This rusty metal draft drum determined the fate of potential Wisconsin draftees during the Civil War. During public ceremonies, the draft commissioner read selected names off small pieces of cardboard.
Not enough men in Ozaukee County volunteered to fight. On the day of the draft, tempers were running high and many were ready to oppose the draft with full force.
In the mid-1910s, Port Washington’s Wisconsin Chair Company began pressing and selling records to boost sales of their phonograph cabinets, leading to the creation of Paramount Records.
An old 78 record spins a tune about Port Washington’s Paramount Records, one of the leading blues music production studios of the 1920s.
Port Washington’s Paramount Records became perhaps the most important blues recording company of the 1920s. The company’s success depended on its ability to recruit black performers.
From wax masters to pressed shellac, Paramount Records produced 78 rpm records at its plant in Grafton, Wisconsin.
Founded in 1888, the Wisconsin Chair Company was perhaps the most important business in Ozaukee County in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.