TEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 28, 1974

            Dennis Gasatis, 25, of rural Whitehall, was being held this week in the Trempealeau County Jail on $10,000 bond, charged with burglary, two counts of armed robbery and three counts of aggravated battery. Gasatis is charged with holding members of the Maynard Clipper family prisoners in their home at knifepoint; Clipper, his wife Virginia, daughter Kay and the latter’s boyfriend, Jeff Kutchera of Fairchild, were treated at Tri-County Memorial Hospital for bruises and cuts after subduing the intruder.

            The Whitehall board of education Monday night voted not to accept the resignation of Ken Stellpflug as athletic director, but took into closed session the resignation of English teacher Richard Blahnik. Board President Art Gunderson in both instances complained when individual board members related complaints of the teachers, saying that staff members should go through the proper channels and speak to either Principal John Monson or Superintendent J.K. Hoyer.

            The Independence Medical Development Corporation has received a grant of $263,000 from the Economic Development Administration to be used toward the construction of the Mississippi River Human Services Center. IMD will provide $65,000 to complete the project, which will be built on Hwy. 121 on the east edge of Independence.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 27, 1969

            Former Whitehall resident Everett Everson, now of East Lansing, Mich., has sent the city of Whitehall a check for $1,000 to be used in the construction of a new swimming pool. Everson sent the money in memory of his wife, the late June Simonson Everson, also a former area native.

            Mrs. Ronald Bautch was the only person we saw who called attention to the arrival of spring last Thursday. It was snowing at the time she dropped into The Times office, and her gay bonnet had gotten a little wet. Other spring reminders were bird earrings and a floral corsage. As she left, she said she was going home to put on her snow boots before continuing her visits.

            Dave Tomten, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Tomten of Pigeon Falls and a sophomore at Whitehall High School, had the longest jump during the junior national championships at Anchorage, Alaska, Sunday. Tomten soared 143 feet — the longest jump ever on Mount Alyeska’s 40-meter hill — but poor jumping form held him to a 17th-place finish. His jump was also beyond the point officials considered safe, and the starting point had to be moved for skiers that followed him.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, April 9, 1959

            Lester Brennom, acting mayor since his appointment following the death of Clarence Kaas, will continue in that post as a result of his victory in Tuesday’s election. Brennom polled 146 votes to 128 for Dewey Bensend and 100 for R.A. Lamberson. Norman Friske defeated Clarence Johnson 90 to 67 in the race for the First Ward council seat vacated by Brennom, while Martin Holzman defeated incumbent alderman Alfred Sesvold in the Second Ward contest.

            Both area municipalities voting on the question of licensing the sale of intoxicating liquor as a beverage defeated the proposals during Tuesday’s election. Pigeon Falls voted 68 to 42 against the measure, with the vote being 70 to 39 against in the town of Lincoln.

            Whitehall Enterprises Inc. has purchased a tract of seven lots in the Fredrickson Addition and has bids for building six 26- by 32-foot 1 ½-story houses that can be sold at $8,500 each. The corporation, made up of local business and professional men, will sell the houses at cost, as a public service, to people of limited means and to those people now employed in Whitehall but not residing here for lack of housing.

            Vernon Nehring rolled a 681 series during team bowling at the Whitehall Lanes Thursday, the highest score on record since Lyle Pavek became proprietor several years back.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday, March 29, 1934

            Two referenda will be on the ballot Tuesday. Statewide, the old-age pension plan to be voted on provides that any citizen who has reached the age of 60 and had no material wealth other than a home may receive a stipulated pension monthly from the state. The local referendum is on the question of whether persons will be allowed to sell or traffic in intoxicating liquor as a beverage within the village of Whitehall.

            A survey of farm tax delinquencies in Trempealeau County during the period from 1928 to 1932 shows that 1,556 pieces of rural property were reported delinquent for one or more of those years. The largest number of delinquencies occurred in the years 1931 and ’32.

            The Civil Works Administration program will end April 1 throughout the state, and in Trempealeau County it had already ended. Its termination is not a surprise, as it was a temporary emergency employment program originally planned to end Feb. 15. While general employment is not yet back to the good old days, it is definitely improved, and that improvement means that many will shortly be absorbed again in private enterprise.

            One thousand pounds of milk-wheato were received at the Red Cross headquarters here Tuesday for distribution among the needy of the county. Trempealeau County is assisting about 500 families with Red Cross relief.

SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, April 8, 1909

            Tuesday’s result pleases us. Whitehall will be dry after July 1.

            The mass meeting Monday evening was largely attended and sufficient good work done by the speakers, Revs. Larson and Chalfant, to turn the scales in favor of no license.

            There will be a basketball game in Opera Hall this evening between the high school and town teams. It promises to be an exciting contest, as we are told that both teams are evenly matched. Admission, 15 cents.

            Excavation for the Methodist Church basement is in progress, the dirt being taken to Theo. Torgerson’s lot on Main St. for filling.

            H.P. Fremstad received two cans of trout fry, and Dr. C.L. Storey six cans, from the Madison hatchery Saturday. The former deposited his brook trout in a stream in his township, and the latter in Sleepy Coulee creek in Hale.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Thursday, April 3, 1884

            A resolution was unanimously adopted at Saturday’s caucus to put on the ballot the question of saloon licenses in the town of Lincoln. In Tuesday’s election, 179 persons voted on the question, with 109 favoring “no license.” Now that the voters have expressed themselves so emphatically in favor of no-license, let us see their wishes respected, and let us have a temperance town in every sense of the word. The voters can congratulate themselves on having elected one of the best men in town to look after this matter. Mr. Allen will keep a vigilant eye on the violators and prosecute every person who may be found guilty of trafficking illegally in intoxicants.

            Seth Putnam, treasurer of the town of Arcadia the past term and for a number of years before that, is “short” in his account, or in other words is defaulted, to the tune of $3,500. Of that amount, $2,200 is county tax, and the balance town tax. Putnam is not known to have property equal to the emergency and it is presumed that his bondsmen must stand the stealings. Putnam will be remembered by our readers as the great and noble person who once presided over the county board and who, during the recent county seat question, refused to sanction any of the actions of the board on this question.

            A man from the woods, while at Merrillan the other night, was relieved of $140, his winter’s wages, probably because he boasted only a few hours before that he would like to see the “galoot” who could get away with him.

            Hale — Everybody seems to get tired of farming here. O.E. Goplin has rented his farm for a term of five years to his brother August. He also sold him three horses. Ole thinks of looking westward this spring.