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On This Day: April 4

1865 - (Civil War) Confederate leaders reach Amelia Court House, Virginia

The 5th, 6th, 7th, 19th, 36th, 37th and 38th Wisconsin Infantry regiments were among the troops pursuing Confederate General Robert E. Lee across Virginia after the fall of Richmond. On this day the two sides reached the town of Amelia Court House, but the Confederates withdrew before a battle began.

1904 - Former governor Walter Kohler, Jr., born

On this date Walter Jodok Kohler, Jr., was born to Walter J. Kohler, Sr., and Charlotte Schroeder Kohler. Kohler graduated from Yale in 1925 and served in the Navy during World War II, achieving the rank of lieutenant-commander. In 1950 he ran for governor of Wisconsin and won, serving from 1951 to 1957. [Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin, The Governors' Wives by Nancy G. Williams]

1904 - Kerosene Sniffing Kills Teen

On this date Henry Westby, a Janesville boy, died after intentionally sniffing fumes from a kerosene can. Local doctors declared inhaling kerosene to be a "form of dope" and a pervasive problem in the area. [Source: Janesville Gazette]

1921 - Governor John Reynolds Born

On this date John W. Reynolds, Jr. was born in Green Bay. He served as Wisconsin state attorney general from 1959 to 1963 before being elected governor in 1962. Reynolds served one term, during which he championed civil rights and promoted state programs dealing with health, education, and welfare. After serving as governor, Reynolds was the federal judge who ordered the desegregation of Milwaukee's public schools. He died on January 6, 2002. [Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin, The Governors' Wives; Nancy G. Williams]