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Archival Revival: A look back at the history of The Cedars mansion


There are places you remember that bookmark a moment in time.

For me, one of those Kenosha bookmarks is a mansion lost to the wrecking ball.

On a fall day in the mid-1970s, my mom and I sat in the southeast end of the parking lot at St. Catherine’s Hospital killing time. We were parked facing The Cedars, the old mansion where the nuns had lived.

History Mystery: White crosses marked Armistice Day in 1929


Question: Long before there was a Veterans Day celebrated on Nov. 11 each year, there was an Armistice Day, which celebrated the day World War I ended. Where in Kenosha was a replica of Europe’s American cemeteries placed, with rows of white crosses, each Armistice Day?

Answer: By the late 1920s, Kenosha had elevated the observance of the end of the Great War to an unparalleled status.

History Mystery: Was Cooper cat logo taken from hosiery company?


Question: Was it a black cat or a white cat that became the logo for Cooper Underwear Co.?

Answer: It was the white cat. But I’m betting Cooper borrowed the idea — nay, the entire design! — from the Chicago-Kenosha Hosiery Co. which was located on Prairie Avenue (60th Street) across Newell Street (24th Avenue) from Cooper.

History Mystery: Soldier on Mangia’s wall was family patriarch


Question: Who is the uniformed man in the photograph in the Garden Room at Mangia?

Answer: Sam Mantuano, a soldier in the Italian cavalry who fought in World War I in northern Italy’s Alto Adige region.

History Mystery: Downtown-area bridge changed locations in 1920


Question: At one time, a swing bridge across the Pike Creek on Main Street turned to allow vessels to enter to the back of the Allen Tannery. When did a new double-leaf bascule bridge replace it?

Answer: The year was 1920 when the span of the Pike Creek was breached by a new type of bridge, one where the roadway lifted like a draw bridge instead of twisting to allow ships to pass.

History Mystery: Jane Addams spoke twice in Kenosha


Question: What social activist and suffragette came to Kenosha on at least two occasions to speak?

Answer: Chicago’s Jane Addams, co-founder of Hull-House, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931, was here in 1903 and 1912.

History Mystery: Park’s namesake was dedicated civic servant


Question: In what year was Gilbert Petzke Park dedicated?

Answer: The year was 1960.

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.

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    Obregon mother sentenced to year of probation


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    Newly released video shows Obregon chase


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