Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Wisconsin's Malted Milk Story (Wisconsin Historical Society)

William Horlick (Wisconsin Historical Society)

Racine Inventors and Entrepreneurs


Read More About It

"Racine" by Gerald L. Karwowski


Vocabulary:

sympathizers
escort
melee


Interesting Fact:

One of the rioters was John Sekat, who once ran for Congress on the Communist ticket. He was arrested and charged for his action in the strike at Racine.


Study Questions:

  • Why were the employees at the Horlick Malted Milk Corp. striking?
  • What were the working conditions of Wisconsin laborers during the 1930's?
  • What other industries were part of Racine's early history?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about major strikes in Wisconsin:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on July 6:

    1933: The first All-Star baseball game is played.
    1944: A fire in the main tent of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus in Hartfort, Conn., killed 167 people.



  • July 6

    July 6, 1934: A strike in Racine grew violent when employees were being escorted into the Horlick Malted Milk plant's main gate on July 6, 1934. A group of strikers and strike sympathizers battled past the police escort, shattering car windshields by throwing rocks and bricks. Three policemen and five employees were injured during the melee. The 10-day strike was settled on July 8 when workers agreed to a 15 percent wage increase. The agreed minimum wage for male employees was 48 cents an hour while women would earn 35 cents.


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