The Kaukauna News Villager, 1927-1938 News Snippets

Kaukauna Times

1920, 1927, 1934, 1937, 1938

—Kaukauna, Wis. Sept. 6, 1900
Disaster overtook the family of Henry Quade, an employee of the Union Bag and Paper Company last Sunday afternoon. Mr. Quade and his family, consisting of his wife, three girls and four boys were attending a picnic below the fifth lock, and went out on the river in a boat. When about half way across the river, in about 12 or 13 feet of water, the boat was tipped over. Not one of those in the boat could swim and all sank in the water. Elsie, the girl clung to her father and when they came up he got hold of the boat and the two were thus saved.

These were drowned: Mrs. Matilda Quade, aged 33 years; Harold Quade, aged 10 years; Willie Quade, aged 8 years; Freddie Quade, aged 6 years. The oldest daughter 14 years of age had remained on shore to care for the infant boy Henry, three months old and her youngest sister Holdina, aged 3 years, else the whole family might have gone to the bottom.

Kaukauna, Wis. — Kaukauna Odd Fellows, Fred Grimmer, J. Grimmer, Oscar Meinert, Henry Meinert, Charles Winge, Charles Beebe, Peter Hanson, August Weirauch, J.B. Kendall, Dave Jacobson, John Hahner, Herman Dolven, Bert Mooney, Alex Wolf.

Mayor Fargo Names Committees and Officers at Reorganization Meeting of Council — 10/18/1927
Kaukauna, Wis. — Kaukauna City Council, William Carnot, Fargo, Brewster, William Gillen, Edward Krebser, George L. Smith, Oscar Alger, Ludtke, Bell, Roberts, Cooper, Lummerding, Gertz, Roberts, Jos. W. Lefevre, C. D. Boyd, Ceil Flynn, Thos. H. Reardon, R. H. McCarty, Hiram O’Dell, C. L. Beebe, William Ploetz, Elmer Johnson, Oscar Grimmer, Lawrence Boehm, Herbert F. Weckwerth.

BREAKS ARM — 01/05/1934
Kaukauna, Wis. — Mrs. Charles Beebe, Oviatt Street, had the misfortune of falling Tuesday in her yard at which time she broke her arm.

Kaukauna, Wis. — Lawe Street and Wisconsin Avenue Bridges, Elmer Johnson, William Ploetz, Charles Beebe, Lawrence Boehm, Chris Kindler Sr., Hiram O’Dell.

Kaukauna, Wis. — Women’s Aid society of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran church, Rev. Paul Th. Oehlert, Mrs. August Mill, Mrs. J. Borcherdt, Mrs. William Weinkauff, Mrs. G. Fleck, Mrs. Mary Warnecke, Mrs. L. Lorenzen, Mrs. F. Kloehn, Sr., Mrs. F. Bullert, Mrs. M. Lemke, Mrs. C. Beebe, Mrs. A. Piepenburg, Mrs. Mollie Meyer, Mrs. William Treptow, Mrs. Mike Gerharz.

The population of Kaukauna in 1910 was 4,717. The roads outside Kaukauna were mostly dirt roads often with no signage. As the number of motor vehicles reached tens of thousands, state and local governments assumed a new power: authorizing vehicles and drivers to have their autos registered and by 1918 to have license plates. Later in the 1930s driver tests were required by mostly all states.

90% of city residents had electricity by 1930. Only 10% of the rural areas had electricity. The private utility companies would not run the lines to the rural areas as they thought it would be too expensive and they would not get their money back plus they thought the rural areas were too poor to pay the electric bills. The Rural Electrification Act of 1936 got electric lines to run through the rural areas. The farmer had to pay to run the lines in from the road.