The Ashwaubenon Historical
Society is a non-profit organization
whose goal is the preservation of
Ashwaubenon’s past and present
through the collection and
interpretation of historical records
and artifacts of the area.
April 2014 Volume 6 Number 1
Preserving the memories of yesterday for the generations of tomorrow.
19TH ANNUAL PLANT AND BAKE SALE
SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014 8:00 A.M.-NOON
ASHWAUBENON HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
737 Cormier Road
Spring means it’s time for the Ashwaubenon Historical Society plant and bake sale. Come and
select items for your garden and your table! Have a cup of our 50¢ coffee while you make your
selections. As usual, our village forester, Tim Bauknecht, will be on hand to answer your tree and plant questions.
This sale is the Society’s main fundraiser. We appreciate donations of potted plants, bulbs, tubers, small trees,
seeds, and garden items. If possible, plants should be potted. Pots and soil are available at the Museum
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Society members are asked to donate items for the bake sale. Plant
and bakery donations should be dropped off at the Museum on Friday, May 9, between noon and 3:00 p.m.
Have questions? Need to arrange for a different donation drop-off time? Call Mary (437-3570) or Janet (339-9519).
REDEDICATION OF CHIEF ASHWAUBOMAY GRAVE SITE MONUMENT
8:00 A.M. SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014 (REFRESHMENTS TO FOLLOW)
The grave site of Chief Ashwaubomay located in
Ashwaubomay Park has been improved. These
improvements will be celebrated at a special
rededication ceremony on Saturday, June 21, at 8:00
a.m. which is also Ashwaubomay Park Clean-Up Day.
It created a concrete patio in front of the monument rock
and an asphalt path to the site, and removed several
trees so the site is visible from the road. In 2014,
landscaping will be completed and two steel benches
will be installed.
The Ashwaubenon Historical Society contributed to the
project by refurbishing the plaque attached to the rock
memorial and purchasing one of the two steel benches
at the site.
Local Boy Scouts helped clear brush along the river and
in front of the monument so that it is visible from the Fox
River. It is hoped that information about the site and
Chief Ashwaubomay will be part of the narrative on the
Foxy Lady cruises. Michael Aubinger will provide text
for the explanatory sign at the site.
The Ashwaubenon Park and Recreation Department
has been working on the site improvement since 2013.
MEMORIAL DAY RECEPTION
11:30 a.m. at the Museum following the Veteran’s Day program
at the VFW Memorial on Cormier Road.
Stop in for refreshments and view the Museum’s military display.
FORMER AND PRESENT STUDENTS AND STAFF OF VALLEY VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Do you have any school memorabilia? The Ashwaubenon Historical Society Museum is looking for
items and photos for its collection on Ashwaubenon schools. Contact the Museum at 920-429-2863.
ASHWAUBENON HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER
A NEW WAY TO KEEP RECORDS
OF ITEMS IN THE MUSEUM
Suzanne Schatt, PastPerfect Project Coordinator
Members of the Ashwaubenon Historical Society voted last
year to purchase a collections management software program
called PastPerfect. The program will enable us to create and
maintain an electronic record of everything in the museum’s
collection. It will include information that describes an object,
tells who donated it, describes its condition, and lists where it
is located or stored at the museum ,whether it is in a temporary
or permanent display, or out on loan. We will be able to include
photos of each item. The software will allow us to maintain
friend and membership lists, track dues and other monetary
contributions, and send letters to acknowledge donations of
items. We will be able to target groups such as previous
financial supporters or people who have volunteered to help
with events, such as the plant sale.
CEMETERY WALKS BEING PLANNED
A committee of Ashwaubenon Historical
Society members, headed by Judy Schroeder,
is developing a plan and resources for one
or more cemetery walks. Members are
researching St. John, Mount Calvary, and the
Moravian cemeteries. Contact Judy at 4993248 if you would like to help with this project.
Rae and Bob Wetzel
Several members attended online training sessions to assess
whether this is a project we could handle. They agreed it is
something we could and should do. The software was
purchased in March and installed on a laptop computer that
was purchased for use with PastPerfect.
Members working on the project include Werner Burkat, Keith
Cormier, Jan Rottier, Mary Kugel, Annette Aubinger and
Suzanne Schatt. They are currently organizing the project and
determining the best way to proceed with it.
Eventually we hope to make some or all of our collection
available online through our website (www.ashhs.com) or
Recollection Wisconsin (www.recollectionwisconsin.org),
sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Historical Society. This
would make our collection available for research and increase
the visibility of the Ashwaubenon Historical Society Museum
and Village of Ashwaubenon.
NEW DISPLAY CASES
PJ Collectibles in Green Bay closed
recently. With the cooperation of Keith
Cormier, the Museum was able to acquire
three glass display cases, six pedestals,
and two round tables from PJ’s inventory.
You will see them put to good use the next
time you visit the Museum.
MEET OUR MEMBERS:
Ray and Jan Rottier have been members of the
Ashwaubenon Historical Society since 2004. Ray serves
as the Society’s treasurer, helps with the spring and fall
clean-ups, and other projects. He starts the restored
Ashwaubenon fire truck stored in the Museum at least
once a month to keep it running. Jan helps with the
treasurer’s report and volunteers with the PastPerfect
project and other activities. Ray grew up on a farm in
Ashwaubenon. From his mom, Ray learned to bake bread
and her famous Christmas cookies. Ray was Ashwaubenon Street
Superintendent and a member of the Ashwaubenon Volunteer Fire Department
and served as fire chief. The Ashwaubenon Municipal Garage is named after
him. Jan was born and grew up on the outskirts of Ashwaubenon. She was a
stay-at-home mom until their five children were in school, and then worked for
the Ashwaubenon schools as cook/chief cook. In 2013, Ray and Jan
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They have 13 grandchildren.
ASHWAUBENON HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER
50th ANNIVERSARY OF VALLEY VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
There will be an anniversary celebration at the school on Friday, May 9, at 2:00 p.m. All former students,
former staff members, and members of the community are invited.
its doors in
r e f l e c t e d
growing population. Cormier School, the village’s
elementary school, could no longer accommodate the
elementary school population. Valley View was built to
accommodate 500 students; prior to opening, 353
students had registered. The building, which cost
$500,000, was 36,000 square feet on the ground and
first floor. It was designed by the firm of Berners, Schober,
and Kilp of Green Bay. Valley View was named in a
student contest at Cormier School. Tom Slye was the
winner and received a watch. Mr. Eugene Burns was
the school’s first principal; Miss Doris Ziesemer was the
first assistant principal.
scary too because Cormier had a cohesiveness of a
small school and coming from a small school to a large
one was very different.” He continued to say, “Mr. Gene
Burns was principal. He was a very nice, kind man. But,
as in the case of all principals at that time, he was not
mean, negative or retaliatory, but, you still didn’t want to
cross him!” Aubinger said that at that time, it was
rumored, that Valley View was the largest elementary
school north of Milwaukee.
There were additions to/remodeling of the building in
1965, 1968, and 2003. Today, Valley View educates 680
students in grades one though five. It was named a
2012-2013 School of Distinction by the Wisconsin PBIS
(Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) Network
and a 2012-2013 School of Merit by the Wisconsin RtI
(Response to Intervention) Center.
The Ashwaubenon Historical Society Museum has a
permanent school exhibit and a temporary one
commemorating Valley View’s anniversary.
In the weeks before the new school opened, there was
concern that many children would need to walk on busy
roads to reach the building. An agreement was reached
with several property owners for easements on their
properties for walkways or sidewalks.
SOURCES:”Ashwaubenon Valley View School Ready, GREEN BAY
PRESS GAZETTE, August 31, 1963, p.3.
“No Road to School, Ashwaubenon Parents May Threaten to Boycott,”
GREEN BAY PRESS GAZETTE,August 15,1963, p. 1.
“Ashwaubenon to Open New Routes to School,” GREEN BAY PRESS
GAZETTE, August 21, 1963, p. 10.
“Valley View Elementary School Will Plan 50th Anniversary
Michael Aubinger, Ashwaubenon Village President, was Celebration,” THE PRESS, December 27, 2013, p. 5.
TOWN OF ASHWAUBENON CENTENNIAL BOOK 1872-1971. p. 30
one of the students who attended the school when it Valley View Elementary School page on Ashwaubenon School District
opened. He commented, “It was exciting to be in a new, website.
big, school. We thought it was very cool. It was a little “Quick History Lesson: History of Ashwaubenon, Item 45.”
Unpublished manuscript. Undated.
REAL STORY OF U.S. BICENTENNIAL QUILT
The Ashwaubenon Historical Society Museum has a quilt in its school display commemorating
the U.S. Bicentennial. The history of the quilt has been corrected. Drawings on the quilt
squares were done by Ashwaubenon High School 10th grade students under the direction of
history teacher, Mr. Ted Devine. It was sewed by home economics teacher, Shirley King,
with the assistance of Mary Ann Devine.
ASHWAUBENON HISTORICAL SOCIETY COMING EVENTS
The calendar for the year is on the Society’ website: www.ashhs.com
May 3 Spring clean-up
June 21 8:00 a.m. Rededication Chief
May 9 noon-3:00 p.m. Set-up for plant/bake sale
May 10 8:00 a.m.-noon Plant/bake sale
June 26 6:30 p.m. General meeting
May 16 3:00 p.m. Set-up for high school art show July 24 6:30 p.m. General meeting
May 17 noon-4:00 p.m. High school art show
August 4 Newsletter deadline
May 18 noon-4:00 p.m. High school art show
August 18 Newsletter printing/mailing
May 19 3:00 p.m. Take down high school art show August 28 6:30 p.m. General meeting
May 22 6:30 p.m. General meeting
Sept. 10 1:00 p.m. Executive Board meeting
May 26 11:30 a.m. Memorial Day reception
Sept. 25 6:30 p.m. General meeting
June 11 1:00 p.m. Executive Board meeting
737 Cormier Road
Ashwaubenon, WI 54304
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays and Saturdays
Closed January - February
Leave message or call 920-339-9519
if the Museum is closed.
President: Janet Klipstine
Vice President: Mary Kugel
Secretary: Lorraine Petersen
Treasurer: Ray Rottier
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