Posts Tagged ‘PPA 4 – Death’

Hausmann’s Capital Brewery

Sunday, August 1st, 2010
Hausmann Brewery Trademark

Hausmann Brewery Trademark

In the early days of Madison, Hausmann’s Capital Brewery served beer and free lunch at the site of their brewery on the corner of State and Gorham streets.  Their operation was quite successful. By the 1880s, the brewery was producing 8,000 barrels of beer per year, and just prior to Prohibition, this reached an astonishing 35,000 barrels per year — that’s about 1 million gallons!

In 1907, local temperance laws were enacted in Madison to protect the public, and more precisely, the University of Wisconsin students, from the evil effects of alcohol. A dry zone of a half-mile was created around the UW campus, but luckily the zone fell just short of the Hausmann’s brewery. Even in the depths of winter, the students ventured out of the dry zone to enjoy five cent beers and free sandwiches at Hausmann’s.


Strangeness at Picnic Point

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

People are experiencing more than bonfires and kissing on Picnic Point! There have been several reports of a reddish, glowing light that rises up from the swamp on the Narrows and then floats out over the lake towards the Capitol.

View from Picnic Point, Lake Mendota<br /> Circa 1898

View from Picnic Point, Lake Mendota Circa 1898

Typical conditions make the possibility of swamp gas unlikely. Some think this energy is the ghost of August Kutzbock, the Capitol architect who reportedly killed himself off of Picnic Point in 1868.

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection.


More Ghostly Hangouts?

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Lorenzo Atkinson Apartments

111 East Gorham Street

Justice James C. Kerwin, who served on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, died unexpectedly at this house on East Gorham Street on Jan. 30, 1921 after being troubled by a nervous condition.

Construction Date: 1916
Wisconsin Architecture & History Inventory (AHI)
#: 37084
District: Mansion Hill Historic District
Style: Craftsman
PPA: 4 – Death


Ghostly Hangouts?

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Mrs. Catherine Beck House

141 S. Franklin Street

Louis J. Anderson, long time news boy, town crier and shoe shiner, died at this home on Franklin Street on Aug. 23, 1921 after a lingering illness. The home was built in 1877 and was owned by Mrs. Catherine Beck, who operated it as a boarding house.

Construction Date: 1877
Wisconsin Architecture & History Inventory (AHI) #: 97933
Style: Front Gabled
PPA: 4 – Death