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First Floor - North (Room 1)

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Here we honor the lives, talents, and contributions of Mayville citizens: Raymond McEathron, Dick Ruedebusch, Rudolph “Cap” Blohm, Hulda Gramlow, Arllys Schumann, and Sanford Aronin.


Raymond “Peggy” McEathron (1909-1995), a life-long Mayville resident, was known as “Mr. Mayville” and “Mr. Dixieland Jazz.”  Peggy’s drum set,  amplifier, and twenty scrapbooks on the history of jazz beginning in 1900 are on exhibit.


Dick Ruedebusch (1926-1968) taught himself Dixieland jazz by playing trumpet to recordings of Bob Crosby’s Dixie Combo.  A 1943 graduate of Mayville High School, Dick played with the 378th Army Service Swing Band while in the service.  With “The Under-privileged Five,” Dick had six albums, including “Meet Mr. Trumpet.”  In 1962, Dick Ruedebusch and his group appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.  One of his trumpets, a record player, and some of his albums are on display.


The center of the room is dedicated to Rudolph “Cap” Blohm (1896-1991). a former native son, who worked for Mayville’s iron industry from 1912-1928.  A self-taught wildlife artist, “Cap” produced over 350 paintings and sketches in his golden years.  “Cap” passed away March 21, 1991.


Two landscape scenes of Mayville painted by Hulda Gramlow (1898-1995) hang on the north wall.  Hulda passed away September 23, 1995.


Arllys Falkner Schumann (1907-2000) gave   26 years of her life teaching kindergarten in this very building.  She taught from 1928-31 and 1946-69, nurturing a total of 1,390 students.  A memorial display with swinging metal pages shows pictures of  her many pupils over the years.  Arllys passed away November 5, 2000.


Sanford “Sandy” Aronin (born and raised in Mayville) donated his collection of 250 post cards showing early views of Mayville.  These include pictures of city businesses and buildings, schools, churches, iron industry, parks, and Rock River.