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On This Day: September 29

1864 - (Civil War) Mississippi Expedition

The 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry was part of an expedition from Vicksburg to Rodney and Fayette, Mississippi.

1903 - Janesville Streets are Illuminated

On this date work commenced to install 203 electric lights for Janesville city streets.

1952 - Ada James Dies

On this date Ada James died in her home in Richland Center, at the age of 76. James, a well-known suffrage advocate, was the daughter of Laura James who was one of the founding members of the Richland Center Woman's Club, which may have been the first suffrage club formed in Wisconsin. Ada James went on to help found the statewide Political Equality League, of which she was president for two years. The Political Equality League merged with the Wisconsin Suffrage Association in 1912, for which James served as vice president. Wisconsin became the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment in 1919, allowing women to vote. James went on to work with and advocate for a variety of causes, including the temperance movement, world peace and pacifism, as well as assistance for underprivileged children. [Source: Library of Congress]

1957 - Packers Dedicate New Stadium

On this date the Green Bay Packers dedicated City Stadium, now known as Lambeau Field, and defeated the Chicago Bears, 21-17. In the capacity crowd of 32,132 was Vice president Richard Nixon. [Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]