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On This Day: January 6

1824 - Gottlieb Heileman Born

On this date Gottlieb Heileman was born in Wurttemberg, German. He migrated to the U.S. in 1852 and the following year settled in Milwaukee. In 1857 he moved to La Crosse and began employment at a brewery. In 1858 he formed a partnership with J. Gund and established the City Brewing Company. He became sole owner of this establishment in 1871 and renamed it the G. Heileman Brewing Co. He headed this company until his death in 1878. [Source: Wisconsin Historical Society]

1843 - John Coit Spooner Born

On this date, John Coit Spooner was born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. He moved to Madison, Wisconsin with his parents in 1859. After attending the University of Wisconsin, Spooner enlisted as a private and was brevetted major at the close of the Civil War. He served as private and military secretary to the Governor of Wisconsin and went on to study law. He started his political career as assistant attorney general of the State until 1870 and as a member of the State assembly in 1872. Spooner was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1885 to March 3, 1891. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election. He was also an unsuccessful Republican candidate for governor of Wisconsin in 1892. He moved to Madison in 1893 and again was elected to the United States Senate in 1897. Spooner was re-elected in 1903 and served from March 4, 1897 until his resignation, effective April 30, 1907. He declined the positions of Secretary of the Interior and Attorney General in the Cabinet of President William McKinley as well as the position of Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President William Howard Taft. He died in New York City on June 11, 1919. He is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison, Wisconsin. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress]

1857 - City Purchases Land for Forest Hill Cemetery

On this date the city of Madison purchased approximately 80 acres from John and Maria Wright for $10,000 in city bonds to construct Forest Hill Cemetery. The cemetery is the final resting spot for many well known Madisonians that impacted politics, science, religion and many other fields. [Source: Bishops to Bootleggers: A Biographical Guide to Resurrection Cemetery, p. 5]

1863 - (Civil War) Victory declared at Stones River

Union General William Rosecrans declares a victory in the Battle of Stones River. 41,000 Union troops had fought there over the previous week, with about 13,000 reported as killed, wounded, or missing.

1921 - Janesville Women Abhor Salacious Entertainment

On this date the Janesville Federation of Women decided to "censor" movies and vaudeville in the city. Members of this organization praised and promoted what they considered "better offerings." They were zealously critical towards those of a "salacious" nature. No follow-up ever determined whether the women were successful in their quest or if the increased publicity for "salacious" shows backfired. [Source: Janesville Gazette]