Author: Steve Schaffer

A love of reading: Remembering Jeanette Schaffer’s unique life and cornerstone bookstore in Milwaukee

History is no longer thought of as the realm of larger-than-life people, doing important things to notable ends. The fabric of history is tightly woven with a myriad of stories of people who live to the fullest and leave their own indelible marks on their community. The stories of small businesses and the people who operate them are one of the important components of the fabric of Milwaukee history. What could be a better opportunity to recognize these stories than during the start of the holiday shopping season, especially for Small Business Saturday, on November 27. One such story...

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David E. Peters: Milwaukee historical records preserve memory of Airmobile pilot’s tour in Vietnam

Milwaukee-native Warrant Officer W-1 David E. Peters was 22 years old when he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 13 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart for his actions in 1966 while serving a tour in Vietnam. Originally known as Armistice Day and renamed in 1954, Veterans Day is a federal holiday observed annually on November 11. The day was set aside to thank and honor all of those individuals who served the country in wartime or peacetime — dead or alive, although it is largely intended to thank living veterans...

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