In Review
First Week of March 1871-2001
Compiled by Ruth Ann Montgomery

140 Years Ago (1871):  A petition has been presented to the Legislature asking for a charter of incorporation for
the Philalathean Society of the Seminary.  Also to incorporate the Evansville Cornet Band.

130 Years Ago (1881):  As Geo. Winston was driving down Madison Street, with his heavy sleigh, a boy who had
got on another just ahead of George’s, jumped off and fell right in front of his team.  George was so close behind
that he could do nothing to stop his team and the sleigh passed over the boy.  Luckily the front bobs struck him in
such a way as to throw his body between them and the sleigh passed over him without injuring him.  It was a hair-
breadth escape from an accident that the like of which is liable to occur any day as long as boys persist in
swarming on to passing sleighs.

120 Years Ago (1891):  In the death of Wright Williams at Evansville February 28, there passed away one of the
oldest, if not the oldest Wisconsin veteran of the Civil War.  Mr. Williams came to Wisconsin from New York state
in 1855.  When the war broke out he enlisted in Company E, Thirty Third Wisconsin infantry.  Five sons—Gilbert,
John, Edson, William F., and George, entered the army at about the same time, making a family of six whose
patriotism called them to the front.  Gilbert and John died in the service.  Edson lost a leg at Gettysburg, and is
now in the employment of the government at Washington, W. F. lives in Janesville; Guy in Bakersville, California,
Jay L. in Janesville.  At the close of the war Mr. William returned to Evansville, where he has since resided.

110 Years Ago (1901):  One of the most interesting of Union Townships yearly events to which not only farmers
but the residents of Evansville look forward to is the farmers’ institute.  Since the first session of the institute a few
years ago, this annual meeting has steadily grown in interest and importance because of the hearty cooperation
of the farmers and their families for the success of the meeting.  They seem to be alert to every good thing and
give the impression that they are a most progressive people.  The preparations for the event, in progress for
several weeks under the supervision of W. H. Gillies, and his untiring efforts, is due much of the success of the
present meeting.

100 Years Ago (1911):  The average daily number of books taken out of the city library for the month of January
was seventy, and the great majority of these were fiction.  Histories, biographies, tales of foreign countries, and
even historical novels are left upon the shelves to accumulate dust, while the modern “story book” of really no
permanent value in literature, holds the general readers attention to the exclusion of the master minds of the past.

90 Years Ago (1921):  A thorough examination of school children here will be made this week in efforts to check a
spread of smallpox.  Three families are now under quarantine for the disease.  School children will be vaccinated
under the direction of Miss Anna Luetscher, county nurse and Evansville physicians.  

80 Years Ago (1931):  Rehearsals for “Crocodile Island,” a two act musical comedy to be stated at the Rex theatre
March 26 by the Evansville high school, were begun Tuesday night with Miss Charlotte Babcock as director.  
Leroy Scoville as Thomas Brooks, an American college student, and Leroy Geisler as Jefferson Penfield, a fellow
traveler.  Other leading male roles are taken by Moran Hupp, Edwin Haakenson, Ronald Brown, Kenneth Ellis,
and John Ford.  The leading feminine roles will be taken by Beatrice Smith, Florence Propst, Beth Medlar, Sarah
Crisp, Marion Long, Abigail Brewster, Mildred Bodenberger.  

70 Years Ago (1941):  With the completion of nearly 200 garments in addition to considerable cut-out and
handwork on unfinished items, Evansville’s Red Cross chapter approached its peak of production during the past
month, according to the February report of Mrs. Will Brown, production secretary.  The Red Cross headquarters
located in Library hall is open regularly three days a week.  Mrs. Paul DeLeon gives instruction in knitting.  Today,
tremendous quantities of all kinds of supplies and garments surgical supplies and money are being shipped to
England, France, Poland, Belgium, Finland, China, Spain, Canada and the Netherlands.

60 Years Ago (1951):   At a meeting of the junior class of the Evansville high school last Friday morning, William
Ehredt was named king of the 1951 promenade.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Ehredt, who reside on a
farm on Route 1, Evansville.  William has chosen Mildred Franklin as queen to reign with him at the annual prom
to be held in the school gymnasium early in May.

50 Years Ago (1961):   Evansville firemen fought for several hours early Wednesday morning against a fire which
did extensive damage on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rohloff, Territorial Road.  The Rohloffs moved onto the
farm about a month ago, after purchasing it from the Lee Barnard estate last year.  The fire destroyed a 36 by 70
foot barn, a 40 by 60 foot machine shed, a milk house, a tractor, a bull, six sows, 20 tons of ear corn, 1,200
bushels of dry shelled corn, and 2,000 bales of hay.  A heat lamp being used for the pigs is thought to have
started the fire, according to Fire Chief Chet Jorgensen.  The barns were burned right down to the ground level,
with only a chicken house and silo left of the out buildings.

40 Years Ago (1971):  Mrs. James Kile, 89, lifelong resident fo the Evansville area died in a Madison Hospital after
a long illness.  She was the daughter of the late William E. and Wealthy Rowley Hatfield and was born April 27,
1881 on a farm west of Evansville.  She was married to Mr. Kile Dec. 17, 1911.  She was an active member of the
Baptist Church and its auxiliaries and the Pleasant Prairie community club.  The survivors are her husband and a
brother, Eldon Hatfield, both of Madison.

30 Years Ago (1981):  The annual meeting of the Union Mutual Fire Insurance Co. was held on Thursday, Feb.
19, after the Tuesday, Feb. 10 meeting was cancelled due to the severe winter storm.  Re-elected to three year
terms were:  Steven Hagen, secretary-treasurer, Walter Haberman and David Peterson of Footville.  David
Fellows was elected to fill the unexpired term of Leslie Hook, which ends in 1983.  Ray Ryan is president.

20 Years Ago (1991):  Allen’s Creek went on a rampage Saturday morning overflowing its banks in some areas
along its meandering course thru the city.  Despite the fact that the lake was frozen over, torrents of water poured
over the dam covering the road bridge below to a depth of nearly a foot at times.  Along its course, the creek rose
precariously close to the bridge bottoms by the park, across Main Street and at Water Street.  At Varco-Pruden,
the road bridge joining the two plants on either side of the creek flooded over making it impassable for awhile.  

10 years ago (2001):  According to Brad Alfrey, General Manager of Stoughton Trailers, approximately 225
workers remain at the Evansville location, down from about 500 people.  Meanwhile Stoughton Trailers continues
its $2 million expansion plans in Evansville.  As of January, the trailer industry experienced a severe recession, a
decrease of approximately 75 percent of business.

In Review
Second Week of March 1871-2001

140 Years Ago (1871):  Mr. Ray Gillman is now sole proprietor of the new livery stable; having purchased Mr.
Case’s interest.  Mr. Case will not leave town at present, and perhaps may engage in business again.  A man of
energy will never lack for business, even in a dull time.

130 Years Ago (1881):  On Wednesday afternoon, just before evening there commenced a storm which proved to
be by far the heaviest and worst that has ever visited this section.  In front of Mr. Hoskins’ residence on the west
side of the village the snow drifted fully ten feet high and in front of Mr. D. Stevens residence nearly the same
height.  The entire length of Main street, and in fact, nearly all our streets were huge battlements of snow ranging
from three to ten feet high.  The railroad was blockaded early Wednesday evening and no trains arrived here
from that time till Sunday when about 10 a.m. a snow plow, three engines and several cabooses loaded with men
and a couple of cars of fuel, reached here from Madison, clearing the track.  On Friday afternoon, Ray Gillman,
Glidden, Geo. Winston and others got out their horses and broke a track up and down Main street, and the next
day a triangle plow was made and three or four double teams attached with which a good track was made through
most of the streets.

120 Years Ago (1891):  Col. Geo. W. Hall writing from Houston, Texas says:  “We opened the show here last
Tuesday, and are doing big business.  We stay here another week and then go to Galveston for another week.  
We are on our way now to the Rocky Mountains and California.  Shall, in all probability, show in Evansville early in
the spring of 1892.”

110 Years Ago (1901):  Evansville is at last to have a kindergarten department added to her public schools.  The
kindergarten department will be opened next Monday, March 11.  Miss Clara Browning of Elgin, Ill, has been
secured and she comes highly recommended.  All children from 4 to 6 years of age are eligible and it is hoped
that parents will send them so as to be present the first morning.  

100 Years Ago (1911):  John H. Scheibel will hereafter conduct in the Grange block, an up-to-date undertaking
establishment.  Mr. Scheible, accompanied by Matt Ellis went to Chicago Wednesday to purchase the necessary
stock, which will include a handsome new hearse.  The new store will be fitted up in modern style, and will be one
of the enterprising adjuncts of that part of Main Street.  Mr. Scheible will be ready for business in a few days.

90 Years Ago (1921):   The Masonic order of this city this week purchased the Dr. Evans residence on the corner
of Main and First Street to be used as a club house by the members of the order.  A large assembly or lodge
room will be added on the north end of the property, facing the east, which will give them a lodge room and club
house in the same building.  This property is considered one of the finest in this portion of the state and this order
plans to redecorate and refit it in a manner that will not only make it a credit to the city but also to Masonry and
the principals Masonry stands for.  

80 Years Ago (1931):  William Luchsinger has purchased a vacant lot on North Second street owned by Mrs. Eva
Freuchen, and will build an English cottage on it at once.  [Note:  William Luchsinger’s home was at 11 North
Second Street.]

70 Years Ago (1941):  A transaction was completed here last week wherein Alvin Burtis purchased half interest in
the Jones Billiard parlor at 14 East Main street from Burr Jones, who has operated the business here for the past
12 years.  Mr. Jones with his brother-in-law George Mabie, as his partner purchased the billiard parlor from Jim
Heffron and Charles Merrick in 1928.  Mr. Mabie sold his interest to Wilbur Hall the following year, and in 1935 Mr.
Jones purchased the latter’s equity.  The public is cordially invited to visit the billiard parlor at the open house
tomorrow and partake of the free beer.

60 Years Ago (1951):   Charles Maas, Evansville’s key swine man, has been appointed 1951 state fair swine
superintendent, a position which he held last year.  He is treasurer of the Poland China association and has been
president of Wisconsin Swine Breeders association for the past four years.  Mr. Maas founded his herd 20 years
ago and has stayed with that type of hog ever since.  He always records all animals he sells for breeding
purposes and does not feel that he gives the purchaser all that he has paid for unless he has a recorded
pedigree.  Mr. Maas considers the best thing he ever did in the time he has bred Poland Chinas was when he
purchased the Wisconsin grand champion boar, Gold Eagle, for the sum of $500 from the herd of Oscar W.
Anderson.  Mr. and Mrs. Maas, who reside one mile west of Evansville, have a ten-year-old son, Philip, who is in
his second year of 4-H club work and who has won several prizes.

50 Years Ago (1961):   The separation of the newspaper and printing activities has just taken place in Evansville.  
The Review has been purchased by Frank H. Gildner, Jr.  The printing business, the building and machinery
remain the property of the Antes Printing Company and will continue to operate as a printing business.  The
offices of the newspaper continue in the same place.  Offices of the Antes Printing Company have been moved up
to the main level, where the office was in the days before the 1958 fire.  Will Sumner, Jr., the former editor of the
Evansville Review is the secretary-treasurer and manager of the Antes Printing Company in Evansville.   [Note:  
The Review and Antes Printing Company were housed at 116 East Main.]

40 Years Ago (1971):  Mrs. Charles Van Wart, 101, of 40 Mill St., died at a New Glarus nursing home after a long
illness.  The former Marcia Kyes was born Nov. 7, 1869, in rural Evansville.  She was married to Charles Van Wart
in 1892 and he died in 1950.  Surviving are a son, Earl of Evansville, a granddaughter, and four great

30 Years Ago (1981):  At its annual meeting last Sunday evening at the Coach House, the Evansville FFA Alumni
elected a new slate of officers for the coming year:  Doug Hall, President; Terry Johnson, vice president; Jo Miller,
treasurer; and Audrey Rasmussen, secretary.  The Top Dog Award was presented to Curt Hartzler.  A life member
of the state and national organization, Hartzler has worked at the annual pork roast, helped provide equipment for
wheat planting and harvesting; helped organize other chapters; served two years on the Record Book committee;
attended the Meat Animal Sale and served as a bidder; active in slow pitch and basketball and served as the FFA
Alumni president.  

20 Years Ago (1991):  The Evansville City Council met in special session Monday night to grapple with the
annoying problem of a too-tall new and unusable water tower.  A letter from the Water and Light Committee to
Donohue and Associates Engineering Firm includes a request for compensation and a solution for the problem
that has been created due to the fact that the new $435,000 water tower is more than 15 feet taller than the old

10 years ago (2001):  Evansville Blue Devils saw their season come to a close.  They lost by 50 to 45 to the
Marshall team.  Coach Duane Updike commented he liked this team a lot for several reasons.  They are a large
group who worked hard and contributed in many ways.  Justin Jacobsma was named Player of the Year in Rock
Valley Conference; Don Wendt and Any Phillips were named to the First Team All Conference and Mike Gallman
and Brandon Hurtley as alternates.  

In Review
Third Week of March 1871-2001

140 Years Ago (1871):  The discussion Thursday night at the People’s Caucus, developed one fact in relation to
our means for extinguishing fires that should have been talked up before, and vigorously acted upon.  It appears
that the Corporation owns three of the Babcock Fire Extinguishers, and are left with certain parties about town,
who are clothed with no particular official authority to keep them in working order or prove their efficiency in case
of fire.  However efficient those means may have proven, like everything else of a mechanical contrivance, they
should be kept in good working order, and often tested, to know their power to subdue fires.  The questions
should receive the earliest, practical attention of our Village Board.

130 Years Ago (1881):  We learn that the Baker Manufacturing Co. intend to erect, as soon as possible large
stone buildings for their foundry and machine works.  The stone has already been ordered, we believe.  We are
glad to notice this evidence of the increasing business of this enterprising concern.

120 Years Ago (1891):  The Methodist people have ordered a large 1,500-pound bell of McShane, Baltimore, and
expect to have it here soon.

110 Years Ago (1901):  David Stevens sold the vacant lot west of his residence this week to John Baker, for eight
hundred dollars.  This we believe to be the highest price ever received for a residence lot in this city.  [In 1904,
John Baker built his brick house on this lot at 111 West Main Street.]

100 Years Ago (1911):  T. N. Hatlevig of this city and lately in the employ of the Baker Mfg. Co., left Sunday for an
extended visit to his old home in Bergen, Norway.  He will sail from New York today on the Scar II of the Danish
steamship line.  Mr. Hatlevig has lived in Evansville some twenty-seven years and has earned a reputation for
honesty and fair dealing which has placed him high in the esteem of his fellow citizens.  He has three boys and
one daughter, Mrs. Olga Dahl, is a resident of this city.  One of his sons, Sever, is an employee of the Baker Mfg.
Co.  Mr. Hatlevig may be absent a year or even longer, but will return to take up his duties as an American citizen,
in due time, as his patriotism is firmly fixed on American lines and in American institutions.

90 Years Ago (1921):   Three of the Benway children who recently lost their mother have been adopted and gone
to their new homes.  Mr. and Mrs. Stephen McCann, Evansville took Esther, the 8 year old girl; Clara, aged 2
years was taken by Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Shanahan, Delavan.  Mrs. Shanahan is a great aunt of the children.  The
little one month old girl was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Carl Poppelman, Racine.  The 16 month old boy is still in the
care of Mr. and Mrs. Sumner Brooks, who have taken care of the three youngest children since the death of their
mother a month ago.  Mr. Brooks accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Poppelman to Janesville Monday in the interest of
the children.  [Note:  The children’s parents were Sidney and Hazel Benway.  Hazel Benway died in February

80 Years Ago (1931):  Three local boys, Frederick Wadsworth, Francis Cook, and Ralph King, narrowly escaped
serious injury at 3 a.m. Friday when the car in which they were riding crashed into the cement foundation
supporting a wig-wag signal at the Northwestern railroad crossing on East Main Street.  The car, a Ford roadster
driven by Wadsworth, glanced off the cement abutment, hit an ornamental light post on the north side of the
street, and finally struck a steel pole supporting a gas sign in front of the Standard Oil Station.  No one was
injured, but the car was badly damaged.  The boys, who were returning to Evansville from Janesville, were
traveling west on Main Street.

70 Years Ago (1941):  Ernest Edwards was elected foreman to succeed Clyde Johnson at a meeting of the Hook
and Ladder company of the Evansville Fire Department held here last week.  Other officers were named as
follows:  Edward Erpenbach, assistant foreman; George Mattakat, secretary; Chester Jorgensen, treasurer; and
Leslie Giles, steward.  Members of the Inquiry committee are Clyde Babcock, Leslie Giles, and Reinhold Gallman.

60 Years Ago (1951):   Gordon Milbrant has opened a welding shop at the corner of South Second and Fair
streets.  He purchased the land last fall and recently completed a new building for the shop.  In addition to welding
he will sharpen plow lathes and do other work along that line.  Mr. Milbrant learned the welding trade at Chanute
field, Rantoul, Ill., when he was stationed there during World War 2.  

50 Years Ago (1961):   Some 30 farmers in the Evansville area met at City Hall Tuesday night, Mar. 7, to organize
a local chapter of National Farm Organization.  NFO has organized in the middle west to help stabilize the income
of farmers.  Wallace Miller and Norman Krumwiede, Evansville are the local leaders in the organizational move
and were on hand at the meeting.  

40 Years Ago (1971):  Richard Erpenbach, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Erpenbach, 20 Garfield Ave., Evansville
has been promoted to Air force technical sergeant.  An aircraft maintenance technician at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska,
he is assigned to a unit of the Military Airlift Command.  

30 Years Ago (1981):  At a meeting held last Thursday evening, six full-time Evansville teachers were informed
that they will be laid off at the end of the school year, and five others will have their positions cut to half and part-
time this fall.  Those experiencing the layoff from full time positions are Christine Stout, sixth grade; James
Helgesen, middle school industrial arts; David Endres, kindergarten; Barbara Andrew, high school English; Jane
Anderson, high school librarian; and Thomas Bockhaus, high school economics.  David Burt was cut to half-time
elementary physical education instructor and the full time elementary physical education position of Daryl Fuchs
was cut to half time.  The Elementary guidance position of William Byrns was cut to half time.  William Kober was
cut to four –sevenths time high school biology position John Patterson was issued a non renewal of his full time
middle school science position and Harold Beedle had also received a preliminary notice that he would be laid off
as full time middle school social studies teacher, but the board retained him on a full-time basis.  Extra-curricular
positions were also cut, affecting another eight teachers.  Supt. George Knuckles said the district would save
about $140,000 with the cuts.  

20 Years Ago (1991):  Evansville’s well-known restaurateur Dagmar Jurco-Laclav, owner of the Village Square on
West Main Street in Evansville, has purchased the Red Barn and White Bar, located on the east side of Evansville
on County M.  Now, with the purchase she will have the needed space to cater almost any sized gathering in the
Red Bar.  The White Bar will be managed by Julie Keller, formerly with the Country Kitchen.  

10 years ago (2001):  This past week the Family Dollar had its official opening.  Located on the County M and
Hwy. 14 east intersection, it opened its doors and officially welcomed their first customers on Wednesday, March

In Review
Fourth Week in March (1871-2001)

140 Years Ago (1871):  The First National Bank of Evansville took possession of its new quarters last week, and
is now doing business in regular Metropolitan style.  The building, as everyone knows, (or ought to) is that
formerly occupied by Mr. L. T. Pullen, Bank President.  It is situated on the N. E. corner of Main and Madison Sts.  
In order to make this building suitable for banking purposes, a general overhauling had to be gone through with,
and to make the valuables secure from the attack of burglars and safe against prevailing fires, a vault had to be
constructed in the most substantial manner.  

130 Years Ago (1881):  Dr. Evans had a pleasant trip going out to the Searls farm, in the height of the storm
Saturday afternoon.  Charlie Winship went with him and they hadn’t been out but about five minutes before they
were in a snow drift over the horses backs, and out of which they had to dig their way.  This was but a
commencement for the trip was a series of dig outs and turnovers, first on one side and then on the other; first
doctor on top and Charley underneath and then vice versa.  They and the horses both were pretty well tuckered
by the time they got back home.

120 Years Ago (1891):  The new bell for the M. E. church came Friday and Saturday in the slush and snow John
Reilly loaded it onto his dray and landed it in the church yard where it remained over Sunday, that people might
know the long expected sonorous mass of metal had come.  Monday morning W. W. Garfield, ably assisted by Mr.
Albert Snashall, got their tackles together, and after making everything firm and sure, raised it in the position in
the tower of the church at about the middle of the afternoon, and at a quarter before five, revolved it on its axis
when it poured out a tone remarkable for its volume and sweetness.  The cost delivered at the depot here was
nearly $400.  

110 Years Ago (1901):  Rural free delivery will be established at Evansville, April 15.  The service will cover an
area of forty square miles with a population of 675.  H. G. Hungerford has been appointed carrier.  The post office
at Magnolia, is to be discontinued and mail will be sent to Evansville.

100 Years Ago (1911):  Mrs. V. C. Holmes, Miss Mina Hubbard, Mrs. Lyman Johnson and Mrs. Gertrude Eager
went to Madison Tuesday to attend the hearing before the legislature on the equal suffrage bill.

90 Years Ago (1921):   Monday evening, March 28, the Men’s club will have its month meeting and supper in the
Congregational church.  After supper there will be a debate on the subject “Resolved That This City Needs a
Community House.”  Affirmative:  O. W. Smith, J. I. Scott and J. S. Pullen: negative:  Palmer Slauson, R. M.
Richmond and F. E. Wichern.

80 Years Ago (1931):  A deal was closed this week whereby Oscar Lehnherr and his brother-in-law, Carroll Bly,
purchased the fixtures and stock of the Roderick furniture store.  They are taking possession this week.  Mr.
Roderick plans to open a new funeral home here in the near future.  He will continue his undertaking business in
the store for the present.  Purchasing the stock of the late John Porter, Mr. Lehnherr has been associated with
the Grange store since 1919 having served as manager of the furniture department for the past four years.  Prior
to that he was in the hardware department.  Mr. Bly has been employed in the store’s clothing department for the
past four years.   [Note:  the Roderick store was located at 10 East Main Street.]

70 Years Ago (1941):  Funeral services were held in the Congregational church here, Sunday for Leedle
Denison, constable of the Third Ward, who died Thursday in a Janesville hospital following a two weeks’ critical
illness.  A native of England, Mr. Denison made his home in this locality since his arrival in America 60 years ago.  
He had served the city as constable for the past six years and held that office at the time of his death. He was
married to Miss Elizabeth Mary Richardson at a ceremony performed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1878.  Surviving
are three sons, Harry Denison, Portland, Ore.; Fred Denison, Elkhorn; Arthur Denison, this city; 17 grandchildren,
eight great grandchildren and three sisters, Mrs. William Johnson, Evansville; Mrs. Agnes Thayer, Colorado; and
Mrs. Eva Carberry, Iowa.

60 Years Ago (1951):   Mrs. William J. Campbell, 73 native of Evansville, died in Hollywood, Calif.  The daughter of
the late George and Lou Hall, she was born in Evansville in 1878 and attended Evansville schools.  Later she
joined her father in his circus and was in elephant and horse acts.  After she retired from the circus, she and her
husband returned to Evansville for several years.  In 1938 they moved to California.  Surviving are her husband;
a sister, Mrs. W. S. Gollmar, Evansville and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held in Forest
Lawn Mortuary, Glendale, Calif.  The body will be cremated and the ashes sent to the Allen funeral home here for
burial later.

50 Years Ago (1961):   The Evansville high School has announced the honor roll for the past six week term.  
Straight “A”:  Senior, Barbara Blair, Joyce Bowen, Donna Haakenson, Willard J. Waeffler;  Junior:  Mary Baker,
Kenneth Holz, Valerie Petersen, Jane Roberts; Sophomore:  Karen Rasmussen; Freshmen:  Jennifer Amidon,
Phyllis Hatlen, Linda Peterson, Patsy Reese, and Candy Reynolds.  

40 Years Ago (1971):  Contrary to most Evansville City Council meetings, differences of opinions were expressed
at the March meeting when the expense account of the past month was read an expenditure of $100 for cameras
was revealed.  Alderman Pendell questioned the expenditure and said that to his knowledge it had never been
brought before the Council.  It was pointed out that although the Instamatic cameras had been purchased last fall
for the use of the police force, the bill had just recently been received.  It was later stated that the purchase had
been budgeted the previous year.  Mayor Conroy referred the question to the finance committee.

30 Years Ago (1981):  Edwin Haakenson, rural Evansville was honored on Sunday March 15, for having
completed 50 years as a member of the Cooksville Lutheran Church choir.  Haakenson was presented with an
engraved gold watch.  A lifelong member of the church, he became a member of the choir at the age of 14.  At
that time, the choir was directed by his father, the late Hans Haakenson, Sr., and rehearsals were sometimes held
in homes of members.  In addition to being a member of the choir, he was a member of the Cooksville Men’s
Chorus, which has sung in many parts of the state during past years.

20 Years Ago (1991):  The closing for the real estate site of the new Mercy Hospital Clinic took place this past
week at Luchsinger Realty on West Main Street.  Bonnie Luchsinger was the realtor in the transaction.  Principals
in the forthcoming project of relocating the clinic to a new location on Union Street at the junction of 14, 213 and
59 are Don Taylor, vice president of Mercy Hospital, Dr. Ed Wojcieckowski, resident physician, Theodore Magee,
receptionist and Barb Pierce, RN.  The new facility will at least quadruple the space of the present East Main
Street Clinic, with some 4,500 to 5,000 square feet, with nine exam rooms and plenty of parking. Dr. Divya
Sharma, who is currently completing her residency in Family Practice through the Medical College of Wisconsin,
will be coming to Evansville in August, specializing in OB and Gynecology, as well as Family Medicine.
10 years ago (2001):  The Trinity Irish Dancers were in Evansville and put on quite a show for the community and
Levi Leonard students.  Erin Ellison, Carly Hutchins, Julia Hurley and Rachael Carlson were Evansville residents
in the dance group.

In Review
Fifth Week of March 1871-2001

140 Years Ago (1871):  Prof. A. J. Cleveland is canvassing our town for a birds-eye-view, drawn by Mr. H. H. Baily,
a man of acknowledged artistical skill.  The view will be lithographed, and besides representing our village as it is,
will make an ornament to any parlor or most exquisitely furnished drawing room.  We have been shown a similar
view of our sister town, Brodhead, which Mr. Cleveland will visit in a few days.

130 Years Ago (1881): Daniel Johnson and wife who were first to go to Florida, returned safely.  He thinks he was
a little presumptuous coming so suddenly into so a vigorous climate, but a little business matter demanded his

120 Years Ago (1891):  Many Magnolia families are moving.  L. Burton and G. H. Austin and family are moving to
Evansville.  G. Acheson will move into their house; while a German will occupy the house that Acheson is now in.  
C. C. Howard will move into a part of Mrs. Weaver’s house this week to let Smith Jameson take possession as he
has bought the farm.  Ernest Setzer and wife will occupy the house vacated by Smith Jameson.  The advents
expect to have preaching the first Sunday in April.  The parsonage will then be finished and Elder Bolter will take
up his abode in it and will act as pastor for the coming year.  

110 Years Ago (1901):  It is too bad that Carnegie or some other millionaire philanthropist cannot be persuaded
to give to the citizens of Evansville enough money to build a town with, or at least build some streets that were not
always swamps or rivers in the spring of the year.  If the water increases in depth in many of the streets, this will
be a good location for some enterprising gondola firm.

100 Years Ago (1911):  The Pioneer Drug Store is remodeling its ice cream parlors and when completed will be
nifty as well as popular when the hot weather comes.  [Note:  the Pioneer Drug Store was located at 1 East Main

90 Years Ago (1921): The shortage of homes that exist in this city and in the whole state of Wisconsin is not a
local or state condition as a report of an expert on building construction to the Senate Committee on
Reconstruction, shows that the country is short one million homes, which represents a shortage of three years in
normal building.  There are now 121 families for every 100 homes, while in 1890 there were only 110 families for
every 100 homes.

80 Years Ago (1931):  

70 Years Ago (1941):  Nearly 200 live raccoon cared for during the winter at the game farm here on East Church
street will be distributed for liberation at the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Raccoon and Fox Hunters’
association to be held Sunday in the City Hall auditorium.  The animals are care for here by R. J. Antes, vice
president of the association, who together with a number of other sportsmen has been untiring in his efforts to
replenish Wisconsin lakes and streams with fish and the country with game.  

60 Years Ago (1951):   Harry E. Roderick, Jr. has been named director of civil air raid warning control centers and
deputy director of attack warning and communications under the federal civil defense administration.  Roderick will
have offices in Washington and expects to leave soon to assume his duties.  He is a Colonel in the Air Force
Reserve.  During World War II he served six years in air defense assignments.

50 Years Ago (1961):   White Star School pupils told of the origin of the flag, ways to honor it, and flag customs
on WCLO Schooltime.  Participating students were Alan Hutchison, Dianna Bolle, Nancy Peterson, Denise
Hutchison, Gerald Collins, Kathy Wollinger, Debbie Tuttle, Donna Peterson, Susan Fellows, Charles Peterson,
Laurinda Tuttle, Susan Tuttle, Cathy Schulze, Annjolean Hermanson, Bonnie Fellows, Richard Fenrick, Candy
Collins and Shirley Fenrick.  Lillian Runaas is the teacher.

40 Years Ago (1971):  Evansville Jaycettes Pat Olafson and President Jane Pierce presented an electric
typewriter to Mrs. Thelma Bennett, Special Education teacher at the Evansville High School.  The Underwood
electric typewriter is an asset to the Special Education room because scheduling does not allow the students to
use the business education facilities as much as they need to.  Mrs. Bennett teaches her students the “Keyboard
Town” method of typing.  

30 Years Ago (1981):  Brian Anderson, an Evansville Boy Scout, has prepared a Natural Trail in Leota Park.  The
trail has been prepared as an Eagle Scout project, according to a booklet written by Phil Kress.  The trail begins
at the woods just west of the bandstand/warming house in the park.  Future trail additions are in the idea stage at
this time.  During the first half of April, ducks, herons on the lake and blackbirds may be seen.  

20 Years Ago (1991):  Sue Wilbur, chairperson of the Evansville Recycling Committee, spoke Thursday, March
21, before the members of the Senior Citizen’s Center in the Baker Block.  Don Holec is the vice-chairman and
Anna Marie Huset is the secretary.  The other members of the committee are Butch Beedle, Thea Brunsell, Jenny
Canik, John Peterson, Julie Meredith, Chuck Offerman and Terri Schmit.

10 years ago (2001):  The ECP Chili Cook-off will be held at the Red Barn on March 31st.  Besides a great bowl
of chili (or spaghetti) in a handmade bowl, there will be music and a silent auction.  Funds raised will go to support
Evansville Co unity Partnership and the projects being developed.  Sponsors of the event are Matthias James
Pottery, Red Barn/White Bar Inc., Bard Karaoke, Street Rags, Big Mike’s Super Subs, Subway, Roger Roth CPA,
Blue Cross & Blue Shield, American Family Insurance-Gene Bass, State Farm Insurance-Jeff Farnsworth, Dave
Mosher & Associates, PASE Company, Nelson-Young Lumber, EA WebDesigns, and Union Coop/Amoco.