Dictionary of Wisconsin History
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Term: Oak Creek [brief history]
Oak Creek is located south of Milwaukee on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee County. The area was populated by the Potawatomi and Menominee Indians until the mid 1830s, when the US government forced them off their land.
Like many of Milwaukee’s suburbs at the time, Oak Creek was mainly an agricultural center with many farms spread across the area. The railroad connecting Milwaukee and Chicago began running in 1855 and brought much commerce to the emerging village.
Besides farming, major local businesses included the United States Glue Company, American Tar Products, and the Lake Side Distillery. When the dairy industry began to dominate the state’s agriculture, many creameries and cheese houses were built as well.
In 1956, General Motor’s AC Spark Plug was built in town. NASA selected the plant to participate in America’s space program for the guidance and navigation systems onboard the Apollo aircrafts in 1962. Today, the company is not affiliated with GM, but is known as the Delphi Engine and Energy Management Systems.
Popular NFL star John “The Tooz” Matuszak (1950-1989) was a longtime resident of Oak Creek before being drafted as the number one overall pick in the 1973 NFL draft. After his football career ended, he could frequently be seen in popular movies and television shows.
Unfortunately, Oak Creek also lays claim to tragedy. On September 6, 1985, 31 people lost their lives as a Midwest Airlines jetliner crashed into a nature preserve shortly after takeoff.
[Source: WHS Library-Archives staff, 2009]
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Antigo [brief history]
Babcock, Stephen Moulton 1843 - 1931
Blanchard, Alvin 1830 - 1910
Buffalo City [brief history]
cheese in Wisconsin
cheesemaking in Wisconsin
Cheeseville, Washington Co.
Cook, Samuel Andrew 1849 - 1918
Cottage Inn, Lafayette Co.
Crandon [brief history]
curd separation (dairy)
dairy industry in Wisconsin
Denmark (Historic Marker Erected 1998)
Favill, Stephen 1823 - 1906
Galli, G. Fred 1902
Hart, Edwin Bret 1874 - 1953
Hastings, Edwin George 1872 - 1953
Hazen, Chester 1824 - 1900
Hinz, Emil A. 1889
Hutter, William Herman 1875 - 1951
Jaronitzky, June 1938
Johnson, Burdette Jay 1826 - 1902
Jones, Milo Cornelius 1849 - 1919
Karlen, Jacob 1840 - 1920
Krumrey, Henry 1852 - 1922
Mccanna, Charles B. 1851 - 1913
Mireau, George 1888
Monroe [brief history]
New Glarus (Historic Marker Erected 1962)
Oak Creek [brief history]
Odell, Emery Alvin 1871 - 1953
Quarry, Manitowoc Co.
Racine [brief history]
Riehle, Ben A. 1897
Russell, Harry Luman 1866 - 1954
Saint Francis [brief history]
Simmons, Zalmon Gilbert 1828 - 1910
Smith, Hiram 1817 - 1890
The Home of Colby Cheese (Historic Marker Erected
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1836-1899
Watertown [brief history]
Wisconsin Dairymen's Association
Wisconsin's Dairy Industry (Historic Marker Erecte