First Week of May 1875-2005
140 Years Ago (1875): In consequence of a rotten covering to Mr. True’s cistern, Mr. Dresback’s horse fell
through while plowing the former’s garden Monday. The horse was extricated with no material injury.
130 Years Ago (1885): The new City Meat Market comes out with one of the finest wagons for the business we
ever saw. It bears the proprietor’s name, W. W. Hopkins, on each side. The wagon was built by J. W. Morgan
and is constructed especially for the business.
120 Years Ago (1895): Some of our enterprising citizens are circulating a petition for the purpose of getting
our village incorporated. If you have not done your share to aid this plan reform at once. Evansville needs
more votes on the county board and it is so large that village laws are no longer practicable. One thing that is
needed is a paid marshall. The new scheme will divide the city into three wards. With a municipal government
there will be less clashing between village and town organizations and less difficulty in enforcing ordinances.
110 Years Ago (1905): Robert Hankinson is doing the carpenter work in refitting the interior of the M. E.
Church and Geo. Dell the painting and papering, which is progressing finely and will be much nicer as well as
more convenient when complete, and the most yet to be done is the laying of a new hardwood floor, through
which will dispense with most of the carpets; and the raised platform in the rear end of the church is now so
arranged that the minister will stand square in front of his audience when speaking, and the choir directly in
front of the organ when seated as well as when singing, and the whole appearance of this part of the church is
much improved as well as its improved convenience.
100 Years Ago (1915): To restore Lake Leota it will mean an increase of only about $1.60 per year to the man
owning a $3,000 property, and that for ten years. This is so insignificant that the average taxpayer will never
know he is paying it at all. It is to be hoped the council will soon bring the matter before the voters and allow
them to express their desires at the polls.
90 Years Ago (1925): After being shifted from the catchers position to the outfield for several games “Rollie”
Barnum is again back at his old post behind the plate on the Wisconsin varsity baseball team. “Rollie” caught
the first four games on the Badgers southern training trip and then held down the bench for several games in
favor of Wold and Lamboly, the other backstop candidates. Barnum came through with pinch hits in several of
the last training contests and then was tried in the outfield. But Coach Lowman’s other catchers did not hit
satisfactorily, so “Barney” was again give the catching job, and has caught the last three games played by the
cardinal. In the Michigan game last Saturday Barnum connected for a single which brought in 2 runners.
80 Years Ago (1935): Although the American Legion post here has done many things which have been of
interest and benefit to Evansville and surrounding communities, nothing it has accomplished has reached
farther into Evansville’s trade radius and drawn more people here from other towns than the bleachers and
flood lights placed in the park enabling kittenball to be played at night. The game, as it has been developed is
more interesting to young and old than most other games and so far the attendance has been large and the
70 Years Ago (1945): Piano pupils of Miss Lou A. Howland participated in the Whitewater music festival
Saturday. The Misses Ann Guilfoyle and Sigrid Bakke placed first in the class A two-piano duet competition.
Miss Bakke received a first in the class A piano solo group. In the class B piano solo, Mary Alice Tullis and
Anne Louise Giese won second honors and Barbara Conroy third. June Ramsdell, Betty Dowse and Marcia
Withey played in the Class C competition. Prof. Iltis, head of the School of Music of the University of Wisconsin,
was judge. The girls were accompanied to Whitewater by Miss Howland, Mrs. Charles Conroy, Mr. and Mrs. M.
W. Withey, Mrs. Dorothy Giese and Mrs. Bernard Bakke.
60 Years Ago (1955): Evansville’s Community Theater will complete its tenth year with “Bell, Book and
Candle,” a comedy of modern witchcraft. The cast includes Janet Parr, Jack Miller, Ruth Scott, Dave Losey,
Allen Seim, and is under the direction of John Kennedy, pioneer in the Evansville Community Theater
50 Years Ago (1965): Shirley Carlson and Victor Rasmussen, Evansville High School students have been
named among Wisconsin’s top high school mathematics students as determined by a statewide contest.
Winners were announced by Carl J. Vanderlin of the U. of Wis. Extension, Dept. of Mathematics. Prof.
Vanderlin was chairman of the contest conducted by the Wis. Section of Mathematical Assn. of America on
March 27, 1965. Shirley Carlson scored in the 98 percentile in the final exam. She placed tenth from the top in
40 Years Ago (1975): Pom Pon girls have been chosen for next year. They are: Roxie Johnson, Kathy
Reynolds, Lori Feldt, Karol Reynolds, Bobbie Wegman, Kari Smith, Caron Heinemann, Terri McDonough, Marty
Golz, Diana Everson, Dee Ann Devlin and Sue Corn. Mrs. Panosh is the advisor.
30 Years Ago (1985): The Evansville police department received new alcohol breath testers recently in an
ongoing effort to curb drunken driving. The instruments will be owned and maintained by the Wis. Dept. of
Transportation, which will train local police and sheriff’s departments to use them. This arrangement ensures
that standards will be uniform.
20 Years Ago (1995): Among those receiving scholarships in music at St. Mary’s College of Minnesota was
Libby Kress of Evansville.
10 years ago (2005): Evansville’s Bank of Evansville will soon be taking on a new look at a new location.
Scheduled for an October move in date the bank will boast three drive-up lanes, a drive-up ATM, a community
room and safety deposit boxes. All this and a brand new look in its 7800 square foot footprint. The facility is
under construction across from McDonald’s on Hwy 14 east of Evansville.
Second Week of May 1875-2005
140 Years Ago (1875): The windmill company here are receiving orders beyond their present ability to
130 Years Ago (1885): The funeral of Mr. Nathaniel Blakeley Saturday, was attended by a large collection of
citizens. The Masonic order turned out in a body, being reinforced by members from Oregon, Cooksville and
Footville, led by the Evansville Band, marched to the late residence of the deceased on Madison street, and
from thence to the Congregational church where the services were held. The procession as it marched
through Main street on its way to the cemetery, with its long line of carriages, was solemn and impressive. The
music by the band gave both grandeur and solemnity to the occasion.
120 Years Ago (1895): Cooksville: Arbor Day was observed with more than usual interest by the school
children. A dozen or more fine trees and shrubs were planted Friday forenoon by Mr. Ellis and his pupils.
Friday afternoon, recitations, class exercises and songs appropriate to the occasion were rendered by the
110 Years Ago (1905): D. F. Finanne will sell the livery stock which he recently purchased of Lewis and Adams
at auction Saturday, May 13th, commencing at 12 o’clock. This will be a rare opportunity for all to get horses,
carriages, harnesses, and everything connected with a first-class livery at a bargain.
100 Years Ago (1915): Mrs. Chas. Greatsinger was badly burned with a kettle of hot water falling on her arm
yesterday. The kettle was on a gasoline stove that was placed on top of another stove. While Mrs.
Greatsinger was working near it the gasoline stove slipped off and fell throwing the hot water over her arm.
90 Years Ago (1925): The general increase in business has been coming to the Baker Manufacturing Co.
plant for the last three months has gradually brought that plant to its maximum in production and last Monday,
five new men were added to the working force. The business as it now is, would warrant ten hours a day work,
but the men prefer to work the present hours and the prospect is that the length of the working day will not be
increased for some time.
80 Years Ago (1935): Announcement has been made here this week of the marriage of Miss Evelyn Olson,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Olson, Brooklyn, to Walter Templeton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Templeton,
route 1, this city, which ceremony was performed in Rockford, Ill., Wednesday, May 1 by the Rev. L. R. Lund.
The bridal couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Templeton, brother and sister-in-law of the groom. Mr.
Templeton, who has been an active member of the Evansville 4-H club was graduated from the Evansville high
school in 1932. The newly weds are making their home in Evansville.
70 Years Ago (1945): Miss. Natalie Laufenberg, this city, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. V. H. Laufenberg will be a
member of the cast to present Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labors Lost” next Monday when the student body of
Edgewood college, Madison, entertains their parents.
60 Years Ago (1955): Ruth Hyne was perfectly happy to have the Little Theater group put the Hyne cat in this
week’s play, “Bell, Book, and Candle.” The cat is an important character, and the Hyne’s “Tinkerbell” performs
like a professional. However, as Ruth points out, it may be one thing to wait up at night for members of the
family – but she has never expected to come to the point where she had to wait up at night for someone to
bring her cat home. And imagine property manager Win Fisher’s surprise to find herself not looking for the
usual props for a play, but for a cat with stage ability, and the responsibility for getting that cat back to the
owner after rehearsals and performances.
50 Years Ago (1965): The following people received awards at the annual Spring Music Concert: The John
Philip Sousa Award for the outstanding bandsman of the year was presented to Diane Walsh. Rock County
Rural Music Assn. Scholarships to Music Clinic at the U. of Wis. were presented to Marilyn Rowald, Jr.
Schneeberger and John Stone. Evansville Band Parents Assn. Scholarships to music Clinic were presented to
Sandy Page, Kathy Bradley, Ann Rasmussen, Lucille Rowald and Jackie Johnson. Evansville PTA Scholarship
to Music Clinic was presented to Sally Jo May. The Wis. School Music Assn. Scholarship to Music Clinic was
presented to Ann Zweifel.
40 Years Ago (1975): A request for a permanent outfield fence on the lower ball diamond occupied much of
the time at the Park Board Monday night.
30 Years Ago (1985): Middle School students in Larry Dobbs’ class used sand paper and wire brushes to
clean the rust off the Monitor windmill which was given to the Wind Prairie project by Clarence Elmer. Verdun
Manufacturing of Kansas is going to donate new blades and a fan, the tail of the windmill, and also spare parts.
Verdun bought the old parts when Baker discontinued manufacturing them.
20 Years Ago (1995): Evansville Veterinary Service will hold a retirement open house in honor of Dr. Howard
Krueger on May 21. Dr. Krueger graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1955 and joined the Evansville
Veterinary service in 1957. He was president of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association in 1976. He
received WVMA Meritorious service Award in 1988 and was named Wisconsin Veterinarian of the Year in
10 years ago (2005): Evansville has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day foundation to
honor its commitment to its community forest. It is the fourth year Evansville has received this national
recognition. Evansville has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA: a tree board or department, a
tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance.
Third Week of May 1875-2005
140 Years Ago (1875): Mr. Stephen Jones, one of the very earliest Methodist preachers in Wisconsin,
occupied the Methodist pulpit Sunday night. Mr. Jones thinks he preached the first Methodist sermon ever
preached this side of Rock River. He came into the State in 1839 and located in the vicinity of Evansville,
nearly 36 years ago. He is visiting his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Robinson. He now resides
in Chatfield, Minn.
130 Years Ago (1885): A winged messenger of the skies (‘twan’t an angel) flew into an open window of the
Methodist church Sunday morning, gyrated about the ceiling, inspected the frescoing and architecture, poised
over the choir, fluttered about the pulpit, and then perched itself upon a bracket ‘till service was over. It
seemed to enjoy the sermon like the congregation.
120 Years Ago (1895): Harry Bagley received a slight flesh wound from a rifle ball Monday evening. A sudden
start caused him to drop the firearm, which struck on the edge of the sidewalk in such a manner as to make it
110 Years Ago (1905): Chief of Police Broughton and Fred Gillman went to Baraboo to look at a suspect, last
Tuesday. The culprit had been caught selling jack knives with the name of F. A. Baker & Co. upon them.
Strong circumstantial evidence was procured against him and he was taken to Janesville to await his trial. The
posse passed through this city Wednesday. Chief of Police C. C. Broughton is the proud possessor of a
handsome automatic colt revolver, a gift from F. A. Baker & Co. in appreciation of services rendered in
capturing the burglars that recently broke into the hardware store.
100 Years Ago (1915): The people who were in the downtown part of the city on Monday, a little before noon,
were interested in watching a few of the soldiers of Uncle Sam pass through the streets. There were 150 of the
fighters, members of the Third Field Artillery, under Captain Stevens. The men had come from Fort Sam
Houston, San Antonio, Texas, to Chicago by train. They left Fort Sheridan a week ago yesterday morning.
They are on their way to Camp Douglas at Sparta. On Sunday night they camped in Janesville. Monday night
they expected to spend near Brooklyn.
90 Years Ago (1925): Commencement day for the Evansville High School will be held this year, June 5. There
will be a class of thirty. Miss Ina Johnson will be valedictorian and Miss Evalyn Rodd salutatorian. Mr. Arthur
Sholts, of Brooklyn, one of our former school superintendents will be the speaker of the day.
80 Years Ago (1935): The marriage of Miss Eleanor Reese, daughter of Mrs. Ben Colden this city, to Laurence
Schwartzlow, son of August Schwartzlow, Fellows Station was solemnized at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Court
Street Methodist church, by the Rev. Charles Goff, pastor. The attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sarow, this
city, brother-in-law and sister of the bride. The bride and matron of honor were attired in blue silk dresses and
matching accessories. Following the ceremony the bridal party left for Chicago where they spent the weekend.
Mr. and Mrs. Schwartzlow are making their home on the Schwartzlow farm southeast of Evansville near Fellows
station. The bride was graduated from Evansville high school in 1926 after which she completed a two-year
course at Hoffman’s Business college, Milwaukee. On completing her college course she was employed for five
years with the Follansbee company at Milwaukee.
70 Years Ago (1945): Cadet Betty Hatlen, U.S.C.N.C., on three-weeks leave at the home of her mother, Mrs.
Katherine Hatlen, route 1, entered cadet nurses training two years ago. She is an Evansville high school
graduate, class of 1942. Cadet Hatlen has three brothers, Torfin, John and Dick Hatlen. She will return to the
Lutheran Deaconess hospital, Chicago, at the expiration of her leave.
60 Years Ago (1955): Delayed more than one month upon advice of the United States health service as a
precautionary measure, Salk anti-polio vaccine will be administered at Evansville high school Friday morning.
City Nurse Marjorie Seim received official word from Rock county medical authorities stating the vaccine had
arrived and would be delivered in Evansville for vaccinations at that time. Drs. Rodney and Roger Gray will
administer the vaccine, assisted by Mrs. Seim. Eligible to receive vaccine are students in first, second and
fourth grades and third grade youngsters who did not take part in field trials of the Salk vaccine here last year.
In addition to Evansville students, youngsters from the following rural schools will receive vaccine: Butts
Corners, Tullar, Brown, Tupper, Union, Franklin, Magnolia, Pleasant Prairie, Cainville, West Center, Crall,
Barrett, White Star, Forest Academy, Wilder, Cooksville and Lienau.
50 Years Ago (1965): About 125 grandmothers, mothers and sons attended the unique Mother-Son Banquet
held at the Evansville Methodist Church on Wednesday evening, May 5. Mrs. Alfred Arnold served as Mistress
of Ceremony for the occasion. Mrs. Hugh Hyne gave the welcome with her son, Ron, giving the response.
Sandy Williams and Nancy Lamont presented a piano duet “Polonaise” followed by a saxophone duet “Italiana”
by Ana Rasmussen and Lynda Showers. A Fashion Show, “Hats Off to Mom”, brought a lot of laughs from the
boys and mothers. Mrs. Clarence Franklin moderated and three models, Dr. Karl Schoenenberger, Ernest
Davis and Rev. Eldon Riggs, helped provide the laughs. Gifts were presented to Mrs. Verne Hagen, as the
youngest mother present; Mrs. Rena Crull, oldest mother and most sons present; and Mrs. Fred Abey, mother
from the greatest distance.
40 Years Ago (1975): Last week the new City Council met in its entirety for its first business session of the new
term. With the untimely death of Mayor Ida Conroy, Robert Olsen, a second ward alderman, was named mayor
to fill out the balance of Mrs. Conroy’s term and John Willoughby was appointed to the second ward aldermanic
post, vacated by Olsen. Richard Krake and Bill Leopold represented the 1st ward; John Jones represents the
2nd ward, Roger Berg and Larry Dobbs, the 3rd ward.
30 Years Ago (1985): The Wind Prairie windmill is nearly ready to be erected on the site. The fan section has
arrived from Hutchinson, Kansas, and the gear box and rod have been cleaned and primed in the original
bright red by Baker Mfg. Co. Varco-Pruden has supplied new, heavier angle iron to reinforce the base
structure. Artists Caryl Yasco and Tom Arie-Donch have designed four triangular panels about 8 feet tall to
encase the bottom section of the windmill. Each panel depicts a prairie plant of flower in a seasonal
progression around the structure. Faralloy Company of Chicago has donated the steel plates from which the
flower and grass silhouettes will be cut. Red Arrow Company of Madison has loaned Varco-Pruden a plasma
arc to do the cutting.
20 Years Ago (1995): Captain Martin D. Kerkenbush assumed command of the Headquarters Co., 115th Field
Hospital, Ft. Polk, Louisiana on April 18th. This Deployable Medical Systems 504 bed hospital has the mission
to occupy assigned areas and organize for the hospitalization for patients returning to duty. It is staff with 104
officers, 2 warrant officers, and 441 enlisted soldiers. Captain Kerkenbush is the son of Tom and Ann
Kerkenbush of Evansville
10 years ago (2005): May 11th was the EHS Chapter of the National Honor society’s induction ceremony. Out
of the 13 applications this year, 10 were chosen to become 2005 members. New inductees this year are Kayle
Schulz, Bethany Sarow, Alexander Pitas, Christina Peterson, Elizabeth McCoy, Anna-Cheri Martin, Justine Ann
Gildner, Annelise Diedrich, Casey Clobes and Tricia Bisch.
Fourth Week of May 1875-2005
140 Years Ago (1875): Mr. W. S. Smith & wife, returned Wednesday night by the “Pony Stage” line from
Janesville, after an absence of three weeks. The goods he had purchased while in Chicago and Milwaukee
were nearly all sold before his return to Evansville.
130 Years Ago (1885): There are seven in the graduating class at the Seminary and ten at the high school.
All should decide now to attend the graduating exercises of both schools as they will be first class and of a high
120 Years Ago (1895): During the performance of Geo. Hall Jr’s. show at Minooka one day last week, the big
elephant Queen, became a little unruly and created slight panic among the audience but no one was hurt. A
report has been in circulation that a large number of people were baldy injured, but Col. Hall, who was with the
show last Friday, says that the report is false and the show is having the best of success.
110 Years Ago (1905): The concert given by the Baker Military Band last Monday evening was greatly enjoyed
by all who attended. The boys are doing fine and much credit is due their leader, J. H. Johnson. The address
by Prof. Sholts was good, and the selections rendered by Mrs. Nettie Copeland, Miss Adell Harris, Leota Male
Quartette and Glen Magee were well received and heartily encored.
100 Years Ago (1915): Any one desiring girls to assist with the work of the home during the next school year
should send in requests to the seminary as soon as possible. There are a number of girls who are anxious to
enter the school next year, but will be unable to do so unless they find the opportunity of partly working their
90 Years Ago (1925): The farmers of this locality and their wives will be kept busy next week preparing for the
several rural play days which are scheduled to come off that week. The schedules for the towns immediately
surrounding Evansville are: June 4, Cooksville; June 5, Magnolia; June 6 Union. The town of Union celebration
will be held at the fairgrounds in this city. The Evansville Band will play at all of these celebrations. The boys
have had several offers to play July 4, but have not yet decided which they will accept.
80 Years Ago (1935): Members of the tourist club culminated their year’s activities Monday evening with a
dinner and theater party in Madison. They enjoyed a banquet in the K tea room and heard the famous Paul
Whiteman orchestra at the Orpheum theatre.
70 Years Ago (1945): A. A. Kaltenborn recently purchased the building on East Main Street he has occupied
for the past several years, also the store building housing the Jensen Pool hall, from Mrs. Herbert Benn,
Stevens Point. Mr. Kaltenborn has recently remodeled his place of business into a modern attractive studio
with living rooms in the back of the building.
60 Years Ago (1955): Polio shots were given to 258 youngsters in the Evansville High School gym Friday
morning. This total represents only 20 less than the number of children whose parents signed consent cards
for the shots when the cards were originally sent to parents more than a month ago. Of the 258 who received
shots of the Salk vaccine, 157 were from Evansville and 101 from the surrounding rural areas. Administering
the vaccinations Friday were Drs. Rodney and Roger Gray and Dr. Samuel Sorkin. Local nurses assisted in
addition to City Nurse Marjorie Seim, were Mmes. Rollie Devlin, Tom Rennels, and Arthur Hansen. They were
assisted by four student nurses from Mercy Hospital, Janesville: Nancy Swaback, Lynette Bielow, Diane Eaton
and Mary Mawkinney.
50 Years Ago (1965): The hitting of Ken Fenrick, Ron Krause and Hans Schneeberger helped the Evansville
Blue Devils edge Waterloo 5 to 4. A double play from Fuchs to Hurst to Krause erased a Waterloo scoring
threat in the fifth. Dennis Reese and Don Oates pitched for Evansville.
40 Years Ago (1975): Mrs. David Losey and two daughters, Margo Losey and Roxanne Johnson, flew to
Pipestone, Minn. To attend the wedding of Miss Gail Schroyer and James Spencer on Saturday, May 17. On
the way home they met Bart Starr at the Minneapolis airport and Margo got his autograph.
30 Years Ago (1985): Dr. and Mrs. Roland Jeans, Nancy and Kathy, and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Elliott,
Minneapolis, parents of Mrs. Jeans, attended graduation ceremonies last week at Camp Randall Stadium in
Madison. David Jeans earned a bachelor of Education degree, with emphasis on Agriculture.
20 Years Ago (1995): All veterans are invited to march in Evansville’s Memorial Day parade, along with
members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War Posts, which sponsor the parade and cemetery
memorial. Legion Commander Charles Nordeng will deliver this year’s Memorial Day address.
10 years ago (2005): This past week Mayor Janis Ringhand took time to make a stop at the Evansville Manor.
The Manor’s sitting room soon filled with residents anxious to hear Mayor Ringhand’s comments. Road
construction progress was a hot topic as well as “what’s new in town”. Lake Leota also was queried about, as
was the price of gas. Residents and those who worked at the Manor asked Mayor Ringhand varied questions.
Afterward, the Mayor talked and greeted residents individually.