Heritage Q and A - 1989
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Heritage Q and A - 1989

Heritage Q and A was a historical column researched and written by "Mr. Beloit" Laurence A. Raymer, Beloit College class of 1934, and long-time editor of the Beloit Daily News. His column ran in the BDN from 1986 - 1992. This web page includes a list of questions used in the column. The Beloit Archives holds a complete collection of his columns, available for research.


January 4, 1989

Q1: The return of Company L from World War I in 1919 to a historic welcome

January 11, 1989

Q1: What can you tell us about early automobiles in Beloit?

January 18, 1989

Q1: The Big Hill Hermit was relation to Arlene Baukind.

January 25, 1989

Q1: Beloit's giant ski slide at Big Hill Park was dedicated as the greatest ski scaffold in the Midwest. Dedicatory jumping tournament.

February 1, 1989

Q1: I'm interested in the affairs of veterans and I'm wondering if you ever knew any Civil War soldiers.

February 8, 1989

Q1: Reprint of letter looking for information about a young black youth brought home by Beloit's City Guards in 1861.

February 15, 1989

Q1: Who was David Merrill, and what niche does he occupy in Beloit community history?

February 23, 1989

Q1: Did you know Fire Chief John E. Nygren?

March 3, 1989

Q1: One of Beloit's historic houses, 647 College Street on the corner of College and Chapin streets, is in the renovation process. What is the historical significance of this site?

March 8, 1989

Q1: Do you remember Police Chief Bob Blumer?

March 16, 1989

Q1: What can you tell us about the beginning of Brother Dutton School and Father Hanz?

March 22, 1989

Q1: the oldtime Daily News Marbles Shooting Tournaments popular 40 and 50 years ago.

April 3, 1989

Q1: Did Beloit College lead the nation in scoring and field goal percentage in 1951? And did they play Seton Hall in a big eastern game?

April 6, 1989

Q1: Changing prices in the local economy. Cost of having a baby, cost of a funeral in 1929/30.

April 12, 1989

Q1: Who was in charge of city affairs in 1923?

April 20, 1989

Q1: "A beautiful 1908 calendar distributed by a South Beloit grocer.

April 28, 1989

Q1: Remember Dave Fifield, a great college booster?

May 3, 1989

Q1: I know you've had a longtime interest in the high school R.O.T.C. and I was wondering if you remember Col. Kennedy?

May 10, 1989

Q1: Do you have any more of Walt Dundore's "musings?"

May 17, 1989

Q1: Remembrances by Dr. Bigsby on Beloit.

May 25, 1989

Q1: What were the old time Memorial Day celebrations in Beloit like?

June 1, 1989

Q1: What do you remember about the Beloit train robbery 50 years ago?

June 8, 1989

Q1: Do you remember Carl Nelson?

June 14, 1989

Q1: John Hughes remembers his days at the Wright School and "mibs."

June 19, 1989

Q1: What's the story on the accordion, which Lawrence Welk made famous?

June 21, 1989

Q1: Do you remember George Rath, the world class high diver?

Q2: Do you recall the Aquacades?

June 28, 1989

Q1: Do you remember your first ride on a Ferris Wheel?

July 5, 1989

Q1: I understand Comrade Peter Crave is an interesting example of men who were veterans of the Civil War.

July 14, 1989

Q1: Could you tell me something about and Old Soldiers' Monument which was financed through the sale of medals?

July 21, 1989

Q1: Could you write something about Jess Phillips, a longtime employee of the Beloit Corp.?

July 26, 1989

Q1: Do you remember Edna Mumm, who was teacher, principal, and civic leader in Beloit?

August 3, 1989

Q1: Did you know that Gov. Tommy Thompson had proclaimed a day to honor Carrie Jacobs Bond, the Wisconsin ballad writer?

Q2: The famous and long gone Waverly Beach amusement park.

August 11, 1989

Q1: Could you tell us more about Gov. Louis P. Harvey and his connection with this area?

August 17, 1989

Q1: Do you remember when we were kids how important Sunday school rally day was to all of us?

September 1, 1989

Q1: Now that you've written about Civil War governor Louis Harvey, could you tell a little more about his wife?

September 7, 1989

Q1: You've often summarized various years in the community, and I'd like to have you write something about 1946.

September 13, 1989

Q1: Do you remember the department and city activity in the 1930s and 1940s?

September 21, 1989

Q1: Remember "Old Tyme Radio?"

October 6, 1989

Q1: Historical markers in and around Beloit?

October 11, 1989

Q1: Could you write about Lucius G. Fisher? Didn't he found Beloit?

October 19, 1989

Q1: 55th reunion time for the class of 1934.

October 27, 1989

Q1: How many Rock County parks do we have and where are they?

November 2, 1989

Q1: Was there an obituary in the paper about Marion Dawley, an artist?

November 9, 1989

Q1: Mr. Licary takes a long look back at Beloit.

November 20, 1989

Q1: In whose honor is Colby Street named?

November 24, 1989

Q1: Do you remember the year that Janesville broke Beloit's 25 straight years of victory in the Beloit-Janesville annual football game?

December 1, 1989

Q1: What was Beloit like in the 1870s?

December 7, 1989

Q1: Why not write about some of the community's greatest teachers?

December 16, 1989

Q1: Early civic leader Joel B. Dow.

December 26, 1989

Q1: More great teachers of Beloit.