First Week of April 1874-2004
140 Years Ago (1874): Mr. John Bassett of this place met with a severe accident yesterday morning by the
discharge of his gun while out hunting in Magnolia. He, with a little boy, had started out quite early with a horse and
buggy and after hunting some time started on their homeward way, and were placing the robes about them, which
by some means caught the hammer of the gun, discharging the piece, the ball entering the underside of the left arm
near the shoulder and passing out on the upper and backside, slivering the bone into fragments. He was brought
home where his arm was dressed by Drs. Evans and Smith, assisted by Drs. Griswold and Robinson. It is hoped
that his arm can be saved.
130 Years Ago (1884): A brick maker whose name we have not learned, has been prospecting with Isaac Brink
during the past week to ascertain the best place to locate a brickyard in this vicinity, which it is certainly decided to
have, to the great benefit of this place, and we believe will prove remunerative to the proprietors.
120 Years Ago (1894): Magnolia township is trying to get the sentiment of the people on the road tax question this
year. On some of their tickets they have the question, “Highway taxes, how paid, in work or money.”
110 Years Ago (1904): Bert Coacher ships a car load of fine fat cattle to the Chicago market this Tuesday evening,
and A. G. Franklin two car loads. They will accompany them personally to avoid all accident.
100 Years Ago (1914): W. R. Patterson is suffering from a bad fall at the creamery Sunday morning. He was
standing on a ladder when his hands and feet slipped and he fell backward onto the cement floor, striking on his left
hip. He is still confined to the house, and unable to walk.
90 Years Ago (1924): Seemingly to prove that with the same educational advantages the daughter of the farm is
better equipping herself to take care of a home, later on, than her city raised sister, the country raised girls carried
off the $10 prize offered by the Grange store last week for the best made work dress made by girls in the city
schools. There were 22 contestants. The judges were Mrs. Colander, of Chicago, Miss Olive Chapin of this city and
Mrs. Hubbard. The makers of the dresses wore them in revue before a large crowd of ladies. The judges declared
the following winners: 1st prize, Florence Reese; 2nd prize, Vivian Mabie; 3rd prize, Isabelle Bullard. This revue
showed to some extent what is being done in the public schools toward preparing the girls for lives of future
usefulness as all the contestants had received instruction from Miss Esla Hellberg, teacher of that department.
80 Years Ago (1934): Mary Evelyn Hubbard, Robert Richards and June Porter, who were named winners in the
declamation and oratorical contest held here recently in the high school will compete next Tuesday and Wednesday
nights at district meets to be held in Brodhead and Orfordville.
70 Years Ago (1944): More women between the ages of 20 and 49 are urgently needed in the Armed Forces. In
conformity with a new plan inaugurated by the WAC recruiting service, a local committee composed of Mrs. L. P.
Eager, Mrs. C. W. Hurd, and P. D. Pearsall, has been appointed by Major Treleven of the Madison branch of the
WAC recruiting service to further this work. This committee has been charged with the responsibility of enlisting the
services of several women from Evansville for the armed forces of the United States.
60 Years Ago (1954): About 1200 votes are expected to be case when Evansville voters go to the polls April 6 to
choose a new slate of city office holders and vote on three referenda. The official notice of election, information
about the polls, and sample ballots are printed in this issue of the Review. There is no contest on the ballot for
mayor, with only druggist William E. Brown having filed for office. However, friends of Mayor Winn are urging a write-
in vote for him this week. Each ward will also select an alderman, with L. P. Eager, Jr., running for re-election in the
first ward; William Blair, Norman Bone, and Keith Williams running for the seat not being contested this year by long-
time councilman Earl Gibbs; and Harold Bunde running unopposed in the third ward for the seat Vern Worthing has
occupied in the council in the past.
50 Years Ago (1964): St. John’s Lutheran Church father and Son banquet will be held Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m.
Speaker for the evening will be Hugh V. “Pat” Richter, Jr. Richter is a former Madison East High School athlete who
went on to become a nine letterman and an all American at the U. of W. Since graduation he has played with the
Washington Redskins pro football team.
40 Years Ago (1974): Glen L. Gissing, chairman of the Evansville telephone committee, reports that he has
received information from a reliable source (other than the Wisconsin Telephone Co.) that an extensive study into
the possibility of offering Evansville exchange users wide-area (26 mile radius) service has been conducted.
Gissing heads the citizen’s telephone committee formed last year to obtain wide-area telephone service for
30 Years Ago (1984): A large glass pane was removed recently from the front of the Stevearea at 18 E. Main
Street, and has now been replaced with two smaller panes of glass. The change has created a better atmosphere
for the Family restaurant. Stevearea is taking on a new image and will feature not only their popular pizzas, but food
for family dining. A new sign will soon be placed on the outside and the game room at the rear of the restaurant is
going out. Watch for announcements of future changes.
20 Years Ago (1994): On Wednesday of last week the city employees held a retirement party for Kenneth
Grenawalt, who has been with the city for 37 years. March 31 was Grenawalts’ last day. Paul Forstrom, who has
worked under Grenawalt when he was Supt. of Public Works, said, “Kenny got the job done. He was a good boss.
He treated everybody fairly, if it took one guy, he’d send one guy, if it took three, he’d send three. He knew just how
long each job took.” Grenawalt recalls how he began his city career on the streets when he was about 20 years old,
picking up garbage. He moved from that to Supt. of Public Works in 1976. In 1988 he became superintendent of
the Waste Water Treatment Plant. When he started in 1976 he had 10 men under him, as they retired they were
not replaced. By 1988 there were just five in the department. Prior to Public Works he was in the Waste Water
Treatment Plant for 16 or 17 years.
10 years ago (2004): The Mayor of Evansville, Janis Ringhand, wants to bring her six years of experience in local
government to the statehouse. She announced her bid for State Assembly in the 80th district. She will run on the
Democratic ticket. Ringhand is starting her second term as Mayor of the City of Evansville after serving 4 years on
the Council, 2 years as council President.
Second Week of April 1874-2004
140 Years Ago (1874): Mr. Nathan Blakeley, a well to do farmer, living about a mile and half from this village, lost
his house together with its entire contents, in consequence of an explosion of a kerosene lamp on Saturday morning
last.. The house was worth, probably four thousand dollars, on which was an insurance of eighteen hundred. Mrs.
Blakeley had her foot badly jammed by something falling upon it, from which she experiences great suffering.
130 Years Ago (1884): Isaac Brink has purchased ground for a brick yard north of Mr. Fish’s residence on Madison
Street and the brickyard is a settled fact. Tally one more for Evansville’s manufacturies.
120 Years Ago (1894): The election this year has probably been the most interesting and exciting Evansville has
had for many a day, but it went off quietly, with no “scraps” or boisterous disturbances. The Law and Order League
succeeded in electing their entire ticket, with the exception of Town Clerk and Treasurer. The whole number of
votes given for president was 436 of which number Byron Campbell received 242. For village clerk, the number of
votes was 436; W. R. Phillips received 224; For treasurer the whole number of votes cast was 436 of which George
L. Pullen received 219. For Marshall, 434 votes were cast with Aaron Jones receiving 202.
110 Years Ago (1904): Evidently Charles Winship stands high in the estimation of several school marm’s of this
city. He now has four of these ladies whom he takes out to their schools in the morning and returns for them in the
evening. They finding it cheaper to pay livery hire per week than the Boarding price in the country.
100 Years Ago (1914): The committee on the flyless town campaign has met and drawn up the agreement that the
women of Evansville will be asked to subscribe to in an united effort to eliminate the fly nuisance. That Evansville
may be a flyless town I agree to: 1. Burn, bury or otherwise destroy all garbage and rubbish on my property. 2.
Disinfect all fly breeding places as outside toilettes, manure piles, chicken yards, etc. with formaldehyde, chloride of
lime, kerosene or other agent, once every ten days. 3. Place fly traps or poison fountains wherever flies collect. 4.
Help enforce the city health ordinances.
90 Years Ago (1924): The Jewelry Store this week has quite a display of Victor records in its show window. As a
centerpiece for the display is the picture of Don Bestor, an old Evansville Boy, who has made a name for himself as
one of the finest pianists in the country for the Victor records and is leader of the Benson Orchestra which plays for
the Victrola people. Don Bestor is a brother to Miss Helen Bestor, of 114 South Third Street who plays the piano for
the Magee Movie House.
80 Years Ago (1934): Burton C. Janes has resigned his position in Madison and taken up the insurance business
with his father, Fred L. Janes. The business will be conducted here under the name of Fred L. Janes and Son
Insurance agency and will render first class service in all lines of insurance, fire, tornado, automobile, life, liability,
accident, and health all in the very best of companies. Farm insurance will also be written at very reasonable rates.
70 Years Ago (1944): Benjamin T. Green will be the new mayor Evansville, replacing Albert Winn who retired from
office. Green, who is associated with Green Brothers Co., grain dealers, is a veteran of World War I and has served
as commander of the Evansville Legion post and as county Legion commander. He was unopposed.
60 Years Ago (1954): Evansville has a new mayor. He is Bill Brown, owner of Brown Drug, and he will officially
assume office next Tuesday, April 13, in a ceremony at the city hall. Brown defeated the incumbent, A. M. Winn, by
a better than two-to-one margin in Tuesday’s election, 542-253. In the only other contested race, that of alderman
in the second ward, Norman Bone easily outdistanced his two rivals. He polled 226 votes out of 321 cast. Keith
Williams received 48 votes and William Blair 47. The candidates for alderman in the first and third wards ran
unopposed, L. P. Eager, Jr., received 227 votes in the first ward and Harold Bunde 182 in the third. Incumbent
Justice of the Peace Paul Pullen, also ran unopposed and polled 695 votes and the incumbent city assessor, J.
Spencer Pullen, gained 632 for that uncontested position.
50 Years Ago (1964): The addition to the Congregational Church is nearing completion. It is expected that the
basement floor tiling will be finished the latter part of this week. Several Sunday school classes have moved into
their rooms in the new part and the primary department will occupy the part of the basement when the floor is
40 Years Ago (1974): Mrs. Ida T. Conroy, a veteran of city hall affairs, won her 4th bid to serve as mayor of the City
of Evansville in Tuesday’s election. Her victory over Merlin Reese, who was the 1st ward alderman, was substantial,
a 120 vote margin, 576- to 456. The voter turnout, aided by beautiful 70 degree weather, was steady all day.
30 Years Ago (1984): The Women’s Literary Club of Evansville will be recognized on Thursday, April 12, at the
Wisconsin First District Federation of Women’s Clubs’ 79th Annual Convention to be held at the Idle Hour Mansion
in Monroe. The local club is being recognized for its 90 year history. The club will celebrate its 90th year locally in
20 Years Ago (1994): At a meeting at the fire station Wednesday evening of last week, several citizens expressed
their thoughts on what to do with the city hall to accommodate the needs of the public and city personnel. Janet
Sperry addressed the group. She presented a complete, sensible plan on the current city hall remodeling that could
be implemented over several years, thereby easing the tax burden on citizens. She gave her thoughts on where an
elevator could be placed, where a ramp access could be placed.
10 years ago (2004): The City of Evansville spring election results of Tuesday, April 6, 2004, are: total votes cast,
582. Winners in each contest were: County Supervisor, District 1, Scott Feldt; Municipal Judge, Thomas J.
Alisankus; Mayor, Janis Ringhand; Alderperson district 2, David Kooyman; Alderson District 3, Karen Aikman;
Alderson, District 4, John G. Sornson; School Board, John Willoughby, Dennis Knudson.
Third Week of April 1874-2004
140 Years Ago (1874): The people of Cooksville propose having a grand temperance jollification next Monday night
in honor of the victory gained in electing a no license board at their annual town meeting.
130 Years Ago (1884): The Evansville Silver Cornet Band, presented their leader, Mr. Narracong, with a nice nickel
plated e flat cornet at a late meeting. The compliment was unexpected, but none the less merited by their efficient
leader. The list price of the instrument with case, was $83.
120 Years Ago (1894): The cases against Cash Gleaves and Mat Broderick for violating the laws regarding the sale
of intoxicating liquors came to an abrupt ending Thursday evening. Gleaves was fine $75 and costs; total $95.
Broderick the same amount and the totals $190 paid into court. The second case against the latter was settled
outside of court between the plaintiffs and defendant and their attorneys by the latter obligating himself to abide by
the laws hereafter and paying all the necessary costs incurred in procuring facts for the trial. The total amount will
cost about $600.
110 Years Ago (1904): The republicans of the first district are fortunate in securing Mr. Baker of Evansville as their
candidate for the assembly. Mr. Baker is the head of the Baker Manufacturing Co. and will make a valuable man in
100 Years Ago (1914): No doubt the voters of Evansville will decide to add a course of domestic science to the
studies already pursued in our public schools. Some have said our town is too small. But the fact is there are at
least seventy cities and villages smaller than Evansville that offer a course in domestic science. Many of them also
include manual training and agriculture. It is hoped that the voters will mail their return post cards to the clerk of the
school board as soon as possible. The tendency of modern education is more and more toward the practical and
away from the “frills.” In many homes there is not the ability to properly teach the children to cook and sew and
more there is not time. If your home is of the right sort, where your children are taught and properly taught the
practical things, just think of the girls who are not receiving such instruction, and vote for it.
90 Years Ago (1924): At the Business Men’s luncheon the question was brought up as to the usefulness of the band
to the city and community and how it should be supported. It developed that with the exception of three pieces that
all the expenses for instruments had been paid for by the individual players and that also a large share of the costs
of instruction had also been borne by the band from money they have earned playing for different entertainments
and by the concert which they gave early in the winter. It seemed to be the feeling of the meeting that as the band
had been organized as a high school band that it should be kept as such and that any financial support given the
band should come from the school district.
80 Years Ago (1934): The Evansville Country club will reopen its golf course to the public next Saturday with the
green fees remaining at 25 cents per round, the same as last year. Special season tickets for families will be sold
this at $10 which will entitle any man and his wife and any child under 18 years of age to play the entire season.
The course will be in charge of Ben Williams who has served as greenskeeper for the past four years and who has
just completed rolling the links and putting them in the best of shape.
70 Years Ago (1944): When Rudolph Hatlevig, Jr. enters the armed forces within the next two weeks, Mr. and Mrs.
Rudolph Hatlevig, East Main street, will have five sons in the United States Navy. Rudolph, Jr., passed his physical
examination in Milwaukee about ten days ago. Milo Hatlevig, who has been in the navy the past nine years, is now
attending a naval school in Florida; Stanley entered about two and one half years ago and has served on the
Atlantic ocean. At the present time he is on shore in South Carolina; Ronald went in about three years ago and is
aboard a boat on the Pacific ocean, and Vernon has been a sailor on the Atlantic two years. Both Milo and Vernon
have received presidential citations. In addition to five sailor sons, Mrs. Hatlevig’s brother, John Thompson, who
resided here in the Hatlevig home, is serving in the navy in the Panama area. Wayne Myers, son-in-law of Mr. and
Mrs. Hatlevig, is in the army in England. His wife, the former Martha Hatlevig, is residing here and helping her
parents in the dry cleaning business.
60 Years Ago (1954): Restaurant owners Ray Rosen and Al Rasmussen, with groceryman Ray Smith, again
appeared before the City Council to discuss the problems involved in the city’s $4 monthly charge on about 20 cafes
and groceries for garbage hauling. The council is offering the owners the alternatives of wrapping their garbage,
and then having free collection as in the rest of the city, or of not wrapping and paying the monthly charge. Each
affected owner was to be contacted before the next council meeting to get an expression from each before a final
decision is made.
50 Years Ago (1964): The contest for school board posts brought out a surprising number of voters with a total of
4,413 votes being cast. Three school board posts were up for election and seven candidates were on the ballot.
David Fellows received the most votes with 917. Mrs. Eva Rivers came in a very, very close second with 916. Dr.
Roger Gray became the third new school board member with 858 votes. Others on the ballot were Kenneth Ellis,
Robert Olsen, Donald Cornwell and James Knapp.
40 Years Ago (1974): Vincent Drendel, of Evansville has been appointed as a member of the Wisconsin
Department of Agriculture’s grain advisory council. He recently attended the first 1974 meeting of the group in
Madison. Drendel, is an Evansville farmer and president of the Wisconsin Soybean Association. The council has
proposed four areas of study, a survey of the grain industry, implementation of USDA grain standards, licensing and
bonding of grain dealers and partial grading of grain at shipping points.
30 Years Ago (1984): Chief Richard Luers will be advertising for a new police officer, to increase the number of
officers to 6 full time. Council members approved the B&B Liquor License for Corvan R. Neuenschwander, who has
purchased the East Side Bar and Steak House.
20 Years Ago (1994): Former Alderman Harlan Steindl was present at the city council meeting on Tuesday night of
last week and stated he was concerned that the council had been discussing the possible sale of the electric utility
for a year and three months and had not shared these discussions with the citizens of Evansville. Newly elected
council member Janice Turner referred to a letter dated Dec. 7, 1993, indicating an intent to sell. She asked for
clarification. City Attorney Tony Kraujalis state he did the communication. He acknowledged that other utilities are
interested. He indicated that the letters of intent were sent to Madison Gas & Electric Co., Wisconsin Power and
Light Co., and Rock County Electric Cooperative. The companies responded with interest in the bid process.
10 years ago (2004): On Saturday night, March 27, several 8th grade poets read their original works to an
appreciative audience of family friends and community members at “Real Coffee” on Main Street. Poets included
Alyssia Bartelt, Amber Culbertson, Mike Gard, Eli Martin, Jeff Potter, Tori Searles, Lindsey Snyder, Natalie Utech,
Heidi Welch, Rebekah Winger, and Molly Woulfe.
Fourth Week of April 1874-2004
140 Years Ago (1874): Rev. Mr. True, having closed his engagement with the F. W. Baptist church, has entered
into co-partnership with Mr. Reuben Winston in the lumber business. He will perform pulpit labors on Sunday
morning. We are glad to know so true a man as Mr. True is to remain in Evansville.
130 Years Ago (1884): Will L. Quivey, Dr., for short, has decided to locate for the practice of medicine here. Here
is where his father lived, studied, practiced, but went to Oregon to die. Will is well read and will make a skillful and
successful practitioner, or he is a “chip of the old block.”
120 Years Ago (1894): The Law and Order League of Evansville has been successful in its suits against illegal
liquor dealers. Last Thursday evening, as Hon. T. C. Richmond, of Madison, and attorney for the prosecution, and
E. J. Patterson, who has been acting as detective, were on their way to the depot they were treated to a shower of
ancient eggs. The offenders have been arrested and the city is wild with excitement over the dastardly deed.
110 Years Ago (1904): John B. Greatsinger was born in Ulster County, N. Y., June 15, 1831, and died in Evansville
at the home of his son, Frank, last Wednesday evening, April 20, 1904. He came to Wisconsin in 1863, locating at
Jug Prairie. On Feb. 3, 1853 he was married to Lydia Elvira Gates, she died June 23, 1899. Mr. Greatsinger leaves
two sons, Frank and George, two daughters, Mrs. Roxy Sholtz of Brooklyn, and Mrs. Ella Browne of Beloit, who with
his three brothers and three sisters are in sorrow. The names of the brothers and sisters are, Cornelius, Isaiah, and
Daniel; Mrs. Kate Mills and Mrs. Lydia Cnare of this city and Mrs. Mary Hutchins of Dixon, Illinois. Mr. Greatsinger
was well and favorably known in this community and will be much missed. Funeral services will be held from the
residence of Mr. Frank Greatsinger on Saturday afternoon, Rev. James Churm, officiating clergyman.
100 Years Ago (1914): The local Knights Templar and the members of the Masonic fraternity attended the morning
services at the Congregational church Easter morning as has been customary for some time. The first part of the
service was given over to the reading by the Sir Knights of their Easter ritualistic service. The hymns chosen for the
occasion were those always used by the Knights on such occasions.
90 Years Ago (1924): At the opening of the city schools on April 17, it developed that all three buildings had been
entered and robbed. A ladder had been stolen from the Tupper place and the window screens forced to obtain
entrance. The robbers left destruction in their wake as they “jimmied” all the teachers’ desks and the nice cabinet in
the Superintendent’s office, causing a heavier loss in furniture that they did in stolen money. Nothing was disturbed
or taken but 43.50 in cash from the Superintendent Evans’ desk, and about 41.88 in a savings bank belonging to
the pupils of the special grade.
80 Years Ago (1934): Coach P. A. Finstad’s championship baseball team which won 32 out of 36 games played with
neighboring teams during the past four years suffered its first defeat in sometime last Saturday when it lost by a
close margin of 7 to 6 at Brooklyn in the season opener. Evansville got off to a flying start but in the second inning,
two errors and several hits gave Brooklyn four runs. Alvin Golz, a freshman weighing 120 pounds but who has the
makings of a fine pitcher, was sent in to pitch at this stage of the game giving the opponents only one earned run in
five and a third innings. Golz will undoubtedly be the starting pitcher for the remainder of the season due to his
70 Years Ago (1944): Philip Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Robinson, Evansville, has been promoted to
corporal in the army. He is now stationed at St. Louis, Mo., where he is serving as meat inspector in the armed
forces. A graduate of the Evansville high school, Cpl. Robinson was employed as a herdsman on ranches in the
West for several years before entering the service nearly two years ago.
60 Years Ago (1954): More than 25,000 vehicles were stopped on Highways 13 and 14 at Union during the five-day
period which began Friday and ended Wednesday. The Wisconsin turnpike commission is making the survey to
determine the potential use of a proposed toll road through Wisconsin.
50 Years Ago (1964): Anne Baker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Gordon Baker, Evansville, has received a
Fellowship at Harvard Graduate School. While there, she will be working toward a PhD degree in biochemistry.
Anne will graduate in June from the U. of W. with a major in chemistry. She will leave for Harvard in September.
40 Years Ago (1974): The part of the city hall campus beneath the bell tower has been fenced off as a safety
measure as large pieces of brick and wood have been falling. No definite arrangements have been reached
concerning the bell project as the insurance company and the city engineer have not agreed upon a procedure.
30 Years Ago (1984): The Evansville Board of Education has selected Thomas L. Benzinger, 47, as the district
administrator of the Evansville Community School District. He will succeed George Knuckles at the conclusion of the
1983-84 school year. Mr. Benzinger will assume the position on July 1 of this year. Currently Mr. Benzinger is
principal of the Deerfield Middle High School.
20 Years Ago (1994): The Evansville Jaycees are having their fourth annual Tree Sale at the Earth Day Fair, on
Saturday, April 23. The Earth Day Fair will be held at the Masonic Temple, 104 W. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This free community event is being sponsored by the Evansville Recycling Committee.
10 years ago (2004): On April 26 new school board members Dennis Knudson and John Willoughby will be sworn
in. Dennis Hughes leaves the board with 16 years of service, 5 of them as board president. Georgia Duerst-Lahti
leaves with six years of service.