Friday, December 26, 2008

Obituary: Richard Widmann

Succumbs to Long Illness
Richard Widmann Dies;
Ex-Madison Fire Chief

Richard Widmann, 76, Route 1, McFarland, former Madison fire chief from Jan. 1, 1939, until his retirement Oct. 1, 1944, died today in a Madison hospital after a long illness. Mr. Widmann had resided in recent years with his son, Ray, McFarland police chief since April of this year and former Blooming Grove police chief and Madison police officer.

Richard Widmann was a past president of the Wisconsin Paid Fireman's Association. He was a member of the Madison Fire department from Oct. 15, 1917, until his retirement. He served at Central, No. 2, and No. 5 stations. On May 1, 1930, he was appointed an inspector, and on Oct. 1, 1936, chief to succeed John Lahm who retired on pension.

After he became chief, Mr. Widmann was instrumental in establishment of a new school of instruction for firemen, designating Fireman Leonard Sime to attend the Milwaukee Fireman's School preparatory to becoming head of the Madison school.

Mr. Widmann was born in Madison June 15, 1884, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fred Widman who with four older children had come from Germany about two years earlier. He attended Madison public schools and Madison (now Central) High School. Subsequently he worked as a switchman and brakeman for the North Western Road for a time, served two years in the Madison police department, and then returned to railroad work for another period.

He was married June 6, 1907, to Lenore Gregerson of Baraboo. Among his survivors, besides his wife and his son, Ray, is a daughter, Mrs. J.F. Tilleman, Elmhurst, Ill.

The body was taken to the Fitch-Lawrence funeral home, 62 University ave.

Friends may call there from 5 p.m. Sunday until the time of services. The family said donations may be made to the Cancer Fund.

Masonic funeral services will be conducted Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the Masonic Temple here by Commonwealth Lodge No. 325, Madison, and burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery.

Originally published on July 30, 1960 as a page one news story in The Capital Times

Obituary: Albert M. Bagley

Albert M. Bagley, 62,
Dies in Miami, Fla.

Albert M. Bagley, 62, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William R. Bagley, died Wednesday at Miami, Fla.

Born in Madison, Mr. Bagley was a graduate of Central high school where he was one of the leading athletes of the track team. Years ago he was connected with the former Steinle Lathe Co. On 1913 he was married to Florence Lalor, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Lalor, town of Dunn. She died in 1940. He was married to Hazel Hovland, McFarland, in 1942

Survivors are his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Fred W. Miller and Mrs. Fred Gage, both of Madison; three sisters, Mrs. William T. Evjue and Lucille Bagley, Madison, and Mrs. L.A. Rowland, Waterloo, Ia.

The body is expected to arrive in Madison Friday.

Note: The above was originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 29, 1947. At that time, obituaries were still "news stories," written by newspaper staff, not families.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Obituary: Thomas E. Coleman - Class of 1910


Funeral Thursday for Industrialist

Thomas E. Coleman, 70, president of the Madison-Kipp Corp. and a dominant figure in Wisconsin and national Republican affairs for three decades, died of cancer at his home at 735 Farwell dr. shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday.

His wife, Katherine, the family physician, and day nurse were with Mr. Coleman when he died.

Funeral Thursday
He had been hospitalized several times in the past several months bur remained alert and in good humor to the hour of his death.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m.Thursday in St. Paul's Catholic Chapel, 723 State st. Members of the family requested that flowers be omitted.

The Fitch-Lawrence funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Coleman is survived by his wife, the former Katherine Head; two sons, Reed, 427 Summit rd., and Dr. Thomas H., Denver, Colo.; a daughter, Mrs. Katherine Foley, Winnetka, Ill.; a sister, Mrs. Leo Luenschloss, 418 Marston ave.; and 15 grandchildren.

A brother, Joseph A. Coleman, who had been vice-president of Madison-Kipp Corp., died four years ago.

Only One Office
Thomas Emmett Coleman held only one elective public office in his life -- president of the village of Maple Bluff.

But for a period of more than 30 years he exerted a stronger and more continuing influence on the Republican party in Wisconsin than any other individual.

He was "Mr. Republican" of Wisconsin virtually from the time he plunged headlong into the successful campaign of Walter Kohler Sr. for governor in 1928 until his active participation waned in the late 1950s.

Mr. Coleman's political ability and diligence (and called it drudgery") extended to national political affairs.

He was a presidential delegate for Harold E. Stassen in 1948.

He was floorleader in Chicago in 1952 in the valiant by unsuccessful bid of the late Sen. Robert A. Taft (R-Ohio) for the GOP presidential nomination at the National convention.

National political writers hailed him as a man of "political precision" with an uncanny knack of analysis of the political future.

He was known in many quarters, particularly by members of the opposing political parties, as "Boss" Coleman.

It was a title he disliked, but it lent him national prestige.

Furthermore, it was not a fair title. He had positive views. He never used a soap-box to espouse them. His greatest weapon for his cause was logic, and it was the only weapon he use.

He was not vindictive in situations where he was often in a position to exert himself to the detriment of others. The title of "Boss Coleman" in his case was completely opposite to the prototype of a political boss.

His Advice Sought
In a room, at a convention, on the street, at his factory, people sought him out. He never shouted his beliefs. He never made reprisals, although there were times when it was within his politically elected power to so do.

Mr. Coleman held certain powers in the party during two terms as state chairman and when he served as treasurer of the State Republican voluntary organization.

But his advice was sought and respected even when he did not hold one of the top offices in the state GOP voluntary group.

Mr. Coleman was the fountain from which the voluntary organization itself sprang. He was the leader in the movement to have the party endorse candidates for the office, a provision still in the voluntary organization's constitution despite occasional attempts to eliminate it.

The voluntary group was formed because the statutory Republican committee was limited by law in campaign expenditures.

Endorsement backer
Mr. Coleman fought successfully for endorsement because he believed the party should unite financially and generally behind a qualified Republican "regular," because Progressives and others were getting on the ballot under the Republican label.

It was his political formula to work to elect a candidate, not to defeat someone running against the candidate he favored.

He lost with disappointment, but he lost gracefully. After Dwight Eisenhower was nominated over Taft at the 1952 convention, Coleman was asked to and accepted a plea to aid Arthur Summerfield as Mr. Eisenhower's campaign manager. Summerfield later became postmaster general under President Eisenhower.

The Early Days
Mr. Coleman was born in Aurora, Ill., Feb. 23, 1893. His father was then branch manager of the McCormick farm implement firm there.

He was 2 years old when his father was transferred to Madison and the family lived in the old Fourth ward and later on Johnson st.

Mr. Coleman graduated from Central High School, where he played football and was a member of the track team. His father was made an official in the main office of the McCormick firm the year Tom graduated from high school.

The family moved to Chicago, where Mr. Coleman was graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in letters and science four years later.

While living in Madison, the elder Coleman had acquired some stock and later the presidency of Madison-Kipp Corp.

15¢-an-Hour Work
Each summer while he was in college Thomas Coleman returned to Madison to work at a punch or drill press at the Madison-Kipp for 15 cents and hour 55 hours a week.

When he finished his university work he worked as a coast-to-coast salesman for Madison-Kipp. In 1918, four years out of college, he became vice-president and general manager, in actual charge of the concern.

He succeeded his father as president of Madison-Kipp upon the latter's death in 1927.

The Madison-Kipp Corp. manufactures zinc and aluminium die castings, lubricators, and air-operated grinders.

The Political Years
Soft-spoken, slightly under six feet and slender, Mr. Coleman dressed conservatively and appear the exact opposite of the politician cartoonists usually draw.

From the time he volunteered his services on behalf of Walter Kohler Sr. in 1928 (at a time he did not know the elder Kohler personally), the Republican party made increasing use of the hard-working Madison Republican.

He became campaign director of the second Walter Kohler Sr. campaign in 1930, when Philip LaFollette was elected.

For many years Mr. Coleman served on the regular GOP organization's finance committee. Money was scarce and sometimes an entire campaign had to be run (for all the candidates) on less than $12,000, a sum which today would scarcely make a dent in television advertising for one candidate.

Resigns From Committee
Mr. Coleman finally resigned from the finance committee in the famous GOP "circus" tent convention near Baraboo on the Ringling farm in 1951. There was an intra-party disagreement and when Mr. Coleman walked out several other Republican leaders walked out with him.

Two weeks later the state charimanship was literally trust [sic] upon him. He insisted on resigning that post four years later, despite blandishments that he remain at that post.

In 1942 Mr. Coleman suggested that the party "ditch" Gov. Julius Heil, who was seeking nomination to a third term. The suggestion was not followed. Heil lost.

In 1950 Mr. Coleman was picked as one of the 24 national leaders working toward election of more Republican congressmen. This work brought him closer to Taft.

After Mr. Taft's death, Mr. Coleman headed a group to raise money for a memorial structure to the late senator in Washington, D.C.

A Fisherman
Mr. Coleman was an avid dry fly fisherman and made frequent trips to the northern part of the state with friends on fishing trips.

But he often told reporters that some of the finest fishing anywhere was the fishing off his lakeshore home on Farwell dr. in Maple Bluff.

After the 1952 presidential election Mr. Coleman's active participation in politics became less pronounced.

But at the state convention in 1956 he was one of the leaders in the movement to draft former rep. Glenn R. Davis (R-Waukesha) for convention endorsement over incumbent U.S. Sen. Alexander Wiley (r-Wis.), who was seeking reelection.

The draft succeeded and David got the endorsement. Wiley won the nomination, but there was general agreement the nomination would have gone to Davis except for Democratic crossover votes and 20,000 votes which went to an ultra-conservative from Milwaukee, Atty. Howard Boyle. David lost the nomination by 11,000 votes.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal as a front page news story on February 5, 1964.

Note: Thomas E. Coleman's class year is based on information in the 1910 Tychoberahn

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Obituary: Alfred Patek - Class of 1876


Alfred B. Patek, who died in Denver recently, was an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin, class of '80, a brilliant fellow, and prominently connected with the publications of that institution in the late 70's. His home was in Milwaukee.

For a number of years he was with the New York World and the Hearst newspapers, going to Colorado in 1900 as managing editor of the Denver Times. During intervals he was managing editor of the Denver Post, editor of Denver Municipal Facts, secretary to the governor, and state immigration commissioner.

One of the historic scoops which illustrates his uncanny news sense occurred in connection with the Titanic disaster, when he was managing editor of the Denver Times. The wire that the Titanic has struck an iceberg reached Denver at 2 a.m. and was later discounted by denials, which reported that the great ship had met with a narrow escape but was afloat.

In spite of opposition from his entire staff, Patek insisted that one of the great stories of the century had "broken" and he "played it up" as few stories have been played up before or since. When the Times went on the street, it contained eight solid pages of test and pictures relative to the disaster, while contemporaries carried a scant half-column report of rumors. Despite the misgivings of his associates, Patek staked his reputation as a newspaperman that his intuitions had served him correctly -- that the Times had scooped the west on a great story. Five minutes after the papers were on the streets, a flash came over the wires confirming the disaster.

Mr. Patek's daughter, Florence Patek, is a well known newspaper woman of Chicago.

Among Mr. Patek's classmates at the university were Mr. and Mrs. Magnus Swenson, Judge A.L. Sanborn, C.F. Lamb, Justice R.G. Siebecker, Mrs. J. H. Hutchinson, *Dr. Maria Dean, who died recently in Montana, Dr. John M. Dodson of Chicago, *Dr. H.B. Favill, recently deceased, H.J. Desmond, distinguished catholic editor of Milwaukee, the late president C.R. Van Hise and F.K. Conover and A.E. Deming.

Originally published in The Madison Democrat on Thursday Morning, July 24, 1919.

Notes: Alfred Patek's class year is based on information in the 1901-1902 Annual Report of the Public Schools of the City of Madison, Wis.

*Also members of the Madison [Central] High School Class of 1876

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Obituary: Clifford J. Kinder - Class of 1936

Clifford Kinder

Clifford J. Kinder, 51, of 1117 Drake St. was dead on arrival Tuesday (Feb. 24, 1970) at a Madison hospital after becoming ill at home.

Mr. Kinder was employed at the Liquor Store, 1313 Northport Dr.

He was born in Boscobel and lived in Madison since 1923. He was a World War II veteran.

Surviving are his wife, the former Shirley Stickle; three daughters, Mrs. Reginald Schwoch, Gurnee, Ill.; Mrs. Michael DuBois, 1713 Loftsgordon Ave.; and Mrs. James Clifcorn, 1854 Spaight St.

Two sons, Jerome, Eglin Air Forced Base, Fla. and James, at home; his mother, Mrs. Anson Kinder, 1117 Drake St; a brother, Chester, 900 Schultz PL; and four grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Joyce Funeral Home, 540 W. Washington, Ave.

Note: The above was originally published in the Obituary Section of the Wisconsin State Journal on March 20, 1970. At this time, obituaries were still "news stories," written by newspaper staff, not families.

Clifford Kinder's class year is based on a list of Madison Central High School graduates published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 7, 1936.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Obituary: James Boulware

James Boulware

James H.M. Boulware, 23, Boston, Mass., a former Madison resident, died Tuesday (Mar. 17, 1970) in Boston.

He was a graduate of Madison West High School and the University of Wisconsin.

Surviving in Madison are his mother, Mona Boulware Webb, 1354 Williamson St.; a brother, Marcus H. Boulware Jr., 106 S. Broom St.; and a sister, Mrs. Philomena Martin, 1354 Williamson St.

Also surviving are his father, Dr. Marcus H. Boulware Sr., Tallahassee, Fla. and another sister, Mrs. Margueritte Popov, Munich, Germany.

There will be a private funeral in the Fitch-Lawrence Funeral Home, 625 University Ave.

Note: The above was originally published in the Obituary Section of the Wisconsin State Journal on March 20, 1970. At this time, obituaries were still "news stories," written by newspaper staff, not families.

Jim Boulware attended Madison Central High School through ninth grade, after which he transferred to Madison West, as did at least one other member of the future Class of 1965 who was also an outstanding athlete.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Obituary: Arthur Quan - Class of 1900

Arthur Quan, Druggist, Dies

Arthur W. Quan, 83 of 2246 Hollister ave., retired long time South side Madison druggist died Friday (Jan. 31, 1964) in a hospital after suffering a heart attack Jan. 13.

Mr. Quan was born in 1880 at Albert Lea, Minn., and moved to Madison as a boy with his parents. He had been a Madison resident since he was about 6 years old and was 1905 graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

Mr. Quan began his career as a druggist in 1915 and for many years operated Quan's Drug store at the corner of South Mills and Chandler sts. He retired in 1959.

He was a 33rd degree Mason and a member, past master of Madison Lodge No. 5 and a member of Zor Shrine.

Mr. Quan was married June 5, 1962 to Mrs. Dorothy Brown, widow of Charles Edward Brown, director of the State Historical Society museum from 1907-1944, who died in 1946.

Surviving besides his wife is a sister, Mrs. A. J. Lewis, Henning, Minn.

The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Fitch-Lawrence funeral home, 626 University ave., with burial in Forest Hill cemetery. Friends may call after 5 p.m. today at the funeral home, where Masonic rites will be held at 8 tonight.

Note: The above was originally published in the Obituary Section of the Wisconsin State Journal on February 2, 1964. At this time, obituaries were still "news stories," written by newspaper staff, not families.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Obituary: John H. Ellestad - Class of 1935

John H. Ellestad,
Magazine Editor, Dies

John Howard Ellestad, 46, New York City, and editor of House Beautiful magazine, and University of Wisconsin graduate, died Wednesday (May 3, 1965) in New York City after a long illness.

His mother, Mrs. Ellestad Fluck, for many years ran a student apartment building and rooming house at 126 Langdon st., the old Tenney mansion.

Mr. Ellestad attended Central High School and the University of Wisconsin, from which he received the bachelor's degree in 1938 and the master's degree in 1939. While in school, he won several awards for his paintings.

The current issue of House Beautiful carries an article by Mr. Ellestad about the architect Ero Saarinen.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Fluck, 1 Langdon st., and a brother, Robert, Pine Bluff.

New York services for Mr. Ellestad will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Frank Campbell funeral home.

Funeral services in Madison will be announced.

Note: The above was originally published in the Obituaries section of the Wisconsin State Journal on March 5, 1965. At this time, obituaries were still "news stories," written by newspaper staff, not families.

John H. Ellestad's class year is based on information in the 1935 Orange and Black yearbook, where his senior photo is included among those of the June graduates.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Obituary: David Gladstone - Class of 1966

ARIZONA - David Gladstone, age 30, died Saturday, October 21, 1978 in a small plane accident in California. He was the son of Dr. and Mrs. Herman Gladstone of Tuscon, Arizona. He is survived by two sisters, Lila at Madison and Shiela of Tuscon, one brother, Donn of California. Mr. Gladstone was formerly of Shorewood Hills in Madison and a graduate of West High School.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 24, 1978.

Note: David Gladstone was a member of the Madison Central-University High School Class of 1966, so there is an error in the obituary. When Madison Central-University High School closed in 1969, student records were transferred to Madison West High School; perhaps this is the basis for the error in reporting.

Obituary: Glen H. Jones - Class of 1966

VERONA - Glenn H. Jones, age 32, of 114 Paoli St., died on Tuesday, September 9, 1980. He was born on January 9, 1948 in Madison. He was a Truck Driver for Nagel-Hart Inc. for the past 14 years. Survivors include his wife the former Sandra Hammen; two daughters, Heather Lee and Stefanie; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Verlin Jones of Madison; three borther, Verlin Delos and Raymond both of Madison, and Vertus of Farmington Hills, Michigan. Funeral services will be held at ST. JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH, Verona at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 12. The Reverend Robert Borgwardt will officiate. Burial is in Verona Cemetery. Frends may call from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, September 11 at the JOYCE-VERONA FUNERAL HOME, 118 N. Franklin St., Verona.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 11, 1980

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Obituary: Bernard Mazursky - Class of 1966

Sp.4 Mazursky
Rites Tuesday

Funeral services for Army Sp.4 Bernard Mazursky, 20, son of Mrs. Rose Mazursky, 314 S. Orchard St., will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Fitch-Lawrence Funeral Home, 626 University Ave.

Sp. Mazursky was killed in action in Vietnam May 4. He had been in the army since Dec. 1, 1966. He was in Madison about a month ago while his unit was being transferred from Germany to Vietnam.

He was a 1966 graduate of Central-University High School and a member of Beth Israel Center.

Surviving besides his mother are three brothers, Marvin, 2110 Tawhee Dr., Larry, Tarzana, Calif; and Charles, San Francisco; and two sisters, Linda and Beverly, at home.

Military graveside rites will be held in Forest Hill Cemetery,

There will be no visitation at the funeral home, but friends may call at the Mazursky residence during the week. The family has asked that memorials be made to the Beth Israel Center Memorial Fund.

Note: The above was originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 13, 1968. At this time, obituaries were still "news stories," written by newspaper staff, not families. Submitted by Gerhard Ellerkamp (Class of 1966).

Bernard Mazursky's grave marker in Section 10 of Forest Hill Cemetery (photo taken 11/21/2007)

Close-up of Jewish War Veterans of the United States marker next to grave marker for Bernard Mazursky (photo taken 11/21/2007)