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TEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, February 23, 1984

            The body of Whitehall resident John Egilson, who disappeared after leaving a downtown bar Jan. 8, was found last week Wednesday when warmer weather melted a snow drift behind the Joe Maldonado home on Dewey St.

            The Trempealeau County board passed a resolution Monday night requiring the county Department of Social Services to provide individual supervisors with the names of residents in their districts who receive general relief.

            The Norse girls completed finished the regular season with a perfect record, and won the Dairyland Conference title, by defeating Cochrane-Fountain City and Alma last week.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, February 22, 1969

            The roof of a dairy barn at the Trempealeau County Health Care Center collapsed Friday morning, apparently due to an approximately two-foot accumulation of snow. Firemen from Independence and Whitehall and other area volunteers worked for over six hours to free about 80 head of cattle trapped in the building

            Trempealeau County Resource Agent Michael Des Parte has proposed applying for a National Museum Foundation grant to restore materials formerly housed in the House of Memories and return them to Whitehall for display in the courthouse.

            The Norse boys clinched at least a share of the Dairyland Conference championship Tuesday night, defeating Cochrane-Fountain City 74-48 behind 23 points from Bob Windjue and 21 from Kurt Stellpflug.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, February 27, 1969

            The board of directors of Tri-County Memorial Hospital announced today that, due to the temporary shortage of medical personnel in the area, it will be necessary to discontinue obstetrical and outpatient services at the hospital as of March 12. This situation is temporary, and full services will be restored as soon as an additional physician is secured for the area.

            The county Department of Social Services has hired Donald Howley, currently a state probation and parole worker in Neillsville, as social worker supervisor effective March 1.

            Ralph Rasmuson scored 35 points to lead the Norsemen to a 70-56 win over Blair Friday. It was the 32nd straight Dairyland Conference win for Whitehall, which won its third consecutive conference title.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday, February 24, 1944

            The 10 o’clock curfew has caused much discussion among the people of the community. The younger people, naturally, feel there should be no curfew. A constructive and interesting discussion was held in school on this problem. Many of the suggestions were reasonable and should be considered. The curfew allows only those 18 and older to remain on the streets after 10 o’clock. Soon many who are 17 will go into the service. If they are old enough to go to war, they are old enough to stay out later. Some students find entertainment in other towns. The younger people must be given something to do now. Other communities have centers for them, and juvenile delinquency is very rare. The curfew should be talked over to see if it is really effective. (From the Whitehall school notes.)

            The humid atmosphere of Sunday night, with the temperature dropping below the freezing point, produced a scene which California and Florida citizens never see. Trees and shrubs were decorated with frost Monday morning in a manner which can be accomplished only by nature. In mid-forenoon the sun broke through, adding brilliance to the “acres of diamonds.”

            The Whitehall Mill and Power Co. has installed a Farrell seed mill at its Main St. feed store, which cleans various grass seeds and grains. R.A. Lamberson was one of the first farmers to take advantage of it, cleaning Vicland seed oats prior to shipment.

            The Whitehall Hatchery, owned by H.J. Holtan, has already started its season’s run, and one incubator was set Feb. 14. Mr. Holtan is redecorating the interior and revarnishing his battery of incubators, and has installed an ultraviolet light, the rays of which kill all bacteria, assuring more healthful chicks. Torval Fremstad and Helmer Jacobson are employed at the hatchery this season.

            Stanley Misch of Winona spent the weekend here with his wife. The past week he was in Adams with the extra gang of the Chicago and Northwestern.

            A valentine party was held at the Northfield school house Monday afternoon. Valentines were handed out, and the teacher, Mrs. Curtis Hoff, treated all the ladies to candy.

            Miss Hazel Nicholas, home economics teacher at Independence, entertained the home economics teachers of the county at supper in that city Saturday evening.

SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, February 27, 1919

            In August 1907, the village board passed an ordinance prohibiting person under 21 years of age from discharging or using air guns, slingshots or other instruments for propelling bullets or missiles on the streets of Whitehall. This ordinance is still in effect and will be enforced.

            Miss Anna Olson of Black River Falls, who was appointed county supervising teacher in place of Miss Paula Toraason, resigned, has declined the position, and the committee has name Miss Tillie Solfest. Miss Solfest will enter upon the work as soon as a teacher is secured to relieve her in her present position at a school in Fly Creek Valley.

            Sleighing is said to be fair, and more snow is falling today. It looks as if we might have “six weeks’ sleighing in March.”

            A jitney dance followed the movies Saturday night. The two-show program leaves little time for dancing without encroaching on the Sabbath.

            An important real estate transaction was consummated here Tuesday when A.V.A. Peterson became the owner of the R.H. Holtan residence property on Dewey St. It is hoped Mr. Holtan will rebuild in Whitehall, as the village’s business and society cannot dispense with this estimable family.

            Tuesday morning, the thermometer dropped to 10 below zero, and many were caught unawares. One of the gas engines of the Pigeon Grain and Stock Co. froze up, and some of the parts were damaged.

            The service flag has been completed. There are 103 blue stars, three silver stars and five gold. Mrs. Chas. Schilke did the work.

            Will Mason of Mason and Scott, ice men, says they have secured their summer’s supply of ice, and the creamery, asylum and meat markets have an abundance. There was quite a scare at one time that there would not be a sufficient quantity, owing to the open season, but the harvest has been abundant.

            An effort is being made to organize a Home Service class in Whitehall under the auspices of the Red Cross. All women and girls who would like to have a better understanding of health precautions and home nursing methods will please attend the meeting in the domestic science rooms March 6.

            Northfield — Hagen and Larson recently installed an electric light plant at the home of Anton Ellingson in Upper Pigeon.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Thursday, February 22, 1894

            Architect Maybury of Winona was in town yesterday and submitted plans and specifications for the new school building.

            The thermometer indicated about 10 below zero the past three mornings. This morning it is 10 above.

            A number in town who are suffering from the effects of vaccination are in doubt as to which is worse, a case of smallpox or the means taken to prevent it.

            Candidates all over the state are looming up for places on the republican ticket. There seems to be no hesitancy in the belief that democrats in the state will be told to take their turkeys and walk next fall.

            A pleasant entertainment was given at Knudt Knudtson’s in Fly Creek Valley Saturday evening. Besides the basket sociable and grab-bag, the company enjoyed a program rendered by Miss Letitia Wright’s scholars, consisting of declamations, readings and singing, with Miss Florence Ecker presiding at the organ.

            Olaf and Rickard Mattson have just completed a handsome bookcase for the Lutheran church in town.

            Elk Creek — Rev. Knudtson held services at the Grange Hall Sunday. The reverend gentlemen roundly denounced the distribution of free-thought documents. He is no admirer of Ingersoll, and warned his audience to take no stock in Bob’s doctrines.

            Hegg — Some of the girls from Boston Corners seem to be kind of down-hearted of late. What the trouble is we know not, though by calling on the city mail carrier it is thought the cause might be learned.

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