Today in Whitehall-area History

August 17, 1972

            With next week’s issue, The Whitehall Times comes under new ownership. Ed Goodpaster of Washington, D.C., a former staff member at Time magazine, has purchased the paper from Bob and Shirley Gauger.

August 17, 1961

            Last week’s list of Whitehall school district faculty inadvertently omitted the name of Mrs. Mabel Anaas, who will teach at the Fly Creek school.

August 17, 1939

            The village has a crew of men at work on Park Dr. extending sewer and water mains to the new residences built by Dr. N.S. Simons and attorney Burr Tarrant.

August 17, 1924

            The Sundfjordlag held its annual meeting Sunday at the home of its president, Andrew J. Berge, in Big Slough. The surroundings on Berge’s well-kept lawn, enclosed by an arbor vitae fence and shaded by evergreens and other trees, were exceedingly well located for enjoying such a day. There were possibly 35 families partaking, but to judge from the quantity of food, one could have thought three times that number were present.

August 17, 1913

            Guy Briggs of Hale took his cousin, Earl Wood, and family to Eau Claire Sunday for a joy ride.

August 17, 1899

            Adams and Taylor have commenced work on their solid brick addition to their store building, 33 by 70 feet. They have not definitely decided whether to build one or two stories.

August 16, 1971

            Area participation in efforts to keep Whitehall Packing Co. in Whitehall was the subject of a meeting held at City Hall Monday night. The city has been given an Aug. 31 deadline to either increase sewer disposal facilities or require a cutback in the beef kill at the plant.

August 18, 1962

            Class reunions have been planned as one of the features of Beef and Dairy Days and Back to Whitehall Week. The Whitehall High classes of 1957 and ’37 will gather this Saturday, Aug. 18, while the 1910-19 grads will reunite Aug. 23 and the classes of ’52 and ’42 will have their reunions Aug. 25.

August 16, 1943

            Miss Pearl Biesecker of Eleva, new supervising teacher in Trempealeau County, who succeeds Miss Pearle Beeckler, began her duties here Monday.

August 16, 1934

            The first Rural Talent Program sponsored by Whitehall businessmen Thursday night was attended by an appreciative crowd estimated at around 2,000 people.

August 16, 1922

            Alvin Dyre of Madison delivered a 20-40 Rumley tractor to Carl Johnson on Wednesday of last week.

August 16, 1909

            A term of parochial school will be taught by Miss Esther Mortenson in the Maule Coulee school, to begin Monday.

August 16, 1892

            Mrs. Emma Adkins had the misfortune to lose her pocket book, containing $125 in gold, on the street Tuesday evening. A liberal reward is offered for its return by the finder.

August 15, 1970

            As of Aug. 15, Dr. Celedonio Barrameda will terminate his medical practice here. Dr. Barrameda has had offices in the clinic since mid April, when he came to Whitehall from an Illinois state hospital.

August 15, 1961

            The city council Tuesday heard Owen Ayres present figures for the cost of a new swimming pool. Ayres said that, using part of the present structure, a new 120- by 50-foot pool would cost $58,000.

August 15, 1938

            Ray Hagen has opened his filling station, situated on Hwy. 53 in East Whitehall, and is supplying Standard products to the motoring public. His brother, Hilmer Hagen, moved his All Aboard lunch car from its former location north of the H. J. Elstad store Monday, placing it on the filling station lot, where he is now serving regular lunches and refreshments.

August 15, 1923

            John Magley of Schimmerhorn Valley was a Whitehall shopper Wednesday. John’s section was favored with a nice shower Tuesday night, which helped the corn and tobacco crops greatly.

August 15, 1912

            The east-bound freight Thursday last ditched two cars and tore up the track near the county asylum, tying up traffic until the next afternoon. Passengers and baggage were transferred past the wreck.

August 15, 1889

            We go to press a few hours in advance of the usual time this week to allow The Times force to “see the elephant” at Winona today.

August 14, 1971

            Norman Hegge of Pigeon Falls is a patient at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire, suffering from burns he received while burning trash in his yard Saturday morning.

August 14, 1961

            Forty Whitehall High School athletes met in the school lunchroom Monday to get acquainted with the new football coach, Gene Luebker. Aug. 21 will be the first day of practice for the Norsemen, who had a 3-1-1 league record last year and finished second.

August 14, 1939

            The county seat was well represented at the 81st-annual Trempealeau County Fair held at Galesville Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Among the winners in the 4-H judging contests was Odell Borreson of Pigeon.

August 14, 1924

            R.A. Fortun has an attractive electric sign hung over the front of his drug store. Electric signs are gradually replacing the antique signs that have graced the front of many Whitehall business places for half a century, and the change is only keeping up with the progress of time.

August 14, 1913

            H.J. Hanson finishes a term of parochial school here this week.

August 14, 1898

            The Epworth League gave one of their usual interesting and instructive entertainments at the Methodist Episcopal church Sunday evening. The exercises were not near complete when the storm began to threaten, and the balance of the program was postponed to next Sunday evening.

August 14, 1884

            The most prosperous business at present in the village is the billiard and pool enterprise. In the worry and anxiety over hard times, the boys drive away dull care with the ball and cue.

August 13, 1972

            Construction was begun Sunday on the Whitehall-Pigeon Rod and Gun Club pond project. Weilep Construction of Gilmanton is doing the work, and completion of the project is expected by mid- September.

August 13, 1957

            A large limb from a tree fell onto the 1956 car belonging to Mrs. Alma Koon during the windstorm that hit here about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

August 13, 1936

            Al Matson, proprietor of Al’s Press Shop, is installing new dry cleaning equipment which will give his customers service equal to that rendered by large city laundries and cleaning establishments.

August 13, 1921

            Whitehall Shriners attended the big ceremonial staged by the Tripoli temple of Milwaukee in a big tent at the La Crosse fairgrounds Saturday, at which a class of 245 candidates crossed the burning sands of the desert and entered the realms of Shrinedom. Drs. R.L. MacCornack and N.S. Simons, and Even and S.N. Hegge took the degree.

August 13, 1911

            Lightning struck and destroyed a stack of grain belonging to Gabe and Nelius Nelson in Plum Creek Valley Sunday night. The rest of the setting was saved.

Aug. 13, 1900

            At a meeting of the village board Monday evening, a resolution was passed allowing parties affected by a previous ordinance, ordering a concrete walk on Main Street, until Sept. 10 to complete the same.

August 13, 1885

            Police matters are quiet, as well as the matrimonial market.

August 12, 1968

            The city council Monday night accepted a proposal from Tri-County Memorial Hospital that will pave the way for obtaining financing for the proposed nursing home addition to the hospital.

August 12, 1959

            The Chamber of Commerce, at its monthly dinner meeting Wednesday, voted to build a permanent beef roasting pit or oven on the City Hall square. Appreciation day for friends and patrons of Whitehall will be held two weeks after the pit is completed. It will be beef and dairy day in Whitehall. A huge steer, purchased from the Whitehall Packing Co. by Thorp Finance, will be roasted, and Land O’ Lakes has offered to supply all the dairy products necessary.

August 12, 1939

            Wallace Sylla, Lincoln, while in town Saturday stated that the grain crop has been harvested on the farm of his father, Charley Sylla, and that the quality is good. The Syllas own 440 acres of land about three miles southwest of Whitehall, one of the largest farms in the area.

August 12, 1918

            At the village board meeting Monday evening, Theodore Johnson was appointed trustee, replacing Ralph Wiezorek, resigned. The usual grist of bills were allowed.

August 12, 1908

            Clarence Larson has resigned his position as bookkeeper in the John O. Melby and Co. Bank. Larson left yesterday for Aneta, N.D., where his father is interested in the mercantile business.

August 12, 1894

            A number of young people from this village enjoyed a pleasant picnic at Chapultepec last Sunday.

August 11, 1972

            Flora Diffie of Whitehall was found innocent Friday by an Eau Claire County jury of being a party to the kidnapping of an Eau Claire youth last March. Her husband, Joe, and two other area residents, have already pleaded guilty to the kidnapping.

August 11, 1957

            A group of friends and relatives enjoyed a picnic at the Floyd Dahl home at Pleasantville Sunday in honor of the confirmation of Phyllis Dahl.

August 11, 1937

            Lightning that struck in the city early Wednesday morning disrupted phone service for a day. Operator Cora Arneson received such a succession of light shocks that she became nauseated. Electric power in the village was also out for two hours.

August 11, 1922

            Last Friday, in one of the fastest games ever played here, the nationally-known Union Giants and Whitehall played to a 10-inning scoreless tie. The game was called when the two captains and Umpire Torgerson agreed that it was too dark to continue. The start of the game was delayed by rain, which also held attendance to about 800.

August 11, 1917

            A crowd of Whitehall boys went to Chetek Saturday night on a camping and hunting trip. Leo Haesle, Tracy Rice, Peter Paulson, Clair Van Sickle, Gerald Anderson and Richard Van Tassel composed the company. They left here by auto at 11 o’clock, arriving there at six o’clock Sunday morning.

August 11, 1898

            Bicycle people are invited to meet in front of Anderson and Ekern’s office this evening at 7 o’clock.

August 11, 1887

            The Whitehall creamery pays 17 cents for cream this week.