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This Week in Tosa History: Dec. 5

Dec. 3, 2013

1909

· The past month has been the warmest November in 38 years. There is plenty of mud almost anywhere nowadays — even in Wauwatosa.

· "Stamp out the white plague" will be the cry of the crusaders as they march the length and breadth of state to sell 3 million little holiday greeting stickers at a penny each to raise funds for continuing the anti-tuberculosis battle so auspiciously begun this year.

1932

· Due to the general financial conditions, about $80,000 will be turned back to Tosans late this week by the four Wauwatosa banks in the form of Christmas savings. Many who took out subscriptions to the Christmas Club in January were forced to withdraw their deposits in summer because of an inability to make regular weekly payments.

· The Parent-Teacher Association of Roosevelt School will hold its regular monthly meeting Dec. 7. Miss Dorothy Endress, head of the Playground Extension Department of the Milwaukee Public Schools system will be speaker of the evening, and will talk about playground work as it affects the community and particularly how it has shown its value during the depression.

1943

· A general chest clinic will be held at Longfellow School. Examinations will be given in the Wisconsin Anti-Tuberculosis Association's Pfister fluoroscope trailer. The clinic is a free service for its per capita sale of Christmas seals. Wauwatosa has been a prizewinner 19 times.

· A marine corporal from Wauwatosa saved many infantrymen trapped in fighting near the Laruma River, according to an Associated Press dispatch from Bouganville Island. Corporal Raymond J. Aaron, 22, left his tank in the hands of his crew, swam about 1,000 yards to bring in an amphibious tractor and rescued the infantry group while the tank covered the action.

Anthony Aveni compiles this weekly column using Wauwatosa Historical Society archives. Contact him at aaveni@ameritech.net.

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