Stevens Point Wisconsin Mural Series - Ten Most Influential Citizens

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Stevens Point Wisconsin Mural Series - Ten Most Influential Citizens




Stevens Point's Ten Most Influential CitizensStevens Point murals


Kelly Meredith painted the mural titled, "Stevens Point's Ten Most Influential Citizens" on the corner of Clark and


Strongs Ave. in 2008 to celebrate the City of Stevens Point's Sesquicentennial.

The individuals in this mural were voted the most influential because of their contributions to the city and people of Stevens Point.

The influence of these important people remains today. Their names can be found on street signs, buildings, and parks throughout Stevens Point.


Stevens Point murals


1. Fred Schmeeckle (1893-1967) Fred Schmeeckle taught at UWSP when it was the Stevens Point Normal School, he created the first conservation education major there.

Schmeeckle reserve located on the north end of the UWSP campus is named after him.

UWSP in now considered one of the top conservation schools in the world, with many graduates scattered near and far improving the world we live in, including foresters Bob Crane, Nick Crane and several others at Woodland Management Service.


 2. Jules Iverson (1857-1939) Jules Iverson was a jeweler and wealthy businessmen in Stevens Point and donated much of his wealth to the community.  Iverson is well known today for Iverson park on the East end of Stevens Point, to which he donated 60 acres of land.


 3. K. B. Willett (1901-1994) Kenneth B. Willett, who normally went by his initials K. B., lived his life by the motto, “Put more into the community than you take out.” It was this motto that helped Willett deepen the sense of community that is still felt in Stevens Point today. 


 4. Reverend Mother Mary Felicia Jaskulski (1866-1942) Rev. Mother Mary was one of the founders of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis and helped create its convent on the city’s north side. Being true to her Polish heritage, Rev. Mother Mary helped many Polish immigrants adjust in the new world without losing their roots.


5. Lee Sherman Dreyfus (1926-2008) As President of Wisconsin State University-Stevens Point, Lee Sherman Dreyfus played a major role in helping merge the school into the University of Wisconsin System. He became Chancellor of UW-SP in 1972 and served as governor of Wisconsin from 1979 to 1983. The UW-SP University Center is now named after him.

Stevens Point murals


6. Ruth Gilfry (1906-1974) Ruth Gilfry was the first Portage County public health nurse and pioneered the public health nursing program, protecting and promoting the health of all citizens. The Ruth Gilfry Center on the southwest side of Stevens Point is home to the Portage County Health and Human Services department.


 7. Albert G. Ellis (1800-1885) As a land surveyor and the man who started the first newspaper, "The Wisconsin Pinery," in Stevens Point, Ellis played a central role in developing the city, paving the way for many that would follow. Ellis St. is a block south of the mural.


 8. John Bukolt (1869-1929) John Bukolt was an inventor who founded one of Stevens Point’s top manufacturing businesses of its time, which made automatic cradles for children.  Bukolt Park is located on the west end of Bukolt Ave. on the city's north side.


9. John Joanis (1918-1985) John Joanis became the Vice President, President, and then Chief Executive Officer of what is now Sentry Insurance. He helped create Sentryworld, the golf course and recreation facility located at the company's headquarters on far the north side of Stevens Point. Lake Joanis, located in Schmeeckle Reserve, was created by the excavation of soil needed for building the new headquarters.


10. Peter J. Jacobs (1869-1936) Peter J. Jacobs worked for Hardware Mutual Insurance and helped expand the company nationally. The Hardware Mutual building (now Sentry Insurance) where Jacobs worked is on the southeast corner of Clark and Strongs, opposite the building on which this mural is painted. P. J. Jacobs Jr. High is located on the corner of Main St. and Michigan Ave.


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Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
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Bob - What a great way to honor the influential citizens and teach about history.

Jan 26, 2015 03:56 PM #1
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
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what a great post...all influential and a nice shout out too...stay warm and dry!

Jan 27, 2015 12:01 AM #2
Nick T Pappas
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Bob, nice shout out to Kelly Meredith and the ten most influential citizens of Stevens Point, WI. I like K.B.'s motto because it's akin to part of my philosophy about leaving a place better off than the way you found it.

Jan 27, 2015 07:59 AM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Nicely done public art.

You need to hire Kelly to put your picture on the wall of one of your investment properties.

Jan 28, 2015 01:52 AM #4
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
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Bob Crane

Very nice mural. Do they still have a square in the downtown with restaurants and bars?

Jan 28, 2015 10:35 PM #5
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Thanks for stopping by friends, and yes Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459  the Square is still alive and well with a new fountain and several murals as well!

Jan 29, 2015 01:40 AM #6
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