AM Van concept designed decades ago but remains edgy


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.

It was part of Concept 80, a group of undercover prototypes that showed the world AMC was trending toward smaller, fuel-efficient cars for the 1980s.

Kenosha baseball became source of controversy in 1885


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


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


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


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


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.

History Mystery: The origin of the Durkee House’s bricks


Last week’s question: Charles Durkee built the finest hotel in the state, the Durkee House (later known as the Halliday House) in Southport. Where did the bricks come from to build it in 1843?

Answer: The clay for the bricks came from a spot near the Anderson Pond in Anderson’s Park.

History Mystery: FDR’s Kenosha campaign stop preceded presidential run


Last week’s question: When did Franklin D. Roosevelt campaign in Kenosha?

Answer: Roosevelt campaigned here on the Democratic ticket, not for president, but for vice president in 1920.

History Mystery: Kenosha teacher was among first to own Ford Mustang


Last week’s question: A Kenoshan woman living in Turkey was one of the very first people to own a Ford Mustang and drive it on Kenosha’s streets? Who is she?

Answer: Julie Harbert’s love affair with the Ford Mustang was probably genetic, considering that her father, Louis Harbert, was the owner of Harbert’s Auto Parts, which was at 2011 63rd St. in Kenosha.

History Mystery: Clothing store became popular gathering spot


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.

History Mystery: Short-lived company also made fire trucks in 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.

Kenosha residents shopped at local Woolworth’s for nearly 80 years


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.

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    Fire Station 4 expansion work begins


    Workers began to move dirt Monday at Kenosha Fire Station No. 4, where crews will build an addition that will house the department’s administrative offices.

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    Foster families sought for teen boys

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    Lawsuit filed over redacted accident report

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    Event briefs: Memorial blood drive slated at Shirl’s


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    Thousands delight in lakefront art fair


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    Power to the pedals


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    Arts award honors Pomatto


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    Event briefs: Learn to draw manga at Salem library

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