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On This Day: July 29

1863 - (Civil War) Skirmish at Fort Donelson, Tennessee

The 13th Wisconsin Infantry fought in a skirmish at Fort Donelson, Tennessee.

1869 - Charlotte H. Schroeder Kohler Born

On this date Charlotte H. Schroeder Kohler, wife of Governor Walter Jodok Kohler, was born in Kenosha. In 1897 she moved to Sheboygan, where she worked as art supervisor for the public schools. While living in Sheboygan, she met Walter Jodok Kohler, whom she married on November 3, 1900. She served as first lady of Wisconsin from 1929 to 1931. While living in Sheboygan, Charlotte Kohler was one of the first female members of the board of education and served as president of the Sheboygan Woman's Club. She maintained an avid interest in art throughout her life. Charlotte H. Schroeder Kohler died of Alzheimer's disease on February 2, 1947, in Kohler. She is buried with her husband in Kohler village cemetery. [Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin - The Governors' Wives by Nancy G. Williams, p. 151]

1886 - Beloit's Brother Dutton Begins Service in Hawaii

On this date Brother Dutton of Beloit moved to the island of Molokai to take over leadership of a leper colony. Founded by Father Damien of Belgium, this colony sought to give comfort, support, and happiness to those suffering from leprosy. Brother Dutton served there for over forty years until he died of natural causes, at the age of 88. His great humanitarian work was recognized by Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Harding, and Coolidge. The Brother Dutton School in Beloit was erected in his honor. [Source: Badger Saints and Sinners by Fred L. Holmes, p.288-302]

1906 - Rev. Billy Sunday Preaches at Chautauqua

On this date Billy Sunday, professional baseball player turned flamboyant evangelist, preached to 3,500 at a Chautauqua meeting in Janesville. [Source: Janesville Gazette]