In Review
First Week of September 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  One Geo. Williams, a painter said to have come from Green Bay, having been
carrying on the business here for a few months past, sloped to parts unknown last Sunday, wearing clothes
and a pair of new boots unpaid for, besides having sundry undischarged obligations to the amount of a
hundred dollars or over.  He was last seen at Albany about taking the stage for Brodhead, for a new field to
swindle.

130 Years Ago (1884):  Messrs. Smith have been making quite a change in their furniture rooms.  Nearly the
whole extent of one side of the main floor is used for upholstered goods, chairs, lounges, etc.  And then they
have chamber sets, tables and other goods.  Upstairs they keep their common chairs, tables, mattresses,
coffins and miscellaneous goods.  They are constantly receiving new goods at the back door and turning
them over to customers at the front door.  They have a large coffin and undertaker’s trade in addition to their
regular cabinet goods.

120 Years Ago (1894):  The High School opened Monday with the following instructors:  Principal L. E.
Gettle; First Assistant, Anna E. Burnham, of Fort Atkinson; Second Assistant, Dora M. Diver of Waukegan,
Ill.; Grammar Department, Nettie M. Peach, of Fulton; Second Intermediate Dept., Maggie Gillies, City; First
Intermediate Dept., Mable Snashall, City; Second Primary Dept., Jennie Bryan; First Primary, Mae Johnson,
of Edgerton; Janitor, James Ballard.

110 Years Ago (1904):  The grand opening days of the Grange store this week were largely attended by the
public and favorable comments upon the department store were numerous.  The immensity of the building
and display of merchandise was simply astounding to many.  In the decorations, patience, skill and industry
were to be seen.  Among the many floral offerings to be seen was a handsome horseshoe of red roses from
Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. of Chicago, with a letter of commendation on their success.

100 Years Ago (1914):  A fire which broke out about 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon destroyed all the building
except the house on the Dan Finnane farm north of town where Henry Jorgenson lives.  They were threshing
grain and someone first notice the fire in the chaff at the base of the blower.  Prompt assistance was given by
those nearby and large numbers of people came from town to aid in fighting the flames.  A party of men,
headed by Mayor Pearsall, picked up a chicken house and carried it by main strength out of danger from the
flames.  This is probably what save the house from being destroyed.  A large new dairy barn, a smaller cattle
barn, a horse barn and a silo were the buildings destroyed.  

90 Years Ago (1924):   Miss Lillian Amidon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. DeCator DeForest, was married at 11:
30 a.m. Saturday, August 30, to Marshall Gross, Fort Atkinson, son of Mrs. William Gross, Fort Atkinson, by
the Rev. Mr. Lothian of the Presbyterian church at Galena, Ill.  Miss Amidon is one of our best know
Evansville girls, receiving her education in the schools of this city, later taking a position with the James
Manufacturing Co. of Fort Atkinson, as Dictaphone operator, where she met Mr. Gross, who is employed by
the same company as architect.  After a week’s trip to Dubuque, St. Paul and Minneapolis, they will return to
Fort Atkinson.

80 Years Ago (1934):  Mr. and Mrs. Lester Patterson newly weds, returned Friday evening from a few days’
wedding trip to Chicago and are now making their home here in one of the Eager apartments in the Economy
building on East Main Street.  Mr. and Mrs. Patterson were married at 8 p.m. last week Tuesday in the house
of the bride’s uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Bullard, 42 Montgomery Court.

70 Years Ago (1944):  In a letter received here this week by Mr. and Mrs. William Bone from their son, T/Sgt.
Norman Bone, the latter stated that he has been transferred from Italy to Southern France and is now
participating in his fourth invasion.  He said, “Don’t worry about me.  I am an old timer in this business now.”  
He also stated that few men are required to take part in more than four invasions.  In a letter the Bone’s
received from their other son, Lt. Alvin Bone, stationed in the South Pacific, he said that in Australia, they
hear a great deal about the valor of Norman’s outfit, Co. 1, 179th Inf.

60 Years Ago (1954):  John Bly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Bly and Stanley Sperry, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs.
Stanley Sperry, will attend the University of Wisconsin.  Students at Madison Business College will be
Barbara Reese, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Reese, and Nancy Weaver, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl
Weaver.  

50 Years Ago (1964):  Gary Lewis, Evansville, was one of 179 students graduated from the Madison
Business College, Aug. 20.  Lewis got a degree, Bachelor of Business Administration, in higher accounting.  
He is now employed by the Marling Lumber Co. in Janesville.  Lewis was graduated from Evansville high
School in 1960.  Mr. and Mrs. Lewis and daughter, Windy, are presently living with his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Vaughn Lewis on North Madison Street.  

40 Years Ago (1974):  Floyd Roberts, 75, lifelong resident of Evansville, died August 31 following a short
illness.  He was born Feb. 15, 1899 in Magnolia township, son of the late Charles and Cora Bowles Roberts.  
Mr. Roberts was presently owner and operator of Roberts Beverages here.  He was a long time city
employee, having been on the police department and park superintendent before going into business.  He
married Miss Doris Medler of Evansville July 13, 1942.  She survives him and a brother Ray of Orfordville.  A
sister, Mrs. Bessie Scoville preceded him in death.  Funeral services were held in the Ward Funeral Home
with Rev. Joshua Crowell officiating.  Burial was in Maple Hill Cemetery.

30 Years Ago (1984):  Dewey Hull and Dana Spooner have been named to receive National FFA proficiency
Awards.  Dewey has been named Silver award winner in regional competition for the National FFA Swine
Production Proficiency Award.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Hull.  Dana Spooner has been named a
Bronze award winner in regional competition for the National FFA Beef Production Proficiency Award.  She is
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Spooner.

20 Years Ago (1994):  The white buffalo calf born two weeks ago on a farm near Janesville has been
creating a lot of interest nationwide.  And the story of the white calf brings to mind the painting of a white
buffalo done by a former Evansville resident, Howard L. Munns, a commercial artist.  Howard spent some of
his early years, after Evansville High School, affiliated with E. W. Rost, a well known Janesville artist.  Howard,
now 83 years of age, created oil paintings on marble, using the markings in the marble to blend with his
paintings.  Many years ago he did a painting of a famous white buffalo called “Big Medicine”.  Munns’ painting
of this white buffalo hangs in the State Capitol at Helena, Montana.


10 years ago (2004):  New staff members at the Middle School and High School are:  Becky Hookham,
replacing Dennis Reese as Middle School art teacher; Dee Jay Redders has been hired as a new Social
Studies teacher at the High School; Connie Schultz will replace Ms. Karen Falls as full-time Learning
Disabilities teacher at the high school.  Jamie Gillespie is the new principal at the Evansville High School.

In Review
Second Week of September 1874-2004

140 Years Ago (1874):  Capt. Wm. C. Lovejoy, one of the early settlers of Union, having resided in this town
for upwards of twenty years, departed this life on Saturday night last, aged 67 years.  Mr. Lovejoy had been
failing since early in the spring, and it was evident to his friends that he could not long survive.  His disease
was softening of the liver.  He was not confined to his house until within some four weeks.  The last twenty
four hours of his life was spent in unconsciousness.  His funeral took place at his house, and was buried with
Masonic ceremonies, by his own lodge, assisted by the lodges from Cooksville, Stoughton and neighboring
lodges.

130 Years Ago (1884):  Seminary Items:  School opened Tuesday with about eighty students.  During the
week about twenty more have arrived.  Those young men who started out in the spring in pursuit of wealth as
book agents are all back rich—in experience.

120 Years Ago (1894):  In Justice Phillips’ court yesterday Oscar Henderson was fined $15 and costs, a total
of $21.23, for assault and battery by complaint of Martin Hansen.  Both parties are farmers in the town of
Porter where the fight took place Sunday evening.  The defendants face was badly scratched, while that of
the plaintiff’s bore but a few in comparison, none of which looked very serious.  Liquor and an old feud is said
to be the cause.

110 Years Ago (1904):  Architect Meggott expects to have the first floor of the Eager block ready for
occupancy in about a month, at which time The Economy will be prepared to meet new customers and old
with the latest and best in all lines.  Special closing out bargains are offered daily.

100 Years Ago (1914):  The pictures at the Grand theater Monday night were of unusual interest to many
local people.  The visit of the Mutual Girl to the battleship Arkansas was the subject of one reel.  This is the
ship on which Ray Frantz, grandson of Ray Gillman is at present.  A large crowd enjoyed the pictures, which
were unusually interesting.

90 Years Ago (1924):  Married, at the Lutheran parsonage, Stoughton, on Tuesday, September 9, Rev. M.
H. Hegge officiating, Miss Myrtle Fursett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Fursett, of East Main Street, this
city, to Mr. Warren Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Brown of Evansville.  Those in attendance were Miss
Ruth Berryman and Mr. Glenn Heffron.  Miss Fursett has for several years been cashier for the Wisconsin
Telephone co. in this city, and has a large circle of friends, both business and social, who will wish her much
happiness.  Mr. Brown holds a good position with the Baker Manufacturing Co., and is a young man of many
sterling qualities, honored and like by those who know him.  After a wedding tour in the northern part of the
state the young couple will be at home to their friends, after October first.

80 Years Ago (1934):  Dr. Wallace E. Bray, son of Supt. and Mrs. T. Emory Bray, Delavan, is opening an
office with Dr. Keith Ford, Madison in the Economy building here this week.  The firm will be known as Bray
and Ford, physicians and surgeons.  The office of the new physicians is completely furnished with the latest
equipment which has just been purchased from one of the leading firms supply medical and surgical
instruments.  The new firm will do general practicing in medicine and surgery.  Both physicians are married
and both are moving their families to Evansville where they will make their homes.

70 Years Ago (1944):  Pfc. William Brunsell, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Brunsell is serving in the armed forces
with the European Civil Affairs, whose job it is to follow the troops into cities and supply food, medicines and
other necessary materials.  In a letter written, Sunday, August 27, he tells of entering Paris only to find no
troops.  

60 Years Ago (1954):  Here is your 1954 Blue Devil Eleven.  They are: Jud Spooner, Jim Morger, Ron (Ox)
Zilliox, George Franklin, Harry Probst, John Paulson, Jerry Turner, Larry Golz, Larry Decker, Doug Hull, Don
Spooner, Norm Hull, Roger Kloften, Howard Youmans, Carl Romstad, Dick Meyers, Harry Becher, Jim Cook,
Si Chapin, Earl Allen, Jack Fritcher, Mickey Finnane, Jerry Rowley, and Jerry Forstrom, Larry Amidon, Mel
Petersen, Bud Thompson, Bob Rasmussen, Ron Peckham, Ross Sperry, Phil Hamilton, and Ron Brigham.  
Frank Prchal is the coach.

50 Years Ago (1964):  Mr. and Mrs. Earl Carlson are announcing this week that they will no longer be
operating Ray’s Café which they have operated continuously for the past 10 years.  They will be greatly
missed by their patrons and many friends they have made while conducting the business.  However, John
Bryant, who now has the Pizza Palace at 20 W. Main St., will move across the street into the building and will
operate the business as a restaurant and pizza palace.  The restaurant will continue to be known as “Ray’s
Café”.  [Note:  The restaurant is located on the south side of West Main Street, and is now known as the
Main Café.]

40 Years Ago (1974):  Autumn brings a new season for the Evansville Boy Scouts.  The resumption of
regular meetings brings with it changes for Troop 514.  The new scout-master is Bill Hartje, a teacher at the
high school.  There will be greater emphasis on camping in the future, with the next campout on Sept. 27-29.  
Plans are for weekend campouts every four to six weeks during the year.

30 Years Ago (1984):  Firemen were called to the Don and Virginia Larson farm on Thursday night of last
week and remained through the night well into the next day.  The farm is located south of Evansville on
Highway 59, near 104.  According to Fire Chief Charles Nordeng, the cause of the barn fire is believed to be
electrical.  Nordeng reports it was not hot hay and stated the Larson’s son had just been up in the barn 15
minutes before the fire started and there was no characteristic odor, such as is noted long before fire starts
in hot hay.

20 Years Ago (1994):  Jayson Butts sold his 228 lb. reserve Champion Barrow, Junior Show Hampshire for
$4,500 at the 1994 Wisconsin State Fair Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction on Aug. 10 to Saz’s of
Milwaukee, WI.  

10 years ago (2004): Janis Ringhand is a candidate for the State Assembly, 80th District in the Democratic
Primary on September 14.  A lifelong resident of Evansville and accomplished community advocate, Janis is
serving her second two year term as Mayor.   She was an Adlerwoman for four years prior to being elected
Mayor, serving two years as council President.


In Review
Third Week of September 1874-2004


140 Years Ago (1874):  The demand for new books at our Graded School makes one’s wallet look as though
it had the “jim-jams.”  It is all right probably, or it would not be thus.  But it seems that a little regard ought to
be had for the condition of the tax payers of the district, without bleeding them at every pore.  First they have
to pay a tax of nearly $4,000 yearly to support the school, and then insurance on the school building, and all
the etceteras attending the institution (and they are of no small consideration) and new books at every
session. We confess a little ignorance how this matter runs; but we have a vivid recollection of the incessant
call for “new books.”

130 Years Ago (1884):  John Wall, of Union, lost a horse this week by lockjaw.  In stepping over a barbed
wire fence, it caught one of the barbs in its fetlock, from which the blood flowed very freely.  At night it could
not open its mouth to receive food, dying before morning.

120 Years Ago (1894):  Building is still progressing rapidly in this place, and none need to be idle for the
want of work, that want to work, and are willing to do what ere their hands may find to do and we can have
but very little sympathy for those that won’t improve their opportunities at this time, when the cold storms of
winter blows.

110 Years Ago (1904):  Dr. J. W. Brigham, of Union, passed away Sunday at the home of his granddaughter,
Mrs. J. C. Harper of Madison.  Death was due to old age, almost reaching his 81st birthday.  Dr. John Wells
Brigham was born in Townshend, Vt., where passed his boyhood, graduating from the Townshend academy
before entering medical college.  In 1848 he received his diploma from the Vermont Medical college and for
three years following he practices in Springfield, Mass.  On May 13, 1852, he was married to Lestina S. Gore,
and a year later moved to Union, Wis, then a prosperous little town in Rock County.  For many years he had
a wide practice, and was well known in Evansville and vicinity.  He was independent, frugal in his habits, and
of an absolute integrity.  He lived for 50 years in one home.  A man whose refinements of language, quick
love for children, and devotion to his friends marked him as one of the fine old gentlemen of New England.  
His wife died in 1879 and his son, Lock W. Brigham, lived to be only thirty-two.  

100 Years Ago (1914):  Miss Kathleen Calkins has had the honor to be appointed a teacher in the home
economics department of the University of Wisconsin.  She left for Madison Tuesday to take up her new
work.  The opportunity is a very fine one, and by her work Miss Calkins has fairly won preferment.

90 Years Ago (1924):  The dancing party given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pullen on Grove Street was
the first social event of the early autumn.  The house was tastefully decorated with lavender and yellow
flowers and autumn leaves.  More than 100 guests were in attendance, about half of them being from
Janesville.  A Madison orchestra furnished the music.

80 Years Ago (1934):  All classes elected officers on Tuesday.  The newly elected officers are as follows:  
Seniors—President Wilbur Patterson; vice-pres., Frank Maxwell; sec.-treas., Helen Park; class advisor. Sadie
McCaughey.  Juniors—Pres., Robert Erstad; vice-pres., Beth Brigham; sec-treas., Susan Eager; class
advisor, Irene Schultz.  Sophomores—Pres., Beth Schuster; vice-pres., Al Golz; sec.-treas., Rolland
Worthing; class advisor, Lina Blanchard.  Freshmen—Pres., Paul De Leon; vice pres, Marshall Gandy; sec.
Marjorie Thomas; treas., Mary Franklin; class advisor, Jennie Wold.

70 Years Ago (1944):  Stanley Hatlevig, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Hatlevig, has been promoted to Rdm.
2/c.  He recently met his brother, Vernon, in Italy.  In a recent letter he said, they had both come through the
invasion OK.  His address has been changed and he has been transferred to a different ship.

60 Years Ago (1954):  Voters in Evansville and the four surrounding townships of Union, Porter, Center, and
Magnolia voted almost solidly Republican in the primary Tuesday.  Only 71 of 450 city voters marked a
Democrat party ticket, with the percentage even smaller in the townships.  Peter P. Carr, who once operated
a grocery here, was named the Republican candidate for the state senate.  

50 Years Ago (1964):   St. John’s new pastor, the Rev. Orlo Espeland, will be installed in an impressive
ceremony Sunday, Sept. 20.  The installing pastor will be Dr. Myron C. Austinson, Janesville district president
of the Southern Wisconsin District of American Lutheran churches.  During the 28 years since the church
was organized here, there have been only two pastors before Rev. Mr. Espeland.  They are the Rev.
Theodore Heimarck and the Rev. Arvid M. Romstad, who recently resigned.

40 Years Ago (1974):  Evansville Superintendent of Schools, George C. Knuckles recently signed the
Articles of Trust, activating the Helen Smith Literary Award.  In June of 1975, an Evansville High School
graduate will be the recipient of the first annual Helen Smith Literary Award.  

30 Years Ago (1984):  Dr. and Mrs. Gene Prudhon and family have moved from Brodhead to Rt. 1,
Evansville.  They recently purchased the former Robinson home on County C.  Mrs. Prudhon is the former
Carol Maas.

20 Years Ago (1994):  The Magnolia A. C. Church will be celebrating the 140th anniversary of the building of
their church on Oct. 1 and 2.  Virginia Mauerman says, “Come enjoy Magnolia’s past with us as we look to
the future.”

10 years ago (2004):  The Rock County Public Health Department has confirmed two cases of Whooping
Cough (Pertussis) in Evansville, and two more “probably cases” are under observation.  Both confirmed
cases involved school-aged children.

In Review
Fourth Week of September 1874-2004


140 Years Ago (1874):  Mr. I. M. Bennett, who has been spending most of the season in Colorado, returned
Thursday morning last.  He owns a ranch among the mountains which he has been stocking with sheep.  He
returns with hands hardened with toil and calls himself a fit subject for a granger.

130 Years Ago (1884):  Married.  In Brodhead, Sept. 15, 1884, by Rev. Father Hagerty, Mr. James Kelly to
Miss Lizzie Horan, both of Magnolia. A reception was held Monday evening, Sept. 15, at the home of the
bride’s mother, south of Magnolia.  About ninety guests were present.  The wedding gifts were numerous and
costly.  Mr. and Mrs. Kelly are both well known in this community and the best wishes of their many friends
and acquaintances will go with them wherever they go.  

120 Years Ago (1894):  A five year old son of G. Shrouder, residing near Fellows Station, was run over last
week by a wagon heavily loaded with green tobacco, breaking his collar bone and severely crushing a blood
vessel.  The driver, not being aware of the fact until afterwards, leaving the little fellow entirely alone for some
time.  

110 Years Ago (1904):  Mr. Thurman Burr, while at work for Mr. Wm. Hubbard about two miles north of this
city, in attempting to drive a bull from the yard Saturday afternoon, the animal turned upon him and forced
him to the ground and gored him in a terrible manner.  The only thing saving Mr. Burr’s life was the breaking
away of a fence while he was up against and letting him through where the animal could not reach him.  He
was rescued in an unconscious condition.  Dr. Ocasek was called who pronounced his right shoulder broken
and the man terribly bruised and lacerated all over, but she thinks he will eventually recover.  The injured
man was brought to his home in this city Sunday, where he seems to be resting quite comfortably at this
writing.

100 Years Ago (1914):  Auto Livery—Having purchased a new Buick 15 passenger auto truck, I am prepared
to take out parties to the lakes or surrounding towns at any time, day or night.  Terms reasonable.  Phone
192.  Frank S. Brigham.

90 Years Ago (1924):  W. W. Gillies and Lloyd Hubbard left the first of the week for Montana to purchase
lambs for several different farmers in the town of Union.

80 Years Ago (1934):  Mr. and Mrs. Harold Klusmeyer and daughter, Lois; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Carlson and
daughter, Marian and son, Earl; Mrs. Robert Damrow, Mrs. George Everill, Earl Pierce, Wilma Schneider,
Helen Davis, Helen and Beulah Gransee, Glen and John Trickel, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wichman, Jack, Maud,
and Jimmie Van Namme and Verne Riley, all were in Chicago Friday and visited the Century of Progress.

70 Years Ago (1944):  Pvt. Floyd L. Main, Jr., of Evansville, was awarded the newly authorized Bronze Star
Medal for heroic achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy during the battle for
Kwajalein Atoll, by his commander.  Pvt. Main received the decoration in recognition of his outstanding
actions, beyond the call of duty, in this bitter five day fight for the heart of Japanese resistance in the
Marshall Islands.  A veteran of two campaigns in the Pacific war, Pvt. Main was among those who drove the
Japanese from the fog-bound Aleutian Island chain a year ago.  In addition to the Bronze Star Medal he
wears the ribbon for the Asiatic-Pacific theater with two bronze battle stars and the Combat Infantry Badge.  
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Main, this city.  A graduate of the Evansville high school, he was inducted
into the army in Dec., 1942 and left immediately for overseas duty.

60 Years Ago (1954):  An earlier request by Acting Police Chief George Walk for a radar unit to control
speeding was brought by at the City Council meeting and recommended by Councilman Wilson Brown.  
Mayor Brown explained that the fire and police committee recommended that, car and extra men.  Walk
stated that no special car would be needed, and that a man could be one of the regular officers, but that it
was his recommendation that the matter be tabled until budget making time for 1955.
 
50 Years Ago (1964):  Trucks parked at two stockyards were damaged and cattle released from pens
Sunday.  The stockyards were owned by the Luchsinger Brothers and a stockyard owned by Forrest
Brigham.  Officials said the incidents were not necessarily connected to the National Farmers Organization
(NFO).  The cattle were discovered by Evansville police and stockyard workers reported the damage to
trucks.  

40 Years Ago (1974):   Varco-Pruden employees were honored at a luncheon held at The Coach House.  
Those honored for their years of service were Jim Waterman, five years; Ken Fuchs, five years; Dave
Nelson, ten years; Art Sands, ten years; and Paul Schuler, fifteen years.

30 Years Ago (1984):  The AFS program is not new to the Phil Hamilton family.  Just a few years ago they
welcomed Bobbie Blake from Jamaica.  This time Sissy Sybramd came to the Hamilton’s using the “reverse
placement”.  Sissy is an AFS student from the Netherlands.  Her picture and interests were put in the April
Evansville Review and any interest host family could offer to accept.

20 Years Ago (1994):  Among the students named to the Dean’s List at UW-Madison School of Education
were Todd Andres, occupational therapy; John Garbrecht, physical therapy and Nichole Schneeberger, all of
Evansville.

10 years ago (2004): Four new businesses are already doing business in the Grange Mall and two more are
expected to open in the near future.  Prairie Threads was the first to open.  Appliance works, Hagen
Insurance and Karate America soon followed.  Evansville Family Health Pharmacy has announced intent to
move into the Grange Mall and The Evansville Barber Shop (now located on Union Street) will also open
before year’s end.  Mr. Brian Fick, owner of Appliance Works purchased the Grange Mall from its former
owners, Roger Berg and Robbie Petterson, following the closing of Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  In addition to the
retail space, Mr. Fick also rents out 17 apartments.

In Review
Last Week of September 1874-2004


140 Years Ago (1874):  Messrs. Snashall & Mygatt have already ordered 116 tons of coal for domestic use,
and they have pending orders for more.  The coal trade, for warming purposes alone, has increased year by
year about 25 per cent.

130 Years Ago (1884):  Married  At the residence of the bride in the Village of Evansville, September 17,
1884, by Rev. A. J. Marshall, Miss Sarah E. Anderson to Mr. Judson E. Jaynes, of Magnolia.

120 Years Ago (1894):  Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Sweet of Le Roy, Minn., who were visiting relatives and friends in
this place and vicinity received the unfortunate news by telegram Saturday that their home was destroyed by
a cyclone, necessitating their immediate return.  Mr. Sweet was one of the first to enlist in the Berdans Sharp
Shooters when the civil war broke out from Union Village north of this place, and served faithfully and well in
the same company with our townsmen Jerome Demic and J. H. Elwood.  They had only been here since
Thursday and were visiting their aunt Mrs. Henry Bevier when the sad news arrived.  

110 Years Ago (1904):  Another Evansville boy comes to the front; Mr. Geo. W. Wilder, professor of
Technology in the Arthur Institute of Chicago, has just issued a very valuable book of about 500 pages
entitled “Telephone Principles and Practices,” which gives all of the fundamental principles of this wonderful
instrument and its uses, which is sure to come to the front as a standard work.  Mr. Wilder is also a special
correspondent for the magazine entitled “Sound Waves” which is the best authority now published on this
profession which has become a profession of itself of such importance that experts are in great demand in
this work, and we should all feel proud of Mr. Wilder’s achievements as an Evansville boy and brother to our
present citizen, Mr. Fred Wilder.

100 Years Ago (1914):  For several weeks there has been some mystery about the whereabouts of one
Andrew Johnson, better known as “Crazy Andrew.”  On the night of August 22, he is said to have broken into
the house of Samuel Nelson in the town of Porter.  Mr. Nelson was at the time in Europe.  Mrs. Nelson
thought she heard someone, so she reached out her hand and touched a man.  She jumped up to get a light
and Johnson hid under the bed.  Mrs. Nelson then ran to the stairway to call the hired man, and while she
was out of the room Johnson jumped out of the window.  Johnson was caught in Edgerton last Saturday by E.
H. Libby, deputy sheriff and on Monday was taken to Janesville before Judge Maxfield and charged with
breaking and entering.  He pleaded “not guilty.”  He will have a hearing.  

90 Years Ago (1924):  E. J. Cook of Janesville is now in charge of the Paulson Lumber Company recently
purchased by Walter Green, of that city and will move his family here as soon as it is possible to secure a
house.  [Note:  the Paulson Lumber Company was at the corner of Church and Maple Streets, the current
location of Creekside Place.]

80 Years Ago (1934):  Gaining entrance by jimmying the front door and breaking the lock, experienced
yeggmen broke into the gas station of the Wisconsin Petroleum company, 215 East Main street, at about 3 a.
m. last Thursday, blew the safe door off with an over-charge of nitro-glycerin, and escaped with
approximately $100 in cash together with a large number of checks and charge slips.  

70 Years Ago (1944):  A deal was recently closed whereby Mr. James Rowley, formerly of Footville, later of
Evansville, bought the old Gilman building until recently the property of Mrs. Katherine Cheriee, Chicago,
which has been occupied by Julius Jensen as a pool hall, which will still continue.  At the same time Mr.
Rowley bought the tavern and pool business of Mr. Burr Jones who has been in business in the Biglow
building, now owned by Mrs. Biglow, for sixteen years and after October 1st, will continue the business.  [The
Rowley tavern and pool hall was in the building renovated and opened as the eastern addition to the UB&T.]

60 Years Ago (1954):  Curbs and sidewalks in bad repair have been checked in the business district by the
street superintendent, Braden Wolff, and the council instructed him to continue his inspection through the
residential districts, and to call bad curbs and sidewalks to the attention of property owners concerned.

50 Years Ago (1964):   Evansville’s new elementary school building on the new High School campus was
started last April and is expected to be ready for occupancy in early November.  The building has 10 rooms
and an all-purpose room.  

40 Years Ago (1974):  Open House at Eager Free Public library was an enjoyable occasion.  The sunshine
gave extra color to the décor of the Young People’s Room.  The Jaycettes served delicious cookies and
coffee upstairs.  Visitors talked with friends.  Guests from out of town included Mr. and Mrs. Ed Culver from
Stoughton and Helen Kreigh from the Department of Library services in Madison.  Mrs. Culver, now librarian
at Stoughton, was Head librarian at Eager Free Public Library when the last extensive redecorating was done
in 1964.  

30 Years Ago (1984):  Donald “Deke” Slayton, the Wisconsin astronaut, originally scheduled to pilot the
Mercury-Atlas 7 Mission, will come to Evansville Friday, Oct. 19, as part of the Evansville Community
Involvement Program.  

20 Years Ago (1994):  All of the kindergarten students took a tiny trip to top of T week.  They trotted to take
a look at the tiny tractors, trucks and toy collection of Steven Hagen.  He let them touch them as he told
about his collection.  The teachers, Mrs. Creek-Hessler, Ms. Wiecek, Mr. Hoffenberg and Mrs. Gustafson
were on hand for the presentation to their classes.

10 years ago (2004):  The Evansville Ecumenical Choir will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, October 20th at
St. John’s Lutheran Church at 8:30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to join.  This year, due to popular demand,
the Cantata will be “Celebrate the Child,” by Tom Fettke.