Frank King - Gasoline Alley
Frank King who was a resident of Tomah created "Gasoline Alley", which is still being currently distributed by Tribune Media Services. The comic was published on November 24, 1918. It is the second longest running comic strip in the US and has received many awards for its influential innovations. King was a success, with adding inventive color and creative page design concepts, also introducing real-time continuity by showing his characters grow to mature over generations. King and the strip were awarded National Cartoonists Society's Humor Strip award in 1957, 1973, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1985. King also, received the 1958 society's Reuben Award with the strip receiving an NCS plaque for best story strip in 1981, 1982, 1983.
History of Chief Tomah
Tomah, son of Carron was a Menomonee chief born in 1752 in Old Kings village opposite of Green Bay, Wisconsin. In his early manhood he became chief of his tribe for some time, he occupied a portion of the present site of Tomah. Tecumseh, a great Native warrior, tried to get chief Tomah to rally with him against the whites. Tomah would not be a part of this, as he said "I have heard of the battles you fought and the bloodshed, but it is my boast that these hands are unstained by human blood." so denied Tecumseh. Later on, he made the acquaintance of some settlers in the region; they were much impressed with him as he was peaceful and friendly. They proposed the little settlement be named after him and ever since the city has had his name.
Tomah Knights of Pythais Lodge #45
Knights of Pythais display will be here for 2017! Come in and see the robes. Formed in 21 Jan 1885 and were active until around the 1960's. "The order is found upon the naught but the purest and sincerest motives. Its aim is to alleviate the suffering of a brother, succor the unfortunate, zealously watch at the bedside of the sick, soothe the pillow of the dying perform the last sad rites at the grave of a brother, offering consolation to the afflicted, and caring with all a brother's love for the widow and orphan. Brotherly love and charity are the pillars on which it rests. Friendship and Truth the bond and surety of its preservations. Peace on earth and good will toward men, Benevolence" Quoted from their shield.