Whitefish Bay Historical Society

Website for the historical society of the Village of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.

Stories of Whitefish Bay

In order to help tell the history of the Village of Whitefish Bay, we will add periodic articles about the Community.  You can read these articles by clicking on the links to the left, or the highlighted text below.

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Transportation Access and the Development of Whitefish Bay

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 9:00 PM

The development of the Village of Whitefish Bay was intrinsically  tied to the development of a north shore transportation system. In the late 1800s, the northern limit of the city of Milwaukee extended to about North Avenue. Transportation beyond that point was difficult at best.  As a result, the area now known as Whitefish Bay was very sparsely populated. 


Several entrepreneurs, recognizing the potential attraction of lake shore properties north of Milw...

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People of Whitefish Bay: Kaestners, Leus and Mohrs

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Kaestners, Leus and Mohrs - Early Settlers and Farmers of WFBThe Mohr Family

The Kaestners, Leus and Mohrs were early farmers in the area that is now the Village of Whitefish Bay. They farmed land that is located in the southwestern portion of the Village. Their homes represent some of the earliest surviving homes built in Whitefish Bay, and good examples of 1880 farm houses.  In addition to farming in the same area of the Village, all three families became intertwined throu...

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