The quirky story about Alfred Lawson, a former professional baseball player, who came to Wisconsin to revolutionize the early airline industry and then later create a new economic code as well as a new branch of philosophy and religion.
Wisconsin's most deadly labor dispute took place early May 1886, in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee. Known for it's rallying cry of, 8 hours of work, 8 hours of rest, and 8 hours for what we will!", the demonstration drew 1,500 men, women and children who would stand up against an armed militia with orders from Wisconsin State Governor Jeremiah Rusk to, "Shoot to Kill".
As part of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, the federal government allocated funds for four "Greenbelt" communities to be created. Only three actually were founded with Greendale, WI being one of them. This episode is the story of the Greenbelt program, and of village of Greendale.
In this second part of our series on Jones Island, Sean talks about the area's more recent history including a deep dive into the Kashubes who settled the area after immigrating from northwestern Poland in the late 1800's.
At the turn of the 20th century, Milwaukee was in the midst of a grand social experiment in which prostitution, along with other vices, was almost completely legalized. This episode tells the story of the city's most famous Madam as well as the Mayor who's policies made her famous.