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History Mystery: Swedish family helped launch Lutheran congregation


Question: What Kenosha Lutheran church held its first services in the home of August and Anna Strangberg?

Answer: The congregation that would eventually become Kenosha's St. Paul’s Lutheran Church began in the living room of the Strangberg family.

August moved the family from their homeland of Sweden to Kenosha in the late 1880s.

History Mystery: Hand-built ship created a stir in Carol Beach


Question: What was the name of the 92-foot boat that was built in Carol Beach for more than a decade and launched in 1976?

Answer: The Ramunda was hand built by Czechoslovakian immigrants Olderich and Marie Fencl.

History Mystery: Kenosha man voiced man ’60s cartoon characters


Question: Which Kenosha native was the voice of Mr. Slate on “The Flintstones,” Dr. Benton Quest on “Jonny Quest” and Fancy Fancy, the debonair cat on “Top Cat”?

Answer: His name was John Winfield Stephenson, and although he did not call Kenosha his home for long, he made his mark as a character actor, TV series narrator and the voice of a score of cartoon characters.

History Mystery: Daredevil wowed crowds atop radio tower


Question: What individual did acrobatics on the new WLIP broadcast tower in 1947?

Answer: A fellow named Regnar B. Jensen. He was an electrician with experience working on transformer towers who lived at 512 57th St. in Kenosha.

History Mystery: Kenosha’s short-lived time as the village of Pike


Question: We now know it as the city of Kenosha. How long was it known as the village of Pike?

Answer: What? You never heard of Pike?

History Mystery: ‘Pint-sized sheriff’ appeared on game show


Question: What Kenosha County sheriff drove a squad car to New York City to be on a game show?

Answer: In the race for the office of Kenosha County sheriff in 1952, Marshall Simonsen — who stood 5 feet 6 inches — ran on the slogan: “You have tried ’em all, now try the small.”

History Mystery: Kenosha pastor led a double life


Question: Who was the scandalous parson whose brief pastorate 100 years ago was cut short when it was discovered he was a bigamist?

Answer: The congregants of the Henry M. Simmons Memorial Church were tickled to be getting the services of the Rev. James Morrison Darnell in November 1914.

History Mystery: Simmons a cog in Pikes Peak railway


Question: Kenosha industrialist Zalmon G. Simmons bankrolled what small but mighty railway in 1889?

Answer: It’s the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Colorado.

History Mystery: Kenosha hosted drama-filled cycling championships in 1928


Question: Many people know of junior national bicycle champ Bobby Thomas, who took the title on the Washington Bowl track in Kenosha in 1928 before 10,000 screaming fans. What was the name of the racer who won the national senior title that day?

Answer: His name was Robert J. Connor, and his hard-earned victory that day was in the shadow of Thomas, who was a Kenosha hometown hero.

History Mystery: 93 years in Columbus Park


Question: How long has Kenosha’s Roscioli family lived in their Columbus Park neighborhood home?

Answer: The Rosciolis have lived at 5412 23rd Ave. in Kenosha since 1922. This summer could be the first time in 93 years that the mailman will deliver envelopes there addressed to someone other than a Roscioli, or “Occupant.”

History Mystery: Shoot the Chutes brought thrills to Kenosha


Question: What was Shoot the Chutes?

Answer: Almost 75 years before Kenoshans clamored for the thrill rides at Great America, they got their adrenalin pumping at a Kenosha feature called Shoot the Chutes in Anderson Park.

History Mystery: Mother Teresa made brief visit to Kenosha in 1981


Question: What Nobel Peace Prize winner made an appearance in Kenosha on June 13, 1981?

Answer: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, 1979 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, spent two hours on a Saturday in Kenosha during her American tour in the summer of 1981.

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    History Mystery: Swedish family helped launch Lutheran congregation


    Question: What Kenosha Lutheran church held its first services in the home of August and Anna Strangberg?