Allen Payne

Preserving Sheboygan County

The Sheboygan County Historical Research Center (SCHRC), located in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, specializes in the preservation and storage of written records of all of Sheboygan County and the surrounding area.

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Summer is near, and road construction has begun.  Check out this roller of the 1920s. It was used to compact soil, gravel, concrete, or asphalt in the construction of roads.

The loss of a friend and unparalleled volunteer at SCHRC  - Allen D. Payne died April 26, 2017 at the age of 89. For years Allen and his wife, Marilyn, gave thousands of hours each year to make the photo collection what it is today - spectacular! 

Allen will truly be missed.


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Saturday - 8:30am - 12:00pm

Sunday  - Closed

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In 1890, Eighth Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Michigan Avenue, was Sheboygan’s first street to be paved with cedar blocks. The results, however, were not entirely satisfactory. Inspectors found that many of the blocks were defective and not spaced properly.

Michigan Avenue, nevertheless, was also paved with cedar blocks the following year. 1903 - Seventh Street was our first paved macadam street. (broken stone of even size used in successively compacted layers for surfacing roads and paths, and typically bound with tar or bitumen.)

Sheboygan County Historical Research Center

518 Water Street
Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085

This 12 x 18 foot mural, found in the new Sheboygan County Courthouse, was painted by a Professor G. Nordinger of Chicago in 1933. It depicts a fur trader, Jacques Vieux, exchanging cloth, hardware and trinkets with an Indian chief. The scene was the trading post of William Farnsworth once located near the old Ashby Bridge near today’s Esslingen Park. Nordinger once served as a portrait painter in the Court of Luxemburg and was a member of the Art Academy of Munich and the Ecole des Beaux Arts of Paris.​​​

After traveling around the county, it found a permanent home in 1986. Read the full story here.  


Old cedar blocks used in paving Sheboygan city streets, circa 1910s.


Closed Saturday, May 27, 2017 for Memorial Day weekend.

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