TEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, October 13, 1977

            The city council Tuesday night approved the annexation to the city of about 100 acres of the Doug Kopp farm, located on the west side of town.

            Circuit Judge Thomas Barland last week denied a petition filed by builder Jerry Goehner that would have compelled the city to allow him to build a home on a lot less than 100 feet in width.

            Randy Eide rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown Friday night, as the Norsemen defeated Blair 14-0 on a rain-soaked Sunset Field.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO

Thursday, Oct. 12, 1972

            After the first bargaining session in five weeks with school board representatives, the Whitehall Teachers Association broke off negotiations and declared an impasse. The main point of contention was the so-called “maintenance of standards” clause the teachers had sought, but the two sides also disagreed over pay increments for credits beyond a bachelor’s degree, grievance procedures and a 12th “step” on the seniority scale.

            A group of young county Republicans showed their support for Assemblyman Alan Robertson Saturday by walking from Blair to Osseo to raise money for his campaign.

            The Whitehall Norsemen rolled up 346 yards in total offense as they defeated Blair 36-0 Friday night. Gary Larson gained more than half of that total, rushing for 180 yards and two touchdowns as the Norse overcame six turnovers and shut out the Cardinals. Arnie Johnson threw touchdown passes to Dave Pientok and Roger Johnson, and Jerry Kopp scored the other TD on a run.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Oct. 18, 1962

            Three 1962 Gale-Ettrick High graduates combined judging skills to win first place in the national Future Farmers of America livestock judging contest at Kansas City, Mo. The team of Donald Daffinson, Gary Nelsestuen and Kenneth Komperud was coached by J.O. Beadle, vocational agriculture teacher and FFA adviser.

            The house formerly owned by Miss Gena Marking was moved from its location south of the Tri-County Memorial Hospital to the Melvin Severson farm near Coral City. It was sold in order to make space available for the hospital that will be erected south and west of the present building, the construction of which hospital is scheduled to start next spring.

            Sunday was a festive day at the Centerville Curling Club. Hundreds of curlers and their friends participated in a day of fun and also helped the club financially. Barbequed chicken prepared by Henry Lovig and bratwurst sandwiches satisfied the appetites of many. Many prizes were given away, which included apples, turkeys and chicken and a large beef as the top prize of the day.

            Mrs. Irene Megrath announces this week that her Modern Beauty Shop is now open in new quarters at her home on Ervin Street, near the Garden Motel. The shop was formerly located in the rear of the Sletteland Building in downtown Whitehall.

            Barbara Przybilla, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Przybilla, and David Schank, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Schank, reigned as queen and king during Homecoming festivities at Arcadia High School Thursday and Friday. 

            T/Sgt. and Mrs. John Gardner and children were Sunday guests at the Fred Gardner home in Whitehall. The Gardners have just returned home from England, where he had been stationed three years with the Air Force. From here they will go to Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he will be stationed.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Oct. 14, 1937

            The dredging of Lake Marinuka at Galesville is completed, according to Joe Onsrud, supervisor, who was at Whitehall Monday. 

            Miss Alice Scherr of Caledonia, who graduated in nurses’ training at the Milwaukee County Hospital, is now stationed in the nurses’ home at Carroll College, Waukesha.

            Galesville had a notable visitor when Mrs. Bertha Frothingham Shivler of Charles City, Iowa, accompanied by Mrs. Ernest Haufberg, also of that city, arrived for a visit. Mrs. Shivler is the daughter of the Rev. John Frothingham, first installed pastor of the Galesville Presbyterian congregation. Mrs. Shivler was 12 years old when the family left Galesville, but she could recollect many things that happened while the church building was being erected. The visitors also visited the site of the Frothingham’s first house, but all that remains are the stone doorsteps.

            Mrs. Lizzie Gilbertson returned to her home at Pleasantville Sunday after an extended visit with friends and relatives at Hammond, Ind., Calumet City and Winona, Minn.

            Mrs. Melvin Hanson and daughter, Mrs. Clifford Berge of Pigeon Falls visited the former’s mother, Mrs. Christina Dettinger of Northfield, last week.

            Mavis Torgerson, a student nurse at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, was a weekend guest at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Sletteland at Pigeon Falls. She was joined by her mother, Mrs. Ed Torgerson of Darlington, who remained for a longer visit.

            H.H. Van Gorden shipped out two cars of oats this week, the first oats that he has shipped from Whitehall in two years. This indicates that the grain yield this season was better than during the two previous years.

            Arcadia Postmaster Albert Hess departed Wednesday from St. Paul, Minn., on a trip to the Pacific coast. The main purpose of his trip is to attend the national convention of postmasters at San Francisco, Calif., next week. A special train, which will run in several sections, will carry the postmasters to their destination.

SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Oct. 17, 1912

            Recital at Whitehall’s Opera Hall tonight.

            Peter Thompson sold his French Creek farm to Frederick Sven and will move from the place and buy a farm nearer the schoolhouse in that community.

            Mrs. McCreery of Green Bay gave an evening talk at the public square in Galesville on woman’s suffrage. She was accompanied by Judge Robert Cowie of Whitehall, who introduced her.

            G.W. Briggs and wife of Hale returned Monday from a visit at La Crosse and Onalaska.

            Compositor, male or female, wanted on The Times-Banner. Address J.B. Beach, Whitehall, Wis.

            J.E. Rhode and wife of Whitewater came Tuesday to visit the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Ingalls.

            About thirty Knights of Columbus, a good many of whom were accompanied by their ladies, took the special train from Arcadia to Winona, Minn., where they joined the Knights of that city on a trip to La Crosse, where a joint initiation of new members was held. The affair closed with a fine banquet in the evening and our people arrived home Monday, having had a royal good time.

            William Sawyer of Ettrick have taken over the North Bend hotel. The building was erected by Tremain Birchard, brother of Harrison Birchard of Galesville, about the year 1867.

            A surprise party was given James McKivergin last Saturday evening by a number of his schoolmates and friends. The time was pleasantly spent dancing and playing games.

            Judge R.S. Cowie, J.C. Southworth and G.S. Rice were among those from Whitehall in attendance at the Jackson County Fair at Black River Falls Thursday. They report a big crowd.

            Walter Duxbury of Blair is in the employ of an Eau Claire publishing firm, and will spend the winter canvassing in the south.

            Independence — The contract for the bridge across Plum Creek near Ed Larson’s place was awarded to Claude Everson by the county bridge committee this week.

            Pigeon Falls — Mrs. Olaf Mosbo and little son Ingolf, of Rembrandt, Ia., arrived last week to visit at the home of her mother, Mrs. Em. Christophersen.

            Trempealeau — Mrs. Mary Pierce left Thursday for Vancouver, Wash., where she will spend the winter with her son.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Thursday, Oct. 13, 1887

            Cattle are restrained in the village.

            A little girl with a short dress and a bustle is a walking advertisement of the fact that her mother lacks good sense.

            The pickpockets reaped a rich harvest at Milwaukee last week during the president’s visit. The thieves had a special penchant for diamonds. They follow in the wake of the presidential party.

            Miss Mary Allen desires to announce to her lady friends that she has just received her stock of fall and winter millinery goods. These goods were bought for cash, and those who patronize Miss Allen can obtain any style desired at the lowest price.

            Brother Camp asserts that a man in his section brought into The Blade office 20 potatoes of the Early Rose and Snowflake varieties that weighed 15 pounds. This is pretty good, but C.A. Sherwood, who lives right here at the “hub,” exhibited at The Times office yesterday 20 potatoes that weighed 22 1/2 pounds. They were of the Mayflower variety. There is no use decrying the Mayflower.

            Judge B.F. Heuston, of Winona, is in the village this week gathering data from the county records for his history of Trempealeau County.

            Our Blair correspondent gives a graphic description of the murder of Carl Mattison of Preston by Gustav Heiberg on Oct. 7.

            Hale — A destitute family from St. Louis arrived in our town. The man suddenly died last Sunday, and was buried at our expense; and now the wife and five children will have to be cared for. Our board is looking after the matter.

            Unity — The pros and cons of the Strum creamery question are being debated with unabated zeal.