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On This Day: September 11

1861 - (Civil War) Skirmish at Lewinsville, Virginia

The 5th Wisconsin Infantry and Company G of the 1st U.S. Sharpshooters fought in a skirmish at Lewinsville, Virginia.

1903 - Auto racing debuts at The Milwaukee Mile

On this date William Jones of Chicago won a five-lap speed contest, setting the first track record with a 72 second, 50 mph lap in the process. The Milwaukee Mile was originally a private horse track, in existence since at least 1876, and is the oldest, continuously operating auto racing facility in the world. [Source: Wisconsin State Fair History of the Milwaukee Mile]

1912 - St. Mary's Hospital Dedicated

On this date St. Mary's Hospital in Madison was dedicated. Madison architect Ferdinand Kronenberg designed the 70-bed red brick facility which cost over $170,000 to complete. [Source: Bishops to Bootleggers: A Biographical Guide to Resurrection Cemetery, p.35]

1974 - Harold E. Hallows Dies

On this date Harold E. Hallows died. Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Hallows championed court reform. He was born in Fond du Lac and graduated from Marquette University in 1926. A successful Milwaukee lawyer and Marquette University law professer, Hallows was appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor Vernon Thomson in 1958 and was elected again in 1958 and 1969. He was known for his folksy and humorous speaking style, keen intellect, and a complete dedication to his belief that the law should keep abreast of the changing needs of society. Hallows is buried in Resurrection Cemetery in Madison. [Source: Bishops to Bootleggers: A Biographical Guide to Resurrection Cemetery,p.235]

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