As the Midwest Heat Wave of 2012 hopefully comes to an end, many news outlets are highlighting the July 4th, 1911 heat wave that struck the eastern United States and killed 380 people. This lead me to wonder what kind of weather Crandon was experiencing in July 1911.
As it turns out, the local newspaper didn’t make that big a deal out of the heat wave. The only mention of the heat is an advertisement from the “City Drug Store” and in an article titled “Beulen Loses His Beer”.
Beulen Loses His Beer
President James Beulen, of the Fine Cut club of this city, is warm under the collar and not from the warm weather either. The last-trip made to Crandon by Joseph Eihlien of the Schlitz Brewing Co., of Milwaukee, he met James and upon parting told him, that he being an old friend, he would send him a case of beer from his big Milwaukee brewery. The beer came just before the Fourth of July, and James placed it in his cellar with great care, and then presented a number of his friends each with a bottle before he sampled any of it himself. Later on he pulled a cork and discovered that some unhung reprobate had opened a good share of the bottles, drank the beer and refilled them with water. Then he had to hunt up the people he had given bottles to and find out if they had beer or water. If Jim should ever discover the perpetrator of the joke he swears that Forest county will have to record the worst tragedy in its history.
As it turns out, James Beulen was one of Crandon’s Civil War Veterans. According to R.T. Krueger, Beulen served in Wisconsin’s Company I of the 11th Wisconsin Infantry and Company E of the 52nd Regiment Infantry. Let’s hope someone discovered the “unhung reprobate” that pulled this prank on one of Crandon’s veterans!
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Note: The “Joseph Eihlien” in the article is most likely Joseph Uihlein of the Uihlein family that took control of the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Co. in 1875 when Joseph Schlitz died lost at sea.
How the Uihlein family became part of Forest county’s history will be the subject of another blog post!