From The Archives

'The March King' Visits Wausau

Ninety years ago, Wausau was host to a concert by John Philip Sousa. The “March King” was partially though his 35th annual tour, and stopped in Wausau for about 12 hours between November 4th and 5th, 1927.

Darrell Holubetz and the Brokaw Ski Jump

On a brisk afternoon in 1948, Darrell Holubetz began his slide down the ski jump off Stark Street. After speeding down the ramp, he launched into the air and struck a practiced pose to keep himself upright as he flew. After several exhilarating seconds in the air, he straightened out and stuck a landing for a 47 foot jump.

Ski Jumping in Marathon County

In 1926, the building of a ski jump in Rothshild led to a large interst in ski jumping across the greater Wausua area. Over the next decade, more ski jumps were built and thousands of spectators were thrilled to see these young men launch themselves into their on wooden skis.

Two Men and a Dog

A misplaced photograph of two men and their dog speaks to the brief career of an early Marathon County photographer.

The Famous Face of Bill Hayes

Wausau native Bill Hayes was part of a truly historic moment during World War II.

A Seasonal Buyer's Guide from 1949

An seasonal example of A.C. Langlois' buyer's guide, the Wisconsin Valley News from December 6, 1949.

Rereading the Local Headlines from Pearl Harbor

On the 75th Anniversary of the suprise attack at Pearl Harbor, which was the start of direct American involvement in World War Two, we revisit the edition of the Wausau Daily Record Herald from December 7th, 1941.

"The Greatest Occasion in the History of Wausau" 1928

The story of the first visit by a sitting U.S. President to Marathon County: dubbed "the greatest occasion in the history of Wausau"

Football-Watching Tips from Employers' Mutual

In 1951, Employers' Mutual of Wausau (later Wausau Insurance) published a small, 32-page booklet by Irwin Rickel, who gave tips on how to watch the sport of football. In the forward, the then head coach of UCLA, Henry "Red" Sanders, stated that it was "the best football booklet of its kind I have ever seen both from a standpoint of authenticity and in its manner of presentation."