Monday, July 7, 2008

Lelah Larsen Knights


Lelah Larsen Knights was born December 8, 1889 to James Larsen and his wife Amanda Pierce. She married Williams J Knights on November 14, 1923. She was an organist for the Methodist Church in Wild Rose for many years and taught Sunday school. She was an active member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Her husband was a co-founder of the Gideon and she attended many Gideon events. She was a nurses aid at the hospital for many years. Lelah was a talented quilter. She designed and made a quilt known as the World Peace quilt. It was 92 inches by 78 inches and featured the statue "Christ of the Andes" in the center of the quilt. The statute is on a mountain top between Bolivia and Chile. She made many quilters over the years. She was also known for the gathering she had for children in December. She had them put out her manager scene with the youngest child placing Jesus in the manager, followed by singing Christmas carols along with Christmas cookies. She died May 14, 1964. She is buried in Oakhill Cemetery.

The second Wild Rose State Bank opened for business on Thursday, February 21, 1929. It was located at 460 Main Street, The first depositor at the new bank was R. K. Jones who owned one of the hardware stores. C. M. Radley and son were the architects but the general plan for the interior was done by A. G. Holt who was the cashier. Hans P. Knuteson of Waupaca was the contractor. The interior decorating was done by Angus Monroe. The bank encouraged school children to visit to the bank to see stuffed specimens of a badger and a golden eagle. The Wild Rose Historical Society has both of them on display in Pioneer Hall. The bank had resources of $535, 559.60 at the close of business on March 27, 1929.

You can see the stuffed animals in the Wild Rose Historical Society Museum in Pioneer Hall, one of 6 buildings the museum has on its tour. The tour is Wenesday & Saturday afternoons in the summer (after June 15th until Labor Day Saturday). The tour begin at 1:00 PM and the last tour starts no later than 3:00 PM.

Treasurer Hunters Play 1917-1918 Wild Rose WI


This is the cast of the Treasure Hunters in 1917-18 in Wild Rose. Back row: Irwin Clayton, Roland Roberts, John Roberts, Arden Nelson, Franz (Swede) Herlin, Mary Humphrey, Monroe Radley. 4th Row; Clyde Protheroe as Senor Somebody, and sailors Harley Corning, Norman (Bud) Herlin, Lyle Stewart. 3rd Row Miss Newsom (Teacher), Claude Dake- English Dandy, Ira Jones, Miss Keene (Teacher) as Flakey gal, Meredith Owens - Naval officer, Pearl Pierce Dopp as a spinster, Lilah Bertrand Urban, Jennie Johnson Thomas, Orval Davies. 2nd row: Enid Jones Nurnberger, Edith Williams Jones, Gladys Williams Gallagher, Sidni Davies Mundy, Zilpha Davis, Lilah Smith Wilson, Keith Behrens. Front row: Clement Hotz, Leonard Sprague, Donald Larsen, Chester Korleski, Lyle Radloff, Charles Korleski, Harlowe (Ted) Long, Kermit Clark and Arnold Patterson. Some of the boys in the front row were in the class of 1926.

Willow Grove School, Waushara County, WI


This picture of the Willow Grove School is about 1900. Back row: Ole Sorenson, Elmer Borgen, Gertrude Smith Barr, Anon Sorenson, Edith Woodward, Blanche Woodward Murton, & Ida Thompson. 3rd row: Gary Darling, Mervin Davies, Helen Woodward, Sarah Sorenson, Nona Smith Sommer. 2nd row: Durward Smith, George Sorenson, Martha Borgen, Mabel Woodward Erickson, Anna Sorenson Gethens. Front row: Milton Woodward, Thomas Sorenson, Lucy Woodward, Florence Wellner, Ora Woodward, and the teacher, Marion Davies.

On the right is Betsy Ann Jeffers who was the daughter of William & Phebe Wiley Jeffers. She was born April 13, 1828 in Rose, Wayne County New York. She married James Lyman January 20, 1850 in Rose, New York. James was a carpenter and joiner and later owned a furniture store in Wautoma. Betsy was related to all the Jeffers who settled in the Town of Rose and Town of Wautoma. The Lyman first lived in the Town of Warren , later Wautoma and then Plainfield. On the left is her daughter, Mary Lyman who was born November 16, 1850 in New York. Mary Lyman married Ira Parks Coon on March 14, 1872. Mary was a school teacher in Wautoma before her marriage. They moved to Plainfield. Mary Lyman Coon died December 14, 1943. Ira Coon was born January 25, 1850 in Milan, Ohio. He served two terms as Sheriff for Waushara county. From 1871-1880 he had a hotel in Wautoma. He moved to Plainfield in 1873 and ran a livery stable with John Trickie. He served as Postmaster in Plainfield from Harrison's term until his death with the exception of Cleveland's administration. He died February 21, 1906.

William Arden Murty


William Arden Murty was born August 22, 1897 to Robert Murty and Ella Phillips. He died April 21, 1904. Even though his first name was William, he was called Arden. His father Robert owned the Wild Rose mill on two different occasions. Robert was running the mill before Arden was born. In May of 1900 he sold the mill to Ellery Hart and then he bought it back in February of 1901. There was a newspaper report that Mrs. Robert Murty rescued her son by pulling him out of the millpond. The son had to have been Arden because he was the only one who could walk or craw at that time. While you won't remember Arden, you are very likely to know one of his siblings: Mildred Murty Darling, Maude Murty Harvey, Robert Stanley "Johnny" Murty, Cecil Murty, Isabel Murty Steaffens, Leon "Specks" Murty, Bernard "Bun" Murty, and Ardis Murty Greener. The picture was taken in Waupaca about 1898.