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TEN 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.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, September 23, 1976

            Tri-County Memorial Nursing Home is currently operating without any full-time doctors on its staff, and finding new physicians for the local health care facility was the main topic of discussion at the hospital’s Sept. 15 annual meeting.

            The future of the Golden Age Home in Whitehall may depend on a hearing, to be held by the Western Wisconsin Health Planning Organization, on a proposal by owner Marlys Griffiths to build a new nursing home in Pigeon Falls.

            The Norsemen set a school scoring record Friday night, pummeling Alma Center Lincoln 85-6. Starters Gary Johnson and Kevin Giese ran for two touchdowns apiece, but Whitehall also got a couple TD runs from freshman Randy Berg, as second- and third-stringers played most of the last three quarters.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, September 29, 1966

            The first killing frost of the season arrived here Sunday night. Flowers and garden vegetables were nipped by the 28-degree temperature, and lawns were white with frost in the early morning.

            Dr. and Mrs. C.F. Meyer and Rick, a senior at Whitehall High, are now residing in the new home they have built on Sunset Blvd. Dr. Meyer will continue to practice in Independence, but the family moved here so the doctor could be closer to the hospital.

            Janet Everson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roderick Everson and a senior at Whitehall High, has been named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

            Mike Teigen and Bruce Ausderau scored two touchdowns apiece as the Norsemen defeated Augusta 31-7 and improved to 2-1 in Dairyland Conference play and 2-2 overall.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday, September 25, 1941

            Preliminary steps for changing Whitehall from a village to a fourth-class city are practically accomplished. It will be necessary for the village board to take formal action, and decide whether the city will be composed of three or four wards.

            A scare spread through the community Saturday when it was feared that Gaylord, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. George Stuve of Lincoln, had contracted sleeping sickness. He was rushed to the isolation hospital in La Crosse Friday evening, but tests showed that he had nothing worse than stomach flu.

            Archery is becoming a popular sport in Whitehall, and several of the older boys are equipped with bows and arrows and are developing their skills in handling this ancient weapon. One of the boys, H.M. De Bow, learned while practicing over the weekend that wearing a fore-in-hand tie conflicts with archery. Kooch’s tie became caught in the arrow as he released his 60-pound bow, causing his head to snap back and his eyes to bulge out, according to Lee Johnson, who was with him at the time.

            Clerk of Court Clarence Johnson submitted the high bid for the Mrs. Fred Beach residence, and will become owner of the property as soon as the legal transfer can be made. The Johnson family is at present living in the Vold residence on Dewey St.

            Ernest Rasmussen will represent Trempealeau County in the four-county contour-plowing contest to be held near Alma Saturday.

            Horace Grover is assisting Lewis Hanson in his Main St. filling station.

            Oswald Klomsten, mechanic at the Auto Sales Co. garage, who has a reputation for being a skillful fisherman, went down on the Trempealeau River north of the Asylum Sunday and succeeded in landing a northern pike that measured 38 inches in length and weighed 11 and a half pounds.

            Superintendent G.C. Boll and family moved last week from their home on Park Drive to the Ray Ringstad residence on Main St. Charles Simmons and wife moved into the residence vacated by the Bolls.

            Arcadia scored touchdowns on a run by Reedy and on a pass from Sobotta to Peterson, and went on to defeat Whitehall 32 to 6 in the opening conference game of the season. The local’s lone touchdown came in the third period on a wide end sweep by Laverne Nelson.

SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Thursday, September 28,1916

            The much talked of sale of the lots in the Oak Park addition to Whitehall was held Monday. The bidding was far more spirited than anyone in town could expect, and reasonable prices were realized on nearly all the lots; H.I. Everson was the first purchaser, taking five lots for $110 each. The Whitehall concert band was on the grounds all day long and furnished music for the throng that attended the sale.

            About 130 area residents of Norwegian descent attended the Sondfjordlag held Sunday at Jens Vosseteig’s beautiful grove about a mile east of Pigeon Falls.

            Otis Hutchins has enrolled as a student at Beloit College.

            The dance at the Village Hall Monday evening was called off at an early hour for lack of a crowd. Everyone was too tired from attending the sale to dance all night.

            A.J. Lamberson’s team ran away Friday afternoon while hitched to a wagon with a hayrack. The horses, which were frightened when Raymond hung his coat on the standard, covered two miles at top speed and came down Main St. to Dewey St. where they turned, but not enough, straddling a telephone pole with sufficient force to break one of the cross arms.

            The highway leading east from Beach’s corner to the end boundary of the village will hereafter be called Ervin St., in honor of Mr. Ervin, who was the first settler on the farm, now owned by N.L. Fredrickson, which abuts it on the south.

            Arthur Wright has closed a deal with the Park Brewing Co. of Winona, whereby he becomes the owner of the Best Hotel, the hostelry of which he has been lessee and proprietor for the past two years. Ten years ago the restaurant business in Whitehall was a poor proposition, but Mr. Wright has built up a patronage that has warranted him buying the building.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Thursday, September 24, 1891

            A Chautauqua circle has been organized in the village, and will commence reading Oct. 1. Any desiring to join the circle should inquire of H.A. Anderson immediately. The move is a commendable one, and the benefits of the course are worth striving for.

            The fifth-annual fair of the Trempealeau County Industrial, Agricultural and Driving Park Association, held on the grounds in this village, beginning Tuesday and ending today, was a success from opening to close.

            J.W. Wall of Ettrick, who was hunting the mule traded off by his ward last week, found the horse jockey at Neillsville, who, having disposed of the animal, settled with Mr. Wall by returning him a horse and $15.

            Hon. P. Ekern’s teams are hauling lumber shipped here for the addition to his flouring mill at Pigeon Falls.

            A.L. Solberg of French Creek was in town last Friday with a load of fine grapes, of the Concord variety. They were large and luscious, and found ready sale.

            Chris Everson, living two miles south of the village, lost six large, fat hogs last Saturday. He was driving them to town for shipment when they began to lagger, owing to the extreme heat. They were left in the highway and died while returning home.

            Mrs. R.A. Odell, who spent the month taking hot sun and dust baths in the ancient town of Tucson, down near the Mexican border, for the benefit of her health, returned home Saturday, perfectly disgusted with the city as a health-giving resort. She says one can form no just opinion of the Arizona climate with its atmospherical changes from reading the papers published there, or from conversation with its inhabitants.

 

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