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A Brief History of Education in Wisconsin

The Early History of Kenosha

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"Kenosha, From Pioneer Village to Modern City 1835-1935" by Carrie Cropley

"Kenosha: Historical Sketches" by Kenosha Community History Committee

"Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography" Wisconsin Historical Society


permissive act

Interesting Fact:

Michael Frank published the Southport Telegraph, the first newspaper published in Kenosha County.

Study Questions:

  • To what extent was Frank involved in promoting public education throughout Wisconsin?
  • In 1849, was it mandatory for children to attend school?
  • When did the public school in your community open?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on June 30:

    1921: Former President William Howard Taft is appointed chief justice of the United States.
    1971: Ohio became the 38th state to approve the 26th Amendment, lowering the minimum voting age to 18.

  • June 30

    June 30, 1849: In 1845, Southport (Kenosha) leader, Michael Frank, secured a permissive act from the legislature, allowing Southport to levy a tax to meet school expenses. On June 30, 1849 Southport built a brick school house offering the first tax-supported and entirely free school in Wisconsin.

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