Sunday, November 26, 2006

Some impressive Madison Central High School alumni connections to Xerox Corporation and Universal Studios

I've just completed two posts on the Madison Central High School history blog listing the members of the Class of 1910 by surname: A-L and M-W.

There are lots of interesting people in the class, but you may be surprised to learn that two of your fellow alumni became high-level executives at the companies that were the precursors to Xerox Corporation and Universal Studios. Homer Piper, who was class orator, became chairman of the board of Haloid Company, the company that eventually became Xerox Corporation. Harry Grinde became an executive at Universal Film, a company founded by one-time Wisconsin resident Carl Laemmle, that eventually became Universal Studios.

You can read some more about these men on the history blog. Remember to use the links to access additional information.

When you read the two class lists, you'll see that there are still a lot of alumni about whom I have no information. If you can provide any additional information about any of these alumni, please send me an e-mail or leave a comment.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

A visit to Monona Terrace, or it's always disappointing when a public space is closed to the public

Friday was a very nice day indeed, even if it wasn't as extraordinary as Thanksgiving Day. Since I had to make a trip to Downtown Madison to pick up my mail, I decided to bring my camera and take some photos of (and from) the William T. Evjue Rooftop Garden of the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. Big, bad surprise: It was closed. In fact the entire building was closed, even though the Monona Terrace website says it's open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There were also other disappointed people trying to visit Monona Terrace. I can go back another day, but most of the people I talked to were from out of town.

While trying to find an unblocked entry to the Rooftop Garden, I noticed a group of people using the covered walkway that connects the Hilton Hotel to Monona Terrace (see photo below), so I walked in that direction, thinking it might provide access to the Rooftop Garden via elevator. But the elevator was programmed to go down (to the lake level), not up to the roof.

I took the photo below through the glass of the walkway. I was looking east, toward B.B. Clarke Beach (which doesn't appear in the photo because it's farther to the right). The multi-storied building on the left is the Fauerbach Condominiums, built on the site of the former Fauerbach Brewery, which has a definite Central connection. Karl Fauerbach, a member of the family that owned and operated the Fauerbach Brewery in Madison from 1848 until 1966, graduated from Madison High School (later renamed Central High School) in 1917.

But my favorite photo of the afternoon has to be this one of the two children who climbed up on the railings to catch a good look at Lake Monona from the end of the walkway.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Unearthing some "lost" Madison history: a video featuring old bones, old cars, old cemeteries and a mention of the Greenbush

Last night, the 10 o'clock news on WISC-TV had an extremely interesting in-depth report -- "Unearthing History: The Mystery Begins" -- about some forgotten Madison history that was "rediscovered" after construction workers working on the expansion of St. Mary's Hospital discovered a box of bones. The story involves Indian Mounds and the old Catholic cemetery, but it also features some terrific vintage film footage of old cars driving around what looks like parts of South Madison.

Whether you're a South Sider, a fan of Henry Vilas Zoo, or just fascinated with Madison history, I think you would have enjoyed watching "Unearthing History" last night. But don't worry too much if you missed its debut. Thanks to the Internet, you can view this segment again (and again) on WISC-TV's website: Click HERE to go to the section of the web site featuring the video. Depending on the size of your monitor, you may have to scroll down a bit to find the controls for the video. You'll probably also have to watch a brief commercial, but I think it's a small price to pay for an opportunity to watch this video segment.

At one point in "Unearthing History" there's a brief glimpse of the Wisconsin Historical Marker for the site of the former Greenbush Cemetery. I've included a photo I took of the marker last year, so you may if you wish, read what's on it (double click on the image in your browser window to enlarge it).

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Central High School alumnus who served four terms as a United States Senator

Can you identify the alumnus pictured on the left? He was a member of the Madison [Central] High School Class of 1919, where he was a member of the Tychoberahn staff and the dramatics club. He and his future wife, also a member of the Class of 1919, attended the University of Wisconsin, graduating in 1923. In 1944, Oregon voters elected him to the U.S, Senate, where he ultimately served four terms.

If you're not familiar with this distinguished alumnus, you haven't visited the Madison Central High School history blog lately. Maybe you should do so right now. Click HERE for the main post and HERE to see what this dynamic duo looked like when they were high school seniors.

An elections specialist and some former elected officials

This photo appeared in an earlier post titled "Why Are these Guys Laughing?" It appears again today because this is election day and at least some of these guys -- maybe all of them -- held elective office. Do you remember which one was student council president? Did you know that one of them currently works for the Wisconsin State Elections Board?