Brad Williams

Brad Williams

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from U-W-La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area.  Brad writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse.  He's been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.  

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Lincoln's birthday was observed this week, but do you remember the date of his Gettysburg Address?  It was November 19, 1863, at the town in Pennsylvania where the bloody Gettysburg battle had occurred four months earlier.  While almost every dramatic reading of the address today occurs without interruption, a newspaper account in the Wisconsin State Journal indicated that Lincoln was interrupted by applause three times when he made the speech.  One instance was after President Lincoln said "all men are created equal."  And "immense applause" was reported when Lincoln claimed the world wouldn't remember the address, but would not forget what soldiers did at Gettysburg.

A few days before the Gettysburg Address, a draft meeting happened in La Crosse.  Mayor Albert Pettibone led the meeting at Barron's Hall, on the north side of Main Street, where plans to draft men for the war were being discussed. 

In 1863, a map of Wisconsin counties looked much like it does today, with some exceptions.  Marathon County, where Wausau is located, stretched all the way up to Lake Superior.  And Vernon County was still known as "Bad Ax County," yesterday in La Crosse.


In 1978, the La Crosse School District decided to close four elementary schools, and put together a list of six schools to choose from.  The list included Erickson, Pleasant Valley, Hogan, Emerson, Hamilton, and Franklin.  Parents at Franklin didn't wait to find out if their school would close.  They called a meeting to protest it.  Franklin remained open until a few years ago, when it was replaced by the new Northside School.  Hamilton and Emerson also are still open today. 

Three people were placed on probation for prostitution...two men for keeping a house of prostitution as co-owners of Carol's Sauna on La Crosse Street and Rhonda's Rap at 219 Pearl.  A woman was charged with selecting females for prostitution at the rap centers.

Early in 1978, movie fans were still going to see some of the big films that came out at the end of '77.  They included "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "The Goodbye Girl," both featuring Richard Dreyfuss...the Mel Brooks comedy "High Anxiety"...and the disco drama "Saturday Night Fever."  Forty years ago, yesterday in La Crosse.




Wednesday - February 14, 2018 8:45 am

Onalaska was waiting for a Wal-Mart, 28 years ago

In 1990, the Crossing Meadows Plaza near Exit 4 of I-90 was quickly being developed.  A year earlier, part of that area was considered as a possible site for a dog track.  The first Festival food store would open at Crossing Meadows during 1990, and Wal-Mart was looking at the shopping center as a location for its first outlet in the immediate La Crosse area.
In the Bridgeview Plaza area near Exit 3, McDonald's and the Ground Round were among the popular restaurants, along with Embers and Happy Chef.  The Happy Chef had replaced a Bridgeman's restaurant...and would later become the home of SSE Music.
The Catbirds basketball team was on its way to its first CBA championship, under Coach Flip Saunders.  The Catbirds beat Quad City and Albany in the playoffs before defeating Rapid City, 4 games to 1, in the league finals.  
And the Plaid Pantry on Jackson Street sold beer, pop, liquor, and wine...and advertised "a little bit of everything."  The pantry was still in business 28 years ago, 1990, yesterday in La Crosse.  

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