A Caring History

Aging well means being adaptive to new challenges, the ability to apply one’s years of wisdom and yes, pondering the future along with the past.

For us, this means meeting Manitowoc’s needs with innovation and creativity for rehabilitation services, assisted living and skilled care services.

Former District Attorney Fred G. Dicke saw a need for a community-owned retirement facility. When Manitowoc County built a new health care center, the vacated building was exactly the right place with its extensive grounds for a retirement home. He established a not-for-profit corporation and invited people from the community to serve on its board.

By 1971, a modern facility and the first building of what is now Shady Lane was constructed with 120 private rooms and 21 semi-private rooms. Laurel Grove Assisted Living Center, with 32 apartments, was constructed in 1993. Through the years, we have renovated these space providing all-private rooms and suites throughout the skilled nursing care center and up to 57 accommodations in the assisted living center.

Today we offer Northeast Wisconsin a modern facility with a continuum of care, and in addition to skilled nursing and assisted living, provide Manitowoc and Northeast Wisconsin with in-patient rehabilitation and out-patient rehabilitation services as well.

Aging well means being adaptive to new challenges, the ability to apply one’s years of wisdom and yes, pondering the future along with the past.

For us, this means meeting Manitowoc’s needs with innovation and creativity for rehabilitation services, assisted living and skilled care services.

Former District Attorney Fred G. Dicke saw a need for a community-owned retirement facility. When Manitowoc County built a new health care center, the vacated building was exactly the right place with its extensive grounds for a retirement home. He established a not-for-profit corporation and invited people from the community to serve on its board.

By 1971, a modern facility and the first building of what is now Shady Lane was constructed with 120 private rooms and 21 semi-private rooms. Laurel Grove Assisted Living Center, with 32 apartments, was constructed in 1993. Through the years, we have renovated these space providing all-private rooms and suites throughout the skilled nursing care center and up to 57 accommodations in the assisted living center.

Today we offer Northeast Wisconsin a modern facility with a continuum of care, and in addition to skilled nursing and assisted living, provide Manitowoc and Northeast Wisconsin with in-patient rehabilitation and out-patient rehabilitation services as well.

Oral History Project

In 2011, Laurel Grove launched an oral history project believing that our residents are treasures of cultural information. While many read history, our residents lived history and we find the stories they tell about growing up in the depression, living through wars, working in the ship yards, and being Rosie the Riveters, are valuable in establishing a sense of place. They have worked with students, offering stories of real history, they have worked with the Friends of the Manitowoc River to tell the story of the river, students at UW-Manitowoc Center, and in 2011, this project was part of the Wisconsin Oral History Conference.

Oral history is a previous legacy. We are grateful to everyone who has contributed to the story of our community. It is a generous gift that lives on.

History Resources

A Working Mom’s Story

Single moms are not unusual today but when Irene Burton was a single mom in the 1960s she was in the minority. At 90, she offers us a little better vision because she has the advantage of hindsight, which we know is 20/20. Having walked in the shoes of so

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Housing & Babies after World War II

Post War Housing First, it was the ship workers, then it was the returning soldiers and their new families–housing in Manitowoc in the 1940s was hard to come by. Gert, whose parents lived on a farm near Denmark, found room for her young family with her parents, eventually purchasing their

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Living History with Lorraine Liese

In an age when every college student is worried about their major and their career path, Lorraine offered wisdom and reassurance. Don’t worry about your major, she advised, study what interests you because you don’t know where it will take you and you’ll work in a lot of professions in

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Romance, Work, and World War II

Teenagers & Make-Up Make-up has always been a rite of passage into young-womanhood. While their mothers’ generation snitched corn starch from the kitchen to take the glow off their face, these ladies moved smoothly into the Max Factor make-up age. The day you bought your first tube of lipstick was

Read More »

Oral History Project

History Resources

In 2011, Laurel Grove launched an oral history project believing that our residents are treasures of cultural information. While many read history, our residents lived history and we find the stories they tell about growing up in the depression, living through wars, working in the ship yards, and being Rosie the Riveters, are valuable in establishing a sense of place. They have worked with students, offering stories of real history, they have worked with the Friends of the Manitowoc River to tell the story of the river, students at UW-Manitowoc Center, and in 2011, this project was part of the Wisconsin Oral History Conference.

Oral history is a previous legacy. We are grateful to everyone who has contributed to the story of our community. It is a generous gift that lives on.

A Working Mom’s Story

Single moms are not unusual today but when Irene Burton was a single mom in the 1960s she was in the minority. At 90, she offers us a little better vision because she has the advantage of hindsight, which we know is 20/20. Having walked in the shoes of so

Read More »

Housing & Babies after World War II

Post War Housing First, it was the ship workers, then it was the returning soldiers and their new families–housing in Manitowoc in the 1940s was hard to come by. Gert, whose parents lived on a farm near Denmark, found room for her young family with her parents, eventually purchasing their

Read More »

Living History with Lorraine Liese

In an age when every college student is worried about their major and their career path, Lorraine offered wisdom and reassurance. Don’t worry about your major, she advised, study what interests you because you don’t know where it will take you and you’ll work in a lot of professions in

Read More »

Romance, Work, and World War II

Teenagers & Make-Up Make-up has always been a rite of passage into young-womanhood. While their mothers’ generation snitched corn starch from the kitchen to take the glow off their face, these ladies moved smoothly into the Max Factor make-up age. The day you bought your first tube of lipstick was

Read More »