First Week of February 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): That large pile of stone in front of Winston, Pullen & Co.’s store, is to make a
fire wall, separating their store from the rest, in the block. [In 1896, this brick fire wall and a tin roof
saved the corner store at 1 West Main, from a disastrous fire that took all of the businesses on the
south side of the street, in the first block of West Main.]
130 Years Ago (1881): Mr. Theodore Robinson, our artist, started for New York city Wednesday
night to ply his profession. He has formerly done sketching for Harper’s illustrated publications.
120 Years Ago (1891): B. S. Hoxie of this village has been given charge of the display of fruit and
flowers at the state fair. Mrs. Vie H. Campbell will superintend the “woman’s work” department.
110 Years Ago (1901): Mr. Lew Fellows of Center, delivered 37 last spring pigs to Mr. David Stevens,
Thursday, which average 290 lbs, each and for which he received 5 cents per lb.
100 Years Ago (1911): The number of those in attendance at the charity ball Friday evening was the
largest which that event has brought together for several years and enjoyment and pleasure reigned
supreme throughout the entire evening. The total number of tickets sold was two hundred and forty
seven and the net receipts were one hundred and fourteen dollars.
90 Years Ago (1921): The Holy Cross Cemetery Association has recently purchased seven acres of
land just north of this city on the Union road where they will lay out a Catholic cemetery. The land lies
just north of the city limits and at its last meeting Tuesday night the city council gave permission to the
Association to use the ground for cemetery purposes, as one corner of the land touches the city
limits. The land was formerly owned by the late Byron Campbell, who sold it to C. Lund.
80 Years Ago (1931): Definite plans for the erection and location of a viaduct over the Northwestern
railroad tracks on North Madison street have been completed. The viaduct, which is part of the
highway 92 project, will be erected on the present railroad crossing and will connect with highway 13
about 200 feet north of the tracks. It is believed that the detour for both highways 13 and 92 will be
routed north on Cemetery street past the Ed Jorgensen farm joining the pavement two miles north of
the city. Providing this route is chosen, the road will be widened and graveled. [Note: at this time,
the current Highway 14 was number 13 and the current Highway 213, from the south end of
Evansville north was Highway 92.]
70 Years Ago (1941): Evansville most recently enlistments were those of Bill Schuster, son of Mrs. R.
E. Schuster, 239 West Liberty Street, and Ralph Knappenberger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl B.
Knappenberger, 429 South Second street, who enlisted in the Coast Artillery and left the city Monday
for examinations at Milwaukee. They are to be stationed at San Francisco, Calif.
60 Years Ago (1951): Officers and directors were elected, routine business transacted, reports were
presented and addresses given by two prominent Co-op officials at the annual meeting of the
stockholders of the Union Co-operative association held Wednesday in the Grange Hall. The
meeting was attended by about 200. The following directors were elected: Morton Batty and Frank
Viney for three year terms and Dean George for a one year term. Other directors are Wade
Woodworth, Evansville; Verne Ellis and William Wendt, Brooklyn and Don Olson, Orfordville. Officers
were elected as follows: Morton Batty, president; Wade Woodworth, vice president; and Morris
50 Years Ago (1961): P. S. Kauth, Chiropractor moved his equipment, Monday from his upstairs
office in the Koeneman building on Main St. to the former Lee Richardson home on the corner of Mill
and Madison St., which he recently purchased. Dr. Kauth has practiced in the Main St. office for 29
years. In his new home he has made a number of constructional changes in the downstairs rooms.
The rooms facing Mill St. have been newly decorated for office use. Dr. Kauth and his daughter,
Marilyn will move from their Church St., residence into the downstairs living quarters in about three
weeks, when the decorating is done. Mrs. Kauth passed away this fall, his son Roland is in New York,
his daughter, Donna in Chicago and another daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Flood and family live on a farm
between Albany and Brooklyn.
40 Years Ago (1971): Frederick Schwartzlow donated a furnace for the warming house in the park. A
new chimney has been erected. Robert Corning was retained as the attendant at the warming house.
30 Years Ago (1981): J. Peter Shaw and his daughter, Stacie, are performing in Thornton Wilder’s
“Our Town” for the Children’s Theatre of Madison at the Isthmus Theater in the Madison Civic
Center. Shaw plays Dr. Gibbs and his daughter one of the town’s people.
20 Years Ago (1991): The annual Distinguished Service Awards Banquet sponsored by the
Evansville Jaycees, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, 1991 at the Evansville Country Club. Honored
this year with the Distinguished Service Award are the Evansville EMT’s. Richard Modaff will receive
the Outstanding Young Individual; Mel Lightner, Outstanding young educator; and Tara Bradley,
Outstanding Young Adult awards.
10 years ago (2001): The Souper Bowl of Caring luncheon was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
The youth of St. John’s collected 335 food items from community residents and raised $133 to buy
diapers, toilet paper, laundry detergent and dish soap. A recent report by St. Johns indicated that on
any given Tuesday, an average of six to nine families come to the Community Care Closet and Food
Pantry seeking food and clothing.
Second Week of February 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): Prof. J. M. Stillman, of New York, will hold a musical convention at Treat’s Hall
commencing Monday Feb. 13th and closing Friday evening, Feb. 17, with a concert. The object is to
give a thorough drill in vocal music, and for amateurs to perfect themselves in that most pleasing art,
vocal music. The tuition for the term will be one dollar. Books furnished free.
130 Years Ago (1881): Mr. Michael Holden and Miss Mary O’Riley took a sleigh ride to Edgerton on
Sunday and were there married, returning home to receive the congratulations of their many friends.
120 Years Ago (1891): The carpenters moved out of the M. E. church yesterday and the new carpet
is being put down today. Mr. Wm. Burk has the interior painting about complete which is a very
handsome neat job. The new seats are now stored in Messrs Snashall and Mygatt’s store, but will be
put in their places in a few days when the interior will be all complete ready for occupancy.
110 Years Ago (1901): The tobacco sorting goes merrily on in all the warehouses these days, hot or
cold, it is a merry, good natured appearing crowd there, although they are handling the filthy weed
which does no one any good.
100 Years Ago (1911): Dr. Denison has moved his dental office to fine, steam-heated apartments
directly over the Grange Bank.
90 Years Ago (1921): Mrs. Amasa Lewis, son Roy, and Mr. Hossmeitz, helper, were badly burned at
the Lewis home Sunday. Mrs. Lewis was trying out lard and in some way, the lard caught fire. Faces,
hands, and arms of the victims were burned.
80 Years Ago (1931): Vic Wall, local radio artist who has been broadcasting over station WIBA,
Madison at 7:15 p.m. every Monday will hereafter be on the air at 8 p.m. due to a change made in the
70 Years Ago (1941): Evansville High’s speedy quintet not only clinched a tie for second place in the
Rock Valley league but entered the loop’s championship race here Friday night when they downed
the lanky Lake Mills aggregation 35 to 28 before a crowd of more than 700 fans filling the local gym to
capacity. The battle, the seventh consecutive victory for the O’Neil men, placed them in a tie with
Lake Mills for second place. Marvin Luchsinger was the high scorer of the game, with 13 points.
Gordon Jorgensen, accounted for 12 points. Bob Hurd, center, posted five points.
60 Years Ago (1951): Mr. and Mrs. Walter Maas, Evansville will observe their 53rd wedding
anniversary next week. The couple was married Feb. 15, 1898, at Blanchardville. They resided on
farms in the Evansville community until moving to the city 12 years ago. They have three sons,
Charles, Ralph and Glenn Maas, all of Evansville vicinity and a daughter Mrs. Paul Phillipson, Beloit
and five grandsons.
50 Years Ago (1961): A recently family gathering brought together four generations of an Evansville
family, youngest members of which are three-year-old twins, Sandra Kay and Debra Ann Nordeng;
Mrs. Charles Nordeng, their mother, Mrs. Arvilla Elmer, their grandmother and Mrs. Elmer Golz, great-
40 Years Ago (1971): Mr. and Mrs. Harold Klusmeyer will observe their golden wedding anniversary
with an open house at the Masonic Temple in Evansville, Sunday, Feb. 14. Mr. Klusmeyer and Miss
Nellie Gardner were married Feb. 16, 1921 in Magnolia by the late Rev. William G. Bird. They have
lived most of their married life on a farm two miles from Evansville. They lived a few years in the town
of Center. The anniversary occasion will be sponsored by their children, Miss Lois Klusmeyer, Green
Bay and Robert and Marilyn Klusmeyer Veum of Cambridge.
30 Years Ago (1981): In 1978 Lonnie Grignano of the Coach House began planning for his mortgage
burning. The celebration was planned for Las Vegas. In the past several years between 250 and
300 people signed up for the trip to Las Vegas. Burkhalter Travel Agency handled the arrangements
and this past week, 23 people took the trip to Las Vegas and returned home on Saturday.
20 Years Ago (1991): Yellow ribbons were placed on the trees at the Harlin and Angie Miller house in
honor of their daughter Denise Quackenbush and her husband Gary, who are serving in Operation
Desert Storm. The ribbons kept disappearing and finally it was discovered that the squirrels were
carrying off the yellow ribbons.
10 years ago (2001): Thanks to the efforts of Denise Lamb, Historic Preservation Commission
Secretary, the City has received a $6,750 grant to rewrite and redesign a walking tour brochure for
the historic district and other historic buildings in Evansville. The brochure will educate local
residents; create support for historic preservation; document structures in and outside the historic
district and promote tourism and support historic preservation by encouraging people to visit and
support Evansville’s historic areas.
Third Week of February 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): A petition has been presented to the Legislature asking for a charter of
incorporation for the Philalthean Society, of the Seminary. Also to incorporate the Evansville Cornet
130 Years Ago (1881): Mr. Nathaniel Libby passed peacefully over the tide of life at about 6 o’clock,
Sunday Evening, Feb. 13th, at the ripe old age of 76 years. Mr. Libby came to Evansville with his
family from Great Falls, N. H. about 25 years ago, and early identified himself with the growth and
prosperity of the place. He was a builder by trade and many of the residences here are mementos of
his skill and workmanship. He leaves an unbroken family of sons and a daughter who have families of
their own and, with one exception, reside in Evansville.
120 Years Ago (1891): B. W. Hubbard, who was hurt last fall, by a wheel of a bus coming off in
Janesville, is still confined to the house most of the time. Mr. Hubbard has tried several doctors and
has got but little help from any of them. His trouble is in the spine.
110 Years Ago (1901): Mr. S. E. Barnard says that the tobacco crop is injured quite severely, but
thinks there is more alarm about it than necessary, the buyers will no doubt purchase it at a
reasonable price and keep on assorting as usual, although there may be quite a material loss to
some growers and buyers, where each are inclined to do right by each other, there will be no trouble.
The Wis. 1900 crop is not all spoiled nor even very poor as has been generally reported by at last
one Chicago firm.
100 Years Ago (1911): Magnolia: Gustav Erdman and family will move onto one of Warren Andrew’s
farms and Ernest Harnack and family will move onto the T. Drew farm. Horace Fraser has rented Mrs.
Stapleton’s farm in Center for the coming year. Mr. Sweaky of Green County has rented the Misses
Haskins’ farm for the coming year. Cliff Courtwright has his machinery moved onto the Ryan farm
preparatory to moving there March 1.
90 Years Ago (1921): The marriage of Rachel Setzer to Arthur Larson, took place at 11 o’clock Feb.
10 in the M. E. parsonage, Evansville. They were attended by Miss Bessie Peterson, Lone Rock,
Wis. And Ira Larson, brother of the groom. They left on a wedding trip to Chicago, after which they
will go to housekeeping on a farm east of Footville, which Mr. Larson recently purchased. Mrs.
Larson is the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Setzer and has lived all her life in Magnolia.
80 Years Ago (1931): Plans have been completed for an Allis Chalmers’ tractor and machinery
exhibit and demonstration to be held here Wednesday in the Service Garage and Machine shop, B.
G. Hart, proprietor. The program will open at 10 a.m. with a tractor and machinery demonstration
followed by a free lunch at noon. The afternoon festivities, to which a special invitation has been
extended high school students, will include moving pictures and an address by Glenn Bates,
Milwaukee, who will speak on the operation of modern farms.
70 Years Ago (1941): Newly elected officers of the Evansville 4-H club will be seated by 8 p.m.
tomorrow in the city hall auditorium with R. T. Glassco, Janesville, Rock County agricultural agent,
presiding as installing officer. Refreshments will be served by the corps of new officers comprised of
Charlotte Brunsell, president; Robert Norby, vice president; Lois Klusmeyer, secretary; and John
Brunsell, Jr., treasurer.
60 Years Ago (1951): Ann Rennels entertained a group of young people at a Valentine party in her
home on North Fourth St., Saturday night. The evening’s festivities included bingo and other games.
The guests were Carmen Brunsell, Virgie Burns, Alice Romstad, Kathleen Krebs, Merle Halbman,
Darla Albright, Diane Suckow, Ronald Brigham, Jud Spooner, Bud Thompson, Dexter Mueller, Gary
Deininger, Bob Rasmussen, Larry Decker and Bill Knapp.
50 Years Ago (1961): The City Council authorized the purchase of a new truck for cemetery use.
On competitive bids from three local dealers, a 6-cylinder Willys with dump body was decided upon.
The price, from Brunsell Auto Service, is to be $2,647. The Council also increased the police uniform
allowance from $50 to $60 per man, per year.
40 Years Ago (1971): The golden anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Abey will be observed Sunday,
Feb. 21 with a family dinner to be served at Stub’s Hide-away in Dayton with their children as hosts.
Mr. and Mrs. Abey are both natives of the Evansville area and have been prominent farmers west of
the city for many years. Mr. Abey and Famie Elmer were married Feb. 21, 1921 in Monroe. They are
both members of the United Methodsit Church here and Mrs. Abey is a member of the Ruth-Esther
Circle and the Pleasant Prairie Community Club. The couple has a son, Harold Abey, rural Brooklyn
and a daughter, Mrs. Victor Horstmeyer, Cottage Grove and seven grandchildren.
30 Years Ago (1981): The Evansville Jazz Ensemble attended the Badger State Jazz Festival
Saturday, Feb. 9 at the UW-Whitewater. Evansville received first place. There was just one first
place, not as in some contests where several schools receive firsts. Members of the Jazz Band are
Pete Steinhoff, Tammy Cufaude, Cindy Gilbertson, Scott Patterson, Lon Heinemann, Karen Conners,
Mary Kopp, Margo Losey, Marty Kerkenbush, Dave Gallman, Lee Judd, Shelley Miller, Sue Brunsell,
Rudy Steinhoff, Mark Paulson, Cindy Grimes, Wayne Steinhoff and Director Rolland Grimes.
20 Years Ago (1991): The following is a list of employees at Evansville Manor who had no absent
days during 1990: Margaret Maves, RN; Mary Jo Dunphy, LPN; Connie Eveland, LPN; Certified Nurse’
s Aides: Gloria Andrews, Mary Hurley, Linda Jones, Barbara Lange, Gwen Reese, Phyllis Rundle,
Vicki Thompson; Barbara Howard, ward clerk; Barbara Buttchen, director of nursing and Debbie
Schneider, assistant director of nursing.
10 years ago (2001): Vicki Lecy-Luebke was named to be the new intermediate school principal.
The intermediate school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2002. Lecy-Luebke has been the reading
specialist at the Levi Leonard Elementary school since 1983. The new intermediate school will hold
third, fourth and fifth grade classes. The building is currently the Evansville High School.
Fourth Week of February 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): The afternoon express was delayed Friday in consequence of running off the
track below here and did not reach this place until five o’clock. A similar delay Saturday was caused
by a train being snowed in on the main line, below Harvard.
130 Years Ago (1881): Married. At the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Devereux,
Feb. 19th, by Rev. E. Robinson, Mr. John Wall and Miss Ida G. Devereux, both of Union, Wis.
120 Years Ago (1891): A paper on the early settlers of the town of Union and Evansville, by Samuel
Cadwallader was read by him at the reopening of the Methodist Church, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1891. “In
the month of June 1839, a company of eight or ten men started from LaPorte county, Ind., with a view
of making for themselves homes in what was then thought to be the far west.” “Five of these men, to
wit; Hiram Griffith, Boyd Phelps, Stephen Jones, Erastus Quivey and John Griffith, selected locations
in the immediate vicinity. Those five men were all members of the Methodist church and comprised
the nucleus around which the present society has grown.”
110 Years Ago (1901): Miss Ella Bowen, daughter of Thomas and Emmaline Bowen, was buried at
the Rutland cemetery, Saturday the 16th. This was very sad as Ella was the last of 4 children.
100 Years Ago (1911): George Morrison bought of P. J. Fosse of Poynette last week, four pure bred
Duroc Jersey brood sows. They arrived here Monday by express and were at once taken to Mr.
Morrison’s stock farm. They are spring pigs and average about 300 pounds each.
90 Years Ago (1921): A free throw slipped through the ring by Bick in the final minute of play broke
a 16-16 tie and enabled Janesville high school to take the laurels of Evansville High at Milton
Tuesday night, 17 to 16. By that trick of fate, Janesville gets its chance to go to the basketball
tournament at Whitewater in March. The victory was made before a mob of fans from Evansville,
Milton, Milton Junction and Janesville that jammed the college gym until there was no standing room
80 Years Ago (1931): In making preparations for the paving of South Madison street, the Wisconsin
Telephone company has a crew of men at work this week placing a new cable on the electric poles
from Main street south to the intersection of the Albany road. To eliminate the duplication of poles,
the telephone company has entered into an agreement with the electric company whereby both
electric and telephone wires and cables will be placed on the same poles. This will eliminate about 20
poles on South Madison Street.
70 Years Ago (1941): Stanley “Pop” Sperry, Evansville’s big league baseball player, who has been
slated to play second base for San Diego of the Pacific Coast league, left the city Sunday in company
with his wife and two sons for El Centro, Calif., where he will resume training next Monday. Sperry
has been participating in organized baseball since he was graduated from high school here nine
60 Years Ago (1951): Dr. E. W. Krueger, Evansville veterinarian, stated early this week that Dr. H. J.
Bunde has become associated with him in the business and practice in Evansville and vicinity. Dr.
Krueger has practiced in Evansville the past ten years. Dr. Bunde has recently been located in
Reeseville. The doctors were classmates in the Ontario Veterinary College at Guelph, Canada from
where they were graduated in 1931.
50 Years Ago (1961): John C. McKenna, superintendent of the Evansville Public Schools since Oct.
1934, has announced his retirement from the system effective June 30 this year. He is being retained
by the school board on a part-time basis as business manager for the district.
40 Years Ago (1971): The Evansville Wrestling Team leaders who won in Orfordville at the
Conference Tournament are David Schuh, who won the championship; Bob Schroeder, 2nd place;
Jim Schlesner, 2nd ; Dennis Haakenson, 3rd; Rick McCoy, 4th; Gary Martin, 4th, and Keith Martin,
4th. The boys competed in various weight classes.
30 Years Ago (1981): The Evansville Board of Education met again Tuesday night of this week with
EEA representative negotiation committee. The Board committee proposed a salary increase of 4%;
maintain the current costs in health and dental insurance. The Board committee is made up of Phil
Hamilton, Ken Fenrick, and Larry Lauke.
20 Years Ago (1991): On February 15, Channel 3 broadcast interviews with Angie Miller, whose
daughter, Denise Quackenbush and her husband Gary are both serving in Operation Desert Storm
and Norman and Jo Tomlin, whose son, Brian Crull is also serving in Saudi Arabia. The interviews
followed the early morning announcement that a meeting was taking place hopefully to set the state
for peace negotiations. However, by the time the 6 p.m. news report came through, hopes appeared
to be dimming. Photos from Saudi Arabia sent to the Millers were shown on Channel 3 TV.
10 years ago (2001): Dr. Stephen Lewis and Dr. Janet Deegan, physicians at the Dean Medical
Clinic are leaving this spring. Deegan has worked at the clinic for the past seven years and Lewis for
the past five years. Deegan and Lewis are married and they would not comment on the reason for
their leaving. Many of their patients were unhappy to see them leave Evansville.