Reedsburg Public Library ~~~~ 370 Vine Street Reedsburg WI
PL1 South view of Plain before 1910, small foreground buildings are Cramer brick kilns.
PL2 Main St., 1923
PL3 Bird’s eye view, 1908
PL4 Alma Ave., Cramer Bros. store sold to Philip Bettinger, 1921, Pete Peters tavern, Joseph Kramer shop (now Delmar Rings.
PL5 St. Luke’s Ave, Clover Hill cheese factory, now Meixelsperger apartments
PL6 Ease view of Plain, cornfield covers Nachreiner Ave.
PL7 North side Main St., “Trolley”, Joseph T. Ruhland Feed & Sawmill; Luke Ring Blacksmith shop; Cramer Bros. store.
PL8 Wachter Ave., Pat Walsh Saloon, Reuschlein Bros. store, Franklin Town Hall
PL9 Reuschlein Bros. store, dance hall second floor; Plon Bros. Saloon; Butcher shop
PL10 Main Street
PL11 Residence section
PL12 Cedar St., 1910
PL13 Busy Day, Plain
PL14 East Main St. on shopping Day
PL15 South side Main St., c. 1900. Joseph Volk Saloon; John Ring, Joseph Beck, Joseph Stautner, This building moved & became home of Louis Hetzel. Schwartz Saloon & Hotel, George Weizer, George Grauvogel, Gruber’s Tavern, Mixelsprecher’s Bar, John Alt Jr. Beck & Nachreiner Store.
PL16 Wachter Ave., L-R: Pat Walsh Tavern, Reuschlein Bros. Store & dance hall, Creamery
PL17 A winter day butchering hogs, Joe Frank Sr., Joe Frank Jr., Alfons Frank, John A. Frank,
Frank Rack, Otto Frank
PL18 Dr. P.H. Fowler, MD
PL19 Annie Rineland?, Annie Frank Haas, Ada Portner, Gisela Frank Kramer, Albert Thering, Clara Thering, Anna Thering, John A. Frank, Francis Bayer, Emma Frank Martin, Alphonse Frank, Spike the dog. Back, left is Joseph Frank’s bake oven.
PL20 Frank Schreiner, Edward Gruber, Ignatz Schreiner.
PL21 Mike Ring’s General Store, L-R: Mike Ring, Adela Beck Hetzel
PL22 Main Street Garage, Jack Ederer, Frank Martin
PL23 Mary Soeldner Frank, grandmother of Iris Umhoefer
PL24 Ray Ring Drug & Soda Fountain, Frank Martin, Bill Reuschlein, Ray Ring
PL25 Clara Beck, Giesella Frank, Mabel Walsh, Adela Beck
PL26 Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Joseph Laubmier, Mrs. Elizabeth Beck
PL27 Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Unknown
PL28 Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Cemetery
PL29 Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Casper Volk barn
PL30 Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, A. Rolette resturant, rear view
PL31 Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, ruins of 3 rd St. Luke’s church
PL32 Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Steeple among the ruins
PL33 Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Albert Liegel garage, rear view
PL34 Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Debris from cyclone
PL35 Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Debris from cyclone
PL36 Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, John Brechtl farm
PL37 Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Priest’s house
PL38 Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Power house
PL39 Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Unknown location
PL40 Plain Cyclone, May 21, 1918, Sister house
PL41 St. Luke’s School & Chapel, 4 th church built, dedicated Oct. 1920
PL42 Interior, St. Luke’s Chapel, later converted to library space
PL43 Interior of Present St. Luke’s church
PL44 Interior of present St. Luke’s church
PL45 Rectory, Rev. George Pesch
PL46 3 rd St. Luke’s church, left altar
PL47 3 rd St. Luke’s church, main altar
PL48 3 rd St. Luke’s church, right altar
PL49 St. Luke’s church dedicated in 1940
PL50 St. Luke’s church, L-R: School 1920, Church 1940, Rectory 1922
PL51 First St. Luke’s church built in 1861
PL52 St. Luke’s church built in 1885. 2 nd Rectory 1888, 1 st School 1876, converted to a horse barn in 1888, 1 st Rectory 1875, changed to Convent & school in 1888. Church demolished in 1903 to make way for new church.
PL53 St. Luke’s completed in 1904, destroyed by cyclone in 1918.
PL54 St. Luke’s school built 1894, Dominican Sisters arrived in 1895. Convent now part of private residence.
PL55 School built in 1894 with addition added in 1900
PL56 Sister’s residence built in 1926
PL57 Holy Name Society rally of Sauk, Juneau, Richland counties, 1929
PL58 Holy Name Society members
PL59 St. Anne Council of Knights of Columbus formed in 1957. First officers elected. L-R, standing: Clarence Young, Ray Liegel, Herb Ruhland, Bob Young, Frank Haag, Ralph Soeldner, Vic Liegel, Mike Liegel. Seated: Louis Bettinger, Edward Kraemer, Rev. Edmund Bettinger, Joe Voelkel, Rev. Clement Haines, Albert Kraemenr, Rupert Schultz.
PL60 Father Pesch’s funeral
PL61 Lourdes Grotto on St. Ane’s Hill, built b the John & Mary Dischler family
PL62 Section XIV of the Way of the Cross on St. Anne’s Hill
PL63 Father Pesch, arrived in Plain July 1909, died June 7, 1918.
PL64 First Solem Communion classes of 1918 and 1919. Because of 1918 tornado, that year’s class had to wait a year and combine with 1919 class for this rite. This house is the John B. Liegel home, now the home of Erna Ringelstetter
PL65 Knignts of Columbus, L-R, Standing: Edward Crowley, ?, ?, Ralph Soeldner, Mike Liegel, Herb Ruhland, Albert Kraemer. Sitting: Louis Bettinger, Rev. Clement Haines, Joe Voelkel, Edward Kraemer, Rupert Schutz.
PL66 St. Luke’s Catholic School (see PL66a for descriptions)
PL67 Chapel on Council Bluff, now St. Anne’s Chapel
PL68 Beginning of dedication procession July 1928
PL69 Some of more than 1000 people who joined the procession
PL70 Procession as it climbs St. Anne’s Hill, July 192
PL71 Pilgrims who climbed the hill for dedication. Note men & women in separate groups, was the custom at that time.
PL72 Same as PL71
PL73 Before 1910
PL74 Before 1910, with superimposed airplane
PL75 c. 1960
PL76 c. 1960
PL78 Southwestern view, 1921
PL79 Beginning of Westbrook subdivision, c. 1970
PL80 Swimming Pool
PL81 Plain Brass Band. L-R, seated: Adella Beck Hetzel, Clara Beck, Lucinda Liegel Ascherl, Esther Weiss, John Weiss. Center: Walter Liegel, Anthony Young, Joe Bauer, Philip Bettinger Sr., Louis J. Bettinger. Back: Alphonse Kraemer, Alois Ruhland, Henry Reuschlein,Walter Neuheisel, Joseph Ferstl.
PL82 John Meier, Cashier Plain State Bank, 1922-31
PL83 Adella Beck & Mike Ring, in Ring’s General Store
PL84 Adella Beck & Mike Ring, in Ring’s General Store, 1924
PL85 Ice house, Reuschlein Bros. store & J.J. Haas Saloon, both built in 1900. Plon’s Butcher Shop and icehouse.
PL86 Philip Bettinger Sr., & Agnes Walsh in Bettinger’s General Store
PL87 Joseph Ferstl in Blacksmith Shop
PL88 Philip Bettinger Sr., & Agnes Walsh in Bettinger’s General Store
PL89 Fred Schreiner Blacksmith Shop, Main St., 1924. L-R: Fred Schreiner, Ed Gruber, Ignatz Schreiner at the anvil.
PL90 Wachter Ave., looking North.L: Pat Walsh Saloon, Reuschlein Store. Right: Frank Haag residence, Franklin Town Hall
PL91 Water tower before it was taken down
PL92 FS Cooperative, now gone
PL93 Sunnyside School
PL94 Kraemer building at Main St. & Wachter Ave.
PL95 Farmer’s State Bank
PL96 Palace Bar
PL97 St. Patrick’s Church, Loreto
PL98 Plain Municipal Building
PL99 Plain Fire Protection District building
PL100 Plain Fire Protection District truck
PL101 U.S. Post Office
PL102 Mike Ring Storefront, Main St., when owned by Schluter & Young
PL103 Franklin Town Hall
PL104 Arsenic and Old Lace, 1965. L-R: Standing: LeRoy Heiser, Bob Young, Joe Voelkel,
Lawrence Brechtl, Duane Kraemer, Joe Wankerl, Mortimer (dummy), Ralph Soeklner,
George Liegel, Bill Weiss, Richard Schmid, Victor Liegel, Ed Paulus, Rev. LaVerne Meier.
Seated: Ray Liegel, Bill Laubmeier, Clarence Young. Play was presented in January 1965
by an all-male case of members from the Knights of Columbus.
PL105-PL122 Scenes from Arsenic & Old Lace, 1965.
PL123-PL149 Bicentennial Pageant, Guard Theater, 1976, St. Luke’s Plain presentation
PL150 Road near Plain
PL151 Joseph (Seep) Lechner with 2-headed calf in front of Ring’s Bar
PL152 Baseball team, 1953. Back: Don Meister, Ed Paulus, Al Feiner, Damian Kraemer, Bill Weiss, Bob McNurlen, Clarence Young. Front: Gene Alt, Harry Pulvermacher, Don “Stickles” Nachreiner, Dave Alt (bat boy), Bill Feiner, Johnny Beatty, Cal Sorg.
PL153 St. Luke’s Parish women in front of old grade school. Mrs. Ed L____, Mrs Henry ?, Mrs.John Wetzel, Mrs. Lawrence Needham, Mrs. Wm Reuschlein, Mrs. Anna Ringelstetter, Mrs. Joe Weis Sr., Mrs. M. Ring, Margaret Laumier, Mrs. Hilda Schultz.
PL154 Painting of Main St., Plain, 1910, by Fr. Gary Wankerl, Acrylic on Canvas, painted 2003.
PL155 Painting, P.H. Fowler, M.D., “Came to Plain in 1905 and gave 58 years of his life unselfishly for the welfare of the people in this community.”
PL156 Painting, Sir Edward Kraemer, K.S.G., 50 years village Trustee of Plain
PL157 Parsonage, 1924
PL158 Busy Day
PL159 Priest House ruins, tornado
PL160 St. Lukes School & Chapel 1921
PL161 Village, c. 1916
PL162 Catholic Church
PL163 St. Ann’s Hill, 7-26-28, women
PL164 Philip Bettinger & Agnes Walsch, inside store
PL165 Clover Hill cheese factory
PL166 Interior St. Lukes Chapel
PL167 St. Lukes
PL168 Fr. Pesch at the parsonage, built by Rev. Duren for $1,300 in 1888
PL169 Interior St. Luke’s
PL170 Interior St. Ann’s Chapel-Shrine
PL171 St. Luke’s church started in 1903, red brick, completed in 1904 and first mass celebrated Easter Sunday, 1904. Completed & equipped for $26,000.
PL172 Fr. M.F. Weishar, Loretto, 1918
PL173 St. Luck’s church
PL174 Village of Plain
370 Vine Street Reedsburg WI 53959
February 21, 2008