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On This Day: July 25

1862 - (Civil War) Reconnaissance in Virginia continues

The 2nd, 6th and 7th Wisconsin Infantry regiments continued their reconnaissance from Fredericksburg to Orange Court House, Virginia.

1891 - Joseph A. Padway Born

On this date Joseph A. Padway, an important figure in the Wisconsin labor movement, was born in England. He immigrated to the United States in 1905 and relocated to Milwaukee the following year. Padway established himself as one of the nation's premier labor lawyers. In 1915 he was appointed general counsel for the Wisconsin State Federation of Labor and was legal counsel for all American Federation of Labor (AFL) affiliates in Wisconsin. In the early 1930s Samuel Gompers appointed him general counsel for the American Federation of Labor, a post which he retained until his death in 1947. He was involved with several high profile labor disputes including the Kohler Company and Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company strikes of 1934. Padway was also active in state politics. He served in the state legislature in 1925. On October 9, 1947, while addressing the AFL convention in San Francisco, Padway suffered a stroke and died. [Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography]

1906 - Composer Arthur Kreutz Born

On this date composer, conductor and violinist, Arthur Kreutz, was born in Wisconsin. He began violin studies when he was seven, with his father, a violinist in the St. Paul Symphony. Kreutz attended the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Chemical Engineering. After several European Jazz tours, he returned to the University of Wisconsin in the mid 1930s to study violin and composition. He received a master of arts degree in music education from Columbia University in 1940. Kreutz began his teaching career in the Madison, Wisconsin public school system where he also conducted the Madison Federal Symphony. His early compositions brought him distinguished honors, among them the 1940 Prix de Rome in composition and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1944-46). In 1952, Kreutz joined the music faculty of the University of Mississippi and after his retirement he continued to reside in Oxford. Jazz was the primary influence in his compositions. [Source: University of Mississippi]

1918 - William Coniff Dies

On this date William Coniff was killed when allied forces battled the Germans on the Marne River. Coniff was the first Madisonian to be killed in battle during World War I. Coniff served with the 127th Infantry, Company F, American Expeditionary Force in France. Prior to the outbreak of WWI, Coniff worked as a pressman for the Madison Democrat. [Source: From Bishops to Bootleggers: A Biographical Guide to Resurrection Cemetery, p. 205]

1969 - Oshkosh Airport Named for S.J. Wittman

On this date the Oshkosh Airport was named to honor S.J. Wittman. Wittman was an aircraft designer, inventor and, for 38 years, was America's premier race pilot. One of his planes is in the Smithsonian. His dedication to aviation focused worldwide attention on Oshkosh. [Source: History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin's Historical Markers edited by Sarah Davis McBride, p. 72]

1999 - First Brewer Inducted into Hall of Fame

On this date Robin Yount became the first player inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in a Brewer's jersey. Yount entered the major leagues at the age of 18 and spent his entire career with the Milwaukee Brewers as number 19 at short stop and center field. His awards are numerous, including being selected as an all-star three times as well as American league MVP twice. [Source: Milwaukee Brewers]