In Review
First Week of August 1869-1999

140 Years Ago (1869):  Mr. N. Blakely, of Evansville, raised from one acre of strawberries and
one acre of black raspberries over $1,500 worth of fruit this season.  It was sold at a low price on
account of its abundance.

130 Years Ago (1879):  A number of young people went to First Lake picnicking Saturday.  A
very enjoyable time is reported by all.  Several picnics have lately been held at this delightful spot
by Evansville people.  A party went up there camping and fishing last Tuesday, returning Friday.  
During this time they caught, it is said, three fish.  (Note:  First Lake is also known as Lake
Kegonsa.)

120 Years Ago (1889):  Col. Geo. W. Hall, known in all the western and eastern states as
Popcorn Hall, has combined his show with the Sam Mac Flynn’s circus, including his educated
horses.  The combination has bought the Lang & Hutchins Menagerie; also Queen, the war
elephant of the P. T. Barnum show, and Rock, of the Forespaugh show.  They are the largest
elephants on the country.  The new combination will have forty wagons, one hundred and forty
horses, and one hundred and twenty people.  The outside attractions will be balloon ascensions
with parachute jump from the clouds.  The name will be Rentz’ Royal German Allied New York
Circus, Menagerie, Museum, Oriental Caravan and will travel by wagon together.  

110 Years Ago (1899):  Mr. Fred Springer and others have been busy the past week distributing
the fair catalogs in this and surrounding cities.  The fair which will be held at the Driving Park,
Sept. 5, 6, 7, 8, promises to be a complete success.

100 Years Ago (1909):  The steel gang engaged in laying new track between here and Janesville
struck Monday noon because they had not received their pay.  They objected to working two
months before receiving any pay.  The matter has not been fixed up.

90 Years Ago (1919):  Citizens of Evansville will be interested in knowing that a new real estate
firm is about to begin operations here.  The organizers of the company are Messrs Hogan of
Monroe and Col. D. F. Finnane of this city.  The new firm will have offices in the Bank of
Evansville building.  There’s a large field for a business of this kind within the environments of
Evansville.  The new business men will be welcomed here.

80 Years Ago (1929):  Lewis Devine, newly appointed life guard, rescued June Jones, 8,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burr Jones, and Dorothy Alquist, 12, granddaughter of Mrs. John Miller,
in Lake Leota at 2:30 p.m. Friday after the latter had jumped in to rescue the Jones girl who
could not swim.  June became frightened and leaped off the raft on which she was sitting with the
other children as it moved out into deep water.  On noticing that the water was beyond June’s
depth, Dorothy Alquist, who was swimming nearby, rushed to her aid and attempted to carry her
to shore.  Both went down and on hearing calls for help, Devine came to their rescue bringing
both to shore, one under each arm.

70 Years Ago (1939):   Topping the year’s activities of the Pleasant Prairie Community club was a
picnic and reunion held in the city park for residents, former residents, teachers and pupils of the
Pleasant Prairie school, at one time known as District No. 7.   Mrs. Anna Hyne Jones had the
distinction of being the only guest with four generations present.  Mrs. Jones attended school in
the old school house located across the road from the present building.  The old school was
replaced by the present brick structure west of the city in 1872.  Mrs. Jones’ son, Orville, started
his education in 1885.  His children, Mrs. Floyd Main and Donald Jones, enrolled in 1910.  Mrs.
Main’s children attend school in Evansville but were present at the picnic.

60 Years Ago (1949):   The street on the Circle is being graded and graveled this week and the
road will soon be in excellent condition.  Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Schuster and family are the only
residents on the Circle at the present time, but it is expected that new homes will be built there at
an early date.  (Note:  the Circle is Sherman Court.  The Schuster home was at 140 Sherman
Court.)

50 Years Ago (1959):   Bouquets of pink gladioli, white chrysanthemums and white tapers
decorated the altar of Faith Baptist Church, Monona Village for the marriage of Sharon Lee
Flater and George Oliver Franklin Saturday evening, August 1, The Rev. Warren Steward
officiated.  Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Franklin, Evansville and Mr. and Mrs.
Marvin M. Flater of Madison.  After a wedding trip, north, the couple will reside at Rt. 1, Evansville.

40 Years Ago (1969):  Miss Lucille (Lucy) Rowald, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Rowald, was
crowned 1969 Rock County 4-H Queen at the 40th annual 4-H Fair in Janesville last Tuesday,
July 29.  Miss Rowald will represent her club, the Magnolia 4-H, as well as Rock County in
competition in the “Fairest of the Fairs” at the 1970 State Fair in Milwaukee.  Her energetic
activities in church, home, school and 4-H have made Miss Rowald a most worthy Rock County 4-
H Queen.

30 Years Ago (1979):  Dennis Hull, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Hull had the Grand
Champion Steer and his brother, David, 18, had the Reserve Grand Champion Steer at the Rock
County 4-H Fair.  The judging of the 1,195 pound, three-quarter Simmental and Hereford took
place Thursday, August 2.  In 1974, the two had the reversed position when David took the
number one spot, with another Simmental-Hereford cross.  The steer was entered as an
Evansville FFA project.  

20 Years Ago (1989):  The American League Playoff Winning team was the Royals and consists
of the following players, Brad Schoepfer, Brian Cufaude, Clayton Whitmore, Richard
DeMarassee, Lavern Mallough, Justin Matzk, Jenny Lechlitner, Wyatt Fellows, Andy Tomlin, Joe
Morning, Corey Cook, Evan Chapin and Tim Golz.  The coaches were Nate Schoepfer, Jim Cook,
and Si Chapin.  

10 years ago (1999):  McDonald owner/operators Kris and Scott Oudinot, Union Co-op General
Manager Maynard Rauk, City Councilman, Janis Ringhand, Debco representatives Gene Ziells
and Rich Haakenson and City  Clerk Bob Poffenberger were the official groundbreakers at the
gathering for a new Evansville business venture, a convenience/fuel/restaurant complex.  The Co-
op portion will be 1700 sq. feet and will be a convenience store and fuel service.  The McDonalds
portion will be 1,200-1500 sq. feet and will be on the Hwy. 14 side.  The Oudinots are from
Monroe and currently own the Monroe and Brodhead McDonalds.  Building is set to start with
completion date of sometime in November.  Building is being done by DEBCO from Janesville.

In Review
Second Week of August 1869-1999

140 Years Ago (1869):  Harvest hands command but two dollars and a half per day at the
highest, and many farmers are refusing to pay more than two dollars.  The harvesting comes on
so slowly that farmers are enabled to do much of the work themselves.  Through Magnolia, where
the crops promise more than an average yield, unless perhaps corn can be excepted, are some
fine fields of it which were as good as the average of any year.  Wheat and oats generally
through this section are of heavy growth of straw and very little damage in filling, though every
field had some blighted heads.  

130 Years Ago (1879):  Landlord Case of the Central House proposes to be up with the times.  
He is having made for the use of his house a “bus” which costs when finished not less than
$350.  Mr. S. J. Baker does the wood and the iron work and Mr. O. Hutchinson the trimming.

120 Years Ago (1889):  G. V. Kelsey and N. E. Libby, found a single clam in the creek, last
evening, which yielded eight very handsome pearls, all very fair sized, the largest being a very
handsome one.

110 Years Ago (1899):  Col. Geo. Hall offers a generous reward to the person who gives him
sufficient information to convict the person or persons who have been destroying tiling on his
Magnolia property.

100 Years Ago (1909):  Dr. Spencer has a crew of men at work on the brick house on Main
Street which he recently purchased from the Leonard estate and is having it remodeled
considerable.  The east wing will be raised, partitions on the inside changed somewhat and other
changes made.  When finished the house will be a modern one.  (Note:  The Leonard/Spencer
house is located at 138 West Main (the northeast corner of Main and Second Streets.  Dr.
George Spencer purchased the house in June 1909 and the remodeling took six months.  Dr.
Spencer and his wife, Alice, moved into the house in January 1910.)

90 Years Ago (1919): A petition bearing the names of 350 citizens of Evansville was received by
the City Council.  The petition in question beseeches the Council to restore the body of water
formerly known as Lake Leota to the community.  The Council immediately referred the petition to
the committee on public property.  This is the legal procedure in the matter.  This committee will
take immediate action on the matter of the lake.  (Note:  The lake was restored in 1923.)  

80 Years Ago (1929):  Several hundred persons visited the museum in the Cram building at 18
Maple Avenue last week which was sponsored by Harry Roderick Jr., and Robert Shreve.  The
exhibit included relics and curios from the Revolutionary, Civil, Spanish-American and World War
all of which were contributed by local residents.  Messrs. Roderick and Shreve have collected
relics and sponsored museums here for the past two years.  A more extensive exposition is being
planned for the coming year to include several curios which have never been exhibited here.

70 Years Ago (1939):   The marriage of Mrs. Mabel Helgesen, daughter of Mrs. Marie Hansen, to
Perry Burnett was solemnized at a ceremony performed at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the parsonage of
the Congregational Church, Dubuque, Ia., by the Rev. J. Navin Lyarly, pastor.  They were
unattended.  Upon returning Mr. and Mrs. Burnett will make their home here at 257 West Main
Street.  The bride has been employed at the exchange of the Wisconsin Telephone Company
here for the past several years.  The groom operates the Burnett Motor Sales at 12 West Main
Street.

60 Years Ago (1949):   Attending the Dooley family reunion and picnic in Riverside Park,
Janesville, Sunday were 150 relatives coming from Madison, Milwaukee, Beloit, Janesville,
Monticello, Freeport, Des Plaines, Fennimore, Woodstock, Delavan and Evansville.  Those from
Evansville who attended the picnic were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Meredith, Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Meredith and son, Richard, Jr., Mrs. William Meredith and son, Tom, Mr. and Mrs. George Kelly
and children and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Garry.  John Fullerton acted as master of ceremonies and
gave the address of welcome.  It was followed by a program of speeches, songs, and a history of
the family.

50 Years Ago (1959): Twenty purebred Southdown rams and four purebred Southdown ewes
from the Disch farm and Larry Disch flocks have been sold and are being flown to San Salvador,
Central America, along with other stock purchased in the area.   Last week Larry showed at the
Rock County 4-H fair and Disch farms took stock to the Racine County Fair at Union Grove,
winning their share of first prizes and championships.  At the Rock County show Larry won grand
champion wether lamb and had the champion Southdown ram and ewe.  He also had eight firsts
in the blue group.


40 Years Ago (1969):  Mrs. Richard Burgess, formerly Miss Ann Baker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
J. Gordon Baker, Evansville, received her Ph.D. degree at Harvard University last week Friday.  
Mrs. Burgess is a graduate of the Evansville High School and the University of Wisconsin.  Mr.
Burgess received his Ph.D. in March at Harvard.  The Drs. Burgess will be traveling for a month
during which time he will give lectures at several universities including the University of Wisconsin
and they will visit their parents here.  The Burgess’ will leave in October for Switzerland where
they will do research work for two years.

30 Years Ago (1979):  Seven Evansville area businesses were broken into early Saturday
morning in what seems like a rerun of the ten break-ins which took place two weeks ago in the
city.  Another break-in was attempted at Helgesen’s, Inc. Ford dealership on the city’s north side
but was unsuccessful.  Broken into were Head’s Up Salon, East Side Grocery, Bub’s, Main Mill,
Brunsell Co., Pizza Palace, and the Evansville Country Club.  The break-ins were similar in style,
with the burglar prying open a door and then taking only cash, according to Evansville police.

20 Years Ago (1989):  Friday’s storm brought downed trees and power outages.  The power went
out just before 10 p.m.  The city was not without power too long, some hour and a half, but
outlying areas on Hwy. 14 did not see power resumed until 5:30 a.m. Saturday.  The Porter
Township and Cooksville areas did not get power resumed until 2:30 Saturday afternoon.  High
winds were blamed for the outages.  Lightning lit up the entire western sky Friday night for hours
and hours.  The rainfall in July measured 5.83 inches.  

10 years ago (1999):  From bed races to ball games, cow chip drop, to duck races and
everything in between.  What a day!  When all was said and done, it was hard to believe it was all
done in one day’s time.  Just ask Julie Hermanson, director for Evansville’s AWARE program.  
The community festival was fun and successful.  Chicago Tribune reporter, Ron Grossman, wrote
a lengthy story on the event in small town America.  Monday’s edition of the Chicago Tribune
included a front page color photo of “The Greatful Bed,” one of the entries in the bed race.  
Lewis and Mary Peckham were also photographed in color, watching the bed races.

I
n Review
Third Week of August 1869-1999

140 Years Ago (1869):  The Rock County Sabbath School Convention will be held at Evansville,
commencing Tuesday, August 24th, at 3 o’clock p.m., continuing through Wednesday evening.  A
committee will be in attendance upon the arrival of trains to wait upon all delegates and see that
they have comfortable quarters.  Every Sabbath School in the county is expected to be
represented.  

130 Years Ago (1879):  An examination of the teachers employed for the Evansville and
Edgerton schools will be held in the High School building at Evansville on Friday and Saturday,
August 29th and 30th, 1879, commencing promptly at 9 o’clock a.m.  A third grade certificate
includes the common English branches.  A standing of six on a scale of ten in each branch is
required to entitle the applicant to a certificate.  A second grade, in addition to the third grade
branches, includes elementary algebra, physical geography and physiology.  A standing of seven
in each is required.  A first grade, in addition to the third and second grade branches, includes
geometry, natural philosophy and higher algebra.  A standing of eight in each is required.  The
necessary stationery will be furnished.  School officers and all other interested are especially
invited to be present.  J. W. West, County Superintendent.

120 Years Ago (1889):  Mr. Dan Whaley and others have ground off and polished up several of
the small pearl shells and are making very handsome ladies pins of them.

110 Years Ago (1899):  Threshing is progressing.  Tobacco looks well and is being harvested
rapidly.  It was not much injured in this locality by the hail.  

100 Years Ago (1909):  The Thirteenth Wisconsin holds its annual regimental reunion at
Janesville today, the 18th.  This was a Rock County regiment.  Among those who expect to attend
from here are Messrs. J. H. West, Wm. Burke, D. B. Lovejoy, G. A. Babcock, S. J. Baker and Dr.
C. M. Smith, Sr., who were members of Co. D.

90 Years Ago (1919): A very pretty wedding was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. N.
Holden, Monday evening at eight o’clock, when they gave their daughter Margaret in marriage to
Russell L. Weary, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Weary, of this city.  The bride is the
youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. M. N. Holden, and has made a host of friends with her charming
personality and winning ways.  The groom is a most successful farmer and a young man of
sterling qualities.  The couple left on an auto trip through the Dells of Wisconsin, where they will
spend their honeymoon.  They will be at home after Sept. 1, at the Weary farm east of town.

80 Years Ago (1929):  Lyman Farrell, who two weeks ago had the misfortune to get his shoulder
crushed and the blade broken by being crushed between two heavy horses is doing nicely and
stated  that he is glad he lives in the Town of Union, where people are real people and follow the
Golden Rule.  Caught just in harvest by his accident his farm losses would have been heavy had
not his neighbors came in with their binders and harvested his grain.  Lyman Gillies, Will Spanton
and Bert Miller all came with their binders and made short work with his harvest.  They and other
neighbors also assisted him in his threshing, so that now his farm work is in good shape, despite
his accident.

70 Years Ago (1939):  The B. B. Bowling Alleys will open in the former Winn garage building on
East Main Street on Saturday.  While a crew of 26 carpenters, painters, electricians, and other
craftsmen has been at work completely remodeling the building for the new sports center,
Evansville residents have awaited patiently the opening of what promises to be the most
elaborate, spacious and attractive amusement hall this locality has ever known.  The new
recreational center includes six new bowling alleys, a modern soda fountain and grill, and a
spacious ping pong room for the kiddies and others who enjoy the sport.  The recreational center
is being opened here by Truman Bloss, a teacher at Edgerton High School and Harry Buhrow,
Milton Junction.  The resident manager will be Hermie Fries who manages the Bloss and Buhrow
bowling alleys at Milton Junction.  Fries will give bowling lessons.  Mrs. Fries will manage the soda
fountain.  (Note:  The bowling alley was located at 128 East Main Street.)

60 Years Ago (1949):   Elaine Wall, nine year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Wall, was
seriously injured at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday while riding her bicycle on South Madison Street.  She
and two companions were riding near the intersection of South Madison and Water Streets.  The
other two little girls turned onto Water Street and Elaine turned in the opposite direction and was
hit by a southbound car driven by Jesse Turman of Beloit.  In the car were also Mrs. Turman and
three children.  Elaine was taken to St. Mary’s hospital accompanied by a local physician and the
Roderick ambulance.  Her injuries included a skull fracture, cuts, bruises and other possible
injuries.  

50 Years Ago (1959): A new self-service Laundromat business is being established here in the
Art Rasmussen building on N. Madison St.  George Wolford of Dixon, Ill., owner and manager,
expects to have the Laundromat in operation some time next month.  The “E-Z”, as it will be
called, will be open 24 hours a day and seven days a week.  Machines are coin operated.  
Twenty washers and seven dryers are being installed.  

40 Years Ago (1969):  The Evansville Fire Department answered calls last week Thursday night
and Friday morning.  The first fire was at the Robin Patterson farm west of the city where a feed
wagon caught fire presumably from a spark from a nearby tractor.  The wagon and a small
amount of hay were destroyed.  During the Friday morning fire at about 4 o’clock, a vacant house
on Riley Road owned by William Reed was burned to the ground.

30 Years Ago (1979):  Dairy exhibitors at the Wisconsin Junior State Fair from the Evansville 4-H
were :  Mindy Abey, Jim Haakenson, Julie Haakenson, David Jeans, Kelly Wienke and John
Wienke, and Scott Towns.  A total of 41 dairy animals were exhibited by Rock County.

20 Years Ago (1989):  Kelly House, a community based residential facility, opened its doors on
Friday, August 4 to their first resident, Pearl Ringhand.  Coincidentally, Miss Ringhand noted her
94th birthday that very day, so greetings and visitors were in order that day.  Kelly House was
built in the mid-1800s and has been named after its first owner, Emiline B. Kelly.  Originally a farm
residence, it served as the summer retreat for the Millard Boarding School in the mid-1900’s as
well.  

10 years ago (1999):  Levi Leonard Elementary School is proud to present four new teachers this
year, Ms. Deborah St. Aubin Elborough, a long-term substitute teacher with us last year, will be
job sharing a third grade with Ms. Nikki Forster.  Ms. Jolene Hammons will join our fourth grade
team and teach Spanish to our students.  Ms. Christina Ross will team-teach third grade with
Renee Bjugstad.  Ms. Terri Kerr-Widel will teach in our special education department at Levi
Leonard Elementary.  We are still in the process of filling our openings for the Earl Childhood
Teacher, a crossing guard and three part-time educational assistants.

In Review
Fourth Week of August 1869-1999

140 Years Ago (1869):  The Rock County Sabbath School Convention was held at Evansville,
commencing Tuesday, August 24th, at 3 o’clock p.m., continuing through Wednesday evening.  
The Wednesday evening session proceeded to a discussion of the Superintendent’s duties.  
These are to keep order; to superintend his school; to bring out the central truth of the lesson
and impress it on the minds of the scholars that they may carry it home with them; should have
the love of God in his heart; should not consume much time; should carry his school on his heart
through the week; should be a lively, energetic man, one who loves children, don’t flatter, but
command judiciously; don’t be cross, or noisy or sleepy; don’t steal time of teachers; give variety.

130 Years Ago (1879):  A letter from Mr. Theodore Robinson received by his father last week,
contains the welcome news that he expects to be at home about the 25th inst.  He was to leave
Paris the 1st and London about the 9th, arriving in New York about the 20th.

120 Years Ago (1889):  McFlynn & Hall’s circus receipts here were $925 and they paid out all but
$35 to different parties in town of whom they had bought horses, forage, merchandise and for
other matters connected with getting up their show.  With John Evans & Son, wagon makers, their
bill was some $900 and they are promised with a much larger job next year if they are successful
this winter.

110 Years Ago (1899):  Col. Hall has purchased a part of the old creamery and had it moved to
his premises at the edge of the city where it is being repaired for barn accommodations.  (Note:  
an 1891 map of Evansville shows a creamery/cheese factory at the east end of Walker Street
and George W. Hall’s farm on the South side of today’s Old 92 near First Street.  The D. E. Wood
Butter Company used the creamery building from 1891 to 1897 when they took over the old tack
factory on Enterprise Street and the older factory was abandoned.)

100 Years Ago (1909):  Thursday, Aug. 26, 1909 was the birthday of a new club, to be known as
“The Mothers’ Club of Evansville.”  The officers are Mrs. John Baker, pres., Mrs. Walter E. Green,
vice pres.; Mrs. Peter Smith, sec., and Mrs. Burr Tolles, treas.  For the program for the coming
year, Miss Maud Gillies will give twenty-minute talks with demonstrations on problems of home
nursing.  A study of the little book, “The Baby, its care and training,” will be conducted by
members of the club.  A lecturer will be provided during the year to speak on some topic
regarding moral training of children.  The club will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the Kindergarten room the
last Thursday of each month during the school year.

90 Years Ago (1919): Evansville’s Peace Festival and Soldiers’ Homecoming, Wednesday,
August 27, will live long in the hearts of the ten thousand pleasure seekers who filled every
corner of the city from early morning until late at night.  Hundreds of soldiers and sailors and
marines were here and the great, happy crowd bade them welcome in the good hearted way that
went straight to the hearts of the boys of Uncle Sam.  At nine o’clock there was a wild clamor of
bells and whistles.  At ten, the parade, led by a squad of uniformed police made its musical way
to Leonard Park.  At the library, the long line came to a moments half of silence while the church
bells of the city paid their somber musical tribute to our soldier dead.  The great feature of the
parade was the living flag composed of 300 grade and high school pupils.  After reaching
Leonard Park, the Soldiers and Sailors and Marines gave a splendid exhibition drill and then the
fun began.  Baseball games and horse races were held at the Fair Grounds.  The Fairbanks-
Morse Band gave a concert.  Under the direction of Professor E. B. Gordon, the vast crowd sang
many good old popular songs.

80 Years Ago (1929):  Arvid Romstad, tenor soloist with the Nordix Male quartet which will appear
here in concert at the Congregational Church, Sept. 9, is in great demand as a soloist during the
winter months as well as in the summer.  He has a rich voice of unusually fine quality which has
previously delighted many audiences.  The Nordix Male Quartet, composed of former soloists of
the justly world famous St. Olaf Lutheran Choir of Northfield, Minn., have all spent much time in
music study together with choir conducting, radio broadcasting, and solo work.  (Note:  In May
1943, Arvid Romstad came to Evansville as the pastor for St. John’s Lutheran Church and the
Cooksville Lutheran Church.)

70 Years Ago (1939):  Mrs. John Burlake, 32, Milwaukee, former Evansville girl and daughter of
Mrs. John Montgomery, 111 West Liberty Street, died at 11 p.m. Friday in the Columbia hospital,
that city, following an operation three weeks ago.  She had been in failing health for the past
three years.  The body was brought to Evansville for burial in Maple Hill Cemetery.  Mrs. Burlake,
was born on a farm north of Evansville in Union township, April 8, 1907.  

60 Years Ago (1949):   The Evansville branch of the Dorchester Canning Company began
packing corn and beans here last Friday and expects to continue the operation for several weeks
before the crops on farms near Evansville are harvested and packed in cans.  In 1940 when the
factory began packing corn after a lapse of several years due to unfavorable market conditions,
the equipment was completely repaired and revamped and new machinery was added.  During
the war years a large portion of the vegetables canned in the local plant were purchased by the
government and consumed by the men and women in the U. S. armed forces.  The factory which
was owned for many years by the Columbus Foods Corporation was sold in 1946 to the Stokely
Foods, Inc. and recently the Dorchester Company purchased and took over the factory.  E. J.
Gibbs is the general manager.  

50 Years Ago (1959): Formal announcement of the closing of Leota School for Girls has just
been issued.  With retirement age upon her, Mrs. William Bone, owner and superintendent, will
close the school at the end of this week, when summer camp girls all return to their homes.  Mrs.
Bone will continue to live here and enjoy her many friends in greater leisure.

40 Years Ago (1969):   Grace Independent Church held its first vacation Bible School Aug. 4-8
and it was considered a successful event, in that the attendance, which started at 36  grew to 55
on the final day.  Also there was a good attendance of parents at the program presented the final
night.  

30 Years Ago (1979):  The City of Evansville is ready to enter into the step two phase of
designing its proposed new wastewater treatment plant, according to engineers Pat Olson and
George King of Donahue & Associates, Elkhorn.  The step one facilities plan was approved two
weeks ago by the Dept. of Natural Resources and is expected to be approved soon by the
Environmental Protection Agency.  The next step will be to apply for an EPA grant to cover 75
percent of the $186,000 cost to design the new facility.  The cost includes $178,000 for Donahue
& Associates to prepare the design, and $8,000 to have another firm take soil borings at the
proposed site.  In a related item, the Council adopted an offer to purchase from Juanita Reese on
the east side, the selected site for the new treatment plant.

20 Years Ago (1989):  Rehearsals are continuing for the Sesquicentennial play to be presented
Sunday, Sept. 3.  The play, “Glimpses of the Grove,” covers the history of Evansville from 1839
to 1939.  It centers around a family working on a Sesquicentennial play, including mother, played
by Sheri Moe; father, Kendall Schneider; two daughters and a son.  The son is played by Kyle
Schneider and one of the daughters by Heather Wyse.  The play was directed by Angela Wyse
and written by Sandy Luchsinger, Francette Hamilton and Margery Buckeridge.  As the family
works on the play, characters from the past come to life, including Col. G. W. Hall, Geo. Pullen,
Robert Richmond, T. C. Richardson of the Grange Store and others.

10 years ago (1999):  Thanks to a generous donation by former resident Lee Richardson, the
City will be getting price quotes and ordering new playground equipment.  Richardson’s original
donation of $10,000 mutual fund has now grown to over $25,000.  The new equipment will cost
approximately $15,000 and will replace existing equipment in lower Leonard Leota Park.  A safe
playing area will be created by adding 2 feet of sand under all of the new play equipment.