A useful tool for research is the internet, one can visit many places and times, never leaving the office. While viewing images of schools I was astonished to find one of the Brandon High School located in a village in western Found du Lac county. I thought at once it had to be a Waters' job because of its' remarkable resemblance to both Smith School in Oshkosh and the High School in Wittenberg. It was perplexing that in all my investigation of William Waters I'd never seen any reference to the Brandon school. I contacted the Brandon Historical Society but they had no information on the building at all. Other attempts to find a written record of the architect proved just as fruitless. Online archives of the local newspaper, "The Brandon Times" had nothing of high schools' construction and no school histories were to be found. The school no longer exists as an institution, having been combined with another small rural high school.
Friday, November 16, 2012
The Shawano county village of Wittenberg was founded in the early 1880's with the Rev. E. L. Homme as one of its' prime movers. He's even credited with naming the place and like its' German name sake it was a center of learning and hot bed of Lutheranism. The Reverend Homme, in 1881 formed Wittenbergs' first house of worship, Immanual's Church. Later he built an orphanage and home for the aged. There was a time when the village had seven schools; Wittenberg Public School, Wittenberg High School, St Paul Lutheran School, The Government Indian School, Bethany Indian Mission, Homme's Orphan School and The Wittenberg Academy