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  • 1905-1915

    By 1905 the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin had been in existence for 62 years with about 21,250 members. The Scottish Rite was formed in 1863 with about 1,400 members by 1905.

    World War I Began
    San Francisco Earthquake
    Boy Scouts Founded
    First Mass Produced Automobile
    Sinking Of Titanic

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  • 1916-1925

    1915 brought continued effort on the part of the committee appointed by the Grand Lodge to review the offer made by Brother Van Brunt. It was important that clear title to the...

    Sinking of Lusitania
    Sonar Developed
    League of Nations Formed
    World Influenza Epidemic
    Insulin Found to Treat Diabetes

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  • 1926-1935

    1925 was the first full year of operation and started a never-ending project of improvements for the 'Home'. Over $31,000 was spent on improving the grounds, buildings and furnishings.

    First TV Picture Transmitted
    Penicillin Discovered
    Great Depression
    Planet Pluto Discovered
    First Electron Microscope

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  • 1936-1945

    The 'Home' was feeling the after effects of the Great Depression. In 1935 financial problems ensued. Mismanagement of the Home was not the source of the problem.

    Radar Invented
    Social Security Enacted
    Helicopter Developed
    Japan Attacks Pearl Harbor
    D-Day, Normandy Invasionot the source of the problem

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  • 1946-1955

    1945 brought continued improvements to the 'Home'. Masonic Lodges and Commandery #1 provided new mattresses in each room. Hospital rooms were redecorated.

    United Nations Formed
    First Electric Computer
    Korean War Begun
    Antihistamine Developed
    Discovery of DNA

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  • 1956-1965

    1955 found Clarence Kronschnable as the new farm manager. The Grand Master reported that Our farm is a necessary adjunct to our Home, selling the greatest part of their products to the Home...Cuban Missile Crisis

    Berlin Wall Built
    Alaska Became 49th State
    Hawaii Became 50th State
    Medicare Enacted

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  • 1966-1975

    1965 saw an increase of fourteen percent in the operating budget for the Home. Major factors were; increased wages, directives of the State Board of Health to add registered nurses...

    First Human Heart Transplant
    Martin Luther King Assassinated
    First Man on the Moon
    Watergate Break in
    Mickey Mouse Turns Forty

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  • 1976-1985

    It was 1975 and Van Brunt celebrated its fifty-second anniversary. The list of repairs needed was too long for publication in the Grand Lodge Proceedings. For the first time the budget exceeded $1,000,000.

    First Personal Computer
    Vietnam War Ends
    Iran - Iraq War
    First Laptop Computer
    Compact Disc Invented

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  • 1986-1995

    1985 brought a geriatric day care center to Westview. The Waukesha County Department of Aging rented the facility to care for elderly citizens during the day.

    End of Soviet Union
    Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
    Reunification of Germany
    AOL Founded
    The Internet Goes Public

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  • 1996-2005

    In 1995, interest and dividends from the Endowment Funds approached $250,000. There are three endowment funds that supply the Home. The first was the original...

    First Flat Screen TV
    K-Mart Files for Bankruptcy
    E-Mail Becomes Popular
    Heat Wave in Europe Kills 35,000

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  • 2006-Present

    In 1995, interest and dividends from the Endowment Funds approached $250,000. There are three endowment funds that supply the Home. The first was the original...

    First Flat Screen TV
    K-Mart Files for Bankruptcy
    E-Mail Becomes Popular
    Heat Wave in Europe Kills 35,000

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