• History Timeline

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    Each month, the Historic Timeline is written by Gerald Neath, and examines important events that happened 10, 25, 50, and 100 years ago.

    50 years ago, Keith Knutson (shown on right with Barry Zuerthen) presented at the annual Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet.
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  • Historic Timeline

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    Each month, the Historic Timeline is written by Gerald Neath, and examines important events that happened 10, 25, 50, and 100 years ago.

    100 years ago, local businessmen hosted a reception dinner at the Portland Hotel for returning soldiers and sailors.
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  • Historic Timeline

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    Each month, the Historic Timeline is written by Gerald Neath, and examines important events that happened 10, 25, 50, and 100 years ago.

    Read about William M. Johnson who has become the only serviceman of the Village of Oregon killed in action during World War I.
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Before refrigerators were common, iceboxes were used.  In Oregon, it was Edward and Ernest Culp who cut ice during the winter months from Lake Harriet, just west of Oregon.  The ice was stored in an icehouse near the lake, and the blocks were packed in sawdust and straw.  When summer arrived the village customers would display a sign indicating the size block of ice they needed that day.  The ice wagon would come and cut the ice to the size requested by the customer.

See more interesting information and photos about Ice Harvesting in Wisconsin.

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Main St. Snow Storm article Snowstorm of 1936 article

 

Excerpted from A Walk Back in History: Did you Know? by Florice Paulson

 

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Oregon Area Historical Society

Location: 159 West Lincoln Street, Oregon, WI  53575

Mail: P.O. Box 262, Oregon, WI  53575

608-835-8961

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Hours

Tuesdays: 10am – 4pm

Saturdays in June, July, August: 12pm – 4pm

First Saturday of the month Sept-May: noon – 4pm

Arriving from North:  Proceed south along Main Street (Cty MM) to the light at Netherwood St. Continue three blocks to Lincoln Street and turn right. Travel one block to Market St. The OAHS building is at the corner of Lincoln and Market.

Arriving from South:  Proceed north along Janesville Street, which will join Main St. in the downtown part of the village. Continue north on Main Street to Lincoln Street and turn left. Travel one block to Market St. The OAHS building is at the corner of Lincoln and Market.

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