Cream City Chronicles: Stories of Milwaukee's Past

Cream City Chronicles: Stories of Milwaukee's Past

by John Gurda

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Cream City Chronicles: Stories of Milwaukee's Past by John Gurda

Cream City Chronicles is a collection of lively stories about the people, the events, the landmarks, and the institutions that have made Milwaukee a unique American community. These stories represent the best of historian John Gurda’s popular Sunday columns that have appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel since 1994. Find yourself transported back to another time, when the village of Milwaukee was home to fur trappers and traders. Follow the development of Milwaukee’s distinctive neighborhoods, its rise as a port city and industrial center, and its changing political climate. From singing mayors to summer festivals, from blueblood weddings to bloody labor disturbances, the collection offers a generous sampling of tales that express the true character of a hometown metropolis.

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ISBN-13: 9780870205231
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,242,275
File size: 30 MB
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About the Author

John Gurda is a Milwaukee-born writer and historian who has been studying his hometown since 1972. He is the author of twenty-one books, including histories of Milwaukee-area neighborhoods, churches, and industries. He is also a photographer, lecturer, and local history columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gurda is an eight-time winner of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Award of Merit. The common thread in all his work is an understanding of history as “why things are the way they are.”

Table of Contents

Contents Introduction: History as Story XX Spring XX Solomon Loves Josette: Frontier Valentines Found Happiness in Milwaukee XX Elijah Loves Zebiah: Pioneer Sweethearts Gave Romance an Early Start XX The Early Years XX From Indian Fields to Forest Home: South Side Corner Has Seen It All XX Flawed Founder: Byron Kilbourn Had a Cast-Iron Conscience XX Lapham's Legacy: Pioneer Scientist Casts a Long Shadow XX To Green Bay the Long Way: Pioneers Would Have Missed the Kickoff XX Taking Their Toll: Pay-to-Drive Roads Have Been Tried Before XX Unplugged: Periodic Blackouts Force a Return to the Distant Past XX Diverse Neighborhoods XX Black Power, Milwaukee Style: African-American Political Tradition Has Deep Roots XX Street of Many Nations: Chavez Drive Gives a New Face to Milwaukee's Historic Diversity XX Highlighting Hebrew Heritage: Jewish Community Is Well Established in Milwaukee XX Outrage Revisited: Bennett Law Furor of 1890 Set a Precedent XX Freeway to Oblivion: Marquette Interchange Erased the Tory Hill Neighborhood XX Where Poland Meets Mexico: Milwaukee's South Side Blends Two Cultures XX Terrorism, Past Tense: When Patriotism Gives Way to Prejudice XX Water: The City's Lifeblood XX Roots in the River: Milwaukee Rediscovers Its Other Shoreline XX ?Lake Michigan Bridged?: Lake Express Is the Latest Attempt to Bypass Chicago XX At Home on Jones Island: Modern Port Once Harbored a Polish Fishing Village XX The Flush of Success: Alterra Coffee and Sewerage District Brew an Unlikely Winner XX Summer XX Wedding of the Century: Mitchell-Mackie Nuptials of 1881 Raised the Bar XX Meltdown at the Iron Mill: Heat Was Harder to Bear in 1881 XX Milwaukee's Singing Mayors: Fourth of July Has Always Been a Test of Endurance XX At Home in the Minors: When Baseball Meant Borchert Field XX Labor and Commerce: Making a Living XX Condos on Commerce: Luxury Homes Rise Where Canal Once Ran XX The Father of Miller Time: Pioneer Brewer Built a Lasting Heritage XX Brew City: The Story behind the Suds XX From Beer to Gears: Falk Brewery Was a Pioneer XX Milwaukee Leather: Pfister & Vogel Was Once the World's Largest Tanner XX The Cost of the Eight-Hour Day: General Strike of 1886 Led to Bloodshed XX Working for Victory: Milwaukee Helped Win World War II on the Home Front XX Frozen Assets: Ice Trade Saved Winter for Summer's Use XX A Sense of Place XX Justice and Jazz: Cathedral Square Has Been Holding Court since 1836 XX ?A Cemetery for the City?: History Lies at Rest in Forest Home XX Summer under Glass: Mitchell's Conservatory Preceded Mitchell Park Domes XX If These Halls Could Talk: Milwaukee Auditorium Was City's Parlor XX Two Birds on a Single Perch: Calatrava Addition Updates Spirit of War Memorial Center XX North Milwaukee No More: Former Industrial Suburb Blurs into North Side XX Requiem for a Shopping Center: Southgate Started the Malling of Milwaukee XX Mitchell Street Revisited: Historic South Side Shopping Center Still Draws Customers XX Fall XX Schools Fit for a King: Fall Buzzer Recalls Beginning of Public Education XX A Harvest of Heritage: Folk Fair Means a Yearly Return to Roots XX Close Call for Mr. Roosevelt: Campaign Trail Had Its Hazards XX Playing under Winter Rules: Milwaukee Golf Waited for Cold Weather XX Serving the Community XX Rogues and Reformers: A Menagerie of Milwaukee Mayors XX When Graft Reigned Supreme: Good Government Was Once a Distant Dream XX Good Cop, Bad Cop: Milwaukee's Police Chiefs Have Done It Their Way XX Hometown Hero of the Air: Billy Mitchell Helped Give America Its Wings XX All the News That's Fit: Milwaukee's Newspaper Heritage XX An Unsung Home for Old Soldiers: Veterans? Complex Served the Boys in Blue XX ?Every Person's Gateway?: Public Library System Grew Up with the City XX The Roots of Public Education: MPS Was Born to Controversy XX Freezing the Common Wealth: Cutting Is Not the Same as Governing XX Celebrations! XX Beer, Bands, and Balloon Rides: Milwaukee's Summer Gardens Offered Something for All XX An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July: Milwaukeeans of 1896 Paid for Their Amusements XX The First Summerfest: Forgotten Monument Recalls Forgotten Celebration XX Summerfest, 1930s-Style: Depression Spawned the First of Milwaukee's Lakefront Festivals XX The Milwaukee Centurama of 1946: City Celebrated 100 in Style XX Where City Meets Country: State Fair is Wisconsin's Common Ground XX Winter XX Winter at the Edge of the World: Milwaukee's Pioneers Spent Months in the Deep Freeze XX A Feast of Christmas Past: The Main Course Was Raccoon 200 Years Ago XX When Reindeer Rode the Rails: Remembering Schuster's Christmas Parade XX ?Bah, Humbug!? in Old Milwaukee: Our Ancestors Got Tired of Shopping, Too XX O Tannenbaum, Milwaukee-Style: Socialists Put Up City's First Christmas Tree XX Index XX

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