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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.

The club met at Friedens Lutheran Church Community Hall, which was on 50th Street at 20th Avenue. (The building was demolished in the 1960s).



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.

Shoe store had presence in Kenosha for more than 6 decades

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Question: In how many Kenosha places was Cohn’s Shoe Store located during its more than 60 years?

Answer: Three. The store opened in 1910 at 354 Market St., where the Kenosha County Courthouse stands today.

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    No fine for man who clear-cut Powers Lake property

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    BLOOMFIELD — Eugene Martin will not be fined for clear-cutting land early last spring on the shore of Powers Lake at the site of the historic Honey Bear Farm venue.

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