You didn’t think that we’d let Movember slip away without saying goodbye, did you? We had a blast combing through the moustaches of Sauk City’s past and we hope you did to. As a way of saying goodbye, here is one last, bonus addition to Sauk City ‘stache lore.
The mustachioed men of the Naffz and Schmidhoff families had what looks to be an amazing picnic in the woods near Sauk City.
It’s time again for Facial Hair Friday! Every Friday during the month of Movember we’re digging through our family photo archives and highlighting some jaw-dropping moustaches from Sauk City’s history. This week we look at Andrew Sprecher.
Andrew was born in Black Hawk as one of nine children. His father died while he was still a boy and Andrew spent much of his youth working on his widowed mother’s farm. For a time, he lived in Dubuque, IA and worked at a carpenter before returning to Sauk City to work as a merchant in a general store. Here is a young Andrew Sprecher pictured with Dr. Fred Meyer, a dentist who had a pretty great ‘stache of his own.
Andrew Sprecher and his wife Elsie were married in 1897. Marriage was good for the Sprecher’s, and great for Andrew’s ‘stache. The two moved to Milwaukee shortly after the nuptials but returned to Sauk City in 1947 to celebrate their golden anniversary at Park Hall.
While in Milwaukee, the couple gave birth to their only son, Waldo. As evidenced here, Andrew’s facial hair continued its growth throughout his life. And just take a look at those hats!
Andrew died in Milwaukee, but was buried in Sauk City. Karl Ganzlin spoke at his funeral.
Both Sauk City and Prairie du Sac are official “Bird Cities.” The library wants to support the efforts of our villages to educate the public and create a welcoming environment for birds. So, it was a perfect fit when Colby came to the library to ask if he could partner with us on his Eagle Scout project. He wanted to build a few things for the library and we suggested a bird feeder be one of those things. And boy did he come through!
We picked out a spot right outside the children’s area window to place the feeder. With help from his family, Colby dug a hole for the post and mounted the bird feeder on top.
They added some seeds and we waited. And waited. We started to get worried that maybe the feeder was too exposed and the birds wouldn’t go for it. But, less than a week after installation, something finally noticed the seeds.
Leave it to a squirrel to be the first critter to start eating the food! But soon, birds started to investigate too.
A couple of sparrows gingerly tested the water while their friends looked on. Then, snow came to Sauk City and our bird seed started to look better and better.
It’s safe to say that the feeder is a hit – with sparrows at least!
Next time you’re in the library, make sure to look out the window of the children’s area to see if any birds are visiting.
Welcome to another edition of Facial Hair Friday! Every Friday during “Movember” we’re highlighting a glorious ‘stache from Sauk City’s past. Today, we look at Adrian Becker shown below with his wife. She doesn’t seem to be entirely sold on his facial hair at this point in the marriage.
Adrian was the bridge tender in Sauk City. He and his family lived next to the bridge and he was responsible for collecting fees, maintaining the bridge, and operated the swing span for passing river boats. Because the state didn’t fund bridge building, the position of bridge tender wasn’t exactly lucrative. As such, Adrian also worked as a shoemaker and bartender.
Here, we see Becker in middle age posing for a fabulous picture with friends Christ Obrecht and Alex Noel, who have tremendous moustaches in their own right.
Finally, after years of marriage, Adrian’s wife seems to have acquiesced to his life-long dedication to amazing facial hair. This picture was likely taken in the couple’s home, which was relocated from near the bridge to 922 Franklin St. in 1921. It is still standing to this day.
Happy 1st Birthday to the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Club of Sauk City Library! To date, 104 children are registered. 15 of those kids already read 500 books and an elite 8 have finished 1,000 books! Check out their photos on our Wall of Fame in the Children’s Department! Any child who has not yet entered kindergarten is eligible to sign up at the library for this fun and rewarding program. Check here for more details.
Welcome to our second installment of Facial Hair Friday! In honor of Movember, we have been digging through our historical archives to find magnificent moustaches from Sauk City’s Past. This week we visit the Naffz Family.
Patriarch Charles Naffz came to the area from Würzburg, Bavaria and settled near present day Merrimac. He was instrumental in organizing the first schools in the area. A trust established with the Sauk City Library allows us to purchase a number of science books each year. He married Rosalie Bosch in 1849 and the two had a whopping 8 children. What he also had, was a stellar ‘stache.
Dr. Edwin Naffz, one of the younger Naffz children became a Medical Doctor. He decided to grow not only a moustache, but a full beard.
Last, and certainly not least in the ‘stache department, is Victor Hugo Naffz, the third oldest Naffz child. He relocated to Chicago to become a salesman for a wholesale firm there. He maintained his roots, however, and grew a moustache that can only be described as breathtaking.
If you’ve stopped by the library in the past month, you’ve hopefully noticed that we are trying something different next to the desk. Last month, we chose our own adventure by voting with marbles. This month we’re going to tell our own story. Stop in and add to the story one sentence at a time. We can’t wait to see the story you tell!
And because we’re not always open and inspiration can strike at any time, we’re going to open up a second story you can contribute to right here on our website. You don’t even have to be from Sauk Prairie, simply leave a one sentence comment on this post to add to the story. We’ve already had one comment come from Facebook via Kathy B:
The only evidence it left was a hole in the brand new pavement of Phillips Blvd.
It’s going to be really interesting to see how different the stories turn out!
Each November thousands of men all over the world grow moustaches to raise funds and awareness to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. They call it Movember. Here at the library, during the month of November, we will scour our historic archives to find photos of Sauk City residents with tremendous moustaches. We’ll post a few each Friday.
Prominent businessman and village board member.
Robert J. Buerki was a prominent businessman at the turn of the century. He owned the Buerki & Becker store, which sold general merchandise as well as being a photo studio. The picture above was taken by his partner, August Becker, who ran the photography side of the store. He served on both the village board of Sauk City as well as the school board. He was a well known member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen until that organization dissolved. He also had a really cool moustache.
Father of Marcus Bach.
Our second, and truly glorious, moustache belongs to Louis Peter Bach, father of prominent local philosopher, teacher, author, and lecturer Marcus Bach. Louis was married to Albertine Bertha Buerki.
And now, back to rifling through the archives to find some more ‘staches. Visit the Movember website to learn more about their charitable effort.
Looking for your next book? Librarians across the country vote each month on the books they are most looking forward to and put out a list called LibraryReads. Here are the most anticipated books coming out in November: