Rare 1911 Manual Shows Teacher’s Look at Life at Vesper Graded School

In a state where the one-room schoolhouse was quite the norm in the early 1900s, tiny Vesper, Wis., boasted an impressive two-story brick school building that was the center of learning for area children for decades. Built in 1906 just off of Main Street in Vesper, the Vesper Graded School was home to students of District No. 1, Town of Hansen. We get … Continue reading Rare 1911 Manual Shows Teacher’s Look at Life at Vesper Graded School

Poignant Photo: Fishin’ with Dad in 1942

Photographs can document history in many ways, so it’s fun to look deeper into historical images to learn what they can tell us. The image atop this post shows a man and a boy. The man has a cane pole, so we can assume the pair has gone or is going fishing. Look a little … Continue reading Poignant Photo: Fishin’ with Dad in 1942

Couple Sets a Trend with Their 1925 ‘Selfies’

Many decades before the social phenomenon of taking self-portraits or “selfies” became all the rage, a young honeymooning couple in July 1925 predicted the trend by snapping their own photos at a camp site in Hayward, Wisconsin. Carl F. Hanneman and the former Ruby Viola Treutel were married on July 14, 1925 at St. James … Continue reading Couple Sets a Trend with Their 1925 ‘Selfies’

1890s Carriage Stone Serves as a Family Gathering Place

Back in the days when horses were the main mode of transportation, many homes across America had carriage stones near the street to assist those stepping down from horse-drawn carriages. A fine example of the carriage stone stands in front of the old Hanneman home on Morris Street in Mauston, Wis. The carriage stone no doubt served its time … Continue reading 1890s Carriage Stone Serves as a Family Gathering Place

About

The Hanneman Archive is a project of Joe Hanneman, a writer, editor and marketer with more than 37 years of experience. The Archive started as a small project helping Hanneman’s father, David D. Hanneman, with his 55th high school reunion at Mauston High School in Wisconsin. When the senior Hanneman became ill with cancer in … Continue reading About

A Card & Letter for Your First Birthday, June 1965

Handwritten letters are a lost art, so it was particularly thrilling to find one inside a card  from my paternal grandparents, Carl and Ruby Hanneman, sent for my first birthday in June 1965. My grandmother was a prolific letter writer, note scribbler and update scrivener. She wrote in a stream of consciousness.  Sentences didn’t always … Continue reading A Card & Letter for Your First Birthday, June 1965

Ruby Treutel and the 1922 Lincoln H.S. Ahdawagam

One beautiful young lady truly stands out among the 160 pages of the 1922 Ahdawagam. What is an Ahdawagam, you ask? It is the name of the school annual, or yearbook, at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids. Ahdawagam is an Indian word that refers to the “two-sided rapids” along the Wisconsin River. The specially … Continue reading Ruby Treutel and the 1922 Lincoln H.S. Ahdawagam

A House, a Home and a Wistful Goodbye

The house was silent and the wooden bookshelves were empty, yet a small something caught my eye. In the corner of one shelf stood a tiny metal figurine: an Indian in headdress, from a cowboys and Indians play set from long ago. The man was kneeling with a rifle pointed off in the distance. The … Continue reading A House, a Home and a Wistful Goodbye

NewsBits

Little dispatches from the newspapers of yesterday. Check back often as we continually add to this Hanneman Archive collection.

Hospital Chart Documents 1939 Pneumonia Scare

It might seem a very odd thing to save, the pages of a hospital chart from 1939. But I suspect my father viewed his battle with pneumonia at age 6 as a defining moment. Perhaps his parents, Carl F. and Ruby Hanneman, feared they would lose their youngest son to an illness with a reputation for … Continue reading Hospital Chart Documents 1939 Pneumonia Scare