Todd and Jason Wallace

Todd and Jason Wallace in the driveway of 1405 College

I moved to Racine, Wisconsin in the summer of 1970 when I was six years old. We lived in a beautiful big white house on a brick street at 1405 College Avenue, and I lived there until I was eighteen years old. Hardly a day goes by when I don’t think of Racine, even though I now live far away. For some reason, Racine has a huge amount of history for such a small place, and I’ve enjoyed collecting lots of different history books, pictures, and stories. Now I’m putting as much as I can on the web in hopes of meeting other Racine historians.



View from West Sixth Street Bridge, Racine, Wis.

View from West Sixth Street Bridge, Racine, Wis.


1920s snow scene in Racine

1920s snow scene in Racine. The car’s hood ornament has an M on it — could that be a Mitchell Motor Car?


Racine Chautauqua 1910

Racine Chautauqua 1910


Two young ladies in their buggy, Horlick Springs, Racine, Wisconsin, 1908

Two young ladies in their buggy, Horlick Springs, Racine, Wisconsin, 1908


Orpheum Theatre, northwest corner of Main and State Streets

Orpheum Theatre, northwest corner of Main and State Streets


Northwestern Railway Station on State Street, 1913

Northwestern Railway Station on State Street, 1913

Swedish Carpenters, 15th & College, Racine, WI

Swedish Carpenters, 15th & College, Racine, WI

Looking west past the chapel on your right

At Racine College (Dekoven Foundation) looking west past St. John’s Chapel on your right

North side of Winslow School in 1908 before the gymnasium/cafeteria was added

North side of Winslow School long before the gymnasium/cafeteria was added. According to my neighbor Jeannette Schroeder, who attended Winslow before 1920, the north side of the school was the playground for the girls, and the south side of Winslow was the playground for boys. By the time I started at Winslow in the 1970s, the north side was a parking lot for the teachers and all the kids had to play on the playground to the south of the school.

Beautiful picture of Sixth Street by Racine History reader @jentorres

Map of the Village of Racine, 1843, from Racine, The Belle City by Alice Sankey. Notice that “Fulton Market” appears to be where D. P. Wigley is now — seems like a good place for a big market building, doesn’t it?

“Don’t Cuss — Call Us!” Racine Street Garage — great slogan, great truck! From the 1940 Racine phone book


1950s-era diner on Taylor Avenue

If anyone recognizes this diner on Taylor Avenue from the 1950s, please send me an email at twallace@vindustries.com. Update: This has been identified as Chef’s Grill.


Featured photo:

Leonard’s Studio advertisements and entryway

Back in August of 1996 I was visiting Racine and was walking through the old downtown taking pictures. In the 300 block, I noticed a closed-up door with Leonard Studio set into the entrance way. Later on, I was looking through Ead’s Illustrated History of Racine and came across an advertisement for Leonard’s Studio at the same address. Apparently it was a well-established photo studio with “A Lady always in attendance” to put the women of 1884 at ease. On a hunch, I looked through my 1940 Racine phonebook and found, at the same location, a Harry J Leonard doing commercial photography — specializing in work “Out of Studio” for legal purposes. So, over at least a 52 year span, someone in the Leonard family was taking pictures in Racine.

1974 picture taken on front porch of 1405 College Avenue. Back row: Terry Peterson (neighbor from across the street), unknown. Middle row: Chris Harris (my best elementary school friend), Jason Wallace (my brother) Front row: Wrye Martin, Todd Wallace, unknown. I think we were supposed to be pretending that we were cold.

13 thoughts on “Home

  1. I am looking for archival information of Racine Kiwanis Youth Symphony. We are celebrating our 60th anniversary this year.

  2. I just found your site and it is great. I have many vintage photos from Racine in the late 1800s through WWI and beyond. I would be happy to share them electronically if I can do so. I just recently retired and am committing a good deal of time to this project. Is there a way for me to send you photos for posting and sharing with others?

  3. I am looking into the history of Racine from 1930-1950 on behalf of my late step-father, Robert B Clouse (Denison IA, 1928) His mother Hazel married to Byron Clouse, worked at Horlick’s after Byron’s untimely death in ~1944. Bob died in 2007 and I am writing his biography. Bob directed “Enter The Dragon”, released in 1973 – a Bruce Lee film that brought him brief fame and fortune. Any help would be appreciated. Celeste

  4. My grandfather Joseph Denman worked 50 years with Horlick Malted Milk Co. starting in England and relocating to Racine with the Co. He also played on the Horlick Soccer of which I have a picture which even includes Mr. Horlick. I also remember Horlick driving his electric car down Carlisie Ave. past my house.

  5. The City Bus Lines in the 40′s were : #1Washington- Douglas #2 Taylor -North Main #3 Grand & State #4 West 6th.- Geneva #5 Oak Park

  6. I.m looking for info from Racine My Great Grandfather owned Luedtke Bros Garage. If any body has pics please post

  7. Hello-I am trying to locate any information on Alfred C.Barry-He is my GG Grandfather-Do you happen to have information about him? He was the head of the State Education dept. in the 1850′s, Civil War Vet-Chaplain and Minister. Would you know his address when He lived there? Later in life he went on to live in Lodi, Wisconsin where he passed in 1888. Any information would be appreciated-Thank You (Any pictures of course would be great)

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