TEN YEARS AGO
Thursday, Jan. 14, 1971
There were 33 fewer citizens in Trempealeau County in 1970 than in 1960, according to the final census figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The city of Whitehall grew by 22 persons, while the town of Lincoln decreased by 71. Pigeon Falls had nine fewer residents in 1970 than 10 years ago.
Faith Anne Haukedalen, the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. S. Haukedalen of Whitehall, graduated recently from the United Airlines stewardess training center near Chicago. She has been assigned to the company’s stewardess base at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
Whitehall’s Norsemen maintained their second-place standing in the Dairyland Conference last Friday night, defeating the Cardinals at Eleva-Strum Central 71-41. Jeff Dahl and Fred Thompson poured in 20 and 19 points respectively to lead the Norse, while Doug Knutson added 12.
Hixton held off a last quarter rally by Whitehall to pick up its fourth win against five defeats in IBL play. The 87-86 loss dropped the locals’ record to 6-2. Barry Johnson led Whitehall with 27 points, while Warren Dahl added 19, Jack Hoyer 17 and Brian Nordhagen 10.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO
Thursday, Jan. 13, 1966
A 32- by 62-foot barn and milking house on the John Flikkeshaug farm, located about five miles northeast of Whitehall, was completely destroyed by fire Tuesday evening of last week. The Pigeon Falls Volunteer Fire Department, assisted by the Whitehall VFD tank truck, answered the call, but were unable to halt the blaze, which also destroyed some 3,500 bales of hay and a ton of feed. The loss is estimated at $8,000, and is largely covered by insurance.
There will be a contest for the post of Whitehall mayor on the April ballot. Incumbent Lester Brennom has been challenged by John Taylor.
Approximately 160 residents took advantage of the opening of the rope tow on the Strum ski hill over the past weekend. The facilities are sponsored by the Viking Ski Club of Strum.
Poison bait for the control of rats will be placed at the Whitehall city dump this weekend by professional exterminators. Residents are warned to keep children and pets away from the area for at least two weeks.
The Norsemen earned a share of a three-way tie for second in the Dairyland Conference by beating Independence 87-51 Friday night at Independence. Keith Johnson led the Norse with 19 points, while Bruce Ausderau added 15, John Everson 14 and Barry Johnson 13.
Norse wrestlers came back from a 22-9 deficit to tie Cochrane-Fountain City 22-22 and tie C-FC and Osseo for first in the conference. The locals came back on pins by Al Mattson and Dave “Tiny” Thompson and a decision by Bill Nelson.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Thursday, Jan. 19, 1956
History will be made next week when the local telephone exchange is switched over to the new automatic dial system. After that there will be no telephone girls to get your number for you — you’ll have to dial them yourself. Whitehall is the first exchange in the county to have the automatic system.
At 2 o’clock next Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Clarence Kaas will throw the switch and cut into operation all the new telephones that have recently been installed in the city.
News reached Arcadia last Wednesday afternoon that a Milwaukee company has decided to settle in that city for the purpose of manufacturing wooden structures with a plastic covering. About 75 people will be employed at the new plant, which will be built on city-owned property and should be ready for occupancy June 1.
Abner Thompson, owner of the new Shell station, will serve coffee, donuts and cookies at his grand opening this Saturday.
Charles Copeland of Clayton has been engaged as science teacher at Whitehall High School for the second semester, succeeding Colonel Larson, who has resigned to go on the road with S.A. Paulus Assembly Programs of Chicago.
H.A. Lewis of the state Public Service Commission presided at hearings at the county courthouse Wednesday morning on the joint applications of the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railroad and the Railway Express Agency to discontinue service to the village of Eleva.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
Thursday, Jan. 15, 1931
An explosion from an unknown cause in the M.N. Dyste garage at Arcadia Friday afternoon started a fire which destroyed the large two-story brick structure, three new Ford cars and 18 stored cars plus a large stock of accessories.
Tracy Briggs and Leonard Knudtson of Whitehall made an excellent showing at the poultry show in Galesville last week. They had 12 birds entered and won 12 prizes.
Whitehall High School students and faculty were grieved to learn Monday of the sudden death of Ralph Roseth, a freshman who had been with them on Jan. 8, but by Jan. 12 had passed away from an illness which started as a cold and developed into an ear infection.
The athletic association of Whitehall High School, through the efforts of promoter R.L. McCornack, Coach Tealey and Manager Guse, sponsored a boxing exhibition in the high school gym. The main feature of the evening was a three-round sparring bout between Henry Knutson and Alvin Anderson, both of Blair.
Two Winona men escaped injury when the truck they were driving, loaded with crates of live poultry, skidded and overturned one and one-half miles east of Independence Tuesday morning.
The W.H.S. cage team lost its second game of the Trempealeau Valley Conference to Hixton last Friday night by a score of 17 to 13. The loss put Whitehall in fourth place, with Hixton second and Blair the undefeated champions currently. Blair will be at Whitehall Friday night, and judging from games played in recent years, this tilt without question will be the most sensational of the season.
SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
Thursday, Jan. 18, 1906
A Whitehall brigade of some 16 shovelers cleared the highway on the Letson hill of snowbanks Saturday. Tally one for the enterprise of Whitehall citizens.
John Marsolek says the highways in his district of Lincoln township had to be plowed out last Tuesday and a road grader was used for the purpose, it requiring six horses to successfully operate the machinery.
During the past 48 hours several more inches of snow fell, which drifted considerably. Today the sun is shining and the weather is fine. There is no mistake about this being a typical Badger winter.
A ski club of 20 members has been organized in the village, with the following officers: Lewis Brennom, president; Ben Lingjerde, secretary and L.L. Solsrud, treasurer. Some exciting races are looked for, as there are a few experts among the members of the club.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Thursday, Jan. 20, 1881
When will the cold boom give us a rest? The temperature has ranged from 20 below to 40 below for the past 10 days.
The Coral City mill has changed hands, and is now owned and run by A.S. Swarthout of Sparta.
The Colorado fever is dying away, not one in two of those who said they were going will muster up courage enough to go. It is a hard thing to say good-bye to your wife and little ones, or sweetheart, as the case may be, and go out amongst the blood-drinking Utes and get your hair mussed up, and perhaps attend club dances entirely different from the peaceful ones which are held here every other Thursday.
The sale of the Green Bay railroad is advertised to take place in Milwaukee today, to satisfy a judgment obtained a year or two ago.
Trains on the Green Bay road have been from one to four hours late during the week owing to snow blockades to the east.