Alice Baker Memorial Library Presents

20 March 2019

Eagle Residents From The Past

11 March 2019

From time to time, we will highlight Eagle residents from the past, from pioneers to paupers. Today we start with

Matthias L. Snyder

Matthias Snyder

Mathias Snyder was born in Treves, Germany on Sept. 5, 1842 to Adam and Ana Snyder.  The family emigrated to the United States in 1845 and settled in Eagle in 1847 for a life of farming.  Matthias attended school and helped his parents with the farm until he and several other boys from Eagle enlisted in the newly organized 24th Wisconsin Infantry in August 1862 to fight in the American Civil War.  Snyder was made a sergeant in Company A, and participated in all the battles of the regiment including the battles of Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge.  The regiment was mustered out of service in June 1865 and Matthias Snyder returned home to Eagle. 

Amelia Gose

In 1872 he was elected Town Clerk in Eagle and a few years later, elected Clerk of Waukesha County Circuit Court which he held for two terms.  By 1881, Snyder was admitted to the State Bar and in 1887,elected Waukesha County Sheriff.  By 1892, he was elected city of Waukesha Supervisor and in 1904, Mayor of Waukesha, serving two terms.

In 1872, Matthias Snyder married Miss Amelia Gosa, daughter of early Eagle settlers Friederich and Elisabeth Gose.  Together, they had two sons and four daughters.  Matthias died in April 1923 and wife Amelia passed away five years later.

(Photos courtesy of Waukesha Hall of Mayors and dgfamilyhistorian51 at


The History of the Valentine’s Day Card

10 February 2019

The origin of Valentines Day is said to have begun as an early Roman festival of fertility.  In the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I proclaimed February 14th to be Valentine’s Day in honor of two Valentines:  Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni, both martyred by Rome.

Valentine’s Day greetings became popular in 15th century France with an annual feast day of food, singing and dancing to mark the romantic occasion.  The first Valentine’s cards were made in the 18th century and were handmade and decorated with romantic symbols and poetry.  The cards were slipped secretly under a door, or tied to a door-knocker for their loved one to find.

In late 1794, the most familiar Valentine’s poem first appeared in a collection of nursery rhymes printed in 1784 that read;

The rose is red, the violet’s blue,

The honey’s sweet, and so are you.

With advances in printing, the 19th century brought printed Valentine’s Day cards and in 1913, Hallmark Cards printed their first cards, and Valentine’s Day was forever changed.  Here are a few cards from 1913 – 1918 available for viewing at the Eagle Historical Society Museum.

(click this link for more information on Valentine’s Day)

Silent Policeman

15 January 2019

Traffic must have been a problem in 1917. The Eagle Advancement Association felt it necessary to purchase the Silent Policeman. You can see them on the photos near the Square.


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Article written by Elaine Ledrowski

Happy New Year

28 December 2018

Happy New Year from your friends at the
Eagle Historical Society!

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