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Famous People from Cuba City

Judd Conlon
Music Arranger
Jack Debord
First Settler

Famous People from Wisconsin

Don Ameche

Roy Chapman Andrews
Explorer / Naturalist

Walter Annenberg
Media Tycoon & Philanthropist

Richard I. Bong
America's Leading Air Ace During World War II

Carrie Catt
Woman Suffragist

John R. Commons

Seymour Cray (1925 – 1996)
Developed the super-computer

Tyne Daly

August Derleth

Jeanne Dixon

Zona Gale

Eric Heiden

Woody Herman
Band Leader


Harry Houdini

Hans von (H.V.) Kaltenborn
Journalist / Radio Commentator

Pee Wee King

George F. Kennan

Robert La Follette

William D. Leahy
Fleet Admiral


Charles Litel

Allen Ludden
TV Host

Alfred Lunt

Douglas MacArthur
WWII & Korean War General

Frederic March

Jackie Mason

Golda Meir (1898 – 1978)
Israel’s First Woman Prime Minister

John Ringling North
Circus Director

Pat O'Brien

Georgia O'Keeffe
Artist / Painter

Charlotte Rae

William H. Rehnquist

Gena Rowlands

Tom Snyder

Spencer Tracy

Thorstein Veblen

Orson Welles
Actor & Producer

Gene Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Thornton Wilder

Charles Winninger

Tom Wopat

Frank Lloyd Wright

Random Facts about Wisconsin

  1. Wisconsin produces more milk than any other state. It also produces 40 percent of the cheese and 20 percent of the butter eaten in the United States. No wonder Wisconsites call themselves "cheeseheads."
  2. The first Ringling Brothers Circus was staged in Baraboo, Wisconsin, in 1856.
  3. Wisconsin's state animal is the badger. Badgers live in underground burrows. When settlers first came to the state, they copied the badgers and lived in homes dug out of the earth. Their houses were called "dugouts."
  4. All U.S. states impose a tax on gasoline. As of July 2005, Wisconsin had the highest per-gallon tax on gasoline, taking 32.9 cents for every gallon pumped. The Badger State was followed closely by Pennsylvania (31.1 cents per gallon), Washington (31 cents per gallon) and Rhode Island (30 cents per gallon). Georgia had the lowest gasoline tax rate in mid-2005, charging only 7.5 cents tax per gallon.
  5. Wisconsin is called the Badger State to honor not the state's badgers, but miners, who, like badgers, burrowed into the Wisconsin earth to look for lead.
  6. Lake Michigan and Lake Superior are popular game and sport fishing spots–the catch includes pike, sturgeon, musekellunge, walleye and trout.
  7. The first kindergarten in the United States was established in Watertown by Margarethe Schurz in 1856.
  8. The Old Wade House in Greenbush is a restored stagecoach inn. An on-site museum includes antique carriages, wagons and sleighs.
  9. Hayward, Wisconsin, is home to the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.
  10. The Green Bay Packers are one of the world's most beloved sports teams. In fact, the team is owned by the city of Green Bay.
  11. Wisconsin visitors and residents enjoy the state's 7,446 streams and rivers. End-to-end they'd stretch 26,767 miles. That is more than enough to circle the globe at the equator.
  12. Wisconsin's Door County has five state parks and 250 miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan. These figures represent more than any other county in the country.
  13. In 1878-1879 the Wisconsin legislature approved the creation of a state park in Vilas County. The proposal was not successful and the state ended up selling two-thirds of area land to lumber interest for $8 an acre in 1897.
  14. In 1900 land acquisition for Wisconsin's first state park began. The park became Interstate State Park located in St. Croix Falls.
  15. Devil's Lake was established in 1911. The facility has become one of Wisconsin's oldest and most famous state parks. It leads the state parks in attendance.
  16. The House on the Rock was designed and built in the early 1940s. It is considered an architectural marvel and is perched on a 60-foot chimney of rock. The 14-room house is now a complex of rooms, streets, buildings, and gardens covering over 200 acres. The Infinity Room contains 3,264 windows.
  17. The state is nicknamed the Badger State.
  18. In 1882 the first hydroelectric plant in the United States was built at Fox River.
  19. The first practical typewriter was designed in Milwaukee in 1867.
  20. Wausau is the Ginseng Capital of the World.
  21. The American Birkebeiner, a 52K cross-country ski race between Cable and Hayward, is the largest on the North American continent.
  22. Wisconsin snowmobile trails total 15,210 miles of signed and groomed snow highways.
  23. Mount Horeb is the Troll Capital of the World and home to the Mustard Museum.
  24. In the 1930s the Flambeau River State Forest was established and became a legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Works Project Administration.
  25. Noah's Ark in Wisconsin Dells is the nation's largest water-themed park.
  1. Belleville is the Unidentified Flying Object Capital of Wisconsin.
  2. Potosi is the Catfish Capital of the state.
  3. The nation's first kindergarten was established in Watertown in 1856. Its first students were local German-speaking youngsters.
  4. Wisconsin is the dairy capital of the United States.
  5. Wisconsin produces more milk than any other state.
  6. Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Richland Center on June 8, 1867.
  7. The National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward is shaped like a Muskie.
  8. The original Barbie is from Willows. Barbie's full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.
  9. Bloomer is the Jump Rope Capital of the World.
  10. Milwaukee is home of Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
  11. The first Ringling Brothers Circus was staged in Baraboo in 1884.
  12. Somerset is the Inner Tubing Capital of the World.
  13. Green Bay is Wisconsin's oldest city.
  14. Two Rivers is the home of the ice cream sundae.
  15. Wisconsin's second oldest city is Prairie du Chien.
  16. The state's constitution is the oldest of any state west of the Allegheny Mountains. It was adopted in 1848.
  17. Boscobel is the Turkey Capital of the state.
  18. The Republican Party was founded in Ripon in 1854.
  19. The Hamburger hall of fame is located in Seymour.
  20. Monroe is the Swiss Cheese Capital of the World.
  21. Mercer is the Loon Capital of the World.
  22. With an average of 2,500 performers, Milwaukee's Summerfest is the nation's largest music festival.
  23. Mount Horeb's internationally known Mustard Museum holds the world's largest mustard collection. The museum contains more than 2,300 varieties of mustard. The museum celebrates National Mustard Day each August.
  24. The National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame is in Hayward.
  25. Eagle River is known as the Snowmobile Capital of the World.
  26. Marshfield is located in the geographic center of the state and is known Hub City.
  27. Bonduel is the Spelling Capital of Wisconsin.
  28. Muscoda is the Morel Mushroom Capital of Wisconsin.
  29. Sauk City is Wisconsin's oldest incorporated village.
  30. Prairie du Sac hosts the State Cow Chip Throwing Contest on Labor Day weekend.
  31. Sturgeon Bay is the Shipbuilding Capital of the Great Lakes.
  32. Sheboygan is the Bratwurst Capital of the World.
  33. The falls in Niagara has the same geological feature as Niagara Falls, New York.
  34. Green Bay is the Toilet Paper Capital of the World.

Facts about Dairy and Cheese:

Wisconsin Leads the Nation In:

    • Number of Dairy Farms: 18,000
    • Number of Cheese Plants: 126
    • Total U.S. Cheese Production: 2 Billion Pounds
    • Wisconsin is the first in the production of many popular cheese varieties.
  • Percent of Total U.S. Production:

    • 80% Cold Pack & Cheese Food
    • 67% Muenster
    • 43% Brick
    • 26% Cheddar
    • 25% Mozzarella

Wisconsin dairy farms produce more than 23 billion pounds of milk every year. That's about 14% of the country's total milk supply.

Wisconsin is the # 1 cheese-producing state, making 26% of the country's cheese.

Wisconsin cheesemakers use about 90% of Wisconsin's milk supply to make more than 2 billion pounds of cheese every year.

Wisconsin has 1,290 licensed cheesemakers–more than any other state.

Wisconsin has the country's most stringent state standards for cheesemaking and overall dairy product quality.

Wisconsin ranks first among all states in the production of Cheddar, American, Mozzarella, Brick, Muenster and Limburger cheeses.

Wisconsin is home to more than 126 cheese plants–more than any other state in the country–that produce more than 350 varieties, types and styles of Wisconsin cheese–nearly double that of any other state.

There are six major breeds of cattle in Wisconsin and the United States: Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, and Milking Shorthorn.

In an average day, a dairy cow will:

    • Eat about 90 pounds of feed
    • Drink a bathtub full of water
    • Produce 5 to 6 gallons of milk a day–about 80 8-ounce glasses of milk!
  • The average dairy cow weighs about 1.400 pounds.

  • Cows have four stomach compartments.

  • Cows spend an average of six hours each day eating, and an additional eight hours ruminating or chewing their cud.

  • Most cows chew at least 50 times per minute.

  • If people ate like cows, they would have to eat about 360 cheeseburgers and drink 400 to 800 glasses of water each day!

  • To get the same amount of calcium provided by a quart of milk you would have to eat three and a half pounds of peas, 27 oranges, 50 tomatoes or 50 slices of whole wheat bread.

  • Dairy farmers milk their cows at least twice a day, every day.

  • There are approximately 340 to 350 squirts in a gallon of milk. Thank goodness milking machines were invented in 1865!

  • Remember the tale of Little Miss Muffet? Her curds and whey were an early version of cottage cheese.

  • The average American eats more than 27 pounds of cheese each year–30% more than 10 years ago–and will consume about a ton of cheese during a lifetime!

  • It takes:

    • 10 pounds of whole milk to make one pound of cheese.
    • 12 pounds of whole milk to make one pound of ice cream.
    • 21.2 pounds of whole milk to make one pound of butter.
  • One quart of milk weighs 2.15 pounds.
    One gallon of milk weighs 8.6 pounds.
    46.5 quarts of milk equals 100 pounds.