In Review
First Week of July 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  Mr. R. T. Hurd, of Boston, has been stopping in town a number of days, supervising the
purchase of wool in this market, which is being done quite extensively by Messrs. Stevens Bro. & Co.  Mr. Hurd is
one of the largest wool buyers in the country—having an agency established in almost every railroad station in
the East, South and West.  He purchases for the Boston and Eastern markets.

130 Years Ago (1884):  Remember the annual school meeting Monday night at 8 o’clock standard time.  Our
people will not feel like going very heavy on tax this year on account of the fire engine we shall have to pay for
and the new “city hall” that must be provided for, as by vote of the tax payers, last spring, and our streets should
be looked to; all should encourage a careful look before we vote hastily on new appropriations.

120 Years Ago (1894):  A poor family, all the way from Iowa in an open wagon excited the sympathy of our citizens
so that they purchased them a tent and they were well fed by the Pullen family.

110 Years Ago (1904):  John Wedlake of this city and Miss Mabel Brown of Mineral Point, were married at the
bride’s home, Wednesday noon, June 29, 1904.  The groom has been night operator at the NorthWestern Depot
for some time past and is very popular among the young people.  The bride is highly esteemed by all who know
her and she will be welcome in this city, her future home.

100 Years Ago (1914):  The camping season at Lake Kegonsa opened this week with the return of summer
weather.  A number of Evansville people are now at the Lake, and many more will go over for the fourth.  The
Pearsall, Porter, Calkins, Copeland and Allie Fellows families are all gone this week.  Mr. Lew Van Wart and
family, and the Standish families are among those who expect to go over for the fourth.  The boy scouts were at
Lake Kegonsa last week where they encountered some very bad weather.  The wind blew their tents down and
the rain made things quite disagreeable for the party.  They intend to go again later in the season if a suitable
cottage can be secured.

90 Years Ago (1924):  It sounds good to Evansville people to hear again the sound of the Baker Manufacturing
Co. whistle on Saturday morning after Saturday being a lay-off day for several months.  These works this week
added a half day to their working time and it is thought that the foundry which has been working on short time for
some time will soon be put on full time.  An increase in business is given as the cause.

80 Years Ago (1934):  A group of Evansville girls will enjoy a camping party at the Jessesky cottage, Lake
Kegonsa, next week with the Misses Louise Lindsay and Genevieve Murphy as chaperones.  They are Eloise
Susan Eager, Beth Brigham, Betty Hyne, Dorothy Hyne, Janet Graham, Beverly Douglas, Miriam Fellows, Mildred
Gibson, and Beth Schuster.  Harriet Pullen, who is spending the summer here, and Marion Anderson, Stoughton,
will also be members of the camping party.

70 Years Ago (1944):  With Our Service Men:  Orlan L. Hubbard, A. S. is located at Great Lakes, Ill.  Marvin
Devlin, A.M.M.3/c, is now stationed on a ship with Phil Roberts.  Rollie Devlin has been promoted to F1/c.  He is
also in the Pacific area.  Lavern Hartin, Francis Cook and Arleigh Waller have met and have spent two weekends
together and all day the 18th of June.  Don Thompson is on the same Island, but they haven’t found him yet.  Mr.
and Mrs. Borger Hanson recently received a letter from their son, Pvt. Daryl Hanson, who is serving overseas with
the armed forces.  He stated that he has been in Rome and saw the Pope.  

60 Years Ago (1954):  Some 85 Girl and Brownie Scouts stood at attention at the foot of the flagpole in Leonard
park Monday morning to open day camp.  Leaders were Mrs. Claude Willoughby, Mrs. Arthur Templeton, Mrs.
Leo Nehls, Mrs. Robert Sarow, Mrs. Robert Erstad, Mrs. Otto Klug, Mrs. Aaron Cornwell, Mrs. William Blair, Mrs.
Roger Zwickey, Mrs. Fred Elmer, Jr., Mrs. Howard Becher and Mrs. Charles Shelby.  Assistants were Jackie
Reynolds, Bonnie Templeton, Rosemarie Schrader, Nadine Apfel, Dianne Suchow, Alice Barnard, and Anita
Tilley.  The camp nurse, Mrs. Leon Patterson was assisted by Sue Anderson and Ann Miller.  Mrs. Grace Nicholas
of Williams Bay served as Camp Director.

50 Years Ago (1964):  If you see two-dollar bills in circulation this weekend it’s because Pruden Products
Company used them in their pay envelopes Wednesday.  Total payroll for that day was $28,000.  However,
$9,000 in two dollar bills were used to get all of it into circulation.  Pruden now employs 80 in the plant and 34 in
the general office and engineering departments.  Engineering services of seven additional men is being engaged
on a professional bases instead of employee basis.  July 15 will be the tenth anniversary of their move to
Evansville from Ft. Atkinson.

40 Years Ago (1974):  Mr. and Mrs. Joe Tresch have recently sold their downtown café on North Madison Street
to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Peterson.  The Petersons, just recently married, will be moving to Evansville soon.  Mr.
Peterson is from the Beloit area and Mrs. Peterson, formerly Lois Flynn, is from Brooklyn and Brodhead.  The
café will now be known as Pete’s Inn.

30 Years Ago (1984):  Miss Luella Swancutt, age 103, died Wednesday, June 27, 1984, in the Evansville Manor
Nursing Home, where she resided for several years.  Born Dec. 31, 1880 near English Settlement, she was a
lifelong Evansville area resident, moving into the city in 1930.  She was employed as a housekeeper.  Surviving
are cousins.  Burial in English Settlement Cemetery.

20 Years Ago (1994):  Amy Fredendall has been named Magnolia 4-H Queen.  Amy has been active in the 4-H
Program for the past 10 years.  Jamie Larson, Magnolia’s King is also a 10-year 4-H member.  

10 years ago (2004): The Evansville Fund is planning a tea for one hundred women on July 18 in Millie Tait’s
beautiful garden.  This free social event is part of the Fund’s continuing efforts to build awareness of the Fund –
in particular, to build awareness of the long term benefits to the Evansville community of an endowment fund.

In Review
Second Week of July 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  About five minutes to twelve o’clock Monday night, the bells sounded the alarm of fire.  
Rushing out, as everybody did, found it to proceed from the premises of Mr. Geo. Palmer, near the Methodist
church.  It was soon seen that the building could not be saved, and the people set to work throwing water on
Winston & Bennett’s store.  Old carpets were thrown on the roof and kept saturated.  The attention was also
direct to the Methodist church, which stood only about fifty feet from the burning house.  Carpets were put on the
roof from the belfry window and kept wet by water being passed up through the scuttle inside.  With the aid of the
Babcock’s extinguisher, the windows and cornice were kept from igniting, although the fire was so hot as to blister
the paint.  Men and water were kept on the roofs of the bank building, Review office, and the stores and houses in
the vicinity, which kept flying embers from igniting.  The house was insured in the Madison Mutual for $1,000; and
$150 on the furniture.

130 Years Ago (1884):  We called at the new carriage shop of J. W. Morgan, Saturday and found it large and well
arranged for the work that is to be carried on therein.  The south half of the lower floor will be devoted to the
blacksmithing department and the north half to the wood work of carriages and wagons.  One half of the second
story will be used as a paint shop and the other half as a finishing and store room.  Four carriages were already
finished and Mr. Morgan has about a dozen more orders in for carriages.  His work speaks for itself.  [Note:  The
Morgan Wagon Manufacturing Co. was on the west side of the first block of Maple Avenue.  In 1884, Maple
Avenue was called Railroad Street.]

120 Years Ago (1894):  The graduating exercises held at the Wilder school Friday evening were largely
attended.  We wish the graduates a bright future and are pleased to record their names:  Andy Hadley, Frank
Douse, Dill Tolles, Martha Brunsell.

110 Years Ago (1904):  Farmers about this section have commenced their haying and in some instances have cut
their rye and barley.  The hay crop, in most places will be a good yield, the growing weather of the past two weeks
has had a tendency to make a heartier crop than heretofore expected.  The rye and barley are looking well, but
the corn crop is backward and needs many days of warm weather.

100 Years Ago (1914):  Chester Weaver, son of Mr. Chester Weaver, was the victim of a serious accident
Wednesday afternoon.  He was helping stack hay on the John Robinson farm west of town when one of the
stacking poles broke.  He jumped from the load to escape the falling pole, and in so doing injured himself, it is
feared internally.  He was unconscious all night; but it is thought he will recover.

90 Years Ago (1924):  Rock County again came into the limelight last week when she was host to approximately
150 bankers, farmers, merchants and other businessmen of the states of Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.  
These men were here in the interest of their state, looking over our methods of farming, livestock raising, and the
general conditions of this vicinity.  The county agent took them to several farms in this section, among them being
the farms of W. J. Dougan, Ira Inmans, Harvey Little, and J. C. Robinson and Son.  The herd of J. C. Robinson
and Son was very highly praised as was the farm equipment used to care for this large herd.

80 Years Ago (1934):  A birthday supper was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Abey Sunday night honoring
the Misses Ruth And Mildred Allen and Harold Abey.  The following were present:  the Warren Reese family,
Albert Schudda family, Henry Elmer family, Mrs. Barbara Allen and family, Miss Dorothy Miller, center, Arthur
Templeton, Otto Bryant and Forrest Trunkhill.

70 Years Ago (1944):  For many years the United States has used kapok, a silky, seed-pod fiber for filler in life
jackets.  Only in Java were there any plantations where large quantities could be obtained.  When Japan captured
the East Indies, our supply was suddenly cut off.  Other things will do in some articles for which kapok was
formerly used, but milkweed floss is the best material sufficiently waterproof and buoyant to use in life vests.  This
is why large quantities of it are so urgently needed.  The floss in two bags of milkweed pods fills a life jacket.  Your
collection, though small, may help save a life.  R. J. Antes, local conservationist, requests farmers not cut
milkweed growing on their farms but notify him and he will make arrangements for it to be gathered and prepared
for use in making life jackets for the armed forces.

60 Years Ago (1954):  Evansville’s Ground Observer Corps will observe the second anniversary of Operation
Skywatch next Wednesday, July 14.  The overall mission of the GOC is to arouse the nation to the need for local
Ground Observer Corps and to induce greater civilian participation in the movement which is essential to the
maximum air defense effort.

50 Years Ago (1964):  Steve Ehle pitched good ball as Evansville’s VFW Teener baseball team whipped
Stoughton #1 here Sunday night 4-0.  Backed by steady defensive play, Ehle had little trouble to contend with.  
Terry Allen’s bases-loaded single was all he needed to put the game on ice.  Evansville with good play from
Kenneth Fuchs at short stop who has led the team the last few games seemed to have found the right
combination to win.  Jim Knapp is manager of the team. .

40 Years Ago (1974):  Mrs. Wilbur Luchsinger and sons, John and Randy, Evansville and Mr. and Mrs. Bernie
Golz, White Bear Lake, Minn., left Monday for Wurtzburg, Germany, to visit the former’s son and daughter-in-law,
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Luchsinger.

30 Years Ago (1984):  A patriotic musicale was written and narrated by Margery Buckeridge for the Ecumenical
Event in the park Sunday morning.  The church service in the park was followed by a brunch served by the men
of the United Methodist Church.  Ardis Zwickey accompanied the musical group.

20 Years Ago (1994):  Descendants of Oliver Eager, Jr. and William Eager met in Fredricksburg, Iowa on July 2-3,
1994 for a family reunion.  They came from eight states:  Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska,
California and Wisconsin.  Fredericksburg has been the place of residence for some Eagers since 1858, when
three of Almeron Eager’s sisters and one brother began to move there from Rock County, WI.  Three
descendants from Evansville attended the 1994 reunion:  Richard B. Eager, his daughter, Eloise Eager, and
Jennifer Eager Ehle.

10 years ago (2004): This past Sunday morning marked the 10th Anniversary for the Aunt Leota’s Grove Chase
Fun Run/Walk.  The race, which starts at Lake Leota Park, was “hankied in” by Aunt Leota herself (AKA Lori
Soderberg) and runners were off!

In Review
Third Week of July 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  We understand that measures are being gone into for the organization of a Fire
Company.  Had the fire of Mr. Palmer’s house got beyond our control, or had been urged on by a heavy wind,
what certainty would there have been from its reaching the store of Winston & Bennett, and to the extent of the
whole block, involving thousands in its ruins?  Or less than that the destruction of the Methodist church?  When a
fire has gained the roof of a building buckets are of little use.  That we need some better means for subduing fires
requires no argument to prove.  Is it expedient that our village should incur the expense of purchasing a fire
engine?  How much money can we afford to pay out?  A popular vote must decide.

130 Years Ago (1884):  Squire Mills’ office was the scene of a lively foot race this morning.  Hank “Henan” was
arrested for burglary & larceny, and while waiting for a little justice to meet his case, took to his heels for safety,
but was brought to bay by a stray shot from the Marshal’s revolver.  He pled guilty and was committed.  Sheriff
Williams took him to Janesville, for trial in circuit court.

120 Years Ago (1894):  Mrs. Ida Blair Hall died of bright’s disease on Monday July 9, 1894 at 4:30 p.m.  She has
been along sufferer and her taking away at this time is no surprise although much regretted.  She was born an
Evansville girl thirty-three years ago, where she has many warm friends; was married to Mr. A. L. Clair in Chicago
June 23, 1887, whom she leaves alone without family to mourn his sad loss.  The funeral will be held at the M. E.
church.  Her brother Charis is expected here today but her father, Col. Hall, the noted showman, now lies bedfast
with a broken hip in Cincinnati and cannot get here, and other unavoidable circumstances prevent her brother
George and several relatives who are away from even attending the funeral.

110 Years Ago (1904):  The lecture course committee are now tackling a new problem which looked somewhat
plausible at the recent meeting of that body.  The question under discussion with that body is the erection of an
auditorium of such sufficient capacity to comfortably seat one thousand or so People.  The amount of funds
available at present is only $400 and some odd dollars.  The balance of amount necessary for the erection of
such building, it is proposed to be raised by popular subscription.  And right there is where the scheme will hang.

100 Years Ago (1914):  Work on Main street paving was started last week and is being pushed along with all
possible speed.  About half of the bricks have been hauled already.  Forty-one carloads of brick are here so far.  
The excavating has also been started and a traction engine is being used to draw the rooter which breaks the
crust on the surface.  It has not yet been definitely decided which end of the work will be started first.  It is argued
by some that more people would be accommodated  if work were started on the east end, as this would open up a
way to enter town from the east.  This matter is still under consideration; nothing can be done until the excavating
is finished and the cement foundation has been laid.  

90 Years Ago (1924):  Superintendent Cary, of the City Water and Light Department informs the Review this week
that the days of light interruptions in our lighting service during storms, will soon be a thing of the past, as the last
gap in the service necessary to a complete circuit between here and Prairie du Sac, and Galena, where the power
originates will be closed in about two weeks, in the finishing of the line between here and Albany.  Hereafter, if
there is a break in the line, the “juice” will be turned on both ways on the circuit so the only break will be right at
the point of the obstruction.

80 Years Ago (1934):  Junior Tomlin, eleven-year-old son of Ralph Tomlin, this city, sustained a V-shaped gash in
the back of his head last Thursday when he fell backward from the south spillway at Lake Leota.  He fell a
distance of approximately 20 feet landing on a large rock in the basin of the spillway on which he was standing.  
Following emergency treatment here, the boy was taken to St. Mary’s hospital, Madison, where he remained for
examination and medical treatment.

70 Years Ago (1944):  88 girls from Chicago and other large cities are spending the summer months here at
Leota School for Girls camp at 443 South First Street which is owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. William Bone.  
The managers are assisted this summer by their daughter, Miss Joyce Bone and the Misses Marjorie Young, St.
Louis, Mo., and Ruth Newland, Grand Rapids, Michigan, who are serving as counselors.  The school management
has provided several ponies and riding horses and a large number of bicycles.  A few years ago Mr. Bone erected
a trolley ride.  There is also badminton, tennis and shuffleboard courts and the ball diamond.  Playhouses for the
younger girls are located on the campus.  

60 Years Ago (1954):  Section of a site for a new primary school was voted at the annual meeting of the
Evansville district, and more than a third of the crowd of more than 200 people left after the site decision without
waiting for the election of three new board members and approval of a $181,575 budget for the 1954-55 school
year.  The site chosen is the Eager-Baker land which lies west of the park and north of Garfield Avenue.  The site
was recommended to the voters by Professors William Flesher of Ohio State University and Russel Gregg of the
University of Wisconsin

50 Years Ago (1964):   The old Cooksville Community Club reunion and picnic was held in the Cooksville Park.  
Twenty-two former members of the club and guests attended.  Mrs. R. H. Gallman, Evansville was elected
sunshine chairman.  Other officers who were elected for two year terms in 1963 are:  Mrs. Frank Viney,
Cooksville, president; Mrs. Frank Fincher, Evansville, vice president; and Mrs. Waldo Hansen, Brooklyn,
secretary.  The club which was one of the first women’s organizations in the area was organized during World War
I.  Their first projects were knitting, preparing bandages and raising money for the Red Cross to help in the war
effort.  The club discontinued regular meetings about 25 years ago, but the reunion is held annually.

40 Years Ago (1974):  It’s traditional for the Baptist Community Auction to be held on the hottest day of the year.  
With the thermometer hovering near the 100 degree mark, the tradition will likely be upheld.  Despite the weather,
the auction was successful with buyers cashing in on the unusual items and bargains.  Those who came for lunch
found their appetites getting bigger with the choices of homemade goodies.

30 Years Ago (1984):  Marsha Dobbs has organized the General Band to provide an outlet for all musicians who
hum with the car radio, drum on tables or those who want to get up and march every time they hear a Sousa
March.  The Evansville Generic Band marched in the 4th of July parade and will march in the Labor Day Parade.  
Anyone with any instrument is welcome.  Rehearsal times will be set for the convenience of the performers.

20 Years Ago (1994):  Stacy Crull, vice president of the Wisconsin FFA Association is attending a National FFA
Leadership Conference for State Officers this week at Aurora, Nebraska.  Stacy is the daughter of John and
Sherry Crull.  

10 years ago (2004):  Make your plans to visit the UB&T Tour of New Homes on one of the Saturday and Sunday
afternoons of July 1, 18 and 24, 25.   People can start at any of the homes and visit them in any order they wish.  
All of the homes in Evansville are on the west side and one on Hwy Old 92.  Sue Wilbur at UB&T led the project.  

In Review
Fourth Week of July 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  A fire company has been properly organized, and tendered its services, free of charge to
the village.  The question arises:  Shall we accept of the services of the company, and furnish it with an engine
and the necessary equipments?  The accumulation of property by our citizens has been attended with too much
toil and too many sacrifices to have it swept out of existence in the short space of an hour or less time.

130 Years Ago (1884):  The call to form a Blaine and Logan club Tuesday night was well responded to.  Daniel
Johnson was elected president, Nelson Winston, one of 3 vice-presidents, W. H. H. Johnson, treasurer and Wm.
F. Williams, secretary.  At the conclusion of business, Capt. Donnally, of Chicago, gave a rousing political speech
from the hotel steps.  Many listeners said that the speech was a fitting opening for a brilliant campaign.

120 Years Ago (1894):  Some blame the Fire Company for turning out yesterday, and the person giving the alarm
for doing so, stating that it was a scheming drayman that had his team all hitched to the engine before giving the
alarm.  The owner of the first team hitched to the engine upon such occasions received $5, but fault finders we
shall always have among us.  Better have a dozen unnecessary alarms than burn even a few dollars’ worth of
property that might be saved.

110 Years Ago (1904):  The school census of this school district has been taken and it was found that the
increase of children over that of last year was two.  The total number in the district is 565.  Evansville will have to
do better than this or else her reputation will be forever blasted.

100 Years Ago (1914):  As a result of the test vote taken several weeks ago, a course in Domestic Science will be
established the coming school year.  Miss Annette Maxwell, an experienced teacher has charge of the work.  This
course will be open to inspection at all times.

90 Years Ago (1924):  The thunder storm of Sunday evening played havoc with the telephone lines, according to
Manager Roy Saladay.  Eighteen poles were blown down and over 200 telephones put out of commission in the
city and country and some of the cables in the eastern part of town were struck, which will necessitate a lot of
work to pick up the burned out wires and splice them.

80 Years Ago (1934):  The FERA project of cleaning, straightening and rip-rapping Allen creek through the city
from the North Madison Street bridge to the East Church Street bridge has been approved, according to an
announcement made this morning by R. J. Antes, local administrator.  The work, which will require a crew of six
men, is expected to be started in the near future although no official information has been received as to the
starting date.  Considerable work has been done on the stream in the city park where it has been straightened
and rip-rapped by CWA crews.  A stretch south of the Main Street bridge near the Hotel Commercial was rip-
rapped and straighted last winter by a CWA crew working under the supervision of L. B. Cummings, engineer.  
The project, however, was not completed as far as Church Street.

70 Years Ago (1944):  David B. Eisendrath, Jr., Milwaukee, who is associated with the Office of War Information
and has been selected by the Victory magazine published in New York to photograph different phases of 4-H work
will be in this locality next Tuesday evening to attend the regular meeting of the club.  A pig and calf club meeting
will be held at the home of Harold Abey.  After taking pictures at the Abey home, Mr. Eisendrath will go to the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Disch where the sheep group will convene.  A visit will then be made to the Harold
Robinson home to inspect baby beef.  Mr. Eisendrath will also take photographs at the health clinic in the city hall
and will go to the home economics room in the school building to meet with the food and nutrition, canning and
clothing groups.  

60 Years Ago (1954):  Big news from the police department this week is the break-in at the Union Implement Co.  
Acting Police Chief George Walk said the break-in was discovered when the company opened at 8:00 Tuesday
morning.  The culprit gained entrance to the East Main st. store through a window and then made an attempt at
the company’s safe.  He only succeeded in battering the handle and lock of the safe and was unable to open it.  A
table model radio was the only item missing.  

50 Years Ago (1964):   Much needed rain accompanied by violent lightning and thunder struck Evansville early
Tuesday morning.  Reports from several parts of the city reveal that lightening struck in several places.  A tree
was struck near the Phil Hall home on Lincoln Street.  It was split through the center.  At the Evansville TV Sales
on East Main Street, considerable damage resulted when the building was struck, according to Cal Anderson,
owner.  The Robert Gallman house on Franklin Street was hit by a bolt of lightning. Plaster was knocked off the
walls in addition to other damage.

40 Years Ago (1974):   A Patterson family picnic was held Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Claire Ehle
honoring Mr. and Mrs. Byron Dripps, Motely, Minn. And Mr. and Mrs. William Patterson and son, Grant, and Mrs.
Russell Weary, Blacksburg, Va., who are guests here.  Others present were Mr. and Mrs. Leon G. Patterson,
Appleton; Miss Nancy Patterson, Marshfield; James Patterson and friend, Chicago; Mahmoud Musa, Madison;
Mrs. Leon S. Patterson, and Mrs. Robin Patterson and family, Mr. and Mrs. Smith Patterson and family, Mr. and
Mrs. Bernard Radke and family and Mr. and Mrs. Ehle and sons, Steve and John, Evansville.

30 Years Ago (1984):  The class of 1939 will hold their 45th year reunion at the Evansville Country club on
Saturday, July 28.  The committee for the event is Ruth Kalupy, Mary Jane Robinson, Lola Erbs, Jeannette
Borders, Pauline Champion, Julia Broughton and Maxine Wood.

20 Years Ago (1994):  The first of two grants have been submitted for the addition to the library building that will
make the building accessible to people with disabilities.  The plans for the new expansion are available for viewing
in the library.  They were drawn by Mark Alan Kraft of Architects Engineers, Inc. of Madison.  It will be several
months before the Library Board will know if the grant is approved.  The building project also hinges on a second
grant application due October 14, through the State of Wisconsin, Dept. of Development.

10 years ago (2004): The Friends of the Library ice cream Social ignited another fun-filled July 4th weekend in
our fair city.  Over 500 servings of cake and ice cream were downed with countless glasses of lemonade and ice
tea.  Paul George and family hosted our third auction and generous spirited citizens bid $1,600 for 20 items
donated by local business and individuals.

In Review
Last Week of July 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  The vote on the Fire Engine question Monday was not at all enthusiastic.  The whole
number of votes cast were 101; 40 of which were for the special tax, and 61 against it.  The main excuse for
voting against the special tax Monday was “that men who own property ought to provide against fires.”

130 Years Ago (1884):  Mr. Narracong went to Chicago Wednesday to make some purchases for his mill.  Mr.
Narracong received his rollers and mill machinery Friday, and now has his mill pretty well under way for business.  
Mr. Narracong is making valuable improvements to his mill property and will soon be prepared to make flour by
the roller process.  He will do a large milling business this fall and winter, keeping meal, feed, etc. and give
especial attention to custom grinding.

120 Years Ago (1894):  Harry Benny narrowly escaped being killed in a terrible manner.  When he returned from
the Assembly Friday evening he jumped from the back end of the train which he was on directly on to the cow-
catcher of the train running along aside and it was only by a desperate effort upon his part that he cleared himself
and escaped a horrible death.

110 Years Ago (1904):  Charles Roberts of Magnolia is the first victim of a threashing outfit.  He had an arm
broken a few days ago.

100 Years Ago (1914):  The first threshing of oats in this country was reported to this office Tuesday.  The
George threshing machine from Butt’s corners threshed at Emmett Ham’s on the Devereux farm.  Oats are
reported to be very good this year

90 Years Ago (1924):  Andrew Larson, an old-time resident of Rutland, and father of Frank, Harry and Ben
Larson of this city, met an untimely death near his home across the road from the Stone school house this
forenoon by being electrocuted by a wire from a high tension line which had broken and was lying on the ground
in front of his place.  The tragedy occurred at ten o’clock or ten thirty and the supposition is that Mr. Larson, upon
noticing the wire on the ground, went out and thoughtlessly picked it up.  When a neighbor by the name of
Anderson came by he saw him lying on the ground, and found smoke coming from his clothing.  The high tension
line from which the wire fell, is one carrying 2,300 volts, and comes from Brooklyn, but is owned, we understand ,
by a company of farmers of that section.  The deceased, who was 75 years of age was formerly a blacksmith and
for many years conducted a blacksmith shop on his plot of ground.  He was a widower, and spent the winters with
a daughter in Evansville.  Surviving are nine children.

80 Years Ago (1934):  A crowd of more than 2,000 men, women, and children, the largest in the past several
years with the exception of celebration gatherings, assembled here Sunday to enjoy the recreational facilities at
Leonard park and Lake Leota.  Included in the throng were family and neighborhood picnics from Evansville,
Janesville, Beloit, Madison, Belleville, and Monroe, the largest of which were reunions of the Ringhand and Peach
families and annual picnics of the Pleasant Prairie Community club of this city, the Oak Hill Community club of
Rutland and the Belleville Sunday school.  

70 Years Ago (1944):  A group of men from the plant of the Baker Manufacturing company and several local
businessmen have been spending their evenings in the nearby rural districts assisting the farmers with their
harvest, thereby, alleviating the farm help problem in this locality.

60 Years Ago (1954):  In reference to the scenery which was used as background for the Footville centennial
pageant, the large backdrop was the work of Mrs. Earl Gibbs, who painted it to be used during Evansville’s
centennial in 1939.  The canvas was approximately 35 feet long and 12 feet wide.  Fortunately Mrs. Gibbs stored
the mural and kindly made it available for the Footville centennial which entertained the largest crowds in the
history of the village.  The wings used in the same stage setting came from the old Magee Opera House where
they had seen service for several decades.
50 Years Ago (1964):   The campus of the Peace EUB Church west of Evansville was awarded first place in a
recent Rock County 4-H Club home grounds improvement contest.  The campus was beautified by members of
the Evansville group under the leadership of Mrs. Fred Abey.

40 Years Ago (1974):  Work was scheduled to be finished this past Monday on the Lincoln Street emergency
sewer situation.  Earlier the trouble had been pinpointed with the aid of a TV camera, carried ski fashion through
the line.  One of the difficulties encountered in working was that the work had to be done between a critical storm
sewer and water main.  A metal shoe is used in the center of the work to prevent workers from being buried from a
sand cave in.  The machine which was used cost $180,000.

30 Years Ago (1984):  In the July 1984 issue of Connoisseur magazine, an article appears written by Robin Dothy,
editor of the Alternative Investment Reports.  Dothy names Theodore Robinson as one of the principal figures of
the American Impressionists Movement.  “Robinson’s technique was fully matured by the mid-1880s and the
paintings done in France, particularly at Giverny and in Normandy, are the most highly regarded,” Dothy

20 Years Ago (1994):  At the regular council meeting on Tuesday night of last week, Steve DiSalvo was named to
the third ward alderman post, to replace Dawn Dennison, who moved from that ward.  DiSalvo will now serve until
the April election under the appointment.  

10 years ago (2004):  This past weekend were the first four performances out of a seven performance run of the
Evansville Community Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz.  The cast, along with a production and tech
crew, participated in this the second ECT summer theatre production.  The effort has been outstanding.  All
shows are at the EHS Performing Arts Center.