This is a project I’ve been thinking of for quite a while, and it’s been reinforced every time I read books about Racine History. I think this is one of the quotes that got me started:
Mayor Secor gave generously to both Racine hospitals and to the Taylor Home. He had an annual “thirteenth pay day” for his workers, when they received an extra month’s salary. He boasted that 95 per cent of his employes owned their own homes.
Racine, The Belle City, page 113
- Vitrified paving brick first tried in 1893 on a single block at the foot of Main Street
- Hotel Racine, the first one
- The depression of 1920-21 … Racine: Growth and Change in a Wisconsin County, page 317
I’m not totally convinced of the date range.
Are there any biographies of the people who made the factories that provided so many jobs?
Argument that unions raised the wages:
- “During the 1930s the average weekly wage of the Racine worker was generally the second or third highest in the state, and an unusually high percentage of workers owned their own homes.” Racine: Growth and Change in a Wisconsin County, page 367,
Use the book Invention City: The Sesquicentennial History of Racine, Wisconsin
1902 Business and Professional directory here: http://www.vindustries.com/racinehistory/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Young_Co_s_Business_and_Professional_Dir.pdf