Last week’s question: What downtown men’s clothing store was founded by the Epstein brothers in 1904?
Answer: Adolph and Emanuel Epstein established Bell Clothing House in August 1904 in the location where they would remain for more than 70 years: at the southwest corner of Sixth Avenue and 56th Street in downtown Kenosha.
Last week’s question: Pirsch was a longtime Kenosha maker of fire apparatus, but two other Kenosha companies made the motorized truck chassis. One was Jeffery. What was the other Kenosha company?
Answer: The Winther Motor Truck Co., which made the chassis for three motorized fire apparatus in the Kenosha Fire Department.
Last week’s question: What was the last of the old five-and-dime stores to close in Kenosha?
Answer: F.W. Woolworth Co., located downtown on the southwest corner of Sixth Avenue and 57th Street. It closed on Sept. 25, 1992, after nearly 80 years in business.
Over the 33 years I’ve been writing local history columns, every once in a while a reader would ask me about the existence of a zoo in Kenosha.
We had one, but by all accounts, it wasn’t much of a menagerie. It was located in Lincoln Park, somewhere in the area of 22nd Avenue and 69th Street.
Last week's question: What was the former name of 1967's Civic Theater of Kenosha amateur theater group?
Answer: The Kenosha Little Theatre Inc., which worked under the auspices of the Public Recreation Department of the school district. For many years it was one of the oldest amateur theater groups in Wisconsin.
Last week’s question: What school had cots in the hall for students to take a mandated rest period?
Answer: It was Kenosha’s Orthopedic School. Built in 1929, it was the first school in the state constructed for the education of students with special needs.
Last week’s question: Where was a camp of the Civilian Conservation Corps located in Kenosha County in the mid-1930s?
Answer: The camp was at Fox River County Park and was, according to Park Operations General Manager Jonathan Rudie’s speculation, the first such camp in Wisconsin.
Last week’s question: What downtown Kenosha department store was significantly damaged by fire on New Year’s Eve 1932?
Answer: It was the Block Bros. Department Store on the southeast corner of 58th Street and Sixth Avenue. Owned by brothers Sam and Leo Block, the store was housed in a two-story brick building that had been built near the end of the Civil War.
Last week’s question: What was the name of the local semi-pro football team that played pre-season games against the NFL’s Packers, Bears, Eagles, Giants and Rams?
Answer: That would be the Kenosha Cardinals.
Last week’s question: How many times has Lake Michigan frozen over so much that it stopped all navigation?
Answer: OK, it’s a bit of a trick question. You’d be hard pressed to find any kind of watercraft on Lake Michigan now. Even the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., which allow ships to pass down into Lake Michigan from Lake Superior, close from Jan. 15 to March 25.
Last week’s question: Where was the original Market Square located in Kenosha?
Answer: Market Square was on Market Street (56th Street) between Main (Sixth) and Chicago (Eighth) streets.
The village of Bristol’s 2010 annexation of the remainder of the town of Bristol was upheld on appeal Thursday by Wisconsin’s 2nd District Court of Appeals.
The Kenosha County Board is expecting to go paperless by next month, an effort that is being promoted by its new chairman.
SALEM — Carol Husnick approached the Salem Park Commission this week hoping to gain support for a local dog park.
Gateway Technical College presented a proposed $156.8 million budget for fiscal year 2014-15 that could represent a nearly $4 million reduction of the current budget.
The city’s Police and Fire Commission said Thursday it needed more time to decide whether to hold a hearing into allegations made against Kenosha Fire Chief John Thomsen.
Today’s problem: A tight fitting metal frame outgrown by downtown city trees is the root of the problem, not to mention the bricks being uplifted at the tree bases.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Students and teachers throughout Pleasant Prairie Elementary School dressed as royalty on Thursday, as kings, queens, princesses and knights roamed the castle-themed library.
Another area financial institution has been hit hard by what authorities are calling a nearly unavoidable “data breach” that has compromised the accounts of dozens of local residents.
A Kenosha man who drove a day care van in Racine has been accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl he transported from school to her child care facility.
It appears two people charged with placing hidden cameras at the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex had also secretly filmed people in a Uline corporate headquarters locker room.
A judge wants to see a Kenosha woman who stole at least $180,500 from a local cemetery association make substantial repayments.
A number of Easter egg hunts are planned for Saturday.
SALEM — Some suitcases — plastered with stickers from far-off locals — can be used to tell stories of adventure.
There weren’t a lot of bus riders at the CUSH meeting on transportation Thursday. That is the problem, the group said.
Authorities are seeking help in searching for a former Kenosha resident wanted in connection with a Tuesday night homicide in Green Bay.
The man police believe was behind the video cameras placed in a Pleasant Prairie RecPlex locker room is back in custody, this time on a child pornography warrant from Lake County, Ill.
RANDALL — John Gendron was selected Wednesday as the new Randall School Superintendent.
TWIN LAKES — An information session designed to educate voters about a two-part project to make Lakewood School more energy efficient and a proposed $6 million referendum to remodel the building drew criticism over its funding and promotion Wednesday night.
Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill aimed at helping some who suffer from seizures live better with their ailment.
The former Grayslake, Ill., police chief caught driving drunk in Kenosha County two years ago has pleaded guilty to causing an injury crash.
Students at Bradford High School are using their annual talent show to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin childhood cancer programs.
No trial date has been set for the man police say slashed a young woman’s throat and set fire to her body in Nedweski Park in the summer of 2012.
SOMERS — A willow trellis-making workshop will take place 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hawthorn Hollow, 880 Green Bay Road.
Nearly 700 warm-blooded students, staff and parents from All Saints Catholic School made a two-mile pilgrimage through Wednesday morning’s blustery weather, concluding a fundraiser aimed at finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes.
With the frost level now down to 36 inches, the Kenosha Water Utility is advising it is OK for affected customers to shut off their water.
A third suspect in the April 1 robbery of a local liquor store has been charged and made an initial appearance Wednesday in Kenosha County Circuit Court.
Howard Moon is not a man who gives up easily.