They Go Modern

They Go Modern by “Russell E. Oakes, Builders Building Novelty Co. Chicago, 1936

Rusell Oakes (b 1891 d unk ) was know as Professor Ratzin de Garett inventor or the Wily Wizard of Waukesha. In 1940 he was living at 312 Frederick, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

According to one of my readers, “The Daily Telegram”, Eau Claire, WI, July 19, 1961 has an obit for Russell Oakes.  Services were held in Waukesha, WI on Tuesday, July 18, 1961.

Humor aside, there is much to admire in the modernist design that Oakes presents. By laughing we are often able to capture the essence of our lives.

3 thoughts on “They Go Modern

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  2. Catherine Cramer

    HI! I saw your blog on NC Modernist Houses and was curious about Mr. Oakes. I found an article regarding his funeral and thought I’d pass along the information. It was in “The Daily Telegram”, Eau Claire, WI, July 19, 1961. Services were held in Waukesha, WI on Tuesday, July 18, 1961. Doesn’t give his exact date of death, but safe to say it was July, 1961. Thanks for an interesting topic! He also designed a pie crust crimper 🙂

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    1. statlergil Post author

      Thanks for the information and it is now posted. I sensed in my internet search that he was one of those unsung certifiable crazy innovative thinkers that we all admire and laugh with. there are a few pictures of him and his inventions on the internet, but since the focus of this web site was on outbuildings, I held back from adding too much about Oakes in particular. However, if someone is interested in putting together more information, I can easily create a web site dedicated to Oakes. I do this with some of my other sites like http://www.statlergil.wordpress.com called “once upon a time” So thanks for the information. Statler Gilfillen

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