Pictures from Catherine Kirk

Racine Chautauqua 1910

Racine Chautauqua July 1910

Painters 1906

Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators, and Paperhangers of America, 1906, Lake Geneva

Standard Oil Truck

Polarine was a “baby” brand of the Standard Oil Company and their ads appeared a lot in the early 1900′s with the new popularity of the “horseless carriage”.

Root River excursion circa 1912

Root River excursion circa 1912

Girl from Racine - circa 1912

Gorton Manufacturing - patriotic pictures

Gorton Manufacturing – patriotic pictures

Gorton Manufacturing - patriotic pictures 1

Gorton Manufacturing – patriotic pictures

Clara Hoglund Rasmussen

The photo of my grandmother, Clara Hoglund Rasmussen, was taken in around 1908. She is the tallest girl, the sixth from the right. She would have been around 12 years old at the time and only completed 8th grade so this may have been a graduation picture. She lived in the 11th Ward at 1650 Washington Avenue during her school years. I cannot determine what school she went to, but I wonder if it is the current Walden HS?


Winterberg Sisters- (1)

The Winterberg sisters came to Racine from Denmark in the mid-1890s. Before they married, they worked at the Merchants Hotel as maids and laundresses. My Great-grandmother Christine is on the far left with her sisters Marie in the middle and Anna at far right.

Women dressing as men - circa 1910 1

Women dressing as men – circa 1910

Women dressing as men - circa 1910 3

Women dressing as men – circa 1910. The woman seated at the far left in the bibbed overalls and cap holding a beer bottle is my Grandmother, Clara Hoglund Rasmussen Bashaw.

Women dressing as men - circa 1910 4

Women dressing as men – circa 1910

Women dressing as men - circa 1910 5

Women dressing as men – circa 1910

Women dressing as men - circa 1910 6

Women dressing as men – circa 1910

Alan Bashaw

Alan Bashaw. My Grandfather, Alan Bashaw, came from Lake Geneva but settled in Racine after marriage to my Grandmother. He was in WWI and was assigned to Camp Funston in Junction city, Kansas. This camp experienced the 1918 flu pandemic and one of my Grandfather’s jobs was bringing the dead victims from the hospital to the morgue. He talked about seeing so many young men die, not in battle, but from the flu.

WWI - Camp Funston Kansas 1

WWI – Camp Funston Kansas. There are two photos of soldiers playing push ball. The photo is labeled – “20th inf. vs 41st inf, July 4, 18”. My grandfather has marked himself with an “X” in one of the pictures.

WWI - Camp Funston Kansas 2

WWI – Camp Funston Kansas

WWI - Troop F

WWI – Troop F

WWI - Troop F cooks

WWI – Troop F cooks. I also included two other WWI photos that were sent to my Great-uncle in Lake Geneva – both are postmarked 1917. There is a note on the back of one of them that indicates these were taken at Camp Douglas, Wis. which I believe is now know as Camp McCoy.


6 thoughts on “Pictures from Catherine Kirk

  1. I can imagine that those women enjoyed the fun of dressing like men – getting out of those long dresses and petticoats! In one of the camp funnston photos isn’t the man in the middle of the photo with his back to us, wearing a fuzzy tail?

    • In the WW II Camp Funston photo, what you think is a fuzzy tail is actually the lower leg of another person ahead and to the left of him. Just enlarge the photo (pinch and spread) to see it more clearly.

  2. Camp Douglas still exists. It’s about 12 miles NW of Mauston, WI. It also Is the home of Camp Williams. The Air Force has a large Base on the interstate In Camp Douglas. It Is on the list of places the Space Shuttle could have landed In an emergency, because It has such a long runway. We have Fighter, and C130s etc. practicing quite often up here.

  3. Very cool. I think you ought to get copies of all the above to Mary Beth and Sadie. They’d love them.. Thanks for the memories.


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