Kaukauna YTM-749 - History

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Named for city in Wisconsin. Indian word meaning portage.

(YTM-749: dp. 390; 1. 107'; b. 26'6"; d. 12'; s. 10 k.; cpl. 10)

Kaukauna, a medium harbor tug, was built in 1953 by Higgins at New Orleans. From 1953 to 1963 she served the U.S. Army as LT-2082. Kaukauna, on loan from the Army, was then assigned to the 14th Naval District and is now serving the Pearl Harbor area.


Has an Indian name variously translated "portage," "long portage," "place where pickerel are caught," and "place of pike." Corruption of Okakaning, often shortened into Kakaning, "where they fish for pike, or pike fishing ground." "Where I fish pike." Corruption of the Indian name of Grand Kaukaulin, or rapids of the Fox river. "Portage" or "place of pike" or "crow nesting place." "Bureau of Ethnology in Washington describes it as a Menominee Indian word, agaq-kane, meaning the place of pike. " Kaukauna was formerly Kakilo, Kakalo (Jesuit Relation of 1670 is Kekaling). Is not a Chippewa name. The meaning is doubtful it may mean porcupine-place, from kauk or gag (porcupine).

" Over the years it has had many names: Kakalin, Cacolin, Cau Caulin, Kackaloo, Grand Kaukaulin, Grande Coquiller Rapides. The name derives from the Menomini word, Ogag-kane, meaning the stopping place of the pike or O-Gau-Gau-Ning, the stopping place of the pickerel. " -- "Kaukauna: "Lion of the Fox" by Mary Grogan-Seleen which appeared in the Summer 1985 issue of Voyageur magazine.


In 1918 Hubert Fassbender formed his own distributing company in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, which soon became known as South Kaukauna Dairy and eventually Kaukauna Cheese. After years of experimenting, he perfected a cold pack method of cheese production. This consists of grinding natural cheese to a fine texture and, without heat, combining it with whey solids, dry milk, and flavors such as wine and spices. The flavors come through, and the product remains spreadable at room temperature.

Fassbender chose a ceramic crock as the distinctive container for his new product. His cheese was served in hotels and clubs in the area and acquired the nickname “club cheese.” The Kaukauna Klub brand was introduced and copyrighted in 1933, the year the firm also began to market the product in the gray stone crock.

In 1974, Kaukauna Cheese moved to its present facility in the Little Chute Industrial Park in Little Chute, Wisconsin. With the development of highly specialized production equipment in the 1970s, Kaukauna Cheese was able to satisfy growing demand for its distinctive flavors and became the nation’s largest manufacturer of cheese balls and cheese logs.

Over the years, the fine quality of Kaukauna spreadable cheeses has been recognized with dozens of gold medals and blue ribbons. In 2003 alone, for example, Kaukauna won 1st place for its sharp cheddar cold pack in a U.S. Cheese contest sponsored by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, as well as the Governor’s Sweepstakes Award at the 2003 Wisconsin State Fair.

Years ago Hubert Fassbender said, “We must never waste our care nor risk the flavor of Kaukauna Klub trying to work with cheese that isn’t worthy of the effort.” This high-quality standard is still followed today under the auspices of Bel Brands USA – with results you can taste in every cup, tub, ball or log of Kaukauna.


This was the headline which appeared in the January 5, 1912 issue of the Kaukauna Times. The following is an excerpt of the account of the council meeting of Tuesday, January 2, 1912.

“A resolution was introduced and unanimously passed authorizing and empowering the mayor to demand and take possession of the plant of the Kaukauna Gas, Electric Light and Power Company as per orders of January 1912, so as to make all reports and records in connection with the operation of the plant commence and close at the beginning and ending of the year. The resolution authorizes Mayor Coppes to receive and operate the plant in behalf of the City until further settlement is affected and a commission appointed to take charge of the City’s new acquisition. Manager William D. Montgomery, who has been in charge of the plant, and the regular employees of the aforesaid company, have been retained under agreement between the representatives of the company and the City to continue to operate the plant until such time as it becomes necessary to change, for the City is now bound to furnish current to consumers and take care of the business of the Electric Light plant just the same as the company was under the public utility law.

Another resolution was passed unanimously instructing the finance committee to draft an ordinance covering the bond issue necessary for the raising of the funds wherewith to pay $50,000 as ordered by the Railroad Commission, to the former owners of the Kaukauna Electric Light Plant. The mayor, city attorney, finance committee and representatives of the local banks, will meet for this purpose and have the ordinance in form to present at an adjourned meeting of the council to be held next Monday evening.”

Mayor Coppes was re-elected mayor at the April election of 1912 and in his inaugural address to the council stated: “The most important accomplishment of the last administration was the acquirement of the Electric Light plant. On December 28, 1911 the Railroad Commission rendered its decision fixing the valuation at which the city should take over the plant at $50,000, and pursuant to that order the possession of the plant was delivered to the City on the 3rd day of January, just one day less than a year from the date of filing of the papers with the commission, establishing as I believe, a record not soon to be equaled in the dispatch with which a public utility plant is acquired. The whole proceeding was disposed of at a cost of only $798.45, of which amount $573.58 was for the service and disbursements of the city engineer, $75.00 for witness fees, and incidental expenses and $149.87 for the services and disbursements of the city attorney. Possession of the plant was secured without any friction, delay or any other hindrances calculated to work against the successful operation of the plant by the City.”


White goods can be picked up curbside by the City of Kaukauna with a sticker. Refrigerant stickers are $15 and non-refrigerant stickers are $10. Contact the Street Department to purchase a sticker or with questions on white goods – 920-766-6337. Examples of white goods include:

  • Dishwashers
  • Microwaves
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Small A/C units
  • Ovens
  • Washers & Dryers

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Rich in natural resources and beautiful landscapes, the riverfront City of Kaukauna combines traditional Midwestern values with a history of progressive moves – from free education to clean energy – that protect and enhance the long-term health and stability of the community for generations to come.

Today, Kaukauna is home to 15,858 people with its own full-time Police, Fire and Rescue services and a municipally owned electric and water utility. Beyond playgrounds, parks and trails, Kaukauna is a “Bird City” with more than 450 acres of protected greenspace and popular public nature programming, including Eagle Days. Other City assets for recreational opportunities include the Historic Grignon Mansion, 1000 Islands Environmental Center, the Kaukauna Public Library, the Kaukauna Municipal Pool, and more!

Kaukauna is an old city with a rich history, but there’s much more here than historic buildings. Enjoy live music at the Electric City Experience Music Festival or Live! From Hydro Park Summer Concert Series explore family programming with your children at our nationally-recognized library and discover their new interactive learning garden grab some fresh veggies from our Saturday Farmer’s Market June through October. There’s more to Kaukauna than you think.

Click the link to the right for current openings with the City of Kaukauna.

Grand opening set for Sticky Fingers in downtown Kaukauna

KAUKAUNA — The city’s newest cafe and caterer is planning a grand opening June 3, according to the Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Sticky Fingers Cafe and Catering, located at 145 E 2nd Street in Kaukauna, says they are a unique bakery and café unlike any other in Kaukauna or the Fox Valley.

According to their website, their from-scratch kitchen makes amazing food and desserts with the finest and freshest ingredients, including a wide array of bakery: cheesecake / bars / hand pies and more.

Their vision is to create an upscale café that makes delicious meals, specialty desserts with a modern comfortable feel, according to their website.

By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.

Fox Valley Association

Appleton North finished off an undefeated alternate fall boys soccer season by winning the WIAA state title with a 1-0 win over De Pere on May 15 in Kewaskum. It was Appleton North's first state title in boys soccer.

The Lightning finished the season 14-0-1 and scored the only goal of the match when Simon Zulewski knocked in a rebound in the 15th minute. Appleton North's defense shut down the Redbirds the rest of the way, holding De Pere to seven shot attempts as goalie Dave Neitzke-Pizzaro made five saves. The Lightning advanced to the final with a 7-0 semifinal win over Racine Horlick earlier in the day, getting goals from six different players.

It marked the fifth state title won by a Fox Valley Association school during the 2020-21 school year, including the third during the alternate fall season. For Appleton North, it was the school's 12th state title in nine different sports since opening in 1996. Appleton North joins Neenah as the only FVA schools to win state boys soccer titles with the Rockets having won in 1986, 1986 and 2007.

Appleton North Takes Home First State Girls Volleyball Championship

Appleton North took home its first state girls volleyball championship on April 17 by sweeping Manitowoc 25-20, 25-21, 25-17 to capture the WIAA alternate fall Division 1 state title at Kaukauna High School.

The Lightning had a balanced attack with four players with at least six kills. Brianna Cantrell totaled 15 kills, while Ella Demetrician had eight, Karissa Fortune had seven and Bella Van Lannen had six. Brooke Bolwerk added 36 assists and 12 digs. Appleton North was in control of most of the match as Manitowoc's only leads were at 3-2 in the first and third sets.

Appleton North finished the shortened season 15-0, dropping only one set for the season. It was the 11th state title in eight different sports since Appleton North opened its doors in 1995.

Kimberly Wins Second Straight Boys Volleyball State Championship

Kimberly captured the WIAA alternate fall state boys volleyball championship on April 17 with a 25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 25-23 victory over Middleton at Kaukauna High School. It marked state titles in consecutive seasons for the Papermakers, who also won the championship in the fall of 2019.

Cooper Polczinski led the Papermakers with 23 kills and just four errors in 37 attempts. Connor Hussey added 47 assists and Hayden Karpinski had 11 kills. Kimberly finished the shortened season with a 20-2 overall record.

The title was Kimberly's 34th in all sports in school history and its 16th since 2013. It marked the 13th boys volleyball state title in FVA history and fourth since 2012 with Kaukauna winning in 2015 and Appleton North in 2012, in addition to Kimberly's 2019 crown.

Watch 2020-21 FVA Sports Events Live Online

FVA varsity events will be livestreamed during the 2020-21 sports season as much as possible, based on facility accommodations. Click on the home team's link to find the video feed at gametime. Each link will take you to the school's YouTube page and you will need to click on the specific event. Game videos will be archived for at least seven days following the contest.

Kaukauna Captures Fifth WIAA State Team Wrestling Championship

Kaukauna captured its fifth WIAA state team wrestling title with a 38-26 victory over three-time defending state champion Stoughton on February 20. The Galloping Ghosts and Vikings split the 14 matches, but Kaukauna recorded all five of the pins in the match to provide the winning margin on its home mat.

The Ghosts got pins from Drew Wendzicki at 170 pounds, Lucas Peters at 106 pounds, Greyson Clark at 126 pounds, Logan Stumpf at 138 pounds and Titus Hammen at 152 pounds. Four of the pins came in less than a minute. Griffin Bekish added a technical fall at 182 pounds and Jager Eisch defeated two-time defending state champion Nicolar Rivera for the second straight week with a 3-1 decision at 132 pounds.

Kaukauna had previously won four straight state team titles from 2014-17. It marks Kaukauna's 24th WIAA state title in all sports and 12th since 2014.

Stevens Point Added to Fox Valley Association for Fall Alternative Season in Spring 2021

Stevens Point Area Senior High School has been added to Fox Valley Association schedules for fall sports during the alternative season being provided by the WIAA in the spring of 2021.

Appleton East, Appleton North, Appleton West, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh North and Oshkosh West are playing all of their fall sports in the spring. Kaukauna, Kimberly and Neenah moved some sports to the spring, while Hortonville conducted all of its fall sports during the fall. Stevens Point was the only Wisconsin Valley Conference school to move its sports to the spring, while all others competed in the fall.

Kaukauna Runs to First State Girls Cross Country Championship

Kaukauna captured its first WIAA state girls cross country championship to cap an unusual 2020 fall season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Galloping Ghosts finished with 79 points to outscore runner-up Whitefish Bay by seven points on October 31 in Hartland.

The 12-team championship meet was run in three sessions with four teams and 10 individual qualifiers per session. Kaukauna was one of four Fox Valley Association schools to participate in girls cross country during the fall along with Hortonville, Kimberly and Neenah. Out of the 421 schools that sponsor the sport statewide, 74 (17.5 percent) will run in an alternate season in the spring, including the remaining six FVA teams.

Kaukauna was led by senior Anna Fauske, who posted a 5K time of 18:23 to finish fourth overall. Alexa Kinas placed 17th, Sydney Fauske was 24th, Cailin Kinas was 39nd and Olivia Ahrens was 50th.

It marks Kaukauna's 23rd WIAA state title and 11th since 2014. Neenah is the only other FVA school to win a girls cross country state title, claiming three straight from 1981-83.

Twenty Schools Join to Form Spring High School Football Conference

A group of 20 high schools from four different central and eastern Wisconsin conferences have joined to form the Fox Valley Classic Football Conference to provide regular season and playoff games for the alternate spring football season in 2021.

The schools, representing the Fox Valley Association, Wisconsin Valley Conference and both divisions of the Fox River Classic Conference, will be split into four groups and play a five-game regular season followed by a two-game playoff format.

The schools are grouped based on a combination of enrollment and past success to provide competitive and unique matchups while still maintaining some traditional rivalries. Each school will play the other four teams in its group and one crossover game with a team from another group during the five-game regular season. Practices begin on March 8 and the first games will be played Thursday, March 25 or Friday, March 26.

Welcome to the Fox Valley Association

The Fox Valley Association begins its 51st season of competition during the 2020-21 school year. The Fox Valley Association is one of the oldest athletic conferences in Wisconsin with six of its seven original members still intact from its founding in 1970.

With 10 schools totaling an enrollment of over 15,000 students, the conference spans the length of Lake Winnebago from Kaukauna to Fond du Lac. Fox Valley Association schools are members of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) and the conference sponsors 20 championship sports.

Fox Valley Association: 50 Years of Memories

The Fox Valley Association has had plenty of great teams, athletes and moments that have made the conference special over the past five decades. Click below to read a recap of some of the best. Hard copies of the document are available at Fox Valley Association events over late January and February.

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