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On This Day: November 29

1848 - Opera House Opened in Milwaukee

On this date Milwaukee opened its first opera house with a performance of As You Like It. Over 1,000 patrons attended this inaugural performance. The idea for this arts structure was conceived and promoted by John B. Rice, later mayor of Chicago, who arrived in Milwaukee in 1846 to establish a first rate theater. [Source: History of Milwaukee, Vol II, p. 122]

1864 - (Civil War) Skirmish at Louisville, Georgia

The 10th Wisconsin Light Artillery fought in a skirmish at Louisville, Georgia.

1912 - Mary C. Kelly Upham Dies

On this date Mary C. Kelly Upham, wife of Governor William Henry Upham, died in Marshfield, Wisconsin. She was born on January 21, 1843, in Cleveland, Ohio. She married William Henry Upham on December 19, 1867, in Racine. She served as Wisconsin first lady from 1895 to 1897. Mary C. Kelly Upham died of pneumonia in 1912. She is buried in Marshfield, Wood County. Upham Mansion in Marshfield houses the North Woods Historic Society. [Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin-The Governors' Wives by Nancy G. Williams, p. 109]