TEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 24, 1973

            At its May meeting last week, the Whitehall district school board tightened its rules on board members doing business with the school district. Board attorney LaVern Kostner presented an opinion stating that it was a violation of those rules for board president Art Gunderson’s dealership to sell the district a pickup truck every year and buy it back at substantially the same price.

            The board of education will hold two public meetings later this month to hear comments from district residents on the operation of the schools.

            Trempealeau County District Attorney Roman Feltes has announced that charges of disorderly conduct with intent to annoy another by making a phone call filed against Cornell Hagen have been dropped. The charge grew out of an incident involving Whitehall policeman John Sikora.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 23, 1968

            That the Whitehall school district board must plan a building program to relieve crowded conditions at Memorial High, and to provide space for curriculum improvements, was reiterated at the May meeting Monday night. The board will tour the area June 4 to learn if acceptable sites for a building are available.

            The Trempealeau County Board of Supervisors, at a special session Thursday, voted to have the county join the Vocational Technical and Adult Education District Two. The district would also include La Crosse, Buffalo, Monroe, Jackson and Vernon counties.

            Four vacancies still remain on the' school district faculty after the school board hired five new teachers: Mrs. Carl Bong, girls’ phy ed; Bradley Sherman, social studies and coach; LeRoy Kopecky, social studies and coach; David Schaefer, chemistry and biology; and Sharon Lowry, English.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 23, 1958

            The Whitehall city council awarded the contract for the new city sewage disposal plant to Durand Construction Co. of Spooner, which submitted the low bid of $186,899. The contract for installing sanitary and storm sewers went to Pientok Construction of Independence.

            Several municipalities in Trempealeau County have joined together to challenge Whitehall’s appeal of a tax ruling in the Land O’ Lakes assessment case. A circuit court ruling last year set the local plant’s valuation lower than the city claimed, and the other county municipalities will challenge Whitehall’s request to the state to reduce the assessment to the level set by the court.

            Harold Everson became only the third golfer in the 35-year history of the Whitehall course to score a hole-in-one last Thursday night. He is the first to record an ace on No. 3 since the new addition was completed last year.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 25, 1933

            O.B. Borsheim, former president of the Home Bank of Blair, was fined $150 and $154 in court costs Monday afternoon by Judge Cowie. Borsheim was charged with accepting deposits for the bank when he knew the institution was insolvent.

            There is some probability that the state legislature will authorize a concrete project on Hwy. No. 53, extending from the concrete west of Osseo south for a distance of 15 miles, The Times has learned.

            Thirty-nine seniors will be graduated from Whitehall High School during ceremonies Sunday night. Norma Brennom will present the salutatory, and Lorayne Hanson the valedictory.

            The Whitehall Ski and Soccer Club team won its opening match of the season Sunday, defeating the La Crosse Teachers College team 7 to 2. Chris Berg had one goal, and Rudy Gunderson six, for the locals.

SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 28, 1908

            The season for catching pike, pickerel and bass opened Monday.

            Corn planting on heavy ground has been delayed by wet weather.

            Morris Evenson of Pigeon Falls is building a cement silo, O.C. Torson doing the work.

            The local baseball team locked horns with the Independence nine on the latter’s home grounds Sunday, and was defeated by a score of 6 to 2.

            Teacher — Would a proposition to lighten your labor and increase your salary interest you? Write Brandrup and Nettleton Business College, Winona, Minn.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Thursday, May 31, 1883

            The sporting men of the village attended the races at Independence Saturday, and report a fast time.

            The trout streams of this section fairly swarmed with fishermen last Sunday. A large number of trout was hooked, some of which weighed over a pound and a half.

            Farmers all have their grain in the ground. The village market is somewhat brightened and the streets present a more attractive appearance now that they are disposing of last season’s crops. The grain is principally oats, selling for 32 cents.

            George Quackenbush and Lawyer Allen have each a riding pony. The other day they had a race up Main Street, and while on the way got to quarreling about which was going the fastest. When they “went under the wire,” Quackenbush was half a neck ahead of Allen, who got mad and claimed that Quackenbush crowded him off the track. George laughed and pacified O.J. with the consoling jeer that he could give him 10 rods at the start in a mile race and then beat him. Money is liable to change hands, as both parties are “gritty and well-heeled.”