I was curious to know just what was happening in the world 133 years ago when they placed the last brick, secured the cornerstone, and positioned the pews at 612 Stuart Street before the congregation’s first assembly.

This is what I found.

Remington and Sons started production on the first practical typewriter. Ulysses S. Grant began his second term as president of the United States. Custer encountered his first clash with the Sioux Nation near the Tongue River in which only one man was killed on each side. That September, the New York Stock Exchange crashed, triggering the great panic of 1873. Coors Brewing Company opened its doors in Golden Colorado, Heineken Brewery opened its doors in Amsterdam, and The Bold Look of Kohler began production in Kohler, Wisconsin.

New York’s Central Park was officially completed including the installation of the Bethesda Fountain, designed by Emma Stebbins, the first woman to receive a significant art commission in New York City. This famous statue/fountain appeared at the opening of the play and the movie “Angels in America” by Tony Kushner and was the starting point in the first episode of “The Amazing Race.”

Also in 1873, Julies Vern published “Around the World in 80 Days” not to be confused with “Around the World in 80 Dates,” by Jennifer Cox, released 132 years later. A must-read too!

Emily Post was born and would become America’s very own etiquette guru, as was Alberto Santos-Dumont, aviation pioneer who rivaled the Wrights in competition. He would become Brazil’s celebrated father of aviation recognizing his attempt to fly a heavier than air machine in Paris, France.

Other notes of interest during this decade…Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone—“Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you!”—and Thomas Edison introduced the invention of the light bulb and phonograph.

Whewwwwww! That’s a lot of happenings in 1873! But back to the present!

Received a note today from a Marguerite Lussenden, Green Bay, who writes, “Thanks! You really brightened my day!” A member of Grace for over 50 years, her card tells, “…how hurt the last members were to have to give up and close the church. Now I’ll smile when I go by it instead of wanting to cry.” Thanks Marguerite! And yes, when we are open for business please stop by for a personal tour!

Ms. Lussenden recently read an article in the business section of the Green Bay Press Gazette at the following link:


That’s it. I’m off to document the stained glass windows in photographs. Jim Rivett, my business partner, has been researching stained glass windows at the Smith Museum on Navy Pier in downtown Chicago today. He wants to send a record of our windows down to them for evaluation.

Visit Arketype at http://arketypeinc.com


~ by Paul James on November 9, 2006.

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