Thursday, December 13, 2007

James Widrick & Jessie Madson


The picture is probably before 1910. James Alfred Widrick was born July 9, 1890 in the Town of Belmont, Portage County to James E Widrick and his wife Delilah Carter Widrick. He lived in the Town of Rose with his parents in 1910. He married Jessie Madson, daughter James Madson and his wife Hannah Hanson, on January 25, 1911. Jessie was born in the Town of Springwater December 6, 1890. In 1914, they followed her parents who had moved to Dunstable, Alberta, Canada to homestead. James died November 5, 1987 and Jessie died August 6, 1985, both in Barrhead, Alberta, Canada.

Wild Rose High School Teachers in 1934


Here are the Wild Rose High School teachers from 1934. William Godsen was the principal and taught algebra and civics. Mr. Godsen was well known for a poem he required students caught chewing gum to memorize. "The gum chewing pupil and the cud chewing cow, there is a difference. Let me see now. It is the contented look on the face of the cow." Miss Camille Blott who graduated from Carroll College taught French. She was from Mukwonago and this was her first teaching job. Muriel Jones later Mrs John McCallum taught English and Latin. Carl Handke was the coach and his subjects were geometry, typing and the sciences

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Mr & Mrs Alfred Holman & Maude


The picture shows Alfred M (Fred) Holman his wife Mabel (Woodard) Holman and their daughter Maude Holman who married Walter Haas. A. M. (Fred) was born 14 June 1866 in Parfreyville, Wisconsin to Henry Holman & his wife Charlotte Dewey. He died 17 August 1932 in California. He married Mabel Woodard in 1896. Mabel was the sister of Franklin Woodard who married Vesta Stevens. Mabel was born 22 June 1879 in Parfreyville, Wisconsin and died 27 July 1957 in California. Maude was born 19 May 1907 and died 1 April 1995. She married Walter Haas 22 June 1928 in Wild Rose. Fred was a rural mail carrier around Wild Rose. The family lived at 409 Jackson St. which was once Dr. Fuller's office.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Wedding picture of Amos & Maggie Johnson


Amos Johnson, son of John & Betsy Johnson married Margrethe (Maggie) Jensen from the Town of Marion on January 14, 1892. Maggie used her patronymic name when she married but when Amos Johnson died the obituary listed her as Maggie Larson. Her father was Jens (later James) Larson and her mother was Caroline Bakken. Amos was born Oct. 6, 1860 in the Town of Mt. Morris and died January 9, 1909 in Wautoma. Their children were Burnett, Jessie, Arden, Ira and Carmen.

Wild Rose Class of 1934


This is the class of 1934 when they were seniors. Back row: Ambrose Jones, Juanita Williams Smith, Mildred Jensen Smith, Vera Bartsch Davis, Madelyn Testin Gramse, Margaret Roberts Dewitt, Mary Backus, Hilda Rasmussen Brooks, Louis Rasmussen. Middle Row: Carol Waid Fonger, Loretta Kaminski Merkt, Joan Fisher Attoe, Stella Frater Renner, Margaret Dopp Schiliepp, Myrna Johnson Barr, Alice Owens Wachs, Elizabeth Davies, Jeanette Larsen Thorstad.

Front Row: David Etheridge, Arthur Davies, George Terrill, Griffith Williams, Marlin Smith, Glenn Murty, Everett Hanawalt, Delmar Thompson, Roy Handrich.

Fay Patterson


Fay Metcalf Patterson was the son of Thomas Patterson and his wife, Belle Metcalf . He was born January 21, 1879 in Pine River. At the age of thirteen, he entered St John's Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin. He is pictured in his uniform from St John's. He attended the University of Wisconsin for one year and later went to business college in Milwaukee. He started out in the mercantile business in Waupaca but later joined his father and the Clark Brothers in business in Wild Rose. He married Katherine Libby December 8, 1902. They had no children. His wife made the major donation to start the library building. He died September 27, 1943. The pallbearers were Miles Colligan, Herman Hansen, Lewis Protheroe, John Protheroe, Oscar Holt, and George Dopp. The honorary pallbearers were Dr. A J Stevens, William Anselm, Annon Holt, E G Bradley, R K Hotz and R K Jones.

Wild Rose Basketball Team 1933-34


Wild Rose Basketball Team 1933-34 L to R: Olney Holt (12 May 1918 - 12 November 1977), Charles Ambrose Jones (10 April 1916-17 February 2005), Roy Handrich (16 May 1917-15 October 1996), Glenn Murty (24 May 1917-19 March 2005), David Etheridge (18 May 1917- 26 December 2001), Delmar Thompson (14 December 1916-13 May 1944), La Vern Jeffers (3 February 1918-30 March 2001), Myron "Mike" Lowe (4 May 1919), and Norbert Milliken (17 December 1918-10 May 1974). Wild Rose played their home games at the old Town of Rose town hall which is located at 475 River Street. The players had to be careful, on one end of the floor, to avoid running into the woodstove which heated the building.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Construction at Wild Rose Methodist Church


This is a picture of building the Wild Rose Methodist Church. The carpenter at the top left is John N Jones. The carpenter with a white apron at the arch is his brother, William Llewellyn Jones. The church was located at 625 Main Street in Wild Rose.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Treble Clef


Mrs C E. (Bertha) Darling's musical "Treble Clef" group. Front row Barbara Roberts Jones, Jennie Bowen Purcell, Blanche Jones Davies, Sarah Evans Davies, Jessie Radley, Hannah Bowen Etheridge, Unknown. 2nd row Bernice Davies Milliken, Genevieve Dopp Cragoe, Vesta Stevens Woodard, Nona Smith Barr, Erna Zick Bowen, Mable Nelson, Martha Humphrey Moody. 3rd row Anna Evans Peterson, Naomi Jones, Blanche Chamberlin, Bertha Darling, Pearl Dopp Lowe, Lizzie Lowe Davis, Mary Milliken Jones, Claire Dopp Potts.

Jesse Etheridge & May Etheridge Roth


The picture of Jesse & May Etheridge was taken before 1885. They were the children of Alanson Pease Etheridge and his wife Emma (spicer) Etheridge. May was born deaf on May 1, 1879 and attended the school for the deaf at Delavan. She married William Roth who was also deaf. Rev. A O Nuss performed the ceremony in her parents yard. and lived first in Westfield and later in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She died December 22, 1970. Jesse Irving Etheridge was born June 26, 1881. He went to Ripon College as well as taking the Agriculture short course at UW. He was an early editor of the Wild Rose Times. He was a county Agricultural agent for many years ending in Oconto County Wisconsin. He married Irma Gautchi of Washburn on September 5, 1915. He died September 10, 1961 in Oconto.