In Review
First Week of January 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  New Year’s day, in Evansville, was spent very much after the usual manner, making calls
and general interchange of social convivialities.  The evening was employed by the Baptist School entertainment, at
Treat’s Hall.  The weather was the finest of the season.  Scarcely a vestige of snow was in appearance to remind us
that it was really winter.  

130 Years Ago (1884): Married.  At the F. W. B. parsonage, January 14th, 1886, by Rev. L. W. Gowen, Mr. Charles
S. Patchen and Miss Myra J. Beebe, all of Evansville.

120 Years Ago (1894):   Mr. Wm. Stevens had an elegant quarter of beef cut up and sent to those in need on New
Year’s morning.

110 Years Ago (1904):  Poor Commissioner Kenyon was in this city Monday to take to the poor house the twenty-
six year old wife of Thomas Harvey, who is in destitute circumstances.  Her aged husband found himself unable to
support her and was compelled to resort to this means for sustenance.  Harvey goes to Lisbon where he thinks he
can secure work.

100 Years Ago (1914):  Fred Fellows has sold his farm to Eli Kinsey.  Mr. and Mrs. Fellows and family will move to
Evansville in the spring.

90 Years Ago (1924):  Mrs. Albert E. Blunt, wife of A. E. Blunt, passed away at Mercy hospital Saturday, January
5th, following an operation which was performed Dec. 29th. Marthine Frederickson, was born in Denmark, July 15,
1874, and at the age of 16 years came to this country.  She was married at Evansville in 1900 to Albert E. Blunt.  
She is survived by her husband and four children; Leslie of Long Beach, Cal., Pearl of Milwaukee, Albert, Jr. a
student at the University of Wisconsin and Bernita, at home.  She is also survived by four sisters and two brothers;  
Mrs. Fred Jorgenson of this city, Mrs. Ben Hansen of Union, Mrs. G. Algrim and Mrs. Alfred Jacobson of Janesville,
Antone and Fred Frederickson of Brooklyn.  The son Leslie is expected to arrive from California today.

80 Years Ago (1934):  The stockholders of the Farmers and State bank held their annual meeting here Tuesday at
which time H. F. Brunsell, E. E. Denison, Leonard P. Eager, Robert D. Hartley and E. H. Libby were reelected
directors for the ensuing year.  The cashier gave a report of the year’s business:  “This corporation has closed the
year 1933, which undoubtedly, has been the most eventful as well as the most treacherous in banking history for all
banks in this country.  The year was marked by an absolute lack of confidence through the country in banks
bringing on the moratorium by the President in March and the graduate restoration of confidence and the
consummation of the program as evidenced by the insurance of deposits, January 2, 1934, by the Federal Deposit
Insurance Corporation.”

70 Years Ago (1944):  Culminating an eventful season of field trials, raccoon hunting, and other sporting activities,
Evansville nimrods in cooperation with the local chapter of the Izaak Walton league and the Wisconsin Raccoon
and Fox Hunters’ Association are this week completing final plans for their annual sportsmen’s banquet and
program to be held here next Tuesday night in the Masonic Temple where accommodations are being made to
entertain a record crowd.  

60 Years Ago (1954):  Offices of the Union Mutual Insurance Company and the Whitmore Insurance Agency are
being moved this week into the company’s new building at 15 North Madison Street.  Starting next Monday morning,
the business of the two firms will be transacted at the new offices.  For the three quarters of a century that Union
Mutual has been service people in this area, it has been located in rented space.  The new building, designed to
provide the easiest and swiftest possible complete insurance service in this area.  

50 Years Ago (1964):   A city ordinance, which has been on the books since the mid thirties, has been challenged.  
The ordinance deals with tavern hours on Sunday within the corporate limits of Evansville.  Because of the
ordinance, city taverns have closed their doors at 1 a.m Sunday morning and not reopened again until Monday
morning.  City tavern owners have circulated a petition which has been presented to the city council requesting
amendment of the long established ordinance.  This amendment would allow city taverns to maintain Sunday
hours.  There were some 125 names on the petition which included all the city tavern owners.

40 Years Ago (1974):  An insurance consultant has recommended to the city public works committee that the bell
tower be removed from the city hall and capped over.  It is reported to have large cracks in it and it is feared it
could cause a dangerous situation if it falls.  Council approval will be sought on this and if the project is done, the
bell will be given to the fire department.

30 Years Ago (1984):  John Jones, Jr. will begin his campaign for Mayor on Saturday, January 7 with free coffee
and donuts at Weese’s Restaurant (Dog Wagon).  Everyone is invited to come out and meet John and ask

20 Years Ago (1994):  Many from Evansville and area traveled to Pasadena, CA this past week to cheer the
Badgers on to a 21-16 victory over UCLA, including:  Mr. and Mrs. Randy Peters and sons, Rob and Jake, Mr. and
Mrs. Bill Harvey, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Leeder, Margery Buckeridge, Gene and Sue Miller and their daughter Mandy,
Dr. And Mrs. Roland Jeans, Sue Masterson, Mark Lins and son Brandon, Mr. and Mrs. Terry Bund, Mr. and Mrs.
Jim Schuh, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Larson, Mr. and Mrs Bill Krumwiede, Mr. and Mrs. Jack McElroy, Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Nimz, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Grossman, Mike McElroy, Russ Hrdlicka, Jay Hrdlicka, Karen Shotliff, Mike McDonough,
Mary Joanis, Steve Kersten, John O’Connell, Gary Gard, David Harnack, Warren Howard, Ken Devlin, Jim
Wollinger, Bob Haakenson, Mr. and Mrs. Doug Hull, Gretchen Youngman, and Gene Schulz.  

10 years ago (2004):  Master Sergeant Terry Hatlevig was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious
achievement as the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Repair and Reclamation Transient Alert and Crash
Recovery while assigned to the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing at Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait during Operations
Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom.

In Review
Second Week of January 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  Mr. Superintendant Burdick gave us a call last Thursday.  He had been visiting our schools
and reported everything as moving off in the best of order.  Says that Evansville has the best schools of any in his
district; paid a high compliment to the Principal Mr. Burnham, and also to Miss West, of the Primary department.  
The other teachers were managing their respective departments with more than ordinary success.  

130 Years Ago (1884):  Levi Taggart, aged 86 years, was called to his final reward.  Mr. Taggart came to Rock
County in 1845 and has been a highly respected citizen of the county ever since.  But few of the old settlers have
enjoyed a larger circle of acquaintances than did Mr. Taggart and though he has not been among us much of late,
he will be greatly missed.  He lived a life of usefulness and we think the Recording Angel has written “Well done.”  
His funeral was held on Saturday and was largely attended.

120 Years Ago (1894):  Born to Mr. and Mrs. Thos. George of the town of Union, on Friday Jan. 5, a daughter.  Dr.
Stair attending.

110 Years Ago (1904):  Eugene Butts has perfected an arrangement for fastening pumps to well tubing so that they
are perfectly solid and secure, avoiding all vibrations of looseness, which is said to be very useful and valuable,
especially those using windmills for pumping.

100 Years Ago (1914):  C. F. Jorgensen has attempted something new among the farmers of this vicinity.  For
many years one corner of his farm along the road to Union, has been rather swampy.  Owing to the lay of the land it
was impossible to drain it by ordinary methods.  For some time Wm. Haak of Madison has been at work drilling a six
inch well.  He completed his work Monday having put the well down to a depth of 226 feet into rock.  In testing the
well, it took several tanks of water as fast as it could be poured into it.  This experiment will be watched with interest
by farmers who have land in the same condition and have been unable to drain it.

[90 Years Ago (1924): At the parent teacher meeting, Mr. Evans, school principal, suggested:  encourage music
and literary work; encourage the use of good English and eliminate slang and profanity; restrict the use of the
automobile for night parties; have all social activities properly supervised; secure greater respect for public
property and law enforcement; have each child get regular sleep, avoiding late hours; discourage all organizations
from asking children out evenings; encourage habits of thrift and simple pleasures.

80 Years Ago (1934):  Nearly 60 contestants have entered the Amateur Night and Fiddlers’ contest to be staged
here at the Magee theatre next Thursday night.  Liberal cash prizes will be awarded for the best vaudeville acts, old
time fiddling, guitar and accordion playing.  Jess and Walter Kimberley assisted by Bob Allen have arranged an
entertaining act called “Mouthorgan and Guitar Novelties” and Arthur Templeton and Robert Turner will appear in
“Musical Nonsense.”  The fiddler’s contest is drawing contestants from all parts of Rock, Dane, and Green counties
will include Walt Flood, Brooklyn, Ray Custer, Oregon; Knudt Sponem, Mt. Horeb, Clarence Rierson, Janesville; Jim
Riley, Roy Greatsinger, and Robert Turner, Evansville.  Heading the guitar contest will be Frank  Knight, Oregon;
Floyd Krause, Albany; Lawrence Standlee, Stoughton; and Robert Allen, Walter Kimberley, Earl Kueltz, Earl Pierce,
and Lester Nelson, this city.  Walter Templeton and Wilma Snyder will be among the leading contestants in the
accordion contest.  

70 Years Ago (1944):  At the annual meeting of the stockholders of the Union Bank & Trust Company held last
Tuesday, E. B. Libby was elected a director to succeed his father, E. H. Libby.  Other directors and officers were re-
elected.  Officers reported a satisfactory year in 1943.

60 Years Ago (1954):  Evansville’s new fire engine got a thorough testing at Leota Park before being put into
service.  The new vehicle is capable of pumping 500 gallons of water per minute and is equipped to pump it
through four hoses of three different sizes.  The engine was passed by the insurance underwriter inspector last
Thursday afternoon and went into service that same night, fighting a fire at the Baker Manufacturing Company.  
The fire, chiefly in a pile of wooden forms, was put out in about a half hour.  Fire department officials said the blaze
was apparently started when hot metal came into contact with the forms.

50 Years Ago (1964):   The first two truckloads of Pruden frames left the Evansville plant Tuesday, bound for New
York city where they will be used to form the structure of the Wisconsin exhibit building for the New York World’s

40 Years Ago (1974):  According to Rollin Zilliox city clerk-treasurer, the April city election promises to be
interesting this year.  Merlin Reese, current first ward alderman, is seeking the mayor’s post.  Wilson L. Brown,
whose term will expire in April has announced that he will not be a candidate.  Papers are being circulated for
William Leopold for first ward alderman; John Jones and John Willoughby have taken out papers for second ward
alderman.  Present municipal justice Glenn Gissing will be opposed by Richard Meyers, current second ward
alderman and Harlan Steindl is seeking reelection to the aldermanic post in the third ward.

30 Years Ago (1984):  Blanche Devine died at the age of 98, after a brief illness, ending a long association with the
Evansville Review.  She has been in newspaper work since 1929 and with the present owners of the Review since
1961.   Up until the time of her death she was still contributing items to the paper, watching the weather and the fire
signals, as well as recalling “Do You Remember” bits for the news column.

20 Years Ago (1994):  Pastor David Rabuck and his wife, Ellen began serving the Magnolia Advent Christian
Church Jan. 2, 1994.  They have been married 19 years and have two children, Before serving the Magnolia
Church, David was a lay minister assisting the pastor at the LaValle Advent Christian Church.  

10 years ago (2004):  Five individuals have taken out papers for the two open season on the Evansville Community
School Board.  The five community members are:  Harry Fisher, Dennis Hatfield, Dennis Knudson, Michelle Sturz,
and John Willoughby.  A primary election will be held on February 17, 2004.

In Review
Third Week of January 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  We understand that a sufficient amount of stock has been subscribed (or nearly so)
necessary to form a “Grange” store, in this place, and an organization and the election of officers is to take place
next Saturday.

130 Years Ago (1884):  Col. Geo. W. Hall’s show car arrived at this place on Monday evening last, and we learn will
winter here.  About ten of his men are stopping at the Commercial house.  Col. Geo. Hall has several curiosities at
his house which he freely exhibits to his friends.

120 Years Ago (1894):   Mrs. Willis Griffith and young baby daughter were seriously poisoned by gasoline fumes on
Monday morning last.  Mrs. Griffith was doing her usual Monday morning washing with the aid of a gasoline stove,
when she suddenly became very sick, the baby also began to cry and show symptoms of poisoning.  At this Mrs.
Griffeth became alarmed and immediately called some of the neighbors, who summoned Dr. Spencer.  The only
cause assigned for the presence of gasoline fumes, is that the stove leaked more gasoline than it could burn.  At
this writing all are doing nicely and are about as well as usual owing to the skillful care of Dr. Spencer.

110 Years Ago (1904):  Born:  Jan. 13, 1904, to Mr. and Mrs. Locke Pierce, a son.

100 Years Ago (1914):  The Free Baptist church building has been sold to the Free Methodist church.  A contract
has been signed by the trustees of both churches, the deed to be given the first of March.  This is the oldest
church building in the city and has been used since the early fifties by the Free Baptists as a house of worship, until
that denomination united with the First Baptist church some time ago.

90 Years Ago (1924): Fire partially destroyed a large portion of the contents of the Evansville Feed and Grain
Company building.  The fire department made quick response, but the character of the material in the top room of
the mill, which consisted of bailed hay and other inflammable feed gave the fire a quick start and it had gained
considerable headway before the water could be turned on it.  The loss is estimated at 18,000 and fairly well
covered by insurance.  This will still leave Messrs. Bewick and Cummings a large loss, as they had just put in a
large stock of flour, feed and hay.  The Northwestern trains were held for about twenty minutes on account of the
fire hose being run across the track, until a place was found where they could run under the rails.  

80 Years Ago (1934):  According to Miss May Phillips, librarian, the Eager Free Public Library has just received a
hand book of 79 pages entitled “Youth Never Comes Again,” edited by Clinch Calkins and published by the
Committee of Unemployed Youth, New York City.  “Clinch” Calkins will be known to almost every Evansville Citizen
as a daughter of Mrs. Julia Calkins, Evansville, receiving her education in the Evansville schools from which she
was graduated with the class of 1913.  Accounts are given as to how many large cities have met the problem of
unemployed young people from coast to coast.

70 Years Ago (1944):  The newly elected officers will be installed at the regular meeting of the Christian Youth
council in the Advent Christian church at Magnolia Corners.  Louia Gransee will be seated as president; Carol
Clark, vice president; Herb Christensen, secretary, and Leon Patterson treasurer.  Others chosen to serve on the
executive committee are Jean Wood, Virginia Finn, Betty Brunsell and Bessie Denison.  

60 Years Ago (1954):  When Eugene Schuepp, Evansville’s Swiss cheese maker, came to America in 1922, he
wouldn’t have believed that today he’d own a cheese factory that handles 11,000 pounds of milk a day from 40
farms.  The local factory turns out 3,000 pounds of high quality Swiss cheese a day.  Most of this cheese is sold to
wholesalers for retail all over the U. S., but a sizeable retail trade is handled locally.  

50 Years Ago (1964):   By unanimous vote the city council called for a public advisory referendum on the tavern
hours issue.  The referendum will be held along with the April elections this year.  Council members were prone to
grant the tavern owners’ request for Sunday hours but called for a public hearing on the issue.  The public hearing
brought out a surprisingly good number of persons with healthy representation of pros and cons.  Mrs. Alan Eager,
Mrs. L. P. Eager, Jr. and Rev. Arne Waldemar, pastor of the Baptist Church introduced the case for those opposed
to extending tavern hours to include Sunday.  Iris Sperry, who operates Sperry’s Hotel, introduced the case for the
proponents of Sunday tavern hours.  Cloyence Zweifel, Alderman Walter Spratler and Mayor Wilson Brown spoke
for the tavern owners and urged council members to act.

40 Years Ago (1974):  “Tom” a four year old grade cow, sold for a state grade cow record price of $1,325 to Allison
Butts of Evansville at the Warren “Pete” Howard auction Tuesday.  Her calf sold for $400 to Don Larson and Sons,
Evansville.  Dean, Paul and Dean George, Jr. served as auctioneers,  Ray Ryan was representative and clerk.  

30 Years Ago (1984):  J. Peter Shaw has been cast in the lead role of Grandpa Vanderhof in Children’s Theatre of
Madison’s production of You Can’t Take It with You.  One of the most acclaimed plays of the Great Depression era.  

20 Years Ago (1994): The council moved to appoint Barbara Pierce, a nurse at the Mercy Medical Center in
Evansville, as the new coordinator of Emergency Medical Services here.  Pierce has been a member of the rescue
unit since 1980.  She replaces Bill Hurtley, who resigned in December.  Hurtley will continue to serve as an EMT

10 years ago (2004):  A well attended set of Smart Growth Workshops was held this past week.  Timing was most
excellent in light of the recent concerns of hast development to the city’s west side.  Builders, realtors, business
owners, committee heads, education staff, area residents, and many other signed in and listed as Amy, with Omnni
Associates, shared her experience on Evansville’s 2005 Comprehensive Plant.  A total of 4 workshops were held,
included were, Economic Development, Housing, Transportation and Utilities & Community Facilities.  

In Review
Fourth Week of January 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  Mr. Zenas Gibbs last week received a blow from a falling tree and died at 7 o’clock Monday
evening.  He became paralyzed from the moment of his injury, and during the whole time has never spoken a word
and could only make his wishes known by a slight motion of the head or a wave of his hands.  Sunday he arose
from his bed and walked across the room, with assistance, but early Monday morning he began to grow more
feeble and sank away.  His funeral services will take place at the Methodist church, (of which society he was a
member) today, at 11 o’clock.  His age was nearly 52 years.

130 Years Ago (1884):  On Tuesday last Mr. and Mrs. A. Eager, gave a tea party to the old ladies of their
acquaintance and kindly invited us in to see them, which invitation we gladly accepted and were introduced to ten
as venerable old ladies as it was ever our good fortune to meet in one company:  Mrs. Lydia Blackmun, 85 years of
age, came to Wis. 1850; Mrs. Amanda Winston, 85 years of age, came to Wis. 1844; Mrs. C. A. Griggs, 77 years of
age, came to Wis. 1843; Mrs. Marian McMillan, 74 years, came to Wis. 1838; Mrs. Jane Baker, 70 years of age,
came to Wis. 1840; Mrs. Margaret West, 69 years of age, came to Wis. 1840; Unis W. Webb, 59 years of age,
came to Wis. 1840; Electra Lloyd, 59 years of age, came to Wis. 1844.  Invited but not present:  Mrs. L. Libby, 74
years of age, came to Wis. 1855; Mrs. Keziah Johnson, 83 years of age, came to Wis. 1840; All of the above are
widows.  Mrs. Mary M. Boyce, 69 years of age, came to Wis., 1846, the mother of the hostess, and her husband is
still living.

120 Years Ago (1894):  Mule teams are becoming quite fashionable in Magnolia.  Frank Lee now drives one to his
milk wagon and feels as proud of them as a boy with his first pair of pants.

110 Years Ago (1904):  A frozen hydrant near the creamery necessitated the use of the fire engine Tuesday to
thaw it out; the care with which the hydrants have been looked after during the cold weather, to be sure that they
are all in working order in case of necessity is very commendable in our fire chief and his assistants, denoting that
they have the safety of our city at heart regardless of their own personal comfort.

100 Years Ago (1914):   Herbert Durner, Dr. Schuster and Ace Fellows visited the auto show in Chicago, Monday.

90 Years Ago (1924): Survey of City for Y.W.C.A. work:  Evansville has a population of 2,209.  The town draws
approximately the people from two townships, Union and Magnolia into its schools, churches, social and economic
life.  Girls of the community 18 to 25 years old are employed as follows:  stores, 10-12; offices, 10; factories, during
the summer, 40; telephone office, 4; homes, 10; hotels, 8; some girls under 18 are employed only during the
summer.  The schools employ six women teachers in High school, none of whom live out of town, twelve in the
grades, of whom one lives out of town.  The schools do not have a regular physical director,.  Play is supervised by
the teachers and planned by them and the pupils.  The school has a good gymnasium which is also used by the
town.  Public dances are held in halls owned by individual citizens.  Dances are supervised by a man and woman.  
The town moving picture theatre is open in the evening 7 days a week.  200 is the average attendance.  
80 Years Ago (1934):  Nearly 60 contestants from Evansville, Oregon, Albany, Brooklyn, New Glarus, Monticello,
Stoughton, Edgerton, Madison, Janesville and other neighboring cities have already entered the Amateur Night and
Fiddlers’ contest to be staged here at the Magee theatre next Thursday night.  Jess and Walter Kimberley, assisted
by Bob Allen, have arranged an entertaining act called “Mouthorgan and Guitar Novelties and Arthur Templeton
and Robert Turner will appear in Musical Nonsense.”  

70 Years Ago (1944):  Mrs. Earl J. Gibbs was elected president of the Wives and Mothers of Service Men’s club at
a meeting of the group in the city hall auditorium.  Other 1944 officers are Mrs. John W. Golz, vice president; Mrs.
B. C. Miller, secretary; Mrs. Edgar Horne, treasurer; Mrs. John Kennedy, corresponding secretary; Mrs. M. D. Fish,
musician; Mrs. Ray Hubbard, registration chairman; Mrs. E. J. Gibbs, honor roll chairman, and Mrs. A. H. Devine,
publicity chairman.

60 Years Ago (1954):  William Brown announced that he will be a candidate for mayor at the spring election.  The
well-known local druggist said that he was going to make the race on a platform of trying to get a forward-looking,
business managed government for Evansville.  Backed by a committee of citizens who feel that lack of planning and
indecisive handling of city problems has hindered solution of the problems that face Evansville, he said he would
make an aggressive try for the mayor’s job now held by A. M. Winn.

50 Years Ago (1964):   Evansville’s postmaster retired on January 22.  Robert J. Antes, known as Mr. Postmaster
and Mr. Conservation, reached the retirement age of 70 and turned the job of postmaster to Michael Finnane, who
has been on the staff for 16 years.

40 Years Ago (1974):  Four senior girl scouts were present at the school board meeting to ask permission to build
a Mini Park Ecology Playground at the First Street School.  The girls got the idea at the State Fair.  The playground
items would be constructed from old tires, old oil drums, painted with non-toxic paint and would be fashioned into a
couple of crawl thru’s, a sand box, a table made of a spool from wire cable and a trash can.  

30 Years Ago (1984):  A Snow Queen will be selected and crowned at the Second Annual Snow Ball to be held at
the Red Barn on Saturday, February 18th.  Candidates are Marsha Dobbs, representing the Chamber of
Commerce; Bonnie Bjugstad, Evansville 4-H; Jennifer Tomlin, Union Co-op; Kristi Elmer, FFA Alumni; Carol Wahl,
Evansville Boosters; Joyce Nelson, PTS; Carol Turner, VFW; and Sharon Zimmer, Fire Department.

20 Years Ago (1994):  All the Evansville Water and Light employees attended a party last Friday night for Randy
Rasmussen, who has resigned his position with that department.  The party was held at Zurfluh’s Rathskeller.

10 years ago (2004):  Meals on Wheels of Evansville has maintained a perfect delivery record while serving the
community for 30 years, 7 days a week.  The success of MOW is the result of the volunteers of five Evansville
churches, Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist and United Church of Christ, who accept monthly responsibility for
the delivery of meals.  The Evansville Manor provides meals, many of which are especially prepared for varying
dietary needs of the recipient.  Officers elected for 2004 were LaVerne Krueger, President; Cliff Woolever, Vice
President; Mary Christensen, Secretary; Pat Peters, Treasurer.  Other members elected to the board are Nancee
Bue, Al Hipke, Nancy Kress, David Ross, Elaine Strassburg, and Dick Waller.