First full Week of October 1869-1999
140 Years Ago (1869): The Free Will Baptist church in this place was last evening crowded to its utmost
capacity by the people of the town of Union, who assembled to hear political addresses by Geo. R.
Peck, Esq., and Col. C. W. McHenry of Janesville. Both gentlemen acquitted themselves most
handsomely, and the Republicans gathered, manifested their appreciation of the speakers and the
sentiments they so forcibly uttered by frequent and hearty outbursts of applause. There was good
music, both vocal and instrumental, the former by the Evansville glee club and the latter by the cornet
band of that village. The Republican pulse was quickened by this enthusiastic and pleasant meeting as
the vote in November will doubtless show.
130 Years Ago (1879): Some of the young men of this town are in the habit of injuring the reputation of
the young girls of their acquaintance by foul mouthed slang and sly innuendoes. They don’t really say
anything that can be brought against them, but by their intimations they lead one to believe they could
tell a great deal if they chose. This went so far in one case lately that the mother of a girl whose name
had been used in a light manner by one of these gentlemen (?) took the law in her own hands, and went
for the miscreant with a horsewhip. Served him right, only that there was not enough of it.
120 Years Ago (1889): People on the street Monday night, looking northward, saw a light, apparently at
a distance of a couple of miles, and those familiar with the country located it on C. M. Tuttle’s farm in the
town of Union. News this morning brought in the particulars. The house caught fire in some manner in
the kitchen, Mr. Tuttle being absent at the time, but he hurried home to find his house all in flames. The
fire was seen by Mr. B. W. Hubbard’s two sons as they were on their way home, and drove briskly to the
house; they, with Mr. Tuttle and a neighbor, were all that were there. They succeeded in saving a few
articles of furniture from the parlor, but the rest of the furniture together with the contents of the house,
including Mr. Tuttle’s valuable library was all burned. The house had been built a good many years, and
was, of itself, of no great value, but its contents were valuable and can hardly be restored, especially the
library. The loss is estimated at $1,500, insured for $1,109.
110 Years Ago (1899): Having purchased E. H. Fiedler’s interest in the business, and having secured
the services of a first-class tonsorial artist in the person of Will Cleveland, I will in the future, as in the
past endeavor to give my patrons first class work in every respect. The only bath room in the city in
connection with this shop. E. M. Cole, Prop.
100 Years Ago (1909): At noon on Saturday an alarm of fire brought out the fire company and nearly
the entire population. A spark from a chimney had ignited the roof of a house on North Madison Street
belonging to Mac Van Wormer and occupied by Gunder Westby. Some damage was done to the roof
but the fire was soon subdued. The building was insured.
90 Years Ago (1919): Mr. and Mrs. Charles Morgan of E. Main St. will quietly celebrate their 59th
wedding anniversary the 7th of October. Both are in good health. Mr. Morgan is on his way to do a
days work at half past 6 every morning. Mrs. Morgan reads, writes, and sews without the aid of glasses.
Evansville has been their home since childhood.
80 Years Ago (1929): It is announced that the old Tom Gleve farm, just east of the Brown
Schoolhouse, has been sold to Mr. Fred L. Janes, who states that he will probably rent it to his son
Lawrence in the spring. This farm contains 114 acres and is now being farmed by Bert Studebaker.
70 Years Ago (1939): A family picnic was held at Vilas park, Madison, Sunday in honor of the
birthdays of Mrs. Orville Devlin and her mother, Mrs. Martin Rasmussen. Those attending were Mrs.
Martin Rasmussen, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Devlin and son, Kenneth, Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Janes and
three children, Mrs. Arthur Rasmussen and children and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Brunsell and family.
60 Years Ago (1949): The Evansville Telephone office has recently acquired a large painting of a
portion of Leota Park and the stream running through the lower section. It was made from a picture
taken by A. A. Kaltenborn, local photographer, who also arranged for the painting and coloring which
was done in Milwaukee. Mr. Kaltenborn stood on the viaduct facing west to take the picture and the
wooded lower section of the park and winding creek flanked by stone walls presents a beautiful mural, 7
x 4 ½ ft in size.
50 Years Ago (1959): Henry Schadeberg, a Methodist minister here in the early forties before the war,
announces in this issue of the Review that he is seeking the first district’s Republican Congressional
nomination in the primary next year. Mr. Schadeberg left Evansville to enter war service. While here,
Rev. Schadeberg made many friends in the church and in the community. He is a man of fine character
and a tireless worker for something he believes to be right.
40 Years Ago (1969): Mrs. Lester L. Thompson has returned home from a trip to Denver, Colo. She
attended the wedding of the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Collins, former Evansville
residents who owned the drug store on the corner of Main and Madison Streets. She also traveled to
Walnut Creek, Calif. To visit a niece, Mrs. T. W. Mooney, who formerly was Shirley Peacock of Evansville.
30 Years Ago (1979): Alderman Erbs, Chairman of the Water & Light Committee, stated the
Superintendent reported they are still rebuilding lines north of town and on Elmer Road. Underground
work is being done at the Larson subdivision and the Hagen Addition. Pay raises were discussed for the
20 Years Ago (1989): Several members of the Evansville Fire Department posed in front of the city’s
new fire engine which was received early this spring. The firemen met Monday night on National Fire
Prevention Day before going out on a practice exercise. Present were Joe Sendelbach, Jim
Schwartzlow, Ken Nehls, Joe Ischi, Dave Harnack, Ken Fuchs, Greg Peckham, Bill Laurence, Todd
Sperry, Dennis Cooper, Eric Jorgensen and Chief Edd McCaffrey.
10 years ago (1999): From School District Clerk’s Report: The greatest challenge to the board and our
community for the communing year appears to be the planning of a new referendum. Last March 16th a
building referendum was defeated. Voter turnout was one of the largest ever in our community. A
survey was designed and implemented by local resident Cecile David, who volunteered her time for the
task. Over 50% of the voters in the Evansville School District responded.
Second Week of October 1869-1999
140 Years Ago (1869): A young man by the name of Kocher in the town of Rutland, got his hand into a
threshing machine on Tuesday of last week and it was so badly mangled that amputation was
necessary. On the same day, Thomas Best had his foot caught in a threshing machine and several
bones of the leg broken.
130 Years Ago (1879): Mr. O. B. Huchinson was carrying a bundle of hay on his back to his shop when
some little imp set fire to it. Being tightly packed it burned slowly. Mr. Hutchinson, on arriving at his
shop, laid it down on the ground just outside of the building and without turning to look at it, hastened
away to attend to other duties. The blaze gained headway and soon assumed dangerous proportions.
It was accidently discovered before the shop caught, but no thanks are due to the boy who applied the
120 Years Ago (1889): The nice weather permitted farmers to dig potatoes, hull clover and thresh
buckwheat, in good condition. Potatoes yield fairly well, with a good many small ones. Buckwheat yields
about 10 bushels per acre, clover from ½ to 2 bushels. Lawrence Huff’s Alsyke clover yielded 2 bushes
of nice seed per acre.
110 Years Ago (1899): The following boys from here left Janesville Monday night for Ft. Snelling, Minn.
from which city they will start the last of the month with the 45th U. S. Volunteers for San Francisco
where they will at once leave for Manila: Geo. Blunt, Bert Crawford, R. Lang, Geo. Sewell, Geo.
Hammond, Roy Clark and Frank Raymond.
100 Years Ago (1909): A very pleasant family gathering and housewarming was held at the fine new
home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Franklin on Lincoln Street in this city, last Saturday afternoon. There were
present all the relatives in this locality of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin, which filled the house comfortably.
Among those who took part in the entertaining were Mrs. Eugene Butts, Mrs. Park Ames, Clarence and
Bessie Franklin, Hazel Courtier, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Franklin, Gladys Courtier, Dorothy Butts, Elva
Benway and Velma Franklin. A fine dinner followed the entertaining and the occasion was a joyful one
90 Years Ago (1919): Masterpieces of Designers. Mitchells and Maxwells: Unusual in charm, powerful
in actions, carrying an air of distinguished dignity, clean cut lines, with a beautiful luster brought out with
Reuss’s Cleaner and Polish. Mitchell 5 passenger Touring car, $1,690; 7 passenger Touring car,
$1,875; F.O.B. Factory; Maxwell 5 passenger Touring car, $985; Roadster, $985, Sedan, $1,655, F.O.
B. Factory. Evansville City Garage. A. E. Durner, Proprietor. Call for Demonstration.
80 Years Ago (1929): Mrs. Shirley Boode has been appointed Deputy Treasurer of the City of
Evansville by Treasurer Ralph E. Smith, who is seriously ill in Mercy Hospital, Janesville. Announcement
of the appointment was made Monday. Mrs. Boode has been employed as clerk in the water and light
department here for the past two years.
70 Years Ago (1939): The City’s WPA crew has completed the stone work on the new store building
here at Leota Park and is now preparing to construct the roof which is expected to be completed within
the next few weeks. The following WPA project, included in the present park improvement will be the
construction of an ice skaters’ warming room below the lakefront band stand on the south shore. The
skaters’ room will be equipped with a heating system and will undoubtedly be welcomed during the
approaching winter months by the city’s ice gliders who heretofore have been obliged to don their shoe
skates at home and to shorten their winter recreation periods at the park in extreme cold weather.
60 Years Ago (1949): Evansville will soon have the first senior scouting unit, Explorer Post 14
sponsored by the McKinney-Hatlevig post of the American Legion. Arrangements were made at a
meeting in the Legion rooms recently by the Legionaires, boys who will be members and Earl Kubale,
fieldman for the Indian Trails Council. A three-months’ program for the unit was planned by Harold
Robinson, scoutmaster of Troop 14, and the boys present, Gordon Brunsell, Brownie Finnane, William
Green, Phil D. Pearsall, Jr., Gordon Brigham, Jack Miller, Dick Curless, Richard Beyer, Phil Erpenbach,
Robert Dixon, James Kaltenborn, David Fellows, Shannon Ferguson and Larry Main. Legionaires who
aided in making arrangements were L. J. Shea, John Wyse, Robert E. Collins, Jr., Post Commander,
Collins was named temporary chairman of the group. He will appoint the permanent committee to apply
for the charter.
50 Years Ago (1959): Troop 266 carried out the Girl Scout law of “friend to all and sister to every other
scout” by giving a farewell picnic at the Alvin Helgesen home complimentary to Sharon Renz and Patty O’
Reilly, who have moved away. Their scout mates here wish them well wherever they join another troop.
Girls in Troop 266 are Ann Asmus, Jackie Davis, Mary Des Rochers, Nancy Golz, Nancy Helgesen,
Rosemary Kimberly, Diane Zwickey, Patty Loghry, Diana May, Kathleen Murphy, Gaye Ringhand, Judy
Schuster, Linda Thompson and Lois Walmer. Mrs. Don Thompson is leader with Mrs. Marvin Golz and
Mrs. Lee Ringhand assisting. Mrs. Alvin Helgesen is committee member. They meet at 3:30 p.m. on
Thursday in the Methodist church and will start on their Second Class rank requirement.
40 Years Ago (1969): Teamsters Local 579, Janesville has sent demand letters to the mayor and city
clerk notifying them that the majority of their city employees have authorized the Teamsters Union to
bargain for them and requesting a meeting for this purpose. Listed on one petition are water
department employees, street and alley department employees and police department dispatchers. The
police department itself is listed on another petition.
30 Years Ago (1979): David G. Stone, Route 2, Evansville, an elder of the Reorganized Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has been elected pastor of the church’s Janesville branch which holds
Sunday services at the YWCA. Stone and his wife Mary Kay and their children Matthew and Sara live on
20 Years Ago (1989): Dedication of the elementary school as the Levi Leonard Elementary School will
take place on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 22, at 3 pm. A special program is being planned. Levi Leonard
was Evansville’s first school teacher and at the urging of students and citizens, the Evansville School
Board voted to name the school in his honor.
10 years ago (1999): The Evansville Lions Club picked up trash along a two-mile stretch of Highway
213 south of Evansville. This semi-annual routine is one of the ways the club serves Evansville.
Members of the crew were Dick Waller, Jerry Beckwith, Dean Jordan, Duke Farnsworth,’ Roger Paulsen,
Rollie Jeans, Si Chapin, Howard Krueger, Joe Decker and Cliff Muchow.
Third Week of October 1869-1999
140 Years Ago (1869): A Republican meeting will be held at 7 o’clock p.m. at Evansville, Friday,
October 29 and will be addressed by John W. Sale, William Smith, Jr., Esq., and Isaac Rogers. We most
earnestly urge upon our Republican friends to be active in making preparations and securing a large
attendance at this meeting. And we urge in us a duty upon those put in nomination for the Assembly
and the County Board of Supervisors. Let glorious Old Rock once more cover herself with glory by a
majority of not less than three thousand for our hallowed principles and their noble standard bearers in
the approaching contest on the second of November.
130 Years Ago (1879): Assembled at the Central House in this place last Monday evening to celebrate
the twenty-first birthday of Mr. Frank Case, with music, mirth, song, jest and games. The hours passed
merrily until the announcement of supper. Our reporter, not versed in culinary lore and too modest to
ask questions, is unable to give a description of the tables which for a short time fairly groaned under
the weight of eatables of every kind. At twelve o’clock the party adjourned, wishing the host and hostess
and the new freeman a long and happy life.
120 Years Ago (1889): Notice is hereby given to the electors of the Village of Evansville that a special
Village election will be held on Wednesday the 23rd day of October 1889, for the purpose of
determining whether the town of Union and Village of Evansville shall thereafter be separate and
independent municipalities, or whether they shall unite, a petition for such election having been duly
addressed to the President and board of trustees of the village.
110 Years Ago (1899): An altercation between two of our heretofore peaceable citizens occurred last
Monday morning over a disputed boundary line between the residences of Byron Babbitt and James
Roby both living north of the N. Madison St. railroad crossing in this city. On the above named morning
Mr. Roby began chopping down some trees near the boundary when he was interrupted by Mr. Babbitt
who claimed the trees were his. Their words turned to action and the latter had his skull badly fractured
but it is thought now that he will recover. The trial is set for Oct. 30, Mr. Roby being at present under
100 Years Ago (1909): The Grange management has just received a new auto-buggy, or platform
spring wagon, which was purchased for the purpose of doing the delivering for the city patrons. It’s a
good looking rig, manufactured by the International Harvester Company, and ought to fill the bill to
perfection. It will be operated by Bruce Townsend.
90 Years Ago (1919): Mr. Ben Larson of this city and Miss Inga Nelson of Stoughton were married
today at Stoughton. The ceremony took place at the Lutheran parsonage, the Rev. Hegge officiating.
The young couple will spend their honeymoon in Chicago after which they will return to Evansville where
they will live on the J. A. Larson farm, two miles east of town. Both these young people are quite well
known here. Miss Nelson is a graduate of the Stoughton Hospital. All their friends wish them happiness
in their new life.
80 Years Ago (1929): At a meeting held in the City Hall last week in conjunction with the Evansville
Water and Light commission, eleven farmers of the town of Porter signed contracts to take electricity
from the city, providing the city builds the line. The line as now outlined would start near the Wade
Woodworth farm east of the city, extending to the John Wall farm, thence north on the Tolles Corners’
road and from there east on the first road north of Willis Griffith’s. A stub line would run north from this
corner to the farm of Charles L. Peterson. The farmers who have signified their intention of accepting
the service from the proposed line are John Wall, Willis Griffith, Ole Olson, Thorpin Olson, Charles Van
Wart, Martin Furseth, John Knudsen, Jr., Marvin Ellingson, Charles H. Taylor, Ben Griffith, and Charles
70 Years Ago (1939): Receiving 21 merit badges, 12 of which were for passing required tests, three
Evansville boy scouts will be presented with Eagle awards, the highest rank in scouting. Those to be
honored are Bill Brunsell, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Brunsell; George Breckenridge, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Ralph Breckenridge; and Jack Krull, son of Mrs. Rachael Krull. Their mothers will also be awarded
Eagle Scout pins.
60 Years Ago (1949): Huey Lee, Phillips, northern Wisconsin, has been engaged as superintendent of
the Evansville Water and Light Dept. to succeed E. S. Cary, who has served in that position for the past
40 years. Mr. Cary tendered his resignation some time ago. After holding many meetings the members
of the Water and Light Commission selected Mr. Lee from a list of 14 applicants from all parts of the
50 Years Ago (1959): Board of Education: Mr. McKenna read a letter from Mr. Gill pertaining to the
status of the Tupper school property. District No. 6 may sell the property after proper advertising and
notices are posted. It was moved by Mr. Ellis and seconded by Rev. Walker that action be taken to
dispose of the Tupper school and an invitation be made for sealed bids for the said property.
40 Years Ago (1969): The highest honor of Scottish Rite Freemasonry was conferred on Robert
Fredrick Brunsell at John Hancock Hall. The degree conferral climaxed the annual session of the
Supreme Council of Scottish Rite for the fifteen Northeastern and Midwestern states. A total of 182
received the degree in the 1969 class. The Thirty-third Degree is awarded for “outstanding service to
Freemasonry or for significant contributions to humanity, reflecting credit to the Fraternity.” Robert
Frederick Brunsell resides at 222 North Third Street, Evansville.
30 Years Ago (1979): Beautiful weather Sunday helped generate the highest attendance yet on the
Evansville Historic House Tour. Over 650 people attended the tour.
20 Years Ago (1989): Dr. and Mrs. Roland Jeans have returned from an eight day trip to New York
state, where they visited their daughter and son-in-law, Cheri and Bob Holterman and their two children
at Baldwinsville. The Holterman’s second child was born just shortly after their move to the new city. Dr.
and Mrs. Jeans greeted their new granddaughter. They also traveled through Canada and Niagara Falls
and visited with former Evansville residents Dick and Debbie Deasy, who live at Avon Lake, Ohio.
10 years ago (1999): At the City Council meeting Municipal Judge Tom Alisankus was present to
discuss the proposed increase in the Judge’s term from 2 to 4 years. Alisankus states the longer term
would allow continuity, allowing concentration on the law. He explained there is always the recourse for
the city to recall a judge if the city saw the need.
Fourth Week of October 1869-1999
140 Years Ago (1869): A little boy residing near Magnolia has a pet bear, about nine months old. The
cub was captured in the north.
130 Years Ago (1879): A week ago last Saturday evening we had the pleasure of attending a concert in
the new church at Cooksville, given by the singers of that place for the purpose of raising the funds
necessary to purchase lamps for the church. ‘Twas a fine entertainment.
120 Years Ago (1889): William Conway was called upon to pay $10.85 into Justice Phillips court this
morning or be confined to the County jail. He chose the former. Mr. Conway rented Mr. James McCarl’s
farm in the Town of Porter last March and was notified by weed commissioner Watson Turner to remove
certain noxious weeds growing thereon, therefore was made the expense above stated. Mr. Chas.
Theobald, a tenant upon Mr. Fred Tolles’ farm was similarly served in the same court last week Friday.
It will be well for our citizens to look closely to their lots and the streets fronting them.
110 Years Ago (1899): Mr. Leon Patterson, of this city, will play with the University football team in their
great game with the Yale College team on Saturday.
100 Years Ago (1909): Scores of people from Brooklyn, Oregon, Albany, Attica, Footville, Cooksville
and the surrounding country came to Evansville to attend the annual opening and do their trading at the
Grange Store last Wednesday, and the town was full of people all day. These sales days ought to be
made a feature of every month in the year. It would be one of the best things that could happen to the
90 Years Ago (1919): A local chapter of the American Legion was organized some time ago under the
leadership of ex-service men. The officers elected are as follows: Post Commander, Robert Collins;
Vice-Commander, Ora McMurry; Adjutant, Roy Reckord; Finance Officer, Fred Brunsell; Historian, Dr.
George Spencer; Chaplain, Dr. Calvert Cain. The chapter was named in honor of Harry McKinney of
this city, who made the supreme sacrifice. There were twenty-two charter members of the local post, but
since the first meeting the membership has been increased to forty-two. Meetings will be held on the
first Wednesday of each month in the rooms occupied by the Woman’s Relief Corp, over Clarks Grocery
which have been offered for this program.
80 Years Ago (1929): D. F. Finnane, proprietor of the Finnane Grocery, South First Street, and son of
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Finnane, was married to Miss Susan Crahen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Crahen,
Omaha, Neb., at a ceremony performed at 8 a.m. Friday in St. Cecelia’s Cathedral, Omaha. The bridal
couple arrived here Sunday evening.
70 Years Ago (1939): To safeguard in a more efficient manner their homes, farm buildings, crops, and
equipment, and to render a more complete cooperation with the community fire department, residents of
the Pleasant Prairie and Butts’ Corners school districts have each organized fire-fighting groups under
the supervision of the Evansville firemen. The Butts’ Corners group was summoned Friday night to the
Paul Christensen farm, three and one-half miles northwest of the city, where the volunteers contained a
spreading blaze to a bedroom on the second floor of the home.
60 Years Ago (1949): A piano recital was presented by 14 pupils of Mrs. M. H. Hegge in the Cooksville
Lutheran Church Sunday evening. The pupils from Cooksville and vicinity, Stoughton, and McFarland
were, Bonnie Kjernes, Norma Hatlen, Barbara Hatlen, Yvonne and Marjorie Nelson, Paul and Peter
Haakenson, Elvina Strommen, Judy Havey, Sandra Solheim, Mary Oakwood, Marlene Fosdahl, Gene
Mennes, Diane Olson and Richard LaFleur. The entire group and Mrs. Hegge were entertained at the
home of the Theodore Hatlens for supper, Mrs. Ben Haakenson was co-hostess.
50 Years Ago (1959): Evansville was represented by three buyers, Art Baumgarten, Harold Hull and
Alvin Helgesen, who attended the 44th annual junior livestock show and sale in Madison. Baumgarten
purchased the steer exhibited and owned by Kathryn Robinson. She won as best exhibitor of the entire
show, an honor never before reached by a girl. Hull purchased two steers of Dean George. Alvin
Helgesen purchased the beef sold by Kent George.
40 Years Ago (1969): The freshman students enrolled in vocational agriculture at Evansville High
School recently completed a tractor operators contest. The purpose of the contest was to emphasize
safety while working around farm equipment as an attempt to reducing accidents. Our local winners
were first place, Alan Crocker; second place, Jacob Van Galder; third place, Thomas Krause.
30 Years Ago (1979): The City budget deliberations started last week. One area which definitely will
see a great deal of cutting will be special fund expenditures which totaled $873,000 including $673,000
for street and alleys. That compares to a projected $151,704, to be spent for special fund expenditures
this year and $35,600 or streets and alleys to be spent this year and a total budget last year of slightly
more than $960,000.
20 Years Ago (1989): Smoke billowed up in the sky just north of Evansville this past Saturday when the
barn located on the Ralph Brzezinski land was destroyed. According to Fire Chief Edd McCaffrey,
55,000 gallons of water was needed to quell the fire. McCaffrey states the probable cause was a wood
burning stove, which had been installed recently.
10 years ago (1999): The building on Church Street formerly occupied by the Dean Clinic has been
donated to the City of Evansville by Dean. Dean Clinic had taken over the building which was built by
Dr. Roger Gray some years ago when they acquired his practice. At the official passing of the key the
following local officials and leaders were on hand for the ceremony. City Alderman Ron Jennings, City
Administrator Jennifer Petruzzello, Director of Communications for Dean Clinic Paul Pitas, Mayor Steve
DiSalvo, AWARE Director Julie Hermanson, Dean Clinics Evansville physician Dr. Stephen Lewis,
AWARE members Tom Porter and Steve Eager.