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The first white settlers, part of the Western Emigration Company, arrived in the early 1830s from Hannibal and Troy, New York, led by John Bullen, Jr., who sought to purchase enough land for a town. Thwarted in Milwaukee and Racine, the group arrived at Pike Creek on 6 June 1835, building log homes at first and, later, homes of frame, native stone, and brick. The first school and churches followed by 1835, with platting completed in 1836. As more settlers arrived and the first post office was established, the community was first known as Pike Creek in 1836. In the ensuing years, the area became an important Great Lakes shipping port, and in 1837, the village was renamed Southport, a name which lives on as a southeast-side neighborhood, park, and elementary school, and has been adopted by several businesses.

In 1850, another change brought the growing city (and later Kenosha County) its current title, an Anglicized version of the early name Kinoje.

Between 1902 and 1988, Kenosha produced millions of automobiles and trucks under marques such as Jeffery, Rambler, Nash, Hudson, LaFayette, and American Motors Corporation (AMC).

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January 1898
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1854 - Kenosha
Kenosha, formerly Southport, a flourishing town of Southport township, capital of Kenosha county, Wisconsin, on the W. shore of Lake Michigan, 65 miles N. from Chicago, and 35 miles S. from Milwaukee. It is the most southern lake port in Wisconsin, and has a good harbor and piers. The town was commenced in 1836 ; in 1840 it had 337 inhabitants : since which date it has increased very rapidly. The adjacent country is a beautiful, fertile prairie, in which extensive improvements have been made. A plank- road about 20 miles long connects this place with Fox river, of Illinois, and railroads are in progress to Chicago, Milwaukee, and Rock river. The chief articles of export are wheat, flour, oats, pork, and wool. The town contains 1 bank and 3 newspaper offices. Population, in 1850, 3455; in 1853, about 6000.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1895 - Kenosha
Kenosha, a city, capital of Kenosha co., Wis., is on Lake Michigan, 10 miles S. of Racine, 34 miles S. of Milwaukee, and 51 miles N. by W. of Chicago. It is connected with these cities by the Milwaukee division of the Chicago 3. Northwestern Railroad, and is the E. terminus of a rail road which extends to Rockford, Ill. It has a good harbor, extensive fisheries, and an active business in shipping wheat and other products. It contains a court-house, a high school, a national bank, 2 water-cures, varied and extensive manufactures, and printing-offices which issue 3 weekly newspapers. Pop. in 1880, 5039; in 1890, 6532.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1916
Kenosha, a city, capital of Kenosha co.. Wis., it on Lake Michigan, 34 miles S. of Milwaukee, and on the Chicago and Northwestern R. It has a good harbor, extensive fisheries, and an active business in shipping. It has academic schools (Kemper Hall) and extensive manufactures of type- writers, metal-beds, wagons, automobile-lamps, organ-reeds, etc Pop. in 1890, 6532 ; in 1900, 11,606.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
1928 - Teens Die at Rail Crossing
30 teens, mostly the children of Kenosha's Social elite. went on a scavenger hunt. There were a total of eight cars in the hunt. 3 of the cars met up at a railroad crossing on 12th avenue and 75th street . There was a freight train going northbound and they all stopped. As soon as the freight train passed, One car sped over the tracks okay but there was a passenger train going southbound that none of them saw. The train hit the next two cars and pushed them down the tracks about 100 feet. The cars were crushed. The dead included:
Ferrin Alford, 17
Lowell Smith, 16
Richard Hastings, 17
Alice Judd
Mary Slater, 18

All civic affairs were called off and private New Year parties were cancelled.
Kenosha Evening News
Kenosha, Wisconsin
December 31, 1928
1932 - Woman Killed, 23 Hurt as Electric Train Quits Track
By The Associated Press
KENOSHA, Wis., Aug. 20. - A Chicago woman was killed and 23 persons were injured when a north shore electric train left the rails and plowed into a field three miles south of here this afternoon.

A hundred passengers were thrown about in the careening cars. Those in the first car were hurled violently from floor to ceiling as it rolled into the field.

Mrs. E. W. Masden, 45, Chicago, was killed. She, and most of those injured, were riding in the first car.

C. Lichfield, Chicago, the motorman, could give no reason for the wreck nor could the conductor, H. L. Mead, Highland Park, Ill.
Abilene Morning Reporter-News
Abilene, Texas
August 21, 1932
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Kenosha:
Kenosha Public Museum:

Dive into Kenosha's history at this museum. It features exhibits on natural history, fine arts, decorative arts, and more. Best of all, it's free!

Kenosha HarborMarket:

If you're visiting on a Saturday, check out the Kenosha HarborMarket. It's a bustling farmers' market with fresh produce, artisan goods, and live music.

Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets:

For the shopaholics, this outlet mall offers a range of high-end brands at discounted prices.

Kenosha Sculpture Walk:

Take a stroll through downtown and appreciate the outdoor art scene. The Kenosha Sculpture Walk showcases various sculptures created by local and national artists.

Simmons Island Beach:

Relax on the shores of Lake Michigan at Simmons Island Beach. It's a great spot for picnics, beach volleyball, or just soaking up the sun.

Jerry Smith Produce and Pumpkin Farm:

If you're in town during the fall, this is a must-visit. Enjoy a fun day of pumpkin picking, hayrides, and ... Read MORE...

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

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male ancestorSimon KREBS (10 October 1849, , Bavaria, Germany - 5 July 1924, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA (Southport))
female ancestorZellia Zoe CAYO (19 January 1856, Mishicot, Wisconsin, USA - 15 August 1924, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA (Southport))
female ancestorHenrietta "Hattie" CAYO (30 April 1865, Mishicot, Wisconsin, USA - 1940, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA (Southport))
female ancestorHenrietta E STELPMAN (1866, , Saxony, Germany - 3 November 1959, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA (Southport))
photo of Richard Robert VOGELRichard Robert VOGEL (20 June 1868, , Saxony, Germany - 1950, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA (Southport))
female ancestorClara CAYO (17 November 1874, Mishicot, Wisconsin, USA - 12 December 1960, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA (Southport))
female ancestorHazel Davison LEONARD (8 July 1875, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA (Southport) - 8 September 1944, Shelby, Lake, Indiana, USA)
male ancestorHerbert Martin SMITH (19 August 1887, De Kalb, New York, USA - 30 March 1967, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA (Southport))
male ancestorHoward B KREBS (July 7,1918, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA (Southport) - March 23,1985, Williamstown, New Jersey, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

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male ancestorJohn Calhoun SINGLETON (29 July 1872 - January 1967) and female ancestorHazel Davison LEONARD (8 July 1875 - 8 September 1944) married 21 May 1901

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