TEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, October 22, 1987

            About 250 area residents will be surveyed over the next two weeks or so, to find out whether the Mondovi Foods Co. plant on West Street is creating an odor problem. The state Department of Natural Resources is undertaking the survey in response to complaints by residents in the area of the plant, which dries poultry offal into a pet-food flavoring agent.

            A number of Whitehall school district parents were present at Monday’s school board meeting to voice their concerns about the scheduling of school activities on Wednesday evenings, which traditionally have been set aside for church functions.

            Melrose-Mindoro blanked the Norse 27-0 Friday, guaranteeing Whitehall’s first losing season in Dairyland Conference play since 1980.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, October 21, 1982

            The Trempealeau County zoning committee, facing a Nov. 17 deadline that could have resulted in a cutoff of federal flood insurance and state and federal aid, has agreed to rewrite the county's floodplain ordinance. The settlement of a long-simmering dispute with the state Department of Natural Resources means that the county board will have to undo most of the changes in the zoning code it made last year, which had made the ordinance less stringent.

            The renovation of the bandstand next to Whitehall's City Hall will be celebrated with a dedication ceremony next week Wednesday.

            The Norse varsity volleyball, after wins over Eleva-Strum Central and Independence last week, needs a victory over Cochrane-Fountain City in the regular-season finale to clinch a share of a Dairyland Conference championship.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, October 26, 1972

            Representatives of the Whitehall Teachers Association and the district school board made another attempt at negotiating a master contract, but gave up after two and a half hours of bargaining Monday night, saying that they would seek an outside mediator.

            Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Berdan were guests of the Whitehall district school board Oct. 18, in honor of Mr. Berdan’s 20 years of service on the board.

            Jerry Kopp scored the deciding touchdown as the Norsemen beat Alma Center Lincoln 12-8 Friday, finishing the season at 5-2-1, third in the Dairyland Conference.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday, October 26, 1947

            A transcription will be made of the Trempealeau County barn dance program that will be held at the Pix Theatre this Saturday. The recording will be made by engineers from WLCX in La Crosse, and a half-hour program will be broadcast on that station at 12:15 p.m. on Monday. Talent signed up for the program includes Bennie Zimmerman, Herman Knudtson and Charles Erinberg of Chimney Rock, who will sing to guitar accompaniment; Philip Dahl of Blair, mouth organ; the Rebarchek Sisters, singers from Whitehall; Donnett and Delores Prudlick, Strum; Harvey Johnson, Blair; La Vern Pientok, Independence; the Oliver Brothers, Alma Center; and Bernice Skaar and Lillian Joten, Taylor.

            The pheasant hunting season which opened Saturday afternoon had the usual number of nimrods. The supply of birds was smaller than in previous years, although many hunters got their limits, two of them under unusual circumstances. Jim Matson, who was hunting north of town with Quinn Risberg, sighted two cock pheasants running, fired and killed both with one shot. Jack Rhode, who was hunting south of town, didn’t sight a bird until his Chesapeake dog Napoleon came trotting up with a pheasant that had been wounded by another hunter.

            A Hallowe’en party will be given at the City Hall Friday, Oct. 31, for all children under high school age. It will be a costume party sponsored by the Whitehall businessmen in cooperation with the Lions Club.

            The Community Telephone Co. of Wisconsin held a district meeting at the Walgert Hotel Friday evening, the company’s employees enjoying a sumptuous dinner. Recognition was given to a number of employees who had been with the company 20 years or more, including two from Whitehall, Mrs. Cora Arneson with 28 years, and Miss Ethel Mallery with more than 40.

            Archie Berge of Big Slough reports that threshing in that community was finished Friday. With combines in general use, shock threshing is done earlier in the summer, but a few farmers continue to stack their grain, including Peter Anderson, Henry Berge and Palmer Berge in Big Slough.

            Mrs. Theodore Johnson has resigned as chief operator at the local Community Telephone Co. exchange. Mrs. Erling Johnson, operator also is resigning.

SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, October 26, 1922

            From work already performed in the park, it appears that the Woman’s Civic club has decided to build a log cabin and have it ready for next season. O.C. Torson has laid the cement foundation and the logs will be laid up this winter.

            Electric consumers leaving town or moving from one location or another must contact Mr. Dewey Bensend, resident manager for the Wisconsin-Minnesota Lights and Power Co., so that meter charges can be read and meters disconnected.

            Miss Bottolfson has a novel way of teaching penmanship in the eighth grade at the Whitehall school. Pupils write to music. The Victrola is regulated to the proper cadence, then the class keeps time to the music in practicing the various drills. The several grades are emphasizing penmanship, for the Palmer Method representatives will inspect our grades this your.

            Within the past week, another carload of Ford automobiles has been unloaded at the Auto Sales garage, and there are still a few in stock. They are taken away almost as fast as the management can supply them.

            Plans are going forward for a big time on Nov. 11, when the Community Hospital will celebrate the fifth anniversary of its opening.

            The schoolhouse is making rapid progress now. The steel arrived the first of the week, and the seven-ton girders were placed in position without mishap or seemingly extra exertion.

            J.C. Wilken has torn down the old Dewey Street Lutheran Church, and on the site of the old place of worship will erect two neat little bungalows.

            The Green Bay and Western Railroad Co. is planning the erection of a shed for a coaling station here.

            Gus Lundstad is excavating under his Dewey Street residence for a full basement, and a furnace will be installed.

            The large barn on the old Hedman farm, now owned by Merton Slette, was destroyed by fire of unknown origin early Wednesday morning, and the entire contents consumed in the blaze. The farm is operated by Richard and Theodore Herman, for whom it is a heavy loss, as they had just started farming the place a year ago.

            H.M. Phillips was the victim of a speeding road hog Saturday afternoon while driving on No. 11 in front of N.L. Fredrickson’s home. The Phillips car was thrown up near the bank and one wheel was completely torn off. Someone suggested that there ought to be a bounty on road hogs, with no closed season.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Thursday, October 21, 1897

            Rev. N.L. Sweet talked temperance to a large house at Temperance Hall near Square Bluff Sunday evening.

            W.G. Fuller and Co. have rented, and are putting a nice stock of groceries into, the Getts building, next door to the bank.

            Foreman Van Horn has put in a substantial crossing south of the D. Wood building, using four-inch bridge timber.

            Wm. M. Rogers of Arcadia has purchased the Blodgett building, corner of Main and Scranton streets, the consideration being $1,781. Huleatt and Ekern will continue to rent the building.

            H.L. Peterson shipped his household goods and departed Thursday with his family for Cando, N.D. Their many friends in this county wish them continued enjoyment in their new place of abode.

            J.H. Pierce of Endfield, Conn., who is looking after his real estate interests in and around Elk Creek, was in town Monday. He will not return home until just before Thanksgiving.

            E.N. Trowbridge has purchased of Richard Mattson the latter’s residence on Main Street, giving in part his two lots on Broadway. The consideration was $1,000.

            The Methodist Episcopal church people have put a new chimney on their building, to be used in case of festivals. Adam Warren put it up.

            Since our last issue, the village board have contracted with the Electric Supply Co. of Madison, to furnish the remainder of the paraphernalia for the electric light plant. This company says that in three weeks from the arrival of the poles, and they are expected daily, the plant will be ready to turn on the light.

            Theodore Hanson, living a couple miles north of this village, committed suicide early last Monday morning by hanging himself in his barn. Domestic infelicity is thought to have unbalanced his mind and driven him to take his life.

            Blair — John Fredrickson took the first prize, a necktie, and Harald Soland the booby prize, a stick of candy, for the best and poorest hemming at the apron social Friday night. John manipulated the needle as deftly as the best-looking lady there, and was the envy of all the young men in town. There are no flies on Fredrickson.

            Independence — Little Albert Tomasoski had his leg broken Tuesday. Dr. Hutchins being out of town, Dr. Hidershide set the fracture.