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Events for Kewaunee County Historical Society 2018
Signs of Kewaunee County
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Kewaunee History Center 
217 Ellis Street 
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
 November 15th, 16th, & 17th, 2018

 Anyone who would like to donate bakery for this event we would appreciate it very much. 

During the Christmas Stroll you can get your card stamped and sign up for door prizes the following dates November 16th,17th, 24th and 25th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  

Check out our drawings and win a number of prizes.  Most of all get delicious bakery, and support the Kewaunee County Historical Society.

    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
Arlene Jadins creation for Christmas 2014
Plans are still in place to transfer the lens from  the Kewaunee Lighthouse to the KCHS History Center at 217 Ellis Street.  The exact date of arrival is still to be determined by government officials.