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

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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?

Pike was Kenosha's name for the first 20 months or so of its existence. According to the late local historian Phil Sander’s “Kenosha Ramblings,” John Bullen Jr., leader of the Western Emigration Co., is credited with the name.



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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Remnants of the KD line remain

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It’s been 76 years since the last train made its run on the KD line in Kenosha County on May 31, 1939.

The Kenosha Division line was a 72-mile stretch of the Chicago and North Western Railway that began in downtown Kenosha and ended in Rockford, Ill.

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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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