First Week of August 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): From the farm of Wm. H. Johnson, Union, we have tobacco leaves measuring thirty-
six inches long and fifteen inches wide. Also a fine sample of wheat which yielded sixteen bushels to the acre,
oats, sixty-five bushels and barley forty-five bushes to the acre.
130 Years Ago (1881): A. S. Baker & Co., have commenced the foundation for their new machinery building.
It will be built entirely of stone, and as nearly fire proof as it is possible to do. Work is so pressing both at the
Furniture Factory and Windmill and Pump Works that an increase of two hours per day of labor seemed to be
necessary. They started in at six o’clock Tuesday morning and shut down at seven, evening.
120 Years Ago (1891): Col. Geo. W. Hall tells us he has ordered three sets of double harness of C. E. Lee,
to equip three spans of coal black horses for a band wagon he is getting up for his new combined circus and
menagerie of wild and trained animals. He will add his collection to the show now on exhibition by his son
Charles Hall, and prepare to make a winter tour south. They will make their first stand in Evansville.
110 Years Ago (1901): A meeting was held last Saturday night for the purpose of bringing before the city
authorities a petition asking that the cause of an offensive odor which has annoyed and threatened the
health of those who live and work in the vicinity of the creek south of the lower bridge, be removed. Action
has been taken that will do away with the odor. The current of the stream has been insufficient during the
prolonged drought to carry off the refuse from the shops and factories which have used the stream for that
purpose. It is to be regretted that the matter has not received attention before as cattle that are pastured
along the creek are sickening as well as persons.
100 Years Ago (1911): A unique city, Evansville offers to the manufacturers or to any one seeking a home in
an ideal city the following facts for consideration: Population, 2060; Location, 208 miles northwest of Chicago
and 68 miles west of Milwaukee on the main line of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad; Water Supply,
from springs of pure, cold water, and pumped thru 8 miles of mains to all parts of city. Owned by municipality;
Lighting, Electric light, day and night, and day power electric service. Owned by municipality. Schools,
graded and high school; Seminary, the Evansville Seminary founded in 1855. Prepares students for college;
Sewers, A system about to be installed; Sidewalks, 10 miles of cement walks; Manufacturers, Baker
Manufacturing Co. employing 160 hands. The D. E. Wood Butter Co., headquarters, one of the largest
concerns of its kind in the world. An up-to-date canning factory; Churches, various denominations
represented and all possess substantial edifices; Y.M.C.A. Good building-live organization; Library, Eager
Free Library of 5,000 volumes; Saloons, The imperial anti-saloon city of the state.
90 Years Ago (1921): Horace Franklin, 6 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Franklin, had the misfortune to
have a pitch fork jabbed through his foot.
80 Years Ago (1931): Stolen property valued at $150 was recovered by the Evansville Police department
during the month of July, according to the monthly report of Chief of Police Fred Gillman. Accidents to
persons numbered five, accidents to property four, burglary arrests one, and complaints investigated ten.
The report shows two run-a-way boys picked up, and two picked up on suspicion; vagrants locked up, 4.
70 Years Ago (1941): Charlotte Brunsell, daughter of Mrs. Grace Brunsell has been chosen by the
Evansville 4-H club as candidate for Rock County Fair Queen.
60 Years Ago (1951): The City Council decided to grant the Veterans of Foreign Wars permission to use the
fairgrounds track for stock car racing this fall. Francis Cook appeared in behalf of the VFW to tell of the
improvements in the fairgrounds which his group would make if permission to use the grounds was issued.
They would keep the track up, erect guard rails, put in bleachers where the grandstand stood, and provide a
permanent food stand in the Fine Arts building. The city was requested to allow the use of the city grader for
a few hours to help cut back the track where it has fallen in and grown over.
50 Years Ago (1961): The storms which struck Evansville early Sunday and Monday mornings took on the
semblance of tornadoes in several sections of the city. The house of Mayre Clark on South Second St. was
damaged by a falling tree and lightning struck several spots on the lawn and burned the grass. In other parts
of the city, the wind felled trees in yards and streets and a great deal of damage was done in the city parks.
The large willow tree on the east shore of Lake Leota was split in the center.
40 Years Ago (1971): The marriage of Miss Barbara Ann Blume, Marathon, Wis. and John W. Willoughby,
Evansville, was solemnized at 12 o’clock noon Saturday, July 31, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marathon.
Following a wedding trip to the West Coast, Mr. and Mrs. Willoughby will reside at 15 Garfield Ave.,
Evansville. Approximately 50 relatives and friends from Evansville attended the wedding.
30 Years Ago (1981): A recognition banquet is being planned to honor Bob Berezowitz and Jim Ganoung.
Berezowitz is leaving the Evansville school system to accept the position of assisting with the football and
track programs and teaching at UW-Whitewater. Ganoung was also on the Evansville faculty and has just
recently been named to the UW-Whitewater Sports Hall of Fame.
20 Years Ago (1991): Dr. Charles Nelson, of Evansville, presented Awards for Distinguished Service Sunday,
July 28, at the EAA Fly-In in Oshkosh. The awards were presented by the National Society of the Sons of the
American Revolution. Nelson is the former Vice President General of the Great Lakes District of the Sons of
the American Revolution.
10 years ago (2001):
Kathleen Verkuilen, Evansville, and Marie Luers, Madison (formerly of Evansville) graduated from Cardinal
Stritch University on May 20. Both earned a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership.
Second Week of August 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): The county was visited by another furious thunder storm last night accompanied by
a profusion of rain and a light gale of wind. Lightning struck a stack of barley in the stock yard of J. Corey,
near Footville. The fire was discovered by the neighbors who went to his assistance and by great exertions
they saved two of the fourteen stacks. About three hundred bushels were destroyed. The town of Union
crops are suffering for want of rain. Last night’s storm gave the region only a slight sprinkling.
130 Years Ago (1881): The barn of G. E. Newman, a short distance from Cooksville was struck by lightning
during the storm Friday night, and was burned to the ground. The barn contained hay, some farming tools,
four horses, harnesses and many other useful and valuable articles. Just as the clap passed, the boys,
Frank and Gideon, rushed out not only to find the barn on fire, but two of their most valuable horses stone
dead. They were a matched span of beautiful grays, and said to have been worth $400. One of the other
horses, not killed, stood by the side of the killed ones, untouched. The other one was in another part of the
barn, and belonging to Mr. Newell, also unharmed, but terribly frightened. There was no insurance; the loss
was total, and the boys feel it sorely, for it was their all and sole dependence for business.
120 Years Ago (1891): Col. Geo. W. Hall goes to St. Louis on the 15th inst. to attend a large sale of wild
animals where he expects to purchase a supply for his own use. We think that the Col. wears the most
valuable diamonds of any person in the state, two of which alone are valued at $3,000 besides the smaller
one. His son, Charles, who is now on the road with a very successful show, is expected at his home in this
place with his show on the 19th inst.
110 Years Ago (1901): Miss Clara Chapel took her departure Monday to enter a training school for nurses in
Chicago. She has been the very efficient librarian in the public library here since its successful inauguration
where she made many warm friends who will regret her departure very much and wish her the best of success.
100 Years Ago (1911): The grand stand being put up at the fair grounds is under way. A splendid cement
foundation has been laid and the superstructure will soon be begun, affording a fine view of all the events on
the track. Acrobatic feats of various kinds will be given each day on the fair grounds during the Rock County
Fair, Sept. 5, 6, 7, and 8.
90 Years Ago (1921): A deal was made this week whereby George and Ray Smith have purchased the meat
market which has been owned and operated by Charles Barnum. These gentlemen are too well known in
Evansville to need any boosting, as when they ran this same market last year they built themselves an
enviable reputation for the quality of their meats and their prompt and courteous style of service. They will
again make a specialty of home made bologna and sausage, a line of goods which was very popular with
their customers when they ran the shop before.
80 Years Ago (1931): The Porter 4-H club was awarded fourth place in the 4-H booth contest at the
Stoughton Festival. The Porter club awards being received as follows: baking club, sponge cake, first prize,
June Porter; sewing slip, second prize, bloomers, second prize and dyed garment, second prize, Ruth
Hommerstad; pet pillow, fifth prize, Borghild Haakenson; calf club, Brown Swiss, grade calf, Lyle Viney;
Guernsey calf, second prize, Paul Porter; pig club, Duroc Jersey, third prize, Omar Haakenson; Poland China
pig, third prize, James Bovre.
70 Years Ago (1941): Three thousand men, women and youngsters gathered for the 17th annual Irish picnic
held at St. Paul’s Catholic church grounds. About 1,l00 persons were served at noon in the parish hall and
more than 400 were served in the evening. Mrs. Peter Garry was chairman of the food committee. Dr. J. P.
Guilfoyle was in charge of ticket sales. Games were played. The turtle game was in charge of Mark Collins;
James Finnane had charge of the candy sale; William Finneran conducted the ring game and Stanley Farrell
had charge of the pinball games.
60 Years Ago (1951): Evansville business men have combined to sponsor two bargain days. The following
stores are cooperating in the project: Evansville Dry Cleaning Co., Brown Drugs, Krebs Pharmacy, Coast-to-
Coast store, Western Auto Associate store, Runke Appliance store, Bradford Style shop, Grange store,
Hamilton Hardware Co., Julie’s Style shop, Juvenile shop, Work Basket Gift shop, and Helgesen Farm
50 Years Ago (1961): J. B. Larsen’s, newest enterprise is a large dance hall, which Benny hopes will revive
dancing in this area. The new structure further enhances his rapidly expanding business landscape on the
eastern outskirts of Evansville. The various facets of his enterprises now include a complete restaurant and
gift shoppe, a cocktail lounge, a large dance hall and a sizeable orchard. He maintains burros for his
customer’s kiddies to ride.
40 Years Ago (1971): The employees of the Varco-Pruden Co. voted against unionization in the fourth and
fifth elections for a union shop. There were similar elections in 1967, 1968 and 1969. The employees voted
67-31 against joining the International Assn. of Machinists and 8-1 against joining the Teamsters. The
company, one of Evansville’s two major manufacturing firms, makes steel building frames.
30 Years Ago (1981): Evansville Jaycees lent a helping hand in constructing the new play ground equipment
at the elementary school. Some $13,000 worth of equipment, purchased through fund raising events was
built by Dave Brickl, Ron Maxwell, Larry Dobbs, Rick Martingilio, Jeff Farnsworth, Steven Schneeberger, Tom
Williams, Greg Whitmore, and Stan Gildner. The Water and Light Co. assisted by digging the holes.
20 Years Ago (1991): Edward V. Flesch, of Evansville, student at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport,
IA, has been named to the college Dean’s list. Flesch is enrolled in a five-academic year course of study
leading to the doctor of chiropractic degree.
10 years ago (2001): Resident Larry Ringhand commissioned artist Jonathan Wilde to put to canvas Lake
Leota’s beautiful shore. “I remember taking swimming lessons in the lake with the girls from the Leota
School,” reminisced Wilde. Wilde began his painting mid June and has a few finishing touches yet.
Third Week of August 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): Mr. Clark has disposed of the mail route contract between Evansville and Janesville,
to Mart Case, who commenced operations this morning.
130 Years Ago (1881): Wm. Alcott Esq., of the Spring Valley dairy farm, made us a call Friday. He came
over to arrange for his daughter to attend school at the Seminary. The fall term of the Seminary opens
Thursday, Sept. 1st.
120 Years Ago (1891): Mr. J. T. Waggoner, agent for the North-Western Phonograph Co., of Janesville, is
creating considerable surprise and wonder with one of Edison’s Phonographs in this city. He is now located
in the first building west of Magee’s block, which is crowded at times with wondering listeners. Att. H. N.
Simons and C. A. Libby were kindly granted the personal privilege of first talking and whistling into this
wonderful machine and then hearing the same accurately repeated even to the exact tone of voice. This
forenoon is to be devoted to lady callers.
110 Years Ago (1901): Mr. Geo. Wood returned Friday from his California visit and is much pleased with that
country. He says that Mr. Jerome Bemis has an oil well which produces five barrels per day and that his son,
Asa has a grocery in Los Angeles in which he is doing a nice business.
100 Years Ago (1911): One of the saddest accidents in years occurred when little seven year old Ben Ellis,
son of Mr. and Mrs. B. R. Ellis, was run down by a freight car that was being switched near the depot, his right
arm and leg were crushed so they had to be amputated and the little chap died on the operating table a few
hours later. The child was watching the loading of the Kit Carson Wild West show, when the car backed down
on him, throwing him under the wheels. His parents are grief stricken over the fatality and have the sympathy
of the entire community.
90 Years Ago (1921): Paul Edwards, athletic director of the Evansville high school states that there will be
no football team in the high school the coming school year but that the basketball team will be strong.
Several games are already scheduled, the first game of the season being played in the new gym of the high
school, on which occasion the admission will be free to all. There will be three regulars, Cain, Barnum and
Roberts on the team this year, but the rest of the team has not been decided on.
80 Years Ago (1931): Word reaches friends in this city that Dan Markham, formerly of the Review Linotype
force, and for several years owner of the Brodhead Independent, had the misfortune to lose part of one of his
thumbs in a circular saw.
70 Years Ago (1941): Edwin Devine, who was a private first class at the Air Corps Technical school, Chanute
Field, Ill., was last week promoted to the non-commissioned officer grade of corporal. Corporal Devine is one
of 219 enlisted men of Chanute Field whose abilities and adherence to duty warranted this honor.
60 Years Ago (1951): According to Supt. J. C. McKenna there will be about 285 in high school with a
freshman class of about 80. There will be approximately 380 in the grades. The two sections of first grade
will be housed in the Masonic Temple. The seventh and eighth combination will be in the grade building this
year and the eighth grade will be in the high school building.
50 Years Ago (1961): Girl Scout troop No. 176 left Saturday for a chain of lakes near Waupaca to spend a
week in camp. Those who went are Sue Crull, Janeen Cufaude, Linda Holden, Judeen Krause, Karen
Krueger, Cheryl Olson, Beverly Rowin, Mary Schaller and Candy Reynolds. They were accompanied by Mr.
and Mrs. Harold Krueger, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Holden, Mrs. Delbert Krause and Miss Karen Bennett. The
latter is serving as life guard for the girls.
40 Years Ago (1971): John Olson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Olson, Evansville, was among some 500
young men and women who visited the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison to begin registration for
University studies in September.
30 Years Ago (1981): School board members have received many complaints from district people saying
that instead of buying computers, they should get books for the children, many of whom can’t read and write.
One board member commented that she had many afterthoughts, since voting for the computers at an earlier
20 Years Ago (1991): At the Tuesday night council meeting last week, Mayor Chris Eager told the council
members that the park has never looked better. A lot of tall grass, along the railroad track and the lake, has
been cleared. New asphalt has been put in around the tennis court parking area, by the lower ball diamond,
plus blacktopping on the park road, giving the park a nice clean appearance.
10 years ago (2001): Corvan and Joanne Neuenschwander of Evansville, will celebrate their 50th wedding
anniversary with an open house hosted by their children. Corvan and Joanne Fraser were married August
18th, 1951 in Evansville. They farm together in the Evansville area. Their family includes Corky and
grandson Jonathon Neuenschwander, Christine (Pete) Sendelbach, along with granddaughters Ashley and
Fourth Week of August 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): Ex-sheriff Daniel Johnson has gone into the beef steak and mutton chop business in
130 Years Ago (1881): Frankie Morse was badly stung about five o’clock Thursday afternoon by a large
bumblebee, in the temple, and immediately the poison spread through his whole system, showing itself in
large red, itching, blotches, very painful, and giving the boy a decidedly unpleasant sensation. Dr. Evans was
applied to who administered bromine, which seemed to counteract the poison and give relief. He was very
sick for some time and did not fully recover for some days. A parcel of boys were breaking up a nest in some
out-building. Frankie thought he would share the fun with the boys, and had just stepped in when a big old
bee went for him business and foremost, and gave the boy a decidedly bad impression of robbing bumble
bees for their honey.
120 Years Ago (1891): Colonel George Hall will not spend the winter in Evansville as has been his custom in
years gone by. He went to Philadelphia the other day, bought many of the animals from the zoological
gardens there and otherwise put his show in first class condition. Then he took down his map of the West
Indies and drew a line from Antigua to Martinique, then to Barbados, Port of Spain, Trinidad, San Fernandos,
Grenada, St. Kitts and Guadalupe, then across the strait to Puerto Rico, stopping at Port of St. John and at
Ponce, thence back to Nassau and from there to Haiti and Key West. A ship will be chartered at Jacksonville,
Florida for the trip and the show will go from the town to town by boat wherever possible. Before going to the
West Indies, however, Colonel Hall will make a tour through the southern states. A special train is being built
for him in Chicago and will be ready by the time of the opening of the southern season.
110 Years Ago (1901): Orville Green, who has been in charge of a school for Indians at Pine Ridge, S. D. for
several years has been put in charge of a similar school at Manderson. This brings him fifty miles nearer
civilization. He is enjoying having his sister Myrtle with him this year.
100 Years Ago (1911): The work of the Rock County Fair Association in getting all things in readiness for the
opening of the fair is progressing in a satisfactory manner. The floral building has been moved over on to the
land recently purchased of V. C. Holmes and is located just south of the grandstand, and it is said will have a
concrete floor. Two new sheep sheds with cement foundations are also being built, which will afford splendid
accommodations for this kind of stock.
90 Years Ago (1921): R. M. Antes and party, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Antes, Mrs. John Waite and child,
Mrs. P. D. Pearsall and William Antes returned last Sunday from Point Antes, Found Lake, in Vilas County.
To illustrate the splendid condition of Wisconsin roads and especially of Trail No. 10, it is only necessary to
state that with six people in the car, from nine-thirty in the morning to eleven-thirty in the evening they drove
from Vilas county to this city, a distance of 302 miles, all the way, but eleven miles on Trail No. 10.
80 Years Ago (1931): From some unknown cause, the Grange Store Warehouse, in the old Frost Engine Co.
building, just south of the freight depot, caught fire and was badly wrecked Monday night, the building being
filled with egg cases, many of which contained excelsior, which was protected from water by the sides of the
cases. The fire started about 11 o’clock, and the fire boys worked on it all night before they could get it
entirely out. The fact that the building had an iron roof, which kept the fire from breaking through and flying
over the adjoining buildings, which in this locality are close together, probably saved several other buildings
from catching fire. Once again is the wisdom of our city in having adequate fire apparatus vindicated.
70 Years Ago (1941): Members of the 1941 graduating class now employed in the plant of the Baker
Manufacturing company are Russell Andrew, Frank Clark, Francis Erbs, Gordon Jorgensen, Robert Olson,
Arthur Phillips, Lee Shantz, Alwyn Utzig, Roger Collins and Lester Julseth.
60 Years Ago (1951): With 45 boys working hard, and more due to come out when school starts, Football
Coaches Dave Demechei and Bill Hinze hope to whip a good Evansville team into shape. The 12 lettermen
back are Bill Ehredt, Bud Hatlevig, Don Allen, Don Guse, Gordon Brunsell, Dan Finnane, Wood Clark, Leo
Kuenzli, Jack Miller, Malcolm Hull, and Bill Heffel.
50 Years Ago (1961): Evansville’s police officers, Chief Richard Luers, John Whitmore, LaVerne Gallman
and Deputy Kenneth Grenawalt were among the volunteers who went to the Dells area Tuesday and
Wednesday to assist in the capture of desperados hiding in that vicinity after they had killed a Baraboo
officer. Local officers were stationed at the Sauk City bridge on Tuesday. Buzz Schwartzlow, former
Evansville officer, was on duty here during the absence of the officers.
40 Years Ago (1971): The new position high school athletic director has been established with Richard
Schwartz named to the post. New teachers for the high school thus far include Miss Marguerite LaCoursiere;
science; Ray Weigand, agriculture; Elizabeth Zarinnia, librarian; Joseph Amato, social studies; and Michael
Krueger, science and area coordinator.
30 Years Ago (1981): Marty Golz, who graduated from the UW-Eau Claire in Business Administration last
May, left for Melbourne, Australia in July. She will be there until next summer as a financial trainee. Marty is
Administrative Officer for the Victoria Health Commission.
20 Years Ago (1991): The 191-92 Evansville FFA officers made initial plans for the year at a three-day
Leadership Training Workshop near Montello, Wisconsin. Officers for the year are Stacy Crull, president;
Kelly Crull, treasurer; Heather Weigand, reporter, Peter Haakenson, secretary and Gary Burkhalter, advisor.
10 years ago (2001): The Bank of Monticello has agreed to acquire the Evansville, Wis. branch office of
Associated Bank. The transaction, which will create the Bank of Evansville, a branch of the Bank of
Monticello is subject to regulatory approval. The Bank of Monticello is a locally owned community bank
established in 1896.
Fifth Week of August 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): The Rock County Sabbath School Convention was held at Evansville on Wednesday
and Thursday. It opened with quite a number of vacant seats, but the arrival of delegates and the citizens
becoming interested on the subject, the house was filled to its crowded capacity by Thursday night.
130 Years Ago (1881): Mr. Robert Alcorn’s house on East Main St., was the scene of a very unusual
gathering, Thursday afternoon, August 25. This being Mr. Alcorn’s 73rd birthday, a large company of
Evansville veterans took possession and held the fort for several hours. In the company were Mr. Charles
Rowley, Peter Becker and wife, G. A. Dibble and wife, E. S. Sutphen and wife, J. West and wife, Mr. and Miss
Rosecrans, Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Bement, Mrs. Hoskins, Mrs. D. Wadsworth and Mrs. D. Smith. The average age
of the men present was 75 years, that of the women 65 ½.
120 Years Ago (1891): Mr. and Mrs. John Bly are the proud parents of a nice little girl as a late arrival at their
house since last Tuesday night.
110 Years Ago (1901): Mr. Brown informs us that the work of getting material upon the grounds, etc., for the
waterworks, has been in progress for several days, but the digging in the streets will not be commenced for a
couple of weeks as it is necessary to have all of the material here and ready for use first.
100 Years Ago (1911): List of City Teachers: J. F. Waddell, Principal; Lillian B. Ludington, English; B. H.
Gaddis, mathematics; Grace R. Cady, Latin and German; E. O. Evans, science. In the grades the following
teachers have been chosen by the board: Lizzie Gillies, 8th grade; Jessie Kelly, 7th grade; Della J. Hubel, 6th
grade; Isabel Lewis, 5th grade; Cora Fairbanks, 3rd grade; Myrtle Green, 2nd grade; Mae Simmons, 1st
grade; Carolyn Hatch, kindergarten; Mae Phillips, kindergarten assistant; Marjorie Wallace, music and
90 Years Ago (1921): In his Eastern trip George Magee established a record for good luck in traveling 3,500
miles in a car he had neither puncture or blow out, the entire distance. George and wife visited Niagara Falls,
New York, Philadelphia and Washington D. C.
80 Years Ago (1931): Matt Ellis, who has the Leonard park concession, and who has charge night and day,
has taken quite a bit of trouble in making and stocking a small fish pond close to the bath house, where water
from the city bubbler would feed clear cool water into the pond. Mr. Ellis had it stocked with about thirty-five
crappie and blue gills, some of them being ten inches in length, so that tourist fishermen could see what kind
of fish with which Lake Leota was stocked. Friday night, however, someone who was fish hungry, lifted all the
fish except a few small ones, and took them elsewhere.
70 Years Ago (1941): A group of some fifteen members of the 1941 graduating class of 48 seniors has
selected institutions of higher education to attend during the ensuing year. Those planning to attend the
University of Wisconsin are Marion Steffen, Robert Gibbs, John Antes and Bruce Townsend. The class will be
represented at the Green County Normal school in Monroe by Mildred Allen and Howard Milbrandt. Jud
Pearsall will attend the State Teachers’ college at Whitewater. George Breckenridge has enrolled in college
at Ames, Iowa; Marian Hagen will enter nurse’s training in the Swedish American hospital in Rockford, Ill., and
Betty Groh will be a student in a girls’ college in the same city. Joyce Bone will leave early in September for
Greenville college. June Krueger plans to attend the Madison Vocational school and Charlotte Brunsell will
enter the Janesville Vocational school. Marvin Devlin plans to enter a mechanical school in Milwaukee in
October and Jim Johnson will leave in February for Florida to receive instruction in baseball.
60 Years Ago (1951): Three recent teacher vacancies have been filled, according to Supt. J. C. McKenna.
The new vocal music teacher is Miss Priscilla Rockweiler from Hillsboro. Miss Kathleen Steed, Antigo, will be
the 5th and 6th grade combination teacher, and Mrs. Richard Shea, Evansville, will be the other first grade
50 Years Ago (1961): Evansville Police Emergency Equipment includes a riot gun, first-aid kit and blankets,
radar meter, fire extinguisher, bedside oxygen units, resuscitators, humidifier, radio-equipped squad car and
radio equipment for contact with five different counties and various city departments.
40 Years Ago (1971): The completion of teaching appointments includes, Charles Olson, named as
elementary physical education instructor and assistant wrestling coach. Mrs. Olson was hired as a para-
professional. Mrs. Joan Winn is planning to join the staff as junior high and elementary vocal instructor. Mrs.
Victor Illichmann is hired to replace Kathy McAuliff as 3rd grade teacher.
30 Years Ago (1981): At the end of the summer reading program at the Eager Free Public Library prizes
were awarded to the top five readers: Robbie Peters, 51 books; Kari Hoff, 26; Carrie Kielas, 15; Libby Kress,
13; and Jessica Webber 13.
20 Years Ago (1991): Mr. and Mrs. Richard Templeton were among 12 families from throughout the state
honored by the Wisconsin FFA Association and the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture. Their outstanding farm-
business, involvement in many community activities and extensive work with the FFA and 4-H organizations,
gained them special state honors. The Templetons were selected for the honor by the Evansville FFA
10 years ago (2001): Jonathan Ehle, Cooksville, recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts
of America. Ehle, a recent graduate of Stoughton High School, was presented his Eagle Scout medal August
9 by Stoughton Troop 164. Ehle’s Eagle Scout project involved planting more than 50 trees around part of
the perimeter of the Cooksville Cemetery.