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On This Day: October 9

1861 - (Civil War) 1st Wisconsin Infantry Musters In

The 1st Wisconsin Infantry mustered in on October 9, 1861. It left Wisconsin for Louisville, Kentucky, and moved gradually through Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia during the war. It would participate in the battles of Perryville and Chickamauga and the Siege of Atlanta. It would lose 300 men during its service. Six officers and 151 enlisted men were killed in combat and one officer and 142 enlisted men died from disease.

1866 - Platteville Normal School Opens

On this date Wisconsin's first college devoted wholly to training teachers opened in Rountree Hall. Trustees of Platteville Academy, the school's predecessor, provided Rountree Hall, while the community raised money. Platteville Normal School opened with a five-member faculty and 60 students. The school eventually became known as UW-Platteville. [Source: History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin's Historical Markers edited by Sarah Davis McBride]

1876 - Woman's Club of Wisconsin Organized

On this date the Woman's Club of Wisconsin was organized. Several prominent Milwaukee women convened at the home of Mrs. Alex Mitchell to hear Julia Ward Howe, then president of the New England Women's Club of Boston, speak on the virtues of organizing such a club. The Club aimed to "elevate and purify civilization . . . by inciting women to intellectual and moral culture, careful study of the practical arts of common life." Meeting topics included art, history, cooking, training for nurses, reform work, and various charities. Mrs. William P. Lynde was the first acting chairperson of this club. The club's archives are described at http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/arch/findaids/uwmmss221.htm. [Source: History of Milwaukee, Vol. II by James S. Buck, p.124]

1912 - Jane Addams Addresses Janesville Residents

On this date Jane Addams, noted humanitarian and founder of Hull House in Chicago, called for women to get the vote. She spoke before a large audience at the Congregational Church in Janesville.