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On This Day: November 8

1864 - (Civil War) 45th Wisconsin Infantry musters in

The 45th Wisconsin Infantry mustered in. It would spent most of its short term of service on garrison and guard duty at Nashville, Tennessee, losing 34 men to disease.

1870 - First National Weather Forecast Published

On this date Increase Lapham recorded the first published national weather forecast, calling for "high winds and falling temperatures for Chicago, Detroit and the Eastern cities." [Source: History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin's Historical Markers edited by Sarah Davis McBride]

1883 - 3rd Capitol Collapses

On this date an addition to the second capitol building collapsed, killing several construction workers. Construction on these additions to the House and Senate wings began in 1882.

1901 - Charles Heymanns Born

On this date Charles Heymanns was born in Luxembourg. In December 1922, Heymanns and his brother Michael moved to Sheboygan where they found employment with the Kohler Company. In 1933 Heymanns and other Kohler employees formed Federal Labor Union No.18545 in response to cuts in hours, health concerns, and piece rates. In the following year the union initiated a strike for recognition and bargaining rights, which turned violent on July 27, resulting in two deaths and 47 injuries. In 1941 a settlement was finally negotiated between Local 18545 and the Kohler Company. From 1951 to 1956, Heymanns served as director of AFL Region 9. Charles Heymanns died on November 16, 1993. [Source: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Library Archives]

1903 - Orlina Marion Sturgis Lewis Dies

On this date Orlina Marion Sturgis Lewis, wife of Governor James Taylor Lewis, died in Columbus. She was born on May 20, 1825, in New York. She taught for several years at the Albion Ladies Seminary in western New York and married James Taylor Lewis on July 23, 1846, in Clarendon, New York. The couple soon moved to Columbus where James Lewis practiced law. Orlina Lewis served as first lady from 1864 to 1866, but remained in Columbus during this time. The Lewis' had four children, three of whom lived to adulthood. Orlina Marion Sturgis Lewis is buried in Columbus. [Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin-The Governors' Wives by Nancy G. Williams, p.62]

1910 - First Socialist Mayor Elected in Milwaukee

On this date Emil Seidel was elected Mayor of Milwaukee. He was the first socialist mayor in the City. [Source: Milwaukee County History]