TEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, September 28, 1989

            Minor modifications will allow the Whitehall Memorial High School building to meet state fire-safety regulations over the short-term. That will permit the school district to continue to use the building until the Nov. 7 referendum on a $4 million replacement for the old school, which if approved will meet the state’s requirements for an approved plan for permanently correcting the deficiencies.

            Following a two-hour hearing Monday, Donald Losinski of rural Arcadia was bound over for trial on first-degree homicide charges in the Sept., 13 fatal shooting of his wife, Julie Losinski.

            Led by 14 kills from Tricia Haralson, the Whitehall High varsity volleyball won two of three games last week Tuesday from three-time defending Dairyland Conference champions Cochrane-Fountain City.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, September 27, 1984

            The Whitehall district school board Monday reviewed a proposal to create a 17-member long-range planning committee sought by some district residents after the board eliminated the elementary guidance position this past summer.

            Brad Riesch is the new manager of Colby Pharmacy, and will operate the local business for owner Ken Colby, who has moved with his family to Madison.

            Rick Kulig and David Thompson both rushed for over 100 yards, Corky Anderson intercepted three passes, and the Norse varsity crushed Alma 59-6 Friday night.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, October 3, 1974

            Fire caused by a faulty gas furnace destroyed the Moe-Z-Inn tavern in York early last week Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Moe, owners of the bar, escaped without injury.

            A car driven by Ella Rasmuson of Whitehall was rear-ended on Main St. Wednesday afternoon, then struck a parked car on Blair and shot into Sid's DX station, knocking over and setting afire two gas pumps. All three cars involved were damaged, but there were no injuries.

            The Whitehall city council, as a special session held Monday, voted four to two to reaffirm its Sept. 12 decision to allow city taverns to open on Sundays.

            Reserve quarterback Dennis Granlund threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Bob Scow with six and a half minutes remaining in the game, as Whitehall defeated previously unbeaten Alma 6-0 Friday and took sole possession of first in the conference.

 

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday, September 29, 1949

            One or more burglars entered the Clifford Woychik tavern in Whitehall sometime after midnight Saturday by jimmying the door, but no money was left in the place and no stock was taken. An attempt to enter the Ellison bowling alleys the same evening was unsuccessful.

            Mr. and Mrs. Albert Erickson of Pigeon were engaged as superintendent and matron of the Trempealeau County hospital by the board of trustees last week. The position of superintendent was left vacant by the sudden death Sept. 17 of Palmer Lee, and Mrs. Lee will retire as matron.

            Organizations that have swimming pool funds not yet turned in are asked to give them to Mrs. L.J. Wood, who was elected treasurer of the swimming pool fund, at this time. Work will proceed soon, a bulldozer having been engaged to prepare the ground. The drain has been completed, and as much work as possible will be done now.

            Rudolph Hagen of Whitehall, foreman of the Independence section that was laid off recently, went to work Friday for the Green Bay and Western Railroad patrolling the tracks between Merrillan and Winona. The Independence crew was one of four eliminated off by the railroad; the Whitehall section, consisting of foreman William Magnuson and Jerome Magnuson, Gunder Solsrud and Clarence Davidson, has been retained.

            The event that freshmen at Whitehall High always look forward to, initiation, will take place Oct. 7. The juniors are making plans to really “give it to ’em.” As usual, the freshmen will be required to appear in costume and do the juniors’ bidding.

            A branch from a tree at the H.D. Briggs residence knocked a high-tension line into the telephone line leading to the Briggs home last week, and the resulting shock put about 75 customers on the Community Telephone exchange out of service.

            James Ackley, who went west in mid-summer to harvest and thresh, returned from Towner, N.D., last week and now is at his home in Tuff Coulee. James stated that the crops are good in that area and so were wages, but the latter were not as good as they were last year.

            Fred Hanson is busy during his spare time covering his new home on Blair Street with asbestos shingles. Mr. and Mrs. Hanson recently purchased the property, the former Miller residence, from Norman Smith.

SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, October 2, 1924

            Last Sunday night, an automobile belonging to F.E. Beach was stolen from its parking spot by two young lads, aged 10 and 12 years. The car was run a number of miles and finally abandoned in the town of Hale, where is was recovered the following morning by Sheriff Erickson. It had to be towed in, as the youthful drivers had exhausted their ingenuity to repair the damage they had done and make it continue to function. They were apprehended Monday and confessed to the joy ride, and were taken before Judge Hensel in juvenile court where they were sentenced to the industrial school at Waukesha until they reach the age of 18. Sentence was suspended and they were remanded to the custody of Ludwig Solsrud. It is hoped this will act as a sufficient restraint on others. The residents of this village have too long tolerated the character of work indulged in by youthful offenders.

            E.A. Sorenson exhibited a young snake in our sanctum this morning that closely resembled a rattler. It appeared very vicious and would strike savagely at any object placed near it.

            Carl Moen, popular restaurant man of Pigeon Falls, recently moved to a new location in our neighboring village, now occupying the P. Ekern building next to the hotel, where he continues to serve his large patronage in an up-to-date manner. L.L. Knudson, who owns the building vacated by Mr. Moen, has moved in from his farm south of Pigeon Falls and put in a stock of variety goods. Mr. Knudson conducted a restaurant and meat market in that village until retiring a few years ago on account of poor health.

            Drilling operations to provide a pure water supply for the village of Whitehall have been progressing the past several weeks, two eight-inch wells having been completed and connected to the pump at the power house. Last Thursday afternoon, water was pumped from the wells for the first time for village use. The reservoir has been cleaned and repaired, and for the first time in many years the water supply is fit for human consumption.

            A new course is being offered to the freshman boys at Whitehall High this semester. Home mechanics is becoming a very popular course in the schools throughout the country due to the wide variety of jobs taken up.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Thursday, September 28, 1899

            The public school has a fair vacation this week.

            Russ Morden is embellishing the cornice of the post office block with paint.

            The lemonade vendor is not in it, so to speak, at the fair today.

            S.T. Wade of Trempealeau has a job at brick laying on Adams and Taylor’s new block.

            J.W. Snow, the well-known turfman of Merrillan, is a conspicuous figure among the horsemen at the fair.

            Richard Mattson and crew have Thomas Huleatt’s new residence in the south ward nearly ready for the lathers.

            This is fair week and Whitehall is showing the visitors in town a strictly up-to-date village, and one of the liveliest in the Northwest.

            A large sign has been painted on the read rend of the library this week, that our fair visitors may know where to find the building. The frontage on Main Street speaks for itself.

            Miss Iva Cliff is confined to her boarding place with a severe case of poisoning, which was contracted while sightseeing in the woods adjacent to town last Saturday, and is under the doctor’s treatment.

            The Whitehall camp of Modern Woodmen advertised a dance at their hall last evening, but a crowd failed to materialize on account of the threatening aspect of the weather. A dance is on the bills for tonight, tickets 50 cents per couple, supper extra.

            The cold wave which is on today is the tail end of a blizzard raging in North Dakota. A dispatch from Grand Forks reported rain turning to snow yesterday, and states that grain threshing will be impossible for a week.

            Tomorrow will be the biggest day of the fair. There will be a hot ball game for the championship of Buffalo, Jackson and Trempealeau counties, Prof. Dockstader will give a balloon ascension, and there are other numbers on the program.

            Blair — A threshing outfit from Amherst Junction came down and was unloaded Wednesday to divide the profits with our hustling threshermen. The enterprise may not turn out so successfully, as considerable of the threshing in this vicinity is already done.

            Hale — A large crowd was in attendance at the dance at John Schroeder’s Saturday night, and everyone reports an enjoyable time.

            Independence — Oscar Huff of Pigeon has taken a position as clerk in A. Garthus’ store.