TEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, July 5,1979

            Trempealeau County must either update its jail facilities or face the possibility of prisoner lawsuits and mandatory closing, a national corrections specialist told county board members and other local officials during a meeting held last week at the courthouse.

            Reductions in gasoline allocations from suppliers, combined with high summer demand, have caused many area service stations to close on weekends. Several dealers reported that they were nearly out of gas.

            Trempealeau County Sheriff's Deputy Duane Stoner has been awarded a distinguished service plaque by county board for acts of heroism. Stoner tackled an armed Galesville-area man during a domestic disturbance earlier this year.

            Eric Ringlien last week Wednesday became the first Norse pitcher in two years to throw a no-hitter, as he blanked Alma Center Lincoln 2-0. Ringlien struck out 12 and walked one.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, July 4, 1974

            Arthur Gunderson was re-elected president of the Whitehall district school board Monday night by a four to three margin over Leonard Ellison. The vote was the first challenge to an incumbent school board president in recent years.

            Bernice Larson has sold the York grocery store and tavern that she and her husband, Tom, opened in 1936. Rodney and Joanne Steig have purchased the business effective July 1.

            Lucille Holmes of rural Eleva has announced her candidacy for the 31st District State Senate seat on the Democratic ballot.

            Whitehall has another ball field, thanks to the efforts of the Whitehall Lions, the Keenan Ford softball team and other volunteers. The new field, located in the new city park, was ready this week for softball and Little League baseball.

            Les Berg and Fred Ackley tripled, and Mike Lyga tossed a three-hitter, as the Norsemen beat Augusta 14-2 and improved their record to 5-6.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, July 9, 1964

            This your vacation issue of The Whitehall Times. The contents are primarily of a vacation nature, representing our second annual attempt at such an issue. It was pre-printed the weekend of June 27 and held for regular Thursday delivery this week. The Times' office has been closed for a week's vacation since July 3. We'll be open for "business as usual" on Monday, July 13.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday, July 6, 1939

            An extra lighted bandstand has been erected in front of the bandstand on the Village Hall square, to provide adequate space for the 40 to 50 members of the Whitehall High School band who perform concerts every Saturday night.

            A favorite resting place is the platform east of the freight depot, under a soft maple tree whose spreading branches provide shade from the hot sun. During the summer months, it is frequently used by local people and also by scores of travelers who make their way up and down the Trempealeau Valley on Green Bay freight trains. The tree was planted about 40 years ago by the late P.A. Van Horn, who was then section boss on the railroad. Phyn spaded up the sapling east of town one day when he and his crew were returning, and planted it by the depot.

            The building at the rear of the Isaac Nelson block was recently sold by August Ringstad to Emil Resig, proprietor of the Whitehall bakery. Mr. Resig plans to convert it into a residence.

            Palmer Hagen, bulk station manager for the Cities Service Oil Co., has a garden, from which on June 30 he took potatoes as large as your fist. That is, if your fist isn't too large.

            Norman Hinkley, 23, of Port Edwards, has been engaged to fill the vacancy in the teaching staff at Whitehall High School. He will teach music, citizenship and geography.

            The Works Progress Administration project on the Whitehall Ski Club hill was completed last week. The club now owns a property which should serve it for years to come without the outlay of much cash for upkeep.

            W.C. Thompson, Lincoln farmer, brought two six and a half foot stalks of hybrid corn to town last week, displaying one at The Times office and the other at the Whitehall bakery. The ears were already beginning to develop. Verily, Wisconsin will soon be The Corn State, instead of Iowa.

            The A.M. Hagen family moved from the E.C. Getts residence Saturday to the G.M. Steig house on Abrams St, which was vacated at the end of the school year by the R.B. Martin family. The Martins are staying with family in Minneapolis now, and on their return will occupy the residence being built on Park Dr. by Burr Tarrant.

SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, July 9, 1914

            Moving pictures Friday night.

            Carpenter work on the new depot was begun this week.

            Edison four-minute amberol records. A big shipment just arrived. Kongsgaard Drug Co.

            Anton and Albert Fremstad of Pigeon have bought a 12 horsepower gasoline engine for ensilage cutting and other farm use.

            The Luther College concert band of Decorah, Ia., which toured Norway this summer, will give to concerts in Whitehall the latter part of July. The band is well known over the northwest and is considered one of the best college bands in the country.

            Anton Davidson had the basement completed for a new residence on his farm in Ervin Coulee, the dimensions of which are 26 by 36 feet.

            Ben Pahnke and wife of Winona spent the Fourth with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Gilbertson of Ervin Coulee. Mr. Gilbertson lost his farm barn on the Fourth by boys setting it on fire while celebrating with firecrackers. The loss is about $500, with no insurance.

            Whitehall was represented at Arcadia on the Fourth in no uncertain sound, our people going down by train and by auto. Tickets to the number of 350 were sold here and a big train-load from different adjoining towns made up the delegation to our sister village on the occasion. The Whitehall bands furnished music for the event, and those in attendance from this section report a big celebration and a gala day.

            Blair — Blueberry excursions are the order. The bluffs are fairly blue with the fruit.

            Blair — A little misunderstanding occurred on the evening of the Fourth that resulted in Hulbert having Phillips arrested. When Phillips had a hearing he was discharged and the colored gentleman, Hulbert, was arrested.

            Independence — A fire consumed the buildings occupied by the J.C. Taylor drug store and the A. Garthus general store. The fire was caused by lightning, which struck the rear chimney of the Garthus building and passed into the store, setting the whole interior ablaze before an alarm was sounded. Most of Taylor's stock was saved, but Garthus’ loss was between $4,000 and $5,000, with an insurance of $3,000.

            Hale — School in district number four, taught by Hattie Wheeler of Sumner, closed Friday.

            Pigeon Falls — The Whitehall band boys celebrated the Fourth in Mads Knudtson's grove near here. The speeches were the best on the creek, and were given by T.H. Earle, J.D. Olds and H.A. Anderson. Though the speakers all did well, Mr. Anderson's address is especially spoken of in high praise. We shall hear from Mr. Anderson as the years roll by.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Thursday, July 4, 1889

            The Fourth.

            Celebrate today.

            Summer weather, indeed. The song of the mower is heard in the land.

            Several of our citizens have recently purchased county rights for different patent articles.

            Potato bugs and chinch bugs are among the pests that were here. They are doing no damage in this locality this season.

            John O. Melby's semi-annual banking statement shows a healthy and prosperous condition of things.

            An excursion train will leave Whitehall this morning for Winona; returning, will leave Arcadia at 7:30 p.m. Fare to Arcadia and return, 45 cents. Take in the excursion.

            There is no eagle screaming in Whitehall today, and our villagers are assisting their neighbors to properly observe the greatest of our national holidays, some going to Blair, Osseo and Arcadia, while others are quietly picnicking in the beautiful groves near home.

            Mr. P.A. Williams says that present appearances indicate that his blackberry garden will yield a bountiful crop of berries this season, not withstanding the late frosts that did considerable damage. This will be good news to our people, and especially so from the fact that the strawberry and blueberry yield is comparatively nothing in this locality.

            Mrs. L.H. Whitney and Mrs. Luzerne Weeks met with an accident last week while driving in a carriage. The horse shied, tipping the vehicle over and throwing the ladies out. Mrs. Weeks was caught in the buggy top and dragged some distance, when the top broke, releasing her from the perilous position. She was picked up insensible, but not seriously injured. Mrs. Whitney escaped with slight bruises.