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Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc.

Volume 12, Number 3


Thursday, August 09, 2012




The SLAHS September General Meeting will be held

Thursday Sept. 13, 2012, 6:30 PM at the Waukesha State Bank Community Room.




Board of Directors Meeting:

Depot Museum,

6:30 PM on: 11/01/12.

Newsletter Committee Meeting:

Steve Haasch Residence, 6:30 PM on: 10/08/12, 11/05/12.

Building & Grounds Meeting:

Depot Museum at 6:30 PM. Meetings will be called when needed.

Newsletter articles due: 10/26/12


Newsletter Mailed: 11/19/12


Town of Lisbon Re-enactment :

August 11-12, 2012, Lisbon Community Park.

Sussex Antique Power Assn. Show:

August 25-26, 2012 @ Sussex Village Park, 9AM to 5PM Daily.

September General Meeting:

09/13/12, 6:30 PM at the Waukesha State Bank Community Room.

Special “Bug Line” Presentation:

Sept. 20, 2012, starting at 7:00 PM at the Pauline Haass Library. See ad below.

Appraisal Day:

9/22/12, from 2-4PM at the Depot Museum.


See Fundraising section for more information.)

Annual Americana Yard Sale:

10/13/12, 9 AM to 4 PM, @ Betty Mindemann residence, N64 W23798 Main St, Sussex.

A Christmas Luncheon and Tea:

12/2/12, 1 PM, Depot Museum. Reservations required-see Fundraising section for more information.




“It’s Train Time: The Story of the Bug Line”

Will be held on Thursday Sept. 20 at 7:00 PM at the Pauline Haass Library. Author Robert Duerwachter will discuss the railroad spur which ran from Granville to North Lake for almost ninety years. Several of its depots were located in Sussex, Lisbon and Lannon. He will have a display, show slides and sign copies of his book. No registration is required.

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Thursday August 09, 2012


By Fred Keller


Recently Carol Jushka did some basement cleaning at her Sussex home after retiring from teaching. She remembered that the SLAHS might be interested in some old local history, and not so old.

So she gave the SLAHS a series of items from the St James Catholic Church grade schools that tried and tried to be viable, only to finally give up in 1986.

In a second donation she gave the starting scrapbook for the Sussex Jaycettes, a women’s community betterment off-shoot of the Sussex Jaycees. The Jacettes organized in 1965 with a charter being given in September 1965.

They really got involved in the Sussex-Lisbon community, but aged out (got older than 35) as the 1970’s came, and disappeared.

The scrapbook from Carol Jushka has been restored, titled and remounted into a three-ring binder, now available for viewing in the SLAHS research center.



Lisbon United Presbyterian Church will be celebrated its 165

thAnniversary at the Hillside Road location on Saturday, August 4, 2012. The event lasted from 10AM to 4PM with a variety of festivities.

The Sussex Sun will have a feature on this church in an upcoming edition, telling of the 1847 start.

The Sussex Lisbon Area Historical Society has been somewhat involved in this situation as a member of this pioneer church was at the museum going through the records kept in the research library. The church has extended an invitation to the SLAHS curator, Fred Keller, to be present at the event to do some show and tell of some scrapbooks, and give some time for a short talk about the church, and the somewhat attached Lisbon Central Cemetery, where many of the founders of the church are now resting.


Karen Munz of the Seattle, Washington area (actually in Everett, Washington), scheduled an extended visit to Sussex to visit the SLAHS museum, and found out what information the museum had about the Herman, Alma and Victor Munz family. Victor, born at a Waukesha Ave. home (W232 N6274) in 1918, attended the Sussex Main Street School and graduated from the Sussex 2-Year High School in 1934. He served in the US Army in the Pacific in WWII. He became a captain and earned three Purple Heart medals. After service he came back to Sussex, but soon left for the Seattle, Washington area where he married, had two daughters, and died in 1987.

In a 1977 letter he wrote to the Sussex Historian, he said that he wanted to donate some of his medals, a Japanese captured pistol, and various other keepsakes…sometime in the future. His daughter Karen said that some years later there was a burglary and the medals and souvenirs were stolen. Fred Keller made contact in l983 and then tried to make contact again in 1994, but the final letter was returned, recipient deceased.

While Karen Munz was at the Sussex Museum she allowed the SLAHS to obtain family history charts and a series of pictures were copied, and mounted into a three-ring binder that is now in the SLAHS research library.

Victor Munz does have a mark in Sussex as he is one of 56 people, 3 women and 53 men who served in WWII. Their names are on the Sussex WWII monument ahead of the Sussex Village Hall.


The Town of Lisbon will be having their annual re-enactment August 11-12, 2012 at the Lisbon Community Park. Again the SLAHS has been asked to make an appearance during the two days. This year we will be showing some videos for the public to see.

The Lisbon Community Park is off of Lake Five Road near the Bark River and Bug Line crossing.

Butler, Wisconsin has won a coveted “Train Town USA” plaque which was given out by the Union Pacific Railroad.

St. James Catholic Church will be holding a historical day event in October, 2012. The SLAHS will be furnishing some photos to be enlarged for the event.

While visiting with the church officials, they showed me an oak beam that was charred by a fire that was supporting a one-ton bell which fell off its perch. The steeple burned up after it was struck by lightening in August, 1921. The beam will be shown off at the historical event probably adjacent to the SLAHS historical table. I will be taking our three-ring binders to the church for this event.


SLAHS Scrap Metal Collection Fundraiser

Anyone interested in helping SLAHS out by making a donation may call Fred Keller at

(262) 246-3603 to arrange a pickup of any old scrap metal you may have sitting around and want to get rid of.

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FUNdraising By Joanne Smith


to all those who donated pies for the Annual Pie Social fundraiser held on Sunday, July 8 at the depot museum: June Keller, Mae Mehringer, Mary Haasch, Betty Reimer, Betty Mindemann, Mona Day, Shirley Keranen, Joanne Smith, Delores Ray and Mike Reilly. Over 75 people purchased pie with ice cream, and Betty Mindemann appraised about ten interesting antique items, earning almost $600. Pie Social helpers included Norm & Mona Day, Betty Mindemann, Betty Reimer, Joanne Smith, Delores Ray, Mary & Steve Haasch, Judy Taylor, Adena Schlei, Donna Zimmerman, Mike Reilly and anyone inadvertently left off this list. Even though the weather was quite hot, several guests enjoyed walking around the Memory Garden. The remainder ate their desserts in the museum and commented on the wonderful displays of “Early Businesses of Our Founding Fathers”. It was truly old-fashioned enjoyment!


will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Betty Mindemann will appraise items at $5 each or 3 items for $12. Written appraisals will be $25 each. Invite all your friends and neighbors. Cookies and cider will be served.


has been rescheduled for the fall coolness of October. The date is Saturday, Oct. 13, 9AM to 4PM in Betty’s backyard, N64 W23798 Main St., Sussex. Besides antiques and collectibles from Betty’s inventory, she will accept donations from the public. Call her at (262) 246-4128 with descriptions of your items by Oct. 1st. Workers for the sale are needed. Please call June Keller (262) 246- 3603 if you could help for a few hours. The depot museum will be open from 2 to 4 PM.


It will take place in the decorated depot museum on Sunday, Dec. 2nd at 1:00 PM. There are a very limited number of seats available, so early registration is advised. Call Betty Mindemann at (262) 246-4128 for reservations. Historian Fred Keller will delight the audience with special tales. A donation of $20 will cover the luncheon and one appraisal per person.

The Fundraising Committee is willing to try new ideas to bring the necessary funds to keep the SLAHS property functioning and attractive. Tell your ideas to Betty (246- 4128) or Joanne (246-6250).


Fees for verbal appraisals are:

$5.00 per item or $12.00 for 3 items.

Written appraisals are $25.00 for each item.

All proceeds go towards the upkeep and maintenance of the Depot Museum.

For more information

Call: (262) 246-4128

September 22, 2012

2PM to 4PM

At The Depot Museum

N63 W23791 Main St., Sussex



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Thursday August 09, 2012


ON THE WEB By Mike Reilly

Check out our latest articles on the web:

This Day In Wisconsin History

●858, Burlington Public School Construction Begins.

●864, (Civil War) Siege of Petersburg, Virginia, resumes.

●831, Thai Royalty Visit Janesville.

●967, Lake Geneva Bans Go-Go Girls Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Indians: Local-Arrowheads and Artifacts-“Indians Were Here First!”

Land O’Lakes Baseball History-Martin C. Weber, Lannon Contributor Barney Joecks, Tree dedicated to baseball Hall-of-Famer Bill Kallio, Gallo running Rome in Land O’Lakes baseball-Local sports enthusiast gives up Lannon Youth Baseball after 15 years, Lannon’s family tree keeps growing-Fathers and sons take the field together for top-tier Land O’Lakes baseball team, Quite a catch: Haase led Lannon-Lannon receiver named Sussex Sun Athlete of the Year, Do-it-all-player Lutz to be enshrined Sunday-Hall of Fame inductee played many seasons with Lannon in LOL.

Index to Wisconsin Central/Soo Railroad articles.

Town of Lisbon Plat Map-1873, 1891 & 1914.

Lisbon Incorporation Efforts-Chronological history of events Updated March 20,2012. Continued on page 2, Page 3, -Town of Lisbon Consilidation/Merging Discussions.

Sussex’ Incorporation as a Village.

Village of Sussex Presidents & Trustees-Frank Grogan Family.

Pages from the Past-Need volunteers to help in transcribing past columns. Nov. and Dec. 2006 added 12/28/2011. Thank you Sarah!

“The Sussex Millpond”-Click on image to enlarge.

The Civil War: Lisbon Township-Regimental Service Accounts.

The Civil War: The Volunteers and Draftees of Lisbon Township.

Hardeman Family Letter Collection-Eight (8) early letters from James Weaver (b 1800) and family to relatives in England, dated 1831 thru 1883 describing family and circumstances in both the Township of Augusta, Oneida, New York and Township of Lisbon, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Waukesha County Directories, 1890-1892-Listing individuals with Sussex, Lake Five, Lannon Springs and Merton as residence or PO.

In 1906-Click on link to left to read about 100 years ago.

Our website contains articles, local history, genealogy and other information with our organization. We are always looking for more historical information. If anyone can help please give Mike a call at (262) 246– 3121. You can find us on the web at

“Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc.:

is now a “group” on to use for communication and discussion of local history.

Interested in helping us out?

Volunteer/ Committee Coordinator

June Keller will be available to assist those interested in joining any of our committees or helping with projects throughout the upcoming year. Please call June for more information at: (262) 246 3603.


(by Fred Keller)

Katie Wierl, of Sussex, is a volunteer with organizing the annual St. James Catholic Church’s fundraising rummage sale. A lot of “stuff” comes in. Among it this May 2012 was a bunch of old newspapers from the 1960’s and early ‘70’s about Lannon, its baseball team in the Land’O Lakes and Rudy Dubnicka. There were also items on Hamilton High School. These items from 8 newspapers will be cut out and mounted in a three-ring binder and put along side with the rest of the research books. If it hadn’t been for Katie Wierl’s keen eye these collector items would have been lost…thrown into the garbage.

In addition, a family photo of Rudy Dubnicka, his wife and 5 children was also in the refuse. The SLAHS will get to copy it for the museum’s research files. Dubnicka was a perennial all star for the Lannon Land ‘O Lakes baseball team, member of the LOL Hall of Fame and an outstanding bowler with multi 300 games. There is a street in the Town of Lisbon near Town Line Rd. that is named after him (Dubnicka Drive) as he was a developer-builder of the subdivision east on Menomonee Ave.

Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc.

SLAHS June 2012 General Meeting

Date: June 14, 2012, Time: 6:37 pm. to 8:19pm.

Place: Waukesha State Bank Community Room


The Opening

Officers Present:

President: Steve Haasch, Vice-President: Roger Johnson Secretary: Sue Haasch and Treasurer: Donna Zimmerman.

Board of Directors Present:

Joanne Smith, Bob Schlei, Sonny Mehringer,

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Mona Day, Peter Sparrow and Henry Ray.


Joanne Smith, Roger Johnson, Sonny Mehringer and Bob Schlei.

Special Presentation (s):


Members Present:12 Total Memberships: 96

I, Steve Haasch, call this annual meeting to order at 6:32 pm. A quorum is present.

The Pledge of Allegiance.

The Business

Approval of the minutes: The minutes published in the May 2012 newsletter were approved as written. Fred Keller made a motion to approve the minutes and Mike Reilly 2nd and the minutes passed.

Reports of Officers:


: Greeted everyone and mentioned a few things that need to be done.

Vice –President

: None.


: Sue Haasch will be digitally putting together Fred’s slide shows. A discussion followed. Secretary’s report was approved.


: Donna Zimmerman gave her quarterly report. The fundraising did better than last time. The bricks have been going very well. The 2012 yearly budget was reviewed. We Energies will be putting us on a budget for billing. Fred Keller made a motion to approve both the treasurer’s and budget reports. Henry Ray 2nd and the motion passed.

Reports of Boards and Standing Committees:


The Pie Social is coming up in July. Betty Mindemann, Mona Day & Dolores Ray will work on getting help. We need volunteers for the Ice Cream Social on Aug. 1st.


We will be having the Pie Social and later on the Tea on Dec. 2nd. The yard sale has been postponed until a later date. The bricks have been sent in for processing. Betty mentioned having appraisals during museum hours or holding a special day for giving appraisals. We will be charging $2.00 admission for adults during the Ice Cream Social.

Building & Grounds:

Betty has a gardener coming to weed the flowerbeds. The boiler system has to be dismantled. Steve & Fred will work on this project. The Antique Power Assoc. will be taking the oil tank and the left over oil. The furnace and outdoor fountain are operating.




A total of 96 members have paid their dues and 11 have not. Those who have not paid their dues will be called to see if they would like to continue their memberships. There was a discussion on ways of gaining more interest in the Society and its activities.


Mona will get something in the Sussex Sun on the Pie Social.


: Fred Keller recently had some classroom visitors at the museum recently. Mike Reilly assisted. Museum attendance has varied. We have received several donations. Mr. Robert Duerwachter will have a book signing and program on his newly published book on the Bugline, September 20, 2012 at the Library at 7 PM. Book will sell for $25 each. Fred will be having a program in Sept. on Scandals in Sussex at the Library. The Lisbon Presbyterian Church will be celebrating its 165th Anniversary and Fred & June Keller will be attending. Mike briefly discussed a new book coming out in September from the Wisconsin Historical Society titled “The Bark Chronicles” about the Bark River in Wisconsin.


Activity on the internet has been slow. Mike had done some research for a relative of Donna Zimmerman and the feedback was very intense. Mike will put the rest of the information on line as soon as he gets it. Sonny Mehringer had Mike do some research on his relation as well.

Special Committees:


No report was given at this time.

New Business:

Mike Reilly brought up getting funds over the internet. A discussion followed. Mike will get some bids together and present it to the board on August 2, 2012. Using another phone service was also discussed along with possibly getting internet access at the depot.

Old Business:


Good of the Order:

Peter Sparrow brought in a sample of a hops plant.


Betty Mindemann will be planning a society picnic this


The Closing


Called by Steve Haasch at Time: 8:19 pm.


Susan Haasch

Newsletter Contributors

Fred Keller Tom Schuldt

Sheree Schweiger Sue Haasch

June Keller Steve Haasch

Betty Mindemann Joanne Smith

Mike Reilly Mary Haasch

Services & Support

Arenz, Molter, Macy & Riffle Attorneys at Law



N63 W23791 Main Street

P.O. Box 32

Sussex, WI 53089-0032

Phone: 262-246-3603

The Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc. is a non-profit & tax exempted corporation dedicated to the collection and preservation of historically significant artifacts, pictures, stories, & similar materials from the local Sussex & Lisbon area. The society held organizational meetings in mid 2001 and formally announced intentions for official formation as a non-profit corporation in November 2001. SLAHS became tax exempted retroactive Feb. 6, 2002. SLAHS is affiliated with the Wisconsin State Historical Association as a local society. The society has an open membership policy welcoming all interested parties to join for a nominal fee. Annual memberships are for the calendar year beginning January 1st of each year. Lifetime memberships are also available.

President Steven Haasch

Vice-President Roger Johnson

Secretary Susan Haasch

Treasurer Donna Zimmerman

Board of Directors:

Peter Sparrow Joanne Smith Sonny Mehringer

Mona Day Henry Ray Bob Schlei

Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, Inc.

N63 W23791 Main Street

P.O. Box 32

Sussex WI 53089-0032

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The Depot Museum will be open every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 1 to 4 pm.


January thru March by appointment only.



Children 10 and under free.

The museum will also be available for group visits by contacting the museum’s curator, Fred Keller, at (262) 246-3603 for more information.

Next General Meeting :

Sept. 13, 2012 at 6:30 PM

At the Waukesha State Bank Community Room.