Authentic 'On Wisconsin' Sheet Music dated 1910
Songs include: On Wisconsin Dope Silver Buckle Rag Pickles and Pepper
Shows some age
*** On Wisconsin was written by William T Purdy and Carl Beck with the intention of entering it in a contest for a new University of Minnesota football song contest. Beck wrote lyrics as for University of Wisconsin and the two abandoned the original plan of entering it in the contest. Ironic, considering the Badgers and Gophers have met consecutively since 1890, making it the most played rivalry in all of college football. Also ironic, the song's game debut was at the November 13, 1909 game against Minnesota at Camp Randall. The song has been wildly popular ever since.
The first edition, numbering 5,000 copies, was published by Beck and Purdy themselves through Hillison, McCormack & Company of Chicago in 1909. The copyright was transferred in 1910 to Joseph Flanner Publishing, later Flanner-Hafsoos Piano House then Flanner-Hafsoos Music House, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.