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Adoption Information

Answer: http://www.wiadoptioninfocenter.org/
Note: The Wisconsin Adoption Information Center is a statewide authority.
Source: The Sheboygan Press, April 26, 1999, p. B7.

Anniversary Dates - Sheboygan

Answer: Sheboygan was incorporated as a city on March 19, 1853.
Source: Mayor's Office

Ashby Bridge Picture

Answer: A reference may be found regarding the bridge in The Sheboygan Press from April 23, 1926.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Beach/Lake Conditions and Safety - Sheboygan

Surf Forecast
Weather.gov marine forecast
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Bike Lane Striping

You may see bicycle lanes & sharrow marking installed on select Sheboygan County roadways. Funding for these projects is through the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NMTPP). Below are some quick tips about these new markings.
Please ride safe!

BICYCLE LANES & SHARROWS
A bicycle lane is a portion of the roadway that has been designated for the preferential use of bicyclists.
Shared lane paved markings (or “sharrows”) are bicycle symbols that are placed in the roadway lane indicating that motorists should expect to see and share the lane with bicycles.
What do sharrows mean for motorists and bicyclists?
Motorists: Remember to give bicyclists three feet of space when passing Follow the rules of the road as if there were no sharrows
Bicyclists: Use the sharrow to guide where you ride within the lane Remember not to ride too close to parked cars

Blizzards - Sheboygan

Greatest 24-hour snowfalls in Sheboygan
18" - January 31, 1947
16.5" - February 5-6, 2008
16" - January 9-10, 1930
15.5" - March 19, 1971
14.5" - January 22, 2005
14" - February 10-11, 1959
13.5" - March 27, 1928
13" - January 13, 1998
13" - December 23-24, 1959
12.5" - February 22, 1993

Source: The Sheboygan Press, February 7, 2008, p.1.

Bratwurst - Sheboygan - New York Times

Question:

When did the article about Sheboygan bratwurst appear in the New York Times?

Answer:

The article, "The Meat That Made Sheboygan Famous" by R. W. Apple Jr. can be found in the New York Times edition of June 5, 2002, page F1.

Buildings - Famous

1 - City Hall: "This Post-Renaissance building reflects the solidarity and the dignity befitting a public building of its day. The monumental effect of the façade is created by the use of the 'colossal order' in the entrance - the Doric columns and plasters rise through two stories to the heavy cornice above. In true Post-Renaissance fashion the ground story is heavy ashlar masonry and the upper stories are smooth brick.

The building was designed by H. W. Buemming, Milwaukee, with working drawings by W. C. Weeks Associates and constructed in 1915-16 on the previous site of the old police station and barn. The open marble staircase, the wrought iron newel-posts, the leaded glass skylight of the Council Chambers, and the old oak public benches are original."

2 - Sheboygan County Court House: "Reputed to be one of Wisconsin's outstanding examples of Art-Deco, the Sheboygan County Court House was dedicated in 1934. During this era public buildings were generally awarded through a contest, and the popular appeal of a design was the basis for the selection of an architect. John Burns, a designer for K. M. Vitzthum and Co. is credited with the design of the building. Working drawings were done by W. C. Weeks, Inc.

The massive Indiana Limestone building impresses the viewer with its simplicity, dignity, and 'modern geometric' ornamentation of the day. Interior appointments exemplify the care taken to achieve design consistency.

The entrance hall is paneled in Etowah pink Georgian marble. Aluminum, a favorite "new" building material, was used extensively in the light fixtures, railings, and even the radiator grilles throughout the building.

The building was erected on the site of the previous 1868 County Court House. All four sides of the exterior were treated uniformly, reflecting the expectation that possibly the Court House would someday utilize the entire block, as it has. An annex building was added in 1956 and further expansion and remodeling occurred in 1969.

It is interesting to consider that this architectural style, considered "extremely popular" forty-odd years ago has now been categorized as period architecture and named "Art-Deco"

Source: Heritage Walk in Old Sheboygan, (197-).

Bus Routes and Schedule

Answer: http://www.sheboygantransit.com/2007%20Routes.htm

Century Farms

Answer: For information, please refer to the book, "Wisconsin centennial: century farms, Sheboygan County" by Rudolph Mueller.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

City Hall - Building History

Answer:
August 1911 - proposed by Common Council
March 1912 - bonding approved in special election
July 1915 - plans finally accepted
1916 - built
January 5, 1917 - first Common Council meeting held in new City Hall
Source: "100 years of Sheboygan" by Joseph Leberman.

Elkhart Lake – Government

Question:
What political unit controls the governance of Elkhart Lake?

Answer:
Part of Elkhart Lake is under the jurisdiction of the village of Elkhart and the other is under Town Rhine. Elkhart Lake is entirely within the Town of Rhine. The Barrows cottage is in the Town Rhine section, and Sheboygan Bay is ruled by the village of Elkhart.

Source:
Mead Public Library Information File

Everhard, Miss Ethel

Answer: Ethel Everhard worked as an art teacher and art supervisor in the Sheboygan Public School System for 15 years before leaving Sheboygan to teach elsewhere. She returned to Sheboygan in 1950 to enjoy her retirement. When Miss Everhard passed away on September 12, 1965, she left her estate to her sister Mabel, with the provision that when her sister died the estate would be divided between certain beneficiaries, among which was the Mead Public Library. Mabel Everhard died about a month later.

The Library Board decided that the bulk of the money to be received from the Everhard estate would remain invested and the interest used for various public service programs. A portion of the money was used for certain features and equipment in the new library building (1974). These include the fireplace and lounge area in the Henrietta A. Landwehr Children's Library Center, the Kitchenette adjacent to the Meeting Room, the sound console and paging system, the fireplace and lounge area in the Adult Department, the furniture and appliances in the library staff room, and the furnishings in the Administrative Offices.

Another substantial bequest was received in January 1977, from the estate of Minnie M. Forrer. Miss Forrer was also a teacher in the local school system, serving as head of the English Department at the Sheboygan High School and later at Central High, from 1921 to 1955. Again, the Library Board decided to invest most of the principal, designating the interest to be used for equipment and for special programs.

In recognition of these bequests, the continuing series of public service programs, funded by the generosity of these two teachers, are called "Everhard-Forrer Programs."
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

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Family History Center – Sheboygan

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 
3920 Saemann Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081

920-452-7314

Linda Smith, director, 458-8178

Hours:Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday by appointment. For all other appointments contact Linda Smith at the number above.

The Center will provide assistance to people of all faiths who are interested in researching their family history.

Source:
Conversation, April 22, 2004.

2013 Farmers Markets

• Sheboygan: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday, and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday, from June 1 to Oct. 30, at Fountain Park, corner of 8th Street and Erie Avenue.

• Elkhart Lake: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Saturday, from June 1 to Oct. 12, at the downtown Train Depot.

• Waldo: 1 to 4 p.m., every Saturday, from June 1 to Dec. 14, at Waldo Memorial Hall, 308 W. First St. 

• Kiel: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., every Wednesday, from June 19 to Oct. 23, at City Park, downtown Kiel. 

• Plymouth: noon to 5:30 p.m., every Thursday, from June 20 to Oct. 17, at the Generations Building parking lot, 1500 Douglas Drive. 

• Town of Lima: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., every Saturday, from Aug. 3 through late October, at the Boldt Century Farm, N3526 Highway 32.

Source: May 31, 2013 The Sheboygan Press 

Fax Transmission in Sheboygan

Answer: 

Mead Public Library offers fax service to the public. To send a local or long distance fax, the fee is $2 for the first page, and $1 for each additional page. For an international number, the fee is $10 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. The charge to receive a fax is $1 per page. For more information, contact the Help Desk (second floor of the library) at 459-3400, ext. 3422.

This website, Free Fax, offers limited free faxing services.

Local businesses that offer paid fax services include:
Office Max, 3424 Kohler Memorial Drive, Sheboygan, WI 920-208-7690 
GT Graphics, 821 Michigan Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 920-458-3525
Piggly Wiggly, 3124 S. Business Dr., Sheboygan,920-452-0411
Piggly Wiggly, 2905 N. 15 St., Sheboygan, 920-458-9991
UPS Store, 3120 S. Business Dr., Sheboygan, 920-5934

Source: Telephone survey by MPL staff.

Fires - Major Sheboygan Conflagrations

Badger State Tannery - January 19, 1920
Garton Toy Company - May 31, 1929 
K. W. Muth - March 12, 1968
Northland Plastics - May 27, 1973 
Austin Gray Iron Foundry - March 27, 1974
Sheboygan Glass Company - June 19, 1974 
Grand Executive Inn - December 17, 1975
Diamond Printing - February 23, 1976 
Playdium - February 22, 1977
Kneevers Hotel - February 12, 1978 
American Excelsior - April 16, 1980
Thonet Industries - April 19, 1982 
H. C. Prange Company - October 16, 1983
99 Hall - May 23, 1988 
Jume's Restaurant - September 26, 1990
Perkins Restaurant - April 30, 2004 
Landmark Square - March 19, 2007
Source: The information was gathered from various issues of The Sheboygan Press.

Food Pantries

Listing of local food pantries begins on page 53

Gemütlichkeit

Question:
What is the meaning of the term gemütlichkeit, and how is the word spelled?

Answer:

It is a descriptive word referring to German hospitality or friendliness, especially in Sheboygan and Milwaukee.

Source: The Sheboygan Press, Centennial edition, August 10, 1953.

Genealogical and Historical Information - Sheboygan

Answer: Contact Sheboygan County Historical Research Center, 518 Water Street, Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085, 920-467-4667,http://www.schrc.org/, Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Harbor, Sheboygan - Breakwater Lengths

Answer: North Pier: 3,829' South Pier: 2,340'
Source: United States Army Engineers District, Detroit, MI. May 1983.

Haunted Places in Sheboygan (or rumors thereof)

(Reprinted with permission from the Oct. 31, 2005 Sheboygan Press)

GlenbeulahGlenbeulah Graveyard 
A graveyard filled with graves that date to the early 1800s. A man hung himself in this graveyard and is said to be found walking about after midnight. 
You also can see a glowing grave and a pair of shoes that appear on

Kohler: The American Club
Walking through the back halls of the hotel, a witness came across a gentleman standing there in a dirty flannel shirt and torn and faded corduroy pants.They thought it was odd to see man in such attire at the American Club but shrugged it off, thinking he was a guest enjoying a cigar in the lower level. Bidding him a "good evening," but he stared blankly at the floor as though he didn't just see the witness greeting him. They passed him later, then turned to look again and he was gone. The security tape, which they saw later, showed the witness wave and talk to no one. The American Club East Wing of the hotel is haunted. It is the oldest part of the hotel. A woman hung herself in room 209 long ago and often haunts that room, often standing by the fireplace in the room across from that known as the Washington room. 
Also, someone killed a woman in room 315 on the third floor long ago. A man can be seen walking down the hall coming from that direction and lights will turn on by themselves.

Kohler: Old Governor's Mansion
Witnesses have felt cold spots while walking through the old governor's mansion

Sheboygan: U.S. Bank downtown
The bank is haunted by a janitor that worked there named Duke. He worked there until the day he died. He's fond of shaking certain doors and occasionally moving things.

Sheboygan: Yacht Club
A worker there has heard stories and shrugged them off. He has had problems with lights being turned back on after turning them off. Then he started having feelings that someone was watching him. One night he finally saw a figure of a man in the basement prior to closing up.

Sheboygan: Stop sign
An Indian family used to live in a house near a stop sign. Rumors say that the husband killed his wife and children brutally. Rumors say that if you go there late at night and stop at the stop sign with high beams on, the sign will have blood dripping down it. Then you will hear the Indian guy walk toward you and sing Indian songs.

Sheboygan Falls: Eagle River
In the 1800s, a man worked on the railroad tracks. One day, he was in the back on a caboose and he fell off. He was hit by another train and decapitated; his head flew 200 feet away. To this day, he uses his old railroad light, searching for his lost head.

Elkhart Lake: Lions Park
Late at night,swings mysteriously swing and the merry-go-round spins and there is no wind. It is rumored that this is because a small kid fell off of the top of the big slide and died.

Plymouth: Yankee Hill Inn B & B
There are two old buildings that are known as the Gilbert Huson and Henry Huson houses. Three workers have reported hearing people walking around and things dropping. Workers usually refuse to work by themselves. The third floor is especially creepy and extremely cold at all times. One day three workers were waiting for laundry to get done. While the three were sitting in the basement, an old mirror that sits on the wall dropped. None of the workers were near it as it shattered into hundreds of pieces. (Sheboygan Press note: The present owner of the house said he found a broken mirror beneath a washer in the basement.)

Oostburg: Veterans Park
It is said that a drifter drowned in the creek that runs through the park. There have been reports of a man who walks the banks of the creek on certain nights, and when approached, he seems to walk into the creek and disappear. Strange noises also come from sewer pipes which are on the park's north side.

Historical Research Center, Sheboygan County

Answer:

518 Water Street
Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085
920-467-4667

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Note:
The Center doesn’t accept telephone queries. All questions must be in person or through the mail. A SASE is required. For more information see http://www.schrc.org/

Source:
Mead Public Library Information File

Homelessness in Sheboygan, where to go for help

Crisis Line – 459-3151 (24 hrs.) Green Bay
St. Vincent De Paul –457-4844 (M-F 9-1) Food, clothing, transportation
Salvation Army – 458-3723 (M-F 8:30 – 12, 1 – 4:30)
Consumer Credit Counseling – 458-8840 Ask for Angela, bus ticket available to Green Bay or Milwaukee
Reach – 457-1111 (till 6p.m. after 6 call 211 Appleton Office)
Sheb. Co. Heath and Human Services – 459-3155
Sheb. Interfaith (SCIO) – 457-7272, Women with children, single women in an abusive situation
Some services are limited to Sheboygan Co. residents only.

If all else fails, homeless can sleep in bus shelter or police station lobby per S.P.D.

Indian Mounds in Sheboygan County - Bibliography

Answer:
The Wisconsin Archeologist. Vol. 19, No. 3, August 1920. (Entire issue) W 977.5 W74
"The Kletzien and Nitschke mound groups," by W. C. McKern. Bulletin of Public Museum of City of Milwaukee. Vol. 3, No. 4. W970.1 M19
Twelfth annual report of the Bureau of Ethnology, 1890-91. To the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. 572 Un32r, p. 93
The Sheboygan Press Index under "Indians - County
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

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Lake Michigan - Width at Sheboygan

Answer: Approximately 61 miles 
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Mayors of Sheboygan

  1. Conklin, Henry H. from: April 1853 to Aug. 1853; died July 17, 1884
  2. Townsend, Francis R. from: Aug. 1853 to April 1854; died April 10, 1892
  3. more coming soon...

Name of Sheboygan - History

Many different explanations have been made regarding the origin and meaning of the name "Sheboygan." Tradition says that an Indian chief resided at Sheboygan in the early part of the 19th century who was the father of a large number of daughters. Fortune, however, had not yet graced his household with a son. One day after returning from the hunt his wife ran forth from the wigwam to greet him and present him with a newly born babe. The stalwart chief looked at it sharply and (so the story goes) replied in a disgusted manner -"She-boy-(a)-ga(i)n!" Although this tradition is very interesting, still it has no historic basis and must be discarded as the true explanation of origin of the name.

Most authorities agree that Sheboygan is a Chippewa word, but differ as to its exact meaning. Rev. E. P. Wheeler in an article on the "Origin and Meaning of Wisconsin Place Names," declares that "Sheboygan" is derived from Zhee-bo-I-gun, that which perforates or pierces; hence Zha-bun-I-gun, a needle. Joshua Hataway, an authority of some note, says "Sheboygan or Cheboigan of the early maps is from the Indian name Shawb-wa-way-kum, half accent on first ands full accent on the third syllable. The word or sentence, most likely Chippewa, expresses a tradition that a great noise, coming under ground from the region of Lake Superior, was heard at this river. Father Chrysostom Verwyst, a Franciscan missionary among the Chippewas of Wisconsin and Minnesota, aided by Vincent Roy, a Chippewa merchant, and Antione Gaudin and M. Gurnoe, two very intelligent Chippewa scholars, agree that Sheboygan is derived from jibaigan, meaning any perforated object, as a pipe stem. Louis M. Moran, a Chippewa interpreter, asserts that the term means a hollow bone or perforated object. This is the generally accepted meaning.

Source: Sheboygan City Directory, 1920.

Another view of the same topic:
"This word has an Indian origin. There are a number of words of two principal meanings from which it may have been derived. One series is said to mean any hollow object such as a pipe stem, reed, cane stalk, or hollow bone; or that with which one perforates or pierces through, hence a needle or awl. The other meaning refers to a passage away by water, or a river disappearing underground, or a noise underground. One authority claims that Indian word meant "send through" and "drum," and referred to festive tribal occasions when the Indians carried their drums between Sheboygan Falls and Sheboygan and beat the cadence most properly suited to the event. There is also a tradition that a great noise coming underground from the region of Lake Superior was heard at this river. Other explanations offered are that on quiet days sound carried an unusual distance if originated at the mouth of the river, and one Indian chief said the name referred to the sound heard if one placed an ear to the ground near the mouth of the river. The Sheboygan River was named first, and the county and city were named after it."
Source: The Romance of Wisconsin Place Names.

North High – Sheboygan

Question:
When did Sheboygan North High School open?

Answer:
When first planned, North High was to be a second junior high school. But in a public referendum in the spring of 1938 the voters decided to make North a second four-year high school. The building was completed in 1938 and the first classes were enrolled in September of that year.

Source:
The Sheboygan Press, August 10, 1953.

Note:
The present North High building opened in the fall of 1961.

Octagon House - Sheboygan County

Answer: A brick octagon house was constructed in 1862 by Otis Hubbard at 851 Fond du Lac Avenue, Sheboygan Falls, and was condemned in the 1950's and razed.
Source: "The Octagon house and the cobblestone building in Wisconsin," by Virginia A. Palmer.

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Parks - Sheboygan

Answer:
Cole Park (1908)
Deland Park (1927-1936)
End Park (1904)
Evergreen Park (1918-1940)
Fountain Park (1836)
General King Park (1934)
Kiwanis Park (1924)
Moose Park (1930)
Northeast Park (1922)
Roosevelt Park (1930)
Sheridan Park (1836)
Shooting Park (1912)
Southwest Park (1946)
Vollrath Park (1917)
Source: Sheboygan Centennial Celebration, 1853-1953, p. 59.

Plaza 8 - Information and Facts

Answer: Grand Opening - July 8-10, 1976
250 trees, 350 flowering bushes, and 5,000 flowers were planted
Funding: Federal grant - $5.9 million
City - $1.9 million
Cost of construction - $1.55 million
Source: Sheboygan Department of Development

Population - City of Sheboygan and Sheboygan County

Year

1840
1850
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990
2000

City of Sheboygan

NA
NA
4,262
5.310
7,314
16,359
22,962
26,398
30,955
39,251
40,638
42,365
45,747
48,484
48,085
49,587
50,792

Sheboygan County

133
8,379
26,875
31,749
34,206
42,489
50,345
54,888
59,913
71,235
76,221
80,631
86,484
96,660
100,935
103,877
112,646

Potteries - Sheboygan

Theodore Gunther (Eastern Stoneware Factory) c. 1862-87 stoneware
Mies Diedrich & Co. c.1887-90 stoneware
Issac Brazelton c. 1855
Source: "The pottery and porcelain collector's handbook" by Ketchum. 738 K49
Note: This list may not be complete.

Prange Company, H. C.

"Collapse of building and closing of store." Sheboygan Press, May 6, 1983, p. 17.
(Fire) "Sight to behold by thousands." Sheboygan Press, October 17, 1983, p. 1
"City man missing: bike found at fire sight." (Barden) Sheboygan Press, October 19, 1983, p. 1
"Thousands greet new Prange store." Sheboygan Press, April 18, 1984, p. 1.
Source: The Sheboygan Press

Proctoring of Examinations in Sheboygan

One may contact UW-Sheboygan Student Services Department at 459-6633. 

Source:
UW-Sheboygan

Rancho de las Floras

Question: I've heard several macabre and unbelievable stories about crimes committed in a house called Rancho de las Floras located on Greendale Road in Sheboygan. Specifically, it's been said that several murders were committed in that house. Is there any truth to these rumors?
Answer: A fantastic string of urban legends is associated with the house located at 1115 Greendale Road, none of which are true. The reference staff at the library contacted officers at the Sheboygan Police Department, who stated that no murder was ever committed at that house.
Note: To read all of the urban legends connected with Rancho De las Flores, refer to the April 2004 and June 2004 issues of The Wind, the Sheboygan North High School student newspaper, available at Mead Library.
Source: The Sheboygan Police Department, September 7, 1999.

Servicemen Killed in World War II - Sheboygan County

Answer: 218
Source: The Sheboygan Press, June 28, 1946, p. 6

She Rode a Yellow Stallion

Answer: A fiction book held in Mead Public Library's collection.
Note: There's an article in The Sheboygan Press, January 31, 1951, about the book and its author.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Sheboygan - Bedrock

Answer: Bedrock in the Sheboygan area is 92 feet below the surface.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Sheboygan - Bridges

Answer: Penn Avenue Bridge was built in 1909 and was 412 feet long.
8th Street Bridge, January 6, 1922 - construction authorized at a cost of $210,000
April 21, 1922 - bridge closed to traffic
January 28, 1923 - bridge opened (27 days late)
Built by Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Company of North Milwaukee
Source: The Sheboygan Press, January 6, 1922 & Mead Public Library Information File

Sheboygan - Elevation above Sea Level

Answer: Sheboygan River - 581 feet
City Hall - 629.9 feet
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Sheboygan - Incorporation as a City

Answer: March 19, 1853
Source: Office of the Mayor of Sheboygan

Sheboygan - Latitude and Longitude

Answer: Latitude - 43 degrees 45 minutes and 03 seconds N
Longitude - 87 degrees 42 minutes and 52 seconds W
Source: Omni Gazeteer of the United States of America. Volume 6, p. 737.

Sheboygan Marsh - History

Answer: Geographical and Historical Atlas of Sheboygan County, p. 20. c1941.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Sheboygan Pioneer Newspaper

Answer: It was a monthly supplement to the Sheboygan Press. It featured articles on local history. See the microfilm for the following dates: September 18, 1923, November 17, 1923, December 17, 1923, January 16, 1924, February 16, 1924, March 18, 1924, April 22, 1924, May 20, 1924, September 20, 1924, October 21, 1924, November 22, 1924, December 20, 1924, January 23, 1925, February 23, 1925, September 19, 1925, October 24, 1925, November 21, 1925, December 23, 1925 & March 20, 1926.

Sheboygan River - Length

Answer: 80.4 miles
Source: DNR Water Resources manager in Milwaukee. From a telephone conversation on September 17, 1997.

Shebogyan Song

Answer: Chairs, cheese and children are all manufactured in Sheboygan.
It's a cute, little city where the girls are pretty, the boys you'll find are the regular kind.
(REPEAT FIRST TWO LINES OF CHORUS TO FINISH OR USE THE FOLLOWING TWO LINES TO FINISH SONG)
She was an Indian maid you see, he was an Indian man;
The stork brought a boy, she prayed for a girl and he cried in surprise "SHE-BOY-GAN!"
Note: Copyright 1918 by Moe Goldberg. Published by Goldberg-Dailey, 4342 Prairie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Sheboygan Song - (as sung on the Don McNeill show, summer 1964)

Answer: 1st verse -
I've been around this world a bit
Many towns with me have made a hit
And my mem'ry oft reminds me of the time I spent in every place
But there's one spot that I love the best
Soon I'll settle down with all the rest
In a town where all are happy with a smile on every face: (to chorus)
2nd verse -
Now I don't take credit from the rest
When I say I love this town the best
For you all have fav'rite cities, where with all your friends you long to be
But the reason that I like this town
Is they're always booming things around
Ev' ryone there that you will see shows of prosperity: (to chorus)
Chorus
S-H-E makes a pretty little she,
B-O-Y makes a boy
G-A-N do it over again,
And that spells She-boy-gan
Chairs, cheese and children are all manufactured in Sheboygan.
It's a cute, little city where the girls are pretty,
The boys you'll find are the regular kind.
(REPEAT FIRST TWO LINES OF CHORUS TO FINISH, OR USE THE FOLLOWING TWO LINES TO FINISH SONG)
She was an Indian maid you see, he was an Indian man;
The stork brought a boy, she prayed for a girl and he cried in surprise "SHE-BOY-GAN!"
Note: Copyrighted 1918 by Moe Goldberg. Published by Goldberg-Dailey, 4342 Prairie Ave., Chicago, Illinois.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

"Sheboyganese" Expressions

Answer: In so?, Fry out, Sliding board, Soda, Hairs, Cooler, Bakery, Hot tamale, These ones, Bubbler, Outen the light, Go by _, Down by _, Youse, Come here once, Stop and go lights, Slippery Slide, Brat cooker (Weber grill), & Make out the light

Sheboyganites, Famous Former Residents

Answer: Wesley Lau, June 18, 1921 - August 30, 1984. He played Lt. Anderson in the Perry Mason television series.
Source: The Sheboygan Press, September 1, 1984

Sister Cities of Sheboygan

Answer: Esslingen, Germany
Tsubame, Japan (September 1995)
Shuya, Russia (1984)
Rivas, Nicaragua (prior to revolution)
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

South High - Sheboygan

South High - Sheboygan

Question:
When did Sheboygan South High School open?

Answer:
The newly named high school and new facility opened its doors in the fall of the 1960/61 school year. It took the place of Central High School, which graduated its last class in June of 1960.

Source:
The Sheboygan Press, September 21, 1960, p. 40.

Stone, Frank - 1st Librarian of Sheboygan Public Library

Answer: 1 - Entry of August 30, 1921, The Sheboygan Press in the Mead Public Library Scrapbook - January 1913 - October 1926. 2 - Entry of March 18, 1948, The Sheboygan Press in the Mead Public Library Scrapbook - September 1947 - December 1951. 3 - Portrait and Biographical Record of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, p. 642.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Streetcar Accident - Sheboygan

Answer: On February 9, 1911 the Eighth Street bridge was open and a streetcar plunged into the Sheboygan River.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Streetcars - Sheboygan - Last Operating

Answer:
The last one was run in the city on November 9, 1935.
Source: The Sheboygan Press, June 7, 1941 and June 11, 1941, p. 16.

Tenant Resource Center

Answer:
Toll-free number - 1-877-238-7368 or 1-877-238-RENT
Note: The Tenant Resource Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing information and advice on landlord/tenant problems and other housing issues. The TRC offers counseling, education, self-help improvement and outreach services to Wisconsin residents.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Tornadoes - Sheboygan County

Answer:
April 21, 1974 Howards Grove, and towns of Mitchell & Lyndon
July 30, 1973 Sheboygan
August 8, 1966 Lakeland College-Franklin area
Sept. 22, 1961 1 mile SE of Greenbush
Sept. 26, 1951 Just north of Random Lake
Sept. 17, 1950 Town of Mosel
August 19, 1921 Plymouth & Sheboygan
August 20, 1900 South side of Sheboygan along Kentucky & Indiana Avenues
July 4, 1873 Throughout Sheboygan County
Source: The Sheboygan Press, March 28, 1993, p. A2.

Twilight Concert Series schedule

Answer: Twilight Concert Series in Fountain Park schedule online

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Water Tower Accident - Sheboygan

Answer: Old standpipe fell over on January 15, 1912.
Source: The Sheboygan Press, January 16, 1912

Weather, Current - Sheboygan

Answer: http://www.aws.com/witi/wx.asp?id=shbyg
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Weather Records - Sheboygan

Answer: Lowest temperature: January 17, 1982 & January 20, 1985 - 26 Degrees F below zero.
Highest Temperature: July 13, 1995 - 108 degrees.
Source: The Sheboygan Press, January 18, 1982, January 19, 1994 & July 14, 1995.

Weather - Sheboygan - Miscellaneous

Answer: Average date for the first 32 degree freeze in this area is October 19th.

West Nile Virus Hotline

Answer: 1-800-433-1610
Note: "The Wisconsin Division of Public Health has opened its West Nile virus hotline for reporting dead or dying crows, blue jays or ravens - a step the state hopes will help it combat a virus that can be deadly to humans. West Nile, which is transmitted most often by a mosquito bite, usually is fatal to birds, so the presence of dead birds often is a sign the virus is present in an area."
Source: The Sheboygan Press, May 16, 2003, p. A3.

WI-FI in Sheboygan

Mead Public Library free
during library hours

Applebees free
526 S. Taylor Drive
208-8253

McDonald's $3/month
3418 Kohler Memorial Drive
2307 North Avenue
2425 S. Business Drive

Z-Spot free
1024 Indiana Avenue
457-6690

Funky Bean free
3422 Mill Road
457-2326

Paradigm Coffeehouse free
1202 N. 8th St.
457-5277

UW Sheboygan Library free
UW Campus
Available M-F 8 - 9, Sunday 5 - 9
459-6625

Weather Center Cafe free
809 Riverfront Drive
459-9283

Source:
Telephone contacts March 31, 2008

Works Progress Administration Projects in Sheboygan (WPA)

Answer: Schomer Lichtner, who died on May 9, 2006 at the age of 101, and his late wife, Ruth Grotenrath, both well-known Wisconsin artists, began their careers as muralists for WPA projects, primarily post offices. Schomer Lichtner's five-panel mural in the Sheboygan Post Office is considered to be one of his most notable works for the WPA. It was completed in 1939.

Roland Schomberg, former County Clerk, states that another project involved repairing books in the Register of Deeds office in the Court House. Another Court House project was the creation of a card file on elected officials (a card file telling who held what office for how long, etc.)

Source: Mead Public Library Information File and Museum of Wisconsin Art

World War I - Sheboygan

Question: Who are the men from Sheboygan who served in World War I?
Answer: The Sheboygan Press, July 17 & 21, 1917; The Sheboygan Press, November 19, 1917
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

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Adoption Information

Answer: http://www.wiadoptioninfocenter.org/
Note: The Wisconsin Adoption Information Center is a statewide authority.
Source: The Sheboygan Press, April 26, 1999, p. B7.

Anniversary Dates - Sheboygan

Answer: Sheboygan was incorporated as a city on March 19, 1853.
Source: Mayor's Office

Ashby Bridge Picture

Answer: A reference may be found regarding the bridge in The Sheboygan Press from April 23, 1926.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Beach/Lake Conditions and Safety - Sheboygan

Surf Forecast
Weather.gov marine forecast
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Bike Lane Striping

You may see bicycle lanes & sharrow marking installed on select Sheboygan County roadways. Funding for these projects is through the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NMTPP). Below are some quick tips about these new markings.
Please ride safe!

BICYCLE LANES & SHARROWS
A bicycle lane is a portion of the roadway that has been designated for the preferential use of bicyclists.
Shared lane paved markings (or “sharrows”) are bicycle symbols that are placed in the roadway lane indicating that motorists should expect to see and share the lane with bicycles.
What do sharrows mean for motorists and bicyclists?
Motorists: Remember to give bicyclists three feet of space when passing Follow the rules of the road as if there were no sharrows
Bicyclists: Use the sharrow to guide where you ride within the lane Remember not to ride too close to parked cars

Blizzards - Sheboygan

Greatest 24-hour snowfalls in Sheboygan
18" - January 31, 1947
16.5" - February 5-6, 2008
16" - January 9-10, 1930
15.5" - March 19, 1971
14.5" - January 22, 2005
14" - February 10-11, 1959
13.5" - March 27, 1928
13" - January 13, 1998
13" - December 23-24, 1959
12.5" - February 22, 1993

Source: The Sheboygan Press, February 7, 2008, p.1.

Bratwurst - Sheboygan - New York Times

Question:

When did the article about Sheboygan bratwurst appear in the New York Times?

Answer:

The article, "The Meat That Made Sheboygan Famous" by R. W. Apple Jr. can be found in the New York Times edition of June 5, 2002, page F1.

Buildings - Famous

1 - City Hall: "This Post-Renaissance building reflects the solidarity and the dignity befitting a public building of its day. The monumental effect of the façade is created by the use of the 'colossal order' in the entrance - the Doric columns and plasters rise through two stories to the heavy cornice above. In true Post-Renaissance fashion the ground story is heavy ashlar masonry and the upper stories are smooth brick.

The building was designed by H. W. Buemming, Milwaukee, with working drawings by W. C. Weeks Associates and constructed in 1915-16 on the previous site of the old police station and barn. The open marble staircase, the wrought iron newel-posts, the leaded glass skylight of the Council Chambers, and the old oak public benches are original."

2 - Sheboygan County Court House: "Reputed to be one of Wisconsin's outstanding examples of Art-Deco, the Sheboygan County Court House was dedicated in 1934. During this era public buildings were generally awarded through a contest, and the popular appeal of a design was the basis for the selection of an architect. John Burns, a designer for K. M. Vitzthum and Co. is credited with the design of the building. Working drawings were done by W. C. Weeks, Inc.

The massive Indiana Limestone building impresses the viewer with its simplicity, dignity, and 'modern geometric' ornamentation of the day. Interior appointments exemplify the care taken to achieve design consistency.

The entrance hall is paneled in Etowah pink Georgian marble. Aluminum, a favorite "new" building material, was used extensively in the light fixtures, railings, and even the radiator grilles throughout the building.

The building was erected on the site of the previous 1868 County Court House. All four sides of the exterior were treated uniformly, reflecting the expectation that possibly the Court House would someday utilize the entire block, as it has. An annex building was added in 1956 and further expansion and remodeling occurred in 1969.

It is interesting to consider that this architectural style, considered "extremely popular" forty-odd years ago has now been categorized as period architecture and named "Art-Deco"

Source: Heritage Walk in Old Sheboygan, (197-).

Bus Routes and Schedule

Answer: http://www.sheboygantransit.com/2007%20Routes.htm

Century Farms

Answer: For information, please refer to the book, "Wisconsin centennial: century farms, Sheboygan County" by Rudolph Mueller.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

City Hall - Building History

Answer:
August 1911 - proposed by Common Council
March 1912 - bonding approved in special election
July 1915 - plans finally accepted
1916 - built
January 5, 1917 - first Common Council meeting held in new City Hall
Source: "100 years of Sheboygan" by Joseph Leberman.

Elkhart Lake – Government

Question:
What political unit controls the governance of Elkhart Lake?

Answer:
Part of Elkhart Lake is under the jurisdiction of the village of Elkhart and the other is under Town Rhine. Elkhart Lake is entirely within the Town of Rhine. The Barrows cottage is in the Town Rhine section, and Sheboygan Bay is ruled by the village of Elkhart.

Source:
Mead Public Library Information File

Everhard, Miss Ethel

Answer: Ethel Everhard worked as an art teacher and art supervisor in the Sheboygan Public School System for 15 years before leaving Sheboygan to teach elsewhere. She returned to Sheboygan in 1950 to enjoy her retirement. When Miss Everhard passed away on September 12, 1965, she left her estate to her sister Mabel, with the provision that when her sister died the estate would be divided between certain beneficiaries, among which was the Mead Public Library. Mabel Everhard died about a month later.

The Library Board decided that the bulk of the money to be received from the Everhard estate would remain invested and the interest used for various public service programs. A portion of the money was used for certain features and equipment in the new library building (1974). These include the fireplace and lounge area in the Henrietta A. Landwehr Children's Library Center, the Kitchenette adjacent to the Meeting Room, the sound console and paging system, the fireplace and lounge area in the Adult Department, the furniture and appliances in the library staff room, and the furnishings in the Administrative Offices.

Another substantial bequest was received in January 1977, from the estate of Minnie M. Forrer. Miss Forrer was also a teacher in the local school system, serving as head of the English Department at the Sheboygan High School and later at Central High, from 1921 to 1955. Again, the Library Board decided to invest most of the principal, designating the interest to be used for equipment and for special programs.

In recognition of these bequests, the continuing series of public service programs, funded by the generosity of these two teachers, are called "Everhard-Forrer Programs."
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

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Water Tower Accident - Sheboygan

Answer: Old standpipe fell over on January 15, 1912.
Source: The Sheboygan Press, January 16, 1912

Weather, Current - Sheboygan

Answer: http://www.aws.com/witi/wx.asp?id=shbyg
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Weather Records - Sheboygan

Answer: Lowest temperature: January 17, 1982 & January 20, 1985 - 26 Degrees F below zero.
Highest Temperature: July 13, 1995 - 108 degrees.
Source: The Sheboygan Press, January 18, 1982, January 19, 1994 & July 14, 1995.

Weather - Sheboygan - Miscellaneous

Answer: Average date for the first 32 degree freeze in this area is October 19th.

West Nile Virus Hotline

Answer: 1-800-433-1610
Note: "The Wisconsin Division of Public Health has opened its West Nile virus hotline for reporting dead or dying crows, blue jays or ravens - a step the state hopes will help it combat a virus that can be deadly to humans. West Nile, which is transmitted most often by a mosquito bite, usually is fatal to birds, so the presence of dead birds often is a sign the virus is present in an area."
Source: The Sheboygan Press, May 16, 2003, p. A3.

WI-FI in Sheboygan

Mead Public Library free
during library hours

Applebees free
526 S. Taylor Drive
208-8253

McDonald's $3/month
3418 Kohler Memorial Drive
2307 North Avenue
2425 S. Business Drive

Z-Spot free
1024 Indiana Avenue
457-6690

Funky Bean free
3422 Mill Road
457-2326

Paradigm Coffeehouse free
1202 N. 8th St.
457-5277

UW Sheboygan Library free
UW Campus
Available M-F 8 - 9, Sunday 5 - 9
459-6625

Weather Center Cafe free
809 Riverfront Drive
459-9283

Source:
Telephone contacts March 31, 2008

Works Progress Administration Projects in Sheboygan (WPA)

Answer: Schomer Lichtner, who died on May 9, 2006 at the age of 101, and his late wife, Ruth Grotenrath, both well-known Wisconsin artists, began their careers as muralists for WPA projects, primarily post offices. Schomer Lichtner's five-panel mural in the Sheboygan Post Office is considered to be one of his most notable works for the WPA. It was completed in 1939.

Roland Schomberg, former County Clerk, states that another project involved repairing books in the Register of Deeds office in the Court House. Another Court House project was the creation of a card file on elected officials (a card file telling who held what office for how long, etc.)

Source: Mead Public Library Information File and Museum of Wisconsin Art

World War I - Sheboygan

Question: Who are the men from Sheboygan who served in World War I?
Answer: The Sheboygan Press, July 17 & 21, 1917; The Sheboygan Press, November 19, 1917
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

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Parks - Sheboygan

Answer:
Cole Park (1908)
Deland Park (1927-1936)
End Park (1904)
Evergreen Park (1918-1940)
Fountain Park (1836)
General King Park (1934)
Kiwanis Park (1924)
Moose Park (1930)
Northeast Park (1922)
Roosevelt Park (1930)
Sheridan Park (1836)
Shooting Park (1912)
Southwest Park (1946)
Vollrath Park (1917)
Source: Sheboygan Centennial Celebration, 1853-1953, p. 59.

Plaza 8 - Information and Facts

Answer: Grand Opening - July 8-10, 1976
250 trees, 350 flowering bushes, and 5,000 flowers were planted
Funding: Federal grant - $5.9 million
City - $1.9 million
Cost of construction - $1.55 million
Source: Sheboygan Department of Development

Population - City of Sheboygan and Sheboygan County

Year

1840
1850
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990
2000

City of Sheboygan

NA
NA
4,262
5.310
7,314
16,359
22,962
26,398
30,955
39,251
40,638
42,365
45,747
48,484
48,085
49,587
50,792

Sheboygan County

133
8,379
26,875
31,749
34,206
42,489
50,345
54,888
59,913
71,235
76,221
80,631
86,484
96,660
100,935
103,877
112,646

Potteries - Sheboygan

Theodore Gunther (Eastern Stoneware Factory) c. 1862-87 stoneware
Mies Diedrich & Co. c.1887-90 stoneware
Issac Brazelton c. 1855
Source: "The pottery and porcelain collector's handbook" by Ketchum. 738 K49
Note: This list may not be complete.

Prange Company, H. C.

"Collapse of building and closing of store." Sheboygan Press, May 6, 1983, p. 17.
(Fire) "Sight to behold by thousands." Sheboygan Press, October 17, 1983, p. 1
"City man missing: bike found at fire sight." (Barden) Sheboygan Press, October 19, 1983, p. 1
"Thousands greet new Prange store." Sheboygan Press, April 18, 1984, p. 1.
Source: The Sheboygan Press

Proctoring of Examinations in Sheboygan

One may contact UW-Sheboygan Student Services Department at 459-6633. 

Source:
UW-Sheboygan

Rancho de las Floras

Question: I've heard several macabre and unbelievable stories about crimes committed in a house called Rancho de las Floras located on Greendale Road in Sheboygan. Specifically, it's been said that several murders were committed in that house. Is there any truth to these rumors?
Answer: A fantastic string of urban legends is associated with the house located at 1115 Greendale Road, none of which are true. The reference staff at the library contacted officers at the Sheboygan Police Department, who stated that no murder was ever committed at that house.
Note: To read all of the urban legends connected with Rancho De las Flores, refer to the April 2004 and June 2004 issues of The Wind, the Sheboygan North High School student newspaper, available at Mead Library.
Source: The Sheboygan Police Department, September 7, 1999.

Servicemen Killed in World War II - Sheboygan County

Answer: 218
Source: The Sheboygan Press, June 28, 1946, p. 6

She Rode a Yellow Stallion

Answer: A fiction book held in Mead Public Library's collection.
Note: There's an article in The Sheboygan Press, January 31, 1951, about the book and its author.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Sheboygan - Bedrock

Answer: Bedrock in the Sheboygan area is 92 feet below the surface.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Sheboygan - Bridges

Answer: Penn Avenue Bridge was built in 1909 and was 412 feet long.
8th Street Bridge, January 6, 1922 - construction authorized at a cost of $210,000
April 21, 1922 - bridge closed to traffic
January 28, 1923 - bridge opened (27 days late)
Built by Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Company of North Milwaukee
Source: The Sheboygan Press, January 6, 1922 & Mead Public Library Information File

Sheboygan - Elevation above Sea Level

Answer: Sheboygan River - 581 feet
City Hall - 629.9 feet
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Sheboygan - Incorporation as a City

Answer: March 19, 1853
Source: Office of the Mayor of Sheboygan

Sheboygan - Latitude and Longitude

Answer: Latitude - 43 degrees 45 minutes and 03 seconds N
Longitude - 87 degrees 42 minutes and 52 seconds W
Source: Omni Gazeteer of the United States of America. Volume 6, p. 737.

Sheboygan Marsh - History

Answer: Geographical and Historical Atlas of Sheboygan County, p. 20. c1941.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Sheboygan Pioneer Newspaper

Answer: It was a monthly supplement to the Sheboygan Press. It featured articles on local history. See the microfilm for the following dates: September 18, 1923, November 17, 1923, December 17, 1923, January 16, 1924, February 16, 1924, March 18, 1924, April 22, 1924, May 20, 1924, September 20, 1924, October 21, 1924, November 22, 1924, December 20, 1924, January 23, 1925, February 23, 1925, September 19, 1925, October 24, 1925, November 21, 1925, December 23, 1925 & March 20, 1926.

Sheboygan River - Length

Answer: 80.4 miles
Source: DNR Water Resources manager in Milwaukee. From a telephone conversation on September 17, 1997.

Shebogyan Song

Answer: Chairs, cheese and children are all manufactured in Sheboygan.
It's a cute, little city where the girls are pretty, the boys you'll find are the regular kind.
(REPEAT FIRST TWO LINES OF CHORUS TO FINISH OR USE THE FOLLOWING TWO LINES TO FINISH SONG)
She was an Indian maid you see, he was an Indian man;
The stork brought a boy, she prayed for a girl and he cried in surprise "SHE-BOY-GAN!"
Note: Copyright 1918 by Moe Goldberg. Published by Goldberg-Dailey, 4342 Prairie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Sheboygan Song - (as sung on the Don McNeill show, summer 1964)

Answer: 1st verse -
I've been around this world a bit
Many towns with me have made a hit
And my mem'ry oft reminds me of the time I spent in every place
But there's one spot that I love the best
Soon I'll settle down with all the rest
In a town where all are happy with a smile on every face: (to chorus)
2nd verse -
Now I don't take credit from the rest
When I say I love this town the best
For you all have fav'rite cities, where with all your friends you long to be
But the reason that I like this town
Is they're always booming things around
Ev' ryone there that you will see shows of prosperity: (to chorus)
Chorus
S-H-E makes a pretty little she,
B-O-Y makes a boy
G-A-N do it over again,
And that spells She-boy-gan
Chairs, cheese and children are all manufactured in Sheboygan.
It's a cute, little city where the girls are pretty,
The boys you'll find are the regular kind.
(REPEAT FIRST TWO LINES OF CHORUS TO FINISH, OR USE THE FOLLOWING TWO LINES TO FINISH SONG)
She was an Indian maid you see, he was an Indian man;
The stork brought a boy, she prayed for a girl and he cried in surprise "SHE-BOY-GAN!"
Note: Copyrighted 1918 by Moe Goldberg. Published by Goldberg-Dailey, 4342 Prairie Ave., Chicago, Illinois.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

"Sheboyganese" Expressions

Answer: In so?, Fry out, Sliding board, Soda, Hairs, Cooler, Bakery, Hot tamale, These ones, Bubbler, Outen the light, Go by _, Down by _, Youse, Come here once, Stop and go lights, Slippery Slide, Brat cooker (Weber grill), & Make out the light

Sheboyganites, Famous Former Residents

Answer: Wesley Lau, June 18, 1921 - August 30, 1984. He played Lt. Anderson in the Perry Mason television series.
Source: The Sheboygan Press, September 1, 1984

Sister Cities of Sheboygan

Answer: Esslingen, Germany
Tsubame, Japan (September 1995)
Shuya, Russia (1984)
Rivas, Nicaragua (prior to revolution)
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

South High - Sheboygan

South High - Sheboygan

Question:
When did Sheboygan South High School open?

Answer:
The newly named high school and new facility opened its doors in the fall of the 1960/61 school year. It took the place of Central High School, which graduated its last class in June of 1960.

Source:
The Sheboygan Press, September 21, 1960, p. 40.

Stone, Frank - 1st Librarian of Sheboygan Public Library

Answer: 1 - Entry of August 30, 1921, The Sheboygan Press in the Mead Public Library Scrapbook - January 1913 - October 1926. 2 - Entry of March 18, 1948, The Sheboygan Press in the Mead Public Library Scrapbook - September 1947 - December 1951. 3 - Portrait and Biographical Record of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, p. 642.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Streetcar Accident - Sheboygan

Answer: On February 9, 1911 the Eighth Street bridge was open and a streetcar plunged into the Sheboygan River.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Streetcars - Sheboygan - Last Operating

Answer:
The last one was run in the city on November 9, 1935.
Source: The Sheboygan Press, June 7, 1941 and June 11, 1941, p. 16.

Tenant Resource Center

Answer:
Toll-free number - 1-877-238-7368 or 1-877-238-RENT
Note: The Tenant Resource Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing information and advice on landlord/tenant problems and other housing issues. The TRC offers counseling, education, self-help improvement and outreach services to Wisconsin residents.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Tornadoes - Sheboygan County

Answer:
April 21, 1974 Howards Grove, and towns of Mitchell & Lyndon
July 30, 1973 Sheboygan
August 8, 1966 Lakeland College-Franklin area
Sept. 22, 1961 1 mile SE of Greenbush
Sept. 26, 1951 Just north of Random Lake
Sept. 17, 1950 Town of Mosel
August 19, 1921 Plymouth & Sheboygan
August 20, 1900 South side of Sheboygan along Kentucky & Indiana Avenues
July 4, 1873 Throughout Sheboygan County
Source: The Sheboygan Press, March 28, 1993, p. A2.

Twilight Concert Series schedule

Answer: Twilight Concert Series in Fountain Park schedule online

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Lake Michigan - Width at Sheboygan

Answer: Approximately 61 miles 
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Mayors of Sheboygan

  1. Conklin, Henry H. from: April 1853 to Aug. 1853; died July 17, 1884
  2. Townsend, Francis R. from: Aug. 1853 to April 1854; died April 10, 1892
  3. more coming soon...

Name of Sheboygan - History

Many different explanations have been made regarding the origin and meaning of the name "Sheboygan." Tradition says that an Indian chief resided at Sheboygan in the early part of the 19th century who was the father of a large number of daughters. Fortune, however, had not yet graced his household with a son. One day after returning from the hunt his wife ran forth from the wigwam to greet him and present him with a newly born babe. The stalwart chief looked at it sharply and (so the story goes) replied in a disgusted manner -"She-boy-(a)-ga(i)n!" Although this tradition is very interesting, still it has no historic basis and must be discarded as the true explanation of origin of the name.

Most authorities agree that Sheboygan is a Chippewa word, but differ as to its exact meaning. Rev. E. P. Wheeler in an article on the "Origin and Meaning of Wisconsin Place Names," declares that "Sheboygan" is derived from Zhee-bo-I-gun, that which perforates or pierces; hence Zha-bun-I-gun, a needle. Joshua Hataway, an authority of some note, says "Sheboygan or Cheboigan of the early maps is from the Indian name Shawb-wa-way-kum, half accent on first ands full accent on the third syllable. The word or sentence, most likely Chippewa, expresses a tradition that a great noise, coming under ground from the region of Lake Superior, was heard at this river. Father Chrysostom Verwyst, a Franciscan missionary among the Chippewas of Wisconsin and Minnesota, aided by Vincent Roy, a Chippewa merchant, and Antione Gaudin and M. Gurnoe, two very intelligent Chippewa scholars, agree that Sheboygan is derived from jibaigan, meaning any perforated object, as a pipe stem. Louis M. Moran, a Chippewa interpreter, asserts that the term means a hollow bone or perforated object. This is the generally accepted meaning.

Source: Sheboygan City Directory, 1920.

Another view of the same topic:
"This word has an Indian origin. There are a number of words of two principal meanings from which it may have been derived. One series is said to mean any hollow object such as a pipe stem, reed, cane stalk, or hollow bone; or that with which one perforates or pierces through, hence a needle or awl. The other meaning refers to a passage away by water, or a river disappearing underground, or a noise underground. One authority claims that Indian word meant "send through" and "drum," and referred to festive tribal occasions when the Indians carried their drums between Sheboygan Falls and Sheboygan and beat the cadence most properly suited to the event. There is also a tradition that a great noise coming underground from the region of Lake Superior was heard at this river. Other explanations offered are that on quiet days sound carried an unusual distance if originated at the mouth of the river, and one Indian chief said the name referred to the sound heard if one placed an ear to the ground near the mouth of the river. The Sheboygan River was named first, and the county and city were named after it."
Source: The Romance of Wisconsin Place Names.

North High – Sheboygan

Question:
When did Sheboygan North High School open?

Answer:
When first planned, North High was to be a second junior high school. But in a public referendum in the spring of 1938 the voters decided to make North a second four-year high school. The building was completed in 1938 and the first classes were enrolled in September of that year.

Source:
The Sheboygan Press, August 10, 1953.

Note:
The present North High building opened in the fall of 1961.

Octagon House - Sheboygan County

Answer: A brick octagon house was constructed in 1862 by Otis Hubbard at 851 Fond du Lac Avenue, Sheboygan Falls, and was condemned in the 1950's and razed.
Source: "The Octagon house and the cobblestone building in Wisconsin," by Virginia A. Palmer.

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Family History Center – Sheboygan

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 
3920 Saemann Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081

920-452-7314

Linda Smith, director, 458-8178

Hours:Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday by appointment. For all other appointments contact Linda Smith at the number above.

The Center will provide assistance to people of all faiths who are interested in researching their family history.

Source:
Conversation, April 22, 2004.

2013 Farmers Markets

• Sheboygan: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday, and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday, from June 1 to Oct. 30, at Fountain Park, corner of 8th Street and Erie Avenue.

• Elkhart Lake: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Saturday, from June 1 to Oct. 12, at the downtown Train Depot.

• Waldo: 1 to 4 p.m., every Saturday, from June 1 to Dec. 14, at Waldo Memorial Hall, 308 W. First St. 

• Kiel: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., every Wednesday, from June 19 to Oct. 23, at City Park, downtown Kiel. 

• Plymouth: noon to 5:30 p.m., every Thursday, from June 20 to Oct. 17, at the Generations Building parking lot, 1500 Douglas Drive. 

• Town of Lima: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., every Saturday, from Aug. 3 through late October, at the Boldt Century Farm, N3526 Highway 32.

Source: May 31, 2013 The Sheboygan Press 

Fax Transmission in Sheboygan

Answer: 

Mead Public Library offers fax service to the public. To send a local or long distance fax, the fee is $2 for the first page, and $1 for each additional page. For an international number, the fee is $10 for the first page and $1 for each additional page. The charge to receive a fax is $1 per page. For more information, contact the Help Desk (second floor of the library) at 459-3400, ext. 3422.

This website, Free Fax, offers limited free faxing services.

Local businesses that offer paid fax services include:
Office Max, 3424 Kohler Memorial Drive, Sheboygan, WI 920-208-7690 
GT Graphics, 821 Michigan Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 920-458-3525
Piggly Wiggly, 3124 S. Business Dr., Sheboygan,920-452-0411
Piggly Wiggly, 2905 N. 15 St., Sheboygan, 920-458-9991
UPS Store, 3120 S. Business Dr., Sheboygan, 920-5934

Source: Telephone survey by MPL staff.

Fires - Major Sheboygan Conflagrations

Badger State Tannery - January 19, 1920
Garton Toy Company - May 31, 1929 
K. W. Muth - March 12, 1968
Northland Plastics - May 27, 1973 
Austin Gray Iron Foundry - March 27, 1974
Sheboygan Glass Company - June 19, 1974 
Grand Executive Inn - December 17, 1975
Diamond Printing - February 23, 1976 
Playdium - February 22, 1977
Kneevers Hotel - February 12, 1978 
American Excelsior - April 16, 1980
Thonet Industries - April 19, 1982 
H. C. Prange Company - October 16, 1983
99 Hall - May 23, 1988 
Jume's Restaurant - September 26, 1990
Perkins Restaurant - April 30, 2004 
Landmark Square - March 19, 2007
Source: The information was gathered from various issues of The Sheboygan Press.

Food Pantries

Listing of local food pantries begins on page 53

Gemütlichkeit

Question:
What is the meaning of the term gemütlichkeit, and how is the word spelled?

Answer:

It is a descriptive word referring to German hospitality or friendliness, especially in Sheboygan and Milwaukee.

Source: The Sheboygan Press, Centennial edition, August 10, 1953.

Genealogical and Historical Information - Sheboygan

Answer: Contact Sheboygan County Historical Research Center, 518 Water Street, Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085, 920-467-4667,http://www.schrc.org/, Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

Harbor, Sheboygan - Breakwater Lengths

Answer: North Pier: 3,829' South Pier: 2,340'
Source: United States Army Engineers District, Detroit, MI. May 1983.

Haunted Places in Sheboygan (or rumors thereof)

(Reprinted with permission from the Oct. 31, 2005 Sheboygan Press)

GlenbeulahGlenbeulah Graveyard 
A graveyard filled with graves that date to the early 1800s. A man hung himself in this graveyard and is said to be found walking about after midnight. 
You also can see a glowing grave and a pair of shoes that appear on

Kohler: The American Club
Walking through the back halls of the hotel, a witness came across a gentleman standing there in a dirty flannel shirt and torn and faded corduroy pants.They thought it was odd to see man in such attire at the American Club but shrugged it off, thinking he was a guest enjoying a cigar in the lower level. Bidding him a "good evening," but he stared blankly at the floor as though he didn't just see the witness greeting him. They passed him later, then turned to look again and he was gone. The security tape, which they saw later, showed the witness wave and talk to no one. The American Club East Wing of the hotel is haunted. It is the oldest part of the hotel. A woman hung herself in room 209 long ago and often haunts that room, often standing by the fireplace in the room across from that known as the Washington room. 
Also, someone killed a woman in room 315 on the third floor long ago. A man can be seen walking down the hall coming from that direction and lights will turn on by themselves.

Kohler: Old Governor's Mansion
Witnesses have felt cold spots while walking through the old governor's mansion

Sheboygan: U.S. Bank downtown
The bank is haunted by a janitor that worked there named Duke. He worked there until the day he died. He's fond of shaking certain doors and occasionally moving things.

Sheboygan: Yacht Club
A worker there has heard stories and shrugged them off. He has had problems with lights being turned back on after turning them off. Then he started having feelings that someone was watching him. One night he finally saw a figure of a man in the basement prior to closing up.

Sheboygan: Stop sign
An Indian family used to live in a house near a stop sign. Rumors say that the husband killed his wife and children brutally. Rumors say that if you go there late at night and stop at the stop sign with high beams on, the sign will have blood dripping down it. Then you will hear the Indian guy walk toward you and sing Indian songs.

Sheboygan Falls: Eagle River
In the 1800s, a man worked on the railroad tracks. One day, he was in the back on a caboose and he fell off. He was hit by another train and decapitated; his head flew 200 feet away. To this day, he uses his old railroad light, searching for his lost head.

Elkhart Lake: Lions Park
Late at night,swings mysteriously swing and the merry-go-round spins and there is no wind. It is rumored that this is because a small kid fell off of the top of the big slide and died.

Plymouth: Yankee Hill Inn B & B
There are two old buildings that are known as the Gilbert Huson and Henry Huson houses. Three workers have reported hearing people walking around and things dropping. Workers usually refuse to work by themselves. The third floor is especially creepy and extremely cold at all times. One day three workers were waiting for laundry to get done. While the three were sitting in the basement, an old mirror that sits on the wall dropped. None of the workers were near it as it shattered into hundreds of pieces. (Sheboygan Press note: The present owner of the house said he found a broken mirror beneath a washer in the basement.)

Oostburg: Veterans Park
It is said that a drifter drowned in the creek that runs through the park. There have been reports of a man who walks the banks of the creek on certain nights, and when approached, he seems to walk into the creek and disappear. Strange noises also come from sewer pipes which are on the park's north side.

Historical Research Center, Sheboygan County

Answer:

518 Water Street
Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085
920-467-4667

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Note:
The Center doesn’t accept telephone queries. All questions must be in person or through the mail. A SASE is required. For more information see http://www.schrc.org/

Source:
Mead Public Library Information File

Homelessness in Sheboygan, where to go for help

Crisis Line – 459-3151 (24 hrs.) Green Bay
St. Vincent De Paul –457-4844 (M-F 9-1) Food, clothing, transportation
Salvation Army – 458-3723 (M-F 8:30 – 12, 1 – 4:30)
Consumer Credit Counseling – 458-8840 Ask for Angela, bus ticket available to Green Bay or Milwaukee
Reach – 457-1111 (till 6p.m. after 6 call 211 Appleton Office)
Sheb. Co. Heath and Human Services – 459-3155
Sheb. Interfaith (SCIO) – 457-7272, Women with children, single women in an abusive situation
Some services are limited to Sheboygan Co. residents only.

If all else fails, homeless can sleep in bus shelter or police station lobby per S.P.D.

Indian Mounds in Sheboygan County - Bibliography

Answer:
The Wisconsin Archeologist. Vol. 19, No. 3, August 1920. (Entire issue) W 977.5 W74
"The Kletzien and Nitschke mound groups," by W. C. McKern. Bulletin of Public Museum of City of Milwaukee. Vol. 3, No. 4. W970.1 M19
Twelfth annual report of the Bureau of Ethnology, 1890-91. To the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. 572 Un32r, p. 93
The Sheboygan Press Index under "Indians - County
Source: Mead Public Library Information File

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