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Term: timeline of Wisconsin history, 1900 -1999

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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.

[Source: DOT: www.dot.wisconsin.gov/about/overview/timeline.htm DNR: www.wnrmag.com/supps/2005/apr05/timeline.htm; DWD: www.dwd.state.wi.us/dwd/DWDHistory/default.htm ]

351 records found

tabac (Fr.)
Tabor [origin of place name]
Tabor, Racine Co.
tackle (maritime)
tactics (Civil War)
Tadoussac
Tadych, Albert R. 1932
Taegesville, Marathon Co.
Taft, Town of, Taylor Co.
Taft-Harltey Act
Tafton, Town of, Grant Co.
Tainter Lake, Dunn Co.
Tainter, Andrew 1823 - 1899
Tainter, Jeremiah Burnham 1836 - 1920
Tainter, Town of, Dunn Co.
Taliesin
Tallmadge, Nathaniel Pitcher 1795 - 1864
Talon, Jean, comte d'Orsainville (c.1625-1694)
Talsky, George J. 1899
Tamarack, Trempealeau Co.
Tamarois
Tamms, Erwin G. 1931
tank top (maritime)
Tank, Nils Otto 1800 - 1864
Tanktown [origin of place name]
Tanner, Herbert Battles 1859 - 1933
Tannery Town, Ashland Co.
tanning and leather processing
taps and dies (maritime)
Tarrant, Pepin Co.
tassels (farming)
Tatum, Arthur Lawrie. 1884 - 1955
Taus, Manitowoc Co.
Tavera, Richland Co.
Taways
Taycheedah [origin of place name]
Taycheedah, Fond du Lac Co.
Taycheedah, Town of, Fond du Lac Co.
Taycheedahff [origin of place name]
Taychoperah
Taylor County [origin of place name]
Taylor, David 1818 - 1891
Taylor, Horace Adolphus 1837 - 1910
Taylor, Jackson Co.
Taylor, Lena C. 1966
Taylor, Town of, Sheboygan Co.
Taylor, Town of, Washington Co.
Taylor, Village of, Jackson Co.
Taylor, William Robert 1820 - 1909
Taylors Corners, Dane Co.
Tchidouakouongues
Te Winkle, William P. 1954
Teasdale, Howard (1855 - 1936)
Tecumseh, Shawnee War Chief (c.1768-1813)
Tehan, Robert, 1905-1975.
Tell Sharpshooters (Civil War)
Tell, Buffalo Co.
temperance
temperance movement in Wisconsin
ten-foot (railroads)
Tenney, Horace Addison 1820 - 1906
Tennyson, Grant Co.
Tennyson, Village of, Grant Co.
Teotsa, Rock Co.
termination
terra cotta (architecture)
terrace (farming)
territorial governor
territory
Terry, Earle Melvin 1879 - 1929
Terry, Walter E.
tertiary strata (mining)
Tesmer, Louise M.
Tess Corners, Waukesha Co.
Texas, Town of, Marathon Co.
Thayer, Eugene Butler 1853 - 1931
Thayer, Jesse B. 1845 - 1910
The "Dinky" (Historic Marker Erected 1989)
The Alexander Noble House (Historic Marker Erected
The Bad River (Historic Marker Erected 1957)
The Baraboo Range (Historic Marker Erected 1958)
The Battle of St. Croix Falls (Historic Marker Ere
The Circus (Historic Marker Erected 1970)
The Cobban Bridge (Historic Marker erected 1986)
The Coulee Region (Historic Marker Erected 1975)
The Dells, Town of, Sauk Co.
The Driftless Area (Erected 1983)
The Gideons (Historic Marker Erected 1958)
The Hodag (Historic Marker Erected 1973)
The Home of Colby Cheese (Historic Marker Erected
The Homme Homes (Historic Marker Erected 1973)
The Ice Cream Sundae (Historic Marker Erected 1973
The Iron Brigade (Historic Marker Erected 1992)
The John Mann House (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
The Lower Narrows (Historic Marker Erected 1996)
The McCoy Farmhouse (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
The McGilvray "Seven Bridges Road" (Historic Marke
The Medal of Honor (Historic Marker Erected 1990)
The Merrimac Ferry (Historic Marker Erected 1973)
The Military Road (Historic Marker Erected 1975)
The Name "Wisconsin" (Historic Marker Erected 1994
The Oldest Lutheran Church in Wisconsin (Historic
The Orchards of Door County (Historic Marker Erect
The Outlet Mound (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
The Passenger Pigeon (Historic Marker Erected 1973
The Point of Beginning (Historic Marker Erected 19
The Pursuit West (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
The Raube Road Site (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
The Sand Counties-Aldo Leopold Territory (Historic
The Saukville Trails (Historic Marker Erected 1998
The Smoker, Ho-Chunk chief
The Solomon Juneau House (Historic Marker Erected
The Spark (Historic Marker Erected 1957)
The Superior Entry (Historic Marker Erected 1976)
The U.S. Military at Turtle Village (Historic Mark
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Historic Ma
The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (Historic Mark
The University of Wisconsin-Superior (Historic Mar
The Upper Mississippi (Historic Marker Erected 198
The Valley View State (Historic Marker Erected 198
The Winnebago Trail (Historic Marker Erected 1978)
The Wisconsin River (Historic Marker Erected 1982)
theaters in Wisconsin
Theno, Daniel U. 1947
Theresa Station, Dodge Co.
Theresa [origin of place name]
Theresa, Dodge Co.
Theresa, Town of, Dodge Co.
Theresa, Village of, Dodge Co.
Thiensville, Ozaukee Co.
Thiensville, Village of, Ozaukee Co.
Third Lake Passage (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
Third Ward fire (Milwaukee, 1892)
Third Ward Fire: 1892 (Historic Marker Erected 199
Third Ward, Calumet Co.
Thirty-Second Division Memorial Highway (Historic
Thirty-Second Division Memorial Highway (Historic
Thiry Daems, Kewaunee Co.
Thomas, Ormsby Brunson 1832 - 1904
Thomas, Town of, Rusk Co.
Thompson, Barbara 1924
Thompson, Carl W. 1914
Thompson, George 1918
Thompson, John C[Ameron] 1872 - 1934
Thompson, Robert M. 1927
Thompson, Tommy G. 1941
Thompson, Washington Co.
Thompsonville [origin of place name]
Thompsonville, Racine Co.
Thomson, Alexander Mcdonald 1822 - 1898
Thomson, Vernon W. 1905
Thornapple Creek
Thornapple, Rusk Co.
Thornapple, Town of, Rusk Co.
Thornton, Shawano Co.
Thorp, Clark Co.
Thorp, Joseph G. 1812 - 1895
Thorp, Town of, Clark Co.
Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929) (Historic Marker Erec
Three Lakes, Oneida Co.
Three Lakes, Town of, Oneida Co.
Three Rivers (Trois-Rivières)
through platform (railroads)
Thunder, Betsy
Thwaites, Reuben Gold 1853 - 1913
Ti-Cho-Rah, Election precinct of, Marquette Co.
Tibbets, Walworth Co.
Tichigan, Racine Co.
Tiffany, Rock Co.
Tiffany, Town of, Dunn Co.
Tigers (Civil War)
Tigerton, Shawano Co.
Tigerton, Village of, Shawano Co.
Tilden, Chippewa Co.
Tilden, Town of, Chippewa Co.
Tilleda, Shawano Co.
timber frame (architecture)
Timberland [origin of place name]
Timberland, Burnett Co.
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1622-1699
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1700-1749
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1750-1783
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1784-1835
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1836-1899
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1900 -1999
Timlin, William Henry 1852 - 1916
Timme, Ernst Gerhardt 1843 - 1923
Timmerman, Lawrence W. 1910
Tioga, Clark Co.
Tionnontate
Tipler, Florence Co.
Tipler, Town of, Florence Co.
Tisch Mills [origin of place name]
Tisch Mills, Manitowoc Co.
Tish-shar-gon Lake, Racine Co.
Titanic (Wisconsin passengers)
Tittemore, James Nelson 1864 - 1949
Titus, William Albert 1868 - 1951
tobacco industry
Tobiasz, Raymond J. 1916
Tobin, Kenosha Co.
toise (Fr.)
Token Creek [origin of place name]
Token Creek, Dane Co.
Tomah (Historic Marker Erected 1959)
Tomah [brief history]
Tomah [origin of place name]
Tomah, Menominee leader, ca. 1752 - 1818
Tomah, Monroe Co.
Tomah, Town of, Monroe Co.
Tomahawk Lake, Town of, Oneida Co.
Tomahawk [origin of place name]
Tomahawk, Lincoln Co.
Tomahawk, Town of, Lincoln Co.
Tonet, Kewaunee Co.
Tony, Rusk Co.
Tony, Village of, Rusk Co.
top-loader (logging)
topmast (maritime)
Topside, Bayfield Co.
Torkelson, Martin W. (1878-1963)(Historic Marker E
tornadoes in Wisconsin
Torun, Portage Co.
Totagatic River [origin of place name]
tourism in Wisconsin
Tow-head (logging)
Tow-team (logging)
Towerville, Crawford Co.
Towns, Debi 1956
Townsend, John F. 1938
Townsend, Oconto Co.
Townsend, Town of, Oconto Co.
township
Tracy, Clarissa Tucker 1818 - 1905
Trade Lake [origin of place name]
Trade Lake, Burnett Co.
Trade Lake, Town of, Burnett Co.
Trade River, Burnett Co.
trade unions in Wisconsin
Tragedy of the Siskiwit (Historic Marker Erected 1
Tragedy of War (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
Trail Discovery (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
trainman (railroads)
Trane, Reuben Nicholas 1886 - 1954
transition rocks (mining)
transom (maritime)
trap, or trapean rocks (mining)
traverse
Travis, David M. 1948
Travois (logging)
Treaty of 1825 (Prairie du Chien)
Treaty of 1827 (Butte des Morts)
Treaty of 1829 (Prairie du Chien)
Treaty of 1832 (Fort Armstrong)
Treaty of 1833 (Chicago)
Treaty of the Cedars (Historic Marker Erected 1958
Tredway Pumas (Civil War)
Tredway Rifles (Civil War)
Trees for Tomorrow
Trego, Town of, Washburn Co.
Trego, Washburn Co.
Tregoning, Joseph E. 1941
Trek Bicycle Corporation
Tremain, Ben 1888
Tremble, Brown Co.
Trempealeau County [origin of place name]
Trempealeau River
Trempealeau, Town of, Buffalo Co.
Trempealeau, Town of, Trempealeau Co.
Trempealeau, Trempealeau Co.
Trempealeau, Village of, Trempealeau Co.
trench (farming)
Trenton, Pierce Co.
Trenton, Town of, Dodge Co.
Trenton, Town of, Pierce Co.
Trenton, Town of, Washington Co.
Treutel, Arthur H. 1897
Trever, Albert Augustus 1874 - 1940
Trevino, Buffalo Co.
Trevor, Kenosha Co.
Trimbelle, Pierce Co.
Trimbelle, Town of, Pierce Co.
Trinke, William F. 1897
Trip-boom (logging)
triple-expansion steam engine (maritime)
Tripoli, Lincoln Co.
Tripp, Town of, Bayfield Co.
Trippville, Vernon Co.
Trois-Rivieres
Troop Encampment (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
Tropman, Peter J. 1944
Trough-roof (logging)
Troupes de la Marine (Compagnies Franches de la Ma
Trow (historical), Clark Co.
Troy Center, Walworth Co.
Troy [origin of place name]
Troy, Town of, Sauk Co.
Troy, Town of, St. Croix Co.
Troy, Town of, Walworth Co.
Troy, Walworth Co.
Truax, Eau Claire Co.
True, Town of, Rusk Co.
Truesdell, Kenosha Co.
Truman, Lafayette Co.
trunk (maritime)
Tuczynski, Phillip James 1947
tug; tugboat (maritime)
Tuleta Hills, Green Lake Co.
Tunbridge, Town of, Jefferson Co.
Tunnel City, Monroe Co.
Tunnelville, Richland Co.
Turba, Wilfrid J. 1928
Turn (logging)
turn of the bilge (maritime)
Turneaure, Frederick Eugene 1866 - 1951
Turner, Andrew Jackson 1832 - 1905
Turner, Frederick Jackson (1861-1932) (Historic Ma
Turner, Frederick Jackson 1861 - 1932
Turner, Robert L. 1947
turntable (railroads)
Turtle Lake [origin of place name]
Turtle Lake, Barron Co.
Turtle Lake, Rock Co.
Turtle Lake, Town of, Barron Co.
Turtle Lake, Village of, Barron Co.
Turtle, Town of, Rock Co.
Turville Point, Madison
Tuscobia [origin of place name]
Tuscobia, Barron Co.
Tustin, Waushara Co.
Tweedy, John Hubbard 1814 - 1891
Twelve Corners, Outagamie Co.
Twelve Mile Bluff [origin of place name]
Twin Bluffs, Richland Co.
Twin Grove, Green Co.
Twin Lakes, Kenosha Co.
Twin Lakes, Village of, Kenosha Co.
Twin Lakes, Waukesha co.
Twin Rivers, Census district of, Manitowoc Co.
Twin Rivers, Manitowoc Co.
Twin Town, Barron Co.
Two Creeks [origin of place name]
Two Creeks, Manitowoc Co.
Two Creeks, Town of, Manitowoc Co.
Two Rivers [brief history]
Two Rivers [origin of place name]
Two Rivers, Manitowoc Co.
Two Rivers, Town of, Manitowoc Co.
Tyler Forks, Iron Co.
typewriter
Tyran, Florence Co.

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