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Badge: Cigar Makers International Union of America. A red, white and blue vertically striped ribbon with gold thread edging and gold metallic fringe at the bottom. Printed at the bottom of the ribbon are the words: Union No. 168 C.M.I.U. Oshkosh, Wis. Mounted on top of the ribbon is a non-ferrous metal and celluloid badge in three sections: the top section is a pin bar with clasped hands motif; the middle section, attached to the above is a metal and celluloid bar on which is printed "Member;" the lower section is an ornate shield-like device in the center of which is a disc showing a union label surrounded by the words: "Cigar Makers International Union of America." All three sections are held together by chain links. On the reverse side is an all black ribbon with the organizational identification repeated: "Union No. 168 C.M.I.U. Oshkosh, Wis. Clasp-back. Metal, cloth, paper, celluloid. This badge was used by Wenzel Schmirler, donor's uncle. Per donor, Schmirler made cigars in the basement of his home for Derksen Cigars on Main Street. Donor remembered watching Schmirler making the cigars by hand in the early 1930s . Wenzel Schmirler was born March 30, 1879 at Seymour, Wisconsin. Schmirler moved to Oshkosh around 1903. He was a cigar maker and worked for twenty years at the H. Derksen Company. The last ten years of his life he worked at the King's Laundry. He was a member of the Cigar maker's Union and the Modern Woodmen of America. Schmirler died on May 24, 1935 and is buried at Lake View Memorial Park Cemetery.
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