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HISTORY WALK, 2017
Due to a technical glitch, photos from the History Walk, 2017 were not posted, but better late than never, right? So, here are photos of our reenactors and short bios on who they represented.
Almost all of Kenosha's inventors were somehow tied into the automobile industry; Arthur Kneibler was the exception! Arthur Kneibler worked for Cooper Brothers, now known as Jockey, International. His invention of the Jockey brief was an innovation in men's unmentionables. He caused quite a stir at a industry show in Chicago with the "Cellophane Wedding," in which two models were in their underwear, covered in see-through cellophane.
Martin Winther and his brother Anthony came to Kenosha as young boys, and the city was very good to them, giving them their start in the automotive industry at Jeffery-Nash. Both boys liked to tinker, and soon it paid off when Martin helped develop the four-wheel drive truck for JefferNash. They went on to start their own business, Winther Motors, Inc. They had 80 patents between the two of them! They went on to become the founders of Dyna-matic, Inc.
Although Richard Welles was more famous in his lifetime as the wife of Beatrice Ives Welles,
the first woman to hold an elected office in Wisconsin, and as the father of the famous actor/producer, Orson Welles. But he was quite an inventor, creating Badger Brass to manufacture his various headlamps, brackets and other parts.
Mrs. Stanton Palmer told how she and her husband came to Kenosha when he was hired by Snap-On Tools. His innovation of the Snap-On truck going directly to the shops for mechanics to have hands-on experience with the tools was a new concept and one that paid off well for Snap-On. The Depression hit, and the stress of keeping the business afloat possibly led to an early death
by heart attack for Mr. Palmer.
Nicholas Demos immigrated to Kenosha from Greece; he and his brothers went into the candy business. Later, some brothers moved to Chicago and started a Greek restaurant. Nicholas and his brother John started Kenosha Auto Transport, driving Nash cars to dealerships in other states. This led to Nicholas's invention of the auto transport trailer, which at that time could carry up to 5 trucks. Today's transport trailers can haul up to 10!
MEET THE REENACTORS:
Ron Mace (N. Demos), Philip Jaeger (A. Kneibler), Viki DuMez (Mrs. S. Palmer),
Andrew Anderson (M. Winther), Art Dexter (R. Welles)