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Centennial Memory Project

Welcome to the Centennial Memory Project, created by the Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library in celebration of the Centennial of the Village of Kimberly in 2010. Even though the Centennial has passed, we are still adding materials as time allows. If you have memories or family stories about the people and places included here, please add them in the comments!

1940 Champs

Kimberly, WI, ca. 1940

Top row: Ray Hamann, "Duke" Van Himbergen, Tom Busch, Paul Smits, Francis Vander Velden, "Dewey" Dufrane, Frank Van Cuyk, Carl Lemmers, Dean Barrand (manager)

Middle row: "Mouse" Mauthe, Vincent Vanden Boogaard, Joe Van Nuland, James Smits, Darrell Larson, ? Frassetto, John Gaffney

Bottom row: Francis Verbeten, Clarence Van Hammond, Cletus "Fish" Gaffney, Don Verkuilen, Bob "Brother" Willis, Francis "Pete" Pieters

Photo courtesy of Carl Lemmers

 Baseball

Kimberly, WI, ca. 1947

On back of photo: "First year of new remodeled baseball field south of Repap Mill which is now soccer field"

Left to Right: Dago Lamers, Butch Thien, Sonny Tornow, Baldy Eggert, Joe Gossens, Shorty Wenzel, Geo Vander Loop, Cocky Hammen

Photo courtesy of Carl Lemmers

Connie's Bar Fast Pitch Softball Team

Connie's Bar Fast Pitch Softball Team 1953
Kimberly, WI

Top row: Niel Davidson (sponsor), Morry Quick, Jack Niesz, Les Dietzen, Jack Grafmier, Geo. Reichel,

Bottom row: "Mouse" Mauthe, Mark Recker, Carl Lemmers, Bob Diener, Bill Brinkman, Bud Deleest, Larry Shebilski

Photo courtesy of Carl Lemmers

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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

Conrad's Bar Bowling Team

"by Wilma (Conrad) Weyenberg"

Ruth Johnson
?
Marie Vander Zanden
Anna Van Thull
Alice (Conrad) Davidson
Ann Van Himbergen
Rose Ann Freund
Photo courtesy of Theresa Vanden Heuvel

School Girls in Costume

Girls dressed in attire from the countries they came from. November 24, 1942 Back Row, Left to Right: Dottie Browers, (tall girl?), Gail Barand, Nancy Verhagen, Nancy Hartjes, Lorie Johnson (Nancy Hartjes and Lorie Johnson are twin cousins, born on the same day.) Girls dressed in attire from the countries they came from. November 24, 1942 Back Row, Left to Right: Dottie Browers, (tall girl?), Gail Barand, Nancy Verhagen, Nancy Hartjes, Lorie Johnson (Nancy Hartjes and Lorie Johnson are twin cousins, born on the same day.) Front Row, Left to Right: Bonnie Krueger, Rose Marie Courchane, Theresa Conrad, Janet Dix Photo courtesy of Theresa Vanden Heuvel

Funeral Parlor

Postcard of Funeral Parlor, Kimberly, WI

ca. 1942?

Courtesy of Theresa Vanden Heuvel

lCoenraad's Tavern

Postcard of Coenraad's Tavern, 121 Kimberly Ave., Kimberly, WI

ca. 1942?

Lambert and Christina Coenraad behind the bar.

Right to left: Arnie Thyssen, Burt Fird, Huntington, ?, Brown, ?, John Miller Courtesy of Theresa Vanden Heuvel

Dorothy and Ron Thyssen

Dorothy ("Dutch") and Ron Thyssen

Kimberly, WI

ca. 1960

Photo courtesy of Theresa Vanden

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

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