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History Mystery: Fallen sheriff’s deputy was also a firefighter


Question: Earlier this month, the name of Jacob Keul was added to Kenosha’s Public Safety Memorial. Was Keul a firefighter or a deputy sheriff?

Answer: Truth be known, he was both. And his family was confused on the subject of his demise until Keul’s 11-year-old great-great-granddaughter Katelyn Hannah found out what happened to her ancestor.

Katelyn’s father, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Hannah, had always been told that his great-grandfather had died as a firefighter.

History Mystery: It took awhile until Kenosha High School had its first graduating class


Question: Kenosha High School held its first classes in 1849. When did the school graduate its first class?

Answer: Twelve years later in 1861.

History Mystery: Skunk caused pandemonium at old Burke Theater


Question: What animal caused pandemonium at the Burke Theater in downtown Kenosha on Sept. 22, 1924?

Answer: A little black kitty with a white stripe down its back. You know the type.

History Mystery: Wells Co. had long history in Kenosha


Question: In what year was the Wells-Messier Co. established?

Answer: Would it help if we referred to the company by the name it was incorporated under in 1909, which was Frank L. Wells Co.?

History Mystery: Ice train wreck of 1906 had repercussions


Question: Where did the ice train wreck of Aug. 25, 1906, take place?

Answer: On the old Kenosha Division line of the Chicago & North Western Railway that crossed Kenosha County through the city and Bristol, Salem and Randall townships.

History Mystery: Kenosha’s last livery stable closed in 1925


Question: When did the the Palace Livery, the last livery stable in Kenosha, close?

Answer: It was later than you may think, considering Thomas B. Jeffery started work in his automobile factory here in 1901.

History Mystery: Kenoshans perished in Chicago Iroquois Theater fire of 1903


Question: What Kenosha family lost five of their six children in Chicago’s Iroquois Theater fire in 1903?

Answer: It was a Christmas holiday tradition for the Henry S. Van Ingen family of Kenosha to see a musical in Chicago. But their outing to the newly built Iroquois Theatre in 1903 turned out to be tragic.

History Mystery: Pioneer cabin in Bong ended up elsewhere


Question: In 1958, a pioneer cabin was discovered during the building of the Bong Air Base runway. To what location was the cabin moved?

Answer: The cabin was moved to Fox River Park, where it stood for another 35-plus years.

History Mystery: Jeffery led industry with spare tire


Question: What innovation did Thomas B. Jeffery make standard on his Rambler automobiles in 1909 that beat out all others in the American automobile industry?

Answer: Jeffery was the first to put a spare tire on his automobiles.

History Mystery: Missionary from Somers survived Boxer Rebellion


Question: Who was the Somers missionary who withstood the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900?

Answer: Somers native Katherine L. Schaeffer spent 33 of her last 37 years in China.

History Mystery: What transport vehicles were a constant sight in Kenosha?


Question: What type of specific-purpose transport vehicles were in sight constantly on Kenosha streets from the 1930s to 1980s?

Answer: The dates probably gave this one away.

History Mystery: Height aside, Walter Alford was a giant in Kenosha


Question: What physical attribute was most noticeable when meeting Nash Motors vice president and Kenosha civic leader Walter H. Alford?

Answer: His height. Although there is no historical record of his height, this rare photo of him with the City Council makes it clear that he was short in stature.

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    Snapshot: Volunteer makes sure veterans’ graves have flags for Memorial Day


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    Event briefs: Celebrity art auction slated for Friday

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    UPDATE: Family given one week to rectify conditions at farms were dead animals were found


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