1909 Greenwood, Wisconsin History; Originally published by Max C. Baldwin in the Greenwood Gleaner, 1

History: Greenwood, Wisconsin (1909) Greenwood Gleaner 29 Jul 1909)

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----Source: 1909 Greenwood History, Originally published by Max C. Baldwin in the Greenwood Gleaner, Enhanced and edited and compiled with various photo collections by Janet & Stan Schwarze.  Copyright 2008



1909 Greenwood History

Originally published by Max C. Baldwin in the Greenwood Gleaner

Enhanced and edited and compiled by Janet & Stan Schwarze.

Copyright 2008


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Source: Greenwood Gleaner 01/13/1910



Residence of Allen Smith Armstrong

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Mr. A. S. Armstrong immigrated to Greenwood in the year 1876 and worked at different occupations, including farming, until April 1905, when he purchased the livery business of Chris Brick, retaining those quarters that are now known as the Buker barn, until 1907, when he purchased the present commodious quarters (pictured above) from John Shanks.


Mr. Armstrong is one of our prosperous and up-to-date businessmen, and believes in progressing with the times.  In addition to a first-class livery, Mr. Armstrong installed a large new touring car last summer which is at the public service.


Brief Retrospect was one of the columns initiated by Max C. Baldwin for Greenwood Gleaner when he became editor of the paper July 29, 1909.  Unfortunately, his association with the publication ended June 2, 1910 and his "Retrospect" column entirely too brief for those of us who appreciate the same love for history.  Following are some of the pieces he provided for his readers.


August 5, 1909


18 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- John Shanks built an addition to his hotel;  Four carloads of freight were received at the R.R. Station on Monday;  The foundation for Dr. G. L. Buland's store was completed;  A good many citizens went to the Eau Claire river for blueberries; A consignment of planking for new sidewalks was received; The Ladies' Aid of the Baptist met at the home of Mrs. Cornick on Friday; The Darktown Comedy Co. held fort at Shank's hall Monday and Tuesday nights and gave a very creditable performance; G.O. Setler received a carload of lime and 3 of brick on Monday for the new bank building;  Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. B. Begley gave them a pleasant surprise in honor of their tenth wedding anniversary.


15 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK -- Mrs. W. H. Mead had a stone foundation put under her home on Harrison St.;  D. Justice and wife went to Sparta to attend a party given for his mother in honor of her 80th birthday; Forest fires stopped railroad traffic to Greenwood from the east for almost a week; The Ladies' Aid Society of the M.E. Church gave a supper and served ice cream at the parsonage Friday evening; Rev. I. R. Brown held morning and evening services in Shank's hall on Sunday; Forest fires  completely wiped out the city of Phillips, the county seat of Price County on Friday night, July 27, 1894 and hundreds were left in destitute circumstances.  Supplies of every description were shipped to them from all parts of the county.  On Tuesday night following, a heavy and much needed rain helped to put out the fires and cool the atmosphere;  James Bryden received a telegram Sunday morning from his brother at Phillips stating that his brother's wife and child were drowned in the lake while trying to escape the ravages of the fire that destroyed that city on Friday night.  A later telegram stated that Mr. Bryden's wife and two children were drowned instead of wife and one child;  Mr. and Mrs. Fred Woodkey lost their 5 week's old baby Sunday, July 20, 1894;  At a late hour on the evening of July 21, 1894, the northern bridge over the Black river at Black River Falls went down with a traction engine, killing a team of horses and badly injuring 3 men; A number of the ladies of this city enjoyed an outing and picnic at Longwood.  It is stated that the picnic lacked the spice of the male sex to make it a complete success;  The people were badly frightened Friday night over fires that had been started on the south side of Rock Creek to burn out some stumps.  The fire got across the creek and into the woods east of Kippenhan's.  The timely assistance of citizens with pails soon got the fire under control.


10 YEARS AGO WEEK -- Attorney P.E. Peterson, H. W. Bryden and F. M Carter represented Greenwood at the county capitol on Wednesday;  H. W. Hunt painted his store;  The Woodman Dramatic Co. played "The Woodman Soldier" at the Woodman Hall Saturday evening;  a healthy girl (Laura Mina b. July 30, 1899, wife of Karl Laube) was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Abel on the West Side Sunday evening;  W. H. Palms build some new steps at the schoolhouse;  The carpenter work on the Wollenberg building was started under the direction of S. H. Butcher and B. L. Bailey.


Main Street Greenwood, 1909 ca.

(click on the photos to enlarge them)


The red brick building was built in 1899 by Christian Wollenberg.  It was later sold and fashioned into the Central Hotel which was eventually purchased by the Howard's and renamed, "The Howard Hotel".  Today (nearly 100 years later), it is still standing and houses the Standiford Insurance on the ground floor and the upper floor is divided into rental units.  The City Drug Store (to the far right) was owned by Peter W. Gullord.


The reverse of this postcard is addressed to Roxie Smith, Marathon, New York and mailed by Rufus E. Thuirg from Greenwood, Wisconsin, Nov. 2, 1912.

Dear Friend,

Recd your postal few days ago. Many thank for your Photo. I will have min taken soon then I will send one to you. I was to a halloween Party last night had a fine tie. Well write soon.

From Same as b/4, Rufus E. Thuirg.


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