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Racine, Wisconsin, USA - No More Darning Racine Feet, 10 Cents Racine Knitting Co., Racine, Wis.  The Ladies Home Journal March 1898

Racine is home to InSinkErator, manufacturers of the first garbage disposal.

Racine was also historically home to the Horlicks malt factory, where malted milk balls were first developed, and the Western Publishing factory where Little Golden Books were printed.


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Racine, Wisconsin, USA

No More Darning
Racine Feet, 10 Cents
Racine Knitting Co., Racine, Wis.

The Ladies' Home Journal
March 1898

Racine, Wisconsin, USA

For Christmas Nothing More Appropriate Than Our Brilliant Cut Glass
S.C. Johnson Manufacturer, Racine Junction, Wis.

The Ladies' Home Journal
December 1898

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Columbia Corners, Racine, Wis.

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Harbor Scene, Racine, Wis.

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Cook Ely
Photographic Artist
Racine, Wisconsin

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Lake Michigan from Top of Court House, Racine, Wisconsin

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  • 1854 - Racine
    Racine, a city of Wisconsin, and capital of Racine county, is situated on the W. shore of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of Root river, 25 miles S. by E. from Milwaukee, and 70 miles N. from Chicago. It is the second city of the state in population and commerce, and has one of the best harbors on the lake, formed by the mouth of the river, which admits vessels drawing 12 feet of water. The city is built on a plain elevated about 40 feet above the surface of the lake. It is laid out in regular blocks, with wide streets, and contains a number of fine public buildings ; among which is the Racine college, founded by the Episcopal Church. Racine contains 12 Protestant, and 2 Catholic churches, a central high-school, and a bank in success full operation. Several newspapers are published here. The commercial advantages of this port have attracted considerable capital, and there are 10 warehouses and 126 mercantile houses in various branches of business. Over $60,000 have been expended by the... Read MORE...

  • News  1870 - At Racine, Wis, on the 4th, a boy rammed a gravel into a pistol, which, on firing, burst the barrel, the stone entering his thigh and severing the femoral artery, so that he soon bled to death.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    July 16, 1870
  • 1871 - Dr. John Carhart, a Methodist minister and physician from Racine, designed and built the first steam-powered automobile. It had wagon wheels and a two-cylinder steam engine. resources/ state-facts/ wisconsin.html
  • News  1872 - Returned Interest
    Seven years ago, a man living near Racine, Wis., lost a pocket-book, containing $70 in cash. The other day he received by mail the interest on the $70 for seven years, a piece of the pocket-book, and a promise that the principal should be returned so soon as the borrower could afford to do so.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    March 16, 1872
    Racine, Wis., Sept. 23. - A heavy hail storm prevailed here yesterday afternoon. Little damage was done, as there was no wind at the time. Some of the hail stones measured an inch and a half in diameter. The glass in the skylight of MRS. HART'S store was badly broken. Sixteen lights of glass were broken out of GUENTHER'S factory on Sixth Street.
    Racine, Wis., Sept. 23. - The storm yesterday afternoon was a very severe one. The streets were flooded and cellars inundated, and on Chatham Street, a revetment wall, owned by M. B. ERSKINS, was washed out, the damage amounting to $1,000. The clothing store os S. WOLFF, on the corner of Main and Fourth Streets, was flooded, caused by the water conductors on the roof of the building clogging. The clothing was soaked with water and $1,200 damages done. The hailstones averaged in size from a bullet to a small hen's egg and fell to the depth of half an inch. At least 5,000 panes of glass were broken in the city, greenhouses being the principal... Read MORE...

  • 1887 - Racine food manufacturer William Horlick invented malted milk. The Horlick Malted Milk Company, started in 1875, was a pioneer in dried milk production. resources/ state-facts/ wisconsin.html
  • 1895 - Racine
    Racine, a city of Wisconsin, and county seat of Racine co., is situated on the W. shore of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of Root River, 25 miles S. by E. of Milwaukee, and 62 miles N. of Chicago. It is the second city of the state in population and commerce, and has one of the best harbors on the lake. The city is handsomely laid out, with wide streets crossing at right angles, and contains the court house, St. Luke's Hospital, the Taylor Orphan Asylum, new city hall, the new post-office, and the massive buildings of the "University of the West and Northwest" (Protestant Episcopal), formerly known as Racine College. Racine has 37 churches, large threshing-machine-works and woollen mills, 3 extensive wagon-factories, a steel-plough-factory, 11 fanning-mill-factories, 9 tanneries, linseed-oil-works, foundries, machine-shops, wire-works, 3 pump-factories, 5 glove- and mitten-factories, and manufactories of pianos, cotton batting, and flax. Three national banks and 1 private bank have a... Read MORE...

  • February 20, 1898 - Eastern Wisconsin experienced their biggest snowstorm of record. Racine received thirty inches.
    Special to The New York Times.
    Racine, Wis., Feb. 19. - One hundred and twenty insane men and women from the county hospital are being brought into the city from the hospital tonight on a special train as a result of a fire tonight which destroyed the structure valued at $100,000, and drove the inmates into the open air with the temperature below zero.

    The attendants, as soon as the fire started, hastened to release the patients from their cells, and, though several escaped, all were secured and no lives were lost.

    There were exciting times as the mad patients raved at sight of the flames, and it is feared that two women will die of exposure. The patients will be quartered at the Court House and City Hall until new quarters are secured.
    The New York Times
    New York, New York
    February 20, 1904
  • 1906
    Racine, a city and the county scat of Racine co., Wis., is situated on the W. shore of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the Root River, 23 miles S. by E. of Milwaukee, on the Chicago and Northwestern and the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Rs. It is the third city of the state in population and has one of the best harbors on the lake. The city is handsomely laid out and contains a number of stately public buildings. It has important manufacturing industries which are represented by large threshing- machine works, woollen-mills, wagon-, steel-plough, and fanning-mill factories, tanneries, breweries, linseed-oil and chemical-works, foundries, machine-shops, boiler- and wire- works, glove-, mitten- and shoe-factories, and manufactories of general hardware, iron, brass, and copper. Among the city's institutions are Racine College, St. Catharine's Academy, and Taylor Orphan Asylum. Racine was first settled in 1835 and incorporated as a city in 1848. Pop. in 1890, 21,014; in 1900, 29,102.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
  • 1916 - City of Racine
    Racine, the seat of justice of Racine County and the second largest city in the State of Wisconsin, is located on the shore of Lake Michigan, in the Town of Mount Pleasant, and at the mouth of the Root River. Actual surveys show that the court house is situated in latitude 42' 43' 45" north and longitude 87' 47' 01" west. The name "Racine" is of French origin and was in all probability first applied to the locality by the Jesuit missionaries when they visited the locality in the Seventeenth Century. It means, as nearly as can be determined, "a river filled with tangled roots," and was given to the river that flows into Lake Michigan at that point, though the Indian name of the stream was "Chip-pe-cotton," which means "root." Philo White, writing on the subject of the name in 1845, says: "Racine, in French, means not only root as applied to trees, shrubs and plants, but also signifies the principal, the base, the source, the foundation; and hence a French writer says, Je crois qu'il... Read MORE...

  • News  1920 - ARTIST LOSES BRIDE IN STORM ON LAKE. Former Anna Mitchell, Painter, of this City, Washed from Motor Boat Off Racine.

    Husband, Whose First Wife Way Elizabeth Flynn, Sought Thus to Save Her.

    Special to the New York Times.

    CHICAGO, Sept. 12. - A thrilling story of having clung to his overturned motor boat six miles out in Lake Michigan off Racine, Wis., for eighteen hours and seeing his bride of six weeks, whom he at chained to the centreboard, washed off by the waves after an eight-hour struggle, was told tonight by John A. Jones, a landscape artist, following his rescue. His bride was Anna Mitchell, a portrait painter of New York. No trace of her body has been found.

    Mr. Jones was rescued by the fishing tug William, Jr., and is in a serious condition at a Racine hospital.

    Mr. Jones and his bride were on their honeymoon. Jones obtained a divorce last July from his first wife, who was Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, the Socialist, and married Miss Mitchell at Crown Point, Aug. 13. Her family had objected to the match, and so the two eloped.

    They had left Chicago on...

  • 1936 - June 18 - 1st bicycle traffic court in America established, Racine, WI

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Racine, Wisconsin, USA

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female ancestorLucy Ann THORNTON (11 December 1815, Cayuga County, New York, USA - 18 February 1863, Racine, Wisconsin, USA)
female ancestorJuliette MANCHESTER (1838, , New York, USA - 21 June 1851, Racine, Wisconsin, USA)
male ancestorTheodore Dwight Weld MANCHESTER (18 October 1840, Cayuga County, New York, USA - 1916, Racine, Wisconsin, USA)
male ancestorFaron Frederick SALTER (3 January 1843, Racine, Wisconsin, USA - 28 November 1887, )
female ancestorClarissa (Clara) MANCHESTER (1859, , Wisconsin, USA - 23 March 1891, Racine, Wisconsin, USA)
female ancestorNettie Belle WARNER (11 August 1877, Racine, Wisconsin, USA - 18 November 1960, Brady, Lincoln County, Nebraska, USA)
male ancestorAlfred Augustus SHERBY (15 December 1883, Racine, Wisconsin, USA - 27 December, 1980, Hollywood, Florida, USA)
photo of Marie Violet Ann COOPERMarie Violet Ann COOPER (28 March 1891, Racine, Wisconsin, USA - 15 September 1959, Chicago, Illinois, USA)
female ancestorGlenola Mary LAMERAUX (01 August 1906, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin - 31 January 1983, Racine, Wisconsin, USA)

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male ancestorRobert PETERSON ( - ) and female ancestorClarissa (Clara) MANCHESTER (1859 - 23 March 1891) married 24 April 1880
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