First Week of November 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): A letter from Footville informs us that a “people’s” convention last Saturday night
nominated Dr. Evans, in opposition to the Republican candidate for the assembly from the first district. As usual
this “people’s” convention was composed of democrats and a light sprinkling of disaffected republicans. The
regular candidate will suffer little or no loss of support from the action of this convention.
130 Years Ago (1881): A petition was in circulation last week for signatures asking the “common council” to open
and lay to a street across lands occupied by Mr. Randolph as lumber yard, and entering Church street in front of
the furniture factory. Such an act would incur an expense that our village can hardly afford to stand under now
with a staggering debt from the recent schoolhouse improvement. [Note: The street would have connected East
Main and East Church on the west side of Allen’s Creek.
120 Years Ago (1891): Sunday morning developed the fact that the boys had not forgotten that the night
previous was “All Halloween.” Although watched pretty closely, many of the business places were daubed with
red paint upon windows, door-steps and doors, sidewalks removed, &c., but we have yet to learn of any great
damage, the paint being readily removed by those who arose early in the morning and applied the proper
chemicals. In fact the business portion of the place was painted red and not a few were made while others do not
care since the labor of removing and repairing is over.
110 Years Ago (1901): George Wood and Frank Kendall invested in an oil well near Los Angeles, Cal. It is
developing so well they are putting down a second one. George has decided to move there and we regret
loosing such a family from our city. He has been in the employ of the Evansville Mercantile Association [Grange
Store] eleven years and they are sorry to part with him.
100 Years Ago (1911): Married. Wednesday of this week Miss Grace M. Hall was united in marriage to Mr.
Howard A. Bruce of Stevens Point, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Hall, Jr. At high noon
the bride and groom, accompanied by Mr. Frank Hall and Miss Zella Wintermute of Whitewater, took their places,
beneath a large wedding bell where the impressive ring service was used by Rev. D. Quincy Grabill. Mrs. Bruce
is a granddaughter of Col. George Hall, Wisconsin’s best known showman.
90 Years Ago (1921): The thirtieth annual ball of the Evansville firemen will be held at Magee’s Hall on the
evening of November 11. The music will be furnished for the occasion by Leaver’s six piece orchestra and every
effort made to bring the ball of this year up to the standard that has maintained for thirty years. This is an event
in which every property owner in this city should feel an interest, for the interest of the fire boys is his interest,
and that they should feel that their work and organization is appreciated and that they have back of them a
united citizenry is important. The Evansville Fire boys have done splendid work on several different occasions
and the town as a whole, and its people individually, owe them much in the way of a liberal support both morally
80 Years Ago (1931): Arthur S. and Walter J. Templeton, both members of the Evansville 4-H club who have
been consistent winners at both county and state expositions, will exhibit sheep at the International Livestock
exposition which opens in Chicago Nov. 28. The brothers plan to show pens of lambs in the junior and open
classes of the show. At the 1928 exposition, Walter received the blue ribbon in the lamb competition of the junior
70 Years Ago (1941): Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Morrison, 115 Highland street, residents of the city for the past 29
years, will quietly observe their sixty-second wedding anniversary here next Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Morrison
were married November 12, 1879 at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Roberts, who at the
time resided on a farm near Brooklyn. Mr. Morrison was born on the old Morrison homestead north of Evansville
in Rutland township. Mrs. Morrison was born northeast of this city in Cooksville and grew to young womanhood in
Rutland township where her parents resided when she was a small child. The couple has three sons, Lewis C.
Morrison, Milwaukee, and Harold and Howard Morrison, this city; one daughter, Mrs. A. B. Fellows, this city and
60 Years Ago (1951): Harry Patterson, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Patterson, remains in a critical condition in
the Wisconsin General hospital in Madison suffering from injuries sustained last Thursday night in a fall down a
hay chute on the W. G. Patterson farm north of the city. Harry was doing the evening farm chores, and while
putting down the hay from the top of the barn, slipped and fell headlong 20 feet to the cement floor below. He
has undergone two operations on his skull since the accident but has not regained consciousness.
50 Years Ago (1961): Mr. and Mrs. Harry Schindler, Janesville, announce the engagement of their daughter,
Barbara Ann to Richard Cornwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Cornwell, Evansville.
40 Years Ago (1971): Carol Leick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Leick, Evansville, became Evansville’s only
girl cross country runner because she enjoyed the sport and with the help of Mrs. Ronald Heinemann, girl’s high
school physical education instructor, became a champion cross country runner. A five-mile course in the
Evansville area was decided upon for her practice hours and as an added exercise she ran her uphill beats in
the park. She has five medals and a trophy. She attended the Cleveland meet and came in 75th out of 200
girls, many of whom were college students who had been running many more years than 15-year-old Carol. If
she had placed in the Cleveland meeting, she would have qualified for the Olympics to be held in 1972.
30 Years Ago (1981): Mayor Robert Olsen turned the first shovel of dirt in Evansville for the $2 million dollar
wastewater treatment plant on the east side of the city. Construction began last Thursday. The access road
from Hwy. 14 to bring in equipment and materials is being put in. The entire site for the plant will be stripped of
top soil which will be stockpiled for later use and temporary power will be set up. Around the second week of
November building construction will begin and soon they will start building the lagoons, four regular and three
seepage cells. Work on the lift station at Water Street started this week, as well as work on dewatering wells to
draw water out of the ground. Occupying some 30 acres of land, Olsen states this is the biggest undertaking yet
for the city.
20 Years Ago (1991): Stacy Crull, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Crull, Route 1, Evansville, was named a
recipient of the National FFA Foundation Scholarship for 1991. She is one of only seven FFA members selected
from a ten state region to receive the award. Stacy is presently a junior at Evansville High School, serving as
FFA Chapter president, attended State and national FFA conventions, state and national judging contests, and
has worked extensively in FFA community service projects throughout the years.
10 years ago (2001): Coffee and lots of fresh air were served up for the District’s Open House Walking tour of
the three construction projects this past Saturday morning. Paul Kemp, Project Supervisor for J. P. Cullen,
general contractor for both high school and elementary projects, gave the walkers a guided tour and answered
questions. The August 2002 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony should be on schedule for the facilities.
Second Week of November 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): Died. At Cooksville, Wis., November 2, Amy Porter, widow of the late Dr. Isaac Porter,
aged 82 years, formerly of Charlton, Mass.
130 Years Ago (1881): Ed Sargent occupied his new house last week. It is a fine residence and compares
favorably with the beautiful residences of Main Street. Note: [Sargent’s house was at 243 West Main Street.]
120 Years Ago (1891): Married Thursday eve. Nov. 5, 1891, at the M. E. Parsonage by Rev. W. W. Stevens, Mr.
Albert E. Danks of Rutland to Miss Eva M. Burk of this city. The happy couple have our best wishes.
110 Years Ago (1901): Mail Carrier Herbert Hungerford started out this Tuesday morning with a very handsome
and convenient mail wagon, just completed by J. W. Morgan & Co. Mr. Hungerford had consulted several
eastern firms who manufactured such conveyances and finally concluded that he would do no better than to
patronize this home firm. The wagon has a very neat handsome appearance, is enclosed, protecting the driver
in all kinds of weather and has all the conveniences of the interior of a modern post office, making it convenient
and expeditious for the carrier to sort and deliver his mail.
100 Years Ago (1911): At a meeting of the common Council last evening the city formally accepted the newly
installed sewer system, and the cost of same and the extra work will be found detailed below: total cost of
sewers, including pipe, 44 manholes, septic tanks, inverted siphon, and extra work, $17,498.80. Income from
frontage assessments, $11,267.44 and city’s share, $6,231.36.
90 Years Ago (1921): The sale of pure bred Shorthorns last Friday of the Jones & Clark herd which was
disposed of at Executor’s sale was well attended. The prices, however, despite the fact that this herd has been
known for its blood lines and fine individuals were low. The cow, Cloverleaf, purchased by Dan Finnane, Jr.,
topping the sale at $111. Other pure bred stock and their purchasers: Village Lass, $65, Dan Finnane, Jr.;
Susie, $49, George Brigham; Burr Oak Bessie, $50, N. F. Brunsell; bull, Dandy Jim, $60, Oscar Furseth.
80 Years Ago (1931): Dean George, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence George, Route 3, has been selected as the
most outstanding junior boy 4-H club leader in the state, according to information just received here. The
selection was made last week by the state club department in Madison. Dean has been an achievement member
of the 4-H club for the past nine years. His string of blue ribbons has been the result of exceptional work in
raising Brown Swiss cattle, Duroc and Berkshire pigs and Shropshire and Southdown lambs.
70 Years Ago (1941): Evansville Community Fire department responded to a call from the farm home of Mr. and
Mrs. Archie Templeton, five miles northwest of the city in Jug Prairie at 3:45 p.m. last Thursday, to assist in
extinguishing a barn blaze. Hay in the mow of the barn had ignited from an electric motor which either had a
short in it or was over heated and the blaze was spreading rapidly through the hayloft and out through the side of
the building when the department arrived. Through the cooperation of the local group, the Brooklyn fire
company and the Pleasant Prairie and Butts Corners rural fire prevention organizations, the building and all but a
few tons of hay were saved.
60 Years Ago (1951): Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fellows and their crew of capable helpers are busy this week preparing
turkeys from the flock of about 1,200 for the Thanksgiving trade. Mr. and Mrs. Fellows own and operate the
Homestead Dairy farm east of Evansville and raise turkeys as a side line. For the past 12 years, Mr. and Mrs.
Fellows have raised turkeys for the holiday market and most of them are sold for Thanksgiving, Christmas and
New Years. The birds are received here in the spring as day-old poults. The fowls are picked dry, carefully
pinned and oven dressed. Many of them are eaten in Evansville and other southern Wisconsin vicinities, while
many are sent by express to other parts of the country.
50 Years Ago (1961): Evansville Community theater will present “The Guest Cottage” on November 10 and 11 in
the high school auditorium. The cast is comprised of Claude E. Willoughby, Mrs. A. H. Devine, Mrs. Peter
Hamacher, Harold Jung, Kay Kelly, Patti Bewick, Pamela Erstad and Marcia Weaver.
40 Years Ago (1971): Two Evansville students are among the more than 100 freshman agriculture majors
enrolled for the first time this fall at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. They are Tom Burhans, son of Mr. and
Mrs. James Burhans of rural Evansville; and Jeff Knudson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Knudson of rural
30 Years Ago (1981): At the Monday night school board meeting, Supt. George Knuckles told the members that
schools are in a serious position and that education is in trouble. With the economic conditions in the nation,
things don’t look good, he said. The state financial aids are to be reduced by some 8 to 10 percent for special
education and state aids possibly up to 15 percent.
20 Years Ago (1991): Gordon and Della Franklin will observe their 25th wedding anniversary on November 12,
1991. They will hold an open House for friends and relatives on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the
Evansville First Baptist Church where they were married on November 12, 1966. Their family includes two
daughters, Cathy (Dan) Nevel, and Angie Franklin and a son, Don, all of Evansville.
10 years ago (2001): The first annual Primetimer’s Health, Fun and Fitness Fair was held last Saturday in the
Elementary School cafeteria. They gym was filled with health care providers, agencies that provide services and
information to seniors and most importantly, other seniors who showed off their talents. Quilters, basket makers,
painters, ceramic experts and many other talented seniors displayed their works of art.
Third Week of November 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): The oldest frame building between Janesville and Madison, on the old stage road, was
deserted by human occupants last week and turned over to the use of cattle and horses. It is located in the
village of Union and was built, we believe, about thirty years ago, since which time it has done constant service as
a human habitation.
130 Years Ago (1881): Mr. Spears, of Michigan, with his cousin, Mrs. Daniel Whaley, of this place called upon us
Monday evening. Mr. Spears is a large fruit grower and brought two car loads of apples to this place and sold
them to the Grange store.
120 Years Ago (1891): From the Magnolia home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Meeley, comes word of the death of
their daughter, Mary Meeley, under distressing circumstances. The little child was but two and a half years old,
was apparently well and was sitting on a chair eating a piece of bread. Suddenly she threw her arms above her
head, screamed, and toppled forward. She was immediately placed in bed, but despite all that human hands
could do, she expired in a few minutes. Little Mary was the pet of the home, and her sudden death was a terrible
blow to her fond parents. The funeral was held from Albany
110 Years Ago (1901): Mrs. August Post, of Center township, aged 41 years and 3 months, departed this life,
Saturday, Nov. 16, 1901. The deceased leaves a husband and eight children to mourn their sad loss which that
fell destroyer consumption has taken from them, the youngest child being about four years of age. The funeral
was held at the German church in Center, Monday, which was conducted by Meinke & Snashall, Undertakers of
100 Years Ago (1911): The munificent fund which has just been raised in this city for the unfortunate citizens of
Rock County who on Nov. 11th underwent the terrors of a cyclone and are now bravely enduring the
accompanying losses, is a tribute to the spirit of generosity characteristic of this city and vicinity and also confers
on the Review the modest distinction of proposing the plan. People contributed $611.80 to the fund. As the
need for money is still urged and there is still room on the list for a few more names, the invitation is extended to
donate before your surplus cash is expended for Christmas purposes.
90 Years Ago (1921): Last Friday morning at about eight o’clock, just before the children had begun to gather
for school, one end of the small building occupied by the eighth grade at the city high school caught fire from an
overheated stove. The fire department was on hand in good time, but owing to the inside of the building being
merely wall board, the fire did considerable damage to the inside of the room. Owing to the fact that the new
school building will soon be completed, the building will not at present be refitted and the eighth graders are now
being prepared for the strenuous battles of life in the City Hall, where they will be taught until the new school
building is ready for occupancy.
80 Years Ago (1931): Armistice Day, Nov. 11, was duly observed in Evansville this year with an appropriate
ceremony in charge of the local post of the American Legion and a suspension of activity in practically all of the
business places. Three blasts of the whistle at the plant of the Baker Manufacturing company were heard at 11 a.
m. after which the American Legion firing squad, which was assembled at the corner of Madison and Main
streets, fired three volleys of shots in honor of those who made the supreme sacrifice. Members of the firing
squad were Max Weaver, Bernie Christensen, Mark Collins, Dan Williams, Harold Seguine, Boyd Smith and Ralph
Tomlin. The color bearer was Joe Straka; George Golz and Selmar A. Jordahl were the color guards. Following
the blowing of taps by Walter Gollmar, Jr., the city band, under the direction of Burr Tolles, played the national
anthem. In spite of the inclement weather, approximately 200 citizens stood at attention, facing the east, during
the ceremony. Roy Reckord, post commander, presided.
70 Years Ago (1941): Football letters are being presented to 21 prominent high school athletes by Coach
George O’Neil. Seniors receiving letters are Haaken Haakenson, Rolland Devlin, Alan Eager, Carl Weaver, John
Spanton, Merton Baker, Rolland Bowen, Art Sands, Bob Hurd, Tom Green and Roger McCaffrey.
Underclassmen honored are Albert Ellis, Russel Nihart, Richard Scott, Don Graham, Tharon Appleman, Stan
Haakenson, Clifford Sarow, Howard Seeman and Louia Gransee. The manager’s letter goes to Jack Reckord.
60 Years Ago (1951): Mr. and Mrs. Ed Ellis, who reside on a farm northwest of Evansville, observed their 36th
wedding anniversary Tuesday. They were married in 1915. Mrs. Ellis was formerly Miss Sadie Ames of
Brooklyn. Following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis settled on the Ellis homestead and have resided there the
entire 36 years. Mr. Ellis represents the third generation of the Ellis family to occupy the family homestead.
50 Years Ago (1961): Among the Evansville men who have volunteered for ambulance driving are Police Chief
Richard Luers, Don Graham, Ed Erpenbach, John Whitmore, William Wood, Bob Kelly, Richard Meyers, Kenneth
Amann, Robert Erstad, Al Ward, Gordon Hartin, Bill Morrison, Gordon Kazda, Don Hart, and R. W. Schuster.
40 Years Ago (1971): Mr. and Mrs. Herbert J. Coyne will observe their anniversary at an open house Nov. 21st
from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran church. There will also be a celebration mass at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s
Catholic Church. Mr. Coyne and the former Clara C. Bauer were married Nov. 22, 1921. Their children are
Francis M. Coyne, Robert H. Coyne, and Mrs. Alice Gundlach, Madison; James J. Coyne, Spring Green, Wis; and
Anthony R. Coyne, Marathon, Fla. There are 25 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
30 Years Ago (1981): Progress was made on the track at the High School last week as the blacktop was installed
by Frank Brothers of Milton, Wis. As of Monday of this week, all the back filling was completed. Volunteer efforts
have spurred on the construction, before the cold weather sets in.
20 Years Ago (1991): Evansville school board members have decided once again to pursue a $5.5 million
referendum they had placed on the back burner several months ago. Phil Hamilton, board member and
chairman of the buildings and facilities committee presented four options for the school board to discuss. The
board hired Potter-Lawson Architects to draw up plans for the renovation and new construction of the district’s
facilities including the addition of a new gymnasium between the elementary school and the high school last
10 years ago (2001): Evansville’s student body can be thankful to Mike Larson of Larson Acres for the “udderly”
great milk dispenser that now occupies a space near the new elementary cafeteria. This machine will serve both
the high school and elementary populations. Donated to the FFA Chapter, the machine will be used as a fund
raiser. The first project will be to purchase an additional milk dispenser for the middle school.
Fourth Week of November 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): Thomas E. Lucas was arraigned in Rock County Circuit Court for selling liquor in violation
of the laws of the Village of Evansville. The jury brought in a verdict of guilty. [Thomas E. Lucas was a
veterinarian and also operated a drug store in Evansville.]
130 Years Ago (1881): Rev. E. Robinson expects to start for Florida next Monday, to remain during the winter.
Our readers hope to hear from him occasionally during his stay. He goes for reasons of his poor health.
120 Years Ago (1891): Mr. Ed Tierney and Mr. Dan Finnane, narrowly escaped losing their lives, yesterday,
while attending the funeral of Mr. John Gorman, as bearers. In crossing the R. R. track in Janesville, the gates
were closed, a train struck the hind wheels of the buggy in which they were riding, injuring them quite badly. Mr.
Finnane, being knocked insensible, and Mr. Tierney, badly scratched and bruised. The hearse just escaped
ahead of them.
110 Years Ago (1901): The Shakespeare club held a meeting last Tuesday evening at the spacious home of
Miss Cora Morgan, at the corner of First and Liberty streets. The members of the club gave a representation of
Act V, Scene II of “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” The parts were well taken and the costumes excellent reproductions of
the Shakespearean mode. The presentation was heartily applauded by the audience which consisted of the
remainder of the members.
100 Years Ago (1911): Married. At the Congregational parsonage by Rev. D. Q. Grabill, Tuesday, November
21, 1911 at 11:30 a.m., Mr. William G. Groh to Miss Daisy Lorraine Sherger, both of this city. Mr. Groh was born
in Sheboygan and has lived in this city four years, holding a responsible position with L. Van Wart, druggist. The
bride was born here and has always lived in this city where she has gained many friends and maintains her
friendships by her strength and sincerity of character.
90 Years Ago (1921): It is stated by those who have been at the farm recently that the Milbrandt Bros. have
been putting their dairy barns in fine shape for the winter by putting in new cement floors and in other ways
making their barns sanitary and up-to-date.
80 Years Ago (1931): Grade News: Joyce Montgomery broke two toes over the weekend and is coming to
school on crutches. Alan Eager is in the hospital with a severe cut on his face. All the pupils of the second
grade sent cards to Alan Eager Tuesday. Third Graders are beginning Indian rug weaving this week. Ruth
Morrison is making a Thanksgiving picture on the board. The number of books read in the fourth Grade so far is
fifty-two, read by Marjorie Jean Moore. Second highest is Bob Brunsell, who has read twenty-six books.
70 Years Ago (1941): Evansville men who enlisted in the National Guard just a year ago and have recently been
transferred from a southern camp to a foreign port, arriving last Saturday night at the Philippine Islands with the
Janesville tank unit are Sgt. Herbert Durner, Sgt. LeRoy Scoville, Sgt. Edward Trebs, Corporal Robert Kubly,
Private First Class Kenneth Hatlevig and Private First Class Robert Hubbard.
60 Years Ago (1951): George Noyes, Evansville painter and interior decorator, observed his 87th birthday
Saturday at his home here on the corner of West Main and South Fourth streets. He was born in Sun Prairie and
moved to Evansville when he was about 32 years old. He was married to the former Lulu Mabie Oct. 23, 1897.
He is a member and past noble grand of the Evansville IOOF lodge and also belongs to the Rebekah Order. Mr.
and Mrs. Noyes have three daughters, Mrs. Albert Larsen, Mrs. Alfred Hensel and Mrs. Robert Erstad, all of
Evansville; a son, Ralph, Squirrel Lake, northern Wisconsin; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
50 Years Ago (1961): Notice of special Meeting of the Evansville Joint School District No. 6. Business to be
transacted as follows: to consider and examine plans to construct and complete the new Evansville High School
on the Fairgrounds site; and to consider the purchased parcel 6-27-401 at 323 S. First Street, for school
40 Years Ago (1971): A fire call from the Russell Andrew farm home was answered by the Footville Fire
Company. The portable corn dryer on the farm was in operation and an inside part broke and stopped the fan
which caused the dryer to become over heated. The dryer was practically ruined and about 750 bushels of
shelled corn consumed. No buildings were damaged and the loss is partially covered by insurance.
30 Years Ago (1981): Garbage pickup in Evansville will drop down to once a week, according to the figure of
$71,000 in the proposed budget for 1982. All State Disposal Co., the present contractor for the past four years,
was the lowest bidder of three, with the bid of $71,000 for a three year period. Twice a week pickup for the same
period was bid at $91,000.
20 Years Ago (1991): Evansville taxpayers will be paying 18.62 percent more in taxes in 1992. Council members
on Tuesday night of last week passed a budget that was $93,609 more than the 1991 tax levy of $503,267.
10 years ago (2001): Mr. and Mrs. Elwyn Leeder celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary on Nov. 23. They
were married in 1944 in Janesville. They spent their lives enjoying their two children, Kay (Ron) of Cambridge
and Bill (Valerie) of Evansville along with four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and their precious dog,
Fifth Week of November 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): Great activity prevails in the lumbering circles at the present time and the offices of the
loggers are thronged with men seeking employment in the northern woods this winter. The price of labor
averages from $25 to $30 per month. With sufficient snow for logging from the 1st of December to the 20th of
March, it is estimated that 300 million feet will be put in on the Black River and present prospects are the
increase will be from 30 to 50 percent on the Wisconsin, Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers.
130 Years Ago (1881): Hiram Bullard received a dispatch Tuesday night, from Adell, Iowa, stating that his
daughter had died suddenly of typhoid fever. He returned home from whither he had gone to attend the death of
his daughter, Mrs. Backman, and bring her remains home, but it was thought to be just as well for them to remain
120 Years Ago (1891): The regular meeting of the Evansville Horticultural Society was held in the
Congregational church on Tuesday evening Nov. 24th. There was quite a good attendance. Mr. B. S. Hoxie
gave a very interesting account of his trip to Dixie.
110 Years Ago (1901): The waterworks system is nearly completed. Those in charge hope to have it in working
order by December tenth. The weather has been very favorable for the work. Residents at the south end of
Maple Ave., and other similar sections of the city already complain that they cannot take water from the
waterworks as there is to be no main in front of their residences at present; verily it is hard to please everybody
at once, some would not have water if they could and others could not have water if they would.
100 Years Ago (1911): Will Tomlin and Roy Nelms brought down a deer each in their recent hunt in the northern
part of the state and they were gazed upon with admiration Saturday while at the express office by many aspiring
90 Years Ago (1921): Gordon Baker, a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Baker has shown that he is a son of his father
right recently by planning and constructing a new style of automobile, which he finished this week and placed in
active commission. The new machine is made of four old bicycle wheels, the motive power coming from a small
gasoline engine on the back. To the credit of the young inventor, the thing really works and it is easy for him to
climb the East Main Street hill on “High” and make a speed of several miles per hour.
80 Years Ago (1931): Opening its poultry packing department Monday morning with a force of seven pickers, the
Evansville Produce company shipped 2300 pounds of dressed chickens and turkeys to the Chicago market
Tuesday. In addition to the Chicago shipment, the firm sent 500 pounds of dressed spring chickens to Madison.
Leroy Lewis, partner of the firm, commented on the holiday trade, “There has been a great shortage of turkeys,
in fact, we could have shipped double the amount we did had we been able to secure the birds.”
70 Years Ago (1941): Kenneth Decker, whose address now is “K” Division, U.S.S. Wright, Pearl Harbor, T. H.,
was transferred from the Great Lakes Training station to California several months ago and was recently sent to
the foreign port, writes: “I am in patron wing two, which is composed of these big flying boats and we cover most
of the Pacific. We spend a good deal of our time on an aircraft tender. We leave in the morning for a patrol that
will last six weeks and we won’t even be back here for Christmas.”
60 Years Ago (1951): Children and adults alike look forward to Christmas, but it really doesn’t seem like the
holiday season is close until the city streets and homes take on a holiday attire. According to Dr. R. G. Heimerl,
president of the Lions club, the city will soon take on that festive appearance because the lighted stars and
strings of lights will be put up on Main street within a few days. After the lights are on, Christmas trees will begin
to appear in windows of the Evansville homes and the holiday time will be here. The committee working on the
Christmas decorations project and program is comprised of George Mattakat, Harry Inman and Will Sumner.
50 Years Ago (1961): A one-man show of 31 paintings of John Wilde, Evansville, chairman of the art department
of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is being held in December at the Bresler Gallaries at 729 North Milwaukee
Street, Milwaukee. Among those from Evansville who went to Milwaukee to see the paintings were Dr. and Mrs.
Roger Gray, Mr. and Mrs. Will Sumner, Mr. and Mrs. William Brunsell, Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Eager, Jr., and Mr. and
Mrs. Lyle Porter.
40 Years Ago (1971): The state drama contest will be taking place this Saturday, Dec. 4, at the U. W. at Stevens
Point. There are 19 participants of which Evansville is one. The local team has been rated “A” all along at the
various levels and is hopeful of achieving an A rating on the state level. The crew includes LaRee Fluegel, Jim
Miller, John Jordan, Greg Wood and Bill Meredith. The three members of the cast of “The Hunter and the Bird”
are Dave Devlin, Kate Conners and Kay Brunsell.
30 Years Ago (1981): Doris Schmidt so enjoyed her hobby at East Main Gifts that she bought the business to
keep it open. East Main Gifts was started in 1972 by Duke and Marian Farnsworth. A month ago, Duke
Frasnworth said they were going to sell or close the business. Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt had recently sold Kenwood
Apartments, and she found she had extra time. Doris said, “If Neva Davis hadn’t gone with the shop I wouldn’t
have taken it.” There will be grand opening December 5 and 6.
20 Years Ago (1991): About 150 attended the recent “After Hours” event at the Blue Cross, Blue Shield United
of Wisconsin Regional office in the Grange Mall. Thomas Leichty shared information about the Evansville
business. Presently, the Evansville office has 115 employees and a 1992 payroll predicted to be 2.6 million.
Presently the Evansville office services over 300 companies. In 1992, Leichty says, the number of employees will
grow, anticipating some 25 more employees. Tours of the offices were held and music was furnished by
Margaret Brigham and Rachel Mackie, playing harp.
10 years ago (2001): Evansville area residents are looking forward to Saturday’s “Old Fashioned Family
Christmas,” an event sponsored by the Evansville Chamber of Commerce, and organized by the Evansville
Community Partnership (ECP) Christmas Planning Committee. Lunch with Santa will be held at the Masonic
Temple. Santa will make his grand entrance on a fire truck. ECP will be selling food in the Masonic Temple to
raise funds to pay for the new decorations for the downtown, including new Christmas decorations that were put
up last week.