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Posted by Dave Immel Friday, January 22, 2016
I normally don’t put my name on postings I do for Schmit Bros. but I felt that this was better shared from a personal point of view.  My name is Dave Immel and for those of you that know me, yeah I’m an old car guy, but I’m also a history buff.  When I was asked to work on our latest project, I found that it was right up my alley!  I have been told that I occasionally write to much in my articles, so I’ll try to keep this short…but there is so much to say! The Project:  Schmit Bros. is in the process of putting together a history timeline of the family business, which as you all know dates back to 1912.  Schmit Bros. history played out in a number of Ozaukee County towns; Fredonia, Port Washington, Thiensville and Saukville.  You can’t tell the history of Schmit Bros. without including some historical information about the people and places where it was lived. While researching some of the local history, I came across a video produced by Milwaukee Public Television as part of their “Around the Corner with John McGivern” series.  For those of you that are unfamiliar with the series, John McGivern is a Milwaukee born & raised comedian/actor that travels around our State, telling the history and life story of “us” in Wisconsin.  Each episode begins with historical background of the location provided by Emmy Award winning historian and Milwaukee native; John Gurda. The video below is episode #211-Port Washington. For the past few years I have been telling people to take the Lake Shore Road (I love the back roads!) north from Milwaukee and visit Port Washington.  This video gives you a glimpse into Port Washington and some of its history.  It might just persuade you to visit, and don’t forget to stop in at Schmit Bros. to say hello!  Oh yeah, if you’re really in a hurry to get here, you can always take Hwy 43!
Some of what you will see on the video: Smith Bros & Ewig’s fishing Lake Michigan since the 1840’s Port Washington Marina Bill Prince Yacht Design Sailing Magazine, the oldest sailing publication in the U.S. The Ozaukee Press Port Washington State Bank, with five generations serving since 1899 Allen Edmonds Shoes Ewigs Market with five generations as well Port Fish LTD The Butch Klopp House Bethel Metz Seven Hills Honey Vines to Cellar Winery Bernies Fine Meats, Since 1941 The Shirli Flack Home Baltica Tearoom & Gift Shop Port Washington Visitor Center which is the historic Pebble House built in 1848 The 1860 Light House Station Willie’s Lake Front Lanes Port Washington Inn, Bed & Breakfast Shirley Schanen Gruen Studio & Art Gallery Mayor Tom Mlada who was given 30 seconds to explain why Port Washington is the place to live, work and play.
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I normally don’t put my name on postings I do for Schmit Bros. but I felt that this was better shared from a personal point of view.  My name is Dave Immel and for those of you that know me, yeah I’m an old car guy, but I’m also a history buff.  When I was asked to work on our latest project, I found that it was right up my alley!  I have been told that I occasionally write to much in my articles, so I’ll try to keep this short…but there is so much to say! The Project:  Schmit Bros. is in the process of putting together a history timeline of the family business, which as you all know dates back to 1912.  Schmit Bros. history played out in a number of Ozaukee County towns; Fredonia, Port Washington, Thiensville and Saukville.  You can’t tell the history of Schmit Bros. without including some historical information about the people and places where it was lived. While researching some of the local history, I came across a video produced by Milwaukee Public Television as part of their “Around the Corner with John McGivern” series.  For those of you that are unfamiliar with the series, John McGivern is a Milwaukee born & raised comedian/actor that travels around our State, telling the history and life story of “us” in Wisconsin.  Each episode begins with historical background of the location provided by Emmy Award winning historian and Milwaukee native; John Gurda. The video below is episode #211-Port Washington. For the past few years I have been telling people to take the Lake Shore Road (I love the back roads!) north from Milwaukee and visit Port Washington.  This video gives you a glimpse into Port Washington and some of its history.  It might just persuade you to visit, and don’t forget to stop in at Schmit Bros. to say hello!  Oh yeah, if you’re really in a hurry to get here, you can always take Hwy 43!
Posted by Dave Immel Friday, January 22, 2016
Some of what you will see on the video: Smith Bros & Ewig’s fishing Lake Michigan since the 1840’s Port Washington Marina Bill Prince Yacht Design Sailing Magazine, the oldest sailing publication in the U.S. The Ozaukee Press Port Washington State Bank, with five generations serving since 1899 Allen Edmonds Shoes Ewigs Market with five generations as well Port Fish LTD The Butch Klopp House Bethel Metz Seven Hills Honey Vines to Cellar Winery Bernies Fine Meats, Since 1941 The Shirli Flack Home Baltica Tearoom & Gift Shop Port Washington Visitor Center which is the historic Pebble House built in 1848 The 1860 Light House Station Willie’s Lake Front Lanes Port Washington Inn, Bed & Breakfast Shirley Schanen Gruen Studio & Art Gallery Mayor Tom Mlada who was given 30 seconds to explain why Port Washington is the place to live, work and play.