In Review
First Week of June 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  It is a way that railroad men have of backing their freight trains up across the street,
sometimes leaving them standing there while they are attending to other business, greatly to the discomfort of
pedestrians and teams desiring to pass.  But have people any rights that railroads should respect?

130 Years Ago (1884): Mr. Hiram Morrill is superintending the rebuilding of the frame work under the water tank at
the depot.  The old building that has stood there for a number of years showed evident marks of decay, so much so
that to bear the weight of 1,000 barrels of water was a trembling uncertainty.

120 Years Ago (1894):   It was no ordinary occasion that caused so many people to assemble in Magee’s hall Friday
evening.  Flowers and potted plants had been gathered and everything that could make the place look pleasant,
cheerful and beautiful from which three of our High School graduates were to deliver their final and farewell
addresses to their school mates, teachers, parents and friends.  Roy Richards, being the only young man in the
class won the highest praise.  Crystal Stair and Myra Mihills, the two young ladies expressed some beautiful
thoughts and ideas which gave food for all present in such a manner as none could tire of hearing or regret their

110 Years Ago (1904):  Charles H. Miles and Clara Kleinsmith were married at the Methodist parsonage Wednesday
morning, June 1, 1904 by Rev. James Churm.  Lewis Johnson acted as best man, and Retta Miles as bridesmaid.  
The happy couple left on the noon train for Baraboo to be gone until next week.  

100 Years Ago (1914):  The formal opening of the new Magee Opera House was a success.  The opera house
seats over 625 people and is so arranged that all can see the stage.  The drop curtain is painted in good taste, as
well as all the sets and scenery.  A fine ten-piece orchestra under the direction of Mr. Holmes played several
selections.  The Oxford Company performed The Mikado and Mr. Edwin Brush, a magician, entertained and
mystified the audience.   On the next night the Opera House was used for the first time as a moving picture theater,
when it was packed with people anxious to see the four reel production of Ivanhoe, with King Beggot and Leah Baird
in the leading role.  

90 Years Ago (1924):  The building of the new municipal bath house at Lake Leota bathing beach is now well under
way.  The building is being built of cement blocks, the floor being cement.  It is suggested that as there is likely to be
heavy tourist travel this year on account of the Summer Pageant at Apostle Island, in Lake Superior, and as a result
a large number of visitors at the tourist park who will wish to use the bathing beach, a temporary bath house built of
board, in section, so that it could be taken down at the end of the season be constructed for their use, a small
charge being made the visitors to go towards the park fund.  

80 Years Ago (1934):  Butt’s Corner club and school held a joint picnic at riverside park, Tuesday.  Miss Beth Miller,
teacher has resigned to teach the North Magnolia Tullis school.
70 Years Ago (1944):  Eight were injured, none seriously when cars driven by Mark Hall and George Keehn collided
at the county line Sunday.  The car driven by Hall was occupied by Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Elsie Abey, Mrs. Anna Lange and
Mrs. Minnie Asmus, all elderly people who were going to the early service at the Peace Evangelical church, five
miles west of Evansville.  In the car with Keehn were his wife and infant daughter.  The accident occurred at the
intersection near the L. S. Peterson farm.  

60 Years Ago (1954):  Two Evansville high school June graduates were awarded scholarships to the University of
Wisconsin during graduation exercises.  They are Karen Paulson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John V. Paulson, and
John Bly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Bly.  Presentation of the awards was made by Supt. J. C. McKenna.

50 Years Ago (1964):   Jack Hamilton, senior at Evansville High School, will receive $20 from “Popular Home Ida.”  
The magazine is sending a check for Hamilton’s design of a card table storage rack.  The plan will be published in
the September-October issue in the Readers Project column.

40 Years Ago (1974):  The Evansville Fire department was called out twice during the past weekend.  On Friday
afternoon there was a call from the Charles Babler home at 440 S. Second St. where a small building in the back
yard was burning.  The contents of the building, a boat and a number of garden tools were destroyed and the
building badly damaged.  The cause of the fire is being investigated and there is no estimate of damage given.  At 5:
50 p.m. Sunday the alarm sounded again.  The call came from the Robert Miller home at 318 Almeron St.  However,
the blaze was quickly extinguished and no damage is reported.

30 Years Ago (1984):  Anticipating some 85 to 90 students in French this coming school year, board members at a
special meeting last week gave approval for a full time French teacher, upped from 5/7 time.  Board president Ken
Fenrick also said he has been approached about the Spanish language being taught.  LeAnn Casper, French
teacher told the board that it is much better to start students in Junior High on the languages, that they are better at
picking it up.  It was noted that prior to 1976 language was offered in the Middle School.

20 Years Ago (1994):  Iris Sindelar of Hopkinton, NH was one of nine engineers inducted into the Engineering
Excellence society at AT&T-Merrimack Valley, MA.  Mrs. Sindelar is a member of technical staff doing user interface
software development for the company’s FG-200 light wave transmission product family.  Iris, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Vaughn Petersen, is a 1960 graduate of Evansville High School.  She holds a B.A. in Russian; M.A. in Slavic
Languages; and MS in Computer Science.

10 years ago (2004):  April Burkhalter, daughter of Gary and Debbie Burkhalter, Evansville, serving in the Peace
Corps, has been placed in the Philippines.  April is a 1997 graduate of Evansville High School.  April has been with
the Peace Corps since February 2003.  

In Review
Second Week of June 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  Mr. Lewis Spencer lost a barn, struck by lightning, during the shower Monday morning.  
Loss:  some five or six hundred dollars.  There was an insurance in the Madison Mutual company of $400, on the
barn and a small insurance on the contents.  Mr. Spencer’s loss will not be heavy.  Mr. Reese, an occupant of the
farm, lost a new double wagon, which he had just paid for, and some neighbors lost a threshing machine, on which
there was no insurance.

130 Years Ago (1884): Everybody who attended the memorial services admired the grounds and spoke of how
beautifully they were kept, but were little aware of the expense of keeping them so, or from what source the money
came.  The grounds were purchased at public expense bought by the village from the old Cemetery Association by
taxation, and the expense of beautifying the grounds and keeping up the streets and alleys are maintained by the
same means.  The lots themselves are graded up and beautified at the expense of the lot owners.  The well was dug
and paid for with money raised by the ladies of the village.  

120 Years Ago (1894):   Born June 8, to Mr. and Mrs. Ole Olson, of Porter, a son.  June 7, to Mr. and Mrs. Peter
Jorgensen, of this city, a boy.

110 Years Ago (1904):  Announcements for Evansville Seminary.  Alumni reception, Tuesday evening, following
graduating exercises.  Graduating exercises, Tuesday evening, June 14, at 8:00 o’clock.  Graduates.  Modern
Classical Course, Marie E. Green.  General Science.  Marie E. Green.  Shorthand Course, Elsie L. Greene, Lell
Ford, Everett Combs, Sanford Zellar.

100 Years Ago (1914):  A resolution proposing an ordinance to license the billiard and pool halls and moving picture
shows was presented and defeated as it was thought the council and city officers would be better able to look after
these places if they are not licensed.  The vote of the council was for the resolution, Babcock, Shreve, Williams;
against the resolution, Axtell, Chapin, Winston.  This made a tie vote and the mayor cast the deciding vote against
the resolution.

90 Years Ago (1924):  Workmen are now busy laying a new cement floor in the city hall which was made necessary
by a new law which requires all fire houses where fire engines are housed to have a floor of this kind.  The cedar
block floor which has had to be taken up, though laid many years ago was as good as when laid, but a few of the
blocks showing any decay whatever, on the under side.  The blocks taken out will be used as kindling wood to start
fires in the new furnace at seasons of the year when a steady fire is not necessary.

80 Years Ago (1934):  The silos of George Everill and Carl Carlson were blown down Friday night.  A large number
of shade and fruit trees were also blown down.

70 Years Ago (1944):  A truck load of farm clothing and 92 filled kits were the result of the Russian Relief campaign
conducted recently in Evansville, according to R. J. Antes, chairman of the clothing and Mrs. William Woodstock, kit
chairman.  The kits were sent to Milwaukee from where they will be forwarded with other Wisconsin boxes to Russia
to gladden the hearts of the peasant families of that country, who are suffering during the current world conflict.  

60 Years Ago (1954):  Police Chief George Walk has announced the appointment of Burt Miller as relief patrolman
for regular officers who will be taking their vacations this summer.  Miller was formerly a regular Evansville police

50 Years Ago (1964):   The H & M Riding Stable located 2 ½ miles southwest of Evansville has set hours for Trail
Riding for Friday and Saturday night from 6:30 to 8:30.  Sundays the stable will be open all day.  Howard Walmer
and his father, Merton Walmer are the operators of the stable.

40 Years Ago (1974):  A Chicago North Western Railroad freight train was derailed about 2 miles southeast of
Evansville Saturday night on the property owned by Robert Helgesen.  The engine was able to run under its own
power and was removed, but 10 cars were derailed and remained by the side of the track.  They are being removed
by a crane.  The derailment was caused by flooding of the rail bed after the recent heavy rains.  No injuries were
reported but the wreck on the heavily traveled route from Chicago to Minneapolis caused difficult traffic problems for
the railroad.  Repairs on the track were completed by Monday night and the track was again in operation.  Some of
the trains were rerouted through Beloit while others piled up in Janesville and some turned around.

30 Years Ago (1984):  Following on the heels of the destructive tornado which wiped out Barneveld, a tornado
warning sounded in Evansville at 8 p.m. Saturday night.  Residents quickly got into their basements and remained
there until 9 pm when the all clear was announced over the radio.  A tornado was sighted and reported to have
touched ground at Albany, with no damage reported.  It was also reported at Orfordville.  Evansville fire trucks and
policemen were dispatched to each of the four entrances to the city to keep a watch.  

20 Years Ago (1994):  A new day care center, First Step, has opened in Evansville, housed in an unusual, but
convenient facility, the former Christian Science Church, located at 457 W. Main Street.  Risa Topper has removed
the pews of the church and converted the former sanctuary into well lighted, decorated rooms and furnished the
center with furniture and playthings for her clientele.  

10 years ago (2004):  Evansville Manor employees who attained “Milestone” employment anniversaries in 2004 and
who were honored during a recent luncheon, Renae Thompson, 10 years, Dorothy Kuhse, 10 years, Teresa
Earleywine, 20 years, Darlene VanBeek, 5 years, Karen Berger, 15 years, Jane Klug 25 years, Candy Andrews 15
years, Melissa O’Bel, 5 years, Kelly Baertschi, 10 years and Jo Woolever, 30 years, Stephanie Jorgensen, 5 years,
Brenda Huffman, 5 years, Heather Schmidt, 5 years and Daeenn Kufahl, 20 years.

In Review
Third Week of June 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  Chapin’s Champion Roman Hippodrome, Asiatic Caravan and Grand Golden Show,
accompanied with Mr. Geo. W. Hall’s Great California Exposition, exhibited in Evansville, (or so much of it as could
get into the town) on Friday, June 19.  We did not learn that the crowd was immense, but fair, considering the
business season.  Mr. Chapin was a town boy, reared and got his education in Evansville, and many were prompted
to see an Evansville man connected with the show business quite as much as they would to see the real animals
themselves.  Mr. Chapin has shown remarkable tact for a man of his quiet habits, in getting up so creditable an

130 Years Ago (1884):  Prof. Coleman states that he hopes to soon be able to give two years of a college course at
the Seminary, which will add greatly to the benefits to be derived from that institution.  Good schools are the back
bone of any community.

120 Years Ago (1894):  Harry Benny is getting the fire engine and other things in that department in good condition
for the 4th of July display.

110 Years Ago (1904):  Quite a serious accident over took Milo Halsey at the Baker Works, yesterday, when a
blower exploded.  Serious burns on the right side of the face and neck and nearly the whole right arm caused a
surgeon’s immediate aid.  Although it is thought the eye is uninjured, the burns are severe and very painful.

100 Years Ago (1914):  There will be quite a number of new teachers in the Evansville schools next years as will be
seen by reading the following names:  High School, Prof. J. F. Waddell, Miss Lilla B. Ludington, Miss Ethel Hoag,
Miss Florence McLay, Mr. Chas. E. Long.  Teacher of music, Miss Vera Thompson; teacher of domestic science,
Miss Annetta Maxwell.  Grades, Miss Alice Copeland, eighth; Miss Jessie Kelly, seventh; Miss Anna E. Taft, sixth;
Miss Ida Calvert, fifth; Miss Blanche Rice, fourth; Miss Beth Ingalls, third; Miss Myrtle Green, second; Miss Mae
Simmons, first; Kindergarten, Miss Vee Rowley, and Miss Mae Phillips.

90 Years Ago (1924): Complaint has been made to this office that between Evansville and Janesville and on several
other roads leading out of the city the traveling public is bothered by bulls being tethered along the highways on a
rope or chain long enough to reach across the highway.  When the rope reaches across the road car drivers are
fearful of crossing it for fear the bull might become scared, and by a sudden jump upset the car.  As there is a state
law against tethering such animals along public highways, it would seem that the owners of these animals are
running considerable risk, not only of paying a good sized fine for violating the law, but a damage bill as well.

80 Years Ago (1934):  Several persons were injured and damage estimated at several thousand dollars was done to
farm building in this vicinity late yesterday afternoon when the cyclone struck this area.  Practically every building
except the house on the Art Rasmussen farm east of Magnolia was blown down by the terrific wind and three cows
were killed.  One of the Rasmussen children was said to be slightly injured and Mr. Rasmussen was badly bruised.  
The father and child were thrown a long distance by the wind as they were leaving the barn.  On the Ben Hanson
farm the wind destroyed two sheds, a chicken house, part of a barn and several other buildings, twisting and
practically ruining the silo.  A large barn and silo on the Frank Croak farm east of the city were completely

70 Years Ago (1944):   Ens. John Paul Pullen, while flying a reconnaissance mission in the general area of the
equator and the international date line, landed his plan on a pin point island noted only for being as a temporary
base for one of the marine corps divisions.  On his way to report at marine headquarters he passed a tent in front of
which was a sign, “1st Lieut. P. P. Pullen,” and sitting under the sign was his brother, who enlisted as a private in the
marine corps in December, 1941. And whom he had not seen for two and one-half years.  To add to the coincidence
the meeting would not have taken place if Ens. Pullen had arrived a day later since Lieut. Pullen was to be moved
the following day.  

60 Years Ago (1954):  Bob Kleinfeldt will take over his duties as Evansville’s new director of recreation.  Bob started
teaching at Evansville high school last September as well as assisting basketball coach Bernie Golz.  Next year he
will continue as assistant basketball coach and teach history and geography.  He minored in physical education at
Oshkosh State College where he earned his bachelor of science degree.

50 Years Ago (1964):   David Erpenbach, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Erpenbach, Evansville, a 1964 graduate of
the Evansville High School participated in the 880 yd dash in the state track competition in Madison Saturday, June
6.  He had placed first in the sectional meet in Delavan recently thus qualifying him for the state event.  David placed
fourth at the state in a group of 16 and the time was 2:1.8 seconds.  He set a new record for the Evansville High

40 Years Ago (1974): Terry Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Johnson, Rte. 1, Brooklyn, brought home another
“first” honor for the Evansville FFA last week when he was elected to the state office of treasurer.  This is the first
time Evansville has ever had a state officer.  Terry, who just completed his junior year, is 16 years of age and at this
age he also attains the honor of being the youngest state officer ever elected.    

30 Years Ago (1984):  Mr. and Mrs. Louis Parsons, Evansville, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday,
June 24, 1983 with a family reunion at the American legion Hall in Albany, Wisconsin.  Louis and the former Esther
Drye were married June 30, 1924 in Cadiz Township, Green County.  They have 10 grandchildren and 12 great
grandchildren.   Their children:  Kenneth, Oregon; Irvin, Fort Atkinson and Beth, New Auburn, request a card shower
for their parents.

20 Years Ago (1994):  The Women’s Literary Club recently held a luncheon at the Evansville Country Club to
commemorate the 100th anniversary of its founding.  Nineteen charter members first met in October of 1894 with the
object “to stimulate intellectual development; to strengthen, by organization, reformatory effort and to promote unity,
sympathy and good fellowship among its members.”  

10 years ago (2004):  At last week’s City Council meeting, Library Board Trustee Janet Petterson was given
commendation for her many years of service.  Mayor Janis Ringhand presented her with the key to the city along
with her commendation.  Janet served as Library Board Trustee since 1981 when Richard Luers nominated her.  
Janet expressed her pleasure with service to the board and that she wants the community to know she feels that the
library is an “integral, vital, part of this community.”

In Review
Fourth Week of June 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  Will Stevens and Miss Elvira Gillman were made husband and wife, according to the code,
last Wednesday.  All are pleased; none more so than the parties themselves.  They receive the joys and
congratulations of all.

130 Years Ago (1884):  The rule prohibiting loafing about the depot on Sunday evenings, by both girls and boys, is
being pretty rigidly enforced by agent Knapp and operators Winters and Duerr.  These gentlemen, who have charge
of the company’s business about the depot, are straight, businessmen, and they are determined to break up the
lawlessness and annoyance that has been carried on at that place, even if they have to invoke the aid of the law to
do it.

120 Years Ago (1894):  Magnolia and Cainville had a school picnic on Saturday last.  The usual refreshments were
sold, ice cream, etc.  The proceeds go towards buying a bell for the Magnolia school.

110 Years Ago (1904):  A picnic dinner and blow-out was had at the Brand tobacco warehouse Saturday which was
participated in by the working force and employers.  Ice cream was served, toasts and presentation speeches
followed.  Vic Eager was the recipient of a handsome Morris chair which was duly appreciated.  Miss Nora Weaver
was the orator of the day.

100 Years Ago (1914):  If you have not already done so, take a walk out to the school grounds and see the
preparations that are being made toward the erection of the new heating plant.  The work of excavating is
progressing as fast as could be expected in the sandy ground which makes it difficult.

90 Years Ago (1924):  On account of the hot weather last week the lake has been crowded with bathers.  The city
does not employ a life guard as yet to look after the kids, but Morgan has a gasoline launch and carries passengers
around the lake for 10 cents each.  

80 Years Ago (1934):  The wind storm last week took all the buildings on the Warren Reese farm down except the
house and that was wrecked some by flying timbers.  Some damage was done to trees, porches and the like at a
good many homes.

70 Years Ago (1944):  The Columbus Food corporation resumed operations at its canning factory here last
Saturday when a crew of men and women started canning the early crop of peas.  The shortage of help is a real
problem to both the factory and the farmers who are raising vegetables to be canned.  More women are employed
this year than ever before and boys sixteen years old and older are urged to work during the canning season.  As
an added help a group of German prisoners of war are working at the plant under proper supervision.  American
soldiers from Truax field, Madison, are also working on the crop.  The late peas are being dusted from an airplane
to prevent the destructive lice often found on the late vegetables.  A large group of local men and women who are
employed elsewhere during the day are working evenings at the factory.

60 Years Ago (1954):  Problems of stream and water pollution moved back into the Evansville spotlight this week
with activities affecting Allen’s creek.  Both the city and the Gulf Motorport were ordered by the state board of health’
s committee on water pollution to prepare plans to end dumping wastes into Allen’s creek.  The city is charged with
discharging untreated spent lime from the water softening plant into the creek, and is ordered to have other facilities
to handle these wastes before December 31, 1956.  The Motorport was ordered to establish acceptable treatment
facilities as otherwise end certain disposal into the creek by Dec. 31, 1955.  

50 Years Ago (1964):   Road construction has started on U. S. Highways 14 at the eastern limits of Evansville,
extending easterly approximately 13 ½ miles to U. S. Highway 51 and then continuing southerly on U. S. Highway 51
1 ¾ miles to the north limits of Janesville.  The 15 ¼ miles project will involve the resurfacing of the existing road with
a 21 ft wide bituminous concrete pavement.  During construction the highway will be open to through traffic at all
times.  The project is expected to be completed in early August.

40 Years Ago (1974):  State Farmer Awards were presented at the State FFA Convention at Green Lake recently to
four Evansville members.  This is another first for Evansville as it is the first time four FFA members have received
this award in one year.  It is the third highest degree in the FFA organization.  Ardell Butts, Terry Johnson, Mel
Shotliff and Keith Trow received a gold key and certificate.  One of the qualifications for the award is that a member
must earn at least $500 from a farming project.  

30 Years Ago (1984):  John Garbrecht will receive his Eagle Scout award next Friday, June 29 at  St. John’s
Lutheran church in conjunction with the Court of Honor.  

20 Years Ago (1994):  A motion to approve the Library Board’s plan for expansion of the Eager Free Public Library
and to ensure that $184,250 will be provided by the City if grant applications for $213,750 are successful was
passed unanimously.  Ruth Ann Montgomery told the council of the planned 3,500 sq. ft. expansion that would
double the size of the present library.  Expansion would go to the south toward the post office.  

10 years ago (2004): A tour of new homes for Evansville, organized and sponsored by Union Bank & Trust
Company, will take place on 2 weekends in July.  Any profits from the event will be donated to the Grove Society for
the restoration of the Baker Building at the entrance to Leota Park.  The tour of 8 new homes will include 6 homes in
Evansville, one on Hwy 59 toward Albany and another on the west side of Albany.