Govt. Tony Evers proclaims Aug. 10, 2022 as South Milwaukee Day

South Milwaukee’s got another claim to local fame.

Govt. Tony Evers on Wednesday proclaimed Aug. 11, 2022 South Milwaukee Day in honor of the city’s 125th anniversary.

The proclamation highlights how 517 residents between College and Pennsylvania avenues, Drexel Avenue and Lake Michigan applied to incorporate and establish the village of South Milwaukee in 1892.

By 1897 the village grew to 2,662 people, allowing the village to become a city.

“The residents of South Milwaukee, along with myself, are proud to be celebrating our 125th anniversary,” Mayor Jim Shelenske said. “We’ve gathered great wisdom from our past leaders to continue moving the city forward.”

South Milwaukee was home to many industries over its long history including Bucyrus-Erie — which built the shovels that helped dig the Panama Canal — Hatch Cutlery, Schutz Brothers Furniture, Eagle Horse Shoe Company, South Milwaukee Iron Company and Moore/Whitmore Basket Works.

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