Big Little Books Delivered Pint-Size Adventures

For a child growing up in the 1930s and 1940s, big adventure often came in small packages. Like many boys his age, David D. Hanneman (1933-2007) was an avid collector of Big Little Books. These chunky mini-books allowed adventure-seeking children to follow the action of Buck Rogers, Dick Tracy, Flash Gordon, Tarzan and other characters. All … More Big Little Books Delivered Pint-Size Adventures

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

Remembering My Good Friend John Clark (1935-2014)

We often focus on people from generations past, but it is also important to remember the treasured lives of today. In every family, there are many current-day people who should be memorialized and their stories passed down. In that spirit, I’d like to introduce you to John Clark, a fine, caring man who passed from this … More Remembering My Good Friend John Clark (1935-2014)

Entire Rickman Family Killed in 1960 Plane Crash

Tragedies are sadly a common part of each family’s history. One of the worst we’ve seen involved the Richard Rickman family of suburban Detroit. The entire family perished in a horrible plane crash, in full view of beachgoers in Chicago in 1960. Here are the details, originally published by The Hanneman Archive: As he prepared his six-seat Beechcraft C35 … More Entire Rickman Family Killed in 1960 Plane Crash

Ads in History: Milwaukee’s Swaffield & Russell 1857

A great way to learn about a community in history is to examine old newspaper and directory advertisements. The ad designs and content provide valuable clues to how people lived and shopped in decades and centuries past. We’ll take a regular look at old ads here at Treasured Lives. Our first ad in the series … More Ads in History: Milwaukee’s Swaffield & Russell 1857

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