1858 – Lizzie Black Kander Born

On this date settlement founder and cookbook author, , was born in Milwaukee. She was born the daughter of John and Mary Black, Jewish pioneer farmers from near Green Bay. She was educated in the Milwaukee public schools and in 1878 graduated from East Side High as valedictorian. In 1881 she married Simon Kander, a real estate and insurance salesman, who later served in the 1907 Assembly of the Wisconsin State Legislature. Kander was one of the first women in Milwaukee to undertake social work activities with Russian Jewish immigrants. She was president of the Milwaukee Jewish Mission and its successor, the Settlement (1896–1918). Her (1901), compiled in conjunction with a Settlement cooking class, sold over a million copies and funded the Milwaukee Jewish Center. Her social work among immigrant Russian Jews in Milwaukee earned her the sobriquet "the Jane Addams of Milwaukee." From 1907 to 1927 she was a member of the Milwaukee School Board. She was also a founder of the Girls’ Trade and Technical High School and the Milwaukee nursery school system. In 1938 Kander was the first person chosen for the Milwaukee Jewish Center Honor Lecture, a lecture series that honored a prominent member of the Jewish Community. At the 1939 New York World’s Fair she was designated one of Wisconsin’s outstanding women. She died on July 24, 1940 in Milwaukee. In 1948 Kander Auditorium at the Girls’ Trade and Technical High School was named in her honor. [Source: and ]