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History Mystery: Missionary from Somers survived Boxer Rebellion

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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.

She was born in 1867 and may have been a member of the Pike Grove Church, a Presbyterian church, founded in 1839 and a forerunner of the Somers Community Church United Church of Christ.



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

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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

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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.

That History Column: Namesakes of city parks

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Kenosha has proudly borne the nickname “Park City” for more than 150 years because of our many beautiful public parks.

Early in the last century, city leaders took steps to not only secure 80 percent of our lakefront land for public use, but to reserve green spaces for parks as the city grew.

History Mystery: Community comes together after 1924 tragedy

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Question: What happened to Kenosha County Coroner Truman T. Parker and his teenage daughter Jean as they waited for a streetcar?

Answer: The Parkers were killed by a drunken driver.

History Mystery: Remembering Bristol’s first telephone company

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Question: Who was thought to be the first telephone operator in Bristol?

Answer: Bristol resident Alice Castle, who lived to be 100 years old.

History Mystery: Auster murder was scandal of 1919

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Question: What domestic violence murder case shook the city of Kenosha in 1919?

Answer: The murder of Harry Auster by his wife Anna was a much-discussed scandal of 1919.

History Mystery: Mercury program used Macwhyte products

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Question: The helmets of U.S. astronauts Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter and Wally Schirra were locked down by what Kenosha-made product?

Answer: These Mercury project astronauts depended on stainless steel Macwhyte cable to lock down those helmets.

History Mystery: Lewis property’s sale was big news in 1920

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Question: In what year did undertaker Thomas Hansen buy the Urban Lewis property?

Answer: The purchase was announced on the front page of the Kenosha Evening News on June 24, 1920.

History Mystery: Bradford planetarium was one of the first in state

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Question: When was Kenosha’s only planetarium built?

Answer: It was built about 1961 as an addition to the University of Wisconsin-Kenosha building that was erected in 1960 at Washington Road and 39th Avenue.

History Mystery: Kenosha was under consideration for Great Lakes naval base

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Question: What piece of Kenosha County property was under consideration for the establishment of a naval base in 1903?

Answer: It was known locally as Jacobs Island, which lay north of the mouth of the Pike River and south of today’s Carthage College property.

History Mystery: Bishop home in Bristol still stands

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Question: Where in Kenosha County did Charles M. Bishop build a home for his young family?

Answer: The old Bishop farmhouse still stands today on Highway 45, just a quarter mile south of Wilmot Road (Highway C).

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