In Review
First Week of February 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  If the business of our railroad requires the running of trains on Sundays, does it
necessarily require that the quiet of our place should be disturbed by the incessant screech of locomotive
whistles?  It may be necessary for the accommodation of trainmen, but it is certainly annoying to the

130 Years Ago (1884):  Martha Gibbs, aged 86 years died at her home in Porter, Jan. 31st.  Mrs. Gibbs
was the mother of our worthy citizen, Mr. Frank Gibbs.  The funeral was held at her late home last
Saturday and the remains interred in the cemetery at this place.

120 Years Ago (1894):  Young men who ride out with young ladies should pay strict attention to their
teams and to nothing else.  Failing to do this Everett Townsend had the misfortune to tip over his buggy
and spill his best girl along the highway.  Everett held manfully to the bronchos and soon had them
stopped.  Fortunately no one was seriously injured.

110 Years Ago (1904):  Carpenter, the coal man, has been kept busy of late in supplying the demand for
fuel.  The extreme cold spell has proven very destructive to everything in the heating line.

100 Years Ago (1914):   Invitations are out for the marriage of Miss Maude Gillies and Mr. Harry Seeley
Spooner of Oak Park, Ill. at the Gillies home, Feb. 14.

90 Years Ago (1924): Lawrence Janes, who is a graduate of the agricultural short course at Madison and
who has been employed at the Pabst Stock farm at Oconomowoc, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Janes.  
The coming year Mr. Janes will have charge as manager of the Oliver Perry Dairy farm, northeast of this

80 Years Ago (1934):  Evansville’s CWA program, which was suspended during the past week due to a
revision in the CWA personnel throughout the state, was resumed here this morning, but with a greatly
reduced crew.  Of the 71 men given employment last week, only 49 were placed on the payroll.  Although
Evansville is still on the 15-hour week schedule designated for cities of her size, indicates are that working
hours here may be increased after congress passes its new CWA appropriation. A crew at the city public
schools are now repairing cupboards, walls and floors throughout the three buildings and completing odd
paint jobs.  The crew of about 44 men have resumed work on the fill project at the park.  The jobs of
painting the city buildings including the redecorating of the Eager Free Public Library, the buildings at the
park and fair grounds, have been completed.

70 Years Ago (1944):  Mr. and Mrs. Frank Holmes, operators of the Evansville Steam laundry will next
Sunday observe their 30th business anniversary here.  They have conducted their business in the same
location at 105 ½ East Main street since February 6, 1905 when they purchased the laundry from the late
Fred Springer.

60 Years Ago (1954):  Dr. Karl R. Schoenenberger, optometrist, son of Mr. and Mrs. John
Schoenenberger of Janesville has opened an office on South Madison St. in Evansville.  With him in
Evansville are his wife the former Betty Jane Weberg, of Janesville, and their four-year-old daughter

50 Years Ago (1964):   Mrs. Lewis Peckham was elected president of the Woman’s Literary club at a
meeting held Monday afternoon.  She will succeed Mrs. S. S. Sorkin who has held the position the past two
years.  Other officers named include Mrs. A. M. Romstad, vice president; Mrs. Charles Nelson, secretary;
Mrs. Donovan Every, treasurer, and Mrs. L. P. Eager, Jr., Mrs. C. R. Buckeridge and Mrs. Floyd Miller,
executive board members.  The new officers will assume their duties at the beginning of the 1954-56 club

40 Years Ago (1974):  Evansville firemen were called to the home of Mrs. Amanda Severson on Highway
14 last Thursday afternoon, Jan. 31, about 3:45 p.m.  Firemen worked for a good two hours on the fire
which originated in an overheated oil and wood stove in the living room.  The fire burned a hole in the roof
and much smoke and water damage resulted.

30 Years Ago (1984):  Dr. Lynn Bondurant of the NASA Lewis Research Institution and Elementary School
Principal Joyce Nelson and Supt. George Knuckles held a meeting recently to lay the groundwork for the
NASA Anniversary Celebration which will be held in October of this year.  Evansville has been chosen the
only community in the nation to have the honor of hosting this anniversary event.

20 Years Ago (1994):  Randy Keister was nominated by the Evansville High School PTA as High School
Teacher of the Year for 1993-94.  He was chosen by a committee of teachers, students and PTA
members, because he treats everyone he works with with respect and because he is supportive in his
interaction with them.  Randy is innovative, respectful and respectable, positive and genuine in his
teaching, his coaching, his lifestyle and his devotion to family and friends.

10 years ago (2004):  Located near the four corners, 18 East Main Street, downtown Evansville, Real
Coffee al gusto! opened on Friday, January 30th.  Proprietors Susan Finque, Maria Martinez and Maria’s
brother and sister-in-law, Fran Martinez and Graciela (Grace) Soto are all partners in the business.  All
four are rotating duties at the coffee house.  The four moved here after they happened upon the old Leota
School home for sale at the time.  

In Review
Second Week of February 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  There is a strong prejudice among a certain class against compulsory education.  
The strongest argument this class presents is that it interferes with personal liberty.  We must not overlook
the fact that state education is always, in a greater or lesser degree compulsory.  Teachers are compelled
to attain certain acquirements.  Districts are compelled to furnish suitable buildings; and all taxable
property is compelled to contribute to their maintenance.  We claim, therefore, that the state has the right
to enforce attendance on our public schools.  We hope such a law will soon be found on the statute books
of Wisconsin

130 Years Ago (1884): The Cooperative Kitchen Association we hope will prove a success.  The I. M.
Bennett property has been purchased for $2,100, and our citizens took stock as follows:  D. M. Rowley,
$200; A. Eager, $200; Levi Leonard, $200; Lewis Spencer, $200; M. V. Pratt, $200; Charles F. P. Pullen,
$100; W. S. Smith, $100; L. B. Beebe, $100; W. F. Williams, $100; H. B. Blackmun, $100; A. C. Gray,
$100; J. M. Evans, $100; Chas. H. Wilder, $100; Wm. Boyd, $100; L. T. Pullen, $100; I. M. Bennett, $100.  
[Note:  The Bennett property was at 103 West Main Street.]

120 Years Ago (1894):  The railroad company have cut down the force of section men, and are now only
the foreman and one man are allotted to each section.  This throws a large number of men out of

110 Years Ago (1904):  The sugar beet is most always a certain crop and the failures are very few.  Many
farmers are intending to give the crop a trial, as they have a market already assured.

100 Years Ago (1914):   Twentieth Annual Charity Ball on Friday evening, February 20 with music by
Holmes orchestra of fifteen pieces, Conductor J. H. Johnson; soloist, Mrs. Fannie Denison; 1st violin,
Maude E. Combs and F. R. Holmes; 2nd violin, Jos. Abel; viola, Arthur Quan; flute, H. H. Herring; clarinet,
Herman Witwer; bass viol, Geo. Horstmeir; cornet, Burr Tolles and Harmon Ellis; trombone, R. G. Bestor;
cello, Everett Combs and Clyde Fisher; piano, Cora Harris; drums, bells, etc., Howard Bruce.

90 Years Ago (1924): Some of the farmers around this city made considerable money on feeding sheep
this season.  The success of the venture all depended on conditions and the market.  Some won and
some lost.  Fellows Bros., farmers, topped the market last week with a carload of fat lambs at $15 per 100.  
Two weeks before, they topped the market at 14c.  Fellows Bros. claim that pea silage is a great feed for
fattening sheep.  

80 Years Ago (1934):  Enos Baldridge, one of the two surviving members of the local post of the G. A. R.,
who quietly observed his 86th birthday here Friday.  He enlisted in the 50th Wisconsin infantry early in
1865 and was mustered out in 1866.  Because of trouble with the Indians in North Dakota, his regiment
was sent there for the winter and spring of 1865-66.  Today finds the local G. A. R. post with a membership
of only two, a striking contrast to the days when there were more than 200 names of Civil war veterans on
the roll.  

70 Years Ago (1944):  Mr. and Mrs. Walter Maas will observe their 46th wedding anniversary here
Tuesday at their home at 124 South Second Street.  Mr. and Mrs. Maas operated a farm northwest of the
city for nearly twenty years before moving to Evansville five years ago.  The couple was married at a
ceremony performed in Blanchardville, February 15, 1898, by the late Rev. O. Paulson, pastor of the
Lutheran church there and father of M. L. Paulson, this city.  Mr. and Mrs. Maas have three sons, Charles,
Ralph and Glenn Maas, Evansville, a daughter Mrs. Paul Phillipson, Beloit and several grandchildren.

60 Years Ago (1954):  All residents of the Evansville trading area will be polled by mail in an attempt by the
Chamber of Commerce to ascertain a preference for either Friday or Saturday night openings for local
merchants.  Farmers at the Lions club annual Farmers’ Night had voted overwhelmingly for retention of
Saturday night openings.  

50 Years Ago (1964):   Albert Steindl, farmer residing three miles northeast of Evansville, suffered a head
injury, Saturday of last week while at work on a wood sawing job, which was being done in a wood lot near
his home.  A limb from a tree broke off and fell, striking him on the head.  He was given medical aid by a
local physician and is recovering at his home.

40 Years Ago (1974):  Mr. and Mrs. Herman Fenrick will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary with
open house Sunday, Feb. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Center Town Hall.  The former Grace Milbrandt and
Mr. Fenrick were married Feb. 18, 1909 in the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Rachel Milbrandt.  Hosting
the event will be their four children:  Clifford and Mrs. Kenneth Harnack, Janesville; Edward and Mrs. Karl
Hagen, Evansville.  They also have 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

30 Years Ago (1984):  Three Eagle Scouts, Martin Kerkenbush, Carl Gitchel and Wayne Steinhoff were
recognized by the members of the community.  Resplendent in their badges each indicating a step up the
ladder to the highest honor in Scouts.  The three shared the honors in the unusual ceremony.  
Kerkenbush was pinned by his two Eagle Scout uncles.  Steinhoff was pinned by Scout leader Bill Hartje,
who had pinned Wayne’s two brothers in earlier ceremonies and Gitchel was pinned by his father,
Scoutmaster Jay Gitchel.  

20 Years Ago (1994):  At the WIAA Regionals held at Evansville three wrestlers qualified for the
Sectionals.  They were freshman Terry Delzer (135 lbs.), senior Lee Corn (189 lbs), and senior Brian
Roberts (heavy weight).  These three wrestlers will compete this Saturday at Wisconsin Dells.  Wrestlers
place either first or second will advance to the State Tournament the following weekend.  

10 years ago (2004):  On Saturday February 7th, Evansville high School hosted the Rock Valley
Conference wrestling tournament.  In an exciting day of competition, Evansville won the tournament with
207 points, barely edging out Brodhead-Juda.  Evansville had five wrestlers in the finals, Eric Haakenson,
112; Adam Bruner, 140; Bobby Banton, 160; Jameson Loesch, 171; and Jake Janes, heavy weight.

In Review
Third Week of February 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  The firm of Winston & Bennett resume business this week, under the old firm
style.  Upwards of a quarter of a century this firm has stood before the public as dealers and general
merchandisers.  A slight change is noticeable in the clerical force at the store.  Mr. Nelson Winston is
manager in chief, and his eldest son, Mr. Frank Winston chief clerk.  Mr. Andrew Manning will remain at his
old stand.  He has been employed in the store a long time, and has won many friends by his suavity and
his pleasant and affable disposition.  Fred Winston will be employed when and where his services may be
most needed.  [Note:  The Winston and Bennett store was located at 1 West Main Street.]

130 Years Ago (1884):  On Saturday evening last at the roller skating rink several of the young ladies
contested for the prize, which was presented to the best lady skater.  The judges decided in favor of Miss
Maggie Williams.  The prize given was a beautiful silver cup.

120 Years Ago (1894):  A case of scarlet fever at Ned Griffiths on Liberty street, together with the fact
other children of the same family attended school Monday forenoon caused a thorough fumigation of one
of the primary rooms of the High School.

110 Years Ago (1904):  The articles of organization of the Evansville Telephone company have been
amended into 200 shares at par value of $100.  The same has been filed with the register of deeds.

100 Years Ago (1914):   Erwin Meyers, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Meyers, of this city has been chosen by
Senator La Follette as legal advisor and secretary to the senator.  The new position was entirely
unsolicited on Mr. Meyers part.  The honor coming to him as a recognition of his excellent work during the
last session of the legislature at Madison, when he drew all of the financial bills.  He graduated from the
local high school in 1906, then remained out of school for one year.  In 1911 he graduated in the
department of letters and science in the state university and from the law department this winter.  In the
summer of 1911 Mr. Meyers was employed in the state tax commission, spending four weeks of the time in
Janesville inspecting the tax books.  

90 Years Ago (1924): Hugh Robinson left Monday evening with eleven head of Herefords for the big
Roundup sale at Kansas City.  Three years ago the Robinsons topped this sale, doing the same thing a
year later when they got the highest average price of any consignment at the sale.  

80 Years Ago (1934):  The Evansville Merchants, all girls’ team coached by Louis Devine and managed by
Leroy Lewis, tied Madison Lincoln Lifes for first place in the Southern Wisconsin Basketball league when
they handed the Madison girls their first setback of the season there Monday night 23 to 21.  The game
went into an overtime period with Miller and Lindsay starring for Evansville.

70 Years Ago (1944):  In a recent radio lesson, the seventh grade learned that Joan of Arc saved France,
that she was a peasant girl and that she was burned at the stake.  This is what Mrs. Reckord found on
some written reports:  Joan of Arc was a pheasant, and that she was burned to a steak.  Yes, it’s very
interesting to be a teacher.

60 Years Ago (1954):  A petition was received by the City Council to pass a Charter Ordinance to bring
about the council-manager form of government for the City, such council to be composed of five council
members chosen from the city at large with terms of two years.  The petition will be presented, without
alteration by the Council to the electors of the city at their next election, April 6th 1954.  

50 Years Ago (1964):  Mr. Jack’s Salon opened Tuesday in the new office building at 14 W. Main Street.  
The owner and operator is Jack Meredith who has been employed at the Bon Don Salon in Oregon the
past four and one-half years.  He is the son of Mrs. Juliette Meredith and a long time resident of the city.  
He is being assisted at the beauty parlor here by his mother who is serving as receptionist.  

40 Years Ago (1974):  The city will be seeking bids for the removal or restoration of the Bell tower atop the
Evansville city hall.  The 82 year old bell tower has been declared a safety hazard by the city’s insurance
company.  City Engineer Lloyd Jensen states his inspection reveals the brick veneer tower is cracking and
no longer safe.  Residents were present at the council meeting to request restoration rather than removal.

30 Years Ago (1984):  This is very strange weather for the month of February.  Sledding parties need to
be cancelled and snowmobiling ceases as the snow is fast disappearing.  The birds are singing spring
songs and the elementary school playground turned into a lake almost the size of Leota.  How will we have
27 more snowfalls as predicted by Mac Ties?  

20 Years Ago (1994):  Peter Diedrich, director of the Evansville High School musical, has announced that
“Narnia” will be the Spring Musical to be presented April 22, 23 and 24.  Richard Krake is the technical
director; Jennifer Townswick, vocal director; Doug Zblewski, director of the orchestra and Kristina Smith is
the student director.

10 years ago (2004):  Evansville Lady Devils tied for second place in the Rock Valley standings with 9
wins/3 losses.  Lacy Wourms scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half of the game with Palmyra-Eagle.  
Morgan Rucks added 12 points.  The Lady devils showcased their tough defense against Edgerton.  
Sarah Mosher scored 16 total winning points for Evansville.  The team can finish in an overall second
place if they beat Orfordville Parkview or if Big Foot loses to Clinton.

In Review
Fourth Week of February 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  The news took our people by surprise, Thursday, to learn that Mr. E. M. French
was to leave our depot, superceded by Mr. Geo. F. Potter, a former agent.  Mr. French has been here
hardly two years; but has earned a good reputation as a man of fine personal address, good business
habits, and withal, obliging to all whom he does business with.  We do not see why it is for the railroad
company’s interests to dismiss a man who in every way, has served the patronizing public so acceptably as
what Mr. French has done.  But such is life among the rails.

130 Years Ago (1884):  We mentioned the buying of Mr. I. M. Bennett’s house by the “Evansville Co-
operative Home.”  Since then two meetings of the stockholders have been held, articles of association
drawn up a charter applied for, by-laws adopted and permanent officers elected.  The twenty-one shares
are now owned by twenty-one individuals, Caleb Snashall, F. W. Tolles, O. W. Gillman, and Geo. L. Pullen
taking the four shares that remained.

120 Years Ago (1894):  At the meeting of the business men of this city on Monday night, an association
was formed and the following officers elected:  Dr. J. M. Evans, Pres., Fred Baker, Vice Pres., R. M.
Richmond, Sec’y., E. J. Ballard, treas.  W. R. Phillips, C. E. Lee and W. Antes were appointed a committee
to draw up a constitution and by-laws, which are to be presented at the next meeting.

110 Years Ago (1904):  Miss Stina Brunsell is to have charge of the dressmaking and suiting branch of the
Grange Store after the firm locates in its new apartments; and Cora Carpenter is to be manager of the new
millenary department.

100 Years Ago (1914):   The steam pipes at the Brooklyn school building burst Monday morning so there
was no school.  The teachers spent the day visiting the various grades at Evansville and took dinner at the
home of Miss Wilva Phillips.

90 Years Ago (1924): The staff of the “Badger” University of Wisconsin’s year book, includes several
Evansville people; Robert Baldwin, ’27, Jimmie Green, ’27 and Mildred Hansen, ’25.

80 Years Ago (1934):  The Evansville Hatchery located at 113 East Main street, which ceased operation
last June following the hatching season, reopened last week when a setting of 1,200 eggs was placed in its
electric incubator.  The hatchery will again be managed by Roy Ausman who plans to make a specialty of
custom hatching this year.

70 Years Ago (1944):  Milo Hatlevig, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Hatlevig, has received a presidential
citation for his part in the battle with the Japanese naval units of Kolombangara island in the New George
group on the nights of July 5 and 6.  A veteran of nine years in the navy, Hatlevig recently graduated from
an oil burner course at Philadelphia with the rating of first class water tender.  Their ship remained behind
to rescue the survivors of an American ship which had been sunk.  The U. S. vessel managed to pick up
700 survivors while aiding in the destruction of an enemy light cruiser and two destroyers.  
60 Years Ago (1954):  Evansville’s school board voted Tuesday night to offer local school superintendant
J. C. McKenna a new three year contract at a substantial increase in pay.  McKenna will be offered a
salary of $6,500 a year for three years and continue payment of $350 yearly in expense money.  The new
salary will begin in the fall and is an increase of $780 from the former salary.  

50 Years Ago (1964):   At recent meetings of Troop 207 Cadette Girl Scouts have had varied programs to
help toward the completion of badge work.  Leaders are Mrs. Prent Eager and Mrs. John Wilde.  The
members of this troop are Roberta Best, Nancee Cufaude, Barbara Devlin, Jennifer Eager, Suzanne Gray,
Geri Holzem, Jaqualyn Johnson, Brenda Lange, Sandra Leopold, Debra McArdle, Ellen Morrison, Carol
Rasmussen, Gwen Sarow, Jane Spratler, Margaret Sumner and Marie Zweifel.

40 Years Ago (1974):  The Misses Karen Marenes and Jennifer Eager are spending some time on a
vacation trip to Europe.  While in Germany they visited the former’s cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ames
and family.  Mrs. Ames is the former Gloria Milbrant of Evansville.  The travelers experienced an
unexpected pleasure when they were sight seeing in the mountains.  They went to a hostel to spend the
night and found that it was a former castle.

30 Years Ago (1984):  According to John Jones, candidate for Mayor in the upcoming election, petitions by
Evansville residents are being circulated in the city, requesting the city to put the question of whether or
not to continue the present sidewalk replacement program on an advisory referendum in the spring
election.  The group plans to present the petitions at the March council meeting asking for a vote.  

20 Years Ago (1994):  In the voting on Tuesday of last week, the primary election for the Third Ward, not
many voters showed up.  The results were as follows:  Gerald Page 31 votes; Richard Modaff 22 votes;
and Steve DiSalvo, 19 votes.  Page and Modaff will now appear on the April ballot.

10 years ago (2004):  Tuesday of last week was the Spring Primary for Evansville and surrounding
townships.  Voters came in throughout the day at the polling stations to cast their votes.  This year the city
welcomed help at the polls from the EHS students of Mr. Ojeda’s Spanish class.  This year was the first
time the polling notice was also printed in the paper in Spanish.