Third Saturday program

Take a trip cross-county to lost villages, bygone places


The Third Saturdays program at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum March 15 will take a look at villages of northern Sheboygan County. Among the places to be highlighted will be (top to bottom)” The Third Saturdays program at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum March 15 will take a look at villages of northern Sheboygan County. Among the places to be highlighted will be (top to bottom)” “At the Crossroads: Villages of Northern Sheboygan County” is the focus of the March 15 “Third Saturday” program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum, 3110 Erie Ave., Sheboygan.

Northern Sheboygan County was once home to several villages. Some of them sustained themselves to the point that they exist today. Others were absorbed into a neighboring village and still others faded away. Whatever the outcome, these communities were all once bustling with activity.

In the early 20th century, the United States Post Office went through a restructuring. Many of the small, rural post offices were closed. Many of these small villages lost their identity at that point. Even though they still existed, many were forgotten because of the lack of a post office. The progress of transportation played a role in their demise as well. It was much easier now to travel to the large cities that were nearby.


Haven General Store. This image of Haven’s main thoroughfare is interesting for a number of reasons. Note the three modes of transportation shown: horse and buggy, early motorcar, and Interurban. In reality, the Interurban never passed through Haven. This promotional piece may have been made to encourage the Interurban lines being built in the country. Haven General Store. This image of Haven’s main thoroughfare is interesting for a number of reasons. Note the three modes of transportation shown: horse and buggy, early motorcar, and Interurban. In reality, the Interurban never passed through Haven. This promotional piece may have been made to encourage the Interurban lines being built in the country. Guests will take a trip around northern Sheboygan County all within the confines of the museum walls. The trip to visit some of these villages will start with Mark Knipping who will be sharing his knowledge on the village of Franklin. From Franklin, we will head to St. Anna where Ken Turba will welcome us. After a quick stop at the local supper club, we will join Arline and Reuben Hoppe who will lead a tour of the village of Howards Grove, the big sibling of Millersville.


Erdmann Implement House, Blacksmith Shop, and Harness Shop. The harnessmaker did a big business as long as farmers used work horses. When tractors began to replace the horses, both they and the harness makers began to disappear. It was the job of the harnessmaker to make the reins, check reins, traces, breeches, bellybands, and other leather parts in a harness. Erdmann Implement House, Blacksmith Shop, and Harness Shop. The harnessmaker did a big business as long as farmers used work horses. When tractors began to replace the horses, both they and the harness makers began to disappear. It was the job of the harnessmaker to make the reins, check reins, traces, breeches, bellybands, and other leather parts in a harness. After Howards Grove, we will be meeting with a Laack family member in the village of Johnsonville. It will be interesting to learn about the village before a certain food item put it on the world map. We will then head east to Ada. Carl Johnson will join us to talk about this village located on State 32. We will hopefully also be stopping at Elkhart Lake, Kohler, Haven, Greenbush and Glenbeulah.


Timmer Brothers Hardware Store. This photo taken in 1898 shows the Timmer Brothers’ hardware store in Waldo. The Old Wade House, circa 1858, in the oldest photo of the site. Timmer Brothers Hardware Store. This photo taken in 1898 shows the Timmer Brothers’ hardware store in Waldo. The Old Wade House, circa 1858, in the oldest photo of the site. Part of the adventure will include finding what remains of some other villages. Places like Heith, Mohrsville, Hull’s Crossing and Schwartzwald are just a few of those villages that once were. We might get lucky and find more than just an intersection; maybe a building or two still remain or the cemetery. So fill up the tank and check the tires because we are going to spend the day traveling our wonderful Sheboygan County roads. Be sure the county road map is in the glove compartment. Hope to see you on this road trip.

“Third Saturdays” start at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Guests are welcome any time throughout the day. Lunch is available. The admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 7 to 12. Children ages 6 and under are free. Members and their guests are free.


Rhine Mills Lime Kilns. Originally platted by John Bertschy in 1870, this abandoned kiln and quarry was once a part of the community of Rhine Mills located in the Town of Rhine on County Road MM. This photo was taken in November 1956. Rhine Mills Lime Kilns. Originally platted by John Bertschy in 1870, this abandoned kiln and quarry was once a part of the community of Rhine Mills located in the Town of Rhine on County Road MM. This photo was taken in November 1956. The event is sponsored in part by H. C. Denison, Kohler Foundation Inc, Sargento Foods Inc, Windsor Family Foundation, Sheboygan Press, Alliant Energy Foundation, Great Lakes Blue Printers and Radio 1420 AM The Breeze. “Third Saturday” programs extend from January through October.

At the Crossroads: Villages of Northern Sheboygan County

Saturday
March 15
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sheboygan
County Historical Museum
310 Erie Ave.
Sheboygan


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