First Week of May 1872-2002
140 Years Ago (1872): Mr. L. T. Pullen has been chosen one of the Commissioners to locate the Monroe Puget
sound colony’s lands, in Washington Territory. The party will leave sometime in May and proceed over the Central
Pacific to San Francisco and then take a steamer to Puget Sound; from thence they will proceed eastward along the
line of the Northern Pacific Railroad lands, where the Colony expect to locate. The journey will occupy most of the
season, and will be highly pleasant though an arduous undertaking.
130 Years Ago (1882): The Village election in and for the village of Evansville will be held in the town hall on the
first Tuesday after the first Monday in May 1882, for election of village officers. Polls open at 10 o’clock a.m. and
close at 4 o’clock p.m.
120 Years Ago (1892): President Boyd and other members of the village board, in company with architect Kemp, of
Janesville, were looking over the sight and making a few calculations relative to the building of our new hall. Mr.
Kemp will have drawings ready to submit to the board in a few days and the work will soon be under progress.
110 Years Ago (1902): Mr. Clarence S. Baker and Miss Laura Meinke were quietly married at the bride’s home on
Church street, Wednesday evening, April 30, 1902, by Rev. Webster Millar, resident pastor of the M. E. church; Miss
Ethel Baker was bridesmaid and Mr. Leon Patterson best man. None but the immediate relatives and the
contracting parties were present to celebrate this happy event, and it is sufficient for us to say that we are all their
friends and wish them the most happy, pleasant, prosperous life together. They begin life together in a residence
on Highland street, all previously furnished and prepared for them.
100 Years Ago (1912): Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Smith will be held from the Methodist church Thursday
afternoon at one o’clock. For some time past she has been in poor health and complaining of severe pains in the
back of her head. And yet she had been doing her work and looking after the interests of her family as usual. Her
husband had gone Monday morning to Oregon. He returned on the afternoon train and on entering the house
found his wife dead. The shock was so great that for some time he was simply prostrated with grief. Mr. Smith is
completely overcome by the tragedy and his grief is so violent as to arouse the gravest fears that his reason may be
unbalanced. He is under the doctor’s care, and the son, Harley, is dazed and grief-stricken under this double load
of sorrow and anxiety.
90 Years Ago (1922): Mr. and Mrs. Eder Whipple are in Beloit called there by the condition of Mr. Whipple’s sister,
Mrs. Frank Barten, who was shot by her husband. Little hope is held for her recovery. Mrs. Barten was formerly
Miss Laura Whipple. She was born near Attica and grew to womanhood near Magnolia.
80 Years Ago (1932): With the arrival of spring, work has been completed here in cleaning up and beautifying
Leonard park which is now open to the public for picnics, boating, bathing, and other recreation. A crew is now at
work erecting the playground apparatus for children which has been in storage since last fall. The equipment
includes four swings, a merry-go-round, two slides, a spring board, three teeter-totters, sand boxes, a swing bob
and a volleyball standard. M. L. Ellis will have charge of the tourist camp and park concessions. A life guard will be
engaged later for the safety of the many bathers who flock to the Lake Leota beach every summer from all parts of
70 Years Ago (1942): The Evansville community fire truck was called to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Reese and
Wilbur Luchsinger on the Fred Luchsinger farm four miles east of the city at 11 a.m. Friday, when fire of unknown
origin started under the wooden driveway leading to the second floor of a large basement barn. With a stiff wind
blowing, only prompt action on the part of those residing on the farm who turned a hose on the blaze, saved the
barn and other buildings from being consumed by the flames.
60 Years Ago (1952): The PTA recognized teenagers who have achieved special merit for work and honors. They
are D.A.R. representative, Joan Rosen; Boys’s representatives to Badger State, Pat Finnane and Jerry Apfel; Girl’s
representative to Badger State, Audre Wilson; runnerup State Spelling champ., Warren Wickersham; Pat Finnane,
Don Guse and Peck Sperry for helping with the younger boys’ Pioneer and Friend Indian groups; DeEtta Smith for
printing HiNuz headlines; Lewis Gray for servicing the candy machine and Shelly Thurman, who always remembered
to send sunshine to absentees.
50 Years Ago (1962): Another page in the agricultural history of Evansville was turned when the Robinson herd of
Hereford breeding cattle was loaded on the trucks a couple of weeks ago. The Robinson brothers, Harold and Phil,
sold their herd of 65 cows, heifers and bulls to the Thord Hereford Farms in Britton, South Dakota. Thor is one of
the big beef breeding operations in the country with some 500 to 600 cows. The Robinson herd had always been a
credit to Evansville. It was started by J. C. Robinson, grandfather of Harold and Phil in 1889.
40 Years Ago (1972): A new city ordinance specifies a change to parallel parking on Evansville’s Main St. The
signs have just gone up.
30 Years Ago (1982): A 16-year-old Evansville boy was injured Saturday morning when he was run over by the
wheel of a tractor while picking up rocks in a field off Gibbs Lake road. Todd R. Franklin was in “satisfactory”
condition Monday in St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison. Franklin was picking up rocks in a field owned by Kenneth W.
Miller, Route 1, Evansville, when he reached to pick up a rock and was run over by the wheel of a tractor.
20 Years Ago (1992): The 1992 High School Baseball Team members are Shane Hurst, Cole Benash, Aaron
Dammen, Chris McCoy, Mark Burkhalter, Jeremy Steindl, Craig Dammen, Mitch Larson, Aaron Dobbs, Mike Maves
and Jeff Kersten. The coach is Duane Updike.
10 years ago (2002): $690 was raised for starving kids in Peru and Tanzania by six teenagers from the
Congregational United Church of Christ in Evansville. Jasmine Eckhoff, Chris Patterson, Alex Pitas, Jasmine
Pomplun, Kali Pomplun and Leigh Simonson raised the money by participating in world Visions 30 Hour Famine.
The teens also helped at a homeless shelter for men in Madison.
Second Week of May 1872-2002
140 Years Ago (1872): The dwelling house of Mr. Henry Elwood, near Union village, together with nearly its entire
contents, was burned Monday afternoon. We learn from Mr. Daniel Johnson, who visited the ruins, Tuesday
morning, that the fire was supposed to have taken while a smoke house was being replenished in the morning. The
family were all away, and the fire was only discovered in season to save a melodeon and some few articles of
bedding, that were dragged half burning from a window. Not a cent of insurance.
130 Years Ago (1882): Evansville has gone solid No License again. The village election Tuesday was the most
quiet we have had for a long time. There was little or no opposition. The liquor party was so completely vanquished
last year that not a soul showed his head at the polls Tuesday. There were 155 votes cast against 230 last year.
The opposition was mainly between C. H. Spencer, for clerk and C. H. Ladd, for the same office, the former winning
by 41 majority. M. P. Walton ran for marshal against W. F. Williams; losing the election by 19 votes against 134 for
Williams. We doubt not that Mr. Walton would be a good officer had he been elected. Mr. Williams is popular as an
officer and has well earned his success.
120 Years Ago (1892): Gilman Searles met with a pretty severe accident Sunday in breaking both bones of his right
leg near the ankle. He was being pursued by a vicious sow, who feared harm to her new litter of little pigs, and in
attempting to turn to avoid attack from the infuriated hog, turned upon his right foot, and crushed the bones badly.
Dr. Smith was called who set the bones, assisted by Dr. Colony, and placed the man in as comfortable condition as
110 Years Ago (1902): Farmers residing in the towns of Center and Magnolia in this county are expecting an
outbreak of hydrophobia among their dogs, cattle and sheep, on account of a trip through these towns of a dog
suffering with rabies; he went about ten miles before he was finally killed. The farmers have taken vigorous methods
to suppress the disease and have killed fourteen dogs that were known to have been bitten. There is more
hydrophobia this spring among cattle, horses and sheep than has been known in years.
100 Years Ago (1912): The Evansville Telephone Company was bought out by the Wisconsin Telephone Company,
part of the Bell system. The local company was organized in 1898 with 35 subscribers with capital stock of $2,500.
By the time the system was installed there were 65 subscribers. By 1912 there were 700. L. B. Lees was the first
superintendent. He remained with the company until 1903 when George W. Leyda became superintendent. Mr.
Leyda left Saturday evening for Mason City, Iowa, where he is to be superintendent of construction for the Western
Electric Telephone System.
90 Years Ago (1922): Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Noyes and two daughters motored to Watertown, Tuesday where they
went to be present at the wedding of their son Ralph to Miss Edna Lenius, of that place. The young couple returned
Wednesday afternoon and will make their home at 109 S. Fourth Street, after May 15th. Their many friends extend
80 Years Ago (1932): The last meeting of the Porter township teachers’ group was held Monday evening, May 2, at
the home of Mr. Lloyd Porter, Cooksville. A seven o’clock dinner was enjoyed after which Bunco was played, with
prizes going to Miss Mary Finnane and Miss Margaret Burns. Those present were Ethel Moore, Jeanette Walker,
Mrs. Harvey Brunsell, Margaret Burns, Mary Finnane, Clara Moldenhauer, and Mr. and Mrs. Warren Porter.
70 Years Ago (1942): Free cheese sandwiches will be served at the Log Cabin tavern located four miles north of
the city on highway 13 and 14, at its grand opening next Saturday evening. The management has made extensive
preparations for the opening and coming summer season.
60 Years Ago (1952): At a meeting of the Women’s bowling league the following officers were elected: Mrs. Fred
Luchsinger was re-elected president for the coming year; Mrs. Jenks Trunkhill was named vice-president; Mrs.
Howard Becher, secretary-treasurer; and Mrs. Lester Rasmussen, sergeant-at-arms.
50 Years Ago (1962): The confirmands of Cooksville Lutheran Church are Monte Ortman, Alice Hantke, Hans
Schneeberger, Jr., Shirley Fenrick, Douglas Olson, and David Farberg. The confirmands at St. John’s Lutheran
Church are Sandra Luchsinger, Brian Golz, Larry Wickersham, Richard Hartwig, Anita Ellis, John Turner, Susan
Helgesen, Gordon Bair, Kenneth Reese, Rhonda Hatlevig, John Reque, Lauri Zweifel, Bonnie Bunde, Robert Harris,
Michael Bunting, Jane Anderson, Donald Nelson, Carolyn Algrim, Kathy Hermanson, and Tom Schmidt. The
confirmation services were held on May 6 at the churches.
40 Years Ago (1972): Randy Schneeberger and Gary Brunsvold were selected to represent Evansville High School
at Badger Boys State this year. They will be sponsored by Evansville American Legion and Evansville’s Lion’s club.
30 Years Ago (1982): Both Jeff Deininger and Lori Rabideau were named Most Valuable at the Brodhead
Invitational Track meet out of 12 schools participating Saturday, April 24, in Brodhead. Jeff, a junior, won the 400
and 800 meter race and placed 2nd in the triple jump. Lori, a senior, won the 200 and 400 meter and placed 2nd in
the long jump and anchor in the relay team. Jeff is the returning champion in the 800 meter. Lori is the returning
champion in the 200 meter.
20 Years Ago (1992): Complaints and 12 accidents since 1989 has prompted a preliminary plan to improve the
curves at the Stewart Road intersection north of Evansville. The present highway alignment was designed in 1925
and is outdated by modern safety standards. The new plan calls for realignment of two curves into a single curve,
better banking and removing old outdated concrete and replacing with new gravel base and 5 ½ inches of asphalt.
The project could very well be underway after July 4, in 1993 and is estimated to cost $100,000.
10 years ago (2002): The Evansville chapter of the National Honor society inducted new members. Candidates are
eligible to apply for membership if they have earned a 3.6 cumulative grade point average by the second semesters
of their junior year. New members are Stacie Crocker, Megan O’Connell, Natalie Huschka, Lexi Herman, Jamie
Jakes, Michelle Bader, Renee Sarow, Nicole Crans, Jennifer Harris, Courtney Emrick, Joe Syverson, B J Warren,
Kelli Christianson, Chris Schaaf, Sam Gay, Jonathan Emery, and Jeremy Rasmussen.
Third Week of May 1872-2002
140 Years Ago (1872): Mr. Gleason gives us information of the drowning of Mr. Oliver Anderson, of Moscow, Iowa
county, in the river at Albany on Sunday last. He with two others were starting out fishing, and while crossing the
river just above the dam, the boat becoming unmanageable, one jumped out and swam ashore, the other two went
over the dam; one swimming out with the boat, while Anderson was drowned.
130 Years Ago (1882): The Deluge Fire Company met at the engine room Tuesday night and completed their
reorganization. Ray Gillman, foreman, A. C. Gray, 1st assistant; James Powles, 2d assistant; John Phifer, secretary;
John Evans, treasurer. W. T. Hoxie, foreman of hose. Chas. Powles and Alf. Whaley, pipemen. After completing
their business a trial of their engine was made with two lines of 150 feet of hose.
120 Years Ago (1892): Mrs. Wm. Harrison, of Albany, died of consumption on Sunday the 8th, leaving a husband
and little child one and one-half years old. She was a Miss Viny, born in the town of Porter thirty-one years ago.
She was first married to Mr. Fred Thompson who died about eight years since. She was married to Mr. Wm. Harris
four years ago. She was an affectionate wife and mother. Her funeral was held in the church at Cooksville which for
the weather was largely attended. Rev. H. Sewell, by request of the departed, conducted the services. Her mortal
remains rest in the Cooksville cemetery.
110 Years Ago (1902): Married, in St. Michael’s Catholic church in Porter, May 7, 1902 by the Rev. Harlan,
Jeremiah McCarthy and Kathryn Ford, both of Cooksville. After the marriage ceremony a large audience partook of
a good plentiful meal in the home of the bride. Mr. Eddie Ford acted as best man while the bride was attended by
Miss Maggie McCarthy sister of the groom. Smart’s orchestra furnished music for about 250 guests. Amidst happy
congratulations, the bride and groom took the morning train for Chicago where they will remain a week and expect to
return to their beautiful farm home one mile east of Cooksville.
100 Years Ago (1912): The following wages were paid by the Evansville City Council for employees of the
Evansville Water and Light Department in the month of April 1912: E. S. Cary, Superintendent’s salary, $194.64; E.
J. Gibbs, engineers salary, $75; P. G. Slauson, labor, $65; William Tomlin, labor, $1.90; A. E. Tomlin, labor, $1.26;
Roy Nelms, labor; $.60; Charles Fuller, draying, $3.95.
90 Years Ago (1922): Leonard Eager was called to Oak Park, Ill. Sunday to welcome a new son and heir which was
born to he and Mrs. Eager, at a hospital there. The new boy has been named Richard Boyce. Mr. Eager returned
Wednesday evening, bringing with him Leonard, Jr., who will be taken care of here till Mrs. Eager is able to return.
80 Years Ago (1932): The Evansville Country Club has completed arrangements for a series of eight inter-club golf
matches with neighboring clubs.
70 Years Ago (1942): Evansville citizens were awakened early this morning by the clamp, clamp of horse’s hoofs on
the hard city streets and upon looking out of their windows saw Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Higgins delivering milk from a new
vehicle drawn by a large bay horse. The “milk wagon” is comprised of an automobile chassis with rubber tires and
an enclosed body which will protect the driver in inclement weather. Although to Evansville youngsters it is now a
novelty, it recalls old times to the older citizens of the city.
60 Years Ago (1952): Miss Doris Apfel, Evansville and Arthur Olsen, Brooklyn, will be married in the First Methodist
church here Sunday, June 1.
50 Years Ago (1962): People are asking “what has happened at the viaduct that it is presently closed to traffic?”
Kenneth Amann, City Superintendent of Public Works, states that the cement supports to the drain grates on both
the north and south approach have broken away and will be repaired as soon as the weather permits. The damage
was noted the other day when one of the grates popped out after a car had crossed the grating. He said it will take
about four or five days to complete the work. The viaduct was completed in 1931 and was at that time one of the
longest overheads in the state. It was built at a cost of $135,000.
40 Years Ago (1972): All 5th graders took part in a conservation unit and in conjunction with the conservation unit
students planted 500 trees at the 3rd Street School and the Manor. One hundred trees were planted at the Manor.
During the weekend of May 6 and 7, 40 trees were pulled up and thrown about the school grounds by some very
narrow minded vandals.
30 Years Ago (1982): The Park Board has had a request from Jan Sperry of the Historical Society, to consider
putting the park on the National Register, due to the WPA work that was done years ago. The board will give a
20 Years Ago (1992): With a little help, the soccer program is growing. Baker Mfg. Co. recently donated $100 to
the Evansville Soccer Club in order to help get the program off the ground. Peter Sears, president and CEO at
Baker’s presented a check to Kitty VerKuilen, one of the soccer coaches. Other coaches are Phil Toler, Rich
Banton, Mark Irwin, Terri Wiedel and Gary Feldt.
10 years ago (2002): The Girls Varsity softball Team with their 11-03 record, put them in a tie for 1st place with
Brodhead for the 2002 Rock Valley Championship. The team includes Jeane Laube, Katie Johnson, Nicole
Jorgensen, Krista Foster, Miranda Hall, Kris Purkapile, Nikki Atkinson, Nichole Hammaker, Sarah Mosher, Lacy
Wourms, managers, Nichole Guth and Tara Porter.
Fourth Week of May 1872-2002
140 Years Ago (1872): Mr. J. A. Pettigrew left yesterday for Vermillion, Dakota. His sister, Miss Etta Pettigrew and
Mrs. Elnathan Sawtelle, go with him, the latter for her health, hoping to derive a benefit from a change of climate.
Mr. Pettigrew is closing up his business here and will remove to Vermillion, Dakota Tr., where he has arranged to go
into the general mercantile business with other parties.
130 Years Ago (1882): It cost Ray Gillman $140 to have a new Simpkin spring, A. A. Abbott make, top buggy put
into his livery stable the other day. Snashall & Mygatt did it.
120 Years Ago (1892): Trustee J. P. Porter has shown us a plan and perspective view of the new town hall, drawn
by Messrs. Conover & Porter, architects, Madison. The plan looks well both the exterior view and the arrangement
for the fire department, offices and the public hall. The frame work of the building is to be of wood, veneered with
brick, window caps, and mitre sills of stone. The size is 62 feet on Madison street by 50 feet on Church street, with
an octagon tower on the corner fronting both streets. This plan will be presented to the board for adoption and work
will commence for its erection soon as the bonds can be negotiated.
110 Years Ago (1902): All incandescent street lights in the south and west part of the city were burned out by the
lightning on Monday night, also all the resident lights on Church St. and Garfield Ave. It will be several days before
the street lights will be in running order.
100 Years Ago (1912): Hon. Allen S. Baker Tells Of Stirring Days At Beginning Of War: Lincoln made a call for
75,000 three months volunteers and more than 200,000 men responded within a week after the fall of Fort
Sumpter. When the news that Fort Sumpter had been fired on reached Evansville, Waldo A. Stearns whose father
had a lively mule team, offered to make a trip to Madison with three others to enlist. Theodore L. Sutphen, James
Cook and A. S. Baker volunteered to go with him. The trip was made on April 20. On reaching Madison it was
learned that Wisconsin’s apportionment of the 75,000 call had been filled and the first regiment formed, but that
another call was expected and the state in anticipation of this call would organize a second regiment. A recruiting
officer drove down from Madison on April 21, and enlisted thirteen men in Evansville. A second call for 300,000 men
soon came but it wanted men for three years or during the war. The Second Wisconsin was organized under this
call and was mustered into the United States service June 11, 1861, and left for Washington a few days later.
90 Years Ago (1922): Arthur Spencer this week sold a consignment of three head of his purebred Holsteins to go to
Mexico City, Mexico.
80 Years Ago (1932): Of the 66 Evansville school children recently given the Schick test here to determine whether
or not they are immune to diphtheria, only six reacted according to Miss Mary Stam, city nurse.
70 Years Ago (1942): The six seniors receiving the high grades in scholastic work are Walter Mueller, Alan Eager,
Rosalind Shelby, Ruth Williams, Beatrice Richards and Lois Weary. The seven students receiving second highest
grades are Eva Mae Phillips, Joyce Montgomery, Mary Halbman, Ruby Alquist, Betty Mason, Neva Crocker and
60 Years Ago (1952): Eight grade graduation exercises will be held at which time the following program will be
presented: Welcome, Susan Powers; musical number, Patsy Williams; class history, Lois Bratzke; musical number,
Charles Cushman; class will, Joan McCarthy; musical number, Janice Miller and Geraldine Gransee; class prophecy,
Warren Wickersham; musical number, Margaret Capron; honor roll, Mrs. Nelson; diplomas, Miss Sontag, and class
song, graduates of 1952.
50 Years Ago (1962): Evansville police, acting on several separate tips, arrested a Michigan man on Thursday in
the act of attempting to pass a bad check. He has admitted to cashing nine in this area. Evansville Officer Beyer
headed for a tavern, after a Footville man stepped up to report that the man in question had just gone in another
bar and that he might be the one who had cashed two bad checks in Footville earlier in the week. Beyer
apprehended the man as he left the tavern. Beyer locked him up temporarily. Officer Beyer called Chief Richard
Luers to the station and began searching for the man’s car. This was found behind the Grange Store and
contained the typewriter on which the bad checks had been written. The man was brought to the county jail by
Deputy Archie Divine and admitted he had cashed nine checks of $95.50 each in Rock County taverns. The man
used a long string of aliases and was turned over to Ray Daniels, an FBI agent.
40 Years Ago (1972): The park board report revealed that considerable vandalism has been done in the park
during the winter months and because of the late spring and rainy weather, it will not be possible to complete all
necessary repairs this month, therefore, the swimming pool will not open on Memorial day as previously announced.
No definite opening date was given. It was announced that T. H. Kerkenbush has been hired as summer playground
30 Years Ago (1982): The voices of Clara Bier, Wilva Vaughn, and Remi Denolf, Evansville Manor residents, and
Blanche Devine, will be heard on Public Radio Saturday June 5. Three students of Mrs. Georgia Rattan, at the J. C.
McKenna Middle School, taped the reminiscences of these Evansville elderly to put together a radio program. The
Students working on the project were Kelly Thompson, Danielle Meredith, and Cathy Franklin. They submitted the
program to the Wisconsin Public Radio Association’s seventh annual Young People’s Radio Festival. They won first
place for documentary programs in grades seven and eight, and also they were the grand prize winners in the age
20 Years Ago (1992): The Evansville Senior High Student Council participated in the 57th Annual Wisconsin
Association of School Councils, Inc. State conference at the American Baptist Assembly, Green Lake. Those from
Evansville who participated were Heather Weigand, Stacy Crull, Bethany George, Lindsay Allen and Mr. Richard
Krake, advisor. Krake was presented with a plaque of recognition for his many years of Student Council
advisorship. He has been an advisor for the past 15 consecutive years.
10 years ago (2002): The work of Tim Rooney of Evansville will be featured on WHA-TVs Art & Antiques Auction,
Thursday, May 30. Rooney donated an oil painting titled “Mother Theresa.” This is the seventh year that Rooney
has donated an oil painting to the auction. His paintings in past years have raised between $350 to $575 each.
Last Week of May 1872-2002
140 Years Ago (1872): To Whom it May Concern. Whereas my wife, Mrs. Mary Bryan has left my bed and board
without just cause or provocation, and this is to notify the public that I shall pay no debts of her contracting after this
date. Nathaniel Bryan, Evansville, May 15, 1872.
130 Years Ago (1882): Mr. H. C. Weber is putting up a nice residence on Liberty street at its junction with Madison
street. Wm. Libby is boss carpenter. It will be the finest residence on the street when completed. [Note: The
house is at 3 West Liberty Street.]
120 Years Ago (1892): The following is a list of the High School graduates for next Thursday: Cora McKinzie,
Gertie Eager, Nettie Sargent, Nettie Sayles, Violet Morris, Mabel Alsop, Minnie Hayward, Nellie Janes, Theodore
Ahara, Bert Snashall and George Wilder.
110 Years Ago (1902): The graduating class this year of the high school is one of the largest ever graduated from
our school, numbering twenty-two, twelve girls and ten boys. The class honors have been decided and Maude
Fessenden gets first and Paul Gray second. The list of those who will receive the roll of parchment with their names
inscribed thereon: Jennie Higday, Maude Gibbs, Mae Loomis, Beulah Smith, Mabel Wheelock, Belle Dennison,
Edith Fairbanks, Addie Chapel, Winnis Van Vleck, Mae Webb, Susie Chase, Carl Monshau, Elmer Sherger, Milo
Gillies, Joseph Cummings, Paul Gray, Charlie Bullard, Arthur Richardson, Edwin Waite, Troy Blood, Howard Parker
and Maude Fessenden.
100 Years Ago (1912): John Robinson sold a bull and two heifers to Anselmo Marge of Montevideo, Uruguay, South
America. Marge traveled throughout the U. S. looking for the best herds of Hereford cattle and returned to
Evansville to buy from Robinson. J. C. Robinson accompanied Senor Marge as far as New York City. That this is a
long journey for the cattle is evidenced by the fact that Senor Marge acquired forty days’ feed to last the little herd
through the trip. The gentleman has exported shorthorn cattle from this state, sheep from Ohio and horses from
Kentucky on a previous occasion. He has been looking over the various herds in the country lately for Hereford and
finally made his purchase of the Messrs. Robinson, the three head purchased of them being all that he will take
home with him this trip.
90 Years Ago (1922): There has been not a little complaint here lately of petty thieving of groceries and purchases
made in the stores on Saturday nights by the farmers and placed in their cars. Last Saturday evening, Mrs. Fred
Denison, who lives on the Earnest Miller farm, bought her week’s groceries amounting to about $6 and piled them
on the counter of the Economy store, expecting to take them to her car later. When she went back to get them they
were gone. As the sales slip was on one of the packages there could have been no reason for a mistake. Petty
thieving is a new thing for this town and locality and it is to be hoped that the parties will soon be located and made
an example of.
80 Years Ago (1932): A class of 45 seniors will be graduated tonight in the high school gymnasium with all the
pomp and glory that goes with commencement activities.
70 Years Ago (1942): Six members of the graduating class of 1942 were called to the platform last Thursday
evening at the commencement exercises and awarded scholarships and medals. Walter Mueller, son of Mr. and
Mrs. August Mueller and Alan Eager, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard P. Eager were awarded University scholarships.
The D.A.R. Girl’s citizenship award was won this year by Betty Mason, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Mason.
Rosalind Shelby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shelby was awarded the American Legion Auxiliary medal,
presented by Mrs. V. H. Laufenberg. The American Legion medals were presented this year to Thomas Green and
Haaken Haakenson by C. W. Hyne.
60 Years Ago (1952): Mr. and Mrs. Earl Pierce are having an open house at their new laundry, the Evansville Self
Service Laundry, on Cemetery road Saturday, June 7. Six new conventional washers and two automatic washers
have been installed, as well as a gas dryer, extractor, and mangle. People may use the laundry as a self service
laundry or attendants will do the washing and ironing for them. Pick up and delivery will be made daily. Mr. and Mrs.
Pierce owned and operated a farm southeast of Evansville for many years. Last year they moved to Salida,
Colorado where they purchased and operated a laundry. The specially designed cement block building was erected
by contractor Ivan N. Schneider, Janesville, who is a brother of Mrs. Pierce; plumbing was done by Bly Plumbing Co,;
electrical wiring by Alvin Bone, Laufenberg Lumber Co. sold the lumber and M. D. Fish supplied the washing
50 Years Ago (1962): Evansville High School will graduate 75 students at the annual commencement exercises,
May 31, at 8 p.m. in the auditorium. The 1962 class has the honor of being the largest class ever to be graduated
from the local high school. Last year there were about 70 graduates with approximately 35 boys and 35 girls. The
boys outnumber the girls 45 to 30 this year. Class officers are Everett Propst, president; Connie Carlson, vice
president; Kathy Haakenson, secretary and Rex Blum, treasurer. The faculty advisors are Mr. Lepley, Mr. Hansel
and Miss Birkenmeyer. The class motto: “Today We Follow – Tomorrow We Lead.”
40 Years Ago (1972): Seven special awards were presented to members of the Evansville High School band at its
spring concert. EHS band director, Ray Baumgardt, presented Kate Conners with the Arion award. Three John
Philip Sousa awards were presented to Judy Guth, Ron Sarow and Bob Paulson. Ann Thomas, Jim Miller and Tom
Behling received fully paid scholarships to the summer music clinic at the UW-Madison. These scholarships were
presented by the Evansville Music Association.
30 Years Ago (1982): How would you plan a 99th birthday celebration? Well, if you were Clarence Franklin, just
returned from a winter in Florida, you’d probably be out singing in a nursing home for residents who are sometimes
30 years younger. Clarence noted his 99th birthday and took the day off and spent it visiting with friends and
relative. “How Great Thou Art” is Franklin’s favorite hymn, and he gives forth with all his might every Monday as he
visits various nursing homes.
20 Years Ago (1992): The winners of the six blue ribbons at the United Church of Christ Quilt Show were Dora
Miller, Susie Luers, and Ethel Hermanson, Evansville; Avis Lawrenz, Footville; Bev Wittenwyler, Milton and Rosie
10 years ago (2002): Commencement for the Class of 2002 will be held on Sunday June 2nd in the high school
gymnasium. The valedictorian for the class is Amy Hauri, daughter of Wesley and Sandra Hauri. The salutatorian is
Jennifer Harris, daughter of Carl and Jill Harris.