1927 Lillian Graef Killing Still Haunts Milwaukee

By Joe Hanneman MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin —Lillian G. Graef’s infectious smile and carefree demeanor belied the troubles she’d seen in her 19 years. Her 47-year-old mother, Mary, died of tuberculosis in January 1922 when Lillian was just 14. Her sister, Adeline, died in July 1921 of the same disease. The family’s oldest girl, Marie, became a … More 1927 Lillian Graef Killing Still Haunts Milwaukee

Beloit Fairies Handed Green Bay Packers First Loss in 1919

Before the Green Bay Packers could conquer the world, first they had to best the state of Wisconsin and parts of Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois. In their first two seasons, before joining what later became the National Football League, the Packers battled the Laphams from Milwaukee, the Oshkosh Professionals and the Stambaugh Miners from Michigan. In … More Beloit Fairies Handed Green Bay Packers First Loss in 1919

Eye on History: 1920s Columbian Squires Baseball

In the early 1920s, the Knights of Columbus began focusing on the spiritual, intellectual and physical development of young men in its communities across America, Canada and Mexico. A group called the Columbian Squires was formed nationally in 1925 to provide social, civic, spiritual and physical activity for boys from 12 to 18. The young … More Eye on History: 1920s Columbian Squires Baseball

Of Helen Leng’s Murder and Investigative History

This week back in 1927, a high school freshman named Helen Leng was brutally murdered in Portage, Wisconsin. She had been walking home from a friend’s house after seeing the matinee at the local theater. She walked through a tunnel that ran under the Milwaukee Road rail tracks around 6 p.m. and was shot in … More Of Helen Leng’s Murder and Investigative History