Gottlieb Grimm was originally from Bottingen in the Kingdom of Württemberg, Germany. He was born in 1831 and learned the craft of bookbinding from his father, Gelasius Grimm. He emigrated to America in 1849 and settled in Madison, WI in 1850 where he began his life as a Bookbinder. It is reported that Gottlieb bound the first book ever in Madison. The book was actually a collection of back issues of Graham’s Magazine, which Madison banker Simeon Mills had saved and wanted bound. As a side note, Gottlieb was also a founding member of the Madison Maennerchor, a German singing society started in 1852 which patterned after the similar groups in the “old country”.
Here is a link to the Grimm Bindery in Madison, Wisconsin.
Our performance was at 7 p.m. in the main floor auditorium. Later, we all moved to the dining room. Our concert sponsor and retired MMC singer, Dick Layman, arranged for sandwiches and Wahrsteiner beer after the concert in the dining room above the auditorium. Singing erupted soon after the beer and drinks were passed around!
Both the auditorium and dining room were filled to capacity with residents and Maennerchor singers (we’re in the white shirts, of course). A great time was had by all.
Thank you, Dick, for bringing such joy your community!
We had a lot of people at this celebration!
Singing and festivities at Oakwood Village
We sang and had a great time at Oakwood
In September, 2011, Ed Essert (MMC Tenor I, retired), participated in a video on immigration that was conducted by the Waunakee (Wisconsin) Public Library through a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. In this interview he and other members of the Waunakee community told their stories of where their families originated, how they came to the United States, and how they became part of the community.
The entire video can be viewed at this link. Ed’s portion is from 15:16 through 20:50. The video is very informative and enjoyable.
Ed Essert Reminisces about his arrival to the US
Danny Proud, one of our Tenors, assembled original songs about GI’s, humor, love and yearning from the US Army barracks of the 421st Medical Company (Air Ambulance) at Nellingen Kaserne, during the Vietnam War.
All of the proceeds from the sale of the CDs will go to Guitars4Vets, a non-profit organization providing music therapy for disabled veterans.
For more information, click Dan Proud.
Bill’s Birthday Party was held on Saturday, November 6, 2010, at the Capital Brewery, 7734 Terrace Ave., Middleton WI 53562.
We leave it up to you…was he having a great time?
Here he is in Mexico:
Bill knows how to stay cool.
There was a Celebration of Life in Nick Graebel’s honor at the Madison Turner Hall, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nick’s family and friends recounted their experiences and fond memories. Nick enjoyed life and found ways to share that with others.
Nick retired from the Fire Department in 2005, played volleyball with Madison Turners, and was a member of the Madison Maennerchor for 34 years. This is an opportunity for his former co-workers, friends and singers to remember him. The MMC sang in his honor.
An excellent article on Nick appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal.
A brief obit is available here.
Here is a photograph submitted by Ed Essert of the MMC in 1956! (click o the picture for a bigger view)
Madison Maennerchor in 1956
In Jennifer Ludden’s article, “In Rural Wisconsin, German Reigned for Decades,” she interviews Mel Grulke about speaking German at home. There is also a Walk Through Hustisford in this article.
Jennifer also includes her audio report.
Please check out the interview.