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    • Remember When...Milwaukee had its own White House?

    • White House Theatre (Milwaukee, Wis.); Mid-City Theatre (Milwaukee, Wis.); Atlantic Theatre (Milwaukee, Wis.); Third Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Motion picture theaters -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee
    • A 1,365-seat movie theater called the White House was opened Dec. 16, 1916, by promoters Otto Meister and John Freuler. The theater was on N. 3rd St. between Wisconsin Ave. and Wells St. Its façade contained 3,500 electric lights, while a...
    • Remember When...the Milwaukee transit company operated service stations?

    • Badger Auto Service (Milwaukee, Wis.); Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company; Service stations -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Gasoline pumps; Water towers; Fond du Lac Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.)
    • Badger Auto Service was formed in the 1920s by the Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Co. to service and compete with the new mode of transportation - the car. Among other enterprises, Badger operated taxi service in some of the smaller towns near...
    • Remember When...Grocery stores looked like this?

    • Grocery trade -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; State Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Frank Dollak Grocery (Milwaukee, Wis.); Dollak Family; Dollak, Frank; Dollak, Clara; Dollak, Mary; Miller, Mary; Dollak, Frank Jr.; Milwaukee Area Technical College;...
    • Frank Dollak's grocery served its State Street customers well nearly 70 years ago. Dollak established his first grocery in 1918 on St. Paul Avenue; from 1919 to 1923 he was located at 624 W. State, now the site of MATC. An immigrant from...
    • Remember When...Milwaukeeans enjoyed summer weekends at Ravenna?

    • Ravenna Park (Shorewood, Wis.); Hubbard Park (Shorewood, Wis.); Mineral Springs Park (Shorewood, Wis.); Wonderland (Shorewood, Wis.); Amusement parks -- Wisconsin -- Shorewood
    • This picture, taken in 1912, shows people entering Ravenna Park for some summer fun. The private amusement emporium was the last in a series of predecessors to Hubbard Park, a retreat on the east bank of the Milwaukee River in Shorewood. It...
    • Remember When...Van Ells Drug Store was in business?

    • Van Ells, Henry M.; Van Ells Drug Co. (Milwaukee, Wis.); Fond du Lac Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Drugstores -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Family Dental Center (Milwaukee, Wis.)
    • Henry M. Van Ells started his career as a pharmacist at the Hassinger and Van Ells Drug Store on Forest Home Ave. in 1892. Later that decade, he moved to Mitchell St., and from there to National Ave. in 1902. In 1904, Van Ells established his...
    • Remember When...Riverside High School was being built?

    • Riverside High School (Milwaukee, Wis.); School buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Milwaukee Public Schools -- Buildings; Locust Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Schools -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Construction and demolition debris -- Wisconsin --...
    • When a photographer set up his camera in the middle of Locust St. between the streetcar tracks on a quiet November day in 1913, construction of Riverside High had been under way for some time. Designed by Milwaukee architects Henry J. Van Ryn and...
    • Remember When...Milwaukee was stopped cold by the blizzard of '47?

    • Blizzards -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Winter -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Snow -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Weather -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Twenty-Seventh Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Brown Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Electric railroads -- Cars --...
    • The blizzard of Jan. 29-30, 1947, probably was the most memorable ever to hit Milwaukee. Fighting it proved almost impossible, so the city mainly just waited it out. People soon demonstrated their resourcefulness and flexibility, sleeping on...
    • Remember When...Milwaukee had so-called 'dry goods' stores?

    • Kohlenberg Family; Kohlenberg, Al; Kohlenberg, Bess; Kohlenberg, Charles; Dry goods -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Retail trade -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Charles Kohlenberg, Dry Goods (Milwaukee, Wis.)
    • Charles Kohlenberg, shown here with his son Al and daughter Bess, operated a small but well-stocked dry goods emporium on 6th St. and Juneau Ave. during the 1920s. Kohlenberg came to Milwaukee in 1903 from Austria-Hungary with his wife Sarah and...
    • Remember When...Milwaukee celebrated the first Earth Day?

    • Earth Day; Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (Milwaukee, Wis.); Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (Milwaukee, Wis.); The Ox (Musical group); Crowds; Journal Company -- Buildings
    • Earth Day, formally called the "National Environmental Teach-In," was the brainchild of Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wis.). He based it on the 1969 teach-ins and demonstrations against the Vietnam War, which culminated in a march of a quarter million...
    • Remember When...City Hall was towerless?

    • City Hall (Milwaukee, Wis.); City halls -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Municipal buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Public buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Milwaukee (Wis.) -- Aerial photographs
    • Workers hadn’t yet completed the ornate tower and cupola on City Hall when a high-climbing photographer took his picture in 1895 from the roof of the since-demolished Pabst Building on E. Wisconsin Ave. Built between 1893 and 1896, City Hall,...
    • Remember When...the Hillside Terrace housing project was built?

    • Sixth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Ninth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Galena Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Vliet Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Public housing -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Housing -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Low-income housing -- Wisconsin --...
    • The Hillside public housing development replaced some of Milwaukee's worst slums, which long had been ignored. These photos were taken when work began in 1948 and when the project neared completion in 1949. Bounded by N. 6th, N. 9th, W. Galena...
    • Remember When...the Third Ward burned down?

    • Fires -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; H. Penner Co. (Milwaukee, Wis.) -- Fire, 1892; William Bayley & Sons Co. (Milwaukee, Wis.) -- Fire, 1892; Historic Third Ward District (Milwaukee, Wis.); Milwaukee (Wis.) -- Fire, 1892; Water Street (Milwaukee,...
    • Recent tragic fires in Milwaukee remind us that 1987 marks the 95th anniversary of the Third Ward Fire. At that time, the Third Ward included the area south of Wisconsin Ave. and east of the Milwaukee River, a neighborhood of warehouses, light...
    • Remember When...commission row was Milwaukee's marketplace?

    • Broadway Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Streets -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Horse-drawn vehicles; Markets -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee
    • Come spring, commission row on N. Broadway may be only a memory since relocation is necessitated by improvement of the street and by the east-west expressway. Already a memory are the horses and wagons that lined up to deliver or carry off tons of...
    • Remember When...the Grand Avenue bridge was only one wagon wide?

    • Bridges -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Water Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Horse-drawn vehicles; Streets -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Grand Avenue Bridge (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
    • The wooden swing bridge at Wisconsin-Grand Avs. looked like this (from the east) in the late 1870's. A new iron swing bridge, fabricated in the North Chicago Rolling Mills in Bay View, went up in 1881 and occupied this site for 20 years. Over its...
    • Remember When...Jones Island was home to fishermen?

    • Jones Island (Wis.); Architecture, Domestic -- Wisconsin -- Jones Island; Fishing villages -- Wisconsin -- Jones Island
    • It was an island then with about 100 homes, some built from driftwood and wreckage, softened by morning glories and Virginia creepers, not to mention the weather and ubiquitous fish nets. In Jones island's years of 1910 to 1915, men made money...
    • Remember When...the Memorial Center site looked like this?

    • Lincoln Memorial Bridge (Milwaukee, Wis.); Bridges -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Milwaukee (Wis.) -- Aerial photographs; Lincoln Memorial Drive (Milwaukee, Wis.); Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 -- Statues -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Streets -- Wisconsin...
    • Head bowed, the Lincoln statue stood at the grand staircase of Lincoln Memorial bridge. The 10 and a half foot, 3,000 pound bronze statue had been placed there in 1934, after 20 years of fund collecting for its creation. Crowds milled around and...
    • Remember When...the Kilbourntown house was the Church house?

    • Fourth Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Historic buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Architecture, Domestic -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Church, Benjamin
    • Now elegant in the natural beauty of Estabrook park, Kilbourntown house was originally located at 1533 N. 4th st., on a hill above a tamarack swamp. Built in 1844 by Benjamin Church, the Greek revival style house was "the first building of modern...
    • Remember When...Summit av. over Juneau park looked like this?

    • Kane Place (Milwaukee, Wis.); Summit Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Streets -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Morris, Howard; Pratt, M. W.; Architecure, Domestic -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee
    • This was the northwest corner of Kane pl. and Summit av. about 1892. The large home at the right, fronting on Summit and Lake Michigan was the home of Howard Morris, president of the Wisconsin Central railroad. The site is now occupied by the...
    • Remember When...Wisconsin av. had cedar wood blocks?

    • Milwaukee Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Streets -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Public buildings -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Street-railroads -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Police communication systems -- Wisconsin --...
    • Ladies stepped carefully when crossing streets intersecting Wisconsin av. to avoid twisting their ankles. Eight inch cedar wood blocks, on a two inch wood plank base, had replaced six inch blocks in 1890. These, in turn, were replaced with two...
    • Remember When...27th and Wisconsin was 'out in the country'?

    • Grand Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, Wis.); Twenty-seventh Street (Milwaukee, Wis.); Streets -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee; Police communication systems -- Wisconsin -- Milwaukee
    • Things sure were different then as far as traffic was concerned. Pedestrians were more in danger of being bumped by a bicycle or horse than an automobile. This picture from the local history room of the public library was taken in 1914 when W....

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