TEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, September 25, 1986

            Heavy weekend rains, coming on the heels of a two-week period of wet weather, caused some of the worst flooding in the Trempealeau River valley in more than a decade. Between four to six feet of water was going over the Pigeon Creek milldam at Pigeon Falls Monday morning.

            The last of the six men involved in the Aug. 31 escape from the Trempealeau County Jail to be captured, Van Roy Adams, was arrested in Madison last week.

            Eleva-Strum Central scored with just under four minutes remaining to beat the Norse 21-14, handing them their first loss of the season.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, September 24, 1981

            Most Whitehall merchants are upbeat about business here, despite the fact that the number of empty (or soon to be) storefronts in the downtown has quadrupled in the past month. Hilgart's Family Clothing went out of business last month, Sandbergen's Lumber and Supply closed its doors last week, and the Farmer Store is currently undergoing an inventory liquidation sale and getting ready to shut down.

            The Trempealeau County board of supervisors last week Wednesday approved Board Chairman Bob Boland's nomination of Norman Amundson to replace the late Ernest Halama as District Four supervisor.

            Negotiators for the Whitehall Teachers Association and the district school board held a final face-to-face bargaining session Thursday, in a last attempt to reach agreement before teacher contract talks went to arbitration. Some movement by both sides was reported, but the contract still may have to be settled by an outside arbitrator.

            Greg Thorson and Jeff Zeller combined for a touchdown pass, and each ran for TD, as the Norse blanked Melrose-Mindoro 34-0, Whitehall's third shutout win in as many games.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, September 30, 1971

            Men and equipment from the C.J. Woychik Construction Co. were removing the old swimming pool last week, preparatory to construction of the new Olympic-sized pool that will open on the same site next spring.

            John Preston, a native of the Hixton area, is the new principal and sixth-grade teacher at Sunset Elementary School.

            Augusta trampled the Norsemen 34-0 last week. Whitehall faces Blair, the only other winless team in the Dairyland Conference, Friday night.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday, September 26, 1946

            The dispute between the Whitehall local of American Federation of Labor and the Land O’ Lakes Dairy Co. at this place was settled Monday without a strike, according to Roy Huitfeldt, manager of the plant.

            The change in the weather over the weekend was a grim reminder that fall is with us again, not only officially. While this area had very pleasant, sunshiny weather the past two weeks, rain fell Sunday afternoon and night, and then again Monday.

            Blair will have its annual Egg Festival this year on Saturday, Oct. 5, with a calf show as an added attraction in place of the horse show featured in former years, according to County Agent T.C. Main.

            Solveig Ambli of Whitehall won the first price of $5 at the rope-spinning contest held at the new Fall Theatre in Black River Falls Saturday. Mary Mattson won second price, and Susan Bensend won the prize as the best-dressed cowgirl.

            Dr. R.L. MacCornack was the toastmaster at the banquet held at the Walgert Hotel Friday, which closed the season for the Men’s Golf Club.

            Tom Fremstad has sold the former McGowan house on Blair Street to Jacob Engevold, who moved his family into the downstairs apartment the first of the week. The Gunder Solsrud family continue to occupy the second floor of the house. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Spangberg, who had occupied the first floor, moved into the Mrs. August Knudtson house on Dewey Street.

            Mr. and Mrs. Oluf Hagen of Pigeon have sold their 75-acre farm to Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Olson of Holmen. Mr. and Mrs. will move to the home they purchased from L.J. Schansberg on Hwy. 53 north of Whitehall.

            Will Kulig of Maule Coulee was in town Monday, and stated that he had started harvesting his corn that day. Will has 25 acres of corn, and it is not only a very good stand, but is ripe.

            Clifford Fremstad of Pigeon Falls is convalescing satisfactorily from the accident which cost him part of his left thumb Thursday, when his wet glove became caught in the gears while feeding corn into the silo filler at the Orville Nereng farm.

            Rain canceled the game at Melby Park Sunday between Whitehall and Bi-State League champions Independence, turning home what could have been the largest crowd of the season. Independence drew more than 1,000 spectators at its last championship game against Winona, and the Cubs drew 1,500 against Winona at Arcadia.

SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, September 29, 1921

            The courthouse lawn looks fine. The trees have been trimmed this week, and that adds much to the beauty of the grounds.

            John Beatty, section foreman, who was thrown from the speeder and injured some weeks ago, is around again, and feeling as well as before his encounter with the gasoline flyer.

            B.A. Severson of Blair, Hans Anderson and A.W. Mahlum of Ettrick purchased Delco Light plants from Mason and Olson last week.

            C.B. Melby, F.D. Hopkins and Sheriff Erickson returned Saturday from a three-day hunt near Babcock. It was three days of real sport, as the restrictions on prairie chicken hunting have deprived sportsmen of this pleasure. There were but five open days this year, but they were taken advantage of by all those who enjoy hunting this kind of game bird.

            George Lamberson has rented his farm for the coming year to Forrest Cornwell.

            Clare Van Sickle was the lucky holder of a raffle ticket at Trempealeau that drew a pony, cart, harness and saddle. He sold the outfit to Art Kins, who bought them for his little boy.

            Lillian Stendahl of Pigeon went to Onalaska Wednesday, where she will be employed.

            Mrs. Even Finstad of this village received from Mrs. Hans Lovlien of Silverton, Ore., last Monday, a large box of plums which had been raised on the Lovlien farm.

            Mr. and Mrs. Peter Norland have returned from Norway, where they visited Mrs. Norland’s people. It is 15 years since Mrs. Norland was at her childhood home, and 33 since Mr. Norland was there. 

            A.M. Thompson of Hale received a check last week for $84 from the Woodmen Accident Co. of Lincoln, Neb., as full payment of his claim for injuries received July 6 in a runaway accident on his farm.

            York — Hjalmer Sveum sold his garage business here to Theo Larson Saturday. The blacksmith, Mr. Nyseth, and his brother have rented the repair part and will commence work there Monday. Mr. Sveum has rented a garage at Black River Falls and expects to start business there immediately. We all wish him success.

            Pleasantville — Schroeder and Dahl are hulling clover in this vicinity.

            York — The York Power Co. is doing considerable work on the dam, filling in and fixing it in good order.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Thursday, September 24, 1896

            A Democratic county convention and a Free Silver mass convention, two separate aggregations, are called to meet at Weir’s Hall, Independence, tomorrow to nominate county tickets. There will of course be a coalition at this meeting, as it is not reasonable to presume that they are called to meet at the same time and place by mere chance.

            W.H. Stallings has purchased of Mrs. Geo. Quackenbush the lot adjoining his property on the south, upon which he will erect another tenement house. He has already replaced the old sidewalk with new and otherwise beautified the property. He is entitled to much credit for his enterprise in assisting to build up the village.

            The Alfred Vivian elocutionary entertainment at Opera Hall Friday evening was good. The readings should have been more largely attended.

            H.A. Anderson, who has spent several months in the West, returned Monday, looking hale and hearty and glad to get back from those arid regions.

            The ladies of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union will give a white ribbon tea in the Methodist Episcopal Church parlors next Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Supper, 15 cents. Everybody invited.

            On the fourth page may be found the first installment of Sen. Nelson’s political speech delivered at Blair on Sept. 17. We are in hopes of giving our readers the rest of it next week. There is food for reflection in it. Preserve it.

            Pigeon Falls — The mill is now in running order and feed can be ground a great deal more rapidly than with the old-fashioned burrs. A grist will be ready a few minutes after being delivered.

            Blair — Albert Halvorson, the veteran hay presser, has commenced the season’s work for H.E. Getts and Son of Whitehall. At present, however, he is laid up with a severe attack of pleurisy.

            Pigeon Falls — General approval is expressed throughout this town with the selection of nominees for county officers, and Pigeon can be counted on for a good Republican majority this fall.

            Ettrick — Sam Lequied, while hauling lumber for the new Hegg school house, fell from his load, the wheel running over his head and fracturing it in two places.