From his early years playing in church bands and studying mandolin, to picking up the drums to perform in early jazz orchestras and with military bands in the 1910s and 1920s, to a long career as a leader of his own dance band, Clifford Hoene was perhaps one of the most experienced and prolific Wausa-area musicians of his time.
A picture from the 1932 Wisconsin Valley Fair reveals an usual time in the musical history of Marathon County. For six years, this group of young women challenged traditional roles for female music, by performing across Central Wisconsin using the saxophone.
In 1939, the Wausau Daily Record-Herald published an article, and some members of the public did not catch on that it was a fake story and that it was April Fool's Day.
Although only around six years apart, the two public gatherings on Wausau's Third Street shown in these postcards reveal the changing attitudes towards German-Americans in the 1910s.
In 1979, Ed Schoenberger constructed his public art installation, "The Pinery," which led to vigorous discussion and debate.
During his youth in the early 1880s, John H. Koehler remembered being enamored with the ginseng plants he encountered in the shaded forest near his family farm in Hamburg Township. Although it would take a few years before he returned to the crop, Koehler would become a major figure in the development of the industry.
The results of and information about the historic picture judging at our booth this year at the Wisconsin Valley Fair.