Jefferson County and World War I

Date in History: Pre 1920’s Over 1600 men and women from Jefferson County served in the armed forces during World War I. Most of the men from the Fort Atkinson area served in the 32nd “Red Arrow” Division, which had a very distinguished war record in...

Women’s Suffrage

Date in History: 1920 In 1906, the great American feminist, Susan B. Anthony, died. As president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association she had fought tenaciously for the right of women to vote. In 1920, fourteen years after her death, the nineteenth...

Fort Atkinson Waterworks

Date in History: 1901 Throughout the nineteenth century, residents in the growing community of Fort Atkinson got their water from the Rock River or from private wells. By 1900, however, many Fort citizens were agitated that our slow town was still without a public...

Uncle Sam on the Rock River

Date in History: 1898 The Rock River travels 310 miles from Horicon’s glacial lake deposits to Rock Island, Illinois where it meets the Mississippi River. One hundred years ago the Rock River was a great source of recreation for the people of Fort Atkinson. A number...

Trash Collection

Date in History: 1830s on TWhat did the citizens of Fort Atkinson do with their garbage before garbage trucks and recycle plants? Early settlers did not have the amount of material goods (and hence garbage) that we now have so they often simply buried it in the...

Train Crash of 1859

Date in History: October 1859 In September of 1859 everyone in the county was celebrating the new Chicago-Northwestern railroad line that had just opened for service. This excitement quickly waned, however, after the first train wreck occurred just a month later. It...
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