In December of 1912, the president of the United States was preparing to leave office, after losing the November election. William Howard Taft was finishing his only term as president, after coming in third to Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt.
The 12th of December in 1912 was the day Pennsylvania Congressman Charles Bowman was unseated by his fellow House members for using corrupt methods to win the 1910 election. Wisconsin’s governor that year was a Republican named McGovern…Francis McGovern.
La Crosse County’s population wasn’t even as large as the city of La Crosse is now. Only 44,000 people in the entire county, according to the census of 1910.
The sinking of the Titanic was a huge story of 1912. The U.S. added two stars to the flag that year, for a total of 48, when Arizona and New Mexico became states. Future First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson was born during the year, along with Gene Kelly, Dale Evans, Perry Como, and skater Sonja Henie.