Riding the Rails

Riding The Rails – Franklin Interurban Train The subject of building more commuter trains has bee in the in the last few year, but in 1904 there actually was an electric rail service in Franklin that began in the St. Martins area. St. Matins became a hub for travelers from Mukwonago, East Troy and other […]

Loomis Pony Express

BY DOUG SCHMIDT Franklin Historian Most Franklin, Greendale and Greenfield area residents have traveled along Highway 36, more commonly known as Loomis Road, but few know the origins of its name. In the early 1800s, the southwestern portion of Milwaukee County was largely a frontier. As townships began to transform the landscape, a pony express […]

Eulogy Alfred “Al” Block

ALFRED “AL” BLOCK 1928-2018 “Alfred” Al Block, patriarch of the Franklin Historical Society, died peacefully on February 17 at the age of 90 after a long, distinguished life. He wore many hats from teacher and administrator to war veteran and conservationist. But above all, he will be remembered as an educator who took pleasure in […]