Simmons Island along Kenosha’s lakeshore has been the scene of re-enactments of the Civil War and the Revolutionary War, but the real “war” that was fought on the soil is rarely mentioned.

The 48 names on the 125-year-old charter of the Woman’s Club of Kenosha reads like the industrial revolution Who’s Who of Kenosha society: Allen, Bain, Durkee, Lance, Pennoyer, Simmons, Welles and Yule, to name a few.

We tend to think of using technology to widen exposure (think social media) as a modern tactic, but back in the 19th and 20th centuries, Episcopalians, Roman Catholics and Baptists were using the technology of the day — the railroad — to spread the word of God.

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?