Riverview Album, circa 1906

Summary Information
Title: Riverview Album
Inclusive Dates: circa 1906

  • Breitwish, A. J.
Call Number: Milwaukee Historic Photo Collection 27

Quantity: 0.2 cubic ft. (1 box)

Archival Location:
Milwaukee Public Library (Map)

A photo album of eight family summer cottages and various scenic views along the Milwaukee River. Cottages and individuals in the images are identified. The neighborhood is now known as Lincoln Park, and is on the southernmost border of Glendale, Wisconsin.


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Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.mwpl-mhpc0027
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Alfred Julius Breitwish (1871-1956) was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1888, he started a commercial photography studio in Milwaukee with Frank Bishop, whom he bought out a few years later. Breitwish photographed everything from studio portraits to rural scenes, including Buffalo Bill Cody when he toured the state in 1896. In 1895, he married Victoria Gargen and they had three sons together. His sons later joined him in his photography business, which was then known as A.J. Breitwish & Sons. Breitwish was a member of several clubs and organizations such as the Rotary Club, Knights of Pythias, Masons, and the Wisconsin Photographers' Association.

Scope and Content Note

The album consists of 18 black and white photographs that are 9¾” x 8” in dimension. It is entitled "Summer Scenes at Riverview on the Milwaukee River Half Mile North of Lindwurm Park." The photos mainly depict the summer cottages of a number of prominent Milwaukee families. The cottages are on what is now the southern border of Glendale. The street identified as “Messmer Lane” is now known as Riverview Drive. At the time of the photographs much of this area was rural. Also included are a number of photos of the landscape, the Milwaukee River, and some of the summer activities that these families indulged in, including swimming, canoeing, and boating.

Arrangement of the Materials

The album is in original order.

Preferred Citation

Riverview Album, circa 1906, Collection 27. Milwaukee Historic Photo Archives, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Related Material in the Milwaukee Public Library
Separated Material in the Milwaukee Public Library

Originally included with the collection was a plat map of the area. The map was folded many times and stored in a folder. To preserve the map, it was removed from the folder, mended, encapsulated, and subsequently cataloged and added to the map collection.

Administrative/Restriction Information
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials. The collection is open to all in accordance with state law. The public may view collections from the Milwaukee Historic Photo Archives by appointment at the Central Library. To request an in-person appointment, create/login to your Special Collections Account. If you have any questions, please contact the Archives and Special Collections Department at mplarchives@milwaukee.gov.

Use Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of this collection (Wisconsin Statutes 19.21-19.39).

Acquisition Information

Donated by Curtis L. Scherer, son of Myra Ludwig, date of donation unknown. Materials accessioned as a Historic Photo Collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Brian William-Van Klooster, Photo Librarian, April 2006. Additional processing by Rose Fortier, Historic Photo Librarian, May 2010.

Contents List
Box   1
Page   1
August Clajus cottage (now 1114 W. Riverview Dr., Glendale)
Box   1
Page   2
Otto N. Ludwig cottage (now 1124 W. Riverview Dr., Glendale)
Box   1
Page   3
Rudolph Forrer cottage (now 1150 W. Riverview Dr., Glendale)
Box   1
Page   4-5
Robert Messmer cottage (now 1210 W. Riverview Dr., Glendale)
Box   1
Page   6
Joseph Fehrer cottage (now 5920 N. Sunny Point Rd., Glendale)
Box   1
Page   7
Louis Stollberg cottage (now 5944 N. Sunny Point Rd., Glendale)
Box   1
Page   8
Anton Conrad cottage (now 6006 N. Sunny Point Rd., Glendale)
Box   1
Page   9
Clajus and Ludwig cottages
Box   1
Page   10
Forrer cottage
Box   1
Page   11
Milwaukee River and pier off Forrer’s property
Box   1
Page   12
Clajus, Ludwig, and Forrer cottages
Box   1
Page   13
Milwaukee River
Box   1
Page   14
Box   1
Page   15
Milwaukee River and pier off Forrer’s property
Box   1
Page   16
Milwaukee River and pier off Forrer’s property
Box   1
Page   17
Milwaukee River and Bender’s Bridge
Box   1
Page   18
Milwaukee River, sand bars below Bender’s Bridge