TEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 25, 1989

            The Whitehall district school board Monday narrowed its options for finding additional room for kindergarten classes at Sunset Elementary School. The extra space will be needed because of the district’s change to an all-day, every-day kindergarten program.

            Whitehall school district students Nicole Jacobson, Lori Kampa, Danielle Lambeck, Joey Nicolai, Erik Olson, Kevin Schroeder, Heidi Skoyen, Benjamin Smith, Eric Speltz and Jami Windjue were among the more than 25,000 sixth- through eight-graders selected to participate in a talent search sponsored by Northwestern University.

            Despite two firsts and a second from Steve Jarstad, the Norse boys just missed winning a fifth straight Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association regional championship, finishing second to Melrose-Mindoro Monday.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 24, 1984

            Responding to a rash of requests for job reclassifications, the Trempealeau County board of supervisors voted Monday night to hire a Duluth firm to conduct an $18,000 study of county personnel policies. The board also went on record as opposing any further changes in job classifications until the study is completed.

            A 19-year-old Osseo man killed early Monday in a one-car crash is the county’s first traffic fatality of 1984.

            The Norse golf team, led by an 80 from Chris Nogosek, finished second in the Dairyland Conference final match Thursday. But that was good enough to give Whitehall a conference championship.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 30, 1974

            The resignation of another teacher-coach prompted a long discussion by the Whitehall district school board Tuesday night concerning the problems of finding good teachers who also coach. Math teacher and assistant football coach Bruce West recently resigned, meaning that there are three teaching vacancies at the high school and five coaching spots open.

            Dr. David Olson, a Minneapolis native, will open a family medicine practice at the Whitehall Clinic Tuesday.

            Tom Ritland is the first Whitehall High School athlete in six years to qualify for the state track tournament. Ritland finished second at Friday's Viroqua sectional, setting a school record in the process.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 26, 1949

            Senior class awards were presented at the Class Night program held Monday evening at the Whitehall High School gymnasium. Mrs. C. Andrew Kuhn presented the Jimmy Garaghan awards to the outstanding girl and boy in the senior class, Mary Louise Johnson and Ardell Linnerud. The International Order of Odd Fellows awards for citizenship went to Mari Rice and Dayton Lovlien. Other award recipients were: Ardell Linnerud; outstanding vocational agriculture, extemporaneous speaking; Mary Louise Johnson, outstanding science; Lorraine Haugen, extemporaneous reading; Lorraine Dresselhaus and Allen Thompson, dramatics; Janet Olson, home economics; Robert DeBow, vocal music; and Mari Rice, instrumental music.

            One-hundred and 42 rural and state-graded school children in Trempealeau County are receiving their eighth-grade diplomas in a series of eight commencement exercises being held this week. These diplomas entitle the students to enroll in high school. There were no eighth-grade graduates this year in seven of the county’s schools, including Coral City.

            Five Trempealeau County students in the sixth- through eighth-grades, including Roger Erickson and Gavin Strand of Whitehall and Ronald Johnstad of Pigeon Falls, have been selected to attend the annual school patrol congress in Wisconsin Dells June 3 and 4.

            St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of German Valley has secured a pastor to succeed the Rec. H.W. Neubauer, who resigned in late 1948 to take a pastorate in Prairie Farm. The Rev. H. Henke of St. Paul Park, Minn., has accepted the call, and will arrive here the latter part of May.

            The Pigeon Falls Girls Scouts had their organizational meeting Monday night. Thirteen girls have joined the Intermediate Scouts, with Mrs. Reynolds Tomter as their leader and Mrs. Myron Larson and Avis Thorson as assistants. They are Gudrun Staff, Luella Johnson, Yvonne Amundson, Mary Jane Hanson, Violet Thompson, Patricia Neperud, Mary Ellen Thorson, Sigurd Sletteland, Linda Iverson, Barbara Berge, Shirley Klomsten, Joyce Larson and Judy Neperud. The Brownies will organize at their next meeting, and thus far have nine girls.

            Bill Andre has terminated his employment as grocery department buyer in the Farmers store to take a position in a new grocery that has opened in Independence.

SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 29, 1924

            The Trempealeau County board, while assembled in special session, amended sub-section (C) of section 8 of the dance ordinance, which now permits the giving of pass-out checks permitting persons to leave and re-enter a dance hall during a dance. Sub-section (F) of section 8 was changed to read, “Idlers or loiterers shall not be permitted to remain on the premises when outside of the hall or pavilion.”

            The fire department was called out Thursday afternoon by a chimney fire at the mill. A strong west wind was blowing, and an alarm was turned in so as to be in readiness if fire should start on the roof. No damage resulted.

            Hon. W.F. Dettinger was down from York Wednesday. We tried to talk politics with Will, but it is a little early in the season to learn anything definite. Mr. Dettinger has served three terms in the state legislature from Jackson County, and is receiving strong encouragement to become a candidate again this fall.

            Arcadia will hold a formal opening celebration for the new nine-hole golf course Friday afternoon. The grounds are located just east of the Arcadia village limits. There will be an outside speaker who will explain the game, and several professional golfers will play exhibition games.

            A large class was confirmed Sunday at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. The confirmands were: Irvin Engen, Alfred Mattson, Ernest Foss, Lenard Johnson, Mildred Simonson, Evelyn Anderson, Murial Kleppen, Donald Wright, Palmer Nelson, Viola Hauge, Roy Quackenbush, Thelma Stendahl, Eugene Thompson, Viola Larson, Truman Nelson, Mildred Pahnke, Clarence Halverson, Marvin Erickson, Olaf Bryn and Lloyd Amundson.

            A.M. Thompson of Hale had the misfortune to break his right wrist last week by a backfire from his Ford.

            The ladies’ restroom and the lavatories in the City Hal were painted this week. This completes the spring house-cleaning, and the building is put in excellent condition. Ernest Hamilton did the work.

            The Auto Sales garage is supplying gasoline to motorists with one pump. A gentlemen driving from the northern part of the state to La Crosse stopped at the garage Sunday to buy gas, and either drove too close to the curb, or lost control of his car. Anyhow, he succeeded in pushing over one of the large pumps and breaking it beyond repair.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 25, 1899

            You will rue it if you miss celebrating at Whitehall July 4.

            H.A. Towner has the job of caring for the Lincoln cemetery grounds this season.

            A.G. Buchholz has set out several trees and made other improvements on his lot.

            C.A. Adams had completed a neat verandah, which adds to the appearance of his residence.

            W.J. Webb and Peter Solberg have had pipes run from the water mains to their residences.

            Charles Ecker has sold his farm of 115 acres, lying northeast of the village, to E. Palmer for $2,500.

            O.C. Skumlien and Oluf Engen of Pigeon went to Helena, N.D., last week to engage at carpenter work, expecting to remain there for the summer.

            Adams and Taylor have rock on the ground for an addition to their brick building. This firm is one of the solid financial business houses in the county.

            A.G. Buchholz has sold 200 acres of the Stratton farm, including all of the buildings, to D. Wood for $8,000. This leaves 80 acres of the land still owned by Mr. Buchholz.

            The railroad company has put in a spur track for the convenience of the asylum contractors. Foreman Van Horn superintended the job, which is highly creditable.

            P.H. Overbye goes to Alma, Buffalo County, this week to take charge of a stock of general merchandise, and will conduct the business for Chris Torgerson of Independence. Peter is an energetic young man, and will no doubt make a success of the venture.

            Charles Melby, Ray Hopkins and John McNitt leave today for La Crosse, where they will be examined by Uncle Sam, who wants another man from this congressional district to go to West Point. The boys have been training for the past month, both physically and mentally. Boating and bicycling seem to have been their hobbies. They have read history from cover to cover, and will no doubt be able to tell just how many shots were fired at Gettysburg, also the color of General Lee’s necktie. While none of the boys expect to receive the appointment, they believe the examination will do them no harm.

            Peter Johnson of Hale returned Monday from a prospecting tour through Missouri. Mr. Johnson was not favorably impressed with the state, and thinks for an all-round state Wisconsin is superior to Missouri.