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On This Day: October 30

1847 - First Milwaukee Meeting for Organized Charities Held

On this date the first meeting in Milwaukee for organized charities was held at a schoolhouse on the corner of Jefferson and Mason streets. Mrs. William Pitt Lynde presided over the assembled group, which resolved to form a benevolent society to benefit the poor and destitute. The society was maintained by subscriptions and donations, and promoted philanthopic activities in Milwaukee. [Source: History of Milwaukee, vol. II, p.263]

1862 - (Civil War) The 32nd Wisconsin Infantry Leaves Oshkosh for the front

The 32nd Wisconsin Infantry left for the war from Camp Bargg in Oshkosh. It went to Memphis, Tennessee, then moved through Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia and Washington D.C. It would fight in the Siege of Atlanta, Sherman's March to the Sea, the Battle of Bentonville and the surrender of the Confederate army. It would lose 281 men during its service. One officer and 26 enlisted men were killed.One officer and 253 enlisted men died from disease.

1877 - George John Schneider Born

On this date, George John Schneider was born in the town of Grand Chute, Wisconsin. A long time member and supporter of labor, Schneider was vice president of the International Brotherhood of Paper Makers from 1909 to 1927 and a member of the executive board of the Wisconsin State Federation of Labor from 1921 to 1928. He was elected to Congress as a Republican and served in Wisconsin's 9th District from March 4, 1923-March 3, 1933 but was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election. Schneider then changed to the Progressive Party and served in Congress from 1935 to 1939 in Wisconsin's 8th Congressional District. Schneider resumed labor activities and died in Toledo, Ohio on March 12, 1939 while attending a labor meeting. Schneider is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Appleton, Wisconsin. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress]

1908 - Eugene Debs Campaigns in Janesville

On this date Eugene V. Debs, labor pioneer and Socialist candidate for president, arrived in Janesville on the Socialist "Red Special" train, where he addressed an enthusiastic crowd of 800. [Source: Janesville Gazette 10/30/1908, p.2]

1914 - First 4-H Club in Wisconsin Organized

On this date the Linn Junior Farmers Club in Walworth County was organized. This club was started five months after Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act which created the Cooperative Extension Service whereby federal, state, and county governments participate in the county agent system. [Source: History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin's Historical Markers]