First Week of September 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): A farmer living a few miles west of Magnolia, while engaged in threshing, had fallen from a
stack upon a rail fence, breaking two lower ribs on the right side, also injuring the spine, and seemingly paralyzing a
part of the nerves leading to the diaphragm or such muscles as are used in breathing, as he inhales air without
difficulty, but is utterly powerless to expel it from his lungs. Fortunately those who hurried to his rescue
comprehended the difficulty from the sufferer’s own efforts to obtain relief, and by vigorously pressing upon the
chest at proper intervals, they were enabled to assist him so as to keep up respiration to a degree sufficient to
sustain life. The duty can only be performed by frequent changes as one person soon tires out. What will be the
final result of this strange occurrence is wholly uncertain.
130 Years Ago (1881): The High School begins Monday with the following roster of teachers: C. M. Merriman,
Principal; Mary McCoy, Assistant; Wayland S. Axtell, Grammar Department; Laura Standish, 1st Intermediate; Maggie
Finch, 2nd Intermediate; Hattie H. Tripp, Primary.
120 Years Ago (1891): Work has commenced on the Byron Campbell building, used as the Post Office. He
commenced to excavate beneath the sidewalk Thursday, and will go as low down as the bottom of the cellar, then
put in a good glass front to the basement. [In 1891, the post office was located at 11 East Main Street.]
110 Years Ago (1901): A couple of freight cars jumped the track and became derailed at the north side of Main
Street crossing Saturday morning, almost blocking the crossing from teams passing until the cars were again on the
track which was about 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
100 Years Ago (1911): The new president of the Evansville Seminary, Prof. Richard R. Blews, has had the very best
education and advantages that this country and Germany offers. After graduating from college he pursued
graduate work at Columbia University. He then accepted an offer to become a member of the faculty of Cornell
University and at the same time worked on his doctor’s degree. During his attendance at the University of Berlin,
Prof. Blews did special work with Professors Edward Meyer, Willamovitz and Harnack, all of worldwide reputation.
90 Years Ago (1921): Allen Baker, of this city and Miss Grace E. Morgan, of Washburn, were united in marriage, at
Madison, August 6. The young couple are spending their honeymoon at the summer home of the groom’s parents,
Mr. and Mrs. John Baker, on Bear Lake, near Haugen, Wisconsin.
80 Years Ago (1931): Luchsinger Bros. last week shipped a carload of Holstein dairy cows to Warrick, N. J. They
went to Buffalo, N. Y. where they were reloaded to New Jersey. L. B. Fellows accompanied the shipment. It is stated
that another carload will follow this week.
70 Years Ago (1941): With the final closing of the two summer camping periods and the engagement of the faculty
members for the ensuing year, the Wyler School for Boys located here on West Church street is receiving
registrations and resuming classes. The school is opening its session with an enrollment of thirty-five boys which
number will be increased within a short time, according to Karl Griffin, director, with ages ranging from five to sixteen
60 Years Ago (1951): That vacation days are over again was demonstrated here Tuesday when 637 students and
30 instructors were seen returning to the old school grounds after three months of work, pleasure and relaxation. Of
the 637 enrolled, 360 are in the kindergarten and grade school and 277 in high school. With a senior class of 68
members the graduating class next June will be larger than the 1951 class. There are 76 freshmen; 78 sophomores,
and 65 juniors. The two sections of the first grade have been moved to the Masonic temple, the ground floor parlors
of which were made suitable last year for school. The grades are filled to overflowing.
50 Years Ago (1961): Fifty-six teachers of the Evansville Public Schools were greeted Monday Aug. 28 by members
of the board of education at the start of a two-day workshop program. Clark Prudhon, president of the board, spoke
to the teachers briefly about modern day problems of teaching and informed staff members of the faculty to suggest
solutions for school board action. He commended the teachers for their teaching accomplishments in the past and
assured them that the board would do everything possible to help them continue their high quality of teaching. New
grade school faculty members are Mrs. Patricia Rucki, Miss Marjorie Hansen, Mrs. Susan Corbin, Mrs. Lilly Duesler
and Mrs. Audrey Smith, Jerry Shaw, Miss Beverly Bender, Pat Finnane, Mrs. Lucille Bollerud, Mrs. Sara Kittleson and
Thomas Kerkenbush. New high school faculty members are Miss Beverly Dench, Miss Ruth Gundrum, Gerald
Hansel, Gary Hurtley and Thomas Thomas.
40 Years Ago (1971): Following a period of 30 hours of fire fighting during which time an estimated 250,000 gallons
of water was used and 12,000 bales of hay and 300 bales of straw were removed from the hay loft of a barn on the
Harlen and John Hermanson farm three miles southeast of Evansville, the Evansville and Footville firemen returned
to their homes about 7:30 p.m. Monday. The fire was discovered at 2:50 p.m. Sunday by Mrs. John Hermanson
when she noticed smoke coming from the hay loft of the 120 x 40 ft. all metal building. Neighbors and friends quickly
and immediately began the work of removing the smoldering hay from the barn and continued until late Monday
afternoon. During the 30 hour period assistance was given not only by neighbors and friends but by several
Evansville groups and business firms. Food and refreshments were provided by the Hermanson families and others
who had supplies on hand.
30 Years Ago (1981): At the Evansville Plan Commission meeting held on Monday night of last week, Mayor Robert
Olsen, announced that the city clerk, Rollin Zilliox , had received a letter confirming that the city will receive a
$952,226 Wisconsin Fund Grant Award for the new wastewater treatment facility. Mayor Olsen said that to receive
almost a million dollars on a project costing about $1,520,747.90 was very good.
20 Years Ago (1991): Police Chief Chuck DiPiazza is calling attention to the new traffic signal at the corner of Union
Street and East Main Street. No longer does the traffic round the bend, coming from the east, onto Hwy. 14, without
stopping. Stop signs have been installed at this corner. DiPiazza states that already many warnings have been
given out, as drivers have become used to not stopping at this corner.
10 years ago (2001): The grand opening celebration for the Dean Community Center at 11 West Church Street, will
be held Tuesday, September 11th . The Center will have programming for students in grades 5 through 8,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. The Center will be open for general community members during the
Second Week of September 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): From Cooksville. The tobacco crop is being mostly secured and generally of a good quality,
but some, for fear of frost, have perhaps put it in the sheds rather too green. The growers in this vicinity have
organized a “Tobacco Growers’ Union” with proper officers for business holding weekly meetings for mutual benefit
and information on tobacco raising &c. Benjamin Hoxie
130 Years Ago (1881): Jacob West has been enumerating the scholars in the school district as entitled to draw
public money from the State, and find the number to be: males, 162; females, 168. Total, 330.
120 Years Ago (1891): Miss Clara Finn has discharged her boarders and broken up housekeeping. Miss Finn
expects to go to Chicago to acquire skill to care for the sick. She will go into the hospital connected with Rush
Medical College of which Miss Nellie Hartley is matron.
110 Years Ago (1901): A large and savage leopard escaped from its cage at Col. G. W. Hall’s home in this city,
Sunday afternoon and although hunters have been scouring the country far and near since. Excitement ran high
upon our streets about 1:00 o’clock Thursday afternoon when it was announced over the wires that Hall’s leopard
had been killed in Mr. Hess’s woods about three miles south east of here. Thirty local huntsmen hired rigs and
arrived at the Hess farm. The animal was located by an old well in the woods. The leopard sprang upon Mr. Hess
and mangled his shoulder terribly. From him it sprang to W. D. Tullar and bit him four times on the arm nearly to the
bone, but while Mr. Tullar was being thus attacked he did not fail to give his opponent a bullet in the jaw. After this
the animal was killed although it is not definitely known to whom the glory belongs of firing the fatal shot. Crowds
greeted them at the corner of the Pioneer drug store where they alighted, suspended their game from a post and
allowed him to hang there for a few hours, the attraction of hundreds.
100 Years Ago (1911): Paul Ames will leave Saturday for the Michigan state fair at Detroit to look after the Baker
Mfg. Co’s exhibit and will be gone some ten days.
90 Years Ago (1921): The Wyoming Oil Company has leased ground of the Baker Manufacturing Company on the
tracks close to the Baker plant and is erecting a building and storage tanks. The building is almost completed and
the tanks when erected will hold in the neighborhood of 30,000 gallons. They will be used for storage purposes.
80 Years Ago (1931): Fred Rodd, local wool dealer, showed qualification of an expert fruit grower Monday when he
brought to the Review editor a half dozen home grown peaches freshly picked from a tree at his home on North
Fourth Street. The tree, according to Mr. Rodd, is five years old and bore fruit for the first time this year.
70 Years Ago (1941): Dorothy Zimmerman, daughter of Mrs. Roy Zimmerman, Footville and Clark S. Beal, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Fenner Beal, Evansville route 2, were married at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Church of Christ, Footville.
Bridesmaids were Geraldine Long, Mrs. Charles Gilbert, and Lucille Wells. Wilbur Sarow, Evansville route 2 was
best man. Ushers were Stanley Fenrick, Janesville and Frederic Clark, Footville, cousins of the groom.
60 Years Ago (1951): Mr. and Mrs. Lee Barnard will observe their 40th wedding anniversary next Friday at their
home on North Madison street where they have resided since retiring from farming 11 years ago. The couple was
married in Janesville, Sept. 14, 1911, and have always resided in this community. Mrs. Barnard was formerly Miss
Lilly Kimberley. She was born in Waukon, Iowa and came to Evansville when she was a young woman. Both Mr. and
Mrs. Barnard are members of the Baptist church and the latter is a member of the local chapter of American War
Mothers. The couple has 13 children and several grandchildren.
50 Years Ago (1961): Fisherman can look for sportier fishing in Lake Leota next season. Wisconsin conservation
department people were in Evansville Tuesday on the first leg of a program to restore good fishing in the lake. A
group of conservation department employees began the laborious task of seining parts of the lake. It was surprising
how few game fish were found in the nets amid a couple truckloads of carp. There were several large northern pike,
a number of bass, a few catfish and some crappies. The task of cleaning up the lake was undertaken at this time
because of city plans to repair the walls of Allen creek throughout the park. The plan calls for lowering the lake level
in order to dry up the stream through the park.
40 Years Ago (1971): A picnic dinner, observing the 96th birthday of John Thompson was held at Leota Park in
Evansville on June 20. Five generations gathered for the occasion, great-great-grandfather John Thompson;
mother Linda Church and son Bret; Mrs. Lois Flynn, grandmother; and Elmer Thompson, great grandfather.
30 Years Ago (1981): Evansville residents got the first glimpse of the new entranceway to Evansville from Highway
14 and the new 4-lane highway which is being constructed just north of the city, where the viaduct used to cross the
railroad tracks. Cement was poured quickly as the huge cement mixer prepared the material. Traffic was slowed
considerably on Labor Day as the heavy rain on Monday created a bumpy road with heavy returning traffic on the
Highway 14. Now with the pouring of concrete Evansville residents are hopeful of being able to ride on the new
concrete while the other half of the road is put in.
20 Years Ago (1991): Evansville High School and the community is fortunate to have three foreign students in their
midst for this school year. Diana Arango from Bogota, Colombia is an Educational Exchange student. She is staying
with Leo Breunig and his daughter Nadine. Patrick Brabants of Weilheim Germany, makes his home with Greg and
Deb Whitmore and their three children, Melissa, Brandon and Amanda. Chris Oehler is staying with John and
Barbara Willoughby family. Chris is from Derendingen, Switzerland.
10 years ago (2001): According to press releases the re-auction of VP Bldgs. was stayed and the original
successful bidder was reinstated as Grupo IMSA of Monterrey, Mexico. According to Eugenio Reyes, CEO for Grupo
IMSA, “After an extensive process of analysis the Board of Directors established very clear parameters for Grupo
IMSA to participate in this transaction. Grupo IMSA expects to integrate VPB to its IMSA TEC business segment in
October of this year.
Third Week of September 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): Two young men, giving their names as David Vanness and John Harrison (which were
undoubtedly aliases, as one of them had a letter addressed to Charley Baillie, and purporting to be from his mother)
were arrested by Deputy Sheriff Howard last evening, two miles south of Magnolia Corners, in a school house. Upon
an examination, several silver watches, open faced and hunter cased, jewelry of every description, a generous
supply of keys of all sizes and shapes, were found in their possession. For the benefit of those persons who have
been the victims of these light-fingered gentlemen, we give a description of some of the articles found in their
possession: a silver quarter made into a pin with the name Ann Bagley engraved on one side. A small revolver; a
large revolving breast pin, with locket on one side; an open faced watch; a gold guard chain with locket attached; a
silver fruit knife with “Marion” on the handle. All the property is in the possession of Deputy Sheriff Howard, at
Magnolia corners, where it can be identified by the owners.
130 Years Ago (1881): We were induced to take a look through Mr. Campbell’s new house and note the plastering.
It is what masons call three-coat work, and was done by T. F. Shurrum. The numerous angles, curves and quirks
made the work really more difficult of execution than the same quality of work would have been in almost any other
form, but we should judge Mr. Shurrum has done it very nicely, and in a workman like manner. We cannot say how
other work is done, in town, but will venture to say, few houses can show an evener and nicer finish than this one of
Mr. Campbell’s. [Note: Byron Campbell’s home is at 44 West Main.]
120 Years Ago (1891): Married at the residence of the bride’s uncle, Mr. Wallace Walker, Wednesday evening,
Sept. 2, 1891 by Rev. W. W. Stevens, Mr. Fred McKinney and Miss Mae Walker.
110 Years Ago (1901): W. D. Tullar returned last Saturday from Chicago where he went for treatment against blood
poisoning. His arm is still quite painful but there is now no fears of graver results.
100 Years Ago (1911): Arthur Ellis of Brooklyn, son of J. C. Ellis, was married to Miss Maude Thomas of this city,
Wednesday, September 20, 1911, by Rev. Upson of the M. E. church of that village. Mrs. Wade Woodworth, sister
of the bride and Mr. Woodworth, and Matt Ellis, uncle of the groom and Mrs. Ellis attended from here. Only relatives
and immediate friends were present. Mr. Ellis is a popular clerk in the Brooklyn hardware store and Miss Thomas
has many friends all of whom will join in good wishes to the newly married pair.
90 Years Ago (1921): A full realization of the rights given by the 19th Amendment was brought to the attention of
twenty-four women of this county, the first of the week, when they read the announcement that their names had been
drawn to serve on the jury of the County Circuit Court. The ladies drawn to serve from this city are Mrs. W. J. Clark
and Miss Elizabeth Gillies.
80 Years Ago (1931): Both boys and girls Home Economics classes have been working on a canning project this
week, the boys canning peaches and the girls pears. Following this project they will take up making jellies. The fruit
which is canned and jelled is kept by the school for use in giving suppers and luncheons.
70 Years Ago (1941): Charles Smith, who is employed here by the Higgins Dairy company suffered painful burns
Monday when he pulled a milk can of boiling water onto himself as he tripped and fell backwards onto the floor at the
dairy. A rubber apron which Mr. Smith was wearing protected his body but he sustained second degree burns on
both arms and first degree burns on his neck and chest.
60 Years Ago (1951): Mr. and Mrs. Grant Lawrence of Guttenburg, Iowa, are arriving here this week to take up their
residence in the Congregational parsonage. Mr. Lawrence, who is not yet ordained, will take up his duties as pastor
of the church immediately and will deliver next Sunday’s sermon. He is working toward a Master’s degree in the
Department of Philosophy in the University of Wisconsin.
50 Years Ago (1961): George Case of 287 Franklin Street, Evansville planted a patch of 12 rows of potatoes. Now
at harvest time he proudly exhibited the final results. On Sept. 19, he dug the potatoes and found as many as twelve
in one hill. In one hill he found three huge potatoes, the weight of which totaled 5 lbs. and 3 oz. besides a number of
smaller potatoes. His yield also produced ten potatoes that equaled 13 pounds. Case’s big specimens were from
his crop of Minnesota Russets.
40 Years Ago (1971): Kees Ten Haaf is visiting in the United States this summer. He is a native of Holland, and
resides near Rotterdam. After visiting Cornell University and Ohio State, he spent three weeks here in Evansville
with the Mel Janes family. At the present time he is staying with the Franklin Bradleys. Mr. Ten Haaf is working on a
masters degree in corn growing.
30 Years Ago (1981): The Extra-Territorial Committee and representatives from the Town of Union gave approval
Monday night to a zoning change from A-1 to A-2 on some 24 acres on the Arnold Rupnow farm west of County M,
and approved a conditional use permit requested by the Union Co-op of Evansville, purchaser of the 24 acres from
Rupnow, for construction of a grain elevator, fuel, fertilizer and farm chemical sales facilities.
20 Years Ago (1991): Leonard Prentice Eager, whose career in banking began during the First World War and
ended more than seven decades later, died September 18, 1991, at the Evansville Manor. He was 96. Eager was a
charter member of the Wisconsin Banker’s Association 70-year club which recognized bankers with more than seven
decades of banking service. His three loves were the family bank, the Evansville Methodist Church and the Eager
Free Public Library, where he served as trustee for 64 years.
10 years ago (2001): A special prayer meeting was the priority of the midweek prayer service, Sept. 12, of the
Evansville Seventh-day Adventist Church for the victims and families of the terrorist attacks on Washington and New
York. The general concern was the need for on-going prayer to attempt to comfort and assist those who are
grieving for their lost family members and friends. The local Seventh-day Adventist Church is in the process of
gathering funds to assist the victims.
Fourth Week of September 1871-2001
140 Years Ago (1871): Enos Franklin, who for thirty years has resided in this vicinity, died at his residence in Union,
on the 17th inst.
130 Years Ago (1881): Memorial services for President Garfield were held in the Methodist church. The house was
filed to its completion in every portion of the large audience room. The business places on the street were closed
from one to four o’clock, and the most of them were appropriately draped. The church was tastily decorated, during
the short interval that was allowed for that purpose. Many who had pictures of Mr. Garfield loaned them for
120 Years Ago (1891): The school district board met and after considering different bids, awarded the contract for
building the school house addition to Wm. Libby. The contract includes the entire building from kelson to truck –
stone and mason work, carpenter and paint do. The total amount, everything completed ready for occupancy is
$2,500. Mr. Libby goes to work at once.
110 Years Ago (1901): On Monday afternoon while shedding tobacco, Mr. Sam Hattlewick, who is in the employ of
John Brunsell of the town of Union, met with a very painful accident; while erecting cross timbers in the shed on which
to hang the tobacco, a piece of scantling fell from a considerable elevation, striking Mr. Hattlewick squarely on top of
his head cutting a gash two inches long through the scalp, laying the skull bare. He was at once brought Dr. Stair’s
office in this city where he was given proper surgical attention.
100 Years Ago (1911): The new cement roof on the Baker Mfg. co’s foundry is being covered with a pitch, gravel
and felt roofing material. The roofing process is also being extended to cover the north half of the wood shop, and
the blacksmith shop 24 x 30, which has been newly roofed with tile and cement will also receive a coating of pitch,
gravel and felt.
90 Years Ago (1921): At the Commercial Club rooms last evening a tennis club consisting of twenty members was
organized, with the following officers: President, E. E. Combs; Vice President, V. E. Behnke; Secretary, Forrest
Durner; Treasurer, David Baird. The club plans to build two courts just south of the V. C. Holmes residence.
Ground will be broken this fall. [Note: the V. C. Holmes residence was at 443 South First Street.]
80 Years Ago (1931): Following several competitive tryouts, Miss Charlotte Babcock has selected students for the
high school girls’ glee club. The soprano section is composed of Ardith Hockett, Phyllis Chapin, Bernice Schuster,
Alice George and Helen Griffith. Those singing alto are Clara Bewick, Ruth Geisler, Beulah Haakenson and Marie
70 Years Ago (1941): Harold Abey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Abey, route 3, Evansville, proved that he is a
successful pig raiser when he received the lion’s share of the awards in that class at the junior livestock show held in
Madison early this week. Harold won grand championship with his Duroc Jersey barrow, 1st in Duroc Jersey class,
and 1st on pen of two barrows. He was also awarded a silver trophy by the Oscar Mayer Co., in recognition of his
60 Years Ago (1951): Funeral services for Mrs. Amelia Apfel, 69, who died Friday at their home here, will be held
Sunday at 2 in the Methodist church, the Rev. James E. Saunders officiating. The former Amelia Buetow was a
native of Brooklyn township. She married Albert Apfel in 1902. He died 27 years ago. Mrs. Apfel was a resident of
Evansville for 49 years and a member of the Royal Neighbors. Survivors are three sons, Lloyd, Lindle, and Maurice,
Evansville; a daughter, Minnie, at home; three sisters, Mrs. Sim Dorn and Mrs. Henry Grunze, Janesville and Mrs.
William Becker, Milton Junction.
50 Years Ago (1961): There are five sets of twins in Evansville High School: Ray and Roy Heritage; Susan and
Jane Willoughby; Carole and Dean Spersrud; Kendall and Kenneth Howard; and Donna and Don Reynolds.
40 Years Ago (1971): There are now 20 residents at the Evansville Nursing Home. The following arrived last week:
John Trickel of Magnolia, Darwin Louis Newell, Janesville, and Burton Wall, Evansville.
30 Years Ago (1981): At the annual meeting, members of the Lake Leota District decided that most of the
exploratory work had been done on the dredging and renovation of the city lake and that it was time to ask the
Evansville city council for support and funding. A letter to the city council will be drafted by Phil Kress who is serving
as president of the group and will be circulated among district members before being formally presented to the
20 Years Ago (1991): Mr. and Mrs. Mel Janes flew to England where they rented a car after landing at Heathrow
Airport. They enjoyed making visits to farms. One stop was on a 400 year old dairy farm. They toured the city of
London and Windsor Castle and saw many beautiful gardens. They then flew to Dublin and toured the west coast by
car before returning to England.
10 years ago (2001): The Evansville Grove society House Walk will be held on Sept. 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. Six houses
will be open. The tour will feature homes at 288 East Main Street; 20 South First; 30 North Fourth Street; 120 Grove
Street, 115 Joshua Drive and 8040 North Evansville-Brooklyn Road.