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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

Matt and Hank Busch

Matt and Hank Busch
ca. 1920 ca. 1920

Goat Cart

Goat Cart

Information on the back of this photo: by the goat: George Busch by the cart: back - John Busch, Chris DeLeeuw, front - Joe DeLeeuw, John DeLeeuw Does anyone know when this photo might have been taken? There was no date included on the photo.

Alice & Neil Davidson

.Davidsons

Alice and Neil Davidson
Kimberly, WI
ca. 1960

Photo courtesy of Theresa Vanden Heuvel

Davidsons

Neil and Alice (Conrad) Davidson
Kimberly, W
I ca. 1950s

Photo courtesy of Theresa Vanden Heuve

l Connie's Bar

Kimberly, WI
ca. 1956

Photo courtesy of Theresa Vanden Heuvel

Paul Smits, Remembering

Smits Family

Jim, Adelle, and Paul Smits with their mother Laura. ca. 1931

"This picture shows wooden walk around to back of house."

Smits Children

Paul Francis (1st communion), James Vincent, and Adelle Mary Smits. ca. 1930s

"Kimberly's original Village Hall on N. Elm Street is the white building in the background."

Smits Model T

Peter Smits with son Paul, in Model T on Elm Street, Kimberly, WI. ca. 1920s

Photos courtesy of Paul Smits.

Mr. Smits also wrote down some memories to share with us. Read his early memories of life in Kimberly.

Van Lith's at the 50 Year Celebration

Van Lith's at the 50th Centennial

Kimberly, WI
ca. 1960

From Hans Van Lith: "This is a picture of my brother and sisters dressed up before heading to the Kimberly's 50th celebration."

Left to Right: Hans, Janie, Harry and Gerty Van Lith

Kimberly Nicknames

I recently heard that there is a tradition in Kimberly of giving people nicknames, though perhaps it was a more prevalent practice in earlier days. I've come across "Shorty" Wenzel, "Cocky" Hammen, "Baldy" Eggert, just to name a few. So I'm wondering... what are the best, most unique nicknames Kimberly residents have been given? Add yours or ones you know of in the comments by clicking on the blue "Leave a comment" link above. Beth Carpenter, Library Director

Dorothy and Ron Thyssen

Dorothy and Ron Thyssen

Dorothy ("Dutch") and Ron Thyssen
Kimberly, WI
ca. 1960

Photo courtesy of Theresa Vanden

Vacationing Families

Vacationing Kimberly Families

Kimberly families who would vacation together.
ca. 1918

Father Francis X. Van Nistleroy
William Lammel family
Joseph Sandhofer family
Ted Wydeven family
John Ritten family
Joseph Doerfler family
Al Goske family

Min Hanegraf Busch

Min Hanegraf Busch

Min Hanegraf Busch
ca. 1917-18

Min and Matt Busch

Min & Matt Busch

Min and Matt Busch ca. 1917

Baseball Champs

Baseball Champs

1911 Kimberly Baseball Champs

The Village Band

Village Band

The Village Band
Taken at 126 S. John Street, Kimberly, WI
ca. 1915

Aug., Ray, Wm. Mauthe & Otto
Frank & Charles Kobs
Ed Krueger
Frank Schiltz
Howard Lynch
Fred & John Scheppler
John Groan

Catherine Jansen Busch

Catherine Busch

Catherine Jansen Busch Old Van Rooy Farm, Kimberly, WI ca. 1910

Busch

Busch

John and Catherine (Jansen) Busch Kimberly, WI ca. 1910

Stutzman and Ertl

Stutzman and Ertl Josephine Gunchevich Cavil Stutzman and Rose Gunchevich Ertl ca. 1903

Wm. Geenen

Wm. Geenen Wm. J. Geenen ca. 1903

Geenen

Geenens Susanna Mary & Wm. Geenen Kimberly, WI. ca. 1887

Busch Family

Busch Family Grandma & Grandpa Busch and Aunt El Van Rooy Farm Kimberly, WI ca. 1910

Lamers

Lamers Jacob Lamers and Nellie Lamers, wedding picture. Jacob: b. August 14, 1872, d. May 9, 1958 Nellie: b. November 12, 1876, d. February 5, 1949