Centennial Memory Project

Bernice Johnson Stuyvenberg, 1920-2012

Part of the Centennial Memory Project has been to collect video interviews of Kimberly residents who can remember the early days of the Village. Thank you to our wonderful volunteer, Mary Lamers, for her care and time spent gathering, creating, and editing the videos! Here are some clips from Mary's interview with Bernice Stuyvenberg. Bernice moved to Kimberly at the age of 9 and was born in 1920. She passed away at the age 91 on January 18, 2012. We are grateful to have been able to preserve her stories.

Bernice talks about coming to Kimberly at the age of 9 and her uncle's tavern.

Here, she talks about The Clubhouse.

Bernice shares her story about meeting her husband, Dickie Stuyvenberg, and the difficulties of religion and love. We hope to make the complete interview available on DVD for checkout at the library soon. Stay tuned!

Index for Kimberly: A Centennial History 1910-2010

Thanks to library volunteer Alexis Ludewig, the library is happy to make available an index for Jason Weber's book, Kimberly: A Centennial History 1910-2010. If you purchased a copy of the book, you may want to print the index, as it provides valuable, quick links to specific sections of the book. Check out the index. Thanks, Lex!

Lamers' Memories

The following is a post by Mary Ann Gossens Lamers.

Polio quarantine

I was eight years old in 1955 when all children were quarantined to their yard. We made it a game – volleyball, golf all over the yard, basketball, Simon Says, kick the can, and phone tag with the Lamers. We used tin cans and string to send messages across the alley tied to fences in each yard. My dad would always listen to baseball on the radio as we played. My mom chipped golf balls into an old fishing net with golf balls my brothers brought home from raiding creeks. We’d get two popsicles for 5 cents from Kokke’s .

Youth Center

Early 60’s the place to be was Youth Center, the gym on Main Street. Teachers supervised. Mr. Rundquist, Mr. Bohne, Mr. Nirschel are some I recall, each with their special trait, a smile, a coach, always helpful, ready to give us a basketball or ping pong paddles. They’d roll out the jute box from the side room, plug in and the girls danced The Twist, Jitter Bug, and Stroll. Basketball, shuffle board, and ping pong were games of choice. We’d run across Main Street to Red’s to buy candy, food, soda and talk. Danny Speering’s dad had a used car lot and Danny would drive different cars all the time. Guys loved to drive past and the girls loved it too. We’d jump in once in awhile and go off to have fun. Ronnie Blaze had a little car and once picked up a bunch of us and we took a ride to High Cliff. I remember the little car floating with us inside laughing. We of course went back to youth center only to walk home with friends. Curfew for me was nine.  Youth Center was open week days in the summer and weekends during school.

Moving

My husband Ralph (Sam) Lamers, Kimberly High School Class of 1965, and I married in 1968. We raised our four children, Kim, Luke, Mike and Joe in Kimberly. I laugh when I tell people I moved five times. First to Walnut Street, then 1st Street, then Paul Drive, then Ann or Anne Street depending what post you’re looking at, and now Thelosen Drive. I love Kimberly. The people are great, our leaders are the best, and I continue worship and thank God for the many blessing, parents, family and friends.

Mary Ann Gossens Lamers

Kimberly School

First School in Kimberly

308 North Main Street, Kimberly, WI

First school, grades 1-8. Pat Betters age 23 months. ca. 1926

Photo courtesy of Pat (Dietzler) Betters

Great news!

Congratulations to Jason Weber and the Village of Kimberly for receiving the Lillian Mackesy Historian of the Year Award for Kimberly: A Centennial History 1910-2010! The award comes from the Outagamie County Historical Society and is presented to an individual or group in recognition of research on some aspect of Outagamie County history. Primary criteria for the award are scholarship of the work, quality of sources consulted, quality of presentation, and contribution to the field of local history. The award will be presented at the Society's annual meeting and luncheon on Monday, February 21st.

K.R.A. 1952 Basketball Team

KRA 1952 BB Team

Kimberly, WI K.R.A. 1952 Basketball Team

Top row, left to right:
Dick Verbeten, Nig Van Dyke, Roy Vanden Heuvel, Jim Vandehey, Bill Goffard, Coach George Vander Zanden.

Bottom row:
Alan Dietzler, Pete Valentine, Lyle Hark, Wayne Kilsdonk, Butter Vander Wyst.

Photo courtesy of Theresa Vanden Heuve

Filling Station

Filling Station

Kimberly DX Station ca. 1937-38

Ted Maas, Harry Valentyn, Mr. Coene

In background: Ray Price

Filling Station

DX Filling Station

Kimberly DX Station ca. 1937-38

Rivals

Rivals

Kimberly Rivals baseball team
ca. 1908

Kimberly Club

Kimberly Club

Kimberly Club basketball team
ca. 1934

Left to right:
Honey LeMay, Marie Van Lieshout Gossens, Genrose Cavil Verstegen Staley, Alva Leniville Wildenberg, Monica Van Ryzin Wildenberg, Rose Ann Schwanke Freund, Jerri Van Ryzin Albers

The Catacombs

The Catacombs

The Catacombs - old bowling alley and pool hall.

Camel Vander Velden, Ted Lemmers, Jack Hanegraf, Albin J. Anderson, Hank Thien (small boy), Arnold Pocan

ca. 1905

Does anyone have some stories about the Catacombs? Please share them in the comments!

Birthday Party

Birthday Party

Birthday party at John Groen residence at 136 N. John Street, Kimberly, WI.

Children of the John Groens', Henry Williams', Fred Van Haelsts', and William Geenen Sr.

(no date given)

Main Street

Main Street

Intersection of Kimberly Avenue and Main Street looking north, Kimberly, WI.

ca. 1908-10

Mill Construction

Mill Construction

Kimberly Clark Mill under construction.

ca. 1904

Kimberly Baseball

Kimberly Baseball

Carl Lemmers and Butch Thien
ca. 1925