Moving the Sister House

The old Holy Name convent was moved in March of 1959. They couldn’t go down Kimberly Avenue, because there were too many big trees to cut down, so they had to move over frozen ground. They cut across the west church parking field (which is now blacktop parking). You enter the lot from the back into lot owned by George Langenhuizen on Maes Avenue. The building now houses 3 apartments. The moving contractor was Berg and Hen Movers.

Moving Old Convent

Moving Old Convent

Moving Old Convent

Moving Old Convent

Moving Old Convent

ca. 1959

Photos courtesy of Ila Mae Langenhuizen

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Holy Name Parsonage Fire

Old parsonage for Holy Name was used for fire practice by Fire Department and then later demolished.

Holy Name Parsonage

Holy Name Parsonage

Holy Name Parsonage

ca. 1987

Photos courtesy of Ila Mae Langenhuizen

Mill Workers

Mill Workers

Postcard – written on back: “Kimberly-Clark Paper Mill at Kimberly near Little Chute”
Kimberly, WI
ca. ?

Alice & Neil Davidson

Davidsons

Alice and Neil Davidson
Kimberly, WI
ca. 1960

Photo courtesy of Theresa Vanden Heuvel

Davidsons

Neil and Alice (Conrad) Davidson
Kimberly, WI
ca. 1950s

Photo courtesy of Theresa Vanden Heuvel

Connie's Bar

Kimberly, WI
ca. 1956

Photo courtesy of Theresa Vanden Heuvel

Paul Smits, Remembering

Smits Family

Jim, Adelle, and Paul Smits with their mother Laura.
ca. 1931

“This picture shows wooden walk around to back of house.”

Smits Children

Paul Francis (1st communion), James Vincent, and Adelle Mary Smits.
ca. 1930s

“Kimberly’s original Village Hall on N. Elm Street is the white building in the background.”

Smits Model T

Peter Smits with son Paul, in Model T on Elm Street, Kimberly, WI.
ca. 1920s

Photos courtesy of Paul Smits.

Mr. Smits also wrote down some memories to share with us. Read his early memories of life in Kimberly.

Memories of Kimberly

“When I was 3 years (1947 or 1948) old my mom & dad, Ray & Ceil Verstegen bought the building on the corner of Main & Maes Ave.  It was the original general store in the first yrs of Kimberly’s origination.  They had the first Red Owl Store put downstairs & we lived upstairs.  Later it became The Toy Corner, the hottest corner in Kimberly.  My brothers, Lyle, Randy & I spent many hours at the Kimberly pool just down the street and at the Clubhouse.  In summer we spent alot of time in Sunset Park, which then was just a big woods with a few trails.”

Memories of Lynn (Verstegen) Reschke

Van Lith’s at the 50 Year Celebration

Van Lith's at the 50th Centennial

Kimberly, WI
ca. 1960

From Hans Van Lith: “This is a picture of my brother and sisters dressed up before heading to the Kimberly’s 50th celebration.”

Left to Right: Hans, Janie, Harry and Gerty Van Lith

Diamond Jubilee Pose

Diamond Jubilee Pose

A costumed pose for the Kimberly Diamond Jubilee celebration in 1985.

Seated: Chuck Rundquist, President

Left to Right: Becker Lenz, ? , Loren and Lori Sendik, Lea Rundquist, ? , Marie Lenz

Photo courtesy of Chuck & Lea Rundquist

Proclamation

Proclamation

A copy of the official Proclamation for the Kimberly Diamond Jubilee Celebration dated February 7, 1985.

Courtesy of Chuck & Lea Rundquist

Baseball 1930

Baseball 1930

1930 Kimberly Baseball Team

Front row: J. Feldhausen, W. Ladrow, L. Dopry, Arn. Pocan, Charlie Skell

Center row: Butch Thien, Ed Lynch, Geo. C. Lemmers

Back row: Nig. Verbeten, Whitey Berhrent, Dago Lamers

Photo courtesy of Carl Lemmers

Parade

Parade

Parade, Kimberly, WI

There was no information included with this photograph in our collection. Anyone know what the date might have been?

Don’t miss the 2010 Centennial Parade on Saturday, September 11th! Take a look at the itinerary for the weekend celebrations.

1940 Champs

1940 Champs

Kimberly, WI, ca. 1940

Top row: Ray Hamann, “Duke” Van Himbergen, Tom Busch, Paul Smits, Francis Vander Velden, “Dewey” Dufrane, Frank Van Cuyk, Carl Lemmers, Dean Barrand (manager)

Middle row: “Mouse” Mauthe, Vincent Vanden Boogaard, Joe Van Nuland, James Smits, Danell Larson, ? Frassetto, John Gaffney

Bottom row: Francis Verbeten, Clarence Van Hammond, Cletus “Fish” Gaffney, Don Verkuilen, Bob “Brother” Willis, Francis “Pete” Pieters

Photo courtesy of Carl Lemmers

Baseball

Baseball

Kimberly, WI, ca. 1947

On back of photo: “First year of new remodeled baseball field south of Repap Mill which is now soccer field”

Left to Right: Dago Lamers, Butch Thien, Sonny Tornow, Baldy Eggert, Joe Gossens, Shorty Wenzel, Geo Vander Loop, Cocky Hammen

Photo courtesy of Carl Lemmers

Connie’s Bar Fast Pitch Softball Team

Connie's Bar Fast Pitch Softball Team

Connie’s Bar Fast Pitch Softball Team 1953
Kimberly, WI

Top row: Niel Davidson (sponsor), Morry Quick, Jack Niesz, Les Dietzen, Jack Grafmier, Geo. Reichel,

Bottom row: “Mouse” Mauthe, Mark Recker, Carl Lemmers, Bob Diener, Bill Brinkman, Bud Deleest, Larry Shebilski

Photo courtesy of Carl Lemmers

Kimberly Nicknames

I recently heard that there is a tradition in Kimberly of giving people nicknames, though perhaps it was a more prevalent practice in earlier days. I’ve come across “Shorty” Wenzel, “Cocky” Hammen, “Baldy” Eggert, just to name a few. So I’m wondering… what are the best, most unique nicknames Kimberly residents have been given? Add yours or ones you know of in the comments by clicking on the blue “Leave a comment” link above.

Beth Carpenter, Library Director

Conrad’s Bar

Conrad's Bar Bowling Team

“by Wilma (Conrad) Weyenberg”

Ruth Johnson
?
Marie Vander Zanden
Anna Van Thull
Alice (Conrad) Davidson
Ann Van Himbergen
Rose Ann Freund

Photo courtesy of Theresa Vanden Heuvel

School Girls in Costume

School Girls in Costume

Girls dressed in attire from the countries they came from.
November 24, 1942

Back Row, Left to Right:
Dottie Browers, (tall girl?), Gail Barand, Nancy Verhagen, Nancy Hartjes, Lorie Johnson
(Nancy Hartjes and Lorie Johnson are twin cousins, born on the same day.)

Front Row, Left to Right:
Bonnie Krueger, Rose Marie Courchane, Theresa Conrad, Janet Dix

Photo courtesy of Theresa Vanden Heuvel

Funeral Parlor

Funeral Parlor

Postcard of Funeral Parlor, Kimberly, WI
ca. 1942?

Courtesy of Theresa Vanden Heuvel

Coenraad’s Tavern

Coenraad's Tavern

Postcard of Coenraad’s Tavern, 121 Kimberly Ave., Kimberly, WI
ca. 1942?

Lambert and Christina Coenraad behind the bar.
Right to left: Arnie Thyssen, Burt Fird, Huntington, ?, Brown, ?, John Miller

Courtesy of Theresa Vanden Heuvel

Dorothy and Ron Thyssen

Dorothy and Ron Thyssen

Dorothy (“Dutch”) and Ron Thyssen
Kimberly, WI
ca. 1942?

Photo courtesy of Theresa Vanden Heuvel