First Week of December 1869-1999
140 Years Ago (1869): Martin Case and Frank Treat have bought out Mr. Allen S. Baker’s blacksmith shop building
on Main street, and intend to open a first class livery early in the spring.
130 Years Ago (1879): Theodore Robinson intends leaving Evansville about January 1st. All wanting work done,
either crayon or in oil, please leave orders immediately.
120 Years Ago (1889): A neat little surprise was perpetrated upon the boys of the Baker shops Saturday night at
their game supper, which was furnished at the Evansville House by the vanquished sportsmen of Thanksgiving day
hunt or those who had killed (or bought) the least game on the counting up. It was a genuine stag party; no one
was to let his wife or sweetheart into the secret, on any account. But judge of their surprise when supper was
called, to find nonchalantly seated at another table, the identical ones whom they thought to exclude. The surprise
was magical, and the long faces exhibited a picture worthy an artist’s study. The surprise was taken good
humoredly, and a right merry time ended the festivities of a Thanksgiving hunt.
110 Years Ago (1899): Messrs. F. L. Janes, Dr. Snashall, Charlie Doolittle and Max Fisher went to Chicago
Thursday to see the football game. The football game placed in Chicago on Thanksgiving between the Universities
of Wisconsin and Michigan attracted the largest crowd that ever witnessed a game of this kind. It was a victory of
17 to 5 in favor of Wisconsin.
100 Years Ago (1909): About fifty old friends and neighbors got together Tuesday evening and sprung a complete
surprise on Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Collins, the occasion being the 34th wedding anniversary of the worthy couple.
The surprise was a complete one, and the gathering of so many old friends was so pleasant that home going time
arrived before any of the guests were ready for it. A set of solid silver spoons were left as a reminder of the
90 Years Ago (1919): Burr Jones of this vicinity is to be credited with the first wolf to be shot in the immediate
vicinity of Evansville for some time past. Mr. Jones reports that the wolf which he shot is not the only one to be
found. In fact, he stated yesterday that during the course of his hunt yesterday, he saw four animals. The killing
was made at Gibbs Lake. Wolf hunting is rather profitable if one bags a wolf, for not only is the skin valuable but
the county now pays a bounty of $25 and does the state also. $50 for an afternoon’s sport is not half bad.
80 Years Ago (1929): Domino Lad, Hereford herd sire owned by J. C. Robinson and son, local breeders, was
selected as senior champion at the International Livestock Show held last week in Chicago. The bull was named
grand champion at the Wisconsin State Fair this year.
70 Years Ago (1939): Next Tuesday night will mark the official opening of Evansville’s new high school gymnasium
erected as part of the city’s $220,000 building project. Featuring the gala dedication will be opening home game of
the 1939-40 season to be played between Coach George O’Neil’s squad and the powerful Wisconsin High
aggregation of Madison. Officiating will be Rollie Barnum, former local cage star whose team was the first to play in
the old gym following its erection in 1922.
60 Years Ago (1949): Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bovre entertained a large number of guests thanksgiving, Mr. and Mrs.
George Olsen, Donald, and Yvonne, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Olsen, Patty and Cheryl, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Franklin,
Sandra and Denny, Mrs. Esther Bone, Jean and Mary and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bone, of Janesville were amongst the
50 Years Ago (1959): The Cooksville Store opened Monday morning with the new owners, Mr. and Mrs. Edward
40 Years Ago (1969): Evansville Boy Scouts cut Christmas trees at Arena, Wisconsin on Saturday. Helping the
boys were Fran Erdmann, Scoutmaster; Tom U’Ren, Robert Wood, Leo Kuenzli, Bob Guth, Bob Moore and Bob
Anderson. Transportation to haul the trees was provided by Wisconsin Tanktainer of Evansville. The Boy Scouts
have these trees for sale now at the Scout house in Lake Leota Park with prices ranging from $2 to $5.
30 Years Ago (1979): Last Saturday, Robert O. Brunsell waded out into the lake to procure samples to be taken to
the Soils Lab in Madison. This is the first step in the Lake Leota dredging plan, proposed recently by the Lake
Leota Distrct. The analysis of the soil from the lake bottom is required by the DNR to determine what, if any toxic
materials might be in the soil, which would have a great bearing on whether or not the project can proceed. The
lake district group will now await the report from the soils lab.
20 Years Ago (1989): The Sesquicentennial Committee has awarded two Century Family Farm Certificates to
Evansville area farms. Donald E. Moore and Ben and Geneva Heffel qualified for the certificates, based on the
abstracts of their property showing that the farms had been in the same family since before 1889. Donald Moore
and Ben Heffel also qualified for Pioneer Family Certificates. The Moore farm, in section 9 of Magnolia Township,
was purchased in 1864 by Clinton W. Moore. The Heffel farm in section 28, Porter Township was purchased by
James Putnam Baker in 1849.
10 years ago (1999): Last Saturday, several parents enjoyed child-free shopping when they took advantage of
Laura’s School of Dance’s child care clinic. As part of the dance school’s effort to raise funds for their February
2000 trip to Chicago, to study with famous choreographer, Joe Tremaine, several dance school students offered
child care for the day. Dance students who provided TLC to the children were Tricia Bisch, Anne George, Karla
Hatch, Whitney Krause, Rachel Martin, Kari Raley and Bethany Sarow. Other invaluable caretakers were Mrs. Barb
George, Rose Pomplun, Sally Busse, and Tammy Pomplun who coordinated the event.
Second Week of December 1869-1999
140 Years Ago (1869): Pork is coming into the market very fast. The reasons are good and we are glad our
farmers improve the opportunity at figures that seem almost impossible – 12 ½ cents.
130 Years Ago (1879): Tuesday, Dec. 2, being the tenth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. Elmer Bullard and Miss
Edwina Hubbard, their friends met at their residence to celebrate the event. Their number so great as to fill their
large house to overflowing, and the substantial tokens they left behind them were valuable and appreciable. May
the happy couple’s shadows never grow less.
120 Years Ago (1889): Frank Greatsinger is suffering from a very sore and painful eye, caused by a steel sliver
flying into it while he was sharpening the mill stones.
110 Years Ago (1899): R. F. Woodbury came to his death from an overdose of poison, supposed to be morphine,
administered by his own hands. Business reverses, financial difficulties, and family troubles are no doubt the
cause. Mr. Woodbury was 69 years of age. He had been in the general mercantile business here in the same
building for at least 30 years, for some time in partnership with Reuben Winston, deceased. It is now supposed his
reverses date back about five years.
100 Years Ago (1909): Mrs. Flora Winston, a former well known resident of this city, but now living in Chicago, has
presented her private library to the Evansville public library, a donation that will be highly appreciated. [Note: Flora
Winston owned a house that stood on the library lot and it was moved to make way for building the new library
building in 1907.]
90 Years Ago (1919: Married Thanksgiving Day, at the home of the bride’s parents, four miles east of Evansville,
occurred the marriage of Miss Jennie Fursett, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Fursett, to Clarence Hagan, son
of Mr. and Mrs. John Hagan, who live north of town. Rev. T. C. Thorson, pastor of the Norwegian Lutheran Church,
Janesville read the marriage service, in the presence of the immediate relatives and a few friends. The bridal
couple was attended by Miss Helma Bierkness and Melvin Fursett.
80 Years Ago (1929): Ernest Clifford, 59, and George Buhler, 22, sustained severe injuries Wednesday when an
elevator broke and fell from the second floor of the Baker Manufacturing Company’s plant. Mr. Clifford’s shoulder
was dislocated and his ear and cheek badly hurt. Mr. Buhler was injured internally but no cuts or broken bones
could be found. He suffered bruises, was shaken up and was in a dazed condition when taken to the hospital.
70 Years Ago (1939): Evansville’s new high school gymnasium was dedicated Tuesday night with Coach George O’
Neil’s sharp-shooting basketball team trimming Wisconsin High, 40 to 34. The Evansville squad included Bob
Graham, Bill Schuster, Art Phillips, Bob Hurd, Marvin Luchsinger, Wilbur Luchsinger, Gordon Jorgensen, Phil
Roberts, Bob Brunsell, Clyde Rosen, Rolland Bowen, Jim Johnson, Tom Golz, Wally Erdman, Don Graham, Carl
Weaver, Duane Jordahl, Don Hartin, Francis Erbs, and Manager Wally Olson.
60 Years Ago (1949): Handel’s “water music” substituted for the traditional Lohengrin’s strains at the wedding of
Miss Thea LaBudde, daughter of Mrs. LeRoy LaBudde, Milwaukee, and William C. Brunsell, Milwaukee, son of Mr.
and Mrs. H. F. brunsell, Evansville. The ceremony was performed at 3:30 p.m. last Saturday in the Lutheran
Church of the Redeemer in Milwaukee, by the Rev. Paul Bishop, president of the synod of the United Lutheran
Church, who came from Minneapolis to read the service. The Womans’ Club of Wisconsin was the setting for the
reception after the rites. When the young people return from a honeymoon in the southwest, they will reside at
2165 N. Cramer Street, Milwaukee.
50 Years Ago (1959): John W. Paulson, seaman, USCG, son of Mr. and Mrs. John V. Paulson of 12 N. Second St.,
Evansville, deported Boston, Mass, December 1 aboard the Coast Guard ice-breaker Eastwind bound for the
Antarctic and participation in Operation Deepfreeze 60. Enroute the ice breaker’s first stop was Dec. 7 in the Canal
Zone for a two-day layover. Then she sailed for Port Lyttelton, N. Z. with arrival scheduled for New Year’s. Jan. 4
the Eastwind will leave Lyttelton and arrive at her base of operation, Hallett station in the Ross Sea Jan. 15, where
she will officially report to the Navy support forces of Antarctica.
40 Years Ago (1969): Evansville folks, especially those interested in last year’s basketball team, will be glad to
know that two of the team members, David Baumgarten and Tom Allen, are making good on college basketball
teams. Dave is a member of the U. W. freshmen team at Madison and scored nine points in Monday night’s game.
Tom has been chosen a member of the varsity team at Platteville State College.
30 Years Ago (1979): A group of four Evansville businessmen have signed an offer to purchase agreement with
Wyler School owner Chester Des Rochers, it was revealed at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Roger Berg, Marv
Langeteig, Alvin Helgesen and Rollie Devlin had their offer to purchase accepted Monday, Berg told the Council.
He and his partners appeared before the Council to ask for the City’s help in forming a Tax Incremental Finance
(TIF) district to help finance development and restoration of the Wyler School property. Tentative plans for the
property include six single family dwellings, three multi-unit dwellings, a 36 unit apartment complex for the elderly
and handicapped and restoration of structurally sound historic buildings.
20 Years Ago (1989): A public informational meeting was set for system improvements of the Evansville Municipal
Water Utility including the construction of a new elevated water storage tower; construction of a new booster
pumping station; installation for water treatment chemical feed equipment; installation of water main replacement
and extensions; installation for updated water utility monitory and control system. The improvements listed were
recommended by Donohue and Associates in a study done earlier this year. Estimated rate increases to utility
customers could be as high as 60 percent.
10 years ago (1999): Gil and Diane Skinner, of Kelly House, expressed their interest in building independent senior
citizen duplexes in two buildings on the land between Fifth and Sixth Streets. Each of the four units would have two
bedrooms, one and a half baths and a single car garage. Services from the Kelly House could be provided. The
Skinners would set the buildings toward the west to provide green space for their neighbors and they would try to
preserve some of the existing trees.
Several weeks ago the article in the 1959 In Review mentioned the donation of the stained glass, lights, and other
items from the St. John’s Lutheran Church, to a church in Perry, Iowa. The items were donated by H. Fred Brunsell,
who had purchased the church on First Street.
Third Week of December 1869-1999
140 Years Ago (1869): Perry Huff, of this village, aged 21 years, departed this life Monday afternoon of that fatal
130 Years Ago (1879): The new church in Cooksville. Our new church, the first and only one ever erected in our
village is very nearly completed and we hope to dedicate it on Thursday, Dec. 18. In Cooksville, as in most small
places there is quite a variety of religious beliefs. There are a few Baptists, a few Congregationalists, Episcopals,
Methodists, Presbyterians, Unitarians, Universalists, Nothingarians etc. There is, however, but one church
organization, the Congregational, (Evangelical,) and their religious meetings are the only regular services held.
These services are attended and supported by all. Such being the case, we all united in securing a church
property, and placing its title and care in the hands of the Congregationalists, with the understanding that, when not
in use by them, it shall be free to any Christian denomination. The work was done principally by contract. Mr. Keller
did the mason work. Mr. Hoxie did the wood work and painting in his own masterly manner.
120 Years Ago (1889): We do not know when there has been so much preparation going on for Christmas in
Evansville as there is this year. Extensive and expensive presents will be made, and festivities that are almost
beyond enumeration. The universal cry of “Hard Times” does not seem to terrify any one, until you ask them to pay
that little bill that has stood so long. Merchants are filling their shelves with everything that will attract the eye and
please the little folks, aye, bigger ones too. Should the weather continue pleasant, Christmas will be a big day in
110 Years Ago (1899): Miss Margaret Earle and Nellie Fessenden and Oliver Earle of Porter and Raleigh Argus of
Dayton are boarding with Mrs. Chas. Lowery this winter and attending school at the Seminary
100 Years Ago (1909): Electric light poles and wiring have been erected on Longfield Street and there will be more
light on that street in the near future and it was greatly needed.
90 Years Ago (1919: As a fuel conservation measure beginning next Monday, the public library will close every
afternoon at 4:30 and every evening, excepting Tuesday and Saturday. On those evening it will be open at the
usual time, from 7 to 9.
80 Years Ago (1929): Ernest Clifford and George Buhler, employees of the Baker Manufacturing Company who
were injured in an elevator crash at the plant last week, are improving in Mercy hospital, Janesville, according to
attending physicians. It is expected that Mr. Buhler will be able to return to his home here in a few days.
70 Years Ago (1939): The “E” Club is composted of only letter winners: Bob Graham, president; Betty Brunsell,
secretary; Ardith Higgins, Arthur Phillips, Don Wall, Bill Schuster, Clyde Rosen, Lois Nelson, Joyce Bone, Gordon
Jorgensen, Phil Roberts, Wilbur Luchsinger, Bob Gibbs, John Haakenson, Theo Devine, Dolores Fraser, Ruth
Covert, Janette Berry, Tom Golz, Bill Carey, Phyllis Dreher, Bob Hurd, Don Graham. The purposes of the new club
are to promote the betterment of athletics in E. H. S.; to help and regulate school life; and to promote
sportsmanship in the student body and among members of the athletic teams. All “E” Club members are expected
to help regulate the conduct of other students and help take care of the new building.
60 Years Ago (1949): Miss Marjean Moore, New York, former local resident, now sings with the Robert Shaw
Choral. The group will present two Christmas broadcasts, the first one over ABC from 8 to 8:30 Saturday night,
Christmas eve and the second one from 11:30 to 12 Christmas morning over CBS. Miss Moore has many friends in
Evansville who will enjoy listening to the program.
50 Years Ago (1959): Four local post office employees have received safe-driving awards from the National Safety
Council. Robert Horne, rural carrier, received an award for six years of safe driving, and William Ware, rural carrier,
a two-year recognition. Fred Koehler and Frances Erbs, both city carriers, also received two-year awards.
40 Years Ago (1969): Andy Wyse, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wyse, was notified last Friday of his placement in the
Americans Abroad Program of American Field Service, for which he had applied in October. Andy is a senior at
Evansville High School. He will leave in January for San Francisco, where he will join an AFS flight to Australia.
Andy is the first EHS student who has been placed in the AFS school program. He will be in Australia from January
until January of 1971.
30 Years Ago (1979): The cast and crew of the one-act play “When God Comes to Breakfast – You Don’t Burn the
Toast” traveled to Stevens Point last weekend and came home with All-State honors at the Wisconsin High School
Forensics Association. The play features three actors, Sue Brunsell, Joe Wollinger and Carolyn Jordan. Ted
Moskonas and Pam Wilson directed the play. The Evansville production received “advance” rationings from judges
at the district and sectional levels and thus qualified for the state festival.
20 Years Ago (1989): The resignation of high school principal Verne Hoffman was accepted at the regular school
board meeting Monday night. Hoffman will take early retirement, in accordance with the new DPI ruling approved
recently. His retirement is effective as of the end of the 1989-90 school year. Hoffman has been in the Evansville
school district for 28 years. He has been a teacher, assistant principal and is currently principal.
10 years ago (1999): On Nov. 1, 1999 Martin Kerkenbush, U. S. Army was promoted to the rank of Major at Ft.
Rucker, Alabama. Kerkenbush returned to Ft. Hood, Texas in September after a six-month tour of duty in Bosnia as
Task Force Med Eagle S3 Operations Officer. Currently he is at Ft. Rucker for an advanced aircraft transition to
the UH60 Blackhawk helicopter. Upon completion of the transition, he will join his wife Captain Nichole Kerkenbush
(ROTC Nurse Counselor for the Universities in the NW Region) at Ft. Lewis, Washington where he will be the
Medical Planner 1st Corps Division Corps Surgeons Office. Kerkenbush is a 1984 graduate of Evansville High
School and a 1988 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Fourth Week of December 1869-1999
140 Years Ago (1869): A New Year’s party is to come off at the Magnolia house on Thursday evening the 30th
130 Years Ago (1879): The Fire Company have now a Fire Alarm which can be heard all over the village. It was
made by the Baker manufacturing Co. and weights 70 lbs.
120 Years Ago (1889): Judging from the dray loads of goods being shipped from this city and received at the
Express office, there will be the largest amount of holiday goods shipped from and received in this place ever known
before. Two large dray loads arrived for distribution here today.
110 Years Ago (1899): Mrs. Helen Winston has sued Mr. Frank Woodbury for about $300 store rent. Mr.
Woodbury alleges that he was simply employed to work in the store for his deceased father and is not responsible
in any manner for the rent. Frank Woodbury and family expect to move to Woodstock, Ill. Next week where Mr.
Woodbury has employment in his father-in-law’s hotel. (Note: the Woodbury Store was at 17 East Main, in the
store currently being remodeled by Dave Mosher and Associates.)
100 Years Ago (1909): The rural mail carriers will make their usual rounds Christmas day, but will make no
deliveries on New Year’s day. The post office will be open, however, Christmas till one o’clock, when it will be closed
for the remainder of the day.
90 Years Ago (1919): The firm of Holloway and Richards has dissolved and neither member has any right to bind
the other by contract or otherwise or to incur any obligations whatsoever in the name of the former firm. I have
gone south for the winter, but will return in time for work next season and will continue in the tiling business.
80 Years Ago (1929): A girls’ athletic association has been organized at Evansville High under the supervision of
George O’Neil, athletic director. Inis Miller has been elected president of the organization, Evelyn Tucker, vice
president; and Doris Broughton, secretary. The new organization which now has a total membership of 85, will
sponsor five sporting events; namely, soccer, volleyball, basketball, kittenball, and track and field. Letters and
monograms carrying the insignia of the club will be awarded on a point system.
70 Years Ago (1939): Among the new arrivals at the Eager Free Public Library is a juvenile animal book, “Kongo,
the Elephant” written by E. Cadwallader Smith, former Evansville resident and retired Madison salesman.
60 Years Ago (1949): Richard Rasmussen, 22, was taken to St. Mary’s hospital Monday afternoon in the Roderick
ambulance for treatment after being gassed while at work in Art’s Super Service garage here. He was working on a
Dorchester Canning Company tractor and after completing the repair job, he delivered the tractor to the company
plant. When he opened the door to get out of the cab he collapsed. Although he was unconscious when he was
admitted to the hospital, he recovered consciousness in a short time and his condition is satisfactory.
50 Years Ago (1959): Eight Pet Milk Co. employees from Evansville were presented with service awards at a
unique 75th anniversary dinner of the company. This was one of 77 such celebrations held from coast to coast and
in Canada for 11,000 Pet employees and guests. Local Pet employees who received service awards were Leo B.
Brunsell, 31 years; Donald E. Hart, 13 years; Clifford R. Carlson, 12 years; Tom B. Edge, 11 years; Willard C.
Sarow, 11 years; Herman Burki, 10 years; Reuben L. Golz, 10 years and Roy F. Van Brocklin, 7 years.
40 Years Ago (1969): The Evansville Firemen have given the residents of Evansville a warm Christmas present in
the form of tax savings this year but most of the taxpayers are probably unaware of the sacrifices of the firemen
involved. The brush buggy has been used many times already, especially in the fall when a rash of grass fires is
always on the agenda. The firemen donated all of their practice salaries to equip the truck. They have also used
funds from the annual Fireman’s Ball. So, the entire cost of $1,627 was borne by the firemen and none of the tax
payer’s money was needed.
30 Years Ago (1979): The Evansville City Council approved permitting two students to paint a mural of the city’s
history on the walls of the Council chamber through a new government program called Career Occupational
20 Years Ago (1989): At a Baker Manufacturing Company Board of Directors meeting last week, Peter D. Sears
was elected President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the Company, effectively immediately. He
succeeds Frank X. Sandner, Jr., who retired as President and Chief Executive Officer, after serving in that capacity
since 1975. Mr. Sears worked for 25 years with Longyear Company, a $200 million manufacturing concern which
recently moved its headquarters from Minneapolis to Salt Lake City, Utah. Sears, age 49, is married and has two
daughters, both in college. He and his wife currently reside in the Minneapolis area.
10 years ago (1999): Scott George, Evansville’s Fire Chief and longtime resident, was approved at the Council
meeting Tuesday night to be the Superintendent of the Evansville Water & Light Dept. Scott will take over in
January, when Superintendent Merle Smith retires. Jan. 3 will be his last day. George has been with the city since
1978 when he was in the Public Works Department. In 1982, he joined the Water and Light department, moving to
his present position of Water Plant Operator in 1984. His salary will be $46,000 and he will have a one year
Fifth Week of December 1869-1999
140 Years Ago (1869): Charles A. Potter, for eight years a resident of Milton Junction, formerly telegraph operator
and freight agent, and latterly express agent, has been appointed agent at Evansville on B & M Division C & N. W.
Railway and will act as express agent and telegraph operator. [Note: Evansville was on the Beloit & Madison
Division of the Chicago and North Western Railway.]
130 Years Ago (1879): Married at the Central House, Evansville, Wis., Dec. 30, 1879, by Rev. E. Robinson, A. W.
Rutty of Dayton and Emeline A. Parkin of Mt. Pleasant
120 Years Ago (1889): The Baker Manufacturing Company gave their employees last week a vacation of four
days. The boys took advantage of their holiday by having a much needed rest from every day confinement at their
work. A more steady, temperate and gentlemanly gang of men cannot be found the country over. The Baker Co.
are to be congratulated on having the services of such an intelligent force, that have responded years to the daily
whistle of their engine.
110 Years Ago (1899): Mr. Paulson and wife and little daughter have arrived in this city to make their home. Mr.
Paulson succeeds D. H. Mihills in the lumber business and will live in the house now occupied by Mr. Mihills. [Note:
This lumber company was one of three operating in Evansville at the turn of the 20th century. It was located at the
southeast corner of Maple and Church Streets.]
100 Years Ago (1909): These young men will compete for the Elkhorn-Evansville debate, having been duly elected
Thursday afternoon: Earl Potter, Harold Theobald, Byrl Ballard, Cecil Ware, Grant Howard and Robert Hall. Grant
Howard was elected president of the boys debating lyceum Thursday afternoon and he will hold office until June 3.
90 Years Ago (1919): A supper was given to the men of the Congregational Church last Thursday evening and at
which time a Congregational men’s club was organized. The officers elected were: President, Z. W. Miller; Vice
President, J. W. Clark; Secretary, Phillip D. Pearsall; Treasurer, Leonard R. Finn. Meetings are to be held the last
Monday of each month.
80 Years Ago (1929): Turning its windmill standards into beacon towers, the Baker Manufacturing company filled
an order for 200 beacon towers for the United States Air Mail service in 1929. Industrial changes in 1929 included
the sale of the Garden Canning Company to the Columbus Canning company in June. Earl Gibbs is manager of
70 Years Ago (1939): Christmas cheer was brought to many needy Evansville families Saturday when lodge,
church and school groups distributed yuletide baskets and gifts throughout the city. The baskets were filled with
appetizing canned fruits, vegetables, groceries, and meats contributed by public spirited citizens and members of
the Eastern Star, the American Red Cross, American Legion Auxiliary, Women’s Literary Club and the Woman’s
Relief Corps. An unusually fine display of reconditioned toys donated and repaired by the Girl Reserves and pupils
of the upper grades was also given out under the supervision of Miss Ruth Chase, city nurse. The Baptist and
Methodist congregations made and donated attractive quilts and the Royal Neighbors lodge, sent 16 gifts to their
60 Years Ago (1949): On and after January 1, 1950, the Grange Store will close on Saturday nights at 9 p.m. or ½
hour earlier than customary, until further notice. This gives our employees an extra half hour Saturday night to join
you in relaxation, yet plenty of time for you to prepare for over the week-end.
50 Years Ago (1959): The Antes Printing Company has started moving back into its familiar red brick building on
Main Street. This issue of The Review will be the first job printed in the building since the disastrous fire Jan. 20,
1958, which entirely destroyed the interior of the building. Although machinery will be working in the building,
offices of the printing company and of The Review will remain in the Central Building for several more weeks, while
workmen complete the new offices in the Antes building. [Note: The Antes Printing Company was at 116 East Main
and the Central Building was at 101 East Main, today’s Baker Block apartments.]
40 Years Ago (1969): The Rev. Arne Waldemar will preach his last sermon in the First Baptist Church. Rev.
Waldemar has served as pastor for 6 ½ years. He and his wife are moving to Illinois where he will take over ministry
of the First Baptist Church in Villa Grove. Their farewell Sunday will be feted by a potluck dinner at the church.
30 Years Ago (1979): Nathan Edwards, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Edwards was presented the Eagle Scout Award
by Bill Hartje, Scoutmaster of Troop 514 at a Court of Awards held Sunday, December 16, at the United Methodist
Church, Evansville. Brian Anderson received a Tenderfoot Badge. Carl Gitchel received an Environmental Science
Merit Badge. Steve Edwards was awarded Communications Merit Badge and Life Scout Badge. Nathan Edwards,
who has completed 29 merit badges received a Genealogy Merit Badge.
20 Years Ago (1989): Irma Steinhoff, of Santiago, Chile, is back in Evansville until the end of January on a summer
vacation break from teaching school there. She was here for the Christmas holidays with her mother, Betty
Steinhoff and other relatives.
10 years ago (1999): The Elvehjem Museum of Art is presenting an exhibition Wildeword: The Art of John Wilde
now through Jan. 9, 2000. A master of oil painting and silverpoint drawing, John Wilde is one of Wisconsin’s most
respected artists. The Elvehjem is please to organize the first full-scale retrospective, approximately 75 outstanding
paintings and drawings, of this artist’s prolific career.
The book “Evansville” by Ruth Ann Montgomery from the Images of America Series, Arcadia Publishing, is available
at the Evansville Family Pharmacy, Ace Hardware, Piggly Wiggly, and Windmill Antiques. The book is also available
online from Arcadia Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
The book “Evansville” by Ruth Ann Montgomery from the Images of America Series, Arcadia Publishing, is available
at the Evansville Family Pharmacy, Ace Hardware, Piggly Wiggly, and Windmill Antiques. The book is also available
online from Arcadia Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.