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Historical Essay

Migrant Workers' Bunk Beds

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Bunk beds used by the Contreras family, Mexican-American migrant workers, in Wautoma, Wisconsin, 1970s-1980s. (Museum object #1999.16.1A-G)

Date: 1967 

Description: At the center stands Father Antonio Gonzales, a former migrant worker from Rio Grande City, Texas, who is visiting his parents in Wautoma. In 1966, he led...

Property Record

121 WAUPACA ST

Community: Wautoma

County: Waushara

Historic Name: 

Reference Number: 41770

Date: 1966-08-15 

Description: A woman and man, members of Obreros Unidos, (United Workers) sit crossed legged on a roadside of Highway 21 eating lunch. They are resting from a march to...

Property Record

304-310 S SCOTT ST

Community: Wautoma

County: Waushara

Historic Name: Waushara Training School

Reference Number: 88676

Date: 1905 ca.

Description: Waushara County Court House. There is a statue in the foreground and homes in the background.

Date: 1969 

Description: A boy wearing a white short-sleeved t-shirt and dark pants is barefoot and standing to the left of a communal shower hut for migrant farm workers in a Waut...

Date: 1966 

Description: Close-up portrait of a migrant farm worker listening to speeches at an Oberos Unidos (United Workers) pre-march rally at Waushara Courthouse. The march was...

Property Record

470 FAIR ST

Community: Wautoma

County: Waushara

Historic Name: 

Reference Number: 88646

Photograph

Oxford Street

Date: 1967 

Description: Traffic on Oxford Street (State Highway 21&73), with a parking meter in the foreground and old storefronts in the distance.

Property Record

202 ST MARIE ST

Community: Wautoma

County: Waushara

Historic Name: 

Reference Number: 88677

Date: 1966 

Description: A sign stapled to a tree on a labor camp that says "No trespassing/Visitors will be prosecuted under Section 943.13, Wis. State." This sign was typically u...

Date: 1966-08-15 

Description: 30 marchers of Obreros Unidos (United Workers) march from Wautoma to Madison on Highway 21 to petition lawmakers to hold farms and food industry corporatio...

Property Record

200 W MAIN ST

Community: Wautoma

County: Waushara

Historic Name: MASONIC BUILDING

Reference Number: 42489

Property Record

301 W MAIN ST

Community: Wautoma

County: Waushara

Historic Name: A.L. TRUFANT BUILDING

Reference Number: 42929

Property Record

356 S WALKER ST

Community: Wautoma

County: Waushara

Historic Name: 

Reference Number: 219021

National or State Registers Record

209 St. Marie St.

Community: Wautoma

County: Waushara

Historic Name: Waushara County Courthouse, Waushara County Sheriff's Residence and Jail

Reference Number: 82000729

Property Record

344 WAUPACA ST

Community: Wautoma

County: Waushara

Historic Name: 

Reference Number: 88687

Property Record

302 N SCOTT ST

Community: Wautoma

County: Waushara

Historic Name: 

Reference Number: 88673

Property Record

203 W MAIN ST

Community: Wautoma

County: Waushara

Historic Name: 

Reference Number: 42937

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