Earl W. Reiger Railroad Collection, 1879-1993


Summary Information
Title: Earl W. Reiger Railroad Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1879-1993

Creator:
  • Reiger, Earl W., 1912-1993
Call Number: Platteville Mss AW

Quantity: 1.2 c.f. (3 archives boxes)

Repository:
Archival Locations:
UW-Platteville Karrmann Library / Platteville Area Research Ctr. (Map)

Abstract:
A research collection compiled by Earl W. Reiger involving Kickapoo Valley Railroad history. Built between 1889 and 1892, the 52-mile line connected Wauzeka and La Farge, Wis., operated in Crawford, Richland, and Vernon counties until 1939, and was sequentially managed by Kickapoo Valley and Northern, Western Wisconsin, and Milwaukee Road. Reiger organized his research into eight notebooks and by subject headings thereunder. Those headings have been retained in their orginal order and contain information transcribed from several Kickapoo region newspapers; and photocopies of plat books, photographs, local histories, and various government documents. Also present is information on Wauzeka, Reiger's birthplace, as well as a folder of similar material on the Fennimore to Woodman Narrow Gauge Railroad, a 92-mile branch of the Chicago-Northwestern operating between 1878-1926.

Language: English

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Biography/History

Earl Reiger began researching Kickapoo Valley Railroad history during his retirement without intention to publish his work. Born in Wauzeka, Wisconsin on May 12, 1912, Reiger attended local schools and earned a bachelor of science degree from Platteville State Teachers College. Reiger then taught in Wauzeka and Eastman elementary schools and in Prairie du Sac and Portage high schools. During World War II, he served as a medical technician in the Pacific. Taking advantage of the G.I. bill, he earned a Ph.D. in general science and continued teaching in Waukegan and Glen Brook, Illinois. Reiger completed his career at Elgin Junior College and retired in 1977. Moving to Spring Green, Wis. to live with family members, he conducted his railroad research until his death on November 12, 1993.

Historical notes on the Kickapoo Valley Railroad

1889 June 4 Incorporated as The Kickapoo Valley & Northern Ry.
1892 May 30 Began service to Soldiers Grove
1896 October 1 Began service to Readstown
1897 August 30 Began service to Viola
1897 October 11 Began service to La Farge
1899 November 25 Incorporated as Wisconsin Western Railroad
1903 March 1 Became Kickapoo Branch of C.N,&St.P.Ry.
1939 August 15 Abandoned
Administrative/Restriction Information
Acquisition Information

Presented by Dorothy G. Reiger, Spring Green, Wis., 1994. Accession Number: M94-370


Processing Information

Processed by Gayle Martinson, 1996.


Contents List
Box   1
Folder   1
The Fennimore to Woodman Narrow Gauge Railroad
Notebooks
Notebook, Vol. I
Box   1
Folder   2
Foreword
Box   1
Folder   3
Division Titles
Box   1
Folder   4
Chicago & Tomah R.Y.
Box   1
Folder   5
Chronology of Important Events
Box   1
Folder   6
Acquiring the Right-of-Way
Box   1
Folder   7
Construction
Box   1
Folder   8
K. V. & N. Years [Kickapoo Valley & Northern]
Box   1
Folder   9
Locomotive Explosion
Notebook, Vol. II
Box   1
Folder   10
Extending the Line
Box   1
Folder   11
The Lawton Tunnel
Box   1
Folder   12
Wisconsin Western Years
Box   1
Folder   13
Milwaukee Road Years
Box   1
Folder   14
Excursions
Box   1
Folder   15
Kickapoo Valley Celebrations
Box   1
Folder   16
Special Trains
Box   1
Folder   17
Passenger Train
Notebook, Vol. III
Box   1
Folder   18
Time Tables
Box   1
Folder   19
Railroad Headquarters
Box   1
Folder   20
Kickapoo Railroad Officers
Box   1
Folder   21
Some Railroad Office Records
Box   1
Folder   22
Shipping Business
Box   1
Folder   23
Special Sidings
Box   1
Folder   24
Railroad Crossings
Box   2
Folder   1
Bridges
Box   2
Folder   2
Telephone and Telegraph Lines
Box   2
Folder   3
Operating Personnel
Box   2
Folder   4
Section Men
Box   2
Folder   5
Civil Engineer
Box   2
Folder   6
Machine Shops
Notebook, Vol. IV
Box   2
Folder   7
Terminal Yards
Box   2
Folder   8
Engine Houses
Box   2
Folder   9
Locomotives and Rolling Stock
Box   2
Folder   10
Depots
Box   2
Folder   11
Water Tanks
Box   2
Folder   12
Financial Structuring
Box   2
Folder   13
As Others See Us
Box   2
Folder   14
Complaints
Box   2
Folder   15
Improvements
Box   2
Folder   16
Feudin' and Fussin'
Box   2
Folder   17
Humor
Box   2
Folder   18
The Horse Meets the Iron Horse
Box   2
Folder   19
Accidents
Box   2
Folder   20
Fatalities
Notebook, Vol. V
Box   2
Folder   21
Floods
Box   2
Folder   22
Fires
Box   2
Folder   23
Snow and Ice
Box   2
Folder   24
Robberies
Box   2
Folder   25
Wrecks
Box   2
Folder   26
Railway Express
Box   2
Folder   27
U.S. Mail
Box   2
Folder   28
The Last Passenger Train
Box   2
Folder   29
Abandonment
Box   2
Folder   30
The Last Train
Notebook, Vol. VI
Box   2
Folder   31
Retiring the Line
Box   2
Folder   32
From Whence It Came
Box   3
Folder   1
Human Interest, Part I
Box   3
Folder   2
Human Interest, Part II
Box   3
Folder   3
Memories
Box   3
Folder   4
In Retrospect
Box   3
Folder   5
Maps
Notebook, Vol. VII
Box   3
Folder   6
Village Descriptions
Box   3
Folder   7
Biographies
Box   3
Folder   8
Pictures
Box   3
Folder   9
Miscellaneous
The Kickapoo River Watershed
Hotels
Corporate Logos
Kickapoo Poetry
Chautauqua
Train Orders [not developed]
The V.I.P.'s Depart [not developed]
Sand Pits and Rock Quarries [not developed]
Notebook, Vol. VIII
Box   3
Folder   10-11
Legal Documents