First Week of June 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): New Orleans is suffering from a disastrous inundation which now submerges a
large part of the city. The flood was caused by a break in the bank of the canal, running through the
heart of the city, which connects the Mississippi River with Lake Ponchartrain, occasioned by the Canal
commissioners permitting persons to remove dirt from the canal bank, which, being weakened, the water
broke through and now flows through a chasm eighty-five feet in width.
130 Years Ago (1881): Mr. B. W. Hubbard, of the town of Union, a partner of Mr. Devereux, in the
cheese factory reports the factory as being in a very prosperous condition, and one may judge of the
extent of the business when it is stated that there are handled there 23,000 pounds of milk daily and that
each day the factory produces 35 cheese, average 60 pounds each. Such a dairying enterprise is a
great help to the adjacent country. The quality of the cheese causes it to be in lively demand and nearly
all of it is shipped right through to England, by parties who purchase it for cash and at good prices.
120 Years Ago (1891): On Wednesday of last week Gaylord Bryon, a young man of about 19 or 20
years of age disappeared, and all search for him up to this time, has proven fruitless. His parents reside
about two miles southwest of this place, with whom he made his home, but at the time of his
disappearance, he was in the employ of James Lloyd, upon a farm a short distance south of here.
Postmaster P. C. Wilder received a letter dated May 18, 1891, on Tuesday last from Charles Bennett,
constable at Wayne, Wis., with an enclosure of several letters from Mr. Marvin, of Oregon to the missing
man; also a bill from the grange store, which were found in a stable about two miles from Wayne.
110 Years Ago (1901): Another opportunity has been given our citizens and veterans all over the
American land to pay tribute to those who fought for the national freedom. Decoration Day was
observed with its usual pomp and splendor in this city. At two o’clock the line of march which was headed
by the Evansville band, left this city for the cemetery where the graves of those who we delight to honor
were to be strewn with flowers. The procession was the largest and most imposing that has yet lined the
city of the living and the city of the dead. The school children in their pretty white frocks and fragrant
nosegays occupied seats in floats. The members of the G.A.R. Post marched to the cemetery to martial
music where they were met at the gate by the ladies of the W. R. C. The line of citizens in carriages and
on foot was one of the longest ever seen here.
100 Years Ago (1911): A very pretty wedding took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Griffeth at
eight o’clock last evening when their oldest daughter, Miss Eva, was united in marriage to Dr. Rudolph E.
Schuster. To the strains of Lohengrin’s wedding march the couple took their places. Miss Eva Drafahl of
Janesville was bridesmaid. The groom was attended by his brother, Ray Schuster, of Madison.
90 Years Ago (1921): Within the last two years memorial Day has taken on a deeper meaning than it
formerly occupied in the sentiment of our people and it has become a day full of sentiment, thought and
gratitude to those, both of the blue and of the khaki, who submitted to the great sacrifice that America
and America’s Democracy might live and by its existence and influence make the world brighter and
better, not only to her own citizens, but to the world in general. With this thought in mind, the people of
our city joined with Harry McKinney Post No. 35 in suspending all business and assisting the American
Legion in doing honors to its brothers who cannot answer “Here” at roll call and its fathers of the G. A. R.
who have obeyed the last call of the Great Commander and over whose graves “Taps” sounded many
80 Years Ago (1931): Suffering a stroke of paralysis early Wednesday, Henry Hamilton, 90, one of the
three surviving members of the local post of the G. A. R., is sinking rapidly at the Hotel Central. He still
remains unconscious and little hope is held for his recovery. His son, William Hamilton, arrived from
Baraboo Wednesday morning. Mr. Hamilton participated in the Memorial day exercise here last Saturday.
70 Years Ago (1941): Mrs. Alice Reynolds, one of Evansville’s oldest residents, will observe her 93rd
birthday, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Noyes, 403 West Main Street, where she resides. Mrs.
Reynolds was formerly Miss Alice Wisconsin Smith. She was born in Milwaukee, June 13, 1848 and
resided there for many years. Her husband, Charles Reynolds, was a Civil War veteran. They were
married soon after the war. She has resided here in the Noyes home for the past several years.
60 Years Ago (1951): The Evansville Bowling alleys which have been owned the past three years by
Willard Waeffler have been sold to Dr. Felix Bongiorno of Albany. He has engaged Elwyn “Tom”
Conners to operate the alleys and assume the managership. Possession will be given immediately. The
alleys have now been closed for reconditioning for the fall.
50 Years Ago (1961): Peter Garry, long time resident of Evansville, died unexpectedly at his home here
on North Madison street last week Wednesday. Mr. Garry was born in Magnolia township March 26,
1876. His parents were the late Bernard and Margaret O’Neil Garry. He married Elizabeth Dooley, Jan.
13, 1901 and they celebrated their golden wedding here 10 years ago. Mrs. Garry died in October,
1958. Mr. Garry was a member of the firm of Drew and Garry, road contractors in this area for many
years. The funeral was held in St. Paul’s Catholic church with Rev. James Kramer officiating and burial
was in Holy Cross cemetery.
40 Years Ago (1971): This year’s high school honor students are Paul Pratt, Sandra Petersen, Don
Kopp, Susan Hatlevig, Paul Brunsell, Linda McCabe, Randy Rasmussen, Sandra Gray, Bill Sands,
Virginia Bong and Greg Heimann. Ninety-nine students will graduate.
30 Years Ago (1981): On Monday, Dave Nelson of Nelson-Young Lumber Co. of Edgerton took over the
Laufenberg Lumber Co. of Evansville. The Edgerton Company was started in 1913 by Fred A. Young,
Nelson’s grandfather. His father joined the business in about 1930 and Dave Nelson has been in the
company for fifteen years. He plans to increase inventory and sales and provide the fine service that
Laufenberg has provided in the past.
20 Years Ago (1991): Evansville’s Dan Runaas, pitcher; Mike Maves, catcher; and Steve Von Behren,
outfield were named to the First Team in the Rock Valley Conference All Conference Baseball team. All
three are seniors. Named to the Second Team are Chris McCoy, pitcher, and Derick Topp, shortstop.
Jamie Shotliff, shortstop and Wendy Diehls, outfield were named to the second team, All Conference
Girls Softball Team. Angie Rowley was named in Honorable Mention.
10 years ago (2001): The Evansville Community School District will host an Energy Summit on Tuesday,
June 12. The goal of the summit is to identify and develop aspects of the school district’s energy
initiative that make it a model for the State of Wisconsin. School district staff, city staff , energy
advocates, manufacturers of renewable energy equipment and elected officials from the area and state
have been contacted and invited to participate.
Second Week of June 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): Died. In Porter, June 10th, David R. Bent, aged thirty-three years. Mr. B was a
young man of most, excellent character and was greatly beloved in the community where he had lived
from his boyhood. His death was sincerely regretted by a large circle of friends. The widowed mother
desires to express her thanks to the choir of the church of the Disciples in Center, for their services, on
the occasion of the funeral.
130 Years Ago (1881): Little Harry, youngest child of Oscar Collins, agent at Magnolia, died last
Tuesday, a victim of that dread disease, malignant diphtheria. His attractive face and interesting manner
made him a general favorite with both old and young. The funeral was held at the Disciple church on
Wednesday at two o’clock, and considering the nature of the disease, was largely attended.
120 Years Ago (1891): A meeting was called Monday evening to see if the people of Evansville would
celebrate National Independence Day. C. E. Lee was elected chairman and I. A. Hoxie Secretary.
Chairman Lee spoke of the importance of keeping our national day before the people. The question of
fireworks was left to the finance committee.
110 Years Ago (1901): The Congregational church was crowded, Sunday both morning and evening it
being Childrens’ Day and wholly devoted to the children. In the morning the infants of Dr. F. E. Colony,
William Magee and V. A. Axtell were baptized and the Misses June Baker, Hazel and Mildred Emery,
Florence Searles, Elsie Finn and Masters Clifford Pearsall, Leroy Kling and Mark Webb were received
into the membership of the church.
100 Years Ago (1911): In response to a call to all interested in making the Choral Union a permanent
organization, a number of people met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Richardson on Tuesday
evening. The following officers were elected: Ernest Ballard, president, Fred Franklin treasurer, Kathryn
90 Years Ago (1921): There will be a social dance held at Dan Finnane’s barn next Tuesday evening,
June 21st. Cafeteria lunch will be served.
80 Years Ago (1931): Verlyn Hollibush, 18 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Hollibush, residents at 304
Cherry Street, is confined to his parents’ home with a 22 cal. rifle bullet lodge in his lung, as a result of
an accident which occurred late Wednesday afternoon. In company with Howard Keefe, the two young
men were walking in the marsh south of the city when Verlyn dropped the rifle he was carrying, the
cartridge in the rifle chamber exploding with the injury. He was immediately rushed home for medical
aid. It is impossible at present to remove the pellet, but it is believed that the unfortunate young man will
not suffer any serious results.
70 Years Ago (1941): Ralph Warner, resident of Cooksville, six miles northeast of the city since 1912,
nationally known collector of antiques and founder of the “House Next Door” died last Friday in the home
of his sister, Mrs. R. C. Sanford, Quincy, Florida. Burial was made in a cemetery in that city. Mr. Warner,
who had made his home with his sister since his health failed a few years ago, purchased his home in
Cooksville from Mrs. Charles Miller in 1912 when he came to this vicinity from Racine. The house which
was built in 1840 was reconstructed by Mr. Warner in the pioneer manner from the brass knocker on the
front door to the quaint old fashioned garden in the rear.
60 Years Ago (1951): Confirmation services of Cooksville-Evansville parish were held recently in St.
John’s Lutheran church. Members included Judy Brunsell, Kathryn Roberts, Carmen Brunsell, Gloria
Heffel, Karen Bakke, Jane Brunsell, Ann Rennels, Gerald Rowley, Virgie Burns, Alice Romstad, Kathleen
Krebs, Larry Decker, Sonia Ortman, Darla Albright, Ronald Farberg, Kenneth Viken, Donald Kloften,
Robert Rasmussen, Diane Suckow, Arnold Hatlen, John Paulson and Gordon Case.
50 Years Ago (1961): The school bell beckoned children to classes at the West Center School for the
last time, 100 years after the district boundaries were established in 1861. These children are the last to
attend the West Center School: Susan Quinn, Allen Guth, Vickie Neuenschwander, Patricia Drace, Judy
Guth, Sandra Crull, John Quinn, Cathy Oaks, Judy Ostrander, Steve Kersten, Dale Miller, Peter
Andersen, DeWayne Oaks, Patricia Oaks, Steve Hockmuth, Mark Mielke, Sharon Andersen, Dan Quinn,
Kurt Mielke, Steve Drace, Bobby Neuenschwander and Gus Mielke. Mrs. Helen Bennett is their teacher.
In the fall, they will resume their studies in Evansville.
40 Years Ago (1971): Continental Manor of Evansville, Inc., the official name of the new nursing home in
Evansville will hold an Open House on Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13. Mrs. S. S. Sorkin will cut
the ribbon during the ribbon cutting ceremony in memory of Dr. Sorkin who was the first President of the
Board of Directors. John Wyse will be the master of ceremonies and will introduce Mrs. Ida Conroy,
Mayor and President of the Board of Directors.
30 Years Ago (1981): Richard Woodstock of Evansville suffered bumps and bruises when a B & M semi-
truck he was driving jack-knifed and tipped over on Monday of this week. Woodstock, it was reported
was traveling east on Hwy 12 and 18 around 6:30 p.m. towards Green Bay, when he apparently failed to
negotiate a curve due to the wet pavement and heavy rains. He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in
Madison and released.
20 Years Ago (1991): Evansville residents watched with fear as painters completed the new water tower
and identified the city with the name on both sides of the tower. The name can now be seen from a
distance. The basic color of a very pale blue is offset with the darker lettering. The tower is scheduled
to be filled from June 17 to June 20, testing for sterilizing, according to the Water and Light Dept.
10 years ago (2001): Monday morning, June 11, not only started out as a hot day for area residents in
degrees, it was hot for Main Street Pizza ‘N Pasta. The basement of the former Field House Bar & Grill
was filling with smoke from what has been unofficially declared electrical causes. According to Fire Chief
Mike Halvensleben, most of the heavy damage is confined to the basement where the actual flames
were. The Police Department officers Lt. Art Phillips and Officer Mike Goetz were first on the scene and
entered the smoking building, as well as the upstairs apartments to evacuate all who were there.
Employees of the adjacent UB&T were evacuated and coordinated efforts were made for them to meet at
Associated Bank across the street for a head count. The building owner is Steve Lord. Dan Weigel is
the proprietor of the pizza restaurant. [Note: the building at 6-8 East Main is now the eastern addition to
Third Week of June 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): The Commencement Exercises of the State University in Madison were held on
June 20 and were attended by a great crowd. At the close of the orations, honors were given to two
Evansville young people. Ada M. Robinson received the Bachelors of Philosophy degree and Burr W.
Jones, received the Bachelors of Law degree.
130 Years Ago (1881): Rev. L. N. Wheeler, former pastor of the Court Street church, Janesville, has
decided to return to China where he has already had nine years’ experience in missionary work. It may
be that he can go no farther west than Ichang, in the Hupeh province, but it is desired that he reach
Szchuen, and if possible, Ching-tu-Fu, its capitol, a city 500 miles west of any protestant mission thus far
undertaken in China. The ultimate outlook from this movement is unto Tibet. [Lucian N. Wheeler served
the Evansville Methodist church from 1887 to 1889. He wrote a book about his China mission, “The
Foreigner in China” published in 1881.]
120 Years Ago (1891): Col. Geo. W. Hall came home Monday bringing a stock of horses. His circus and
show is in Wyoming under a temporary lease for a private pleasure garden.
110 Years Ago (1901): The meeting Tuesday evening in the city hall to consider the feasibility of
waterworks and electric lights for this city under municipal ownership was largely attended and
unanimously endorsed by all present, consisting of our most able and influential citizens, so there is but
little doubt but what Evansville will soon be up to date in this line as our city council seemingly all favor
this move and with them now depends the consumation of the work. It is estimated that the entire
improvements would cost this city about $40,000. Our present city expenses for lights is $1,200 per
year. The Railroad company will pay at least $800 for their water service and other additional expenses
brings our present city expenses up to at least $2,800 annually and this amount alone without increasing
our tax one cent will give this city the entire ownership of both water works and lighting plant in 30 years.
100 Years Ago (1911): Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Lee of this city announce the birth of a 9-pound boy
Wednesday, p.m., June 21, 1911.
90 Years Ago (1921): Miss Maude E. Winship, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Winship, formerly of
this city, is announced will be a graduate of the Palmer School of Chiropractic, June 24th at Davenport,
Iowa, after which date she will be entitled to write, D. C. P. H. C. after her name and will engage in active
practice as a chiropractor.
80 Years Ago (1931): The new Roderick funeral home at 39 North First Street, which includes
everything for the most efficient rendering of a funeral director’s duties, will be officially opened to the
public Saturday and Sunday. The new mortuary, formerly the H. O. Meyers residence, has been
completely remodeled, redecorated, and beautifully furnished giving Evansville one of the most palatial
funeral homes in the state.
70 Years Ago (1941): Burton Reese, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Reese, with Beth Schuster, daughter
of Mrs. R. E. Schuster and Miss Lola Shaw, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Nesbit, all of Evansville, will
be among the young people graduated from the University of Wisconsin next Monday.
60 Years Ago (1951): Miss Janette Janes has been chosen by popular vote of Evansville citizens,
Freedom Festival Queen for the sixth annual 4th of G I celebration to be held here from June 30 through
July 4, under the auspices of the American Legion. Those named members of her court are the Misses
Catherine Franklin, Barbara Conroy, Betty Lou Lawry and Jean Butler.
50 Years Ago (1961): Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Nesbit, quietly observed their 35th wedding anniversary at
their home here on East Main Street, June16. They own and operate the Badger Liquor store on East
Main Street. Mr. Nesbit served in World War I and has been a member of the American Legion 35
years. Mrs. Nesbit belongs to the Legion auxiliary and VFW auxiliary. The couple has a daughter, Mrs.
John Horn, Mukwonago and three grandchildren.
40 Years Ago (1971): Two high school faculty members have been hired, Mrs. Elizabeth Zarinnia will be
the high school librarian and Joseph Amato will teach social studies in the high school and coach junior
high basketball. Gary Hurtley, who has taught industrial arts the past several years, was named building,
grounds and transportation director for the school. Gary Hoff of Brodhead will be the industrial arts
30 Years Ago (1981): Two storms hit Evansville on Monday of this week. The morning storm of thunder
and lightning and the afternoon storm of terrific winds and rain uprooted trees and tore branches from
trees causing some damage. During the morning storm lightning struck the tool house in the cemetery
where Gordon Christianson and Pat Schuh had taken shelter during the storm. They were at the
cemetery mowing. Les Gilbertson, the sexton, put Schuh and Christianson into his jeep and took them to
the city garage where they were taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital. Schuh was burned on the foot
and Christianson on the leg. They were reported in fair condition.
20 Years Ago (1991): Kids Corner Day Care took a positive step to guaranteeing that Day Care will
remain in Evansville. Jamie Fellows, who operates the day care, has been having some difficulty in
procuring a location for the center. Now with the purchase of the John Lange home on the Lincoln and
Third Stress, her dream will soon become a reality. She is anticipating a September 3 completion.
Roger Berg, realtor, says that the house will have an addition to the north of Lincoln Street, adding to the
existing home. Local tradesmen are being used according to Mrs. Fellows, Buttchen Electric, Nelson-
Young Lumber, R. A. Heating, Petterson Plumbing and Berg and Schaefges are the general contractors.
The architect is Bob Stauber of Madison. Jamie has been providing Day Care for 15 years.
10 years ago (2001): Last week’s School district Energy Summit drew in not only great community
minds, but as well, many from companies and associations from around the state. Steve Anderson of the
Wisconsin Geothermal Association announced that Evansville would be the 2nd Geothermal System in
the state. Superintendent Gary Albrect told attendees, “We want this school to become a demonstration
site for Renewable Energy. We’d like to think of Evansville as the Land of Opportunity and we have
tremendous talent to tap.”
Fourth Week of June 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): Evansville resident Daniel Johnson wrote from California: I have met a good
many old acquaintances since I came to this state, among them, John Rhinehart, N. A. Howe and Alvin
Johnson, once residents of Evansville. I am intending to start on Monday next for Yosemite and soon
after my return I shall start for home, which will be in about two weeks.
130 Years Ago (1881): We the members of the Evansville Juvenile Temperance society, having felt and
seen baneful influence of pernicious literature upon the minds of the young, and having seen the want of
a pleasant and attractive place of resort and recreation in our village, do hereby mutually agree to
institute a Public Reading Room, which shall be fitted up and furnished in as attractive manner as our
means and facilities shall permit, and which shall be provided with such books, pamphlets, periodicals, or
other reading matter as shall be attractive, instructive, and elevating in social and moral refinement.
120 Years Ago (1891): Off For Europe. T. C. Richardson, John Miles, W. H. Wood and Dr. C. M. Smith,
are planning for a trip to the old country, for a couple of months, wanting to sail on the 11 prox. Mr. Miles
goes to his home having returned to America to transact some business, and will remain there. Mr.
Wood has not been back since his first immigration here twenty-one years ago. Mr. Richardson was
born in Edinburg, Scotland, coming to this country at two years of age, with his parents. Dr. Smith will go
for his health if he can arrange his business so as to leave that length of time. It will be a grand trip and
we don’t wonder the party feels considerable elated over the prospects of so fine a summer outing.
110 Years Ago (1901): One of the prettiest home weddings every held in this city occurred last
Thursday afternoon at four o’clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Snashall when their daughter
Mabel exchanged marriage vows with Fred. L. Janes in the presence of about a hundred relatives and
friends. Rev. Mr. Short read the marriage service and the bridal pair was attended by Miss Ida Young
and Mr. Gordon.
100 Years Ago (1911): If the “tent craze” continues to grow, Evansville may yet be called the tented city,
for it is a matter of no little surprise to note the number of “sleeping” tents scattered about town. As it is
regarded as a matter of health, this out-of-door custom, it is quite likely that the habit will expand and
include all who have space and the necessary inclination to adopt this modern method of open air life.
90 Years Ago (1921): W. G. Patterson returned Saturday morning from Waupaca county where he had
been doing organization work for the Farm Bureau. He states that part of the state is dryer than it is
here in Rock county and that the potatoes are almost baking in the ground on account of heat and
80 Years Ago (1931): Edwin Devine, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Devine and Harold Robinson, 14,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Robinson, have passed all necessary tests and earned the distinction of
becoming Eagle Scouts. The two scouts will be the first in this community to receive the Eagle award, the
highest honor that a scout can receive for his service. In order to receive the award, a scout must have
won 26 merit badges and must have been a first class scout for at least one year. Becoming Eagle
Scouts included the passing of 21 tests which covered practically every known subject from life-saving to
book binding. The tests were given by a court of honor composed of 12 Evansville business and
professional men. A period of at least 18 months is required for a scout to pass the Eagle tests. The
local boys passed them in minimum time. Edwin joined the troop Oct. 24, 1929 and became an Eagle
Scout April 6, 1931. Harold joined the troop Oct. 12, 1929 and received his award at the same time.
The badges will be presented in Leonard park. Miniature Eagle Scout pins will be presented to the
mothers of the scouts by their sons. Scoutmaster Arthur Devine will present the scouts for the awards.
At the close of the program, the Boy Scouts will march in a body to Antes Velvet Greens and be
entertained by William Antes at his miniature golf course.
70 Years Ago (1941): Thrilling races will be held Sunday at the fairgrounds. A full afternoon of exciting
track events, scheduled by Evansville’s Booster Club, will start at 2 p.m. The racing cars, all stock model
T machines with no special equipment for competitive driving, will be ready at noon for the time trials.
The Midwest Model T corporation of which all drivers are members, is furnishing the judges, timekeepers,
and starters and is sponsoring similar race programs throughout the country. Professional speedsters,
or death-dodgers, from Janesville, Middleton, Marshall, Madison, Chicago, Cedarburg, Milwaukee and
Oconomowoc will compete.
60 Years Ago (1951): Evansville’s “Fourth of G. I.,” festivals have attracted thousands each Fourth in
past years and this year’s program tops all the past ones. Highlight of the celebration will be the second
annual Southern Wisconsin League All-Star baseball game. Also on the fourth there will be the annual
parade, outboard motor boat races; the Monroe Turn and Swing club; a square dance exhibition; a
tremendous fireworks display; Doc Meyer’s famous softball team playing Footville; an outstanding
carnival; and many other attractions.
50 Years Ago (1961): The neighbors all got together for a haying “bee” at the Chester Haakenson farm
over last week end. Haakenson had an unfortunate accident last year when he caught his hand in a
corn picker and was unable to do all his own haying this year. So the neighbors pitched in and helped
him. Don Schneeberger, Malcolm Jenson, Ben Haakenson, Paul Haakenson, Gregg Bovre, Chester
Haakenson, Gene Schenck, Bob Bovre, Lyle Viney, Chris Algrim, Art Everson, Ken Haakenson, Bill
Haakenson, Omar Haakenson, Morris Haakenson, Ed Moe, Rodger Moe, Art Hanson, Leonard Tronnes,
Al Zweifel, Ronnie Zweifel, Ted Hatlen, Haakie Haakenson, Les Haakenson, Daryl Tronnes, Helmer
Kloften, Edwin Haakenson, David Viney, Hans Haakenson, Hartman Hanson, Donald Kloften, Roy
Kloften, William Porter helped with the haying. Four brought balers.
40 Years Ago (1971): Rev. I. Dean Jordan has been appointed by Bishop Ralph Taylor Alton of the
United Methodist Church, Wisconsin Conference to serve the Evansville United Methodist Church. He
will succeed the Rev. Donald Petersen. Jordan and his wife, Annalee have five children, Larry, Gary,
Darryl, John and Carolyn.
30 Years Ago (1981): Gov. Lee Dreyfus was in Evansville Monday night, June 22, for a rally and fund
raiser in support of John Manske, Milton, who is running for state representative for the 47th Assembly
District. A special election will be held on Tuesday, June 30 to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of
Jonathan Berry. Some 200 people from Evansville and surrounding communities attended the festive
event at the Review Farm just north of the city.
20 Years Ago (1991): Rene Templeton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Templeton of Evansville, was
recently named winner of the 1991 DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award. The award, sponsored
nationwide by DeKalb Plant Genetics, is present to the outstanding senior agriculture student
demonstrating superior scholarship, leadership and supervised agricultural program. Presenting the
award was Ag Ed Instructor Gary Burkhalter.
10 years ago (2001): The Friends of the Library are finalizing plans for this year’s ice cream social.
Aunt Leota’s Dixieland Band, led by Gary Albrecht on the trombone, will return for a fourth year. Also
planned is a live auction run by Paul and Barb George. Proceeds from the ice cream social and the
auction will be used by the Friends to support library activities, including the summer reading program for