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On This Day in Wisconsin History

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On This Day: February 14

1819 - Typewriter Inventor Born
On this date the inventor of the modern typewriter, C. Latham Sholes, was born. Sholes moved to Wisconsin as a child and lived in Green Bay, Kenosha, and Milwaukee. In 1867, in Milwaukee, he presented his first model for the modern typewriter and patents for the device were taken out in 1868. Sholes took the advice of many mechanical experts, including Thomas Edison, and so claims that he was the sole inventor of the typewriter have often been disputed. [Source: Badger Saints and Sinners by Fred L. Homes, pg 316-328]

1848 - Harriet Laura Cramer Born
On this date Harriet Laura Cramer was born on a farm in Dodge County. A well-known Milwaukee philanthropist and art patron, Harriet Cramer was married to Milwaukee Evening Wisconsin founder William E. Cramer. After her husband's death, she continued to run the paper until 1918. In that year, the Evening Wisconsin was sold to the Hearst interests.

1862 - (Civil War) 15th Wisconsin Infantry Mustered In
The 15th Wisconsin Infantry mustered in. It would go on to fight in the battles of Perryville, Stones River, Orchard Knob, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Chickamauga, Resaca, and Kennesaw Mountain. Ninety-four of its members would die from combat and another 242 from disease.

1862 - The 15th Wisconsin Infantry Organized
On this date the 15th Wisconsin Infantry was organized at Camp Randall in Madison, Wisconsin, and mustered into the service. It was known as the "Scandinavian Regiment" because almost all of its soldiers were from Scandinavia - predominantly from Norway, but also from Denmark and Sweden. The 15th was repeatedly recognized as a well organized and efficiently run regiment. During its three year term of service, it also earned a well-deserved reputation for bravery and steadfastness in battle, especially at Stone River, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, and Pickett's Mill.

1960 - JFK Campaigns in Fort Atkinson
On this date, with a sound truck blaring Frank Sinatra's "High Hopes," Democratic Sen. John F. Kennedy began a campaign swing through southern Wisconsin with a stop and speech in Fort Atkinson. Other stops included Whitewater, Elkhorn and Lake Geneva. Accompanied by his wife, the 42-year-old Kennedy greeted individuals with: "Hello there, I'm Jack Kennedy. I'm a candidate in the Democratic primary for president, and I invite your support." [Source: Janesville Gazette]

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