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Term: timeline of Wisconsin history, 1900 -1999


Adapted and expanded from Schafer, Joseph. "Outline History of Wisconsin." 1925 Wisconsin Blue book (Madison, 1925)  and materials prepared by the Society's Office of School Services, the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation, and the Wisconsin Dept. of Workforce Development. More information about most people and places listed here can be found by searching them in this dictionary.

1900 Interstate Park in Polk County becomes the first state park in Wisconsin.

1900. May 1-8, forest fires raged on Chequamegon Bay and Menomonee River, the damage reaching over $1,000,000.  July 6, a tornado swept Winnebago County, one person being killed and much damage done to property; August 20, a similar tornado swept Sheboygan, about seventy-five buildings being levelled. Robert M. La Follette elected governor.

1901.  January 7, Gov. Robert M. La Follette was inaugurated - the first native-born executive of the State. February 4, the battle-ship "Wisconsin" was put into commission; to it the people of the State presented, May 27, a silver service and bronze badger.

1903. A primary election law was passed, subject to a popular vote referendum, and Progressive taxes on railroads, mortgages, and inheritances were passed.

1904. February 27, a large part of the State capitol at Madison was burned.

1905. The legislature adopted a civil service act, regulating appointments to public office within the State. Automobile license law passed; forest fire control begins with the appointment of 249 town fire wardens around the state.

1906. April 5, Milwaukee elected a full Socialist municipal ticket , the first large city to be governed by that party. November 8, the Socialists carried Milwaukee county, electing Victor Berger first Socialist member of Congress. John Dietz of Cameron Dam, defied the state authorities and was besieged October 2-8, in his cabin; two of Dietz's children were wounded, and during the last days of the siege a deputy sheriff was shot.

1907 Legislature set the maximum hours of labor for children to 55 a week and adopted a list of dangerous occupations prohibited to children under 16.

1908 Constitution amended to allow state funding of construction and improvement of public highways.

1909 The first attempt at workers compensation legislation proposed (unsuccessfully). First outboard motor that was commercially successful was developed in Milwaukee by Ole Evinrude.

1911 On June 23, Wausau native John Schwister flies the state's first home-built airplane; State highway commission is established.

1911 Workmen's Compensation Act (now Worker's Compensation) guaranteeing injury compensation as a legal right was enacted on May 3, 1911, and became effective September 1st to be administered by the Industrial Commission. The Constitutionality of the Act was upheld by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on November 1, 1911 (and by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1926).

1913 First minimum wage law. It specified that a "living wage" must be paid to women and minors. When it took effect in 1919, the minimum wage was set at 22 cents per hour for women and minors 17 years of age and older.

1917 The U.S. enters World War I; many key Wisconsin legislative leaders oppose the war; Wisconsin becomes first state to meet draft requirements; 120,000 soldiers serve in the military, and almost 4,000 die in the war.

1917 The 5,000 mile state trunk highway system is established. First Wisconsin roadmap is produced.

1918 Wisconsin develops a uniform highway classification and numbering system which is later adopted nationally.

1919 The Wisconsin legislature ratifies the nineteenth amendment (women's suffrage), then becomes first state to deliver ratification to Congress. E. L. "Curly" Lambeau starts a town team called the Green Bay Packers and coaches them to six world championships.

1920 the first electric blow dryers for hair are invented by two Wisconsin companies,  Racine Universal Motor Company and Hamilton Beach.

1924 Robert M. LaFollette Sr. runs unsuccessfully for president, receiving nearly five million votes and winning Wisconsin.

1927 The nation's first snowmobile patent was obtained by Carl J.E. Eliason of Sayner on November 22

1929 Stock market crashes and Wisconsin, with the rest of the country, slides into the Great Depression
1932 First unemployment compensation law, January 28. Wisconsin was the first state to establish an Unemployment Compensation program and issued the first Unemployment Compensation Check in the United States, on August 17, 1936.

1933 The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established.

1934 Kohler Strike: when Kohler Co. employees attempt to organize a union, the company refuses to bargain with them and during the ensuing strike, two people are killed and 47 wounded on July 27th. The Wisconsin Progressive Party is organized.

1937 Wisconsin Labor Relations Board created to help resolve labor disputes.

1941 The United States enters World War II. 332,000 Wisconsin residents serve in U.S. military, including 9,000 women.

1945 Wisconsin became one of first three states to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin or ancestry in employment; this law became known as the Fair Employment Law.  The nation's first strike to last longer than a year started on December 26, 1945, when Local 180 of the United Automobile Workers of America struck the J.I. Case Manufacturing Company, Racine. On March 9, 1947, the workers voted 927¿448 in favor of accepting the company offer of an increase in wages from 25 cents to 26 cents an hour.

1946 The Wisconsin Progressive Party dissolves, and its members rejoin the Republican Party.

1948 Wisconsin celebrates its centennial as a state. Aldo Leopold, author of A Sand County Almanac, dies fighting a grass fire between Portage and Baraboo on April 28.

1951 Smokey Bear makes first public appearance in Wisconsin (Hurley).

1953 Hank Aaron signs contract with the Milwaukee Braves.

1956 Interstate Highway Act enacted under President Eisenhower to create a quality network of highways throughout the nation to serve national defense during the cold war.

1958 First segment of Interstate highway in WI dedicated - - 7.5 miles of I-94 between Goerke's Corners and CTH "SS" in Waukesha County.

1965 Open housing law passed, guaranteeing all persons equal opportunity for housing, regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, or ancestry. Wisconsin also becomes the first state to outlaw job discrimination on the basis of disability.

1967 Students at UW-Madison protest Dow Chemical co. recruiters on campus, resulting in confrontations with police and injuries.

1976 Shirley S. Abrahamson is appointed the first woman to serve as a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. 

1978 Vel Phillips is elected secretary of state in Wisconsin, the first African American elected a constitutional officer.

1980 Brother and sister, Eric and Beth Heiden of Madison, compete in the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. Eric sets a world record, winning five gold medals in speed skating.

1982-1983. State unemployment percentage reaches highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

1996 A new welfare plan called W-2 (Wisconsin Works) was signed into law.

1998 Wisconsin ended AFDC after seven  months transition to W-2.  Governor Tommy Thompson was present for the issuance of the last paper AFDC welfare check in Wisconsin.

View related articles at Wisconsin Magazine of History Archives.

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92 records found

Armstrong Creek, Town of, Forest Co.
Babcock, Joseph Weeks 1850 - 1909
Baensch, Emil 1857 - 1939
Baker, Ray Stannard [David Grayson] 1870 - 1946
Bancroft, Levi Horace 1861 - 1948
Barton, Albert Olaus 1870 - 1947
Beck, Joseph David 1866 - 1936
Berceau, Terese 1950
Blaine, John James 1873 - 1934
Bolens, Harry Wilbur 1864 - 1944
Bosshard, Otto 1876 - 1943
Brown [Willis], Olympia 1835 - 1926
Bryant, George Edwin 1832 - 1907
Capitol fire (1904)
Carpenter, Tim
Chvala, Chuck 1954
Chynoweth, Herbert William 1848 - 1906
Commons, John Rogers 1862 - 1945
Connor, William Duncan 1864 - 1944
conservation movement
Cook, Samuel Andrew 1849 - 1918
Crownhart, Charles Henry 1863 - 1930
Damann, Theodore 1869 - 1946
Davidson, James O. 1854 - 1922
Duff, Marc C. 1961
Ekern, Herman Lewis 1872 - 1954
Frank, Glenn 1887 - 1940
Frear, James Archibald 1861 - 1939
Gale, Zona 1874 - 1938
Ganfield, William Arthur 1873 - 1940
Gelatt, Roland Bernard 1856 - 1917
Haight, Theron Wilber 1840 - 1913
Handley, John Joseph 1876 - 1941
Hannan, John Joseph 1866 - 1946
Hatton, William H. 1856 - 1937
Haugen, Nils Pederson 1849 - 1931
Heil, Julius Peter 1876 - 1949
Hoard, William Dempster 1836 - 1918
Holmes, Frederick Lionel 1883 - 1946
Hough, Maxine 1961
Houser, Walter L. 1855 - 1928
Huber, Henry Allen 1869 - 1933
Hull, Merlin 1870 - 1953
James, Ada Lois 1876 - 1952
Kading, Charles August 1874 - 1956
Kohler, Walter Jodok 1875 - 1940
Kronshage, Theodore Jr. 1869 - 1934
Krumrey, Henry 1852 - 1922
La Follette, Belle Case, 1859-1931
La Follette, Bronson C. 1936
La Follette, Douglas J.
La Follette, Philip Fox, 1897-1965
La Follette, Robert Marion Sr. (1855-1925)(Histori
La Follette, Robert Marion Sr. 1855 - 1925
La Follette, Robert Marion, Jr., 1895 - 1953
La Follette, Town of, Burnett Co.
La Follette, Town of, Forest Co.
Lassa, Julie M. 1970
Lenroot, Irvine Luther 1869 - 1949
Levitan, Solomon 1862 - 1940
Mccarthy, Charles 1873 - 1921
Mcgovern, Francis Edward 1866 - 1946
Myrick, Harry Pierce 1857 - 1916
Odell, Emery Alvin 1871 - 1953
Olbrich, Michael Balthasar 1881 - 1929
Payne, Henry Clay 1843 - 1904
Pettis, Mark L. 1950
Pfister, Charles [Frederick] 1859 - 1927
Philipp, Emanuel Lorenz 1861 - 1925
primary elections in Wisconsin
Progressive Movement
Sawyer, Philetus 1816 - 1900
Schilling, Robert 1843 - 1922
Schmedeman, Albert George 1864 - 1946
Scofield, Edward 1842 - 1925
Siebecker, Robert George 1854 - 1922
Sinicki, Christine 1960
Skindrud, Richard A. 1944
Spooner, John Coit 1843 - 1919
Stephenson, Isaac 1829 - 1918
Stevens, Edmond Ray 1869 - 1930
Teasdale, Howard (1855 - 1936)
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1900 -1999
Tittemore, James Nelson 1864 - 1949
Travis, David M. 1948
Von Cotzhausen, Frederick William 1838 - 1924
Whitehead, John Meek 1852 - 1924
Wilcox, Roy Porter 1873 - 1946
Wilder, Amos Parker 1862 - 1936
Youmans, Theodora Winton, 1863 - 1932

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