June 20, 2013Following the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a nation-wide call to action was issued to help those who suffer from various mental health issues.
This incident – along with several others in recent years – has given rise to a number of concerns regarding the mental state of these individuals and how future occurrences could hopefully be prevented.
Mental health is a complex issue, affecting both children and adults, and resources should be available to them in order to maintain the health and safety of our citizens and communities.
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June 20, 2013He was not a hero in the military sense, but he was a hero as a Lake Geneva High School athletic star and as a pillar of the Lake Geneva community in the late 1940s and 1950s.
He was born in Chicago on Feb. 14, 1906 — Valetnine's Day — as the son of a railroad switchman and his wife. His two sisters were born in Chicago in 1908 and 1910-the first, in the 4100 block of South State Street, and the second at 512 W. 37th Place, which is today the site of the Chicago White Sox's U.S. Cellular Field (formerly Comiskey Park).
In 1912, his family moved to Lake Geneva, where his mother's sister Frances had married the owner of the Sherman Livery Stable, then located on the east side of the 300 block of Broad Street. His father took a job driving carriages for the Sherman Livery Stable, including driving Chicago millionaires from their special railroad cars that had arrived at the railroad depot at North and Broad Streets to their regal yachts, moored at the dock at the foot of Broad Street, where the Riviera is today. ...subscribers>>
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An appeal on behalf of Lake Geneva historyJune 13, 2013
Times change. And so do the keepers of Lake Geneva’s unique history. In the 19th Century, the keeper of Lake Geneva’s history was James Simmons, but he passed away as the century was ending.
We are fortunate that his superb, unsurpassed history of Lake Geneva in the 19th Century, “Annals of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 1835-1897”, survived and was reissued in a new format by the Geneva Lake Museum last year. Simmons’ successors as keepers of Lake Geneva’s history,
Eva Seymour Lundahl and Alice Denison Hackett, are also gone. Eva Seymour Lundahl was the granddaughter of Moses Seymour, who came to Geneva from Vermont with James Simmons in 1843. Alice Denison Hackett was the daughter of E. D Denison, for whom the Central-Denison School is named, and was the granddaughter of John Burton, one of Lake Geneva’s most well-known 19th-Century businessmen.
Recently Lake Geneva has lost several more keepers of its history, including Gretchen Allen, Wilma Habacker Bailey Jacobson, Sam Gonzalez, Ken Schneider, Larry Magee, and John Fedorovich. It also lost the owner of the Breadloaf Bookstore, Kevin Vail, who was very interested in Lake Geneva’s history.
With the passing of these and other individuals, Lake Geneva’s collective historical memory has been greatly diminished. Fortunately we still have Ken Etten, Ginny Hall, John Halverson, Bruce Johnson, Vern Magee, Burly Brellenthin, and Doug Elliot, among others, as well as the many volunteers, who, under the leadership of Karen Walsh and James Gee, sustain the Geneva Lake Museum.
But as times change and the keepers of Lake Geneva’s history pass away, we who remain, as well as future generations of Lake Geneva residents, will necessarily have to rely even more on the published and unpublished historical documentary records of Lake Geneva’s history held by the Lake Geneva Public Library, the Geneva Lake Museum, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and the Area Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Library.
Among the most useful documentary historical sources held by the Lake Geneva Public Library are the microfilmed copies of Lake Geneva’s newspapers and the yearbooks of the Lake Geneva High School and Badger High School. But sadly, many LGHS and BHS yearbooks are missing from the collections of Lake Geneva Public Library and the Geneva Lake Museum.
I am therefore appealing to readers of the Lake Geneva Regional News to rectify this lamentable situation by donating old LGHS and BHS yearbooks in their possession to the Lake Geneva Public Library and the Geneva Lake Museum in order to fill the gaps in their invaluable collections of Lake Geneva High School and Badger High School yearbooks.
Another excellent source for Lake Geneva’s history would be the compilation of oral histories of Lake Geneva based upon the memories of longtime Lake Geneva residents. Perhaps Bruce Johnson could be persuaded to conduct oral history interviews with such longtime Lake Genevans as Burly Brellenthin, Sturg Taggert, Muriel Malsch, Buzz Braden,Vern Magee, Doug Gerber, and Clyde Boutelle, just to mention a few people with superb memories of Lake Geneva’s history.
Copies of these oral histories could be deposited at the Lake Geneva Public Library and the Geneva Lake Museum, where future residents of the city would find them to be invaluable historical resources.
But filling the gaps in Lake Geneva High school and Badger High School yearbooks held by the Lake Geneva Public Library and the Geneva Lake Museum is the most urgent priority if we wish to preserve Lake Geneva’s history for future generations. The Lake Geneva Public Library is missing Badger High School yearbooks for the years 1970, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1984, 2011, and 2012.
The situation with Lake Geneva High School yearbooks is even more egregious. Rather than listing all of the missing LGHS yearbooks, suffice it to say that the Lake Geneva Public Library would greatly appreciate the donation of any LGHS yearbooks between 1958 and the date that the first LGHS yearbook was published, which was around 1911. The LGPL will offer any duplicate yearbooks it receives to the Geneva Lake Museum.
I really do hope that the readers of the Lake Geneva Regional News will respond to this appeal and donate LGHS and BHS yearbooks to the Lake Geneva Public Library. I issue this appeal not only on behalf of the Lake Geneva Public Library (and the Geneva Lake Museum), but on behalf of Lake Geneva’s history and the records that document it.
Patrick Quinn is a Lake Geneva native who is University Archivist Emeritus at Northwestern University.
Senior year lastsJune 06, 2013Editor’s note: Nicole Johnson is one of the four valedictorians at Badger High School this year. She read the following poem at the graduation ceremony.Last Game;
Taking a closer look at assistance programsJune 06, 2013One of the Legislature’s primary goals is to save taxpayer dollars by reducing fraud, waste, and abuse within government programs or state agencies. By focusing on such fraud, we can lessen the tax burden on individuals, while at the same time, allow taxpayer-funded programs to be used by people with the greatest need for assistance.Wisconsin’s FoodShare program is one government program which can be a lifeline to those in need.
...subscribers>> Why bean counters serve important taskMay 30, 2013Our government center was crawling with bean counters last month. By bean counters, I mean accountants, and they were here poring over our financial records in preparation of our 2012 audit. I use the term bean counters affectionately, in part because they have not yet finished the audit, but mainly because accountants, whether they are employed by the government or audit government finances, provide an important service to the public.
Postmaster has suggestionsMay 16, 2013Are you or someone you know planning a special event or wedding? Did you know USPS has a variety of postage for weddings, family gatherings and other special events?For your special invitations this year we have “Wedding Roses” which shows two elegant white roses, “Sealed with Love” stamp which shows an envelope that shows a heart impressed into a wax seal, we have the “Neon Celebrate” stamp which is like fireworks in the night sky and the “Where Dreams Blossom” stamp which shows a stylized drawing of a floral bouquet. We still can order in a supply of the “Love Ribbons” stamps which spells out love with a ribbon. All of these stamps are forever stamps good for the first ounce.
Most jobs come from small businessMay 09, 2013Job growth in Lake Geneva is a primary goal of the Lake Geneva Economic Development Corporation (LGEDC). While bringing a going business here from another community produces a dramatic show of new jobs all at once this does not happen often. Statistics show that more than 70 per cent of new jobs come from new or growing small businesses.A national report from the E. M. Kauffman Foundation stated that, if not for startups, the nation as a whole would have lost jobs in 22 of the 29 years spanning 1977 to 2005. Young companies, 5 years old or less, added jobs in all 29 years.
Most jobs come from small businessMay 09, 2013Job growth in Lake Geneva is a primary goal of the Lake Geneva Economic Development Corporation (LGEDC). While bringing a going business here from another community produces a dramatic show of new jobs all at once this does not happen often. Statistics show that more than 70 per cent of new jobs come from new or growing small businesses.
'Taking Five' to recall two musical passingsMay 09, 2013How is it possible to discuss two of music’s great artists when they seem to be such polar opposites? Both are men, pianists and made major marks in the 1950s. And their marks were indeed considerable.Is it necessary to discuss both in the same context? In this case, yes, because both died recently, and each produced his own form of artistic revolution. As a point of pride, I recognize both as examples of American genius.Dave Brubeck, who died in December a day short of his 92nd birthday, changed the sound of jazz and made it mainstream.