The Greendale Review Newspaper - Revisited Week 5 - 9/23/38

The Greendale Review was Greendale's first newspaper and through 2013 I will post stories from the early days of Greendale taken from the paper.

With this year being the 75th anniversary I thought it might be interesting as well as fun to look back at Greendale’s beginnings from the viewpoint of its own residents and local news stories of the day. Every Thursday through the end of the year, I will be posting humorous, relevant or just interesting stories from Greendale’s original newspapers.

The following selected stories are copied exactly as they were originally written (including some misspellings) unless otherwise noted. Some may be shortened with “…”. They will be in bold and italicized type.

Also, just a reminder - Greendale first opened to residents on May 1, 1938

The Greendale Review – September 23, 1938


     While Greendale residents have been awaiting the decision of the Public Service Commission on the petition for bus service to Milwaukee, the issue is becoming confused by an additional paper filed with the Commission by a group interested in routing the bus line along Highway 36, instead of along S. 76 or S. 60 Streets, which routes were specifically considered in the hearings on the Greendale petition.

… Mr. Reeder stated, “I am taking steps immediately to determine what can be done to bring this matter to a conclusion one way or another. If Greendale is forced to provide its own transportation, the sooner we know it the quicker we can make necessary arrangements”. …



     According to Mr. Henry Rostkowski, industrial arts instructor, the shop will be the central place for the manual arts and crafts organized as a part of the program of activities for adults. He stated that out of these activities would grow related projects as different in technique as weaving and wood carving. Any number of things, including the making of art objects from alabaster and ceramics, might grow out of this department as a result of the interests of those who participate.

Women are especially invited to participate in manual activities and to make use of the facilities offered by the school. …



     During the past week the Greendale Recreational Activities Program swung into operation with marked interest shown in various phases of its program.

It began Friday with woman’s social hour from two to four P. M. in Room 8 where the women enjoyed various social activities while their children were entertained in the gymnasium.

It was followed on Monday evening by a meeting of men and women who were interested in forming bowling teams. In addition to the previously announced program, the documentary sound film “The River” was shown in the auditorium to a capacity house of a thousand people.

On Tuesday those interested in musical activities including band, both classical and modern, choral groups, and class instruction met at 7 P. M. in the auditorium. Those interested in shop or the manual arts held their organizational meeting in the auditorium at 8:30 P. M.

Three meetings were held on Wednesday. Interested men met at 7:30 P. M. in Room 8 for the purpose of organizing a boy scout troop in Greendale. Men who were interested in forming indoor baseball teams met at 7:30 P. M. in the gymnasium, while women who were interested in playing indoor baseball met in Room 9.

Tonight, groups who are interested in tap dancing, folk or aesthetic dancing, or modern ballroom dancing are meeting at 7 P. M. in Room 8. Those who are interested in all phases of dramatics including directing, stage techniques, scenery and acting are meeting at 8:30 in Room 8.

Tomorrow night, September 23, the cooking school will be held at 7:30 P. M. in the auditorium of the Community Building. There will also be another meeting of the bowling group at 7:30 P. M. in Room 9.

All of these meetings have been held in the Community Building and all future meetings will be held there also. …



     Although construction work is progressing as rapidly as possible, completion and formal opening of Greendale’s own motion picture theatre will not take place before the middle of December according to Walter E. Kroening, Director of Service.

… The exterior will conform to the Williamsburg Colonial type of architecture of the other buildings in the business block. The interior arrangement and decorations have been designed with the aim of assuring patrons a modern, yet comfortable, place of entertainment. While it is strictly modern and so called streamlined it does not incorporate the gaudy modern architecture of so many of the present day theatres.

The auditorium of the theatre with a capacity for seating 650 people is bullet shaped with the open end at the north end of the building where the screen and public address system are set up. The projection room will be located on the balcony at the south end of the building.

To prevent echoes and overtones, walls and ceilings of the theatre will be of an acoustic plaster, while the floors will be of the same asphalt tiling as has been installed in the cooperative food market. Illumination will be afforded through indirect lighting troughs along the upper walls.

A color scheme of various shades of tan will be used. Walls will, through a series of horizontal bands extending upward from a dark tan wainscoting, becoming lighter until they blend into an off-white ceiling. Matching will be the wine-colored leatherette for individual chairs and the marbleized cream tan tile flooring. The theatre lobby will be done in rose. …



     The Greendale Telephone Committee reports that they are now negotiating with the Wisconsin Telephone Company in an effort to obtain satisfactory telephone service for Greendale. …



     It is against the State Fire Laws for anyone but members of a fire department to be on a fire truck when responding to alarms. We must ask that all spectators stay clear of the fire apparatus. The firemen must have your co-operation to work efficiently and effectively.



     The management considers it inadvisable to plane doors and windows that are not closing properly due to the excessively damp weather, because doing so will result in poor fitting when they thoroughly dry out and cause drafts.


!! Extra Points Win Games!!


Root For The Home Team


Grand Opening Sat-Sept 25th

     We have made our first touchdown by opening the food store. It is up to YOU to carry on and help win the game by becoming a member in the Cooperative Association. …

… You can buy one or more shares in your Cooperative at $15 each or you can begin buying a share with a reasonable down payment. …


Next week – 4000 guests visit in one day!

Thanks to the Greendale Historical Society, for which I am a member, for providing the original newspapers.

Steve Peters

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