Centennial Memory Project

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 Schell

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

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

Photo courtesy of Carl Lemmers

Additional information gathered by local historian, Mary Lamers:

  • Geo C. Lemmers center row is Carl Lemmers/Sandy Huiting's father/grandfather - George C. Lemmers ran the bowling alley in Kimberly.
  • Whitey Berhrent owned "Whitey's Bar" on Main Street across/down from the bowling alley. It's an apartment building now (2013).
  • Charlie Schell center row, far right, owned the bowling alley in Kaukauna.
  • Dago Lamers, back row right owned the Hardware store in Little Chute.
  • Another interesting tidbit - [Mary] asked Carl the real names of Nig Verbeten, Whitey Berhrent and Dago Lamers. He didn't know - every one in town and their family called them by their nickname. The history behind this - So many Catholic families had big families and kept naming next generation after past generation. So, many times nicknames became the "real" name". [Mary] had a brother Tom, Tooty. He got his nickname because [Mary's] Uncle Tom also lived with them. Tom was 8, Tooty, a newborn when [Mary's] parents took in her mother's younger brothers and sister because both parents had died. Tom was "Tooty" until he went off to college.

Parade

Parade

Parade, Kimberly, WI

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

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.) 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

lCoenraad'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