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On This Day: November 13

1858 - Heileman Brewery Founded

On this day, one of Wisconsin's best-known breweries was established by John Gund and Gottlieb Heileman (1824-1878). By the time Gund retired in 1872, the firm's annual beer production had increased from 500 barrels in 1860 to 3,000. By the turn of the century, as this postcard shows, it had become one of the city's largest manufacturing concerns, and throughout the 20th century its storage tanks (painted to resemble a six-pack of beer) were a LaCrosse landmark. At its peak, Heileman's annual sales of 7.5 million barrels brought in $900 million, making it a target for purchase by a series outside investors whose management eventually forced it into bankruptcy in 1991. The brewery officially closed in 1999, throwing more than 500 workers out of work. Today the former Heileman Brewery is home to City Brewing Co., which manufactures and packages beers, teas, soft drinks, energy drinks and other new age beverages. Its packaging capacity of over 50 million cases makes the LaCrosse firm one of the largest beverage producers in the country. [Sources: History of LaCrosse Co. (Chicago, 1881); City Brewing Co.; N. Y. Times, Nov. 2, 1993; Modern Brewery Age, March 4, 1996; Food & Drink Weekly, Aug. 16, 1999]

1862 - (Civil War) 22nd Wisconsin Infantry given guard duty

The 22nd Wisconsin Infantry was assigned provost guard duty in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

1935 - Bersagliere for Sicilian Women Founded

On this date the Bersagliere for Sicilian Women was founded in Madison by Anna Namio, Anna Ciulla, Giovanna Quartuccio, and Girolorma Caravella. The organization's primary purpose was to unite Sicilian women to work for progress within their community. [Source: Bishops to Bootleggers: A Biographical Guide to Resurrection Cemetery, p.11]

1956 - Christopher Noth Born in Madison

On this date Christopher Noth was born in Madison. Noth played detective Mike Logan on NBC's Law & Order (1990-95) and Mr. Big on HBO's Sex and the City. A performer with extensive stage, film, and television credits, Noth made his film debut as a transvestite prostitute in Smithereens (1982). Noth also studied drama at Yale University. [Source: Internet Movie Database