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On This Day: January 21

1864 - (Civil War) Reconnaissance in Tennessee and Texas

The 1st Wisconsin Infantry scouted terrain from Chattanooga to Harrison and Ooletwah, Tennessee. On the same day, the 23rd Wisconsin Infantry participated in a reconnaissance mission on the Matagorda Peninsula in Texas.

1928 - Kimberly-Clark Corp. Founder John Kimberly Dies

On this date John A. Kimberly died. Kimberly, along with Havilah Babcock, Charles B. Clark, and Frank C. Shattuck, joined forces as partners in Neenah, Wisconsin to start Kimberly, Clark and Co. in 1872. By 1906, John A. Kimberly had gradually withdrawn from an active role in the company. He continued as president and retained the title until his death at the age of 90. For the last 20 years of his life, he lived in Redlands, California, effectively letting others run the firm. [Source: History of the Fox River Valley, vol. 3, page(s) 306-308]

1935 - Five Janesville Youths Arrested

On this date five Janesville boys, ages 13-16, were arrested for a string of burglaries, including the thefts of cigarettes, whisky and blankets. While in the police station, one of the boys tried to crack the safe in the chief's office. [Source: Janesville Gazette]

1945 - Truman Olson of Cambridge Awarded WWII Medal of Honor

On this date the Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously to Sgt. Truman C. Olson of Cambridge, for almost single-handedly stopping a German counterattack on the beachhead in Anzio, Italy, on January 30, 1944. Twice wounded, Olson nevertheless manned his machine-gun for 36 hours. He killed 20 Germans and wounded many others. [Source: Janesville Gazette]