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History Mystery

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Question: What Chevrolet dealership shared the 5800 block of Fifth Avenue with Frank L. Wells Co. in the middle of the Great Depression?

Answer: Howard Peterson’s Service Motor Sales Inc. employed about 20 people when this photo was taken in the mid-1930s.

Peterson’s grandaughter, Ann Walker Ginke of Neenah, sent me the photo. Her mother, Dorothy Walker, still lives in Kenosha.



Men’s social club grows to offer financial support for local Lutheran schools

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Question: What year was the KenWis Club founded?

Answer: The KenWis Club, Kenosha’s Lutheran Men’s Club, was established in 1933.

History Mystery: Somers woman traveled country playing violin in late 1920s

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Question: What instrument did Somers resident Marjorie Bullamore play on the Chautauqua circuit in 1927?

Answer: Bullamore played the violin. She was quite talented in her youth, and she was an adventurous soul.

Kenosha Theatre first to break the silence

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Question: Kenosha Theatre was the first of Kenosha’s many theaters to show a talking motion picture show. What was the name of the first “talkie” shown at the Kenosha Theatre in 1928?

Answer: It was Universal Pictures’ “Melody of Love,” the studio’s first 100 percent talking and singing movie.

7,000 tons of salt slid into Kenosha harbor in 1981

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Question: In 1981 a ship unloaded its cargo on the Kenosha dock, and soon that cargo ended up falling into the harbor. What was the cargo?

Answer: Road salt — tons of it.

Car-crashing stuntman used Kenosha-made Nashes

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Question: What famous auto stuntman used Kenosha-built Nash automobiles exclusively from 1948 to 1955 for his performances?

Answer: His name was “Lucky” Lee Lott, and when he got behind the wheel it brought a whole new meaning to the words “auto-destruct.” He crashed them, smashed them and thoroughly trashed them.

Pharmacist Herrmann operated drug store that bore his name

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Question: What was the name of the drug store on the corner of 50th Street and Seventh Avenue in the 1920s?

Answer: Herrmann Drug, at 4924 Seventh Ave., was operated by Jacob J. Herrmann starting in the early 1920s. (Herrmann never owned the building; it was owned by Julius J. Dagenbach.)

AM Van concept designed decades ago but remains edgy

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Question: What AMC concept car was 2 inches shorter than a VW Beetle and featured 4-wheel drive and a turbo-powered engine?

Answer: It was the AM Van, designed in 1977 by Richard A. Teague’s design team at American Motors.

Kenosha baseball became source of controversy in 1885

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Question: Who interrupted the Kenosha Regulars’ baseball game on June 29, 1885?

Answer: The Kenosha Regulars team scorer made the following entry in his score book in the fifth inning that day: Game interrupted by ministers.

Firefighter built house from Allen Tannery bricks

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Question: Who built his house in 1948 from reclaimed bricks from the old Allen Tannery?

Answer: Kenosha firefighter Joe Zicarelli was a tenacious character, and you only had to look at his Allendale home to find proof.

Somers resident fought on two national championship boxing teams

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Question: A Kenosha County resident was on the 1952 and 1954 national championship University of Wisconsin boxing team. Who is he?

Answer: Terry Tynan of Somers boxed for four years at the University of Wisconsin. For two of those seasons — 1952 and 1954 —the UW boxing team won the national championship.

History Mystery: Kenosha Union soldier documented his time in Confederate prison

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Question: Kenosha native Union Pvt. James E. Pettit was a Civil War prisoner of war in what Confederate prison?

Answer: We know about James Edward Pettit’s confinement in the Confederate prison in Cahaba, Ala., through a primary resource: a manuscript he wrote sometime after his experience.

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