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Events for Kewaunee County Historical Society 2016
SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH at 1:00pm

 Join us for our annual meeting our guest speaker will be Don Youniss, his presentation will be The Orphan Train. The Orphan Train movement was a supervised welfare program that transported orphaned and homeless children from crowded Eastern cities of the United States to foster homes, located largely in rural areas of the Midwest. The orphan trains operated between 1854 and 1929 relocating about 200,000 orphaned, abandoned or homeless children. One train stopping in Green Bay placing a number of orphans in our area. In 1893 Annabell Kelly mother of Luxemburg native Eleora(DoDo) Liebl arrived in Green Bay on of the Orphan Train. The presentation will be followed by a social including a light lunch and refreshments. 

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1106 Colle St. Luxemburg 
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
 MAY 16th, 17th, 18th, & 19th, 2018

  Members of the Kewaunee History Society are searching their basements, closets, and garages for items for the Luxemburg Village wide rummage sale. All profits will be used for the museum and society needs. Anyone interested in contributing items for the sale can call and drop off items by Arletta Bertrand 845-2972, Mary Reckelberg-845-2465, or Judy Srnka-487-5728. 

Annabelle Kelley Photo
Orphan Train

    Charles Dikeman was a lumberman of Saginaw, Michigan and came to Kewaunee County in the employment of Daniel Slauson and Issac Taylor. In 1863, he purchased 4,200 acres of forest land in the Town of Coryville, which later became West Kewaunee.  He ran his lumbering business until 1886, when illness forced him to retire.

    The Dikeman village pictured in the print consisted of about 30 buildings, including a steam powered lumber and shingle mill, store, and dwellings for 15 families, plus the sleeping quarters and cookhouse for the unmarried workers.

    The village boasted on saloon privately owned and operated by an individual by the name of Breszinsky at the east end of the village.  The store carried a general stock of goods required both by himself and family as well as his employees.   The population of the village was about 80 people of whom 30 to 40 were employed about the mill, store and surroundings.

    In 1878, Charles Dikeman erected a palatial mansion of architectural grandeur surrounded by artificial spring fed fish ponds, deer enclosures, nicely laid out grounds with bridges and graveled walks with a conservatory supplying choice flowers at all seasons of the year.  It was a grand sight, much the representation of a castle of the middle ages.

    He built the home with his own hands and material and furnished it with many conveniences unheard of so far distant from a large city.  For many years it was the show-place of the county and was famous for many festivities and social gatherings.
Charles Dikeman's Mill