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Archive for January, 2011

Thanks for “A History of the Bashford Methodist Church”

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on January 12, 2011

Doris Wilcox Phillips donated a copy of the 1953 edition of A History of the Bashford Methodist Church to the East Side History Club after hearing that we were doing a program on “The Other East Side”.

Here is an excerpt on the founding of the church:

A number of sites were visited in 1919 as the Madison Methodist Union sought land for the East End mission. After much searching the committee settled on two lots at the intersection of N. 7th St and E. Washington Ave.

They were somewhat hesitant about the site because it was so far out, almost at the very limits of the city, but they decided to buy since there were indications that both an elementary school (Emerson) and a high school (East) would be built in the vicinity before long, and these would attract more residents to the neighborhood.

On Oct. 30, 1919 the deal was closed and the title to the two lots was transferred from Emma, Louisa and Edward Girstenbrei to the Madison Methodist Union.

A tent was erected for services for a few months, but before long plans were made for a frame building 30 feet wide and 60 feet long. It was literally a “tar-paper shack” for it was unfinished on the inside with a cinder-covered dirt floor and both the roof and the exterior walls were covered with tar-paper.

In 1923 the building was remodeled.  It was set up on posts so that it was above sidewalk grade and wouldn’t flood. The exterior was stuccoed, the interior walls were plasterboarded and a wooden floor was installed. The carpenters’ union re-roofed the building as a token of their interest in the venture.

The old tabernacle being remodeled, 1923

The East Washington Ave frontage was leased by the church for business purposes. Rollie Burroughs put up a corrugated sheet metal building and established an auto repair shop there.  Later he installed gasoine pumps and that was the beginning of the service station (Edward Spoerl’s Gas Station in 1956).

Mr. Burroughs’ station was not open on Sundays and the building was frequently pressed into service for Sunday School use.

Just east of the station, Ray Jenkins operated a tailor shop in a similar building (Fred Stelter Hardware Store in 1956). The rental from these properties helped to defray the operational costs of the church.

The Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption now occupies the building on 7th Street and Bashford United Methodist Church moved to North Street in 1956.

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East Side Street Names–Always More to Know

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on January 12, 2011

In October 2009, Burr Angle and Ann Waidelich presented a program to our club on the history of street names. Recently, Burr sent a follow-up to that program.

A series of articles by Burr Angle, Dolores Kester, and Ann Waidelich titled “The Origins of Some Madison, Wisconsin Street Names” contains eleven discussions of many street names, subdivisions, and Madison-area developers.  Ten of the articles cover areas built up outside the original city limits from about 1900 to 1980.

Readers can learn that Winchester Street is named for General Phil Sheridan’s horse; that Alden Drive, Standish Court, and Priscilla Lane are for characters in Longfellow’s “Courtship of Miles Standish”; that Piping Rock Road is for a golf course on Long Island; and can discover the true story of the intersection of Hooker Avenue and Pleasure Drive.

There are many maps and illustrations.

Copies of the 275-page 8×11 document in 3-ring binders are now in the Local Materials sections of all Madison public library locations, and at the MATC, Middleton and Monona libraries.  The Wisconsin Historical Society is binding copies for its collections.

For more information write Burr Angle at 1818 Winchester Street, Madison, WI 53704; email Dolores Kester at dakester [at] sbcglobal.net, or Ann Waidelich at annwaid [at] sbcglobal.net.

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“Tapping” History Program January 22 at Tapit/new works Ensemble Theater

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on January 10, 2011

We’ll meet Saturday, January 22nd, 2–4pm at the TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater, 1957 Winnebago Street. Plenty of parking is available across the street.

Donna Peckett and Danielle Dresden will present a brief and animated history of this 25-year old professional, non-profit arts organization, and its place in the Schenk-Atwood neighborhood. Social time will follow the presentation.

Bring your memories of East Side arts and entertainment to share!

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Does anybody read this blog? You bet!

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on January 3, 2011

I received an email from WordPress with statistics for usage of  the East Side History Club’s blog in 2010. I was amazed!

  • This blog was viewed about 5,600 times in 2010. (That’s enough people to fill 13 full 747 passenger jets.)
  • In 2010 we published 30 posts, growing the total archive to 74 posts.
  • The busiest day was May 13, with 73 views. This was shortly before our May ’10 meeting on East High Athletics, which drew about 200 attendees.

Thanks everybody, keep sending us interesting news, memories, photos & memorabilia to post and the blog will thrive in 2011.

-Sarah White for the East Side History Club

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Happy New Year 2011

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on January 1, 2011

We wish you all a happy and prosperous new year!

The Club received a letter from JoAnn Tiedemann sent November 28, 2010, correcting a bit of the information presented at the Street Names program from October 2009. If you have the handout from the meeting, you might want to make the correction that Simpson Street was renamed Lake Point Boulevard as part of a revitalization effort, and Waunona Park’s address is not on Raymond Road, but on Raywood!

Thank you, JoAnn. Since the program took place over a year before you sent your letter, you prove that what the History Club is doing has lasting value.

-Sarah White


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