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The old jail site was going to become apartments, 54 years ago

Brad Williams



The former 1965 courthouse and jail in La Crosse were recently converted to an apartment building called “The Hub on 6th.” That building replaced an old jail at 10th and Zeisler Streets, and in 1965, Milwaukee lawyer Bruce Reid offered $12,000 to buy the former jail site, if he could also acquire adjoining city property with it. Reid was planning a 72-unit apartment building on Zeisler, near the marsh, for $700,000.

Baton twirlers with the Tomah High School band got their pictures in the paper in 1965, with their new costumes. The Tomah teams were called the Indians at the time, and the baton girls were wearing Indian headdresses and buckskin costumes.

In the fall of ’65, “The Addams Family” was a popular prime-time show. Ted Cassidy, as Lurch the butler, recorded a dance song that was featured on the Halloween episode of “American Bandstand,” yesterday in La Crosse.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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