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Local History Index - Lannon History Index

        Lannon History  

(in chronological order)

1800's - 1929 (Pre-Incorporation)

Compiled and Edited by Michael R. Reilly

Last Revised 01/29/2016

Village of Lannon History Pre-Incorporation > After Incorporation 1930-1959 > Lannon History 1960-1989 > The 1990's to the Present - this issue updated 01/29/2016

Note: As of November 6, 2000, most of the history of Lannon area schools has been removed from the the general history below and placed in a chronological history of its' own History of Education in Lannon Area; Waukesha County, Wisconsin Edited by Mike Reilly, c. November 6, 2000

    This Lannon history is gathered from numerous reference sources; the most commonly used are many of the historical publications compiled and/or written by Lisbon-Sussex historian, Fred Keller. All of the reference sources used (with several exceptions noted within the historical entry) are listed at the bottom of the last web page of history. As it states above, the history begins with some of the earliest recorded records and information about the area later to be known as the Village of Lannon and continues up to the present day.

    A note about printing these web pages - you are free to print them out and make copies, but you may want to use the "Landscape" option rather than the normal "Portrait" print setting as some of the text and pictures won't entirely fit on the page.

    Throughout this history, covering a number of web pages, the reader will find certain key names, words, phrases and events bolded, to draw attention to them. Also, a number of them may be  hyperlinks to other web pages containing additional information or a full story article on the subject. Those web pages can also be found above . Within many entries, the reader may find "Editor's Notes" and/or "Questions"; these are inserted to clarify a point or to call attention to further investigation/answers required.  Thank you... Mike

   The Lannon area was once part of  New France, which was the western 2/3's of North America claimed by France in 1671,  and then the Northwest Territory in 1783 (but wasn't yielded by British troops until 1815). The Northwest Territory originally consisted of the future states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Ohio achieved statehood and left the Territory; then in 1796 it became part of Wayne County (Detroit) (Editor's note: Detroit was part of the "Indiana Territory" with Fort Dearborn or later on, Chicago, being the closest settlement). Then Indiana left and it was controlled from Illinois's Fort Dearborn (Chicago). 

    In 1818 it was part of Brown County (Green Bay), created by the Governor of the Michigan Territory (Brown County being one of three counties created).  And just when settlers came into the area, it became part of Milwaukee County in May, 1834 when it separated from Brown County. See more details below by year. Also see 1836

Map above is an insert to a larger National Geographic magazine article called "The Pathfinders", printed July, 2000. It shows the boundaries of the Indiana Territory.

1783 - Acquired by treaty from Great Britain: Lands North of River Ohio, bordered on the West by the Mississippi River, with a Northern boundary starting at Lake of the Woods in the Northwest (Northeast Minnesota) continuing East through the center points of Lakes Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario. 

1787 - "Northwest Territory" organized from areas of Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, majority of Ohio, and Northeast Minnesota. 

1800 Indiana Territory organized from Northwest Territory, taking Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Northeast Minnesota and West half of Michigan. "New" Northwest Territory made up of Ohio and East half of Michigan. 

1809 - Illinois Territory organized from Indiana Territory, consisting of Wisconsin, Illinois and Northeast Minnesota. Indiana and Upper Michigan remaining in Indiana Territory. 

Note: The Northwest Territory, after 1816, was basically under the control and influence of the American Fur Company, owned by American millionaire John Jacob Aster, and a couple of Canadian firms. The company put one to two fur traders in charge, each with his own independent, but sometimes over-lapping area. This action was legitimized by the U.S. government, but hardly publicized in history. The company controlled almost all aspects of living within the Territory.

1818 - Illinois Territory dissolved, remainder added to Michigan Territory. 

1818 - Treaty with Great Britain sets Northern border at 49 degrees North, adding Northwest Minn. to the Missouri Territory. 

1834 - Lands East of the Missouri River in the Missouri Territory are transferred to the Michigan Territory. (Central/East N. Dakota and S. Dakota, Iowa and Western half of Minnesota.) 

1835 - Isaac S. Howard, age 18, and his 15 year old wife arrive from Vermont. Some historians credit one Patrick (Peter in another reference) Raferty as being the first settler. (Question - How can either Isaac or Patrick be considered the first when in Lannon and its quarries by Ruth Schmidt, she credits William Lannon as arriving a year earlier? Evidently Ruth's book is incorrect on this date.)

1836 - Wisconsin Territory created from Michigan Territory. Includes Wisconsin, Eastern Minn., and the area "East of the Missouri River" (Central/East N. Dakota and S. Dakota, Iowa and Western half of Minnesota.) 

1836 - the Wisconsin Territory is formed and the Milwaukee County Territory within it. By December, 1836 Dodge, Jefferson, Racine, Rock, Washington, and Walworth counties all left Milwaukee County to form their own separate county/town units. Also see 1838, 1839, and 1846.

1837 - Patrick Raferty's son, Francis, has the honor of being the first-born in the later to be Town of Menomonee. (see 1839).

1838 - Iowa Territory created from Wisconsin Territory. Consists of the area "East of the Missouri River" (Central/East N. Dakota and S. Dakota, Iowa and Western half of Minnesota). Eastern Minn. remains part of Wisconsin Territory. 

1838 - the Town of Lisbon is formed within the Milwaukee County Territory along with the Towns of Summit to the west), Muskego (to the southwest), and Mukwonago (to the south).

            Isaac S. Howard selling stone from his quarry (supposedly the earliest quarry in now Waukesha County) located on 80 acres just north of Good Hope Rd.. An 1859 atlas shows a Howard quarry and kiln on the southwest quarter of Section (one square mile) 17 in the Town of Menomonee (bounded on the south by Good Hope Rd., a quarter mile east of Lannon Rd. and to the north by Hwy 74 (Main St.). In 1959 a Howard quarry still existed on the site. 

1839/December 20 - the Town of Lisbon (which was 12 miles by 12 miles square) is split into the towns of Lisbon,  Menomonee (Township 8, Range 20, East), Pewaukee and Brookfield (each 6 miles by 6 miles square). This was approved by the Wisconsin Legislature, but not effective until after March 1, 1840. Each of the other three original Towns (see 1838) divided themselves up in like manner, but all still part of Milwaukee County. See 1846.

1849 - Wisconsin Territory dissolved, remainder (Eastern Minn.) and Iowa Territory dissolved, remainder (Central/East N. Dakota and S. Dakota, and Western half of Minnesota) are organized as the Minnesota Territory.


1840's - The area is still rather wild, some Menomonee tribe of Indians, with a few Chippewa, remained in the marshy lake land known as the "Wild Marsh" which was located between Fussville and Lannon.

1840 - the Town of Menomonee had a population of 59.

1841 - the newly formed Catholic congregation holds its' first occasional mass in a log cabin owned by the James Brogan family ( to the right is the cabin after being moved to the Old Falls Village historical park and  restoration was completed on 10/24/1982) with Father James Morissey. The cabin, the original place of worship became a sort of "mission" church of St. Dominic's. The small home near where Whiskey Corners Tavern is today (10/2000), was on the banks of a creek. In later years it became the property of Edward McLaughlin who was approached in 1979 by the Menomonee Falls Historical Society to move and restore it.    OR....

1842 - the first mass was conducted in the cabin by the Swiss born missionary priest, Father or Rev. Martin Kundig of Milwaukee. He was later to become the Vicar General of the Milwaukee Archdiocese.

          - William N. Lannon, born in Lough Co., Ireland on 10/20/1814, arrives in the area after coming to the U.S. in 1834; building a one room house with solid stone walls two to three feet thick on a farm of 218 acres costing $1.25 per acre.

          - Judge Dennis McCarthy and wife Sarah  arrive in the the Town of Menomonee claiming 80 acres in Section 19. Their son Thomas McCarty was born in Buffalo, NY., on 10/29/1838.

          - Other early settlers to the future Lannon Springs area were, Erastus S. Comstock, John Golden, Jeffery Burke, and T. Kinsley (same as L. Kinsley below?)

 1842/Apr. 5 - soon after, the first Town of Menomonee post office is created with William R. Hesk as its' first postmaster (whether it serviced the Lannon area residents is unknown but very likely).

1843 - a Mr. William M. Saunders and William Brown open a store in the vicinity of  what is to be called Lannon Springs (see 1847). They supposedly traded salt and flour for wood ashes to make soap which they used as barter for their supplies. It was said that anyone trading at Saunders & Brown could get goods at half price if he could tell a good story and pay in ashes.

            St. Dominic of Brookfield (then Marcy) was started and area Catholics traveled to Marcy for Sunday services.  [This may answer the 1848 question as to who donated the acre for St. James Cemetery. Willow Springs was to the south  and west (?) of William Lannon's property. According to the "History of Waukesha County - 1880", page 756,  it was Catholics from the area joining those from Brookfield to build a church there in 1843 - was this simply James Brogan's house converted or is the book wrong about the date, 1843 vs 1848? This same book says on page 752 that the "first church edifice (St. Anthony's) was erected at what is now Fussville, in 1846"]

1844/January - The first major road, the Menomonee Falls-Waukesha Road, was built through the future Lannon area. It ran from the Falls to the Lisbon Town line, then known as the "Lincoln Line" and later, Lannon Springs (see 1847), a distance of four miles and 63 rods; officially surveyed on June 7, 1845.

1846 - the Town of Menomonee becomes part of the newly created Waukesha County when the 16 western most towns split from Milwaukee County. The Town had a population of 902 (see 1840's population).

1847 - newly ordained (Sept 1847) Father James Colton arrives in the Lannon-Sussex area.  The Willow Springs area breaks away from St. Dominic's.

            William Lannon makes a plat of his land around the quarries he operates and calls it "Lannon Springs". There were two artesian springs on the farm property, one on the north side of present Hwy 74, and the other on the south side.

1848 - Father James Colton gets the support of the local congregation members to build a lannon stone church from a quarry, a quarter mile north. It's named St. James Catholic Church in his honor. Located in what was then "Willow Springs". Most of the Catholic Irish who settled in the area lived near this location. The land was donated from a portion of the William Lannon farm. (Here is another historical issue - Was it William N. Lannon or James Brogan who donated the land? (Editor's Note - according to historian Fred Keller, Mr. Lannon donated the (acre?) of land for the cemetery (though on page 756 in the "History of Waukesha County - 1880" - it states that one L. Kinsley donated one acre for the cemetery) and James Brogan an acre for the church and parsonage. ) Since St. James was built, it has been located at Willow Springs, Lannon Springs, Templeton (this is questionable, though Templeton's Post Office may have served the area for a time), Village of Lannon, then c. 1958 annexed by Menomonee Falls. (Editor's Note: Depending on the reference source, the location may be listed as "Lannon Spring" or "Lannon Springs", as with "Willow Spring" and "Willow Springs". At this time, it's not known what the original name for each was. William Lannon had at least two springs mentioned, one now south of present day Hwy 74 and the other to the north. Undoubtedly there are a number of additional springs in the area.) Of added interest, the men who built the church also built a long stone wall that nearly reached Lannon; it was still in place as late as the 1950's according to Fred Keller.

            - Mrs. Jeffery Burke, dies in 1848, and is first person buried in St. James Cemetery.

          - 1st doctor arrives in the Town of Menomonee; Dr. Salmon S. Clark, a native of Batavia, NY, who practices in the area for 38 yrs then moves on to the City of Waukesha in 1876.

        /Feb: Dennis McCarty dies and is buried in St. Dominic's cemetery but in October, 1862 his remains are dug up and moved to St. James.    


1850's - William N. Lannon marries Ann (Anna) Gallagher at St. James. Both were prominent members and were later buried in its' cemetery.

1854/May 10 - William N. Lannon opens a post office, of sorts, on his Lannon Springs farm.

1855 - at least a dozen quarries were shipping stone to Milwaukee by team and wagon. Most was paving stone. 

            Isaac Howard builds a kiln next to his quarry to make burned lime.

1859 - 1872 William N. Lannon's children are born, beginning with William P


1864/June 11: William Lannon submits an application for a postal station at his farmhouse under the name Lannon Springs. This post office was about 3/4 of a mile west of the present post office (Lannon and Good Hope Rds.) on Hwy 74.


1873 - A plat of this year shows that Isaac Howard's initial 80 acres has been reduced to 39 acres. The orig. acreage would have been the lower southwest portion of Section 17. Of this, the far east 20 acres, from north to south, were sold to Herman Harmon who operated it as a quarry up to at least 1899. A southwestern portion of 20 acres, running east to Herman Harmon, was sold to a G. Bench. 

    Of the 39 acres left of Howard's, the one remaining acre appears to be situated on what was to become the original school site on the southeast corner of present day Main St. and Lannon Rd. The 1873 plat map does show a structure existing there; more than likely the Howard family home with the kiln being built earlier to the northeast near the river fork. The map doesn't show it as being a school though, the nearest schools to the Howard land (which was almost centrally located between the two, were Willow Spring Jt. District No. 6 to the southwest, and Sunnyside School Jt.. School District No. 9 to the northeast.

1873 -  Lannon Spring's post office is discontinued and subscribers are told to pick up their mail in Sussex or Duplainville. See 1878.

1875 (circa) - Michael Keating builds the "Lannon Springs Hotel", described as "a model country caravansary". He allowed no "games" to be played in his establishment. (Question - Where was this located? Was this the Commercial Hotel later? Probably not - more likely the present-day "Whiskey Corner's" tavern.)

        - James Brogan dies at age 72 and is buried at St. James.

1878 - The "Atlas of Wisconsin, 1878", still shows a Lannon Springs post office. The document to the right shows the Town of Menomonee portion of this map-->

1879 - the first Menomonee Town Hall is erected in Section 16 on Town Hall Road, largely due to the efforts of Lannon's Thomas McCarty; otherwise the town board held meetings in a number of places, often to the inconvenience and irritation of its' members.

   If in 1879, the town hall was in section 16 (above first "O" in "Menomonee", it would have been just east of Lannon's Section 17 (see Land Division), on Town Hall Road around present-day Community Memorial Hospital. It would have been north of Good Hope Rd. and south of Menomonee Ave.

1881 - Eleven feet of snow fell during season, dubbed "the granddad of all snow winters".

1885 - a "dinky" train line is built from Lannon to Butler. 

         - Mrs. Rosanna Keenan dies at age 110 and is buried at St. James; possibly the oldest ever buried there. 

         - Mrs. E. J. DeLany, of Lannon, donates a bell to St. James nearly weighing one ton. Note: Bell inscribed "Delaney".

 

1886 - a new addition and a twenty foot wooden bell tower is added to St. James Catholic Church.

1889-1890: a railroad "spur" is built from Hadfield's Lannon quarries to his Waukesha operations.

1880's - 1890's: the heyday of the quarry business in Lannon.


1890's - Joseph Hadfield plats the quarries he purchased earlier (in what is now Menomonee Park and much of central Village of Lannon) calling it "Hadfield". See plat map circa 1890's . Hadfield has 4-room stone houses built for his Italian workers near the quarry (present day Menomonee Park); later he builds wooden framed houses on the edge of the quarry for the Polish workers (to be called :The Other Village").

              Unskilled quarry workers were paid 10-15 cents per hour, working 10 hour days and 6 days a week. Craftsmen were paid up to $2 a day, and machine operators were paid by the month.

1890/June 18: Olavius Olsen submits an application for a post office first to be named "Hadfield", crossed out and "Stone City" added, to be crossed out with "Lannon" as the name finally submitted. Application was approved on August 2nd. Question - Where did Stone City exist in relation to Hadfield and Lannon Spring?

1892 - the Village of Menomonee Falls is incorporated.

1894/Dec. - the subscription rate for weekly newspapers delivered by mail is $1.50 per year.

1895/Mar. - Waukesha Springs Brewing Co. purchased the Mr. Short store in Sussex with plans to start someone in business there to sell their beverage.

                - Rev. Grant of the Sussex Methodist Church assisted at a "revival meeting" staged in Lannon.

        / May/14 - founding date of St. John's Church in Lannon. A group of people gathered at the home of Gottfried Schmoller to establish a congregation. Membership grew to 20 during 1895. First service held at present day home at 7303 Vine St., today (1995) the home of Harvey Rossman. Pastor John Karrer held the service.

        / July, week of 4th - James Lewis, while working for J. Welsh in the Lannon Stone quarries, had a stone fall on him resulting in a compound fracture on his leg.

        / July, week of 11th - a discussion was made by 20-21 members of the St. John's Congregation (Lutheran) Church of Lannon to build a church. A Main St. lot was purchased for $50 and a wood church building of 40 by 28 ft was built at a cost of $955.

        /July, week of 25th - Ossie Monacelli dies at age 72.

        /Nov. - Extensive improvements were being made on the stock farm of the Schlitz Brewing Co. near Lannon (Mill Road hill). The 200 acres were fenced and three horse barns, 180 feet long, were constructed. Outbuildings and two homes were also planned, at a cost of over $18,000. The Uihlein owners of Schlitz planned to breed and keep horses at the farm, as well as other stock. 11/21/1895 SS 

        /Nov., week of 14th - Charles Hixon of Lannon smashed two fingers while coupling train cars.

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The Uihlein Bros. of Milwaukee are constructing a tower on what has been known as Cawley hill, now owned by them as a part of the stock farm of the Schlitz Brewing Co. The hill is the highest point in Menomonee township and Milwaukee, Waukesha and other places are easily visible from there. The tower will be sixty-two feet high with lookout.

source: Waukesha Freeman December 19, 1895, page 5 of 8

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1896/Dec. - a quartet of stonecutters from Lannon were hauled into the Waukesha Courthouse on charges of assault and battery.

1897/Apr. 13 - William Lannon, age 84, dies; born in Lough Co., Ireland; came to U.S. in 1834. In 1851 he owned a mill in Merton which he operated for 12 years.

        /Apr., week of 29th - the Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls & Superior Railroad (Bug Line) started carrying Sussex mail (Did they carry Lannon's mail too?)


1900's: early - Dennis McCarty and Mary E. Guilfoyle are married and moved into the old James Brogan cabin (see 1841).

The Commercial Hotel was built at the turn of the century by William Muzzy. It had a lot of borders, who lived in the hotel for extended periods of time. In the dining room a regular boarder's meal was served every day. Over the years (this photo was taken in about 1910) there have been many owners or operators of the tavern/hotel. Prominent among these are Peter Kieffer, Charly Horn, John Wessner (one of the first village trustees and Tony Wagner. Today it is known as "The Dugout".

1904 - the total "pew rent" collected from the 35 families in the parish for the year was $400. This supported not only St. James Church but St. Dominic's, a mission church of St. James.

1907 - the women at St. James start the St. Monica's Circle. Father Scheidel - pastor.

1909 - J. Flanagan Jr. of Lannon is the Town of Menomonee Clerk.

1910 - Massive concrete culverts are built to drain the Lannon-Willow springs on William Lannon's farm for the construction of the overpass of the North Western Railroad running through Whiskey Corners. The two springs form part of the Fox River headwaters.

1914 - See Hadfield Plat of 1914; more detail.

1915 - Lannon had become the center of  the building stone industry.

            A human skeleton, a sword and some crude pottery were unearthed on the Edward Cummin farm near Lannon. The skeleton was buried five feet in the ground. It was thought to be the remains of a member of a French exploring party.

1916 - The Lannon Volunteer Fire Company was organized . It succeeded the "Bucket Brigade", men who fought fires with pails and farmers' milk buckets.

 

1921 - the twenty foot wooden bell tower at St. James Catholic Church burns after being struck by lightning. The present fortress-like cupola was built in its' place by parish member and stone cutter, Al. Coppersmith.

1923/Sept. - Miss Conberg of Hartland is teaching at Willow Springs School.

1924/Sept. - Templeton and Sussex combine to form the Village of Sussex (though not until after a lengthy fight to preserve one another).

1927/5/27 - The Lannon town team lost to Hartland in a 7-inning contest by the score of 9 to 6. Since they have an open date this season, the Lannon School Team dares the town team to cross bats with them. "Basting and Lodan, hear  this. What about a game?"

                - The Lannon Sand and Stone Co. purchased a new caterpillar last week.

                - James Walter went to visit at Dr. Berndt's ( Dentist only or MD?) last Friday and left without one of his teeth.

                - Pineapples for canning at The Held Cash Store.

1927 - Ray Semrow (cousin of Mike Reilly), age 16, fresh out of Willow Spring School, begins working at Walter's Meat Market, driving truck during the day, and being a meat cutter at night.

1928 - a vote to incorporate Lannon as a village fails.

1928/July 4: the Lannon Volunteer Fire Company  hold a dance at Maas Grove. The big open-air pavilion will be erected for the dancing and music furnished by the Nettesheim Playboys. Lannon had just purchased a Pirsch 500 gallon pumper and the proceeds from the picnic-dance will be used to pay for the purchase.

1928/Dec: Steam boiler blows up - Al Feltes' Lannon Garage, which sells Dodge cars and trucks, had a boiler explosion. Fortunately, the explosion occurred near midnight when no one was on the premises. The explosion pushed the concrete block building several feet out of plumb and left a gaping hole, wide enough to be driven through, in the northwest wall. The explosion could be heard for over a mile and woke most of the village.

1929/2/8: MFN - Because her husband soaked her with kerosene and attempted to kill her, Anna Ackermann received a divorce from Lawrence Ackermann upon grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment. The two have property valued at $7,000 according to the plaintiff. In a counter suit, the defendant alleged that his wife insisted that Robert Manake live and board with them and that she has been seeking Manake's company. He also denied that he had property valued at more than $2,500. The plaintiff was awarded a decree and had her maiden name before marriage restored, which was Anna Gossfeld.

        Messrs John J. Flanagan, Edward Vanderboom, Alvin Walter, Tony Quartaro, William Miller, John Wessner, and Albert Feltes were among our local citizens who were present in Circuit Court at Waukesha this week, in the hearing before Judge C.M. Davidson on the application to incorporate the Village of Lannon.

        Town Clerk Fred Gissal in Milwaukee on business this weekend.

        The Richard Walsh quarry is quite busy these winter months getting out building material for some of the best dwellings in the big cities. 

        The Lannon Volunteer Fire Company 's Annual midwinter ball at Schmitz's Hall held this week was well attended and a very fine time reported by all who attended.

1929/Nov.: Ed Wildisch, proprietor of the Willow Spring Road House (corner of Mill Road and Hwy 74 - today's "Whiskey Corners") was stabbed in the chest just above the heart by Charles Trish, a railroad worker living in Sussex. Wildisch's life was saved by a rib that deflected the knife. Tisch has gotten into an argument with Wildisch who ordered him to leave the roadhouse. Sheriff's Deputies captured Tisch and charged him with assault. He was convicted. Wildisch survived the attack and returned to work six months later.

1930/Jan or late 1929. - The Town of Menomonee refuses a request by Lannon residents to allow installation of a few street lights; uniting residents under the theme "Let there be light in Lannon" to push for incorporation as a village.

Village of Lannon History Pre-Incorporation > After Incorporation 1930-1959 > Lannon History 1960-1989 > The 1990's to the Present  


Retrospect: News clippings convey flavor of Olde Lannon

As the 1928-29 years rolled in, Lannon was taken up with the effort to incorporate as a village. After a few false starts, it finally succeeded in 1930.

Here are some newspaper clippings (paraphrased) I found from that era.

Dec. 28, 1928

In what might have been a very serious incident at most any other time of the day, about midnight last Thursday night the boiler at the Lannon Garage (today the Lannon Post Office building) blew up. The explosion was so loud it could be heard for miles around. Many fast-asleep villagers thought a dynamite shack at one of the local quarries had blown up.

In fact, though, the proprietor, Mr. Felton, worked late that night and left at 11 p.m. The last thing he did was attend to the fire keeping the boilers going that heated the garage.

Less than an hour later, the heating plant was in ruins and the building shattered. A hole had been torn in the concrete floor, the northwest corner of the building had a gaping hole in it so large a car could have used it for an exit, and the concrete block walls were pushed out of plumb, in some cases by two feet.

This sequence of disasters was investigated by the Lannon Volunteer Fire Co., which discovered that a previous boiler repair had not been properly done or inspected.

A Lannon Fire Co. member said that if people had been present at the explosion, "The result would certainly have been disastrous."

July 4, 1929

The Lannon Fire Co. held a Fourth of July picnic and dance at Maas Grove. A big open-air pavilion was erected for refreshments, the Nettesheim Play Boys band and dancers. The funds raised will pay for a new 500-gallon Presch pumper firetruck.

Nov. 9, 1928

The proprietor of what was then the Willow Springs Roadhouse at Whiskey Corners (Town Line and Mill roads), Edward Wildisch suffered wounds to his leg and chest. The chest wound was just above his heart, but the police report said a rib bone bent the knife blade upward, saving his life.

The assailant, railroad section hand Charles Tisch, went to the roadhouse Sunday evening and got into an argument with Wildisch, who ordered him to leave. Police took Tisch to the Waukesha County Jail, where he was charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm.

Sept. 6, 1929

A combination of circumstances, misunderstandings, bad telephone communication, people passing half-accurate information on to others and mangling of the facts in the process erupted in Lannon this past week.

It all began when the driver of a little Ford coupe, possibly under the influence tried to turn his car around in front of the August Gius home, only to end up with his wheels in a ditch. He then went to the Gius home for help. Mrs. Gius called the Lannon garage at 11:15 p.m., but no one answered . She then called the Louis Gissal tavern. It was a bad connection, however, and Gissal misinterpreted the message, figuring it was a car accident and possibly a fire.

Gissal then raced over to the Main Street fire station and rang the fire bell, alerting the whole village. The firefighters responded, and dashed off to the Gius home, only to find the coupe with its wheels in the ditch.

The incident attracted a lot of onlookers, who nearly lifted the car onto firm ground. So many people drove to the scene, including some late-arriving firefighters, that they created a traffic jam that took an hour to clear.

When the little coupe finally returned to the road, its starter would not engage.

Knowing Lannon's old-time firefighters, I figure that incident gave them a lot to talk about after they got back to the fire station and the village's many taverns. (Though Prohibtion was still the law of the land, Lannon prided itself in those vendors of "snake-bite remedies.")

 

 

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