First Week of June 1875-2005
140 Years Ago (1875): Town Clerk Hoskins goes for your census this week; if you have one or five, he wants
all. He started Tuesday June 1st, only the population will be enumerated. Ten years ago Evansville contained
a population of about eight hundred. It is expected that the people will aid Mr. Hoskins in the accuracy of his
work, as it becomes a general interest that the showing of our increasing population should attain an absolute
130 Years Ago (1885): A. S. Baker went to the city Monday morning, with the ostensible purpose of getting a
larger engine for the company’s works. They started in with a forty horse power engine, but an increase of
their business now requires one of double that capacity.
120 Years Ago (1895): Decoration Day: The elaborate program was carried out despite the rain, with the
exception of the march to the cemetery. The town was full of people by ten o’clock in the morning. The
business houses were profusely decorated, as were also many of the private residences. The Black Hussars
were out early and did much to add color to the occasion, by their rendition of National airs. At two o’clock the
procession, headed by Dr. J. M. Evans, president of the day, and Rev. O. P. Bestor, orator of the day, marched
to the opera house where the exercises were held. In the line of march were the veterans and organizations of
different kinds. At the rear were one hundred school children, each carrying a flag and a bouquet. They made
a beautiful picture, admired by hundreds of spectators. Evansville is noted for its businesslike methods of
celebrations, as well as trade, and people for miles around came to help us pay our respect to the Union’s
110 Years Ago (1905): Roy Munger met with quite a serious accident last Tuesday, and narrowly escaped very
serious injury. He was trying to head off a fractious cow belonging to Higday Bros., and before the fracus was
over the cow had thrown him and stepped on him, injuring his knees and back to some extent.
100 Years Ago (1915): The members of the Tourist club, to the number of seventeen, enjoyed a picnic in the
library hall on Friday evening. The original plans were to go out to Leonard Park, but the rain prevented. But
the change made the evening no less delightful for all present. No outsiders were permitted to see or hear, but
each of the members represented a bird, whose song or warble was imitated. Needless to say this caused
90 Years Ago (1925): One of the saddest thoughts that each Decoration Day brings is the fact that in these
Automobile Days, people in their mad pursuit of pleasure are forgetting their duty to their dead and their
country’s heroes, leaving the observance of this day almost exclusively to the patriotic societies, where thirty
years ago, each man and woman in the community thought it their duty to be present, not only in mind, but in
person when the last resting places of their soldier dead were strewn with flowers, denoting not only the grief of
the living, but a bright promise of immortality for the dead.
80 Years Ago (1935): In preparation for a series of weekly concerts which opened here last night, the high
school and city combined bands have been rehearsing every Monday night in the city hall under the direction
of Russell I. Moberley, high school music instructor. The combined organizations have been making rapid
progress, according to the director, and should be in good form by the end of this month when the concert
season will be at its height.
70 Years Ago (1945): Next Sunday, June 3rd, the Congregational church will dedicate an Honor Roll of men
and women in their country’s service. Sixty-eight young men and women affiliated with the church have enlisted
in some branch of military service. Immediately after the service a picnic lunch will be served in the dining room
of the church. Friends of the church who have flowers to donate for decorations are requested to take them to
the church Saturday afternoon.
60 Years Ago (1955): Twelve Evansville men were among more than 350 community representatives who
attended Wisconsin’s first state-wide industrial conference at Green Lake. Four men who attended the
conference Wednesday were Al Gill, Forrest Durner, Bruce Townsend and Bob Turner. Those attending
Thursday’s session were Richard Eager, V. H. Laufenberg, H. F. Brunsell, L. P. Eager, Sr., Chas. Maas, Paul
Pullen, Don Gallagher and Art Baumgarten. They left the two-day meetings at the American Baptist assembly
armed with information and advice on the ways and means of starting a successful industrial development
50 Years Ago (1965): While driving on Highway 14 east of Evansville at 9:18 o’clock one evening the early
part of last week, Dr. E. W. Krueger, Evansville, struck and killed a wandering Holstein cow which belonged to
D. H. Crull. The left side and front of Krueger’s car sustained heavy damage.
40 Years Ago (1975): The Evansville Lions Club met Monday night in their final meeting of the season. They
honored the top honor students in the graduating class at Evansville High School, Cindy Kober, Beverly
Johnston, Carla Heimerl, Michelle Chitwood, Mark Hall, Bill Fellows, Angeles Ayuso, Mitch Hull, Earl Sarow,
Terry Johnson, Susan Nelson and Mark Hull.
30 Years Ago (1985): Kelly Chapin, Kathy Chapin, Sally Franklin, Jolene Johnson, Cynthia Arnold and Brad
Petterson, and Ed Flesch are the High Honor Students from Evansville high school who were guests at the
Lions Club meeting. It has been the custom of Evansville Lions Club to invite the High Honor Students as
guests to share a dinner meal and their plans for higher education or other pursuits.
20 Years Ago (1995): Varco-Pruden Buildings, the world leader in metal building industry becomes the first to
establish a manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China, through a joint venture agreement with Bao Steel Group
of China and International Steel Company of Taiwan. A new corporate entity, Baochen Construction Co.
(BSCC), was formed to represent the joint venture partners. Bao Steel Group is the largest steel producer in
China, and China is the world’s largest steel producer. The company is based in Baoshan, Shanghai, China.
10 years ago (2005): Veryl Courtier Memorial Scholarship is a new scholarship being offered to Evansville High
School’s students through the Courtier Foundation. This $4,000 annual award is provided on behalf of the late
Evansville resident, Mr. Veryl Courtier, and his wife Wilma (Wanek) Courtier, who did well financially when Veryl
invented the Duo-Fast stapler.
Second Week of June 1875-2005
140 Years Ago (1875): A party consisting of L. T. Pullen, Esq., wife and two children; D. M. Rowley, wife and
daughter and a nephew from Ohio; and Mr. A. C. Gray and wife, start off next week for an all summer jaunt
among the classic lakes of Neshota, Walworth Co. They take along tents and the paraphernalia of piscatorial
warfare, and a good supply of commissary stores, and will employ their time and talents as best suited to the
recovery of health and spirits. They expect to be absent until about the first of September, only returning
occasionally to attend to home business.
130 Years Ago (1885): The annual reunion of the 13th Wis. Vol. Inf. will be held at Albany, Thursday June
11th. The good people of Albany will give a free dinner to all soldiers and coffee and tea free to everybody.
Probably a good many of our boys will go over. They had a good time there last year, and there is no reason
why they should not this year.
120 Years Ago (1895): About fifteen of Miss Grace Bemis’ most intimate friends gave a picnic in honor of her
departure, last Saturday. Their destination was the cave near Albany. As a souvenir of the occasion they
brought with them photographs of the group, taken at the mouth of the cave. Miss Bemis is a popular young
lady and will be greatly missed by her classmates. She, in company with her mother left for California last
Thursday, where they expect to make their home, near Los Angeles.
110 Years Ago (1905): President Charles R. Van Hise was the guest of boyhood friends, W. W. Gillies and
wife, during his visit in our city. President Van Hise was a speaker at the Jubilee Week celebrated this past
week at the Evansville Seminary. Mr. W. W. Gillies read several very interesting letters from absent ones
whose regrets were great that they were unable to be present. The members of the Jubilee committee, also the
Alumni Association hereby make public acknowledgment of the appreciation of the gratuitous services of the
Baker Military Band and Porter orchestra during commencement week. A vote of thanks has been tendered
100 Years Ago (1915): If you have any shopping to do or any blacksmith work to be attended to one week from
today, June 17, you had better get around before noon, as all of the business places of the city, or practically
all, will close at 12 o’clock. They will remain closed for the rest of the day, with the exception of the drug stores,
which may open in the evening after supper. The annual Evansville picnic will occur on this date in Leonard
park. This picnic is for the folks of the city and for the folks of the surrounding country as well. Everybody and
their friends are expected to be there with baskets filled with good things to eat. A program is being arranged,.
90 Years Ago (1925): At a meeting the first of the week the Chautauqua committee, after discussion of the
manner of handling the tickets this year, reports as follows: Prices for the season tickets this year are as
follows: $1.50 adults; $.75 13 years old and under; Free, 7 years old and under. The Chautauqua concern
have promised to have the tent erected in time Sunday morning so that arrangements are being made for a
union Sunday morning service in the tent. Announcement will be made later regarding the speaker of this
80 Years Ago (1935): According to Earl Gibbs, manager of the Columbus Food corporation’s canning plant in
Evansville, the plant this season has taken on its old time prosperity hum, which has been somewhat deadened
for several years on account of drouth and the depression. This year the plant, with its approximately 150
employees is running steadily every day, and generally part of the nights in order to take care of 9000 acres of
peas which are turning out well, and are of a fine quality. Mr. Gibbs states that the only thing which is bothering
them this year is the fact that the peas are maturing all at once, so that all fields need attention at the same
time, which taxes the capacity of the plant to the utmost.
70 Years Ago (1945): According to William H. Keyes, local band director, Evansville, is assured of Sunday
afternoon summer concerts if members of the school and city band will appear at rehearsals to be held at 8 p.
m. every Tuesday in the school music room.
60 Years Ago (1955): Miller hotel building, 155 E. Main St., has been sold to Fred and Martha Sperry and
Stanley and Iris Sperry, according to C. W. Hyne, Evansville real estate broker. After certain basic remodeling
is completed, the Sperrys will operate the business as a restaurant, tavern, and hotel. They anticipate
completion of all remodeling sometime in July. Hyne also announced the sale of the Cavalier motel, highways
13-14, four miles north of Evansville to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schleuter, Chicago, who will take over the motel
50 Years Ago (1965): The Evansville AFS membership drive for funds to bring an AFS student to Evansville for
the 1965-66 school year will begin next week. Ronald Wall and Arnold Willis are co-chairmen of the current
project. Those who have volunteered at this time to help in the campaign are Mrs. R. G. Heimerl, Mrs. Charles
Nelson, Mrs. Alan Eager, dr. and Mrs. Roger Gray, Mrs. John Wilde and Robert Erstad.
40 Years Ago (1975): Angela Wyse presented her piano students in a recital at her home on Thursday
evening, June 5. The event was made memorable for her when the young people presented her with a farewell
gift. The Wyse family will be moving to Minnesota in August, so this was the last recital after nearly 25 years of
piano instruction. Those participating were Mindy Abey, Laurie Adamany, Carol Brunsell, Valerie Eaton, Karen
Kremer, Mary and Suzanne Pestor, Laurie and Neil Rabideau, Jeanne and Julie Rowald, Lori Elmer of Albany
was unable to participate because of illness.
30 Years Ago (1985): A piano recital was held Sunday, June 9th at First Baptist Church by the students of
Catharine Fellows. The following participated: Don Franklin, Kristin Haakenson, Marie Amato, Michelle
Fellows, Katie Maloney, Lyndsay Reese, Allison Francis, Peter Haakenson, Becky Walker, Dean Sanner, Rustie
Winger, Cortney Krake, Karla Olsen, Melissa Hughes, Amanda Davenport, Jeff Fredendall, Dawn Westphal,
Kari Hoff, Kim Reese, Shannon Winger, Amy Krebs, Heidi Weigand, Bethany Krake, Carmen Forstrom, Laura
Francis, Dena Schuh, April Rockstead, Aimee Krake and Cathy Franklin. Duets were performed by Kelly
Bratzke and Danielle Meredith, and Carrie Bradley and Mrs. Fellows.
20 Years Ago (1995): Glen Kruser, PA-C, of Evansville recently received the Outstanding Service to
Community Award presented by the Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants. The award is presented to a
member of the Academy who has demonstrated exemplary service in the community. Kruser has been
employed by the Dean Medical Center at Evansville for 17 years. When Dr. Roger Gray retired, Kruser
remained on as the only regular provider of the clinic. Currently he is working with two part-time physicians.
10 years ago (2005): Although the streets of Union and Main are gravel based, bumpy and in some areas just
like traveling in the days of the old west, hospitality still finds its way into the work day. The second in a series
of business sponsored “Construction Zone Lunches” was held this past week at Ringhand’s Meats & Liquors.
The lunch was sponsored by Ringhand’s, Radio Shack, Allen Realty & the VFW. The “hospitality” lunches are
for those working the construction zone areas. According to Mayor Janis Ringhand the workers were
appreciative of the great fixings & the hospitality. The first of the lunches was sponsored by Romano’s Pizzeria
which sits on the other end of the construction zone. The project is projected to last into October.
Third Week of June 1875-2005
140 Years Ago (1875): Cooksville Mill: On account of poor health. I will rent or dispose of my interest in the
Cooksville Mill property, or it will be rented for one year or term of years, to responsible parties on favorable
terms. For particulars apply to or address James Nisbet, Cooksville, Wisconsin.
130 Years Ago (1885): The second annual Commencement of the Evansville Seminary was held June 12,
1885. The follow are the names of the graduates and their themes: Will R. Jackson, Salutary; Cora E. Hartley,
Eminent American women; Minnie E. Harte, (class prophet,) Silhouettes; Norton W. Jipson, Whither are We
Drifting; May F. Pullen, Throw Open the Shutters and Let in the Light; Andrew Wilson, Greed for Gold; and Ella
M. Greenman, The Heroism of Principle.
120 Years Ago (1895): Quite a number of interested young people went to Madison Saturday to see what our
High School boys could do by way of athletic sports. It was High School day at Camp Randall and from all parts
of the state young people had come. Our boys made their friends proud of them as they showed the best
training of any school present. Ben Clifford, in a running wide jump, made a record of 20 feet, 4 ½ inches. In
vaulting, Ray Doolittle and Cadwallader Smith made a score of 10 feet, 2 inches.
110 Years Ago (1905): A test of the fire protection apparatus of this city was made Tuesday evening, and chief
Gillman says the hose stood a test of 130 pounds pressure, which he considered sufficient, and the engine is
apparently in as good running order as when new. We have had but one fire to test our waterworks system
since they were completed.
100 Years Ago (1915): Just one hundred and thirty guests sat down to the banquet in the dining room of the
Methodist Episcopal church on Saturday evening. This is the largest number that ever attended a banquet of
the high school alumni association, and the program was the most interesting, without doubt. The new officers
and boosters are looking forward to next year, when they hope, if possible to have even a larger attendance
and as good a time. For the ensuing year Mrs. Gertrude Eager was elected president; Miss Mina Hubbard,
vice-president; Miss Mae Finn, secretary and Mr. Henry Austin as treasurer. Mrs. F. L. Janes, Miss Margaret
Walker, J. Spencer Pullen, Miss Hazel Hankinson and Mrs. W. J. Clark were chosen as members of the
90 Years Ago (1925): There are many in the city of Evansville, who are home and town builders, every dollar
they make or spend is placed as a brick in the building of their town and community. To such people our city
owes all that she is. It would be pleasing if the dozens in Evansville who each week send their dollars, or take
them to outside towns, would realize that every dollar sent away is a hole made in Evansville’s wall of defense
against hard time and high taxes, and a brick of security added to the walls of cities whose merchants don’t
care a hang whether Evansville has any public schools, churches, sewer systems or paved streets, as long as
they get the Evansville bricks with which to building their own walls to prosperity. J. I. Scott.
80 Years Ago (1935): Miss Ruth Campbell, high school home economics instructor here, has been elected
leader of the Rock County girls’ 4-H club to succeed Miss Mildred Scheel, Madison, who has held that position
for the past three years. Miss Campbell, who assumed her new duties at the close of school last week, will
have complete charge of the girls’ projects in the county and serving in the capacity of field representative to
visit the club meetings throughout this area.
70 Years Ago (1945): Evansville 4-H Foods and Nutrition met last Friday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Harold Klusmeyer, at which time plans for the summer’s work were outlined by Miss Lois Klusmeyer, project
leader. Marion Klitzman was named president, and Kathryn Franklin secretary of the joint group.
60 Years Ago (1955): Evansville’s Community Theater members will hold their annual picnic tonight at Leota
Park near the shelter house. Program for the picnic includes the reading of a poem, “this is the theater,” by
Helen C. Smith; presentation of Wilma Nelson’s play, “Evansville, 1970,” by the 8th grade class; a story,
“Backstage Adventures of Pyewacket,” by Winn Fisher; a play, “E---E Cumminish,” by Helen C. Smith, with a
cast of rural writers. In addition to the formal program, everyone will have an opportunity to take part in the
games and stunts.
50 Years Ago (1965): Mrs. Mary Huseth, 205 Walker Street, has observed her 35th service anniversary with
the Wisconsin Telephone Company. She is a service representative here for the firm. Mrs. Huseth started as
an operator in Evansville in 1929. In 1949, she transferred to the Janesville area, and later that same year
went to Madison, also as an operator. In 1950 she returned here.
40 Years Ago (1975): Warren Sarow was recently appoint to the Jt. School District No. 6 school board to finish
out the term of John Wyse, who resigned recently. Mr. Sarow will have a year of service on the board before
his term expires next spring. He is a native of the Town of Center and is engaged in farming.
30 Years Ago (1985): Tom Donch, Artist-in-Residence, presented Bob Levin of Varco-Pruden, Butch Legler of
Baker’s and Bill Morrison of Varco-Pruden, with Wind Prairie T-shirts for the work that they have done on the
Wind Prairie project. The first 10 feet of angle-iron and the base anchors for the windmill are the contributions
20 Years Ago (1995): More than 130 children have signed up for the Eager Free Public Library Summer
Reading Program “Readers on the Go.” Several programs are already underway, including lunch bunch,
crafts, stories and more. Sign up for summer fun.
10 years ago (2005): Evansville High School junior, Mark Cufaude must have had the most exciting three
weeks of his life recently. It began on May 17th when Mark was crowned the Rock Valley Conference
Champion in the pole vault. His winning vault of 13’ 7” also broke the Evansville High School pole vault record.
On May 23rd, Mark then won the pole vault title at the regional meet and bettered his last vault by clearing 14’.
This win qualified Mark for the division 2 sectional meet on May 26th at Marshall. There Mark set his personal
best jump of 14’ 3” to take first place and qualify for the WIAA state track and field meet in La Crosse on June
3rd. In La Crosse Mark matched his personal best of 14’ 3”, which earned him a gold medal while being
crowned the WIAA Division 2 Pole Vault State Champion. Mark is the son of Mike and Jo-Al Cufaude,
Fourth Week of June 1875-2005
140 Years Ago (1875): A. S. Baker & Company announce themselves capable, and have the facilities, of doing
all kinds of iron forging, from a pot bail to the crank of a sawmill.
130 Years Ago (1885): Graduates of the high school: Ladies: Katie E. Layton, Grace E. Sawin, Mina
Hubbard, Lillian M. Chapin, A. Maud Winston, Addie Morehouse, Emily M. Stearns, Lucy R. True, and Mira J.
Baldwin. Gentlemen: George McCoy and Fred E. Colony.
120 Years Ago (1895): A grand Fourth of July celebration under the auspices of the Modern Woodmen of
America, will take place in Burton’s grove, Magnolia. President of the day, Wallace Andrew; Vice Presidents,
Ben Butcher, Footville, Warren Andrew, Center; Harry Benny, Evansville; and Wm. Tracy of Spring Valley.
Marshal of the day, Robert Acheson. All kinds of music, amusements and refreshments will be served upon the
grounds. Reader of the Declaration of Independence, Hattie Townsend.
110 Years Ago (1905): The Eagle creamery in the town of Porter was destroyed by fire last Monday night.
100 Years Ago (1915): Robert Antes, Jr., John Stair, E. Van Patten, Jr., and G. C. Roberts were in Madison on
business Tuesday afternoon boosting for the Big Rock County Fair.
90 Years Ago (1925): For Sale. The home of the late Mrs. Harriet Boyd, on North Second street, for $4,000
net if taken at once. This is a two-family house and will be a good investment at this price. Mrs. H. J. Cassidy.
[Note: This house was located at 46 North Second and in July 1925 was purchased by Earl and Ethel Gibbs.]
80 Years Ago (1935): The Cooksville square, six miles northeast of Evansville is the scene today of the annual
Old Settlers’ picnic and is serving as a gathering place for a host of former residents of this locality who are
renewing old acquaintances and discussing the days of their early childhood. The Cooksville Old Settlers’
society includes not only those who at some time lived in that locality, but includes descendants of the old
settlers. The first picnic was held 33 years ago and has been held annually since that time with large crowds in
attendance. Alex Richardson as president of the organization and Mrs. Lucy Porter as secretary and treasurer
have arranged an interesting program which will follow the picnic dinner.
70 Years Ago (1945): R. M. Antes, Evansville’s oldest businessman, observed his 82nd birthday last Friday.
As is his custom, he spent part of the day in his office at Antes Press.
60 Years Ago (1955): Programs and refreshments for the last two fire department meetings were provided by
Ronnie Berg. In its drills June 20 and June 6 the local department saw movies supplied by Berg, the first on
protection of children from fire hazards, the second on prevention of fire loss through such equipment as
automatic sprinkler systems in buildings. Following the movies Berg provided refreshments for members of the
local volunteer department.
50 Years Ago (1965): The Evansville Swimming pool has been undergoing a thorough cleaning and paint job
in preparation for the summer’s swim program. Approximately 425 youth from Evansville, Footville and
surrounding areas have signed up for lessons. The teachers will be Mrs. Lester Rasmussen, David Erpenbach
and Christine Allen. Other pool personnel will include Rick Hamacher, Dan Hazlett, Eric Thompson, Linda
Showers, Linda Thompson, Sue Helgesen and Mrs. A. H. Divine.
40 Years Ago (1975): The Rev. John Walsh, pastor of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Footville, will be hold
his last service at the Footville church next Sunday. He will become pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in
Edgerton. Father Walsh has been pastor of the church since Sept. 6, 1967. During his pastorate a new
church and rectory and landscaping off the church property was accomplished.
30 Years Ago (1985): The Evansville Historic Preservation Commission will open a Visitors Center this coming
Sunday, June 23. The center will be located in the Masonic Temple, formerly the home of Dr. John M. Evans.
Visitors to the event will find a collection of Combs photos, Civil War memorabilia, an old Victrola, still in working
condition, that belonged to Dr. Evans, Jr. and artifacts donated by Don and Mary Cook including old calendars
and a 1920 phone book. A member of the Grove Society will be on hand to play the Victrola.
20 Years Ago (1995): Susie Luers, Janet Petterson, Jeanette Fellows and Margery Buckeridge attended the
Verona Community Theater production of “Fiddler on the Roof” to see Marie Luers in the role of Hodel. Marie
is also Vocal Director of the production.
10 years ago (2005): A full house was noted for the City Council Special meeting of Wed. June 15th as
members of the Council met to adopt or not adopt the “long worked on” Smart Growth document.
Recommended by Plan Commission to approve, the Smart Growth Comprehensive Plan (Ordinance #2005-17)
was discussed, applauded, critiques (negatively and positively) and then adopted.