In Review
First Week of December 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  At the close of Thanksgiving services, Thursday, a report was made from the
committee on charity, appointed one year ago, to collect funds and provide for the needy and destitute in our
place.  The retiring committee are entitled to thanks of the community for the good work they accomplished
last winter and spring, in relieving many cases of destitution and sufferings.  They received $30.90 from all
sources and have distributed to those whom we thought worthy of sympathy and help, and the widows heart
has been comforted by your charity, and the wants of the poor have been partially relieved.  

130 Years Ago (1884):  G. A. R., T. L. Sutphen Post will give an oyster dinner and supper from 12 o’clock till
8 o’clock, p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13th inst. With the oysters will be served cake, pie, pickles, tea, coffee and
all that goes to make up a “good square meal.”  Price 25 cents per dish for oysters, accompaniments free.  
During the past year T. L. Sutphen Post has paid out between $200 and $300 for charitable purposes.  The
object of this dinner and supper is to obtain funds for future benefactions.  Come and get more than your
money’s worth G. A. R. hall.

120 Years Ago (1894):  The unique Thanksgiving festival of the city was the dinner given by Mr. and Mrs.
Almeron Eager, in honor of their daughter’s marriage.  But a few guests were present to witness the
ceremony performed by the Rev. J. Scott Davis, making Lyle S. Humphrey and Gertrude Eager, man and
wife.  Miss Clara Smith was bride’s maid and her cousin Mr. Clifford Smith acted as best man.  After the
ceremony and congratulations the guests repaired to the dining room and partook of an elaborate dinner.  
Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey departed for their new home in Madison on the evening train.  They were both born
and reared in Evansville and they take with them the best of wishes from a host of friends.

110 Years Ago (1904):  It is with pardonable pride that Evansville looks upon the accession of new business
enterprises within its corporate limits.  The addition of more not only brings more wealth, but in proportion
enhances the business interests of all.  The opening of a new drug store, with the well known name of Frank
M. Crow at its business head is a sure criterion of another stable business house in Evansville.  A hasty
glance through this new enterprise shows a well selected stock of pure drugs, school supplies, stationery and
novelties.  The prices attached to these are not fabulous, but in strict keeping with close margins for good
drugs and articles.  

100 Years Ago (1914):  Lester Bullard, who has been in Panama the past two years, returned to his home
here Sunday.  He has been holding an important position in the work of constructing the canal.

90 Years Ago (1924):   Mr. and Mrs. Elzie Libby and Robert Cain attended the homecoming game in
Whitewater Saturday.

80 Years Ago (1934):  The Cooksville Lutheran male chorus composed of Hans, Bennie, Johnnie, Edwin, and
Morris Haakenson, Allen Julseth and Harvey Brunsell will broadcast from station WCLO, Janesville, next
Friday morning at 8:45 o’clock as part of a religious service which will be conducted by Rev. M. H. Hegge,

70 Years Ago (1944):  Earl B. Knappenberger, Evansville received a note Saturday morning notifying him
that a broadcast message from his son, Pvt. Ralph W. Knappenberger, had been picked up via short wave
from Japan where young Knappenberger is a prisoner of war.  The text of the message is as follows:  “This is
the postman calling Evansville, Wis., and Mr. Earl B. Knappenberger from Pvt. Ralph W. Knappenberger, U.
S. army, now interred in a Tokyo camp, who sends this radiogram to his home.  He says, ‘Dear Folks,
received several letters from home and was glad to hear that you all are well.  Bill Schuster is with me.  We
are both in good health.  Give my best regards to all.  Love, Ralph.”  Pvt. Knappenberger and Pfc. Schuster
were reported to be in Philippine prison camp No. 1 in August.  These two local boys enlisted with the army
coast artillery and were sent to the Philippines, arrived there late in April 1941.  Before being sent overseas
they served at Angel Island, just out of San Francisco.  They were both on Corregidor when the Philippines
were surrendered.  

60 Years Ago (1954):  Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Janes, entertained at a family dinner for Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
Rasmussen and family, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Devlin, Mr. and Mrs. Rolland Devlin and family, Mr. and Mrs. Leo
Brunsell and family, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Taplin and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Janes.
50 Years Ago (1964):  Don Nelson, son of Mrs. Marian Nelson of 222 S. Madison St., Evansville, was
seriously hurt while practicing basketball after school in the high school gym.  Don collided with a teammate
while engaged in a scrimmage and evidently hit his head on the floor when he fell.  Quick application of first
aid on the part of the coaches, coolness on the part of the team and speedy treatment on the part of the
doctor and city ambulance perhaps prevented the injury from becoming even more serious.  Don suffered a
skull fracture.  

40 Years Ago (1974):  On Monday of this week the Christmas lantern lights were put up on Main Street and
on Madison Street, officially heralding the Christmas season in Evansville.  The Grange Store has
announced that they will have evening hours from Monday through Saturday until 9 pm from next Monday
night until Christmas for the convenience of the shoppers.

30 Years Ago (1984):  On Tuesday, Nov. 20, a group of 25 interested people from the community met at the
Coach House to meet two representatives of Anderson Trucking of St. Cloud, MN.  Anderson Trucking, which
hauls 1,000 loads a year for Varco-Pruden, is interested in adding to their operations in Wisconsin.  
Presently Andersons is looking at 3.8 acres of city land on the east end of town, which would suit their
purposes very well.

20 Years Ago (1994):  Five Star Productions announces that Harvard Corporation of Evansville is scheduled
to appear on their highly acclaimed national television series, Today’s Environment.  Harvard Corp. offers a
solution to cut liquid waste at the source.  Better filtration can dramatically extend the lifespan of industrial
and mobile coolants, lubricants, oils, and refrigerants.  Their filters work in a system to provide constant
contamination control and by frequent and effective filtration, fluids, can retain their vitality.  This means far
less fluid needs to be disposed of, and that bodes well for the environment.  The program will air on
American Independent Network.  

10 years ago (2004):  The Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation announced their 2004 Awards.  Included
in the Non-Residential Restoration category, the Union Bank of Evansville is being honored for façade work
on the downtown Snashall & Mygatt Bldg. as part of an expansion of the bank.  The project was completed
this year.  The 6 E. Main building project was enabled by state and federal historic preservation tax credits.  
The work is seen as a significant enhancement of a commercial property in the Evansville Historic District.  
Lewis Farnsworth and his son, Jeff are being honored for their work on the buildings at 1, 3, and 5 West Main

In Review
Second Week of December 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  The Episcopals put their large bell into position Friday and gave it a trial test.  To our
ear, it is much the sweetest toned bell in the burg.  The weight of the bell is 1,200 pounds, and cost, landed
in the church yard, something like $540.  Purchase of the Jones’ Bell foundry, Troy, through Snashall &
Mygatt agents.  The bell bears the following inscription:  “Presented by Adam Griffin, to St. John’s Parish,
Evansville, Wis., 1874.”  The bell stands upon a tower some 30 feet in height, erected at the south east
corner of the church.  It will be rung for all stated services of the church, which being held at the same time
on Sunday with the other denominations, will answer practically for all.  [Note:  The St. John’s Episcopal
Church was located on the site of the current post office on South First Street.  It later served as St. John’s
Lutheran Church.]

130 Years Ago (1884):  At the meeting of the board Monday night, Mr. W. F. Williams presented his
resignation as village marshal, street commissioner and sexton, offices he has held for the past two or more
years.  His resignations take effect on the 20th inst.  Mr. Williams is about moving to Janesville to enter upon
the duties of county clerk.

120 Years Ago (1894):  Superintendent of the poor, S. B. Kenyon of Janesville, was a friendly caller at this
office Tuesday.  He assured us that no person in Rock County need to starve this winter, for they had plenty
of good comfortable quarters at the County House.

110 Years Ago (1904):  Frank Hall is in a Chicago theatre, performing with his trained dogs.  Mrs. Jessie Hall
McCart returned from Chicago, Tuesday, where she had been a couple of weeks, in a theatre performing
with her snakes.

100 Years Ago (1914):  The farmers have started bringing their sheep into the local yards for shipment to
the Chicago market.  For those who have several hundred head it is hard to be compelled to haul all of them
to town in wagons.  But the government requires this of the farmers so there may be no danger of the spread
of the foot and mouth disease through the movement of the sheep.  Under the circumstances they may
consider themselves fortunate in being able to ship their sheep, even with this inconvenience.  No new cases
of the foot and mouth disease have broken out in this part of the state for some time, so it is hoped by the
stockmen that the danger is past.

90 Years Ago (1924):  Baker Employees Stick to the Job:  The company has the distinction of never shutting
down the plant since incorporation.  There are 59 out of the 113 employees who are working now at the plant
that have worked 10 years or more.  The oldest 11 men in service are:  Frank Hubbard, John Baker, Chas.
Jenkins, John Bly, Fred Wilder, Clyde Babcock, Chas. Johnson, Theodore Estes, H. A. Shreves, John
Christman, and Jas. Heffron.  John Bly has never been late to work and Wilder only twice in 43 years.

80 Years Ago (1934):  Christmas shopping in Evansville became brisk this week when residents of the city
and surrounding trading area received their annual Christmas club checks from the Farmers and State
bank.  The checks, totaling a large sum, were mailed out Saturday to those who have been affiliated with the
weekly savings.  Although preliminary reports from merchants indicate that considerable buying has already
started, it is expected that the holiday purchasing here will begin in earnest this coming Saturday.  The sales
have been brisk during the past week especially in the toy department.  The low prices and the additional
employment provided by the FERA will undoubtedly lead to a greater amount of buying both for Christmas
gifts and every day needs.  The consensus of opinion among Evansville merchants is that there will be an
increase in purchases over the mark set last year.  

70 Years Ago (1944):  Mr. and Mrs. John Sullivan, Garfield Ave. this city, have received the Purple Heart
awarded to their son, the late Pfc. Bernard Sullivan, who was killed in action in the Pacific war theatre last
July 31.  Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan were notified of their son’s death September 13.  Pfc. Sullivan had participated
in the invasion of the Marshall Islands and in the battle of Saipan.  His last station was Saipan.  He was the
first service man of St. Paul’s Catholic parish here to lose his life in World War II.  Two memorial high masses
were sung for him here.

60 Years Ago (1954):  Now it’s official.  Winter sports hereabouts (skating, at least) begin on Lake Leota.  
Robert J. Antes, member of the Evansville park board, announced that ice on Lake Leota is now thick
enough for skating.  The shelter house will be heated beginning tonight and will be open every day at 3:30
and will remain open until curfew time.  Saturdays and Sundays the shelter house will be open all day in
addition to evening hours.

50 Years Ago (1964):  A sharpshooting Lake Mills team stunned a very cold Evansville Five in the home gym
by a score of 99-54.  The Evansville squad played without the much-missed services of Don Nelson.  Bill
Vandervort tallied 19 and Mick Schuster connected for 14 points for the locals.  Coach Truog played mostly
sophomores in the second half.  Lake Mills, predicted to be the kingpins of the conference, have only two
players on their roster shorter than 6 feet.

40 Years Ago (1974):  Larry Olson, Albany, Wis., who is well known in the Evansville area for his singing, has
recorded his first single.  He returned early in November from Hollywood, where he recorded “Julie”, a new
song and “Take A Little Time”.  Larry is married to the former Joy Andrew, an employee at the Evansville
Post Office.  He has been active in the Evansville Little Theatre, appearing in the Odd Couple and Never Too
Late.  Mr. Olson’s record will be released on the Accent label in January.

30 Years Ago (1984):   The Evansville High School varsity basketball team kept its place on top of the heap
by walloping Parkview by a score of 76 to 48.  John Hazlett hit four out of five shots and had two steals to get
the hometown cagers going in the first quarter. Butch Koch made a basket and six straight free throws in the
second quarter.  In the third quarter Phil Updike was three for four and Butch Koch was three out of five as
the Blue Devils kept the pressure on in this period.  John Waller turned in his season high with 12 points and
was also the team’s leading rebounder.  Koch had nine assists to go along with the game high of 18 points.  
Jack Pierce scored seven points.  Phil Updike and Jeff Mavis each chalked up six points.  Rusty Youngman
scored four points; Josh Dunphy, Todd Huschka and Brad Petterson scored two each and Dwight Redders,

20 Years Ago (1994):  Evansville’s streets were brightly lit with Christmas cheer on Friday night, Dec. 9, when
the winners of the house decorating contest were selected.  Best Overall was the entry of James and Fay
Schoenenberger, 312 W. Liberty Street.  Winner of the nativity theme was Mary Anne Alt, 216 W. Main
Street.  Al Dahmen and Steve Evers, 9123 N. Territorial Rd., were the winners of the Winter wonderland and
Robert Poffenberger, 6553 N. Ron Road was the winner of the Victorian Splendor category.  Lights A’Blazin
winner was Hans Kleisch, Rt. 1, Highway 14 north.

10 years ago (2004):  AWARE’s “Love Light” Ceremony took place this past Saturday evening.  The annual
event is for honoring and memorializing loved ones by purchasing lights on the tree.  Names are read as the
tree is plugged in.  The evening was also accompanied by HS band director, Doug Zblewski and students
with songs for the season.  Evansville’s Community Action AWARE Director is Julie Hermanson.

In Review
Third Week of December 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  Magnolia:  many of the farmers of the town, are intending to keep over a large
number of hogs for the next years’ market believing that they can make more money in raising corn and
fattening hogs, than in any other way.

130 Years Ago (1884):  Unofficial thermometers stationed at different places about town, Thursday morning
December 18, rated the temperature at from 19 to 23 degrees below zero.  This is about the kind of weather
we had in December 1880 when the thermometer plunged down to 21 below zero.  Wednesday night closed
in with a falling temperature, and the gathering frost upon the windows told plainly that an additional hod of
coal would be necessary to keep house plants alive.  The precaution was as timely as it was efficacious.  
[Note:  hod is a coal scuttle, a metal pail used to carry coal.]

120 Years Ago (1894):  The sociable Thursday night at the new M. E. parsonage, was quite up to the usual
standard for such gatherings, the ladies predominating the male attendance.  Coffee, cake, sandwiches were
served, and a good supply left over for another occasion.  Mr. I. A. Hoxie gave a brief outline of the former
occupants, by whom the old house was built, and congratulated the new builders on the elegant appearance
of their work.  He also gave a financial report of the building committee, by which there appeared an
indebtedness of about nine hundred dollars aside from what the Ladies’ Relief Society was doing.  The
collection amounted to $79.75.  Rev. Davis and wife, spoke a few words in reply to Mr. Hoxie, accepting their
new home, expressing pleasure and thankfulness.  The Methodist people now have a good parsonage, as
they have a church, both commodious and elegant, creditable alike to the place and the people who built

110 Years Ago (1904):  A daughter arrived at the home of Charles Weaver, last Monday, Dec. 12, 1904.  
The mother was formerly Nellie Janes and this is the first daughter in the household.

100 Years Ago (1914):  The school board has just received a letter from C. P. Cary, state superintendent of
schools, giving the report of one of the state inspectors who recently inspected the Evansville schools.  On
the whole the report is favorable.  The inspector “found your teachers interested, energetic, and doing on
the whole, good work.”  “She observed that the teachers apparently are getting enjoyment from their work, a
condition under which they can render you their best services.  From conversation with Mr. Waddell she
concluded that this matter is partly the result of the cordial feeling displayed by the town’s people to them.  
This is a very commendable state of affairs.”

90 Years Ago (1924):  It has been rumored for some time that Chief Fred Gillman of this city was being
considered for appointment as head of the Madison Police Force, the present incumbent having resigned.  In
an interview yesterday Gilman admits that he has been asked.

80 Years Ago (1934):  Three scenes from Dicken’s “Christmas Carol: have been written in play form by the
eighth graders.  The scenes will be presented on their Christmas program Friday.  Scene 1, Scrooge in his
County House:  Scrooge, Prentice Eager; Nephew, Bud Hyne; Gentlemen, Jerry Fellows and Ralph
Knappenberger.  Scene 2,  Christmas at Bob Cratchit’s:  Bob Cratchit, Ted Greenway; Mrs. Cratchit, Julia
Williams; tiny Tim, Bobby Fish; Other children, Patty Guilfoyle, Betty Roderick, Bernice Bowen and Roberta
Collins.  Scene 3, the Reformed Scrooge:  Scrooge, Phillip Patterson; Errand boy, Orlan Hubbard;
Gentlemen, Jerry Fellows and Ralph Knappenberger.

70 Years Ago (1944):  John Spanton T.M.3/c is located in Australia, where he is recovering from an ear
injury.  John received this injury while on duty somewhere in the China sea.  They were spotted by the
Japanese so made a crash dive which caused his trouble.

60 Years Ago (1954):  The following Tri-county “Y” club members, Friendly Indians club, came in to swim at
the Janesville YMCA Thursday night, Dec. 16, from Evansville:  Everett Propst, Dave Christensen, Kenneth
Nelson, James Petterson, Dick Ringhand, Paul Schroeder, Ronald Scott, Jim Ganoung, Donnie Thornton,
Scott Sperry, Jerry Spencer, Dave Erpenbach, Richard Chapman, John Petterson, Tom Rennels, Bob
Kimberley, Billy Thompson, Jack Thornton.

50 Years Ago (1964):  Members of the Maas family will assemble at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Phillipson
in Beloit Saturday, Dec. 19 for their annual Christmas family dinner.  Mrs. Charles Maas will leave Sunday,
Dec. 20 for Germany to spend the Christmas holidays with her son and daughter-in-law, Second Lt. and Mrs.
Philip Maas.  

40 Years Ago (1974):  The EHS Wrestlers had their first conference match last Thursday, as they won over
Lake Mills, 37-15 in the high school gym.  The Devils are now 2-0 overall.  They wrestle at Milton for their
second conference match.  The Hull brothers, Mitch, Mark and Matt, made a clean sweep.  All three got pins
at their respective weights.  Greg Arnold also got a Devil pin at 145.  The Benash brothers, Dave and Brian
both had good matches for the Devils.  

30 Years Ago (1984):  A 1973 EHS graduate will make a guest appearance with the EHS concert band for
the Dec. 18 annual Christmas concert at 8 p.m.  Randy Schneeberger will be the featured trumpet soloist on
Trumpeter’s Lullaby by Leroy Anderson.  Schneeberger holds a degree in music education from UW-Eau
Claire and is currently performing professionally in the Milwaukee-Chicago area.

20 Years Ago (1994):  Velda and Wayne Thornton recently won accommodations, plus other prizes, to one
of four destinations, Orlando, Toronto, Branson or Las Vegas.  They were one of 20 winners in the “great
“Vacation Celebration” sponsored by Watertown area merchants.  Their names were drawn from entries
submitted to Salick Jewelers, owned by Terry and Rowland Straka, former Evansville residents.

10 years ago (2004):  This past Saturday was the scheduled burn of the house next to the Grove Quick
Mart.  The house on E. Main was burned and cleared for the planned expansion/remodeling of the Quick
Mart & the Subway.  The Evansville Fire Department was on the scene earlier in the week prepping the
house for the burn on Saturday.  Starting the project in the morning the department finished up in the

In Review
Fourth Week of December 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  The Evansville Dramatic Association completed its reorganization and elected its
officers for the present term at a late meeting held at the Association’s rooms.  Dr. E. W. Beebe, was re-
elected manager, and Dr. D. C. Griswold assistant manager; P. C. Wilder secretary.  New members were
taken in.  Dr. C. M. Smith and I. A. Hoxie were elected honorary members.  A play was selected, and
assigned to be presented Christmas night Dec. 25th at Morehouse’s Hall, entitled “Caste.”  The play is a new
one—never before having been presented to an Evansville audience.

130 Years Ago (1884):  Mr. J. B. Hartley has been appointed justice of the peace and village clerk.  Good

120 Years Ago (1894):  Mr. Thomas Aspel, our veteran watchman had a narrow escape from a most horrible
death Sunday night.  He was returning from Madison and was about to leave the train as the engineer
concluded to back up.  In doing so Mr. Aspel was thrown in a narrow space under the platform and found
barely room enough to lie quietly waiting for the train to move on.  The fact that he lost an arm several years
ago by being run over by the cars made his Sunday night accident peculiarly painful, although he came out

110 Years Ago (1904):  Our stores have usual attractions for holiday trade.  Evansville may be justly proud
of the enterprise of her merchants.  Come to our city and read their prices before buying elsewhere.  We
believe they undersell them all.

100 Years Ago (1914):  The annual meeting and election of officers of the Royal Neighbors was held
Saturday evening in the Woodman hall.  The election resulted as follows:  Oracle, Anna Purinton; Vice
Oracle, Minnie Shaw; Chancellor, Kate Devlin; Marshall, Anna Kutzke; Recorder, Flora Sperry; Receiver, Idell
Morgan; Inner guard, Emma Bishop; Outer Guard, Rosa Patterson; Managers, Sarah Finn and Marjorie Cox.  

90 Years Ago (1924):  Women’s Relief Corps Elect New Officers:  Pres. Cora Harris, Sr. Vice Pres. Mrs.
Chantry, Jr. Vice Pres. Anna Apfel, Guard Mabel Helgesen, Second Delegate Mrs. Flora Hubbard, Second
Alternate Alice Brown.

80 Years Ago (1934):  Mr. and Mrs. Leedle Denison, residents of this community for the past 52 years, will
celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary here next Tuesday, Christmas day, with a family dinner in their
home at 116 Maple street.  Mr. and Mrs. Denison were married Dec. 25, 1878 in Leeds, England, and came
to this country three years later settling in Cooksville, six miles northeast of Evansville.  They moved to the
city 18 years ago.  Mr. and Mrs. Denison have three sons, Harry Denison, Portland, Ore.; Fred Denison,
Delavan; and Arthur Denison, Evansville.  Mr. Denison is a member of the Masonic lodge and Eastern Star
and Mrs. Denison is a member of the Eastern star, this city, and the White Shrine of Janesville.  Both have a
wide circle of friends here who extend their congratulations wishing them continued happiness.

70 Years Ago (1944):  The joint choirs of St. John’s and Cooksville Lutheran churches presented a cantata
under the direction of the Rev. A. V. Romstad at 8 p.m. Sunday in the local church.  The Saturday religious
school pupils of St. John’s church will present their program at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and the children of the
Cooksville church will give their entertainment at 8 p.m.

60 Years Ago (1954):  Bags of candy, peanuts and apples were packed at the Lions club meeting Monday in
preparation for the annual children’s party the Lions and Rex theater cooperate in providing for Evansville
area youngsters each year.  The party was expected to jam the theater as it has in past years.  Attendance
has grown to the point where 500 bags of candy barely insures that each child present will get one.  A
program of children’s comedies and a visit from Santa are scheduled for the party.

50 Years Ago (1964): Mr. and Mrs. Don Spooner, Lockport, Ill., have purchased the Evansville Laundromat
business from Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rasmussen, who have owned and operated it the past two and one-half
years.  Mr. Spooner states that he plans to install new machinery and for that purpose the laundromat will be
closed for a few days during the installation of machines, after he takes possession on Tuesday, Jan. 5.  The
Spooners plan to operate a modern up-to-date business along the line that the Rasmussens have conducted
it.   Mr. and Mrs. Spooner have purchased the Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Luchsinger home on North Third Street.  
The Luchsingers are building a new house on Old Hi-Way 92 southwest of the city.

40 Years Ago (1974):   Ron Thornton, a native of Evansville and a graduate of the Evansville High School
has recently purchased the Kelly Standard Service on East Main Street.  Ron’s parents are Mr. and Mrs.
Paul Thornton of Evansville.  The former station owner, Nate Kelly had been in business here 17 years prior
to his retirement in November.  He had been with the company 41 years, having been at the Inman station 24
years before locating on East Main Street.  Mr. Kelly’s sunny disposition and pleasing personality along with
his efficiency were assets to him and his business.  Thornton has an equally pleasant manner and
disposition and will continue to give prompt and efficient service to his customers at all times.

30 Years Ago (1984):  Council members approved the sale of city land to Anderson Trucking of St. Cloud,
MN.  Alderman Ron Pierce explained that the land to be purchased is plus or minus 3.8 acres, the land not
having been surveyed, before the offer to buy at $7,500 cash was accepted.  Anderson Trucking is to pay
any future utility improvements based on frontage.  One person in the audience objected.  Ken Grenawalt,
Supt. of Public Works, stated there was no appraisal on this land and the value is not known.  He said the
land was not put up for bids and was just being offered to one person.  Mayor John Jones read a letter from
the Chamber of Commerce urging the sale of the land to get things rolling for development.  

20 Years Ago (1994):  Richard U’Ren, Madison, son of Tom and Carolyn U’Ren of Evansville, received his
degree in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin in graduation ceremonies at the UW Field House.  
Rick, a 1984 graduate of Evansville High School, also has a degree in X-Ray Technology.  He will be
associated with the Channel 27 Weather Central at Madison.

10 years ago (2004):  What’s Christmas without the soothing sounds of the Harp?  Together with the relaxing
strings of the violin, Margaret Brigham and Ann (Prudhon) Johnson played Christmas melodies and others
this past Tuesday at the Evansville Golf Course Country Club.  The ladies were invited by the Tourist Club to
share some holiday spirit.

In Review
Last week of December 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  The Dramatic Association opened the season, Friday night, with a new play, entitled
“Caste,” of which we mentioned last week.  Never, save, perhaps once, have we seen the hall so densely
packed.  Every seat was taken, and extra chairs and benches had to be brought into requisition, and a
number were obliged to leave for the want of standing room.  Only in a few instances could we have
suggested any improvements to the actors.  The ladies, Miss Ada Robson, Miss Lill Spencer and Miss Dell
Janes, more than excelled themselves.  Some grimaces were made at Mr. Geo. D. Potter’s dry humor.  Mr.
Libby perhaps felt too good.  One and all did well, and we don’t know whom to applaud most.

130 Years Ago (1884):  Christmas in Evansville was about the same as it was every where else.  There was
just snow enough to make good sleighing and the weather not severely cold—about zero.  Business was not
so lively as we have seen it but merchants did fairly, the test at several Christmas trees showed a pretty good
trade somewhere.  The stores generally closed up at noon, only a few opened up in the evening.  The band
appeared on the street and gave several pieces of music.  The rink was open afternoon and evening and
was well patronized by the young people.

120 Years Ago (1894):  Cooksville:  Tramps do not intend to slight the farmers in this section.  They go about
at night milking the farmer’s cows, stealing turkeys and chickens, and provisions to last through the day.  
Last Wednesday night they took two robes from Jack Leinan’s barn.  In an old stone house near the Catholic
church is a room containing feathers where they had dressed poultry.  They sleep in school houses, tobacco
sheds, etc.  On Friday night a number of men, with Jack Leinan at the head, armed with six shooters and
rifles traversed the woods and country about here but did not catch sight of the tramps.

110 Years Ago (1904):  Mrs. Christine Apfel was born in Saxony, Germany in 1833.  She came to this country
in 1851; was married to Augustine Apfel soon after her arrival.  Eleven children were the fruits of their union,
ten of which are still living, Mrs. Amelia Smith having passed away several years ago.  Those surviving her
are Mrs. Christine Sales, Mrs. Kate Smith, Mrs. Mary Thompson, Mrs. Alice Thompson, Mrs. Louise Kingsley,
Mrs. Sadie Sanner, Mrs. Emma Bullard, and Adam, John and Walter.   The funeral will be held at the home of
her son John Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock and at the M. E. church at 1:30 o’clock.  In the death of Mrs.
Apfel the Methodist church in this city lost one of its most faithful and active members.  Her promptness in
attendance at church was proverbial and she will be greatly missed in prayer meeting and class meeting, as
well as at the more formal services.

100 Years Ago (1914):  John Moore, 81, retired town of Union farmer, died at his home on Maple ave. before
midnight, Thursday, Dec. 31 following an illness of several days.  Mr. Moore was born in Ireland and was
married to Bridget Kelly before coming to American in 1864.  They came to Wisconsin and located on a farm
in the town of Union where they resided until seven years ago, when they moved to this city.  Mr. Moore was
a highly respected member of the Catholic church here and was held in the highest regard.  Besides his wife,
the following children survive him:  Miss Mary Moore of Evansville, Edwin Moore of Edgerton; Fred of Oregon;
William, George and Reuben of Brooklyn and Michael of Evansville.  Two other sons, Thomas of Edgerton,
John of Oregon have died within the past year or two.  Funeral services will be held from the home at nine-
thirty o’clock Monday morning and from the Catholic church at ten-thirty.  Interment will be made at Oregon.  

90 Years Ago (1924):  The committee appointed by the Commercial club to interview the State Highway
Commission regarding the routing of State Highway 13 through Evansville, reports they were assured by the
commission that the highway would surely be routed through Evansville. About 100 miles of concrete
highways will be constructed in Wisconsin during 1925.

80 Years Ago (1934):  The Leota School for Girls, operated by Mr. and Mrs. William Bone is being moved
this week from 123 South third street to the A. C. Holmes residence at 443 south First street.  The school,
now starting its second year, has an enrollment of 14 girls between the ages of 5 and 15.  Because of its size
and location the Holmes house is expected to make an ideal place for a boarding school.  Ample room will be
available as a playground and with three floors living conditions for the students will be most pleasant.

70 Years Ago (1944):  The seventh grade pupils who have had perfect attendance up to the present six
weeks period are Ann Hansen, Helen Meredith, Marcia Withey, James Babcock, Fred Elmer, Marvin
Hollibush, Ronald Johnson, Billy McCarthy, Tom Meredith, Robert Swenson and Dean Thompson.  The
following seventh grade pupils were on the Honor Roll the past six weeks period: Patricia Furseth, Ann
Hansen, Donna Hartl, Blair Holden, Billy McCarthy and Marcia Withey.  

60 Years Ago (1954):  Fire last Friday noon at the home of Del Zwickey, 214 N. Madison st., blackened the
holiday spirits of the Zwickey family and the walls of his home.  Chimney trouble caused smoke to back up
into his home, laying a blackish film throughout most of the interior of the house, according to Zwickey.  He
and his family spent Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday washing the walls, ceilings, woodwork and rugs
of his home.  The Evansville fire department responded to the call from his home shortly after noon.  An
estimate of the damage caused by the fire was not immediately available.

50 Years Ago(1964): Nancy Huseth, a Junior at Evansville High School, will have here theme published in the
“Voice of Youth” column of the Chicago Tribune.  It will appear the second or third Sunday in January or
thereafter.  The them, entitled “Walt (Whitman) Meets Henry (Thoreau),” was prepared by Nancy for her
Junior English class.  This outstanding composition was one of several submitted to the Tribune by her
teacher, Mrs. Joan Bell.

40 Years Ago (1974):   Frozen Lake Leota has marked the opening season for the Evansville Hockey
League.  Herman Zweifel and Dave Eager got things rolling this year for the EHL and its members:  Mark
Roeben, Martin Roeben Jr., Darrell and Jeff Kosmala, Dean and Gary Fuchs, Jed Sperry, Dan Burns, Dan
Schneider, Bob Edgington and three new sticks, Steve Krueger, John Brennan and Roger Gray.  

30 Years Ago (1984):  Recently the Varco-Pruden roofing material was hoisted to the top of the burned-out
Eager Building on E. Main Street.  A huge crane was needed to lift the metal roofing to close in the building
on the roof, eliminating further damage by the elements.  Winter weather moved in quickly on the first day of
winter, Friday, Dec. 21.  The three men undertaking the renovation of the building, Roger Berg, Lewis
Farnsworth and Robert Judd, are looking at early 1985 to see the building restored and once again filling the
need for retail in Evansville.

20 Years Ago (1994):  Tara Bradley, daughter of Roberta and Joseph Bradley, Weary Rd., Evansville and
Evansville High School grad is among the 12 St. Norbert College students, as well as faculty, staff, three
Norbertine fraters and one priest participating in the intensive poverty immersion educational experience in
Cuernavaca, Mexico.  The group will be in Mexico from Dec. 27 through Jan. 10.  Tara is a senior majoring in
sociology and Spanish.

10 years ago (2004):  A Leap Above Dance studio presented “The Nutcracker Dream” at the Oregon
Performing Arts Center.  Many talented dancers and performs from Evansville were featured in this wonderful
production including Emmiline Roth, Rachel Kooyman, Aliye Gallagher, Aleah Schroeder, Kim Fischer,
Bonnie Fischer, Doug Williams, Whitney Krause, Frankie Larson and Rachel Ammerman.