First Week of November 1874-2004
140 Years Ago (1874): Died. In Magnolia, Wis., Nov. 4th, 1874, Celestia Chapel, mother of Russell O.
Chapel, of Magnolia, aged 77 years, 9 months, 16 days. One of our oldest residents, Mrs. Chapel
passed away last week. Her death was caused from a fall she received last Sunday eve, while coming
down stairs. Her foot caught, and she fell down two stairs dislocating her hip. Drs. Evans and Smith
were summoned, and her hip set. She seemed quite comfortable until Wednesday morning, when she
began to fail, and continued so until 3 o’clock in the afternoon, at which time she died. Her funeral was
held at the Methodist Church in Evansville, to which she belonged at the time of her death.
130 Years Ago (1884): Halloween was not generally observed by the small boys of our town, but a few
young ladies congregated and indulged in all the superstitious customs of the occasion.
120 Years Ago (1894): Extra watchmen were employed All Halloween evening and it became necessary
to lock up a couple of boys for the night as they persisted in mischievous doings after the officers had
used all other reasonable preventatives.
110 Years Ago (1904): Now that election is over let us again resume business and forget all the
bitterness and little petty annoyances which have permeated us all for the last few weeks. Accept all the
nominees as elected and work for a betterment of ourselves and the government.
100 Years Ago (1914): Within a few months thousands and thousands of American horses, many of
them family pets, will be galloping into the shrapnel and bayonets of German soldiers, tugging and
straining at the traces as they drag heavy artillery over the half frozen roads or lying wounded, helpless
and dying on some French, Belgian or German battle field. For despite the peace talks, despite the
humane sentiment of our people and despite everything, train load after train load of American horses
are leaving Chicago every day, for Canada, to be shipped to England. Other trains leave St. Louis,
Kansas City and Louisville daily for New Orleans, whence the horses are shipped to France. These
horses are being bought now, today, in the rural districts of the middle west, as well as from the ranges
further west. Many a family pet will be bullet-shattered and will die a lingering death in the cold of the
coming winter, for there are no Red Cross societies to care for wounded horses.
90 Years Ago (1924): The farm women of Rock County open a drive this week for the purpose of
securing a traveling Home Economics demonstrator to give practical demonstrations in millinery,
dressmaking, cooking, canning and other lines of work in the rural sections of the county. In order to aid
the County Board in meeting the expense of such an instructor, each family in every township has been
asked to donate one chicken to be delivered to each district school house on Friday, November 7. The
town chairman, Mr. Lathers has volunteered to gather them up and market them. The proceeds will be
applied on the salary of the proposed instructor, who will be selected by Mrs. Nellie Kedzie Jones. It is
hoped to have her appointed and at work by Dec. 1st.
80 Years Ago (1934): Mason’s Merry Mixers, a new five-piece orchestra recently organized in Evansville
under the management of Roy Mason, will make its initial appearance on Friday evening of this week
when it will furnish a part of the music at a modern and old-time dance to be given in the Uptown
ballroom, Brodhead. The Blue Moon Serenaders of Janesville is the other orchestra which has been
engaged. Playing in the Evansville band are C. W. Hazlett, violinist; Mrs. Hazlett, pianist; Donald Tucker,
saxophone and clarinet; “Bob” Allen, banjo and guitar; and Roy Mason, drums. The musicians have
been holding regular rehearsals here for the past two months.
70 Years Ago (1944): The office of War Utilities have notified electric companies that Direction 1 to
Order U-1-g, which prohibits the installation of temporary facilities for ornamental or decorative
Christmas lighting, will be continued in effect during the 1944 holiday season without a change. The
announcement followed a recommendation by the Solid Fuels Administration of the War, that fuel
savings possible under a continued ban on public Christmas lighting merited the continuation of the ban.
60 Years Ago (1954): Rudolph Hatlevig, Jr. will succeed Jerome Matson on the school board for the
remainder of his term. Mr. Matson is moving to Delavan.
50 Years Ago (1964): Unusually fine weather which prevailed the entire voting day in Evansville brought
forth a steady stream of voters to swell the total to 1,350 votes cast in Evansville. Unusual as well as the
weather was the fact that the Democratic candidates Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert Humphrey drew a
total of 760 votes whereas Barry Goldwater and William Miller tallied 567 votes in Evansville. This was
Evansville’s second highest vote on record. Of a potential 1,400 voters 1,350 cast their votes. In Union
township Johnson received 232 votes and Goldwater 166.
40 Years Ago (1974): The Evansville Fire Department answered two calls Monday. At an early hour the
firemen were called to the Billy Reed home on Riley Road. Fire of unknown origin had started in the wall
near an electric outlet and close to the fireplace. When it was discovered by John Reed, he aroused the
family and he and his father and brother chopped a hole in the wall and prevented the blaze from
traveling up the wall to the second floor. Considerable smoke damage and other damage was the
result. The second call was from the Union Co-op at 7:40 a.m. when the corn dryer caught fire. The
machine was damaged.
30 Years Ago (1984): Senior Jeff Thelen and Junior Amy Zweifel were Cross Country highest award
winners. Jeff and Amy were also voted Captain by their teammates. This was Amy’s third year for the
MVP award. Most improved runners were Senior Brian Wildt and Freshman Jill Updike.
20 Years Ago (1994): Union township Building Inspector Robert Fahey reported four permits issued
from Oct. 6 to Nov. 3 with building costs for this period of $284,914. Fahey also said that year to date,
21 new homes have been built.
10 years ago (2004): Most of the Manor residents aren’t able to get to the Rock Co. 4-H Fair, so each
year, the Magnolia 4-H club brings a smaller version of the fair to them. On Oct. 9th a number of 4-H
members and their parents packed up some of their fair projects, including some animals, and put them
all on display for the residents of the manor. Once the display tables are set up, the kids each take a
resident around to all the projects and explain everything to them.
Second Week of November 1874-2004
140 Years Ago (1874): The Baker Manufacturing Company have added several new pieces of
machinery to their works and have otherwise increased their facilities for manufacturing their popular
130 Years Ago (1884): Dr. Loomis came up from Janesville, and met Dr. Fox, here and with Dr. Quivey
of this place, proceeded to Mr. Erasmus Severson’s who lives a mile or so north of Union village, to
attend a consultation, from a severe condition of typhoid fever of Mr. Severson. Mr. Severson is
reported on the gain. Dr. Quivey has great hopes for his recovery.
120 Years Ago (1894): The Sick List: the doctors generally complain of its being distressedly healthy in
this place and vicinity just now, but we find the following patients under the doctors care this morning,
Mrs. Flora Winston with her broken limb is suffering considerably, but getting along as well as could be
expected. Mrs. Ed Hynes is sufficiently indisposed as to need the services of a physician. Mrs. Chas.
Johnson is on the sick list. Mrs. Fred Woodstock of Magnolia is quite seriously ill. Mrs. James McCoy’s
improvement is very slow.
110 Years Ago (1904): The largest number of votes ever cast in this city at an election was polled last
Tuesday. Total number votes cast 539, of which 102 were straight republican, 33 straight democratic.
La Follette, republican received 240 votes for Governor.
100 Years Ago (1914): The following children attending district schools in Brooklyn township had a
perfect attendance for the school year, 1913-1914: Crystal Ross, Arlena Popanz, Lucy Smith, Leslie
Miles, Grace Lange, Myrtle Krause, Clarence Farnsworth, Leonard Amidon, Ethel Luchsinger, Francis
Doyle, Mary Doyle, Helen Jones, Mary Croak, Ace Allen, Ruby Mildred Farnsworth, Marvin Zwickey,
Wilma Luchsinger, Stanley Ringhand, Lloyd Amidon, Orno Ringhand, Lyell Montgomery, Caryl
Montgomery, Arthur King, and Ivan Reese.
90 Years Ago (1924): The report for the Evansville Tourist Camp for the year 1924 is: cars registered
1,002: men 1,164; women 1,220; children, 1,080; total number of people 3,464; average per car 3 ½.
176 cars came from Chicago, the balance from 28 states and 3 places in Canada. Cars coming to the
camp the 2nd time or cars stopping for dinner or supper were not registered. The majority of tourists
were pleased with the camp and accommodations. A few kicked because we did not have shower baths
with hot and cold water, and electric plates. A few tourists traveling should stay at home and work, a
man has no business to be on the road without money. Fred Wilder, Custodian.
80 Years Ago (1934): Before a crowded room of bright-eyed, eager Girl Reserves, Mrs. Mayme Erstad,
proprietor of the Evansville Beauty Shoppe, gave a short address on “The Vocation of Hair Dressing”
Tuesday morning in the high school mathematics room. “Beauty culture is both a science and a
profession,” she declared. “Success rises for those who give increasingly healthful service, with up-to-
the-minute methods.” In continuing Mrs. Erstad pointed out the requirements of a student for beginning
beauty work and the requirements necessary for the securance of a position.
70 Years Ago (1944): Polling a total of 1216 votes, Evansville citizens turned out enmasse Tuesday to
cast their ballots for their favorite office seekers in the presidential, state and county elections. As in
former years the Republicans cast more votes in the city than the Democrats. There was a difference
this year of 169. On the presidential ballot, Dewey and Bricker received 672 votes and Roosevelt and
Truman, 503. Thomas and Hoopes, socialist candidates received 6 votes here.
60 Years Ago (1954): Five members of the Evansville football squad were picked for the Badger all-
conference second team after a vote by the high school coaches. Two from Evansville were also given
honorable mention. The five players were Bob Rasmussen, Doug Hull, John Paulson, Rollie Zilliox and
50 Years Ago (1964): Richard Luers, Evansville Police Chief, is this week issuing a reminder to all local
car owners regarding the snow removal program. “It does not look like snow now nor does the
temperature feel like it, but after all, it is November and the weather can change in a hurry,” said Mr.
Luers. When there is a snowfall of two inches or more, cars must be off the street so that snow can be
removed by the city trucks. Tickets will be issued to cars left on the street. Tickets issued will cost the
offenders $5 plus $3.50 court costs.
40 Years Ago (1974): The One Act Play “Owl” which received an “A” rating at the sub district contest,
will now be presented at the district contest at the UW-Whitewater on Saturday, Nov. 16. The cast
includes Susan Wegman, Chris Brown, John Jordan, Linda Milbrant, Peter Hall, Al Bosshart, Susan Lien,
and Lori Elmer. Peter Shaw is the director.
30 Years Ago (1984): The Eager building on E. Main Street, that was burned out early in September
has been purchased by Realtor Roger Berg. The building, housing the former Ben Franklin, Boots ‘N
Britches Apparel and The Shoe Store, was marked for demolition in the near future. The purchase of
last week will halt the wrecking ball for now. According to Berg, a group of local businessmen, including
Lewis Farnsworth and Robert Judd, envision re-developing the property historically in a manner that will
be a plus for the city.
20 Years Ago (1994): Angela Olson, Evansville, recently competed and won top honors at “World Dairy
Expo ’94” in Madison. Angela exhibited the reserve senior champion of the junior show. Angela is the
daughter of Larry and Joy Olson.
10 years ago (2004): Kopecky’s Piggly Wiggly announces that it will once again pre-package groceries
and have them available for sale for customers to purchase and donate to the Toys for Evansville
program and the Evansville Ecumenical Care Closet. Pre-packaged items will include such things as
cereal, spaghetti, fruits, vegetables and more. Customers may purchase the bags for just $10.
Third Week of November 1874-2004
140 Years Ago (1874): Mr. L. T. Pullen who has been spending a couple of months among the
cranberry slashes of Juneau county returned Friday night. He speaks favorably of the business
appearances of Tomah, where he spent the most of his time. The Wisconsin Valley Railroad was
opened to Wausau last week, and the people of Tomah and along the line of the road, were treated to a
rousing excursion. Over three thousand people were entertained at Wausau at the expense of the
130 Years Ago (1884): Mr. Stillman Bullard was attacked with a paralytic shock Monday night, as he
was returning with his cow from the pasture, and required the assistance of an accidentally passing
neighbor to get home. We saw him Thursday morning; he was lying in bed and feeling as comfortable
as his circumstances would permit of. His left side was nearly powerless, but seemed to be gaining
action slowly; he could move voluntarily, the first finger of the left hand a little. His mind appeared bright
and active but his body was feeble. Mrs. Bullard expressed hope for improvement, but did not look for
any speedy recovery.
120 Years Ago (1894): Mrs. Vie Campbell went on the morning train Monday to Rockford, from there
she goes to Chicago and from there to Cleveland Ohio to attend the national W.C.T.U. convention. She
expects to be gone two weeks.
110 Years Ago (1904): Mesdames Swan and Farnsworth of Attica, spent part of the week with their
daughter and granddaughter, Mrs. George Greatsinger. On Tuesday, a picture was taken of the four
generations: Mesdames Swan, Farnsworth, Greatsinger and the latter’s little daughter Gladys.
100 Years Ago (1914): The annual Thanksgiving Service will be held at 10:30 Thanksgiving morning in
the Congregational church. The sermon will be preached by Rev. Norman G. Oliver, pastor of the
Baptist church. The offering will be for the relief of the poor. All are invited to be present. Let us recall
the original meaning of the day, the purpose for which it is still set aside by proclamation of our
90 Years Ago (1924): Jug Prairie News: Kenneth Golz had a narrow escape Monday night after
school. He was riding in the back of a pony buggy belonging to George Rasmussen when he caught his
feet in the wheels. He was badly shaken up and bruised some but no serious damage was done.
80 Years Ago (1934): Harry E. Hayward, a resident of this vicinity for the past 79 years, observed his
81st birthday Monday at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Green, 233
West Main street. Mr. Hayward was born in Northfield, Vt., and came with his parents in 1855 to a farm
near the Tullar school where his father built the first frame house on the prairie. As a young man, Mr.
Hayward assisted his father in a meat market here driving a wagon to sell meat through the neighboring
county. He later became a mason helping erect three of the buildings at the plant of the Baker
Manufacturing company and making the foundations to a large number of Evansville homes. In about
1900 he operated a meat market and grocery in the F. A. baker building which business he sold retiring
about 15 years ago. He is active and well, and still pokes a “wicked” cue in Dix Barnard’s billiard parlor
and holds his own at the family bridge tournament.
70 Years Ago (1944): Evansville’s new youth center has a name! A prize was offered for the best title
and was won by Mary Ellen Fellows and Byron Holmes, both of whom submitted practically the same
name. Therefore, the $5 cash prize was divided and each received $2.50. The center will henceforth
be known as the “Rec.” The work of repairing and redecorating the inside of the building is nearing
completion. Mrs. George Greenway has been engaged as a full time hostess. She will be assisted by
P. T. A. members. Rudolph Hatlevig has donated a piano which he is having tuned.
60 Years Ago (1954): A drop in the state aid has caused an increase in the budget asked for next year’
s operation of the school system here.
50 Years Ago (1964): Three years of dedicated creative work will come to fruit for Mrs. Lillian Russell
Porter of Evansville with publication of her book, “Choice Seeds in the Wilderness,” on Nov. 20. Hers is
a first and she believes an only book.. It is a pioneer story of Wisconsin based on the diary of an
ancestor. “Choice Seeds in the Wilderness” is the story of Eliza Bacon Porter, who left the cultural
atmosphere of Boston for the wilderness of Wisconsin in 1847, while this state was still a territory. Eliza
left behind her an occasional diary eloquent with esthetic emotion and stoically reticent about the
hardships and heartaches of her new home so far, in those years, from the cities of the Atlantic
40 Years Ago (1974): The Evansville FFA Parliamentary Team performed for Evansville Lions members
at the local club’s Monday night meeting. The team, introduced by Lion member, Ray Weigand, EHS Vo-
Ag instructor, was comprised of Dean Vielhuber, Ed Arnold, Ron Hatlen, Carla Heimerl, Terry Buttchen,
Mike Patterson, Larae Fluegel, Greg Arnold and Ray Westby.
30 Years Ago (1984): An ecumenical Thanksgiving service, including the Baptist Church, Magnolia
Advent Christian Church, United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church will be held
Wednesday Nov. 21st, at the Methodist Church. Pastor Bill Walker of First Baptist Church will preach on
the topic, “A Table in the Wilderness.” A special offering will be taken for the African Hunger Relief
Program which includes Ethiopia.
20 Years Ago (1994): Evansville, the entire city, experienced a power outage on Tuesday morning,
Election Day, of last week. The lack of power began about 6:15 a.m. when people were arising to start
their day and hoping the power would come back on. Electric alarm clocks and furnaces did not
respond, thus many got a later start and it meant a cold breakfast. The school buses kept brining the
students to the darkened rooms.
10 years ago (2004): Santa Claus is coming to town earlier this year! You may have heard that he’s
traded in his sleigh for a fire truck, but this year Santa has joined Evansville residents in their quest for
fitness. He’ll be walking into the lower level of the Grange Mall on November 20 at 9:55 a.m. and
greeting children from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Fourth Week of November 1874-2004
140 Years Ago (1874): We need hardly remind our readers that Thanksgiving day is next Thursday
(tomorrow). Union services will be held in the M. E. church commencing at eleven o’clock a.m. Sermon
by Rev. O. H. True.
130 Years Ago (1884): Union Thanksgiving services were held at the F. W. Baptist church, sermon by
Rev. A. J. Marshall. After the sermon (as has been the custom for a number of years) the Charity
Committee made their report and a collection of $7.46 was taken up for the relief of the poor and needy
of the place. The committee reported having expended last year, $19; 0 in the treasury. They had
relieved a good many necessituous cases and administered to the personal comfort of a good many
more. The committee for this year consists of Mrs. H. C. Millspaugh, chairman, of the Cong’l church;
Mrs. C. B. Morse, of the M. E. church; Mrs. W. H. Hatfield, of the F. W. Baptist church; Mrs. Hull, of the
Baptist church; Mrs. J. E. Coleman, of the Free Methodist church and Mrs. N. J. Kendall, of the Central
120 Years Ago (1894): News reached us this Monday morning that the people of Brooklyn are
considerably excited over the discovery of diphtheria in that place and are criticizing some physicians
quite severely for calling the disease membraneous croupe until the whole community have been
exposed by attending the public funerals of two children and otherwise. Mr. and Mrs. Ken Spaulding
have lost two children, Mrs. Spaulding is not expected to recover from the disease. Mrs. Perkins who
cared for the children during their sickness died Sunday morning and Mr. Ed Rutty’s little girl is now very
sick with it. Dr. Palmer of Janesville and Dr. Smith of this place were called Sunday and pronounced the
disease by its right name and ordered strict quarantine and fumigation.
110 Years Ago (1904): While hunting deer last week, Homer Sholtz of Brooklyn was shot in the arm; the
wound however was not serious and he was able to attend the Greatsinger reunion Thanksgiving.
100 Years Ago (1914): The management of the Baker Manufacturing company reports the best year in
the history of the company. At least it is the best so far being about 10 per cent better than the
business of last year, up until this time. This is most encouraging in view of the fact that many other
similar concerns have been laying off men, or running only part time. Even the war has not stopped the
export business of the company, it being the largest of any year in the history of the Baker shops.
During this month four carloads of windmills have been shipped to Australia. The company has never
sold any of its engines in the southern continent, but has had for several years a good trade in
windmills. The only section of the United States territory that fails to show a marked increase over any
previous year is the state of Texas. No orders have been received from this state since the war started.
The war has shut up the cotton market and thus made very hard times in Texas.
90 Years Ago (1924): The high school basket quintet is now scrimmaging daily against the second
team, and is displaying good teamwork for so early in the season. Coach Lyons has used several
different combinations on the first squad, so that no regular five can be picked until the first game. In
practice this week, Capt. Gibson, C. Bly, Paulson, and A. Hollibush played at guard; M. Bly, Waite,
Hubbard and Curless at forwards; Miller at Center and Brunsell center and guard. Probably all these
ten players will get a chance against Orfordville here Nov. 28. The team is being coached the short
pass-five man defense game, practically the same style as the strong teams of the high school used in
1922 and 1923.
80 Years Ago (1934): The lack of children’s clothing among needy Evansville families has prompted
Miss Mary Stam, city nurse, to appeal to local residents for children’s garments for immediate
distribution. There are many little tots in the city, according to the nurse, who are insufficiently clothed
for the cold winter months and who are in great need of under garments, dresses, trousers, coats,
stockings and other wearing apparel. Those wishing to contribute are requested to leave their
donations at the office of the city nurse located on the first floor of the grade school building. All
contributions will be greatly appreciated.
70 Years Ago (1944): Football letters were presented last week to 15 high school athletes by Coach
George O’Neil, local physical instructor. Seniors receiving the emblems were Bill Gabriel, Albert Apfel,
George Dreher, Phil Collins, Bill Giles, John Hatlen, Merritt Tuttle, Rollie Allen and Byron Holmes.
Lettermen to be on next year’s team are Ace Allen, Jean Johnson, Jack Meredith, Walter Clark and
Merrill Hyne. Two sophomores, Kenneth Giles and
Tony Coyne, lost letters this year by going ineligible during the football season.
60 Years Ago (1954): Janice Abey and Larry Disch are national honor winners in Chicago. Janice’s
honor is in 4-H work with foods, and Larry and his father won five blue ribbons at the livestock exposition.
50 Years Ago(1964): The business district of Evansville took on a Christmas appearance Monday
morning when city employees got out of storage and started putting up the yuletide decorations. The
festoons, interspersed with colored lights, draped overhead across the street corners are fashioned of
glistening silver tinsel with little red bells at both ends. Other decorations include large stars encircled
by multicolored lights hanging over the center of the streets and every light pole is decorated with a
large lighted red and white ball.
40 Years Ago (1974): Dr. and Mrs. C. E. Nelson and family will receive guests at an open house and
dedication of their new dental office Sunday Dec. 1. The office, which is modern and up to date in every
detail has recently been completed and is now occupied. Dr. and Mrs. Nelson came to Evansville in
August 1958 and he began his practice here as a dentist in the office on the second floor of the building
on the corner of Main and Madison Street.
30 Years Ago (1984): Nancy Kress and Mary Koehl appeared before the City Council to remind the
council of the artist-in-residence grant, which if successful was to be matched with funds of $3,000. The
agreement was made at the March 13 meeting this year. The grant was intended for the South Meadow
Park Development. Council members, new since April of this year, were unaware of the commitment.
The council members voted to stand by the commitment made and voted to include this in the budget.
The grant is from the Wisconsin Arts Board which will work with students and elderly people to create the
20 Years Ago (1994): The Evansville Ecumenical Choir will present their annual Christmas program on
Sunday, Dec. 4, at the First Baptist church. The Christmas Cantata, “The Birthday of a King” will be
presented. Soloists are Myra Oscarson, Jerry Oscarson, Meg Krake, Cindy Arnold, Tom Beaver, Denise
Paese, Erin Porter, Kelly Lee, Chad Heacox and Kyle Schneider.
10 years ago (2004): This year’s High School drama Department’s Fall play was “Gramercy Ghost”.
The production featured a grand cast of characters, directors and crew. Cast members were Megan
Arnold, Carly Andrew, Brian Crocker, Justine Gildner, Adam Ver Kuilen, John Jakes, Mary Cunningham,
Andy Soetaert, David VanRooy, Justin Wallestad, Jasmine Pomplun, Annelise Diedrich & Anna-Cheri
Martin. Crew members were Ellen Haaland, Charlee Larson, Elise Larson, Brianna Scarpelli, Natalie
Sikorski, Chelsea Schmit, Lauren Wells, Elizabeth Callahan, Kristie Carlsen, Joe Scarpelli, Mike Ellison,
Danny Karis, Alex Lahti, Chris Nutter, Tyler Marenes, Eric Soderberg, Justine Gildner, Amanda Kalson,
Mike Hauri, Derek Grant, Andrew Lust, Annelise Diedrich, Molly Woulfe, Leah Gardner and Katie
Herbers. Directors were Peter Diedrich and Marissa Morstad. Richard Krake was set design, Christina
Peterson was Student Director/Stage Manager and Tyler Marenes was Lighting/Technical Director. The
production took place November 12-15 at the HS Performing Arts Center.