|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Algoma — American Legion Park|
|Dedicated to the
Memory of All
In Remembrance of
Clarence and Eunice Bathke — Map (db m77466) WM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Algoma — Brickyards|
|After the disastrous fires that swept through Kewaunee County in 1871, a more substantial building material was sought and brickyards made their appearance in several locations in the county.
A good supply of clay located in the area between here and Division Street (three blocks to the west) provided the major raw material needed to make bricks. When the supply of clay diminished after a few years, a new brickyard was established nearby. This yard was in operation until about 1910. Many . . . — Map (db m17490) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Algoma — Bruemmerville|
Henry Bruemmer, a native of Mecklenburg, Germany, learned the milling trade in his native land before emigrating. After spending a few years on the East Coast, he invested in a flourmill in Mishicot before operating a mill at Tisch Mills. In the mid-1860s, he and his family moved to what is now known as Bruemmerville where he purchased an interest in the Ahnapee Mill, eventually becoming the sole proprietor.
In addition to a flour and feed mill, the Bruemmer family enterprise . . . — Map (db m77474) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Algoma — Christmas Tree Ship Point|
|52 Schooners transporting Christmas trees to Milwaukee and Chicago passed this point in the 1800's.|
Captain Herman Schuenemann of the Christmas Tree Ship, "Rouse Simmons", was born in Algoma.
One of the 52 schooners, "Lady Ellen" is located upriver between the two bridges in its final resting place. — Map (db m38986) HM
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Algoma — Door-Kewaunee County College / Henry Diefenbach Sculptures|
|Door-Kewaunee County College
Around the turn of the previous century, it became apparent that the state normal schools were unable to supply an adequate number of teachers to meet the demand, especially in rural areas.
Therefore, starting in 1899, the state legislature began passing legislation which allowed the establishment of county normal schools. By the 1920s, thirty-two such schools were in operation.
In the fall of 1908, classes were held in Algoma, . . . — Map (db m77444) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Algoma — Officer Ronald L. Leist — 1939 — 1969|
the call of duty
Police Officer Ronald Leist
sacrificed his life
in a heroic
attempt to rescue
a drowning man
in the Algoma Harbor
on Oct. 9, 1969 — Map (db m15056) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Algoma — Schooner Daniel Lyons — Historic Shipwreck — Wisconsin’s Maritime Trails|
Type: Wooden Schooner, three masted
Built: 1873, George Goble, Oswego, N.Y.
Sank: October 18, 1878
Length: 138’ Beam: 26’
Depth of Wreckage: 110’
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
About eight miles northeast of here, the wooden schooner Daniel Lyons rests 110 feet beneath Lake Michigan’s waves. The three-masted Daniel Lyons delivered grain to ports around the Great Lakes in the 1870s, until a collision sent her to the bottom in the . . . — Map (db m56036) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Algoma — The Church of St. Agnes-by-the-Lake|
The first church edifice, originally named "Grace Church", was erected on this site in 1878. This building was a brick veneer interpretation of the plan for a board and batten church found in Richard Upjohn's pattern book Rural Architecture (1852). Upjohn, founding member of The American Institute of Architects and designer of Wall Street's famous Trinity Church, was the brother-in-law of the first Episcopal Bishop of Fond du Lac, John Henry Hobart Brown.
Having burned . . . — Map (db m77299) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Algoma — The Kewaunee County Farm|
The Kewaunee County Farm was operated on this site starting in 1879. Nicknamed 'The Poor Farm' it was a place for the county's elderly who were unable to provide for themselves financially. Tenants enjoyed keeping busy by helping with the pure-bred dairy cattle and hogs that were raised on the farm. By the 1970's the term 'The Poor Farm' no longer applied, as remaining tenants paid for living there. The building was razed in the 1980's. — Map (db m77278) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Algoma — The Kewaunee County Piers|
|This was once the site of a small, bustling, waterfront community typical of many others in Kewaunee County. By the mid-1800's, as large numbers of settlers moved into the rural areas of the newly formed county, efficient transportation became a necessity. Since an overland transportation system was practically nonexistent, the settlers turned to Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay.
Numerous piers were constructed along the shoreline with stores, sawmills, blacksmith shops, hotels, . . . — Map (db m17468) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Algoma — The Lumber Industry in Algoma|
|Just south of this site, brothers Abraham and Simon Hall built the area's first saw mill in 1852. From that time to the present, Algoma has been a significant source of wood products. Ahnapee Seating and Veneer Company was founded on this site in 1892. The company produced plywood, chair seats and backs, and settee-like benches used in railroad stations, stores, and churches. U.S. Plywood Corp., later a division of Champion Papers International, purchased the Algoma Plywood and Veneer Company . . . — Map (db m77326) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Casco — Bottkolville|
Because permission to emigrate from their home in Euren, Germany, had repeatedly been denied, the family of Michael Bottkol fled to France in the spring of 1856.
Arriving in Kewaunee that summer, the family spent their remaining money for essential supplies and hired a guide to take them on foot through the forested wilderness to their new home, 160 acres which they had purchase for $1 per acre 15 miles to the northwest.
The Bottkol family faced many of the . . . — Map (db m77419) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Casco — Casco Veterans Memorial|
For God and
U.S. American Legion — Map (db m78015) WM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Casco — Decker House|
|On this site Edward Decker, Kewaunee County's most influential early political and business leader, erected his impressive home. Nicknamed "The White House", it was built from lumber that was cut from some of the 10,000 acres of timber he owned in the vicinity. The interior was filled with curiosities that he collected during his journeys around the world.
Mr. Decker was deeply involved with starting many local businesses including railroads, banks and newspapers. This house was the social . . . — Map (db m77359) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Dyckesville — Stage House · Dyckesville|
|The first European inhabitant of this area was Louis Van Dycke, from whom the community received its name. Dyckesville, an early Belgian settlement, was a typical crossroads community including a store, church and saloon. It became part of one of the largest Belgian settlements in America.
On this site in 1878 Joseph Stage built the "Stage House." It was one of the earliest businesses in the area and housed a hotel, dance hall, saloon and the Dyckesville post office. It served also as a . . . — Map (db m77298) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Kewaunee — Barge "Emerald"|
Tribute and Memorium
who went down with the
within sight of this point,
on Nov. 18, 1886.
Sponsored and erected by
H. J. Baumeister.
May 30, 1938. — Map (db m60043) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Kewaunee — 136 — Car – Ferry Service|
|Kewaunee, Green Bay & Western Railroad ferry slip No. 1, to your right, is the point where car-ferry service across Lake Michigan began. On Sunday, November 27, 1892, Ann Arbor Railroad car-ferry No. 1 loaded 22 cars of flour which originated at Minneapolis and were destined to England, Scotland and Ireland – the first boatload of box cars to be transported across Lake Michigan – a service later extended to other ports. — Map (db m11760) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Kewaunee — Civil War and Cuban Veterans Monument|
Erected to the Memory of the
Soldiers and Marines of Kewaunee County
Who Fought for Freedom
1861 to 1865
Also to Those Who Fought for
the Liberty of Cuba
1861 - 1865 - 1898 — Map (db m77963) WM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Kewaunee — Courthouse Square|
|The jail was designed by Oshkosh, Wisconsin architect William Waters and built in 1876. The building served a dual purpose of being both the sheriff's home and also the county lock-up. It was in use continuously until 1969. That year a county referendum saved the building from demolition. The Kewaunee County Historical Society was allowed to convert the building into a museum. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. The present courthouse was built encompassing the . . . — Map (db m77344) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Kewaunee — Dikeman|
The year was 1863. This area was a wilderness accessible only by primitive trails that wound through the vast, virgin pine forest. Here, surrounded by thousands of acres of prime timberland, Charles W. Dikeman and his partners built their mill.
Unable to travel long distances under such conditions to and from work, employees and their families lived in the dwellings that were built adjacent to the mill. A store, tavern and later a school were built to meet their needs.
. . . — Map (db m77392) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Kewaunee — Early History of Kewaunee|
The bluffs overlooking the Kewaunee River north of the city witnessed much of Kewaunee's early history. It was here that Potawatomies had a village and eventually fought a bloody battle with the Sacs, killing an entire band.
Here also stopped French explorers, Jesuit priests and fur trappers and traders including Jean Nicolet, LaSalle, and Father Marquette.
In the mid-1790s, Jacques Vieau, who later established a trading post at Milwaukee, erected a trading post upon . . . — Map (db m77283) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Kewaunee — Father Marquette|
the Holy Sacrifice of Mass
on this spot
November 1, 1674. — Map (db m11679) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Kewaunee — Kewaunee County Lime Kilns|
Before modern cement came onto the market, lime was used in the making of mortar for brick and stonework. Lime was also used for whitewashing wood instead of painting. Large furnaces used heat to reduce nearby limestone rocks into lime.
As early as 1853, lime kilns were operated in the county by the Seth Moore family. The kiln portions which still stand near here were built in 1893 by the Nast brothers. The pictures show the kilns as well as a row of houses built for the workers, who were mostly Italian. — Map (db m77521) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Kewaunee — Kewaunee Marsh Arsenic Spill Area — Train derailment and Arsenic spill|
|Why is the fence here? The fence is to limit access to a contaminated area. In the early days the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) was contacted by a hunter that an area within the boundaries of the wildlife refuge was devoid of vegetation, and the area surrounding the void was severely distressed. The WDNR collected soil and water samples from the area and found high concentrations of arsenic. The C.D. Besadny wildlife area consists of over 22,000 acres of state-owned property . . . — Map (db m39114) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Kewaunee — The Great Kewaunee Fire|
Shortly before midnight May 19, 1898, a fire broke out in a barn on Milwaukee Street near the northeast corner of Milwaukee and Ellis. Fanned by strong, cold northeast winds, the fire soon engulfed many of the buildings on the north side of Ellis Street between Milwaukee and Main.
The new steam pumper, the hand pumper, and the valient efforts of volunteers were no match for the strong winds and intense heat, which soon caused the fire to spread to the buildings on the south . . . — Map (db m77324) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Kewaunee — The Old Mill|
As you look across the Kewaunee River, it is hard to imagine that a small, thriving community existed on the opposite bank. The center of the community was the imposing flour and gristmill, which drew so many customers from miles around that it operated year round, often 24 hours a day.
Grist, flour and sawmills were in operation along the Kewaunee River from the mid-1800's until 1936 when the West Kewaunee Mill was dismantled. Mill owners such as Volk, Stransky, Breummer and . . . — Map (db m77523) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Luxemburg — Bank of Luxemburg|
|Bank of Luxemburg was founded in 1902 by a group of
prominent farmers and busnessmen. In 1903 a state
charter was granted and the bank formally began
operations in what was known as the Wisconsin House.
On June 20, 1904, the bank proceeded to erect its first
bank building across the street from
the Wisconsin House.
Having outgrown its original structure, a new
building on the corner of Main and Elm Streets was
authorized for construction at a special shareholders
meeting on April . . . — Map (db m74985) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Luxemburg — South Luxemburg|
Arriving in the mid-1850s, early settlers to this area encountered forested land accessible only by narrow, winding trails. The journey from Green Bay required a day or two of long, difficult travel. With hard work and simple hand tools, the land was slowly cleared. Agriculture became the main occupation. Businesses were established and a church was built. The community reportedly was called Luxemburg after the homeland of some of the early families that settled here.
The . . . — Map (db m74973) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Luxemburg — Voie de la Liberte — Road of Freedom|
This Milestone Marker was presented to the Village of Luxemburg, Wisconsin in 1994. It is to remind people of the path of hardship and the triumphant progress of the soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Army, from the Allied landing in Normandy on June 6, 1944, to the Battle of the Bulge (Bastogne) and the final liberation of France, Belgium and Luxumbourg. There are 1,182 milestones marking out the Liberty Road. Three Milestone Markers, were presented, one each to Luxemburg, WI, . . . — Map (db m74286) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Norman — The Norman General Store|
|The focal point of any crossroads community in this area include a church, a saloon, a
general store and a cheese factory where milk was turned into a marketable product.
Norman, a Czech heritage community founded in the 1850's was no exception. the
Pelnar family opened a "hotel and saloon" on this site in 1876. The summer kitchen
was added in the 1880's. John Riha acquired the property in 1890 and built the
adjacent home in 1904. The general store of today was actually moved to this site . . . — Map (db m39475) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Pilsen — George Halada Farmstead|
The brick veneer residence, built by George Halada circa 1878, is an excellent example of an Italianate style building popular with Bohemian settlers in this area. Several of the horizontal log farm buildings are in near original form and pre-date the home.
The farmstead consists of 118 acres, and has been sold through family lines to the present owners. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. — Map (db m77629) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Rosiere — The 1858 Rosiere Kermiss|
The fall harvest was in and excitement reigned in the community! Cleaning, cooking, baking, sewing — it was time to celebrate and thank the Lord for the good crops and other blessings. Hardships, homesickness, and loneliness were forgotten, at least for a while.
By the fall of 1858, the Belgian settlers in this area, the first of whom arrived in 1853, were ready to celebrate. Days were spent preparing for the kermiss, a centuries old Belgian custom that is a combination . . . — Map (db m77485) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Stangelville — Rogation Shrines|
In the early centuries of Christianity, the Western Church instituted the observation of Rogation Days to invoke God's mercy.
The word rogation is derived from the Latin word rogare, which means "to ask."
According to local custom, processions were held on the three days prior to Ascension Thursday.
After mass the priest would lead the parishioners from the church to a rogation shrine. Along the way, the rosary would be prayed, the Litany of the Saints would be . . . — Map (db m77579) HM|
|Wisconsin (Kewaunee County), Tisch Mills — Tisch Mills|
As the available land to the south became more difficult to obtain, new arrivals began to gravitate northward. In this valley through which flows the East Twin River, many found what they were looking for. This area had been known to the Indians of the area for a long time before the coming of the new inhabitants. The village of Black Earth, their summer planting ground, was located along this same river a short distance to the northeast.
The settlement of this area was typical . . . — Map (db m77602) HM|