlitz Hotel and Palm...
    • Remember When...the corner store was almost always open?

    • Remember When...the corner store was almost always open?

    • Bartos, Rudolph; Grocery trade -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Groceries -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee

    • The corner grocery store, although a far cry from today's warehouse supermarkets, took care of most of the needs of the neighborhood. Grocer Rudolph Bartos (behind counter) posed in his store at the corner of W. Burleigh and N. 24th Sts. in 1923. ...

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