TEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 15, 1986

            The Whitehall Area Chamber of Commerce will have to look at alternatives for its planned “hitching post” shelter for area Amish residents’ horses and buggies. The Chamber’s proposal to use materials from the WBI Cooperative warehouse along the railroad tracks will have to be abandoned, because the co-op wants to use that building for another year.

            The April 26 theft of about $25,000 in jewelry from Holtan’s Catalog Showroom in Whitehall will be featured on the TV and newspaper series Crime Stoppers.

            Jeff Fimreite and Rick Schmidt won four events apiece, Troy Pride had a first and a pair of seconds, and Keith Schaefer added another first, as the Norse boys easily won the Dairyland Conference track meet Saturday.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 14, 1981

            Mayor Bill Gardner cast the deciding vote after the city council split over the proposed $250,000 storm sewer project for the city's west side.

            James Brown of Sparta and Carol Herklotz of Traverse City, Mich., were sentenced Friday in a Madison courtroom for misapplication of property and falsifying work records while they were employed with Western Dairyland Equal Opportunity Council's supported work program in Trempealeau County over two years ago.

            Duey Fimreite led a one-two Norse finish in the triple jump, setting meet and WHS records in the process, as the Norse finished a surprising second at Friday's Chieftain Invitational at Osseo. Whitehall also got better-than-expected performances from Matt Hegge and Jeff Eide.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 20, 1971

            The Whitehall city council last week Tuesday set the closing hours for local taverns at 1 a.m., disregarding a 2 a.m. option allowed by state law during daylight savings time. Most of the tavern operators were present, and expressed no objection.

            A two-story frame house on the Leon Halpern farm, located three miles south of Whitehall in Irvin Coulee, was destroyed by fire Thursday. The occupants, the Lester Pucik family, who lost all their possessions, were not home at the time.

            Jeff Dahl was honored as the Norse Award winner during the Whitehall High athletic banquet held last week Monday at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire basketball coach Ken Anderson was the featured speaker.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 16, 1946

            Notice of the appointment by Gov. Walter Goodland of Attorney Albert T. Twesme of Galesville as Trempealeau County judge, succeeding John C. Gaveney, who recently resigned, reached Whitehall Monday. Judge Twesme has had a law office in his native Galesville since 1908, which practice will now go to his son Albert L. Twesme, who recently joined his father after serving in the Navy.

            Friday was orientation day at Whitehall High for the seventh and eighth graders of the area, and 98 students from the rural schools attended. The program began with a movie at 9 a.m., following by a trip through the school and crop judging for the boys and a style show and home economics demonstration for the girls. After a free lunch and games, a track and field meet was held in the afternoon. Pleasantville won the most events, followed by Carpenter. LeRoy Johnson of Carpenter was the high-point individual.

            Whitehall, a city of about 1,500 population, is quite a contrast to the large industrial and shipping city of Liverpool, England, for Mrs. Ingwald Knudtson, the former Hannah Allen, who had always lived there until she came over with 2,200 English brides on the Queen Mary to join her husband. The couple are living in Whitehall as Mr. Knudtson is employed at the Briggs Transfer garage here.

            The Paul Evensons are remodeling their Scranton Street home, modernizing it throughout by putting in a full basement and a bath. They hope to install a furnace when one is available.

            Lucky, the pup which Claire Ann, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Johnson, won at the Pix Theatre a few months ago, was run over and killed by a car one day last week.

            About 65 men and Boy Scouts worked on the Memorial Forest hillside Monday. The heavy growth of hazel brush, sumac and scrub oak was cleaned out of much of the forest.

            Joe Maldonado took over the Texaco Oil station May 15, renting the buildings from Iver Olson. He succeeds Adolph Gilbertson, who had been in the business the past four years, and has leased the repair business at the station to Robert Hartman.

            The Whitehall High baseball team took a thriller from Black River Falls there Monday afternoon, pitcher Dave Larson allowing the Falls hitters not a single hit. The final score was 13 to 0, and Larson had a perfect score at the plate, scoring four runs in as many time at bat.

SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 19, 1921

            N.L. Moll and his mechanic, B.M. Narvotz, came to Whitehall by aeroplane from La Crosse Monday. Mr. Moll made 11 flights during the day, taking up citizens from our village. Some of the passengers took a little stunt flying, and all that took a ride speak favorably of that way of traveling.

            The commencement exercises for the nurses, held at the Lutheran church, was a marked success in every way. The church was elaborately decorated in ferns and roses, and the class colors, pink and green. The class motto, “Not born for ourselves, but for the world,” was in the background of the main decorations. The nurses, the Misses Gertrude and Martha Halverson, Ina Anderson, Petra Larson, Agnes Stone and Mabel Sinrud, are the first to graduate from Community Hospital. Their diplomas give them the same credits they would receive at any other hospital in the larger cities.

            The past week the weather has been damaging, especially to fruits. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, ice formed to a considerable thickness. Monday, a heavy rain set in, continuing through the night and all the following day.

            The most attractive industry we have now is the robbing of banks, and they are getting closer and closer all the time. Recently Mondovi bank was robbed, and now comes the report that yeggmen looted an Augusta bank of $20,000. Three men believed to be part of the gang were arrested at St. Paul Tuesday.

            A Ford load of young people on pleasure bent attempted to travel Dewey St. last night. This is a prohibited thoroughfare during the improvement, and many water and sewer excavations are open. The car ran into one of these and some time was spent in getting out, coming to the top with a badly twisted flivver.

            Last Sunday was the opening day for straw hats, but the chilly blasts prevented the stylishly inclined from donning the Panama.

            The aeroplane which landed in our village caused a great heal of disturbance in the school. Some of the grade pupils skipped to better observe the aerial flights. But as a punishment extra minutes were enjoyed by them in the school room after 3:40 p.m.

            York — Ole Eid has purchased H.C. Sveum’s Dodge truck and has now taken possession of the York draying concern.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 14, 1896

            During the thunderstorm Tuesday night, lightning struck the belfry of the Methodist Episcopal church, shattering the spire and setting fire to the rafters and roof boards, affording a capital opportunity of demonstrating the efficiency of the new water system, and the energy and ability of the fire company. The prompt action of the fire boys and the excellent working of the water system enabled them to promptly save not only then church, but also the nearby town hall.

            Ninety degrees Fahrenheit in the shade is a little extreme for early May, yet we have had considerable of this weather during the past 10 days.

            Solsrud, Kidder and Co. took in 810 dozen eggs Saturday. We pause to hear of this day’s receipts being beaten in the county.

            Parties who make a practice of catching pickerel at the mill dam, or anywhere else for that matter, and worry them while on the hook, then release and throw them back, are in the eye of the law as guilty as if they were to catch and take them home. If arrested and found guilty, a fine would follow in either case.

            Mrs. George Quackenbush has purchased the lot between John O. Melby’s and W.H. Stalling’s, which completes the list on the east side of Main Street. Residence lots in Whitehall are going now like hot cakes, and the village is building up rapidly.

            Z.T. Beach and Fred Taintor departed by train Monday for the Red Lake country in Minnesota, which is to be opened to settlement tomorrow. If the section suits them, they will take land there.

            Joe Sherwood planted 16 acres of corn and finished the work on May 7. Pretty early, but he says he would rather risk frost in the spring than fall.

            Miss Mollie Fossegaard is the recipient of a fine bicycle, “The 1986 Mackinac,” a present from her mother.

            Hale — Oliver Jacobs was quite badly gored by a cow this morning. Dr. Parker of Whitehall dressed his wounds, and thinks he will be around in a week or two.

            Independence — A new firm to be known as the Independence Furniture Co. has been formed, composed of J.F. Dembiski, J.A. Dumback and M. Gauczkiewicz. They will start up in about 10 days in the Senneff building.