Hometown USA

2016 Visitor's Guide

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20 www.randomlake.org DACADA Welcome to Dacada – so large that it's split between Sheboygan County and Ozaukee County, but so small that only one business remains. Yet Dacada has be- come a common stop for those touring the northern Ozaukee Coun- ty Luxembourg immi- grant area, or visiting the ethnic communities of southern Sheboygan County. Dacada is lo- cated on County Rd. K about three miles east of Random Lake – and just two miles east of State Hwy. 57. Nobody knows the meaning of the name Dacada. St. Nicholas Parish was established on Nov. 25, 1848, and nearly all its members were farm families. The original log cabin church was replaced by a stone-walled church in 1863. In 1910, plans were completed for a building which would become the largest Catho- lic church between Port Washington and Sheboygan. It was dedicated on April 9, 1912. With its lofty ceiling, ornate wood- work and stately pipe organ, St. Nicho- las Church remains a favorite setting for weddings and other family celebrations. The Dacada Post Office opened on April 26, 1866, and by 1895, the mail was arriving daily. The post office was discon- tinued on Sept. 30, 1903, with the coming of Rural Free Delivery. Dacada was then served from the Random Lake Post Office. By 1876, Dacada listed 10 business- men: Peter Deppiesse, General Store; Matt Friedrich, Painter; John Gasper, Saloon; Jungers and Brother, Carriage- makers; John Klein, Furniture; Matt Meyer, Butcher; John Paquet, Shoemaker; Dominic Peiffer, Blacksmith; Lou- is Weller, Shoemaker; besides the Schmidler Store and Hotel. The railroad's arrival in Random Lake in 1873, marked a slow decline in Dacada's growth. Daca- da's second last business was the Junger's Funer- al Home, established in 1929, when the family quit the hardware and furniture business it had begun in 1873. Previ- ously the embalming and wake took place in the home. The Junger's General Store operated until 1949, the Junger's Tavern until 1969, and the grocery store was dis- continued in 1974. With a new owner in 1976, the Junger's Funeral Home operat- ed until the new Eernisse Funeral Home in Belgium opened in November, 1998. Today one can visit Dacada's last busi- ness. The Mirror Bar features a full-length mirror, and an ornate front and back bar built by the Brunswick-Balke-Collen- der Co. It arrived from St. Louis, Mo., by horse-drawn wagon. The mirror began in one piece but it was broken in transit. Lawrence J. Rassel 6/2/1922 - 7/22/1943 Army Pvt. Rassel, a native of the Dacada area, enlisted on Nov. 20, 1942 during World War II. Eight months later he drowned while building a bridge at Camp Chaffee, Ark. He served in the 94th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron. We Honor a Hometown Hero Tractor Parade visits Mirror Bar.

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