First Week of April 1873-2003
140 Years Ago (1873): The village Trustees have purchased the cemetery grounds, paying there for $495.40.
130 Years Ago (1883): The annual reunion of the 13th Wisconsin Veterans Volunteer Infantry will be held at
Evansville on Wednesday, June 6, 1883. Addresses are expected from Col. W. P. Lyon, Gov. Rusk and others.
In connection with the reunion, F. S. Sutphen Post G. A. R. will hold a Grand camp Fire and Barbecue. Every
member of the Regiment is urged to be present, and a cordial invitation is extended to all Old soldiers to join with
us in renewing the associations and memories of the war. Dr. C. M. Smith, Chairman, S. J. Baker, Dr. J. M.
Evans, Apt. A. M. Randall, W. P. Clarke, Sec’y. Reunion Committee
120 Years Ago (1893): Albert Snashall has bought a lot in the rear of L. M. Mygatt on Park Street, and is
putting up a barn which he intends to improvise into a dwelling during the summer, while he is building a house.
[Note: North Second Street was called Park Street for many years, because it was the only entrance to
Evansville’s park at the north end of the street.]
110 Years Ago (1903): President Roosevelt will address the Southern Wisconsin Teachers association,
tomorrow morning, 9 o’clock, at the university. Section Foreman Tullar received orders Thursday night to put his
best man in the coal sheds for duty at the time the train bearing President Roosevelt should pass through our
city. He further was ordered to place a flag man at each crossing, go over the section carefully and just before
train time spike each switch. An aggregation of Evansville celebrities will no doubt meet at the depot tomorrow
morning and gaze at the car on which President Roosevelt rides.
100 Years Ago (1913): At the regular meeting of the common council, April 1, a petition for water main on
Lincoln street was read and referred to the street and alley committee. The street and alley committee
recommended that a water main be laid on Lincoln street as soon as funds could be provided. The street and
alley committee recommended that a water main and sanitary sewer be laid on Garfield avenue as soon as
funds could be provided.
90 Years Ago (1923): A deal was consummated this week whereby F. M. Crow sold his drug store to Robert
Collins, formerly with L. Van Wart and who later moved to Akron, Ohio, where he engaged in business.
80 Years Ago (1933): The new water softening plant was erected at a moderate cost all of which sum has been
paid from the accumulated earnings of the Water and Light commission, the city’s new water softener plant, was
built entirely by local labor as an unemployment relief measure. Its construction has furnished 13,000 man
hours of labor for Evansville’s unemployed.
70 Years Ago (1943): Vernon R. Hatlevig, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Hatlevig recently enlisted in the navy.
Mr. and Mrs. Hatlevig now have four sons and the latter’s brother in the United States Navy. Milo, who enlisted
more than eight years ago is located in the southwest Pacific, as is also his brother, Ronald, who has been in the
service nearly three years. Another brother, Stanley, is on a boat in the Atlantic, and Mrs. Hatlevig’s brother,
John Thompson is in the Panama Canal zone. Vernon Hatlevig is just past 18 years old.
60 Years Ago (1953): Evansville new Dairy Queen Store, located on Union Street will open for business April 9
or 10. Les Libby states that the exact date depends upon when he can obtain delivery of the Dairy Queen mix
which comes from Neenah, Wis.
50 Years Ago (1963): On Wednesday, Mary 27, the congregation of the Methodist Church held a church
conference under the direction of Rev. William Riggs, Janesville District Supt. The Board of Trustees reported
to the congregation that after studying for a full year, and after investigating new houses, old houses,
remodeling houses and building new, etc. they recommended the purchase of the house located at 314 Grove
Street as a future parsonage for the ministers of the Methodist Church. A vote was called for and it was agreed
to purchase the recommended house as a parsonage.
40 Years Ago (1973): Daryl Fuchs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Fuchs of Evansville, was included in the opener
last Saturday of the U. of W. baseball team at Guy Lowman Field in Madison. The team played one inning due
to rain. Fuchs and Greg Mahlberg have been alternating as the regular third baseman for the past two
seasons. Fuchs was the regular catcher last year. Coach Tom Meyer heads the team as they go into the 104th
30 Years Ago (1983): The United Church of Christ confirmed 10 young people on Easter Sunday, April 3,
1983. The Rev. Mark Pirazzini was assisted by the Rev. Robert Mutton, Associate Conference Minister of the
Southwest Wisconsin Association of the United Church of Christ. Those confirmed were Amy Flood, Gayle
Zwicky, Angie Golz, Kristi Reigle, Tina Eckhoff, Ron Patterson, Eric Crull, Mike Heritage, Jack Pierce, and Bob
20 Years Ago (1993): The thief who broke into the Night Owl Tavern and K & K Variety Store last month was
captured following an intensive police investigation by Evansville Police Officer Scott McElroy and members of
the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department in Illinois. The investigation led to the arrest of a Rockford man.
Officers confiscated approximately $11,000 in stolen merchandise.
10 years ago (2003): At a special school board meeting on Monday, March 24, 2003, Evansville community
School District’s administrators presented the school board with a list of possible budget cuts for the 2003-2004
school year. Since statewide budget cuts are expected, local reductions must also be made. A packed room of
concerned parents, staff and community members were given the opportunity to voice their opinions on the
reductions. Many people spoke out in opposition to the elimination of educational assistants, the
elementary/intermediate at-risk coordinator, and middle school co-curricular activities and athletics. Others
wondered why administration received such a small portion of the proposed cuts. The entire proposal was
comprised of 27 staff cuts and only .2 administrative cuts.
Second Week of April 1873-2003
140 Years Ago (1873): The Baker Manufacturing Co, has commenced building. The lot is purchased and stone
and lumber on the ground for business.
130 Years Ago (1883): D. M. Rowley, real estate agent, sold to Geo. S. Stiles, W. B. Patterson’s farm on the
prairie, 120 acres for $6,500. This is considered one of the best farms in the town of Union. Mr. Patterson will
move to this city.
120 Years Ago (1893): Cooksville: Moving is the order of the week here. Ole Clofton has moved in a house on
Charles Miller’s farm and will raise tobacco. Ed Newman has moved in with his father, until he can build, he has
the lumber on the ground and his house begun. E. P. Savage has sold his farm and moved to Evansville. Jens
Olson has sold his house to Charles Miller and moved on a farm of Ed Ford’s.
110 Years Ago (1903): At a very important meeting of the trustees of the Baptist church Wednesday night,
plans were accepted for the new church building, and Caleb Snashall was elected as superintendent of
construction. A committee is working on a special farewell program for Sunday evening, April 19, which will be
the last service in the old church.
100 Years Ago (1913): Lester H. Bullard, who left Evansville some months ago to take up work on the Panama
Canal, is with the Isthmian Canal Commission and holds a very responsible position in the construction and
engineering department. Mr. Bullard’s many friends here will doubtless be pleased to learn of his being selected
by the canal commission for a position requiring a high degree of mechanical ability and precision.
90 Years Ago (1923): Commencing April 1st, the northwestern railroad established twenty-four hour flag service
on the Main street crossing which will be continued after the automatic gates have been put in place, there being
one man in charge of the gates every hour of the day. Richard Schliem will be one of the flagmen.
80 Years Ago (1933): Russell Hall, local showman, left Evansville Monday for a southern tour with his animal
circus which has been quartered here during the winter months at the corner of Maple and Church streets.
Among the recent additions to the show is a three-year old lioness which Mr. Hall purchased last week from the
Sells Sterling circus at Grays Lake, Ill. Mr. Hall, a grandson of the well known Col. Hall, veteran Evansville
showman, has been on the road with his own circus for the past ten years. His brother, Frank Hall, who resides
in Whitewater, is also in the show business with a truck circus similar to that of Russell’s.
70 Years Ago (1943): Sterling S. Beath, former Evansville resident, who is a prisoner of the Japanese in China,
is among those prisoners who are being considered for embarkation in a second exchange of nationals between
the United States and Japan, if space permits, the state department in Washington, D. C., has announced. Mr.
Beath was a Baptist missionary in China.
60 Years Ago (1953): Jerry Thompson was elected Prom king by the junior class of Evansville high school this
week. He has chosen as his queen, Jean O’Brien, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul O’Brien, route 3.
50 Years Ago (1963): An exhibition of “Thirty Drawings by John Wilde” opened on Sunday, March 31 in the
fourth floor gallery of the University of Wisconsin Memorial Library. The 29th one-man show of the Wisconsin
professor of art, scheduled to remain at the library through April 26, will become Wilde’s 30th when the drawings
are placed on exhibition at Durlacher Brothers Gallery, New York city, in May.
40 Years Ago (1973): Evansville, along with all other southern Wisconsin cities, was snowbound with 14 inches
of snow on the level ground which fell Sunday night, all day Monday and Monday night. All meetings scheduled
for Monday night were called off and the schools were closed Monday and Tuesday. Only a few commuters to
other cities made it to work and some of them did not try to return home Monday evening. Some parts of the city
were without electricity for a brief time on Monday, but on the whole, Evansville was more fortunate than many
other cities in that there were no serious accidents reported here.
30 Years Ago (1983): Mrs. Blanche Devine, who is noting her 98th birthday this Wednesday, April 13, was
honored at the end of November when she was named one of 24 outstanding senior citizens for the Colonel
Sanders Senior Citizen Awards. She was recognized for having been a newspaper woman for many years, still
active in The Evansville Review, after more than 25 years with the local papers. She is the oldest active member
in the Eastern Star. In addition she folds all the church bulletins each week for the Congregational United
Church of Christ.
20 Years Ago (1993): Construction at the high school is “right on time” says Supt. Tom Benzinger. When
school begins in August, the new gym will be occupied. The construction is starting to hook into the high school
building. Construction continues, despite the extreme weather. “The worst problem is the mud,” explains Supt.
10 years ago (2003): The City of Evansville has selected William Connors of St. Paul, Minnesota, as its city
administrator, succeeding Jennifer Petruzzello. According to Mayor Janis Ringhand, Connors comes with
substantial experience in budgeting and accounting, human resources, and economic development tools.
Connors is married and has one child.
Third Week of April 1873-2003
140 Years Ago (1873): Misses Spencer & Gillman would inform the ladies of Evansville and vicinity, that they
are now prepared to do Dress Making in all the latest styles. Also stitching and tucking. A full stock of millinery
goods constantly on hand. Rooms over Winston & Woodbury’s Store. Evansville, April 16th, 1873. [Note: the
Winston & Woodbury Store was in the west side of the buildings now occupied by Dave Mosher on East Main
130 Years Ago (1883): Mr. Narrocong, a German from Reedsburg, has in view the purchase of the waterpower
and gristmill here, providing the citizens will contribute $500 for replacing the dam. We understand that $400 of
the money is already subscribed, and there will be but little difficulty in raising the balance. The price paid for
the mill property was $2,300.
120 Years Ago (1893): Mr. Wm. Davenport’s barn in the west part of town burned last night about twelve o’
clock. It was an old building, and everything of much value was removed, so that it is estimated that about $50
would cover the loss. Just how the fire originated is unknown; but it is supposed that it was from lightning. The
hand engine responded to the call and did good work in keeping the fire down. The steamer engine became
stalled in the mud in the entrance of this department in the new Village Hall.
110 Years Ago (1903): Geo. Hall, Jr., delivered to the agent of Lincoln Park, Chicago, King, his fine lion. This
animal was raised by Col. Geo. Hall, being born in Mexico while the Colonel was making an extended tour in that
republic. King was raised by hand, Mrs. Hall taking care of him for many months. He was an especially fine
animal and sold for the round sum of $1,400.
100 Years Ago (1913): Arrangements have been completed and contracts let for the complete remodeling of
the Central House. The interior will be entirely overhauled and redecorated and an efficient heating plant will be
installed. The old wooden porches are to be torn away and wide concrete verandas will be erected in their
places. The outside walls will be pebble-dashed which will greatly lessen the expense of heating and give the
building a more metropolitan appearance. Harry Loomis, the present occupant, has taken a five year lease of
the property. [Note: the Central House was at the northwest corner of Main and Madison streets.]
90 Years Ago (1923): On account of losing the Pullen property, east of the City Park, which has been used for
the past two years for tourist purposes, by the owners building on it, it has been a question for some time
whether Evansville would this year be able to offer to tourists, the accommodations which has made this city
famous in the past. The problem was solved Tuesday evening by the City Council and commercial club getting
together in the renting of the Eager land just west of the City Park, the city to pay half the rental and the club to
raise the balance. This will give a larger and better camping ground than the city has ever had.
80 Years Ago (1933): A class of approximately 51 students including 31 girls and 20 boys will receive diplomas
at the annual commencement exercises of the Evansville high school to be held June 1. Attaining the highest
class averages, Joyce Durner and Gladys Peterson are in a tie for the distinction of being class valedictorian.
The next four students highest in rank are John Waddell, Doris Lewis, Ronald Brown and May Jorgensen.
70 Years Ago (1943): Palm Sunday services in the Cooksville and St. John’s Lutheran churches will include
junior confirmations. The joint choirs of the two parishes will sing. Those to receive confirmation are Carol
Brunsell, Ruth Brunsell, Allan Dahl, Kathryn Erickson, Helen Ann Roberts, Emmaline Ruegg, Borger Hansen, Jr.,
Doris Hatlen, Merrill Hyne, Carroll Wall, Lawrence Bakke, Helen Bakke, Dorothy Disch, Charles Guernsey and
60 Years Ago (1953): Evansville police department has a new radio call selective service system, according to
Chief John Casey. The new set-up puts Evansville in radio contact with the sheriff’s department in Janesville at
all hours. The sheriff’s department can place a call by radio to the local police and if they are not in the office or
the squad car, a light will be turned on in the center of the street at the corner of Madison and Main. This
blinking light will remain on until the radio is answered. The installation in Evansville is the first one in the state.
A call light switch is also in the police department office for the public to call police to the office.
50 Years Ago (1963): William Phelps, a long time resident of Evansville, who now resides in the home of his son
and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Propst, quietly observed his 94th birthday on Tuesday. Mr. Phelps
came to Evansville from northern Wisconsin when he was a young man and was a barber here until he retired a
few years ago. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge and was an officer for many years. He is interested in the
affairs of the city and until the past winter was able to go for a walk every day.
40 Years Ago (1973): Dr. William Knapp, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Knapp, 19 Grove St., Evansville will be
transferred to Cairo, Egypt around the first of June. Dr. Knapp is a geologist with Amoco Oil Corp., a subsidiary
of Standard Oil and is presently living in Arvada, Colorado. Dr. Knapp graduated from Evansville High School in
1955. He received his B. S. degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1959, his Masters from the University of
Missouri and his Doctorate from the University of Iowa in 1965.
30 Years Ago (1983): A large group from Evansville attended the UW-Madison Marching Band Concert in the
Field House Saturday evening to hear the band, including member Pete Steinhoff, play all their specialties, as
well as “When You Say Wisconsin.”
20 Years Ago (1993): The referendum held in Evansville on the 911 question voted on in the election of
Tuesday of last week, favored going with 911. The vote was 387 yes, which indicated the dispatch center would
remain as is; and 463 no votes, which decided the city would go 911. In the voting for state superintendent of
public instruction, Linda Cross received 245 votes compared to John Benson’s 568. Benson won the statewide
10 years ago (2003): The Evansville High School music department’s recent trip to New Orleans was a great
experience for all involved. The group left on March 28th and returned April 2nd, and encompassed some 140
music students with over a dozen chaperones. Head chaperones and choir and band directors Cindy and Doug
Zblewski were instrumental in carrying out yet another successful and fun music tour.
Fourth Week of April 1873-2003
140 Years Ago (1873): A young man seeming to possess but little intelligence, living a few miles East of
Cooksville, was arrested on suspicion of breaking into Robertson’s store in Cooksville, Monday night. As
nothing could be proven against him, he was committed to jail, being unable to procure bail. From account,
there appears to have been some brutality used towards the prisoner.
130 Years Ago (1883): Cooksville: At present there are two families living in the cheese factory. Sunday
evening quite a little party of foreigners gathered there and joined in a festive dance. This manner of observing
the Sabbath did not originate with the Cooksvillians, but is a custom brought from the native land of the
120 Years Ago (1893): Ned Griffeth, Jed Hubbard and Dean Burgess left this morning to go to the World’s Fair
hoping to get positions on the police force for which they have hopes.
110 Years Ago (1903): Just at noon, Thursday, a gasoline stove exploded in the rear of the Boonahoom &
Baccash restaurant, one door east of the Opera House, and in a few seconds the rear of the entire structure
was a mass of flames. The fire company was on hand in a short time and did noble work in putting out the
flames before it reached adjoining buildings, although the building was completely gutted. It was a frame
structure and was owned by Mrs. Jennie Sherger; it was partially covered by insurance. Fortunately the second
story was unoccupied, as E. J. Reckord’s family had just moved out. Our water works system proved
satisfactory, this being the first real test it has had since the system was put in.
100 Years Ago (1913): A. C. Gray, of Evansville’s Second ward was reelected chairman of supervisors at the
session which was called to order Tuesday afternoon at the county clerk’s office. On motion of Supervisor
Simon Smith of Beloit, the clerk was instructed to cast a unanimous ballot for Mr. Gray who will occupy the
chairman’s seat for a second term.
90 Years Ago (1923): A little son, Charles Judd, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Phil D. Pearsall, Sunday, April 15th.
80 Years Ago (1933): A crew of 60 Evansville men will be given work here next month when the Chicago and
Northwestern Railway company lays five miles of new steel track north of the city. The construction job will
require from two to three weeks of labor and will greatly help Evansville’s unemployment situation. From 75 to
80 Evansville men have already made application for employment.
70 Years Ago (1943): The service flag which now hangs in the window of the Mr. and Mrs. Phil Pearsall home on
West Church street, in honor of their son, Judd, who enlisted in the army and entered the services a few weeks
ago, hung in the window of the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Pearsall during World War I, in honor of their son,
Phil, who was a soldier at that time. Mrs. Pearsall, Sr., had carefully preserved the flag during the past 25 years
as a souvenir, and when her grandson entered the army, she presented it to his parents.
60 Years Ago (1953): Sunday evening, April 19, at St. Paul’s Catholic church, 18 adults and 19 children were
confirmed by the Most Rev. William P. O’Connor, Bishop of the Madison diocese. Present at the confirmation
were 31 visiting priests, including the Rt. Rev. Msgr. E. M. Kinney, Madison, former Evansville pastor. In his
sermon Bishop O’Connor told members of St. Paul’s that they should be working toward establishment of a
parochial school here in Evansville
50 Years Ago (1963): Neighbors and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Harnack, who reside on a farm west of the
city, assembled at their home last Saturday, the men equipped with tractors and other farm utensils and the
women with plenty of food. About 15 men with tractors proceeded to chop cornstalks and plow and prepare
about 50 acres for summer planting while their wives and Mrs. Harnack went about preparing the noonday meal.
Mr. Harnack has been ill the past several months and unable to do his farm work and Bert Hull, who is employed
at the Harnack farm fractured his left arm about a month ago, and is not yet able to do the field work. Some of
those who participated were Kenneth Lange, Milo Cushman, Rodney Leeder, Phil Robinson, Phil Maas, Alvin
Francis, Richard Templeton, Franklin Leeder, Fred Abbey, Spencer Porter, Glenn Maas, Potter Porter, Don
Maas, Roy Peach, and Will Harnack.
40 Years Ago (1973): Evansville schools will make up the snow days they missed on the following dates:
Saturday, May 5, classes will be held all day. Saturday, May 19, classes will be held in the morning with In-
Service in the afternoon. Friday, May 18 which was scheduled for In-Service will be a full day with classes both
in the morning and afternoon.
30 Years Ago (1983): Four 11th grade students and alternates have been selected at the Evansville High
School to be the school’s 1983 delegates to Badger Boys State and Badger Girls State. The Girls State
representatives are Kimberly Rhoda, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. David Rhoda and Stacie Shaw, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. J. Peter Shaw. The Boys State representatives are Jeffrey Elmer, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Elmer and Michael Hermanson, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hermanson.
20 Years Ago (1993): Heather Weigand, senior at Evansville High School has been chosen as a recipient of the
Kohl Student Scholarship. Heather is one of one hundred students from Wisconsin who will receive a $1,000
10 years ago (2003): This Friday, April 25th plan on joining the Evansville Initiative Team and the Evansville
School Staff and children involved with the Energy Fair at Evansville’s 1st Earth Day Celebration. This is a must
see by all adults who have any interest in energy related topics, or are looking for ways to reduce your energy
use and thus your energy bills. There will be around 30 professional exhibitors.
Last Week of April, First Week of May 1873-2003
140 Years Ago (1873): A pleasant hour was enjoyed at the residence of L. T. Pullen, Esq. the other evening, on
the occasion of a visit from Miss Tucker of Chicago, a young Prima donna, whom we are pleased to call as
such. While Mr. Charles Pullen and Mr. Theodore Robinson were in Chicago pursuing their studies, they were
inmates of Mrs. Tucker’s house, hence their acquaintance with her daughter, and consequently a visit was
claimed from her on the occasion of her return from Madison. Her rich, clear-toned voice sang out above the
notes of the piano to the admiration of all present.
130 Years Ago (1883): We took a walk down around the depot Thursday and found everything moving along
briskly in that lively section. The tack factory was rising fast under the efficient foremanship of Mr. Steve Baker
and Messrs. Brink & Fidelier. George Hall was painting and cleaning up his show car and had the monkeys and
the lions out sunning them and talking show to his friends; Sat. Barnard’s house was about ready to raise;
surveyors were laying out a couple of streets; the foundry and tobacco houses and mills were banging and
clattering away as though hosts were at work inside, and the lumber wagons were flying along in every direction.
120 Years Ago (1893): F. A. Baker & Co. sold their old building Saturday at auction, vacated by Lee’s harness
shop for $41.50. The lime house in the rear was sold to Tom Bowes for $10. This was one of the oldest
buildings in town, and was built many years ago by John Rhinehart. E. W. Stearns used it for a tenement and
harness shop for years until selling out to C. E. Lee, several years ago. Mr. Eager will move it across the race
and fit it up for a tenement.
110 Years Ago (1903): When the morning papers last Wednesday announced the election of Prof. Charles
Richard Van Hise to the presidency of the University of Wisconsin with a salary of $6,500, and a fine house, it
was recalled here that the eminent educator was once a student of the Evansville Seminary. He was born in
1857 on a farm in Fulton, where his early boyhood was spent. Later the family moved to the village of Milton
where his education began in the district school. He attended the high school and seminary at Evansville. Prof.
Van Hise is a geologist of international reputation, has been geologist of the United States geological survey
since 1888, and professor of geology in the University of which he now becomes the head, since 1892.
100 Years Ago (1913): At nine o’clock Monday morning the farm residence owned by C. F. Brunsell located a
mile and a half east of Evansville, was completely destroyed by fire. The house was occupied at the time by
John Spersrud and family, who succeeded in saving a portion of their household effects and wearing apparel. A
defective chimney is blamed as the cause.
90 Years Ago (1923): The foundation of the new building being erected by the D. E. Wood Butter Company is
now well under way. The new building will be 120 x 63 feet and in part, three stories in height. The brick part of
the old building will be worked into the new.
80 Years Ago (1933): Stanley “Pop” Sperry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sperry, South Madison street, is assured
of a position on the Eau Claire team of the Northern Baseball league, according to an article appearing in a
recent edition of the Eau Claire daily newspaper. Playing with the high school baseball team for four years here,
Stanley made only one error and ended his high school career last June with a batting average of .550.
70 Years Ago (1943): Wings are being added this week to the Honor Roll board which was erected on the city
hall grounds last summer under the sponsorship of the Wives and Mothers of Service Men’s club assisted by
other local organizations and individuals. The wings, eight feet in width, are being financed by the Evansville
booster club, and will provide ample room for the names of local men and women in the armed forces of the
United States. Mrs. Earl J. Gibss, chairman of the project has painted approximately 145 names on the original
board and now has a list of about 80 to place on the wings as soon as they are completed.
60 Years Ago (1953): Rev. Theodore Krause resigned his post as pastor of the First Baptist church to become
effective June 1.
50 Years Ago (1963): The alertness and quick action of LaVerne Gallman, night policeman, early last Saturday
when he discovered a fire in the main offices of the Pruden Products Co., probably save the company from a
much more disastrous fire than the one which occurred. It was believe that the fire was an electrical one and it
started in the mail room. Two fire walls were credited with confining the fire to the oldest portion of the building
which dates back to the early 1900s when it was originally a canning factory.
40 Years Ago (1973): The annual reorganization meeting of the Evansville City Council was held in the city hall
last week Tuesday evening. In that the council personnel remains the same as last year, it was not necessary to
introduce or swear in mayor or council members. Those presently serving are Mayor Wilson L. Brown; Merlin
Reese and Francis Erbs, first ward; Robert Olsen and Richard Meyers, second ward and Dr. Karl
Schoenenberger and Harlan Steindl, third ward.
30 Years Ago (1983): Ken Kuelz was named council president Tuesday night of last week at the special
reorganizational meeting and Ron Pierce was sworn in as the new 2nd ward alderman to fill the remaining 1 year
term created by former alderman Pam Wilson becoming mayor.
20 Years Ago (1993): Ina Bly was honored Wednesday of last week when Solveig Carlson, Volunteer Service
Coordinator at Skaalen home presented her with a clock. Ina had served more than 1,000 hours doing mending
on Friday mornings. Other members of the mending crew are Harriet Persons, Evelyn Nelson, Lydia McNamer,
Jenat Edwards. Ina is a resident at the Evansville Manor. She is a member of the Auxiliary and also involved in
weekly juice cart. Congratulations are in order for Ina Bly.
10 years ago (2003): This year’s 2003 EHS Prom Court was recently named and those junior accepting the
honor are Lacy Wourms, Britta Hegge, Kristi Rischar, Lynne Farberg, Jenna Heacox, Amanda Davis, Kallie
Elmer, Tamara Hurst, SaRoi Faulkner, Kate Heimerl, Elyse Albrecht, Nichole Severin, Nick Manion, Bill Boswell,
Tommy Olsen, Tim Legler, Brookes Baumberger, Royce Kurtz, Darren Allen, Jameson Loesch, Andy Magee,
Chad Hermanson, Wade Janes, Tyler Meredith and Brian Bennett. This year’s theme for the class of 2004 is
“Tropical Paradise.” Prom is Saturday, May 10th.