First Week of March 1874-2004
140 Years Ago (1874): A social gathering of the children of Miss Taggart’s school, was given by their teacher,
Miss Orissa Taggart, at the house of her father, Mr. Wm. H. Taggart, one week ago Saturday. Her pupils, to the
number of perhaps thirty, met at the school building where sleighs were provided and taken some two miles out in
the country. Here delicate repast had been amply provided and teacher and scholars doffed the restraint of
school and a general good time was the happy hours for all. Miss Taggart has the happy faculty of gaining the
affections of her pupils without licking them to love her.
130 Years Ago (1884): One of the most social events of the season was the Leap Year party given by the young
ladies at Magee’s hall. About forty-eight numbers were sold for the dance and the ladies certainly did entertain
their best fellows in a happy and satisfactory manner. Misses Dell Gilman, Sallie Reese, Jennie Fiske and Mrs.
Ella Potter, were floor managers and well they did see the floor was filled. Miss Maggie Williams sold tickets at the
door and welcomed all who entered the room. The dancing commenced at 8:30 o’clock and till 3 o’clock next
morning they were “tripping the light fantastic” in time with the excellent music furnished by Smith’s band of
Janesville. Elegant refreshments were gracefully and daintily served at the Central house. The ladies escorted
the gentlemen to and from their respective homes, receiving many well deserved compliments for the admirable
manner in which they had performed their parts toward making the evening so enjoyable.
120 Years Ago (1894): Some of the boys at the Baker Manufacturing company are enjoying a layoff.
110 Years Ago (1904): The old world tourists, Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Baker, Mrs. Bennett and the Rev. Ellen A. Copp
have started on their trip. They will sail on one of the North German steamers on the 8th inst. And will be absent
three months before they return home. They will make few stops on the way and proceed directly to Egypt.
100 Years Ago (1914): Miss Marilla Andrews resigned her position as postmaster of the Evansville office
Saturday, turning the office over to her bondsmen. That evening she left on the 6:30 train, accompanied by her
sister, Miss Nora Andrews, for Baltimore, where she was married Monday to Mr. Edward H. Buchwalter. Mr. and
Mrs. Buchwalter immediately left Baltimore for Havana at which place they intend to spend a month. After April 6
they will be at home at 805 East High Street, Springfield, Ohio. For twelve years Miss Andrews has conducted the
affairs of the Evansville post office. It was largely through her efforts that Evansville was made one of two cities of
its class in the state where the experiment of free delivery has been tried out for the last year.
90 Years Ago (1924): Miss Helen Bestor, who has been ill with Grippe for several weeks is again able to be at her
place at the piano at the Magee Theatre where she has been greatly missed during her illness.
80 Years Ago (1934): William J. Albright, former deputy sheriff of Rock county, has announced his candidacy in
the April 3 election for the local office of chief of police. He will oppose Fred W. Gillman, present incumbent, and
Charles Gibson both of whom have announced their candidacies but have not as yet circulated nomination
papers. Albright served as a Milwaukee detective for three years after which he became a member of the
Janesville city police force. For several years he was deputy sheriff of Rock county having served both day and
70 Years Ago (1944): Directors of the Baker Manufacturing co., re-elected C. S. Baker, president, treasurer and
general manager at their meeting Friday. J. G. Baker was renamed vice-president and W. S. Spratler, Jr.,
60 Years Ago (1954): Ten members of one of the high school’s agriculture courses examined some young steers
at the George Schrader farm on a recent field trip. The class, under the direction of ag instructor Clarence S.
Grundahl, received some practice dairy cattle judging at the farm of Peter Templeton, Jr., prior to going to the
Schrader farm to see the steers, which also belong to Templeton. Those attended were Leonard Drew, Norman
Hull, George Franklin, Roger Ringhand, Ken Templeton, Tom Templeton, Don Anderson, Paul Haakenson, John
Warner and Herb Hermanson.
50 Years Ago (1964): Two Evansville wrestlers placed second in the state regional tournament held at Monroe
last Friday and Saturday. Jim Pea pinned undefeated Eberle of Juda to place second in the 145 pound class.
Evansville’s heavyweight, Ken Dienberg, won on a judge’s decision over Mike Wish in an overtime. Wish of
Brodhead held an impressive 11-0 season record which included 3 previous wins over Dienberg.
40 Years Ago (1974): About 35 voting residents heard four of the five school board candidates speak at the
Forum held Sunday night at the Evansville High School. Each candidate was allotted five minutes of time to
introduce themselves and present some of their views at the forum sponsored by the Evansville Jaycees. Those
present of the candidates were Robert Cham, Dr. Roland Jeans, Mrs. Carla Heimerl and Jay Gitchel. Ken Truman
30 Years Ago (1984): Evansville music students had an outstanding day at W.S.M.A. contest in DeForest on
Saturday, March 3. Of the 44 entries, 28 received first of which eight were recommended to state and 16
received second. Tim Fenrick, clarinet; Patty Johnson, parade drum; Carl Gitchel, tuba; and Ron Patterson and
Pete Franklin with a trumpet-trombone duet all received State recommended Firsts. In vocal solos: Kristi
Knuckles, Cindy Arnold, Tim Fenrick and Kent Thelen all received State Firsts.
20 Years Ago (1994): February has proven to be a bear, following on the heels of a record breaking frigid
January. February 1994 now has the honor of being the snowiest February since records were kept. Already
February has had 36 inches as of last Friday, when the area got hit with another 8 inches of snow. Then Monday
morning, the last day of the month, another inch appeared.
10 years ago (2004): Vicki Lecy Luebke, Jerry Roth, Kelly Fanta, Randy Keister and Mary Koehl attended a
retreat to learn more about interpreting the results of the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam and the
requirements related to the “No Child Left Behind” act.
Second Week of March 1874-2004
140 Years Ago (1874): Married at the bride’s parents in Porter, Rock co., Wis., March 12th by Rev. E. Robinson,
Mr. John W. Hendrick and Miss Ellen J. Montgomery, both of Porter.
130 Years Ago (1884): DIED – Saturday March 8, ’84, of heart disease, E. S. Sutphen, age 76 years. Uncle
Sutphen was one of the early settlers of Evansville, who was always very highly respected by all. For many years
during the early settlement of this place, he was the only undertaker in this vicinity, owning and running a small
furniture shop in the same building where he died. He has long been a leading member of the Baptist Church
from which he will be greatly missed, as well as by the entire community. He has been a great sufferer for some
time past, requiring watchers night and day which duty has been performed to a great extent by members of T. L.
Sutphen Post which was named after his son, he being the first soldier killed from this place at the breaking out of
the rebellion, at the first battle of Bull Run.
120 Years Ago (1894): Herman Woodstock of Magnolia, aged eight years was accidently shot just above the left
eye, with a 22 caliber revolver, on Saturday last. He and an older brother were target shooting and after the older
brother had made a shot the little fellow ran to the target to see where the ball had struck. The older one then
reloaded his revolver, when it accidentally went off, the ball striking the boy as stated. He was immediately
brought here and taken in the care of Drs. Evans and Colony who probed for the ball for sometime without
success. It was found that it had lodged in the back part of the eye socket and could not be removed without
taking out the eye. At this writing he is doing as well as could be expected and nothing serious has yet developed.
110 Years Ago (1904): The Evansville Produce Company is the name of a new association. The object of the
company is for mutual profit to the farmers who belong to the company. The capital stock is $3,000; shares at
$25 each. The officers elected are Chet Miller, president; Frank Hynes, vice-president; J. C. Gillies, secretary
and treasurer. Directors are Ernest Miller, John Wall, Virgil Hopkins, Elmer Rosa, Arthur Broughton and Leo
100 Years Ago (1914): Seminary Notes: Much enthusiasm is being shown by the athletic association. Both the
boys and the girls have organized basket ball teams and are practicing in the city hall.
90 Years Ago (1924): The men workers of the Antes Press gave their pressman, Ralph Tomlin, a surprise last
evening at his residence on Cherry Street, it being the occasion of his birthday. About twelve of the men were
present, the evening being spent in cards, refreshments being served at the proper time. A gold watch and a
fountain pen were among the presents tendered Mr. Tomlin as a token of their regard, by Mrs. Tomlin and his
fellow workers and employers.
80 Years Ago (1934): Magnolia: A horse belonging to H. Townsend fell into a pit when the floor gave away with it
at the blacksmith shop Thursday. An auto wrecker was called from Evansville and the crane was used to lift the
horse out. The horse was not injured.
70 Years Ago (1944): Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Crocker will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary when they
are guests of honor at an open house in the Masonic hall in Brooklyn. Mr. and Mrs. Crocker were married March
15, 1894 on the farm on which they now reside located four and one-half miles northwest of Evansville. It was
owned at the time by Clarke Richardson, Mrs. Crocker’s father. She was formerly Miss Neva Richardson. They
have five daughters and four sons, most of whom will be present at the golden wedding. The daughters are Mrs.
Perry Waite, Brooklyn; Mrs. Emil Mason, Evansville; Mrs. Paul Dutton, East Lansing, Michigan; Mrs. Winifred
LeFevre, Fountain City, Tenn.; and Miss Neva Mae Crocker, who is taking nurses’ training in the Methodist
hospital in Madison. The sons are S/Sgt. Warren Crocker with the armed forces in Hondo, Texas; Charles
Crocker, Evansville; Ralph at home, and Robert, Houston Texas. The couple also has seven grandchildren.
60 Years Ago (1954): Evansville will have a new shoe store in the relatively near future. Edward Laneville, who
runs a store in Brodhead, plans to open a second store in Evansville as soon as possible. He will be located at
14 E. Main St. in the store recently vacated by the Uptown Feed store. Laneville will carry a complete line of men’
s, women’s and children’s shoes.
50 Years Ago (1964): At the dinner last Saturday honoring Bob Antes more than 300 local and out-of-town
friends and relatives were on hand. Coming as a surprise to Mr. Antes and his family, as well as to many other
local citizens, was a resolution read by Mayor Wilson Brown in which he announced that the circular drive through
the lower portion of the city park has been named for Mr. Antes and will henceforth be known as “Antes Drive.”
The resolution was unanimously passed at a recent City Council meeting.
40 Years Ago (1974): At the recent annual meeting the Union Mutual Fire Ins. Co. named their officers.
Raymond Ryan was named president; Walter Haberman, vice president; and Charles Maas, secretary-treasurer.
Directors named were Raymond Ryan, Leslie Hook, Donald Larson, Charles Maas, Paul Schumacher, Walter
Haberman, George Krajeck, Lyle Viney, and Dean George.
30 Years Ago (1984): Stephan Helgesen, son of Walter B. and Barbara Helgesen, formerly of 9 Mill Street, has
accepted a position as Commercial Counselor for the Department of Commerce Foreign Service. Helgesen’s first
assignment will be the Netherlands. He is presently working on a book about his childhood in Evansville which is
entitled, “Where the Blacktop Ends.”
20 Years Ago (1994): Ann Knudtson and Jill Jabs won the middle school spelling bee. Both are now eligible to
participate in the regional spelling bee to be held in Edgerton on Monday, March 14. Two students will be
selected to represent this region at the Badger Spelling Bee to be held in Madison on April 16. Jill is a seventh
grader and Ann is in sixth grade.
10 years ago (2004): At a recent meeting of Evansville’s Lake Leota SOLE Committee Strand Associates, were
in attendance. The engineering firm was recently approved for hire by the city with SOLE’s assistance along with
that of the Park and Recreation Committee. Part of Strand’s services will be writing a Lake Management Planning
Grant. Preliminary information gathering is currengly in progress. Strand Project Manager John Linder express,
“We’ve done some initial gathering and are excited about getting started on this project. SOLE members present
were Andy Anderson, Kelly Gildner, Jim Turner, Gib Wiedenhoeft, Troy Larson and Bill Hammann, Evansville’s
Park & Recreation Board Chairman.
Third Week of March 1874-2004
140 Years Ago (1874): Upon the authority of Dr. C. M. Smith we are enable to announce the complete recovery,
from varioloid or small pox (whichever you may please to call it) of Mr. Caleb Snashall’s family, only their little
infant having been severely sick. Mr. Snashall has been confined to his house for over four weeks, having but
once during that time been out on the street. He chafes considerably under the confinement, but the solicitude
for his family and fear of contamination has admonished care and surveillance of the strictest character. Dr.
Smith further says that there is not a case of small pox or varioloid in the village.
130 Years Ago (1884): Large posters are spread about the town and country announcing an excursion to
Chicago to come off next Tuesday, March 25th to give people an opportunity to view a grand panorama of the
battle of Gettysburg now on exhibition in that city, at a trifling cost of $3.50 for the round trip, tickets good for
three days. C. B. Morse will sell you tickets. It is unsurpassed by anything of the kind in the world and worth
going a long way to see.
120 Years Ago (1894): This is the last issue of the Review that will be printed at our present location. Tomorrow
our large plant will be moved to our elegant new and spacious office in the Opera House block, which was
formerly occupied by Baker’s hardware store. The building has been repainted and fitted up in the best of shape
and we do not hesitate to say that our office will be one of the neatest in the county. Among the many additions
that will be made are several hundred pounds of new type, many new job faces and our readers need not be
surprised if the Review comes out in a brand new dress in the near future.
110 Years Ago (1904): The mechanics expect to finish their work on the inside of the new Grange block this week
and commencing next week the remainder of the stock of goods in their other stores will be transplanted to the
new. For some time, however, the store will be in some confusion owing to the rearranging of stock and at the
same time waiting upon customers, but in a very short time everything will be going off smoothly, and in a better
condition than ever to wait upon their large patronage.
100 Years Ago (1914): When the 7:40 train stopped here last evening a Polish girl unable to speak a word of
English, got off through a misunderstanding. She thought the conductor intended for her to get off here. She
found her way to the Commercial house, where Mrs. Meggott called F. W. Gillman who secured the services of
Mrs. W. Phillips, who acted as an interpreter. Mrs. Phillips took the girl home with her for the night. She had been
sent from an employment agency in Chicago to fill a position at Madison at the Madison club. She was taken to
her destination this morning.
90 Years Ago (1924): Mrs. Elizabeth Biglow, late of Rockford, left an estate of $32,000. She was a daughter of
the late Allen S. Baker, of Evansville. The sum is to be kept intact and her husband Dr. Biglow, is to have the
income, after which $5,000 is to go to the Congregational Ministerial Relief Fund, of Wisconsin, $10,000 to the
75th anniversary endowment fund of the denomination, and the balance to the American Board of Foreign
80 Years Ago (1934): I will sell on the Ole Westby farm located 1 mile northeast of Evansville on Thursday, March
29: 4 horses; 12 milch cows, some fresh balance to freshen soon, 2 heifers, 1 bull; some feeder pigs; 1 tobacco
setter; 1 gang plow; 1 hay loader; 1 pulverizer; 1 drag; 1 wagon and hayrack; 1 mower; 1 corn binder; 1 drill; 1
corn planter; work harness; quantity of feed. Mrs. Ole Westby, Prop., D. F. Finnane, Auctioneer, and James
70 Years Ago (1944): Presentation of the “A” Award to the Columbus Food Corporation by the War Food
Administration Monday evening of last week in Columbus was made by Brigadier General Carl A. Hardigg, chief of
the Subsistence Quartermaster Corps, Washington, D. C. A ceremony was held in the high school gymnasium
there and was attended by Earl J. Gibbs, this city, manager of the local branch of the corporation. Mr. Gibbs, P.
G. Slauson; the employees of the local plant and Evansville farmers who have raised vegetables to be packed
here, may feel proud of the fact that they too, have had a definite part in producing food for this and other
60 Years Ago (1954): Although shoe stores have come and gone in Evansville through the years, one has
remained for 26 years and that is the one belonging to Lawrence Hansen. Hansen and his wife Elizabeth came to
the city in 1928 to open a harness and shoe shop. At that time their store was on S. Madison st. They moved to
their present location 16 years ago. Hansen was born and raised in Denmark. He came to the United States
when he was 18, making the trip with his uncle, who had been here before. The two of them settled in Racine,
Wis. Hansen then worked seven months shoveling coal at a dollar a day for 10 hours in order to pay back the
cost of his trip here, $52.
50 Years Ago (1964): Indian Trails Council is conducting a Capital Campaign for the expansion and renovation
of Camp Indian Trails. One of the most needed buildings is a warehouse for storage. Pruden Products and the
employees are donating this building. The building will be 40 by 60 with all steel structure and roofing and siding
manufactured at Pruden Products.
40 Years Ago (1974): One-hundred-two students from 39 Wisconsin counties participated in Farm and Industry
Short Course graduation ceremonies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, march 16. Graduates include:
Allan Crocker, Rte. 1, Brooklyn and Gary E. Johnson, Rte. 1, Brooklyn; Rodney Janes, Rte. 1, Evansville, Allen
McCoy, Rte. 2, Evansville and Gary Stauffacher, Rte. 1, of Orfordville.
30 Years Ago (1984): At a special meeting Friday morning of the Water and Light Committee Verne Gallman was
made temporary superintendent of the Water and Light Company. The position is vacant due to the resignation
of Billy Ensor, who resigned for a position in Wautoma.
20 Years Ago (1994): Melissa Whitmore attended the film “Horicon” in Madison. She appears in the film, seated
at a corner table at Weese’s with Norma and David Sieg, of Evansville. They can all be seen in the background
during the film. Only the back of Michelle Weese can be seen sitting at the counter. Chuck DiPiazza’s name was
in the credits of the film, among the “Thank You’s”
10 years ago (2004): Six students earned their way to Regionals by solving problems for the most points in the
local Math 24 Challenge tournament. The Evansville 6th grade Math 24 team consisted of Nick Seeman, Zach
Balke, Megan Gallman, Nate Watson, Storm Sendelbach and Brian Lunde. The team traveled to McFarland on
March 3rd to compete at the Regional elvel. They competed against teams from Albany, Belleville, Mount Horeb,
New Glarus and Parkview. Nick Seeman earned the highest score in the region and the first place trophy. Nate
Watson earned the 6th highest score and a trophy.
Fourth Week of March 1874-2004
140 Years Ago (1874): Married at Evansville, March 22d, by the Rev. E. Robinson, Mr. A. Gilbert Rice and Miss
Alice Patterson, both of Union. Married at the M. E. parsonage, by Rev. J. M. Craig, March 23d, Mr. Oliver
Kettleson and Miss Christiana Johnson, both of Albany, Wis.
130 Years Ago (1884): Mr. Edgar Smith and Mr. Eddie Cadwallader loaded up a car with farm collaterals and
started for Dakota, Wednesday. They not only took teams and all the etceteras of farming, but materials suitable
and fitted for a comfortable house and horse stable.
120 Years Ago (1894): Rev. L. Sinclair of the St. John’s church surprised his congregation by preaching his
farewell sermon on Sunday evening. He left the same evening for Salem, Oregon, where he will take charge of
the St. Paul parish. There will be a meeting of the members of the St. John’s parish at Dr. J. M. Evans’ on Monday
evening at 7:30. [Note: St. John’s was an Episcopal church located on the site of the current post office on
South First Street.]
110 Years Ago (1904): The last week in April the district convention of federated clubs will be held in this city.
About eighty ladies from all parts of the congressional district are expected to be in attendance. A special train
will be run for their accommodation and no pains will be spared upon the part of the hostesses to make this
gathering compare favorably with others of like nature before enjoyed by the enthusiastic club women of this part
of the state.
100 Years Ago (1914): The Frost Engine company of this city is not limited to Wisconsin in its business
activities. Their electric lighting plants are in successful operation in Massachusetts, Florida, Texas, Kentucky,
Illinois, North and South Dakota, besides the scores that have been placed in this state. The company is shipping
a 65-light outfit to Wm. Dixon at Brandon, Wis. The fixtures alone cost $104. Mr. Dixon has the finest herd of
Jerseys in the United states. He has just erected a new $12,000 house.
90 Years Ago (1924): Dr. Bert Biglow passed away at his home in Rockford, Ill. of a complication of diseases,
having been in failing health for two years. Dr. Biglow was born in Rutland, being the youngest son of Hamilton
and Ellen Biglow. While young, he came to Evansville, and attended the Evansville Seminary, later attending
dental college. After graduating he located in Rockford, about 22 years ago. Twenty-one years ago he married
Miss Elizabeth E. Baker, youngest daughter of the late Hon. A. S. Baker and wife. Mrs. Biglow died on Feb. 20th,
and since her death he has failed rapidly. He is survived by a sister and two brothers, Mrs. Emma Biglow Ahara of
Mishawaka, Ind., Walter F. Biglow of this city, and Harvey Biglow of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The body will be
brought by auto to Evansville and brief services will be held at Maple Hill cemetery.
80 Years Ago (1934): The Evansville Girl scouts are enthusiastically planning a scout dance. It is to be a private
affair, only Boy Scouts are invited. Roberta Collins, Billie Burt and Marion Noyes have secured the Bunker
orchestra of Edgerton to furnish the music and Dorothy Levzow and Lillian Brooks are in charge of the
refreshments. A group of twelve chaperons will be present including Miss Erna Schweppe and Miss Sadie
McCaughey, local teachers who are serving as Girl Scout leaders. The local troop composed of about 40 girls
between the ages of 12 and 16, was organized here about nine years ago by Mrs. O. W. Smith. Among those
who have since served as leaders are Miss Jean Smith, Mrs. Lester Libby, Mrs. Herbert Benn, Miss Evelyn Rodd,
Miss Ardis Benson, and Mrs. Alva Devereaux.
70 Years Ago (1944): The total sales of the consignment auction sponsored last Saturday by the Waucoma
Grange amounted to approximately $2,700. Color and enthusiasm were added to the scene of the sale by the
appearance of Evansville’s distinguished visitor, Wendell L. Wilkie. Mr. Wilkie showed an unusual interest in the
purpose and execution of the unique community project and extended wishes for a successful day. In touring the
state he visited many cities and localities but Evansville was the only city where he was privileged to attend a farm
60 Years Ago (1954): School board members of the present board and that of 1939 marked the payment of the
final installment on the bond issue which financed the construction of the present school building with a dinner in
the school lunch room Tuesday night. Current members present included D. G.Whitmore, Lester Patterson, R. B.
Eager, Mrs. Floyd Miller, R. B. Townsend, Willard Waeffler and Howard Brunsell. Members of the 1939 board
which originated the construction who attended were A. C. Holmes, F. T. Durner, P. G. Slauson, Mrs. H. F.
Brunsell, Mrs. E. B. Libby, Harold Morrison and Salmer Jordahl. The wives and/or husbands of the members were
present except Mrs. Eager and Mrs. Townsend.
50 Years Ago (1964): The Evansville High School track season is underway with 36 boys participating under the
direction of coach Gary Hurtley. Plans for this year are to construct a track south of the new high school.
40 Years Ago (1974): The FFA Alumni group got together Monday night at the ag room in the high school for
their organizational meeting. Vo-Ag instructor and FFA leader Ray Weigand presided over the meeting and
Fenton Abrams, FFA alumni leader from Oregon, Wis., was on hand to help with organization proceedings. It was
voted by the group to adopt the same charter as that of the Oregon chapter. Officers were elected: president,
Rich Templeton; vice president, Paul George; secretary, Dee Losey and treasurer, Ervin Zweifel.
30 Years Ago (1984): Evansville’s Mitch Hull and Dave Goodspeed will be in the Wisconsin lineup on Tuesday,
April 3, wrestling against the Cuban national Team.
20 Years Ago (1994): Incumbent Municipal Judge Tom Alisankus will be running unopposed for a second term on
April 5th. Judge Alisankus was first appointed to the position in 1991 by former Evansville Mayor Christ Eager.
He has held the position ever since.
10 years ago (2004): March 17th marked St. Paddy’s Day as well as the recognition luncheon “Luck O’ the
Community” hosted by area insurance agencies. The luncheon was held at the Bauer Haus in honor of Evansville’
s Emergency Personnel. Those honored were from the Police, Fire, and EMS Departments. Those receiving
recognition were Kathy Buttchen EMS, Mary Beaver EMS, Mike Laufenberg PD, Mike Goetz PD, Lt. Art Phillips
PD, Dick Noble FD, Chief Mike Halvenslaben FD, Bill Castonguay FD, Jenny Leuzinger PD, Bill Fitters PD, and
Chief Scot McElroy PD.
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