Thursday, January 4, 2018

A Bit of Kaukauna Baseball History....

Annastasia “Stash” Batikis Obituary

RACINE - Annastasia “Stash” Batikis, born May 15, 1927 to Steve J. Batikis and Mary (Contandenedis) Batikis in Kaukauna, Wisconsin moving to Racine at the age of 2, was called to be with our Father and Savior the Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, March 12, 2016......


From Wikipedia:
The AAGPBL folded in 1954, but there is now a permanent display at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at Cooperstown, New York since November 5, 1988 that honors those who were part of this unique experience. Batikis, along with the rest of the league's girls, is now enshrined in the Hall.

Annastasia Batikis [Stash] (March 15, 1927 – March 12, 2016) was a center fielder who played for the Racine Belles of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) during the 1945 season. Listed at 4 ft 11 in (1.50 m), 125 lb., she batted and threw left-handed.

From the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) website:

Friday, March 31, 2017

Mulford Clothing

April 14, 2017 at 12:03 PM - Anonymous said...
The 1893-94 Kaukauna city directory has the Mulford's living above the store which was located on the south side at 221 Second Street. The 1901-02 Kaukauna city directory has the clothing store located on the South Side(ss)with an address "ss 2nd, 4E Main Avenue". Their residence is on the south east corner of Metoxen and 8th street.


Kaukauna "Sun" newspaper

April 14, 2017 - AnonymousAnonymous said..The 1893-94 Kaukauna city directory lists H.D.Wing as the manager and editor of "The Sun" with an office on "Oak Street".


Friday, September 30, 2016

We received a request from a family member for information and/or pix of the VanDenzen tavern located on 10th street in Kaukauna.  Anything to share?

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Shoe Store x-ray machine

I'm interested if others remember the Foot xray machine at Verfurth's Shoe Store on 2nd, maybe 3rd St.

Here are some links I found that you might be interested in:

X-Ray Shoe Fitting Machine

Shoe-Fitting Fluoroscope

Anybody else remember Verfurth's and the x-ray machine?

This blogger is hearing rumblings that the x-ray machine wasn't at Verfurth's. It was at the Modern! Does anyone know for sure?

Friday, September 21, 2007

Galloping Ghosts


Greetings, I was reading the Kaukauna history blog. It is quite fascinating. I was asked a question that you might be able to answer. Do you know the history behind the name: Ghosts for our sports team? How did our sports teams become the Kaukauna Ghosts. I understand if you can't find the answer because nobody I know has been able to answer it yet. peace, Fr. Tom Pomeroy


The Kaukauna Library website has a page dedicated to answering this very question.
Thanks for the kind words about the blog, Fr. Tom!


The next KAHS general meeting will feature a presentation about the Vaudette Theater of Kaukauna. Everybody I talk to has got a story (or 3) about Kaukauna's movie theaters - The Rialto and The Vaudette. We'd love for you to post your memories about Kaukauna's cinema palaces.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Baseball 1923

JD has submitted this photograph from his grandfather's collection. Names were written on the back in pencil and aren't legible. Some possible names are: Abner Bues, Henry Groh, Bob Trentman, Leo or Geo Rachine/Ratchen, H Williams, Shorty Lewis, Stump, Ed Johnson, Al Stack, Heinie Stack. Help us identify these fine athletes and please be specific, e.g., "front row, 3rd from left,..." Any guesses as to where this was taken?

Friday, March 23, 2007

Stormy Kromer Open Thread

*I just received this urgent missive from UB:
I don't know why I received the following e-mail, but it's perhaps that I researched the name a bit 1 - 2 years ago. I don't know if you know who Stormy Kromer is. He's a Kaukauna name from the first half of the 1900's. He was a railroad man who needed a warm cap when working the railroad yard. His wife made him a wool cap, with ear flaps. The cap worked so well, and his co-workers liked it so much, that his wife made caps for them also.
I remember that your Grandfather Lyle A. owned one. When the cap resurrected a few years ago, I researched the full story, found out where the caps were being marketed, phoned a hardware store in Oostburg, found out that they had one cap left. Would you believe that it was just the color I was looking for, and in my exact size? They had it waiting for me when I arrived, nicely packaged in a brown kraft bag. I love the cap; when I wear it George has found another reason to ignore me, the lady at the Post Office calls me Elmer Fudd, and I think of Johnny Carson doing one of his skits while he was wearing a cap like that. Like I said, I have no idea what the piece is to be about this evening, and we will be out of town. But I am taping that half hour. You may have to get several thousand of your closest friends to vote for Stormy. As one of our elite Kaukauna historians, you may want to watch the show. Also, when I checked out Stormy a few years ago, I just googled, and there he was. UB
----- Original Message ----- From: Stormy Kromer To: UB Sent: Friday, March 23, 2007 12:09 AM Subject: Stormy Kromer Needs Your Vote! Watch CBS News 3/23 Want to learn more about the phenomenon that is Stormy Kromer? Friday evening, March 23, tune in to the CBS Evening News at 6:30 pm Eastern/ 5:30pm Central and watch Assignment America with Steve Hartman. You’ll see three short stories from around the US, of which Stormy Kromer’s will be one. You’ll then have the opportunity to vote for your favorite (ahem…Stormy Kromer) at: CBS will tape a full segment on the favorite story, to be aired on a subsequent show. So watch, vote, and keep your fingers crossed and noggin warm, and we might just do it! We’ll certainly keep you posted and let you know when to watch if we do win.

*This seems like a good time to open a Kaukauna Area Historical Society Stormy Kromer thread. Tell us your own story in the COMMENTS or an email about the best cap ever, your Kromer domer!

TD comes through with some George "Stormy" Kromer clippings:

(at left)
George Kromer (Catcher) and Harry Frambach (Pitcher) were hired on to the Kaukauna Baseball team in 1897.
George was 21 at this time and Harry Frambach was 29.
Harry Frambach and John Stoveken Jr. were first cousins and born 2 years apart.
Harry is the son of Henry Frambach and was working at the Badger Paper Mill Between 1887-1897 as an accountant until 1902 when he moved to Cheboygan, MI with his father to operate the new Cheboygan Paper Mill being built by the Frambach family.

(below - the wedding announcement of George Kromer & Miss Ida Homan)

(Base Ball Trouble
or Stormy's Got
a Temper)

(Don't Call It A Comeback)
(K-town Kaps?)