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Guide to the Russell E. Sprain Family Photographs, ca. 1900- ca 1966 MSS 162

Guide to the Russell E. Sprain Family Photographs, ca. 1900- ca 1966

MSS 162

Summary Information

Collection of family photographs from the Russell E. Sprain Estate. Russell was one of four sons of Fred C. and Elizabeth (Wehrenberg) Sprain. The family lived in the Bostwick Valley/Town of Barre area and moved to the West Salem community in 1934. Russell was unmarried and remained in the family home, thus inheriting many family photographs of his siblings and parents.

While most photographs are of the Sprain and Wehrenberg families, there are also some images of the West Salem Centennial Parade in 1951, classmates and friends throughout the years, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church and school as well.
Collection Title
Russell E. Sprain Family Photographs
Date of Materials
ca 1900-ca 1966
Creator - Compiler
Sprain, Russell E., 1930-2014
Call Number
MSS 162
0.4 cubic feet
Physical Description
1 archives box
Language of Materials
La Crosse Public Library Archives

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Russell E. Sprain Family Photographs], MSS 162, La Crosse Public Library Archives, La Crosse, WI

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Biographical Note

Russell E. Sprain was born in the Town of Barre in 1930 and he moved with his parents to the West Salem community in 1934. He graduated from the West Salem High School in 1948 then went into military service with the Air Force, serving during the Korean War. He returned to West Salem and graduated from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse in 1959 with a degree in accounting. Russell never married and had three brothers and one sister.

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Scope and Contents

Photographic material of the Fred C. and Elizabeth Wehrenberg Sprain family gathered by one of their children, Russell E. Sprain. The photographs were grouped by a person's name when known and include Sprain and Wehrenberg last names.

Other photographs include classmates and posed group school portraits as well as church groups. An interesting group of snapshots of the West Salem Centennial Parade that took place June 9, 1951, also exist. A large photograph is of the Herman Myer farm in Pleasant Valley where Elizabeth Sprain worked before her marriage to Fred C. Sprain. Several snapshots and some cabinet photographs are unidentified.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

La Crosse Public Library Archives February 2015

800 Main St.
La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601
(608) 789-7136

Access to Materials

Materials in this collection are available for patron use.

Acquisitions Information

(Accession no. 2015.004) Purchased at the Russell E. Sprain Estate sale, Nov. 21, 2014

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Taylor Doering, February 2015

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

Neshonoc yearbooks separated to the book collection include 1939, 1946, 1947 and 1960; Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Celebrating 100 Years; Along the Waterloo Road, and West Salem High School Student Handbooks 1946-47, 1947-48, and 1957-58

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Cityscape Artifacts (La Crosse, Wis.).

Family Name(s)

  • Sprain Family

Geographic Name(s)

  • West Salem (Wis.)--Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Sprain, Russell E., 1930-2014

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Family history material, 

1 1


Box Folder

Sprain, Calvin W. (1923-1989) 

1 2

Sprain, Donald G. (1920-2001) 

1 3

Sprain, Eleanor [Bounds] (1922-2014) 

1 4

Sprain, Fred C. (1899-1972) and Elizabeth (Wehrenberg) (1900-1987) family, 

1 5

Sprain, George D. (1862-1950) 

1 6

Sprain, Kenneth C. (1926-2007) 

1 7

Sprain, Richard K. (1940-2006) 

1 8

Sprain, Russell E. (1930-2014) 

1 9

Sprain relatives (identified) 

1 10

Wehrenberg, Minnie [Nuttelman] (1888-1918) 

1 11

Wehrenberg relatives (identified) 

1 12

Other people (identified) 

1 13


1 14
Box Folder

Cabinet photographs 

1 14


1 15

Church confirmations 

1 16


1 17

School groups 

1 18

West Salem's Centennial Parade, June 9, 1951 

1 19