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History Mystery: Community comes together after 1924 tragedy


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.

It happened at 6:30 on a Sunday evening, Sept. 14, 1924.

History Mystery: Remembering Bristol’s first telephone company


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


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


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


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


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


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


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).

History Mystery: Kenosha man was first Consul General to Liberia

Question: A Kenosha resident was chosen by Abraham Lincoln in June 1863 to be America’s first serving Consul General to Liberia. Who was it?

Answer: The Rev. Abraham Hanson.

History Mystery: YMCA has had many homes in Kenosha


Question: How many buildings (not including outposts) have held Kenosha’s Young Men’s Christian Association, now known as the YMCA?

Answer: That number would be five.

Robert Symmonds Jr. may have built first automobile in Kenosha


Question: Who was credited with building a “horseless carriage” in Kenosha in 1900?

Answer: Robert Symmonds Jr.

History Mystery


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.

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