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TEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, Jan. 27, 1977

            Recent cold temperatures, with lows of 35 to 40 degrees below zero reported in the area, have sent frost as deep as 4 1/2 feet deep in Whitehall, causing freeze-ups in city water and sewer service. Lenus Berg of the city water department says that city crews have thawed out 14 services so far this year. City residents are being asked to keep their water running until further notice to prevent freeze-ups.

            The Whitehall Packing Co. presented a new sewer treatment contract Friday, countering a proposal made two weeks ago by the city. There reportedly are no new features in the company proposal, other than some language changes. The city and the packing company are still awaiting a court decision regarding the city’s right to cut off service to the plant, as it did last August.

            The number of farms in Wisconsin, as of Jan. 1, 1977, was estimated at 100,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the 1976 figure. Farm numbers had been declining at a rate of 1,000 per year the past five years, but have dropped 2,000 per year the past two years.

            The Norse boys’ varsity snapped a three-game losing streak Tuesday night, dominating Independence 80-50. Bob Fimreite scored 38 points to lead the Norse, and he and Brian Sosalla and Steve Lyga controlled the boards against the Indees. Independence got 16 points from Mike Woychik, and sophomores Steve Micek and John Zilla both scored in double figures.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, Jan. 27, 1972

            Attorneys and architects met Wednesday with City Clerk A.E. Berg to formulate an answer to the summons served on the city for failure to comply with a state Department of Natural Resources order calling for a study of waste treatment facilities at the Whitehall Packing Co. plant to be completed before Nov. 1, 1968.

            Michael Schroeder, 17, rural Whitehall, suffered neck and knee injuries Thursday when the car he was driving collided with one operated by 31-year-old James Sanders of rural Whitehall, near Pleasantville.

            Speech therapist Judy Duch, second-grade teacher Betsy Wagner and business intern Diane Nelson have joined the Whitehall School District faculty for the second semester.

            The Whitehall Sno-Packers and Wisconsin Indian Head Country are the co-sponsors of the fifth-annual Sunshine Trail Ride. The 15-mile snowmobile tour will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Whitehall Country Club.

            Gary Larson had 17 points and 10 rebounds to pace Whitehall to a 78-38 win over Taylor last week Tuesday, but the Norse lost 76-44 to Blair Friday.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, Feb. 1, 1962

            An entirely new 40-bed general hospital, complete with medical, surgical, pediatric and maternity departments, is planned for the new Tri-County Memorial Hospital to be built in Whitehall, according to Tracy Rice, president of the hospital board. The estimated cost of $550,000 is expected to be raised through private donations and federal funds from the Hill-Burton Act.

            A team of three men representing Davy Engineering of La Crosse was in Whitehall one day last weekend making a survey of existing buildings that could be used for fallout shelters.

            Only 24 sacks of com and two sacks of oats were brought in during the Com for Polio pickup in Whitehall last Saturday, and city March of Dimes chairman A.E. Berg said the collection crib would be left on Main Street for the balance of this week.

            Karen Nelson, the 16-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Nelson of Whitehall, was hospitalized in Rochester, Minn., this week for observation. Karen injured her head when she fell on the ice while skating with a physical education class Monday.

            The Norsemen, coming off a 64-57 overtime loss to ElevaStrum Central last week Tuesday night, were defeated 61-52 by Independence Friday night. Jerry Halverson had 25 points to lead the Indees, while Chuck Christianson had 12, and Don Hanson added 10, for Whitehall.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday, Jan. 28, 1937

            P.J. Speerstra, secretary-manager of the Whitehall Creamery Association, has wired Thomas Davlin of the state highway commission at Madison that the local plant will contribute butter to help feed refugees from the flood-stricken areas of Ohio and the South.

            Everett Hanson of Blair, a student at the University of Wisconsin, has been appointed a member of the dairy cattle committee for the Little International Livestock Show, to be held in Madison Feb. 3.

            Trempealeau County had a total of disbursements and cash on hand at the end of 1936 of more than $883,000. Some of the old-timers who served on the board 30, 40 and 50 years ago would call this Big Business.

            Seventy-five enthusiastic young ski jumpers ages 15 and under are expected to compete in the Record Breakers Junior Ski Tournament to be held Sunday at the Herberg Hill. Admittance charges will be 10, 15 and 25 cents, which price will include transportation to the hill. Adolph Hanson will provide the loudspeaker equipment, and John Beck will serve coffee at the hill.

            All officers of the Farmers Union Cooperative Shipping Association were re-elected at the annual meeting held Saturday afternoon at the courthouse. They are: president, Lewis Rasmussen; vice president, Clarence Kaas; secretary, Ed Schroeder; and manager, Melvin Monson.

            According to the 1936 report on the Trempealeau County Asylum herd, the 30-cow herd averaged 12,661 pounds of milk and 449 pounds of butterfat.

SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, Feb. 1, 1912

            January passes without a thaw.

            John Fromm of Hale is confined to the bed with illness.

            Otto Gunderson writes us that he has sold his farm and is living at Black River Falls.

            L.M. Quackenbush has moved his barber outfit to his place of business on Dodge Street.

            Laborers wanted at Hatfield on construction work. Wages $2 per day. Board $3.75 to $4 per week.

            The members of the Baptist choir enjoyed a sleigh ride Monday evening and held their regular practice with Miss Elsie Wood.

            Hokon Schansberg was down from Taylor Friday and purchased 14 head of beef cattle from his brothers in Lincoln for his meat market.

            Tomorrow, Feb. 2, is Candlemas Day, half your wood and half your hay. But the groundhog, of course, must have his say.

            A shadow sociable will be given at the home of Alvah Van Sickle Friday evening for the benefit of the Presbyterian church. All are cordially invited.

            Wanted — Fifty cords of good, coarse body, green oak wood delivered at the Whitehall school building for $3.50 per cord. L.D. Parsons, Clerk.

            Blair — Saturday last at 3 p.m. our village was startled by the cry of “Fire!” and smoke was seen pouring from the roof of H. Thorsgaard’s flouring mill. People rallied, but it was soon discovered that the mill was doomed. The wind blew strongly from the northwest and carried the flames in a perfect sheet against the north end of the highway bridge. A hole was cut in the ice on the mill pond and willing hands saved the bridge.

            Pigeon Falls — An association was formed here Friday evening, styled the Pigeon Falls Dairy Association. N.F. Hegge was chosen president and O.E. Larson, secretary, of the association. Eighteen members joined.

            Unity — John A. Jones was around last week with a petition for a post office to be established here. One would think there would not be much trouble getting a post office in this town, as there would be no necessity of establishing a new route, because of the stage carrying the mail between Osseo and Hamlin passes through here every Saturday.

            Arcadia — Between 50 and 75 German immigrants are expected here about the first of April. They will be a desirable acquisition to the community.

            Galesville — Hi Butman hitched up a four-horse team Friday and took a load of our citizens, young and old, to Winona to see “Jack, the Giant Killer.”

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Thursday, Feb. 3, 1887

            The cold weather continues. Another fall of snow yesterday. Our January thaw is evidently postponed until later this season.

            Ottie Sweet returned last Friday from a protracted sojourn abroad. Ottie proposes to “fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.”

            There is talk of starting a new paper at Arcadia, and the name of Dan Camp is mentioned as the person likely to take charge of the enterprise in case the scheme is perfected.

            A bevy of good-looking schoolma’ams, from Independence, on their way home from the teachers’ association at Blair, attended the rink Saturday evening. The ladies were escorted by Messrs. John Gaveney and Frank Hotchkiss.

            Preparations on a large scale are being made by our boys for celebrating Washington’s birthday, with a masquerade ball on Feb. 22, at the roller skating rink in this village. Very elaborate costumes will be provided, excellent music furnished, and the event promises to eclipses anything of the kind ever given in this village. Neither money nor pains will be spared to make the occasion one of unparalleled enjoyment. Watch for bills giving full particulars.

            George Scott shot and killed A.G. Buchholz’s pet dog last week. George runs a fresh fish stand and keeps his wares on exhibition in boxes just about the height of an ordinary-sized dog’s nose from the sidewalk in front of his establishment. The claim is set up that the dog carried off fish, and to save the stock in trade it was necessary to exterminate the canine. Perhaps if George had taken the pains to set the fish boxes a few inches higher up from the sidewalk, it would have been less expensive and saved a war of words and considerable hard feelings. The habit of the dog hardly justified its killing.

            Mr. Gullick Olson, of Preston, while doing business in town Saturday, lost $30, a $20 and a $10 bill. The finder will receive a liberal reward by leaving the money at this office.

            Ole Vold went to Merrillan Monday to load five carloads of sawdust for Getts and Everson, the creamery men, to be used in their icehouse.

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