Bristol eighth graders create slogans for Bristol Wisconsin Historical Society


The slogan winners and Bristol Wisconsin Historical Society representatives. Front row, from left: Cade Nichols, Jullian Argersinger, Tanner Mordja, Shirley Davidson. Back row, from left: John McCabe, Sydney Crowe, Tyler Bannon, Kay Sharp. /Submitted photo

The new Bristol Wisconsin Historical Society Inc. needed a slogan and they went to Bristol Grade School to find one.

The historical society organized a contest with Bristol eighth grade students to create a slogan for the group.

To pick the slogans, the society leaders took all the slogans and entered them on a ballot without the student or teacher names, then voted on them.

They ended up with a 1st place tie and 3 for 2nd place. After voting more times, the society decided to use them all. The winners were announced at school Thursday.

The two 1st place winners in alphabetical order:

  • Jullian Argersinger: “Visit yesterday today.”
  • Tanner Mordja: “Bringing the past to the present.”

2nd place winners are:

  • Tyler Bannon: “Saving history today to remember tomorrow.”
  • Sydney Crowe: “Bristol – making progress throughout history.”
  • Cade Nichols: “The roots of our part grow Bristol’s future.”

Benson Corners and another donor sponsored the prizes.

The society is planning on saving the original Bristol Town Hall built in 1870. It was built in 1870 and contains a cement formed chimney, unlike other wood structures and is the oldest un-remodeled structure in Bristol. It is the first town hall in Bristol.

On Oct. 15, 1869 the land where the building is located was given to the township for one peppercorn and one dollar. In legal parlance, a peppercorn is a metaphor for a very small payment, a nominal consideration, used to satisfy the requirements for the creation of a legal contract. The building was completed in 1870.

The building is currently located within Bristol Woods County Park. The county has agreed to allow the building to be moved.

The building, after its move to a Firemen’s Park in Bristol, will be used to house a museum and for educational purposes by schools, Scouting organizations, and other community organizations, programs, and citizens that benefit from the learning experience of an original 1870’s town hall. It will be available for use for other events like reunions, weddings, plays, holiday programs, 4H, HCE, scouts, and adds a village meeting hall.


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