Sunday, August 20, 2017

Dear Scott Walker, Welcome to Daneconn Valley

@ScottWalker (that's Lake Mendota in the background)

From J-S article:  Madison and Dane County, we really out-punch our weight class, and we’re really an engine for the state economy,” said Dan Kennelly, manager of the city office of business resources.

Original 5/26/2017 post, "Greetings from Wisconsin's 1,238-square-mile growth engine", starts here.

Source:  U.S. Census Bureau (1) (2)

Madison, Dane County lead the state population growth in latest U.S. Census estimates.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 5/26/2017)
Madison grew more than any other city in the state from 2015 to 2016, surpassing a quarter of a million residents, according to estimates released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau. But the growth trend isn't just contained to Madison, as several of its suburbs also put up significant population gains. 
Four Dane County communities — Madison, Fitchburg, Sun Prairie and Verona — were among the top 10 largest population gainers for all Wisconsin cities and villages during the year, according to census estimates.

Related posts:
UPDATE. U.S. Census Bureau population estimates for 2016: 33 Wisconsin counties lose population.  (5/26/2017)
Wisconsin population projections, 2010-2040: Top 10 counties by % decline and growth.  (5/14/2015)
Top 10 Wisconsin Counties by Percentage of Population Growth, Loss (2010-2014).  (3/27/2015)
Wiscousin counties:  Population 65 and older.  (10/24/2014)
Wisconsin trivia: What was Wisconsin's 2nd-largest city in 1910?  (/9/1/2014)
Dane County tallies 39% of state's population growth since 2010.  (3/27/2014)
2012 U.S. Census population estimates: More gains than losses among Wisconsin's largest communities.  (5/28/2013)

Okay, folks, here it is the Official Presidential Job Performance Poll

A fundraising appeal in disguise.

Clicking on any of the choices gets you here.

Source:  Team Trump email blast

Adventures in packaging $54.43 a pound for Just Raspberries, $98.20 for Just Peaches

Photo by Retiring Guy

Spotted recently at Metcalfe's Hilldale store.

Cheaper in bulk.

Robert William Koebley (1936-2017) Warren High School class of 1954

 1954 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
1983 Warren City Directory
  • Koebley Barbara L Mrs sec South Street Sch r104 Frank St
  • Koebley Frances S Mrs retd h122 Frank St
  • Koebley Robt W & Barbara L; controller G T E Sylvania h104 Frank St 

The popularity of Robert is graphed here.  

Scott came into his own after World War II, spending 47 years (1949-1995) in the top 100, peaking at #10 in 1971.

Other members of the class of 1954:
Michelene Figliuzzi Colgrove.  (6/1/2017)
James Hornstrom.  (3/9/2017)
Richard Latimer.  (1/31/2017)
Guard Pierce.  (1/24/2017)
Thomas Gray.  (10/16/2016)
Franklin Ristau.  (4/21/2016)
Richard Helmbrecht.  (3/27/2016)
Luella Wert Wile.  (3/15/2016)
Edward Erickson.  (3/4/2016)
Keith Otterbein.  (7/20/2015)
Marlene Ceriola English.  (6/28/2015)
Robert Johnson.  (8/10/2014)
Phillip Stewart.  (2/20/2014)

Trump's America: Grays Harbor, Washington

Trump won places drowning in despair. Can he save them?  (AP, 8/19/2017)
The county’s population is stagnating and aging, as many young and able move away. Just 15 percent of those left behind have college degrees. A quarter of children grow up poor. There is a critical shortage of doctors. All that gathered into what Karolyn Holden, director of the public health department, calls “a perfect storm” that put Grays Harbor near the top of the lists no place wants to be on: drugs, alcohol, early death, runaway rates of welfare.

Source: Wikipedia 

Source: CNN

Other Trump's America posts:
Franklin County, Iowa, (8/14/2017)
UPDATE:  Essex County, New York.  (1/29/2017)
Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.  (8/10/2017)
Wright County, Iowa.  (8/8/2017)
Cabell County, West Virginia.  (8/4/2017)
Northampton County, Pennsylvania.  (7/20/2017)
Mesa County, California.  (7/20/2017)
Pontotoc County, Mississippi.  (7/19/2017)
McDowell County, West Virginia.  (7/10/2017)
Shasta County, California.  (7/4/2017)
Piscataquis County, Maine.  (7/3/2017)
Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota  (7/2/2017)
Autauga County, Alabama.  (6/29/2017)
Letcher County, Kentucky.  (6/29/2017)
Huron County, Ohio.  (6/19/2017)
Wisconsin Dairyland dilemma, part 2.  (6/19/2017)
Jackson County, West Virginia.  (6/18/2017)
Jackson County, Ohio.  (6/6/2017)
Spartanburg County, South Carolina.  (6/5/2017)
St. Joseph County, Michigan.  (6/5/2017)
Cambria County (Johnstown), Pennsylvania.  (6/3/2017)
Union County, Tennessee.  (5/30/2017)
Marion County, Iowa.  (5/23/2017)
Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.  (5/22/2017)
Douglas County, Oregon.  (5/17/2017)
Perry County, Illinois.  (5/8/2017)
Bryan County, Oklahoma.  (5/5/2017)
Greene County, Pennsylvania.  (5/3/2017)
Huntington County, Indiana.  (4/27/2017)
Lawrence County, South Dakota.  (4/27/2017)
Gaines County, Texas.  (4/26/2017)
St. Martin Parish, Louisiana.  (4/26/2017)
Morgan County, Colorado.  (4/25/2017)
Oneida County, Wisconsin.  (4/24/2017)
(Trending) Trump's America.  Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. (4/22/2017)
Van Wert County, Ohio.  (4/12/2017)
(Impatient) Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District.  (4/18/2017)
New Jersey's 7th Congressional District.  (4/14/2017)
Bryan County, Oklahoma.  (4/3/2017)
Trumbull County, Ohio.  (4/3/2017)
lMarion County, Tennessee.  (4/1/2017)
Illinois 16th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)
New York 19th Congressional District.  (3/26/2017)
Granger, Indiana, bad hombre.  (3/26/2017)
Clark County, Kansas.  (3/21/2017)
Defiance County, Ohio .  (3/21/2017)
Williams County, Ohio.  (3/21/2017)
Sawyer County, Wisconsin.  (3/20/2017)
Clark County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
Taylor County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
Highland County, Ohio.   (3/19/2017)
Buffalo County, Wisconsin.  (3/19/2017)
Union County, North Carolina.  (3/9/2017)
Franklin County, Illinois.  (2/27/2017)
Knox and Whitley counties, Kentucky.  (2/17/2017)
Cabell County, West Virginia.  (2/9/2017)
Where voters abandoned the Democratic Party in droves.   (2/7/2017)
Poweshiek and Webster counties, Iowa.  (2/7/2017)
Adams and Waushara counties, Wisconsin.  (2/6/2017)
McHenry County, Illinois.  (2/5/2017)
Essex County, New York.  (1/29/2017)
Mitchell County, Kansas.  (1/29/2017)
Fayette County, West Virginia.  (1/24/2017)
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, home of the Little League World Series.  (1/24/2017)
Johnson Creek, Wisconsin.  (1/21/2017)
Get me rewrite: Buncha white people in Boone County, Iowa, talk about Trump.  (1/15/2017)
UPDATE. Luzerne County, Pennsylvania is a Trump election success story.  (1/14/2017)
Monticello, Iowa. New York Times joins the search for Trump's America, a very white place.  (1/13/2017)
UPDATE. Boston Globe reporter continues to explore Trump's America, where mostly white people live.  (1/13/2017)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Mary Carlson (1931-2017) Warren High School class of 1949

1949 Dragon yearbook

1967 Warren City Directory
  • [county section] Carlson Clarence Russell
  • [county section] Carlson Mary L Russell (+1983)
  • [county section] Carlson Mildred Russell (+1983)

The popularity of Mary as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at Clarence, Mary's dad..

Clarence enjoyed a great 1st half of the 20th century, even though the air was going out of his tires pretty much from the start.  He spent 52 years (1900-1951) in the top 100 and peaked at #17 for 5 consecutive years (1901-1905).

Other class of 1949 members: 
Dorothea Giltinan Suppa.  (6/15/2017)
Ruth Bengston Thelin.  (4/27/2017)
Donna Wenzel Ponsoll.  (1/4/2017)
Margaret Eustace Sutter.  (11/17/2016)
Paul Mahan.  (7/17/2016)
Paul Briggs. (7/11/2016)
Mary Ann Harrison Hughes.  (3/29/2016)
Winona Ross Prosen.  (3/5/2016)
Bertie McConnell Glotz.  (9/26/2015)
Corrine Culbertson Ryan Shanshala.  (7/13/2015)
Nicholas Mangus II. (6/15/2015)
Teresa Nuhfer Sanden.  (4/13/2015)
Catherine Salapek Freeborough.  (4/10/2015)
Richard Sharp.  (3/22/2015) 
Richard Hamilton.  (12/17/2014)

In 2015, Trump summed up himself and his presidency in one word

Trump: ‘I Know Words, I Have The Best Words’ — Obama Is ‘Stupid.  (Daily Caller, 12/30/2015)

169 days before he announced his candidacy for President.

Hat tip to Linda Chavez.  (The President is Provoking His Own Crisis, 8/11/2017)

The hot air chronicles: Donald Trump's empty boast


In the New York Times article, Bill George explains why Donald Trump's tweet was 100% hot air.

Photo credit:  Wikipedia

Middleton Center UPDATE. Views of the project a week before Good Neighbor Fest

Look closely.  You'll see a clock on the tower.

A few of the apartments are occupied, but it doesn't appear as though people are clamoring to sign leases, perhaps the price T. Wall has to pay for promoting his project as "at the forefront of luxury and style".

This not-quite-courtyard space will be used for outdoor seating for one of the restaurants on the Hubbard Avenue side of the building.

A view of the west end of Phase 1.

Parmenter Street perspective.

6/23/2017 update starts here.

From Parmenter and Hubbard

Just south of the railroad tracks on Parmenter

Just south of the railroad track behind the Middleton Public Library.

5/28/2017 update, "In the home stretch", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

5/11/2017 update, "Cladding on south side of Phase 1 office building", starts here.

Photo at this angle previously taken on April 27.

Source:  Property Drive

5/2/2017 update, "Hubbard Avenue perspective of the new Middleton Center as the sun sets", starts here.

iPhone photo

iPhone pano

4/27/2017 update, " Middleton Center Phase 1 on a bright sunshiny day", starts here.

From Parmenter and Hubbard

Photos by Retiring Guy

From the Terrace Avenue side of the tracks on Parmenter

4/13/2017 update, from a distance, starts here.

From the intersection of Parmenter and South.

The old and the new from the post office.

3/24/2017 update, "Phase 1 cladding underway", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

At the not so in-between price of $1,810/month

3/7/2017 update, "Sun is still shining but plastic covering removed from top floors of (new) Old Middleton Center construction ", starts here.

Photo by Retiring Guy

The largest floor plan

Described as 'fabulous'.  $1,960 per month.

2/7/2017 update, "The sun shines....", starts here.

From Aurora Street looking north/northeast across Terrace.

The framing is just about done on the larger of the 1st two buildings.

Sheathed in plastic

The smallest floor plans:  551 to 619 square feet.

1/23/2017 update, "Walkaround on a drearily overcast Sunday", starts here.

Can't wait for the sun to shine at this time of year.

From the railroad tracks on Parmenter.

Village Green peekaboo.

At the Hubbard Avenue curve

At the intersection of Hubbard and Parmenter

1/4/2017 update, "Framing up to third level", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Here's a view of the south elevation from the Specific Implementation Plan (SIP)

12/22/2016 update, "Visual progress report at dusk", starts here.

Photo taken on a walk to the post office.

Photo taken after visit to the post office, at the intersection of Parmenter and Hubbard.

A 'live' view of this rendering is still 2-3 years away.

11/25/2016 update starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

10/26/2016 update, "Above-ground building profile emerges", starts here.


10/10/2016 update, "Foundation work progressing", starts here.

9/10/2016 update, "A better day than 2 weeks ago for a photo update", starts here.

8/26/2016 update starts here.

8/5/2016 update starts here.

I can even hear it from my house.  (I had to lean it very close to my laptop during this 10-second video.)

7/25/2016. If this were a video update, you'd hear the loud hum of a large pump off to the left.

Excavation:  the video.  (7/13/2016)

Excavation:  a Still shot.

7/9/2016.  Looking west from Parmenter Street

Looking southwest from Hubbard Ave., across from the Village Green

June 24, 2016

June 17, 2016

May 16, 2016. 

May 7, 2016.  A week's worth of demolition.

5/5/2016.  A beautiful day to demolish a 35-year-old building.

Terrence Wall begins major redevelopment in downtown Middleton.  (, 5/4/2016)
After staging a ceremonial partial demolition last week, developer Terrence Wall on Tuesday resumed demolition of Old Middleton Centre to make way for his latest development, which will add more than 200 apartments to the area bounded by Elmwood, Hubbard and Terrace avenues and Parmenter Street.




And the walls came tumbling down.

Compare the view #1 below.

Rubble close-up

Original 4/23/2016 post starts here.

The 35-year-old retail/office development of six similarly designed buildings never found its mojo from the start.

1818 Parmenter Street and 7507 Hubbard Avenue locations in particular.

View #1.  As you can see from the windows, the demo has already begun.

View #2.  

View #3:

Next year:  7611 Hubbard and 7609 Elmwood
2018:  1800 Parmenter and 7600 Terrace.

The new T. Wall development will also include office and retail as well as 200+ apartments.

Related posts:
UPDATE: Middleton Plan Commission to review downtown historic core parking options.
  • Parking a concern with T. Wall Old Middleton Centre makeover.  (4/1/2016)
  • Possibly Coming Soon to This Location: A Mixed-Use (Retail/Residential), Development (4/29/2015)