Discover the Silent City- Linker

This year LCHS hosted the 17th annual Discover the Silent City cemetery tours through Historic Oak Grove Cemetery. While previous events have included female characters, this event focused on the stories of eight "Remarkable Women of La Crosse". 2016's event saw attendance doubling previous year's attendance. This was a very successful event and we greatly thank all of our event organizers, volunteers, attendees, and sponsors! 

Over the next few days we will add some photos and a little more information on each "Remarkable Woman"

Visit number five took us to the Mausoleum to see Leona Foerster Linker- portrayed by Terry Visger.

By the time she was 16 Helene Foerster had changed her name to Leona and opened her own dress shop in La Crosse. The Minneapolis-trained dressmaker was a successful business woman and entrepreneur who worked for many years for the Gossard Corset Company, which sent her to Paris on annual trips as a buyer and designer. She combined her dressmaking skills, fashion sense, and expertise as a representative of Gossards Corsets to design and produce her own line of ladies’ undergarments, which she named the “Leona.”

 

A Leona was an article of intimate apparel known as a 3-in-1, as it combined a camisole, slip and bloomers into one garment, intended for wear under the corset. Thus saving the difficult-to-clean corset from getting dirty.

The now married Leona Linker patented her invention, and manufactured it in La Crosse. Leonas were sold throughout the country.