First Week of July 1869-1999
140 Years Ago (1869): From the Janesville Daily Gazette: “Evansville is located 18 miles northwest of
Janesville on the Beloit and Madison Railroad, and is the nucleus of a fine trade, being surrounded by some of
the best agricultural towns in Rock, Green, and Dane counties. The citizens of the village and of the adjoining
towns are nearly all American born, noted for their thrift, intelligence and wealth, and carrying about them that
air of contentment and independence which has made this section of the State proverbial for the refinement
and virtue of its inhabitants”
130 Years Ago (1879): I, Jacob West, assessor of said Town of Union, do hereby certify that the following is a
correct statement of the principal Farm Products grown in 1879 at the time of the annual assessment: Wheat,
417 acres; corn, 4,574 acres; oats, 3,464 acres; root crops, 4 acres; apple orchard, 217 acres; number of
bearing trees 84; flax 9 acres; tobacco, 229 acres; cultivated grasses, 6,223 acres; growing timber, 3,251
acres; number of milch cows 1,215; value $21,457.
120 Years Ago (1889): The free books voted by the school meeting Monday night, the books averaging for
each scholar at 50 cents will cost the district $111.50, allowing the district to contain 343 scholars as reported
by the principal. This with the $200 increase of the principal’s salary, will make an increase of taxes for the next
year of $371.50. With no increase of property, the people will soon groan under the burden of intolerant
110 Years Ago (1899): Three of Evansville’s young people participated in Commencement at Madison
Thursday; Mr. Henry Wolff took his Masters degree in Applied Mathematics and Miss Crystal Stair and Mr. Jay
Baldwin took their first degree. Several of the old U. W. students from this city attended the Semi-Centennial
graduating exercises at Madison this week. Among them were Mrs. M. Burnham, Mrs. J. M. Evans, Mr. R. M.
Richmond, Miss Eager and Miss Andrews. The ceremonies were elaborate and suitable to the celebration of
half a century’s prosperity of such an institution.
100 Years Ago (1909): Last week Messrs. M. L. Paulson, of this city and H. D. Thomas of Blanchardville,
purchased the business and stock of the Lovejoy Lumber Company, and the name of the firm is changed to the
Paulson Lumber Company. Mr. Paulson will continue to run the business as he has done so successfully for so
many years past, which will be pleasing news to the many patrons of the firm.
90 Years Ago (1919): We wish to announce that we are located in the Eager block and have installed an up-to-
date soda fountain and are given to our dinner. Short orders at all hours. We also carry a line of staple
groceries and a full line of candy, cigars, fruit and bakery goods. We solicit a share of your patronage. Our
motto is quality and service. C. O. Hanson. (Note: The Eager block was at 11 and 13 West Main Street.)
80 Years Ago (1929): The Lions Club in charge of the Fourth of July celebration to be held here in the
morning at Leonard Park and in the afternoon at the Fair Groundn, has everything set for the best celebration
this city has had in years. A 48 piece band from Brodhead and a 41 piece band from Milton, directed by J. A.
Hughes of Milton will take part in the grand civic and industrial parade at 9:30 a.m. and will be heard in concerts
at the park and fair grounds during the day. A league baseball game between the locals and Footville, a
greased pig and pole; stop, go, and back-up race for Fords; fat and lean men’s races; mule race; and horse-
shoe pitching will top the afternoon’s program. A tug of war between the town of Porter and Brooklyn and the
most spectacular display of fireworks ever seen in this city, and a public dance in the Magee studio, will be the
70 Years Ago (1939): For the convenience of the vast throngs expected to assemble at the fair grounds next
Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, for the city’s centennial celebration, William Dixon, local barber, and Harry
Inman, gas station operator, completely rebuilt the ladies’ and gents’ lavatories. The buildings erected for the
old Rock County fairs here had been completely torn down with only the foundations remaining. Much credit is
due the two men for the efforts they put forth in rebuilding the structures.
60 Years Ago (1949): Five Evansville High School students will attend the band section of the 20th annual
Wisconsin Music Clinic on the University of Wisconsin campus which will run for three weeks July 5-24. They
are Ann Hansen, Charles Romstad, Patricia Furseth, Wayne Dunbar, and Barbara Serracino.
50 Years Ago (1959): An Evansville landmark will soon be disappearing. The wood framed section of the old
canning plant will soon be razed by Pruden Products to make way for a new Pruden Framed building. When
the old building is replaced Pruden will have 30,000 square feet of new construction of their own. More
additions are scheduled for later this summer and later in the fall. The buildings and real estate of the canning
company were sold to Prudent Products June 15, 1954.
40 Years Ago (1969): Miss Londa Kay Chivers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Chivers and Anthony
John Farrell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Myrland Farrell, Evansville were married at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21, in
the Assembly of God Church in Janesville.
30 Years Ago (1979): Dr. Edwin Krueger has retired from the Evansville veterinary Service after forty years in
practice. Doc, as he is commonly known participates in many local affairs having been past president of the
Chamber of Commerce, past member of the Board of Review, and very active member of St. John’s Lutheran
Church. He also was one of the originators of the Tri County Black and White Show which was held in
Evansville for many years.
20 Years Ago (1989): This past Sunday, Sesquicentennial Sunday was observed at the Evansville United
Methodist Church. A special sermon from 1900 was given by Pastor Dave Farina. The choir, dressed in
clothes of 150 years ago, sang a special anthem. Church members read a litany of history, prepared by former
pastor, Rev. Dean Jordan. One special member, Leonard P. Eager, Sr., who noted his 94th birthday in June,
spoke of his remembrances.
10 years ago (1999): As downtown revitalization efforts begin, the Chamber of Commerce is anxious to show
its appreciation to building owners, who take pride in bringing new life to downtown structures. The new
Chamber of Commerce Recognition Award for Downtown Renovation was presented recently to Lewis “Duke”
Farnsworth & Friends, for renovating the building on West Main Street that now houses Crafts ‘N Things.
Second Week of July 1869-1999
140 Years Ago (1869): The Celebration In Evansville: Between four and five thousand persons, many
estimate them much higher, formed in procession at ten o’clock and marched to the inspiring strains of national
airs to a beautiful grove near by, where the exercises of the day were to be conducted. The great feature of
the procession was some fifteen hundred Sabbath school children, gathered from six or eight of the adjoining
towns, under the leadership of their teachers and superintendents, carrying beautiful banners, flags, and
appropriate mottoes and making altogether the finest display of the kind that we ever saw in any procession,
east or west. The day was most propitious and lovely. At the grove the exercises were the same that usually
take place on the anniversary of the nation’s birthday, a prayer, vocal and instrumental music of a high order,
the reading of the Declaration of Independence and an oration in which the speaker tried to impress upon his
hearers The Duties and Responsibilities of the American Citizen.
130 Years Ago (1879): Rev. E. Robinson had the pleasure on the 3rd of making Mr. Wm. W. Foye, of
Evansville and Miss Sarah Hadley, daughter of Peter Hadley, of Porter, happy in the bands of wedlock. He is
doing considerable of that business these days.
120 Years Ago (1889): John Baker, who has been since Christmas in the Milwaukee Eye Infirmary, came home
to spend Independence Day. His eyes are some better, but far from being well. He is constantly under
treatment and hopes to receive a permanent cure, but gets almost impatient waiting for it.
110 Years Ago (1899): Died: At his home Wednesday, July 5, Mr. Henry Delphany, aged 76 years. The
deceased was only ill a few hours. He was a native of Prussia. Served three years in the Rebellion, being a
member of Co. G. 88, Ill. Inf. The funeral occurred yesterday at 2 p. m. at the M. E. Church under the auspices
of the G.A.R.
100 Years Ago (1909): As nice a day as ever dawned was granted to the people of Evansville to celebrate the
nation’s birthday. At nine o’clock the streets were comfortably filled, and the Evansville band led the parade
from the down town streets to the fairgrounds. The first amusement feature was a baseball game between
Evansville and Albany which was won by the visitors by a score of 6 to 8. Dinner was served in a tent. After
dinner were many things to amuse the crowd, a fine oration by Prof. A. H. Sholtz, a baseball game between a
Janesville team and Evansville won by the former; horizontal bar and ring work and other stunts of that nature;
a marathon race of five miles run by Frank Wilder and Cecil Ware and won by the former; a balloon ascension,
which however did not ascend, owing to Bill Taggart having been overcome by the gas and heat and rendered
unconscious and the air ship not being properly filled. After these things the crowd came downtown where
races, the greased pole, and a water fight. A dance at Magee’s hall closed the day’s festivities.
90 Years Ago (1919): Mrs. D. C. Collins, a long time resident of this city, died at the home of her daughter,
Mrs. C. H. Walker, Brooklyn, Tuesday morning, after a lingering illness, due to the infirmities of old age. She
leaves to mourn her loss one son, E. J. Reckord of this city, and two daughters, Mrs. A. M. Barnum, Evansville,
and Mrs. C. H. Walker.
80 Years Ago (1929): Practically no change is noted in the condition of George Hall, 73, veteran showman who
is in the Wisconsin Memorial Hospital in Madison, as the result of an accident here, according to attending
physicians. He is in the care of both a day and night nurse. His daughter, Mrs. Howard Bruce, and son,
Russell, who were called here on account of his critical condition have returned to their show troops.
70 Years Ago (1939): By tens they came, then by scores, to give way to hundreds and finally in droves until
some 10,000 men, women and children from all parts of Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois assembled in
the city Tuesday to participate in the climaxing activities of Evansville’s three-day centennial celebration.
Evansville streets leading from the business district to the fair grounds were literally packed with the throngs
which gathered at an early hour to view the alluring parade acclaimed to be one of the longest, most unique,
and elaborate spectacles ever attempted in this part of the state. More than 1,000 witnessed the opening
performance of the centennial pageant, “The Romance of a Century.” These figures do not include children
who were admitted free and the members of the cast numbering nearly 500.
60 Years Ago (1949): During the past forty odd years, the local Water and Light Utility has operated under the
management of E. S. Cary, who has tendered his resignation to take effect Jan. 1. A brief review is given here
of the progress made over this long period. In 1907, when Mr. Cary took charge, the utility supplied water
service to 165 customers and limited electric service to 195 residential and store lighting customers. Today the
utility supplies electrical service to 841 residental; 142 commercial; 287 rural; 31 power customers and 337 city
and 66 rural water heating customers. The Water department supplies water service to 807 customers. In
1911 daytime electric service was established making the use of household electric appliances possible. In
1927 the first rural extension was made. Has Ed done a good job? You know the answer.
50 Years Ago (1959): A new shop, to be known as Jim’s Barber Shop, announced its opening July 16 at 17
East Main Street in the place which until recently was occupied by Tom’s Shoe Repair. Jim Knapp formerly
associated with the Meredith Barber Shop, has been barbering for five years. He has recently been working in
Beloit in a four-chair shop. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Knapp, Jim took his training at Eau Claire State
Barber School after graduating from Evansville High School in 1954. Jim served his 26 months apprenticeship
in Evansville. He has taken his journeyman’s exam which qualifies him to operate a shop of his own. This is
not the first time a barber shop was set up in this store. The late Arthur Devine did barbering in this location.
40 Years Ago (1969): The address of 15 N. Second will retain a special nook in the memory of Ken Ellis. It was
here that he made his last mail delivery Friday before retiring after 31 years as an Evansville City mail carrier.
Well known for his dry sense of humor, Ellis, a bachelor, will do doubt be missed by his many patrons. Ken is a
native of Evansville, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ben Ellis. He is a graduate of the Evansville High School. He
resides at 39 West Church Street.
30 Years Ago (1979): The Evansville Housing Authority is sponsoring an open house at the South Meadows
Apartment complex Saturday, July 15. During the open house visitors will be able to see some of the
apartments in the 20-unit complex. Construction of the South Meadows apartments began in January 1978,
but occupancy was delayed until December of last year. Members of the Evansville Housing Authority Board
are Rev. I. Dean Jordan, Clark Prudhon, Josephine Flesch, Keith Williams and Richard Eager.
20 Years Ago (1989): Ecumenical Church Sunday, July 9, proved to be perfect in every respect. A large
turnout from five participating churches joined together in song and messages. A good sized choir
representing the various churches were accompanied by Catherine Fellows. Four pastors gave excellent
messages: Pastor Jim Hill of St. John’s Lutheran Church; Rev. David Farina of the United Methodist Church;
Rev. Mark Pirazzini, of the UCC Church and Rev. William Walker of the First Baptist Church. Missing was
Father Bob Hughes of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, who was on vacation.
10 years ago (1999): Austin Butts is the 1999 Evansville 4-H King. This is Austin’s 10th year as an Evansville
4-H member. He is the son of Arlen and Debbie Butts. JoDee George is the 1999 Evansville 4-H Queen. This
is JoDee’s 11th year as a 4-H member. Readers may recognize JoDee from her work the last three years at
the Eager Free Public Library. JoDee is the oldest of Paul and Barbara George’s four children.
Third Week of July 1869-1999
140 Years Ago (1869): A very desirable farm of 115 acres located in the town of Center, near Magnolia
Station. There is a good frame house, well and living spring water on the place, and the land is unsurpassed in
Rock County for farm culture; being fenced into three lots it is well adapted for both grain and stock raising. A
wood lot will be sold with this if desired. For further particulars enquire at Magnolia Station, or address the
subscriber at Cainville, Rock County, Wis. Ward Witham.
130 Years Ago (1879): Mr. Caleb Snashall has bought Mrs. Amelia Axtell’s farm, paying $1,600. Mr. Snashall
before owned a farm just across the road from Mrs. Axtell’s. He proposes to make one farm of the two, and that
a nice one.
120 Years Ago (1889): Village Board Proceedings July 5th, 1889: The committee on the purchase of
cemetery lands reported that as instructed they had purchased of C. J. Mitchell four (4) acres of land at $125
per acre as an addition to the Village cemetery, and that they had procured from the said Mitchell a good and
sufficient deed thereof. That in accordance with instructions, an order for $200 was drawn to Mr. Mitchell and
two Village notes given him for the balance. One of $200 due June 29, 1890, and one of $100 due June 29,
1891, drawing 7 per cent interest.
110 Years Ago (1899): Health Officer Colony is to be commended for his energy in causing the alleys in the
business portion of the city to be cleared of decaying rubbish and garbage. We hope he will continue in the
good work. The plea that the City Treasury is low will not excuse the city official in case an epidemic of
sickness breaks out. Just why business houses should have their garbage hauled at public expense while
private parties should be compelled to pay the drayage on similar work is something a few people are unable to
comprehend. Public health demands that such accumulating filth should be removed and the officials who
insist upon this being done will receive the support of all intelligent citizens.
100 Years Ago (1909): The Town of Union has recently had a mile of gravel road made, extending from the
corner where Geo. Keylock lives, north past the home of Altimas to the Brink place. This stretch of road was
mostly a bad bottom and needed improvement. The new gravel road makes it much easier to travel that way
with loads and much pleasanter for driving and automobiling. (Note: this is a portion of the Brooklyn-Evansville
90 Years Ago (1919): The annual school meeting was held last evening. The school tax levy was set at
$20,000 and increase of $2,500 over last year. This is to pay the increase in teachers’ salaries. School
officers re-elected were Fred Baker, president, term three years; E. M. Jones, term two years; and Mrs. John
Baker, term two years. A vote of thanks was given the dentists of the city for the examination of the school
children’s teeth. The school board was instructed to prepare a building program for a new school building,
which report will be submitted at the annual meeting next year. Free text books lost by a vote of 30 to 7.
80 Years Ago (1929): Fire completely destroyed a 70 by 40 foot barn, a silo and milk house on the Carl Hatlen
farm four and one half miles northeast of the city at 9 a.m. July 10,. The loss estimated at about $4,000 is
partly covered by insurance.
70 Years Ago (1939): Robert Gibbs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl J. Gibbs, who rescued his four-year-old niece,
Theresa Gibbs, daughter of Mr. and Mr. Paul Gibbs, from Lake Leota here two weeks ago, is a candidate for
the Howard F. Bliss Memorial award for 1939. Others from Evansville who have received the award for
lifesaving are Lewis Devine, Bud Anderson, and the present lifeguard, Thayer Lutz. Gibb’s niece had been
sitting beside him on a bank under some willows at the park while he was talking to some boys in the lake
swimming. When he turned around the child was missing and he noticed the water rippling. Almost at the
same moment the child’s head appeared and he plunged in fully clothed to make the rescue.
60 Years Ago (1949): Plans are being completed here this week by members of the Ladies’ Aid Society of St.
John’s Lutheran Church for their annual ice cream social and supper to be held Sunday night on the parish
lawn. Mrs. Alf Algrim, president, is general chairman, Mrs. Chris Nelson will serve as kitchen chairman, Mrs.
Vaughn Lewis, serving chairman and Mrs. Clara Reese, chairman of the program. In case of inclement weather
the event will be held in the parish house.
50 Years Ago (1959): The Hubbard family reunion was held Sunday July 12 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd
Hubbard with 80 attending. After a picnic dinner it was decided to meet again in 1960, the second Sunday in
July. John Hubbard, of Milwaukee, was chairman of the meeting. Maxine Jenison of Belmond, Ia., was acting
secretary and Robert Hubbard of Rockford, Treasurer.
40 Years Ago (1969): Fire about 2:30 p.m. July 15, 1969, caused extensive damage in the home of Oscar
Dietzsch, 131 Garfield Ave. The Evansville Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call and reported the
blaze apparently originated from a short in the motor of a vibrator chair, destroying the chair and damaging
other pieces of furniture, the carpet and floor. There was heavy smoke damage in other areas of the Dietzsch
30 Years Ago (1979): The budget presented by school superintendent George Knuckles and school business
manager Howard Cufaude for an increase in spending next year of $242,318 from $2,910,089 to $3,152,407.
However, the budget ran into flak from school board members. The board members told Knuckles they would
not accept a budget that increased taxes that much. School Board members stipulated that when the budget is
established, a note be attached to it saying the school board was resolved to hold tax increases down to a 9.5
per cent increase.
20 Years Ago (1989): Winners of the 4th of July parade were The Grove Society with a Dr. Evans parlor and
the Generic Band for their wonderful performance. Most Humorous award went to the Spring Valley 4-H for
their “Moo-ving Towards the Future” and the Eager Free Public Library for “Books, Past, Present & Future.”
Kiddie Parade Winners were Eric Nelson Jr., Mindy and Jason Kjerstad and Jeremy Hollis.
10 years ago (1999): Donald W. Franklin, son of Gordon and Della Franklin, Evansville, will fulfill his dream
this summer through an internship with the National Football League’s Baltimore Ravens of the American
Football Conference. Dreaming of being in the NFL since he was six years old, will now become a realty for the
1995 graduate of Evansville High School. For the past two years, Don has been the equipment manager for
the University of Sioux Falls football team.
Fourth Week of July 1869-1999
140 Years Ago (1869): We learn that some of the fields of wheat will be ready for harvesting the coming week,
but that a kind of worm or grub is working in it. Quite unlike the weevil or anything known here before in these
parts. It works in the kernel of the grain, eating it out and blasting usually about half the head.
130 Years Ago (1879): The following teachers have been engaged for the Graded High School for the coming
year: High School, C. M. Merriman; Assistant, L. H. Bushnell; Grammar Dept., Miss Mary McCoy; Intermediate,
Miss Minnie Howe; Primary, Miss Fannie Cook.
120 Years Ago (1889): J. W. Morgan personally appeared before the Village Board and asked that a permit be
given him to rebuild his old blacksmith shop immediately south of his present works having a frontage on R. R.
Street of 28 feet, the same being 82 feet deep to be built of wood, but covered with a tin or fire-proof roof. The
permit was unanimously granted. (Note: Morgan was a wagon maker and Railroad Street is now Maple Street.
The wagon shop was located in today’s parking lot on the west side of the first block of Maple Street.)
110 Years Ago (1899): A large delegation from here will attend the Assembly July 31 to hear Hon. William J.
Bryan speak on “Watchman, What of the Night!”
100 Years Ago (1909): Haying is in full blast now, and the farmers are too busy to eat or sleep, much less
come to town. The hay crop in this locality is reported to be pretty light. Fall grain is about ready to cut and
barley will soon be ready.
90 Years Ago (1919): Theodore Stair, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Stair, arrived home for a 30 day shore leave,
last Friday afternoon. For the past four years Mr. Stair has been in the U. S. Navy on the battleship Seattle,
and as his time of enlistment has expired, he is “shipping over” before re-enlisting. He left his boat at Norfolk,
Va., and will rejoin it at San Francisco, Calif., for his boat is one of the fleet that has been sent to Pacific waters.
80 Years Ago (1929): Carpenters have been at work during the past week remodeling and enlarging the Busy
Bee café at 102 East Main Street owned and operated by Nick Anthans. New restaurant fixtures including a
lunch counter and back bar, water cooler, and six tables have been added to the present equipment giving the
cafe a metropolitan appearance. By extending the rear wall back several feet, a larger space has been
reserved for dancing, the music for which is furnished by a new electric phonograph. With the installation of a
new freezer, the café makes a specialty of serving home made ice cream. The Busy Bee was opened last
March and has since become very popular with the younger set in the city.
70 Years Ago (1939): Evansville’s new $220,000 high school building now under construction is a WPA
project. The building program includes the erection of an academic unit, gymnasium, and kindergarten
addition, and the remodeling of the current gymnasium into a modern auditorium. Construction work is being
completed so that the academic or classroom unit will be ready for the opening of the fall term in September.
The shipment of more than 100 window sashes arrived in the city yesterday and painters started putting on the
priming coat shortly after the windows were hauled to the gymnasium.
60 Years Ago (1949): Plans are progressing here for the Labor Day celebration to be held in the city parks
under the auspices of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. The general
arrangements committee is comprised of Francis Cook, Robert Graham, and William Dixon.
50 Years Ago (1959): Mr. and Mrs. Nimmer Adamany are the parents of a daughter born Thursday, July16 at
Stoughton Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Zilliox, announce the birth of a son, Douglas born at St. Mary’s
Hospital, Tuesday morning, July 21. Mrs. Zilliox is the former Sharon Rasmussen.
40 Years Ago (1969): The first week of August will be a happy one when the American Field Service student
comes to Evansville to make her home with Mr. and Mrs. Herb Christiansen, Shirlee and Alan of 122 North
Third Street. Miss Pamela Long of Grahamstown, South Africa will be leaving Johannasburg on July 29 and
arrive in New York July 30. Pam is 18 years old.
30 Years Ago (1979): Supt. Wayne Ballard in the Water and Light Committee report stated that lines are being
rebuilt on Hwy. M., Hwy. 14 south to 213 and Hwy 14 north from the city limits to Butts Corners Rd. Brush and
tree interference on Old 92 to Hwy 59 has been cleared. Work on the new water main will be put off until
September as crops are planted on some of the land. The water table is still high.
20 Years Ago (1989): Allan and Kaye Crocker and their children, Jana 9, Stacie 5, and Brian 3, will be heading
for Milwaukee for the big Circus Parade. Stacie was one of 40 youngsters who won a clown coloring contest,
sponsored by Kool Aid, and she won the privilege of riding on the Kool Aid float in the parade. Kool Aid is
providing costumes for all the 40 participants of various ages.
10 years ago (1999): On Saturday, July 31, Father Philip Krogman, the new pastor of St. Paul’s Catholic
Church will be installed by Bishop Wirz at a 5 p.m. Mass. Fr. Krogman is a native of Bloomington, WI. Fr.
Krogman’s most recent assignment was at Immaculate Conception Church in Kieler where he has served the
past eight years. Fr. Krogman says he finds the members of St. Paul’s to be very warm and friendly.
Last Week of July 1869-1999
140 Years Ago (1869): A company of orphan and destitute boys from the New York Juvenile Asylum will arrive
in Janesville Thursday, August 5th. Their ages range from six to sixteen years. They have been in the Asylum
from six months to two years and have received thorough preparatory training. Homes are now sought for
them where they will continue to enjoy good educational and religious privileges. They may be taken at first a
few days on trial and afterwards under indentures. Applicants are requested to meet them on the day of their
arrival. For additional information see handbills at the Post Office, or address E. Wright, agent, P. O. Box 63,
130 Years Ago (1879): The following are the appropriations recommended by the school district board,
approved by the committee and adopted by the district at the adjourned school meeting; teachers wages,
$2,200; wood, insurance, incidentals, $535, library, $100; Total $2,835, less probably income from outside
sources, $600, leaving $2,235. It was recommended that the grade of the school be kept at the high standard
which has hitherto distinguished it and that all political differences and opinions be laid aside, that the great
ends for which the school is maintained may be reached.
120 Years Ago (1889): Supervisor Cadwallader will have something to say next week about building a town
hall; calling an extra town meeting to see what use to make of the money the town has received from the town
hall property and offers suggestions that will be highly to the interest to the voters of the town of Union to
110 Years Ago (1899): Eddie Richardson, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Richardson came to his
death by the discharge of a revolver in the Driving Park. Eddie had been in the habit of practicing shooting at
a mark at the Park and was an expert shot. No one was present at the time and his body was found by F.
Springer, Secretary of the Fair Assn., who was inspecting the grounds, preparatory to making some
improvements. The proper authorities were at once notified and an inquest held. In discussing the matter with
those best acquainted with Eddie we find that they are of the opinion that the discharge of the revolver was
accidental. The deceased was born and reared here and no one during his life or since his death has had
ought but good to say of him. By his teachers and schoolmates he was especially esteemed as a boy who
always tried to do what was right. The funeral services took place from the Congregational Church Friday
afternoon at 2 o’clock.
100 Years Ago (1909): A gang of 125 section men are at work on the line between here and Janesville laying
new steel on the cutoff, the entire roadbed to have new rails. It had been expected that this piece of road
would be double-tracked this year, but as the company is spending twenty million on a new depot and ten
million more in track elevations and other betterments in Chicago and Milwaukee this year, it will hardly put in
the double track at this time.
90 Years Ago (1919): Mrs. Vivian Main, wife of Floyd L. Main, whose untimely passing was such a shock to the
community, was born in Evansville, August 4, 1896. Vivian Howe, or as she was always known, Vivian Macart,
grew up in the city, making and keeping many friends by her winsome ways. In early youth, with a class of
other young people, she united with the Congregational Church. In the fall of 1913, she was joined in marriage
with Mr. Floyd L. Main at Baraboo. To this union two children were born, Betty Jane, 4 years old and Floyd
Junior, 2 years old. Besides the husband, she leaves a mother, Mrs. W. S. Gollmar and one brother, Fred.
80 Years Ago (1929): Andrew Petersen, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. N. Petersen, this city, played the role of
hero at 4 p.m. Thursday when he slipped off his shoes and rushed to the aid of a 10 year old girl struggling in
the waters of Lake Leota about 20 feet from the shore, and swam with her to safety. The girl refused to give
her name as her parents had forbidden her to go swimming. She was with two girls from Monroe with whom she
was visiting. Lester Holberg and a friend had taken the three girls in a boat to the tower which stands about
100 feet from the shore. After swimming for some time the boys left assured by the girls that they could swim to
shore. The one girl was evidently a novice in water.
70 Years Ago (1939): Following several months of intensive work, Evansville’s WPA crew has completed the
new shelter house at Leota park which Richard and Stacia Henneberry liberally contributed funds. Built of cut
lime rock, the shelter house is 24 feet wide by 50 feet long and accommodates four large picnic tables. About
two-thirds of the sides are enclosed leaving sufficient openings for ventilation. The roof is of shingles. The
Henneberry’s, son and daughter of the late Walter and Mary Ann Henneberry, were born in Waterford, Ireland
where their father operated a grain elevator. Stacia was five and Richard nine when they came to America.
They moved to Evansville 19 years ago last March purchasing the old Scandinavian House on Railroad Street
where they have since made their home.
60 Years Ago (1949): The Evansville Beauty Shop which has been located in the Olson building on East Main
Street for the past two years was moved recently to the first building east of the Chevrolet garage. Customers
will be served there by Mrs. Wenonah Jorgensen and Miss Pearl Waite.
50 Years Ago (1959): Evansville welcomes another new businessman, Cloyence Zweifel and his family to the
city. The Bowling Alley and Dairy Bowl will be opened Saturday, August first, by Cloyence and Uva Zweifel as
manager and owners. The property was recently purchased by them from Dr. F. J. Bongiorno of Albany. The
Grand Opening will be later in August.
40 Years Ago (1969): Harry Romano, Evansville High School principal, was appointed the new superintendent
at the Evansville School District last Monday night after the Board of Education accepted the resignation of
John D. Bowser, Bowser has accepted the superintendency of the West Bend, Wisconsin School District.
Romano will assume the responsibilities August 1, at a salary of $16,000.
30 Years Ago (1979): One 1959 Evansville High School graduate returning for his July 7th class reunion is not
worried about finding gas stations open along the way. Barry May is making his 1,100 mile trip by bicycle. He
is not concerned by motels that boast, “No vacancy” because he is sleeping in a tent, and of course he is
cooking his own meals along the way.
20 Years Ago (1989): Rain, the very best kind, slow and soaking, blessed the Evansville area on Tuesday and
Wednesday of last week. Long overdue, the rain was a critical factor in area crops. The dust filled rain gauges
were put into use and locally Mel Janes, who farms near the city on Cemetery Road noted there was four
inches in their gauge. Clarence Modaff, who farms on County M, echoed his recording, also saying there was
at least four inches in the two – day rain.
10 years ago (1999): The Army Corps of Engineers representative, has visited Evansville to view Lake Leota
and its area, take pictures and make recommendations regarding the possibility of helping with the dredging of
the lake. According to Paul Baker, Park Board Chairman, “Her initial response was to say, if we ask for help
with just dredging the lake, the answer would be ‘no’. The Corps would consider the draining and dredging too
small of a project with too short-term of a result.”