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History Mystery: Park’s namesake was dedicated civic servant


Question: In what year was Gilbert Petzke Park dedicated?

Answer: The year was 1960.

Many Kenosha residents had never heard of the unassuming green space at 2900 14th Ave. until it became home of the Dream Playground this year.

History Mystery: Kenosha police chief ran into trouble in Two Rivers


Question: What former Kenosha police chief went on to become police chief in Two Rivers, Wis.?

Answer: Thaddeus Logan was a police officer serving Kenosha under the leadership of Police Chief Owen O’Hare about 100 years ago.

History Mystery: Young aviator thrilled audiences in Kenosha


Question: The first person to fly in an airplane across the Continental Divide was a teenager who entertained Kenoshans in the first aviation meet here less than one month before his history-making flight. What was his name?

Answer: His name was Cromwell Dixon, and he crammed more adventure into his brief 19 years than most people have in 100.

History Mystery: House was made from stones found in fields, at lakefront


Question: What Kenosha home was made from stones brought to the city from Kenosha County farm fields?

Answer: I got myself in a heap of trouble asking this question. I forgot that there is more than one such house in the city.

History Mystery: Celtic cross stands 25 feet tall in Green Ridge Cemetery


Question: What state produced the granite slab from which the 25-foot tall Celtic cross monument in Green Ridge Cemetery was carved?

Answer: Vermont. The Celtic cross monument on the O’Neill family gravesite was produced and carved by artisans at Rock of Ages, the world’s largest granite quarry in Barrie, Vt.

History Mystery: Swedish family helped launch Lutheran congregation


Question: What Kenosha Lutheran church held its first services in the home of August and Anna Strangberg?

Answer: The congregation that would eventually become Kenosha's St. Paul’s Lutheran Church began in the living room of the Strangberg family.

History Mystery: Hand-built ship created a stir in Carol Beach


Question: What was the name of the 92-foot boat that was built in Carol Beach for more than a decade and launched in 1976?

Answer: The Ramunda was hand built by Czechoslovakian immigrants Olderich and Marie Fencl.

History Mystery: Kenosha man voiced man ’60s cartoon characters


Question: Which Kenosha native was the voice of Mr. Slate on “The Flintstones,” Dr. Benton Quest on “Jonny Quest” and Fancy Fancy, the debonair cat on “Top Cat”?

Answer: His name was John Winfield Stephenson, and although he did not call Kenosha his home for long, he made his mark as a character actor, TV series narrator and the voice of a score of cartoon characters.

History Mystery: Daredevil wowed crowds atop radio tower


Question: What individual did acrobatics on the new WLIP broadcast tower in 1947?

Answer: A fellow named Regnar B. Jensen. He was an electrician with experience working on transformer towers who lived at 512 57th St. in Kenosha.

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


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?

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


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


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.

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    A blessing for those furry friends that bless us


    From their barks to their purrs, more than a dozen pets, and their families, turned out for the blessing of the animals Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

    News briefs: Woman throws items at man, police say

    Kenosha police arrested a woman after she allegedly threw electronic items that struck a man and later resisted arrest Saturday night.

    Snapshot: The life aquatic


    The lively and colorful experiences of visiting the Florida Keys and the Galapagos Islands convinced Andrew Wolf that saltwater aquariums were the way to go.

    Carthage’s first Kenosha alumni return to campus


    Only the buildings at Carthage College change.

    A Life Remembered: ‘The Wizard’ loved softball


    Each Monday, the Kenosha News takes a look at the life of a Kenosha County resident who recently died. We share with you, through the memories of family and friends, a life remembered.

    Event briefs: Blood drive Thursday at Reuther

    KENOSHA — An American Red Cross blood drive will take place 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Reuther Central High School, 913 57th St.

    Suspect continues to elude authorities after overnight crime spree


    The hunt for a man wanted in connection with a Kenosha man’s death entered its third day Sunday, with the suspect reportedly engaging in an overnight crime spree before once again eluding authorities.

    Holiday hiring


    Tis the season ... to hire seasonal workers.

    Radio performers bring ‘Mockingbird’ scenes to life


    SOMERS — Sometimes hearing a story is better than seeing one.

    News briefs: Search continues for wanted man

    The search continued Saturday for a man wanted in connection with the death of Tywon Anderson of Kenosha.

    History comes alive during cemetery walk


    A blustery afternoon didn’t deter local history lovers from the 12th annual History Walk at Green Ridge Cemetery.

    That History Column: New-found glass plate negative shed light on Chicago river disaster


    Finding glass plate negatives is like finding a delicate treasure box. The images they contain are fragile jewels, and with one bump, the receptacle breaks, essentially disintegrating the jewels.

    Artifact of the Month: abacus


    The Kenosha History Center’s Artifact of the Month for October is an abacus.

    Walk raises awareness of domestic abuse


    To mark National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, dozens of people marched with open umbrellas Saturday as part of the “Shelter them from the Storm” Awareness Walk presented by Women and Children’s Horizons.

    What’s happened, what’s next in Jensen case


    Last week, the Wisconsin Department of Justice decided it would ask federal appeals judges to reconsider a decision made in Mark Jensen’s favor in an appeal of his murder conviction.

    Cyclists brave blustery conditions for annual ride


    Hardy cyclists braved chilly and blustery conditions to take part in the sixth annual Fall Wheel Ride Saturday.

    Event briefs: Forum on prophecy slated at Parkside

    SOMERS — A forum on “What Happens When Prophecy Fails”? Exploring ‘End of World’ Cults” begins at noon Monday in Room D-139 of Molinaro Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road.

    Fire damages Kenosha home


    Twelve people were temporarily displaced after fire broke out in their multi-family home Saturday morning.