Daily Bread for 11.15.15 – 2017


Good morning, Whitewater.

Sunday in town will be sunny and mild, with a high of sixty-one.  Sunrise is 6:47 and sunset 4:31, for 9h 43m 57s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 14.4% of its visible disk illuminated.

Friday’s FW poll asked readers what they thought about several odd Guinness World Record attempts.  Of those attempts listed in the poll, respondents thought Tightest reverse parallel park (46.43%) and Longest basketball shot made blindfolded (25%) were the most admirable records.  Largest gathering of people dressed as penguins in the UK impressed a smaller number of respondents (3.57%).

On this day in 1887, Georgia O’Keeffe is born:

Pineapple Bud, 1939, oil on canvas.
             Pineapple Bud, 1939, oil on canvas.

Georgia O’Keeffe was born on November 15, 1887[2] in a farmhouse located at 2405 Hwy T in the town of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.[3][4] Her parents, Francis Calyxtus O’Keeffe and Ida (Totto) O’Keeffe, were dairy farmers. Her father was of Irish descent. Her maternal grandfather, George Victor Totto, for whom O’Keeffe was named, was a Hungarian count who came to America in 1848.[5]

O’Keeffe was the second of seven children and the first daughter. She attended Town Hall School in Sun Prairie.[6] By age ten she had decided to become an artist,[7] and she and her sister received art instruction from local watercolorist Sara Mann. O’Keeffe attended high school at Sacred Heart Academy in Madison, Wisconsin, as a boarder between 1901 and 1902. In the fall of 1902, the O’Keeffes moved from Wisconsin to the close-knit neighborhood of Peacock Hill inWilliamsburg, Virginia. O’Keeffe stayed in Wisconsin with her aunt and attended Madison High School, then joined her family in Virginia in 1903. She completed high school as a boarder at Chatham Episcopal Institute in Virginia (now Chatham Hall), and graduated in 1905. She was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority.[6]

O’Keeffe studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1905 to 1906.[7] In 1907, she attended the Art Students League in New York City, where she studied under William Merritt Chase. In 1908, she won the League’s William Merritt Chase still-life prize for her oil painting Dead Rabbit with Copper Pot.[8] Her prize was a scholarship to attend the League’s outdoor summer school in Lake George, New York. While in the city in 1908, O’Keeffe attended an exhibition of Rodin‘s watercolors at the gallery 291, owned by her future husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz.

On this date in 1869, a fire takes two lives in Milwaukee:

1869 – Gaiety Theater Burns in Milwaukee

On this date the Gaiety Theater burned during a theatrical performance that included a sword duel. During a particularly chaotic fight sequence, a kerosene lamp was broken, igniting the scenery. The flames spread quickly, causing panic to ensue among the capacity-filled crowd. As a result, two people died and many others were injured. [Source: History of Milwaukee, Vol. II, p.276]


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