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Curtiss-Wedge, F.; Jones, Geo. O. (ed.) / History of Dunn County, Wisconsin
(1925)

Chapter XXI: miscellany,   pp. 227-246 ff.


Page 228

HISTORY OF DUNN COUNTY
are located on the north one-half of block 40. They are dwelling houses and front
respectively west and east, on Fifth and Sixths streets. Ninth Avenue bounds the
grounds on the north. The house on Fifth Street stands back from the avenue on
the second lot. It is on a commanding height that gives a view of the river basin
and of Gilbert's Creek to the westward, the house on Sixth Street is in the northeast
comer of the school grounds. This last mentioned house was long the residence of
Mr. George H. Barwise and of his family. They were nice people, rather exclusive
as English people are apt to be.
Mr. and Mrs. Barwise were in many respects typical English folk. The grounds
of the Homemakers' school then were fashioned on English lines. The oak and the
evergreen trees and the ornamental shrubbery that covered the whole ground now
occupied by the school, was trimmed and cared for as we are wont to think English
estates are trimmed and cared for. Mr. Barwvise was a book-keeper and ever
faithful to his task. It is said that for 20 years the farthest he went from his desk
was to the station at Menomonie Junction. His daily round of labor and pleasure
was methodical in the extreme with a morning cup of coffee brought to him piping
hot in a thin china cup, while he was still in bed. Connoisseurs in taste affect to
believe a certain delicious delicacy is added to coffee drunk from a thin cup, to
beer drunk out of a thick ice-cold mug, and to wine sipped from a thin glass.
In a "bone-dry" nation, succeeding generations, probably, cannot verify these
suppositions, save as to the enhanced savor of coffee so drunk. Never, never
again, possibly, shall man or woman, know the taste of liquor; and of cereals and
grapes there shall, doubtless, nevermore be a brewing, distillation or vinous fermen-
tation. To appreciate the richness of the bead in beers, the acme of flavor in dis-
tilled liquors, and the fine bouquet of wines, may perchance, become one of the lost
arts.
Mr. Barwise gave notice that he must quit the office on account of a chronic
illness. He was told to come each day, if he could, even though he stayed but a
few minutes, or an hour. His employers appreciated his faithfulness and realized
that if he felt that his labors were ended he would not rest easy. He was kept on
the pay roll.
This man and. woman were earnest churchmen and had much to do with the
establishment and the early maintenance of Grace church, then as now, located but
a block away. They made a great deal of Christmas time and as their grand-
children increased in number Mrs. Barwise was busy from one Christmas until the
next in making and purchasing presents for all. Not one was ever overlooked.
At one time M. L. Kern was rector in charge of this church. He had cogitated and
grew from some outside orthodox sect into the Episcopal faith. He was generally,
in the community, spoken of as "Elder Kern." In meeting Mrs. Barwise he
often accosted her as "Sister Barwise," to which greeting she invariably replied:
"Don't sister me, I am not a Methodist."
The Stout Institute gymnasiurn building occupies all of lot 7 in block 54. It
fronts endwise north on Wilson Avenue, its west wall runs north and south on the
line of Second Street, and stands opposite the south portion of the manual training
school building. The outside face of its eastern wall marks the line between lots
7 and 8, the residence lot of Mr. R. G. Ingraham. He and his family live on this
lot. In winter their house is shaded by the county school building in the morning
and in the afternoons the years around, it is in the deep shadow of the gymnasium.
On this gymnasium lot there once stood a large and richly finished Baptist
church. It was also lavishly furnished, having among its appointments, near the
pulpit, a fine pipe organ, and underneath the pulpit an adequate immersion fount.
When the fount was to be used the pulpit was pulled aside as a discarded stand.
Cost sometimes shows the laudable intention of a builder to build well, and it
-may indicate somewhat the grandeur of the buildings constructed. This church
was built in 1870-1871, when materials and labor were cheap and low compared
-with prices of today. The writer seems to be reliably informed as to the cost of
this church. It cost Si17,O00) with an additional cost of Si,700 for the organ.
This church building made over, now stands as a dwelling house on lot 4 of block
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