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TEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, July 14, 1988

            The Whitehall district school board voted last week to hire Bruce Ausderau, a former Whitehall High School teacher, to succeed Jerry Freimark as WHS principal. Ausderau left the local school two years ago to take the principal’s job at North Crawford.

            The Independence city council has refused to pay the legal fees of a citizen group that successfully opposed the hospital waste incinerator proposed by BioSafe. In the meantime, the Eau Claire firm has offered to drop the lawsuit it was threatening if the city will purchase the building it bought as a site for the incinerator.

            Cory Fields drove in Scott Hughes with the winning run as the Norse defeated Melrose-Mindoro 6-5 Friday. The Mustang loss gave Independence, which had beaten Whitehall a week earlier, sole possession of its second straight Dairyland Conference title.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, July 14, 1983

            The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce voted at its meeting Monday to postpone its planned Crazy Daze promotion because of delays in the paving of Main St.

            More than 300 former teachers, pupils, school board members and other area residents attended the Coral City school reunion held recently at Club 186.

            Freshman Troy Pride pitched a two-hitter, and hit a grand-slam home run, in the first game of Whitehall’s doubleheader sweep of Eleva-Strum Central last week.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, July 19, 1973

            A special meeting of the Whitehall city council will be held next week to decide whether Geno’s Pub will get a liquor license. The bar has had an 18-year-old beer license, but recently-enacted state legislation allows municipalities to issue liquor licenses to holders of the beer-only permits.

            The new lake created by the dam built at the Whitehall-Pigeon Rod and Gun Club this spring has become a popular spot for fishermen, swimmers and walkers. Club members and other volunteers last week began salvaging lumber from the former Paulson Implement Co. for use in the construction of a clubhouse.

            Bill Flury pitched a three-hitter and struck out 11, and also had three hits, as Arcadia upset Whitehall 13-3 in the first round of Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament play last week Wednesday.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday, July 15, 1948

            The much-needed rain Monday evening seemed to induce property owners to attend the annual school meeting, as between 40 and 50 taxpayers were present, the largest assemblage at a school meeting in several years. After some discussion, the proposed tax of $45,000 was reduced to $40,000.

            Miss Ruth Schlichter of Merton, Waukesha County, supervising teacher in Trempealeau County the past several years, has sent her resignation to Miss Dorris Sander, county superintendent of schools. She has resigned to take a similar position in Green County, so she can be closer to home.

            The Orville Dahl Trio was awarded the $50 grand prize at the conclusion of the 13-week search-for-talent program sponsored by Whitehall merchants and held at the Pix Theatre. A total of 7,500 votes was cast in the contest, according to WKBH, the Winona radio station which recorded the programs and broadcast them. The trio is composed of Mr. Dahl, Pleasantville, violin, Ardell Melby of Independence, guitar player, and Charles Winberg of Eleva, banjo.

            The grain harvest has started.

            A business deal took place in Whitehall this week when J.V. Maldonado purchased the interest of Melvin Dascher in the Texaco filling station and garage on Main Street. Messrs. Maldonado and Dascher have operated the business in partnership until this time. Mr. Dascher has not announced his plans for the future.

            Mrs. Bert Kulig, who called at our office a day last week, stated that she and her husband are very happy in their little farm home, the former Emil Johnson place, which adjoins their former farm in the town of Lincoln. The Kulig farm is now operated by one of their sons.

            Alfred Nelson heads the crew of carpenters who are building forms for the reinforced concrete walls to be poured this week for the basement of the new church at Pigeon Falls. The building committee on Friday visited the church being built in Caledonia by C. Guillame, construction engineer for the Pigeon Falls church, and report the highest satisfaction with that building, which is to be identical, only larger.

            Independence will hold its fifth-annual community sale in that city this Saturday, commencing at 1 p.m. In the long list of property are horses, motor vehicles, farm machinery and household articles and equipment.

SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, July 19, 1923

            A car driven by Miss Zora Kirkpatrick of Blair, and having the Misses Dora Back and Myrtle Back and Elmer Davidson as passengers, going east on Dewey Street Sunday afternoon, struck a telephone pole in front of the F.E. Beach residence, breaking it off at the ground. Nothing but the bumper saved the car from destruction and prevented death to the driver and her companions. That the driver was on the wrong side of the street is the strange aspect of the affair, and can only by attributed to gross carelessness.

            The Wisconsin-Minnesota Power and Light Co.’s property has been purchased for consolidation with the Northern States Power Co., which serves 386 cities, including Minneapolis and St. Paul.

            George Quackenbush says that 60 years ago yesterday, July 18, a destructive frost occurred, killing all corn and other tender vegetation. The weather conditions prior to that frost were similar to those prevailing now, George says — hot and dry with cool nights.

            F.D. Hopkins has a school of the large type of fish at Hatfield, and it seems all he has to do is go up there, and come home with a muskellunge, and each time he brings one home larger than before. F.D., Howard DeBow and A.E. Van Sickle went up there Sunday prepared for big game, and soon had one of Flory’s pets on the line. After considerable fighting, the fish was brought to the surface three different times, and Howard blazed away with a .38 revolver, which was taken along as part of their tackle, and missed at close range, before it was landed. The boys have experienced every thrill of deer hunting, but say that landing the big fishes is more exciting by far.

            Anton E. Johnson of Big Slough was at Whitehall on business Friday, bringing along a crate of fryers out of an early hatching of Black Minorcas. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have developed the poultry business on their farm to more than a sideline proposition, hatching every spring several settings with their incubator, with which they have had considerable success.

            Andrew Engvold of Hale left Monday for his old home in Vordahl, Norway, where he will reside permanently and operate his parents’ farm. Andrew has spent 10 years in this locality, the past three in poor health, as he is unable to stand the heavy farm work.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Thursday, July 14, 1898

            Ziba Harnden’s street sprinkler does good work.

            Orris Stevens is building a porch around his residence.

            L.N. Agneberg is recovering from a horse kick he received on the leg July 4.

            Messrs. Anderson and Ringstad are plastering the new addition to the American House.

            Sam Alexander is building an addition to his barn, and also making some improvements on his residence.

            A dance will be held at the Grange Hall in Hale Saturday, to which all are invited. Albertson’s Orchestra is booked to furnish the music.

            Kit Cook of Sioux Falls, S.D., called here last week by telegram announcing the dangerous illness of his child. The little one is now improving.

            Miss Alice Lennon gave a pleasant party to her Sunday School class Thursday afternoon. The little ones were delightfully entertained.

            William McKivergan has placed an order with W.J. Webb for lumber for a fine residence to be built on his farm east of the village immediately after harvest. Messrs. Wood and Stevens have the contract to erect it.

            A sensational fake bulletin was posted on the bulletin board in front of the post office Monday evening. If the management of the bulletin board desire to have credence taken in their bulletins, they should not allow waggish parties to fool the people with fake messages. Parties with access to daily papers and in close touch with telegraph and telephone lines are not likely to be taken in in this manner, but when people from the country are “stuffed” in this way, it reflects no credit on the judgment or common sense of the parties in the proceeding.

            A party of our young people enjoyed an outing and picnic in the Augustine grove north of the village yesterday. The occasion was in honor of Miss Sadie Webb and Miss Winnie Whitney. Miss Sadie is a former Whitehall young lady and now visiting here, while Miss Winnie shortly makes her departure for the west.

            Elk Creek — Albert Olson is working at D.C. Cilley’s harvesting. He makes frequent trips home on his recently-purchased wheel. Since the advent of this wheel, the loafers have had a constant source of amusement. Those desiring to learn the art of riding have had every opportunity to become adepts at it, while the less active have been content with witnessing their antics. Good-natured fellows like Albert are what boom the place.

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