We won an award!
Actually, our parent program, Recollection Wisconsin, did — a Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History. Thanks, AASLH!
Photo by Don Krohn for the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune ca. 1950, via South Wood County Historical Corporation.
Advertisements from Wisconsin city directories, 1857-1921.
- Brigham and Co’s Fond du Lac Directory for 1857-58, Fond du Lac Public Library
- Madison City Directory and Business Advertiser for 1871-2, Madison Public Library
- Wright’s Directory of Appleton for 1887-88, Appleton Public Library
- Eau Claire City Directory 1899-1900, L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire
- Wisconsin Rapids Directory, 1921, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids
Anton Hirzy’s Pope Toledo, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, ca. 1905.
In 100 Years of Pictorial & Descriptive History of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (1934), the city’s mayor recalled his ride in one of the first locally owned cars, a Pope Toledo belonging to Anton Hirzy.
Hirzy offer[ed] to give him a ride from the Library towards the Catholic church. The steering wheel worked on a chain and not a worm-gear and it took a lot of turns to move the front wheels to the right, and then as suddenly, a hurried lot of turns to make it tack about. That one time he thought they would land in the river, and then by some magic they turned and it looked very much as if they would land in Arpin’s lawn.
via: McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids