First Week of March 1869-1999
140 Years Ago (1869): The inaugural address of President Grant is written and covers but half a dozen pages of
manuscript. It will not be put into type before delivery, and of course advance copies will not be furnished the press.
That it will endorse the new suffrage amendment was telegraphed last night, and it can now be added that it will take
decided ground against all forms of repudiation and in favor of paying all our indebtedness in gold, except where the
law under which any part of it is made explicitly provides for payment in currency.
130 Years Ago (1879): Snashall & Mygatt have had several hundred circular price lists of cheese factory and dairy
apparatus for the spring trade printed at this office the past week. This is a branch of business they have paid more
or less attention to for a number of years, and finding the business growing upon their hands have added new
facilities, machinery, tools, &c. and now have arranged a regular price list for general distribution. Their increased
facilities for manufacturing and buying in large quantities, enables them to sell remarkably low.
120 Years Ago (1889): We had the pleasure of seeing one of the first traveling shows of the season on Saturday in
the person of Geo. Hall, Jr. as we thought driving by our place one of the nicest span of little spotted ponies we ever
saw. We watched them for some distance. It was worth a nickel to see them hoof it, they drove so nice.
110 Years Ago (1899): Mr. Ernest P. Hubbard and family are about to take their departure for Belmond, Iowa, where
they take charge of Mr. Wm. Burgess’ farm. They have many friends here who will regret their removal very much, but
wish them the best of success and prosperity wherever their lot may be cast.
100 Years Ago (1909): Leo Decker, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Decker and Miss Amy Fursett, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Olaf Fursett, all of the town of Union, were quietly married in Janesville Feb. 23rd, stealing a march on their
friends. On Wednesday evening a wedding reception was held at the home of the bride’s parents which was attended
by scores of friends of the young couple and was greatly enjoyed by all. The young folks will reside on the Decker
farm in the future. The best wishes of the community are extended to them. C. W. Decker and family are moving to
town this week, and will soon be settled in the Geo. Magee house on Garfield Avenue. The recently married son, Leo,
will live on the old home farm.
90 Years Ago (1919): Word was last week received by his relatives in this city that Fred Macart, who is in Europe with
the U. S. forces and who had not been heard from since some time in November, that he is now in the hospital with an
injured hand, but hopes to be at home in this country before long.
80 Years Ago (1929): The work of installing the wig-wag signals at the railroad crossing on East Main Street has been
completed and the new safety devices were put into operation Monday night. The signals, which replace the former
gate system, are being used automatically from 1 until 5 a.m. and are operated from the tower by Michael Tobin and
Cal Bullock, former flagmen during the daytime. Similar to those already installed on the North Madison street
crossing, the signals have been placed in the center of Main Street, guarding both sides of the tracks. As trains
approach the crossing they wave a metal flag containing a red light and at the same time ring a bell.
70 Years Ago (1939): The Luety Bros., Beloit have been awarded the contract for excavating the basement for
Evansville’s new high school building which is being erected as a PWA project with the Cullen Firm of Janesville as
contractors. Part of the fill from the excavation work is being hauled to the new automobile parking area between
West Main Street and Montgomery Court.
60 Years Ago (1949): Plans are nearing completion here for the Farmers’ Day activities to be held in the school
auditorium and home economics room next Tuesday under the sponsorship of the Evansville Chamber of Commerce
with Dr. E. W. Krueger serving as general chairman. Activities for the men will be in the auditorium and the women will
assemble in the home economics room for their program. A corn and high sileage contest will be one of the main
features of the event. Merchandise prizes will be awarded. Edward G. Bruns, U. W. Agricultural Engineering
Department, will discuss “Loose Run Housing of Dairy Cattle.” Robert Neidmeir will talk on “Profitable Feeding of Dairy
50 Years Ago (1959): Will Sumner, editor of the Evansville Review, suffered painful facial cuts and bruises Friday
afternoon when he slipped and fell on the snow while leaving the state Capitol by the E. Washington Ave. entrance.
Sumner had come to Madison to deliver some literature to the University of Wisconsin, and had stopped at the Capitol
to visit with Secretary of State Robert C. Zimmerman, a longtime close friend. After the accident Sumner was given
first aid treatment in Zimmerman’s office. Shaken by the accident, the Evansville editor and publisher remained in
Madison overnight at the home of relatives.
40 Years Ago (1969): Coach Richard Muenich was presented with a gift, a lambskin rug, by the three basketball
managers, Timothy Shea, Mark Hubacher and John Rasmussen, at a pep meeting held last week Thursday afternoon
in the senior high school gym.
30 Years Ago (1979): The Evansville School Board Monday night voted to send a $289,000 athletic complex proposal
to referendum sometime the week of Monday, May 14, in a special election. The proposal presented to the school
board by football coach Bob Berezowitz and track coach Ron Grovesteen differenced considerably from the $186,00
proposal presented at the previous Monday night’s meeting. Included in the referendum proposal are four new tennis
courts, a baseball diamond and some additional parking to be gained by converting the present high school tennis
courts back into a parking lot. Those three items were not included in the original proposal. A new Metrick track
surrounding a new football field would be constructed behind the high school as well as athletic fields for physical
education classes. Boys’ tennis coach Paul Schwenn and baseball coach Darryl Fuchs gave arguments for including
their sports in the proposed complex.
20 Years Ago (1989): Mrs. Walker’s Business department has the following Co-op students, Kris Propst, Kevin Lund,
Amie Brickl, Rhonda Phelps, Erica Walker, Marci Rowley, Chris Davis, Becki Fisk, and Heather O’Connor.
10 years ago (1999): Members of the Evansville Chamber of Commerce held their noon meeting last Thursday at the
Elementary School and witnessed the overcrowding of the facility while the children were in class. Dr. Tom Benzinger
and Dr. Gary Albrecht took the groups on tour of all the rooms so that they could see the needs faced by the school
district and the need for the upcoming school building referendum on March 16.
Second Week of March 1869-1999
140 Years Ago (1869): Married. DEAN – SNYDER – At the residence of the bride’s father, March 11, 1869,by Eld. W.
T. Martin, Wm. H. Dean of Center, Rock County, Wisconsin, to Miss Kate Snyder of Richland Center, Richland Co.,
130 Years Ago (1879): Mr. Baker at the foundry has succeeded in making an improvement to his recently patented
windmill that will transform a crank motion into circular motion and applies it to a miniature feed mill with good
advantage. It was being improved upon Monday or we could have learned more of it.
120 Years Ago (1889): The foundry department of the Baker shops are shut down today for the want of iron. It
seems strange to see the employees upon our streets, it being a very uncommon thing in working hours.
110 Years Ago (1899): A committee representing the literary clubs of Evansville waited on the City Council last
Tuesday night and requested the Mayor to appoint a permanent local library board under the state law. Mayor
Stevens promptly granted the request and will make the announcements of at the mass meeting to be held in City Hall
Friday evening, March 17, at which time Miss L. E. Stearns of Madison will make an address. This board will consist of
nine members with term of office of three years. As the board is first appointed it will consist of three members
appointed for three years, three for two years and three for one year. This board elects its own officers and will be the
custodians of any moneys or property donated or paid to the public library.
100 Years Ago (1909): Miss Orrel Montgomery started last Saturday for Grandfield, South Dakota, to resume her
residence on a claim she has there, after spending the winter here with home folks. She has a fine claim out there
she informs us, and in six months will be able to prove up and commute, thus getting a patent on her land. She says
she likes the climate out there much better than here.
90 Years Ago (1919): All returned soldiers and sailors, all who have been in service whether at home or abroad will
be guests of honor of the Women’s Relief Corps and the opera house management at a 6 o’clock dinner Wednesday
evening to be served at the hall of the Relief Corps. Mr. and Mrs. Magee will entertain them at a theater party from 7:
30 to 9 o’clock, followed by a dance in the Magee Hall. Invitations have been extended to all, but the hosts and
hostesses desire that each soldier, in case he should fail to receive his invitation, know that the invitation is extended
to him and his friends.
80 Years Ago (1929): Roy John is moving to the Fred Rowley farm left vacant by Ernest Kopp who has moved to the
Reese farm near the Tullar school. M. D. Winter has left the Reese farm to locate near Brooklyn. George Lange has
left the Jordan farm, west of the city, and has settled on a farm near Brooklyn. Merlin Reese has left the Fursett farm
near Cooksville for the late Robert Steele farm about four miles northwest of Evansville. Floyd Steele has moved from
there to the W. E. Steele farm which he recently purchased. Leaving a farm near Brooklyn, Byron Reese is now
located on the W. R. Patterson farm west of the city. Fred Elmer has left the Patterson place for the farm of Dr. E. J.
Helgesen near Magnolia. Ed Krueger, who has been occupying the W. G. Patterson farm on the county line, is
moving to the Lew Spencer farm south of the city. Harry Klitzman has moved to the Charles Maloy farm and Albert
Wealti is now located on the farm of the Williams brothers, near the county line, left by Mr. Klitzman. William Sperry
has moved from the farm of Mrs. Whipple and is locating near Attica.
70 Years Ago (1939): Announcement has been made of the marriage of Miss Dorothy Pauline Elmer to Phillip Sorge
Klitzman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Klitzman, Brooklyn, which ceremony was performed Feb. 23 in Baraboo by the
Rev. James Verdium. They were attended by Miss Allys Klitzman, sister of the groom, and Alvin J. Elmer, brother of
the bride. The bride wore a gown of royal blue velvet with gold accessories and carried an arm bouquet of pink and
60 Years Ago (1949): Orville Devlin, who has been employed here by the Evansville Feed and Fuel Company for the
past several years, has resigned and has accepted a position with the Farm Bureau at Janesville.
50 Years Ago (1959): Southern Wisconsin took a knockout wallop from the most paralyzing blizzard since the
unforgettable two-day storm of Feb. 8 and 9, 1936. Mrs. Leila Lange, chief operator of the local telephone exchange,
reports that telephone traffic Thursday last broke all records for this office. That day 10,633 local calls and 272 toll
calls were handled. Friday the load was almost as heavy with a total of 10, 288 local and 24 toll calls put through the
switchboard. These figures represent about twice the normal day phone traffic and, of course is attributable to the
severe storms, necessitating hundreds of extra messages. The task of plowing out our city streets was in full swing
Monday as city crews dug their way through hundreds of miles of streets.
40 Years Ago (1969): Mr. and Mrs. August Koepp will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Sunday, March
16. With their children as hosts and hostesses, they will be honored guests at an open house in their home at 15 Mill
Street from 2 to 5 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Koepp were married March 22, 1919 and have always lived in this area. Mrs.
Koepp was formerly Blanche O’Connor. They have three sons, Alan, Richmond; Ed, Evansville; and Frank, Edgerton;
four daughters, Mrs. Donald Farberg, Evansville; Mrs. Donald Golz, Colorado; Mrs. Paul Neuenschander, Orfordville
and Miss Kathryn Marie Koepp, Albion and 18 grandchildren. Dan Farberg, a grandson, is in Vietnam and another
grandson, Ted Farberg has recently been discharged from the service and has returned from Thailand.
30 Years Ago (1979): Five people were honored as outstanding citizens last Thursday at the Jaycees annual
banquet. Charles Maas was selected for the Distinguished Service Award; Grace Loftus was honored as Outstanding
Young Individual, Bill Hartje was selected for the Young Educator Award and Mr. and Mrs. Ron Zweifel as Outstanding
Young farm couple.
20 Years Ago (1989): Evansville’s High School Student Council members include Joe Benash, Vicky Wonders,
Rhonda Phelps, Aimee Krake, Kim Spanton, Lee Spanton, Heidi Turner, Heidi Weigand, Sandy Larson, Joni Pedley,
Melissa Silbaugh, Tera West, Tara Bradley, Jeff Fredendall, Wally Fellows, Missy Skaaland, Rene Templeton, Bethany
Krake, Kim Reese, Dana Sumner, and Shelley Woodstock. The advisor is Richard Krake.
10 years ago (1999): Tina Kakuske and Mary Leanell performed a flute duet at the Congregational United Church of
Christ this past Sunday. Tina is a member of the Beloit-Janesville Symphony.
Third Week of March 1869-1999
140 Years Ago (1869): Cure for scarlet fever. A correspondent sends us the following recipe for the treatment and
cure of scarlet fever: bind hops, steeped in vinegar, upon the throat, and make and use a gargle of blood-root and
rum. To prevent scarlet fever, make and use a gargle of red pepper and vinegar, steeped. These remedies will not
fail to give relief and stop the plague.
130 Years Ago (1879): Mr. Stephen Baker is getting lumber on the spot to build a house early in the season. He
locates on a portion of Dr. Robinson’s premises, fronting on Liberty Street.
120 Years Ago (1889): On Thursday evening last, while Mr. August Klitzman was unhitching his team from the wagon,
they started with one tug still hitched and tipped the wagon onto him in such a manner as to cut his face and head
badly, causing him to be senseless for a time, but he is reported much better at this writing. He has lived for the past
year upon Mr. Lewis Spencer’s farm about one mile east of this city and is now moving upon Mr. Brewer’s farm near
Brooklyn. Mr. Brewer and family having moved into Widow Robinson’s residence on the west end of Main St. in this
place. Mr. Sylvester Purington is moving into the house on Lewis Spencer’s farm vacated by Mr. Klitzman, to take
charge of Mr. C. H. Spencer’s farm during the coming season.
110 Years Ago (1899): Some of the citizens residing on the west side of South Madison Street are very indignant over
the amount of water that has been drained into their yards from the northwest portion of the city. Many have found it
impossible to get to their barns, wood houses, etc, with having to wade through nearly a foot of water.
100 Years Ago (1909): I have purchased a two-piece cement block machine which will build as absolute dry and frost-
proof wall such as is needed in a cold climate to keep ensilage from freezing. I am prepared to build the same during
the season at the cost of a wooden silo. E. T. Reilly.
90 Years Ago (1919): Mr. C. V. Miller has resigned his position as manager of the Evansville exchange of the
Wisconsin Telephone Company, to take effect the 1st of April, having accepted a position with the Guardian Life
Insurance Company. Mr. L. A. Salladay, who has been connected with the telephone company for some time has
been appointed to fill the vacancy.
80 Years Ago (1929): Born to Mr. and Mrs. Victor Tullis, Saturday, March 9, a baby girl. They have named her Mary
70 Years Ago (1939): Sawing a padlock open on the front door, thieves gained entrance to the White Star rural
school, five miles east of the city, some time during the night Sunday and escaped with a practically new electric radio
recently purchased by the school. Sunday night’s theft was the fourth time the White Star school house has been
entered and robbed during the past few years. The teacher is Miss Mildred Horkey, Orfordville, who immediately
notified the sheriff’s office in Janesville upon discovering the theft Monday morning.
60 Years Ago (1949): The casketed remains of Pvt. Arthur C. Jorgensen, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Jorgensen,
Evansville and Lt. Elvin Nehmer, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Gooch, Evansville, are being returned to the United
States from Europe aboard the army transport Barney Kirschbaum, the Department of the Army has announced. Pvt.
Jorgensen was killed in action in German Dec. 17, 1944 and Lt. Nehmer lost his life in action in Belgium Feb. 14,
50 Years Ago (1959): John Bly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Bly, was awarded his bachelor’s degree in Business
Administration from the University of Wisconsin at the end of the first semester. He is currently enrolled in law school
there. His fraternity is Beta Alpha Psi, a national honorary accounting fraternity. He has always lived in Evansville,
and is a 1954 graduate of the local high school.
40 Years Ago (1969): More than 12,000 pieces of equipment designed to keep the nation’s factories running
efficiently will be demonstrated under simulated factory conditions at the 20th National Plant Engineering and
Maintenance Show which opens for a four-day run at the Cleveland Center, Cleveland, Ohio, March 24. Varco-
Pruden Co. of Evansville will show a complete line of products manufactured here and also all lines of steel buildings
marketed throughout the United States by the company.
30 Years Ago (1979): The City Council will meet to discuss the future development of the west side with
representatives of the Larsen and Metzger additions. The council express concerns about treating both developers
fairly in light of the fact the city can only support limited growth on the west side because of limited sewerage capacity.
The problem should be solved permanently in 1982 when the new sewage plant is completed. However, until then
development possibilities in the city are limited.
20 Years Ago (1989): The Evansville FFA is a very active chapter. They have received many awards at state and
national levels. They are gold rated in safety projects at the state level and second in the national for BOAC (Building
Our American Communities). Community services by the Evansville FFA include Country Sunshine Days, Fruit Sales,
and building a volleyball court at the park.
10 years ago (1999): At the recent Town of Union board meeting the supervisors went over a number of zoning
problems in the township. Edna Disch received a recognition plaque honoring her husband Wayne Disch for his many
dedicated years as town board chairman. Recently appointed chairman Kendall Schneider made the presentation.
Fourth Week of March 1869-1999
140 Years Ago (1869): Sales of Real Estate: Evansville. M. A. Hopson to J. H. Hopson, 1869, lot $500. J. A.
Pettigrew to J. C. Frederick, 1869, lot $300. T. J. Edwards to W. Soden, ’68, lot $125. N. M. Slawson to W. Soden, ’
69, lot $500. W. Soden to G. Barrett, ’69, lot $400. [Note: In 1869, lots without buildings usually sold for $100 or
less, those with buildings, $300 or more. William Soden was a wagon maker. John Hopson was a blacksmith. J. A.
Pettigrew was a merchant and farmer. J. C. Frederick owned a jewelry store.
130 Years Ago (1879): The Village Trustees at their meeting Friday night appointed J. M. Ballard street
commissioner, and authorized a sidewalk to be built past the High School grounds, on the west side of First Street,
commencing with Liberty.
120 Years Ago (1889): Born—Sunday, March 24, 1889, to Mr. and Mrs. Watson Hubbard, an 8 lb. boy, the 7th son,
barring one girl, next older. All are correspondingly happy and prospering being amply able to provide for all that may
come to them for protection.
110 Years Ago (1899): Last Wednesday evening Mr. Wm. Thompson’s house on Almeron Street narrowly escaped
burning. The younger members of the family were alone and one of them lit a match to search on the floor for a lost
checker when the fringe on the couch suddenly caught fire and was destroyed. By quick work on the part of
neighbors saved further loss.
100 Years Ago (1909): Workmen are engaged in installing a telephone block system along the Northwestern railway
between here and Janesville to supersede the telegraph system in vogue so many years. It is an improvement over
the old system of handling trains.
90 Years Ago (1919): Clara Force Hubbard was born December 19, 1840 at Warsaw, New York, living there until the
time of her marriage to Alva B. Hubbard, at Portage, New York, October 7th, 1857, both of them coming to Wisconsin
shortly afterwards. To this union were born three children, two daughters and one son. The eldest, Mrs. Carrie
Bestor, of this city and Mrs. Helen May, of Bloomington, Indiana, and Clifford Hubbard, of Omaha, Nebraska. Quite
late in life they took up their residence in Minnesota, but returned to Evansville in 1908, where they have since
resided. The deceased has been in failing health for the past two years, passing peacefully away March 22, 1919.
She was a member of the Congregational church in this city, also being a member of the Missionary Society. In her
early life she took great interest in the church and was very active in its work. During her stay in Minnesota she was
also active in church work, being president of the ladies work of the Congregational church of Springfield, Minnesota.
The funeral took place from the home of the deceased at two o'clock Monday, March 24th, the Rev. O. W. Smith
having services in charge, the interment being in the Maple Hill Cemetery.
80 Years Ago (1929): The Evansville Fruit and Vegetable Store, 112 East Main Street is being remodeled this week
and will be opened Saturday as a confectionery and ice cream parlor. Nick Atherton, proprietor, states that he will
continue to handle a large assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables in addition to serving ice cream and lunches of all
kinds. An electric piano has been installed and plenty of floor space will be reserved or dancing. The new
confectionary has been named “The Busy Bee” and will be advertised with an eight foot electric sign to be installed in
the near future. The furnishings were purchased from the Commercial Hotel which has discontinued its restaurant
business and will be operated on the European plan.
70 Years Ago (1939): The prom is over. Socially, it was a success. This prom of course, had the distinction of being
the last one to be held in the old gym. The school gymnasium was transformed into an atmosphere of Old Mexico with
a star bespangled ceiling shining on mural bedecked walls depicting Ferdinand, the bull and other Mexican scenes. A
feature of the event was the grand march led by Prom King Bob Brunsell and the 1939 Prom Queen, Marie Zentner,
who was attractively gowned in peach taffeta. They were followed in line by other class officers, students and guests.
Several pictures were taken during the dancing and the grand march and are on exhibit at Collins Drug Store this
week. Several pictures were also taken in one of the grade school rooms.
60 Years Ago (1949): High school baseball practice has begun, but only inside the gym. Coach Mel Erickson state
that as soon as the weather permits the boys will be on the campus for practice. The following have signed up for the
spring sport: Randy Feldt, Robert Easton, LaVerne Gallman, Jim Finnane, Donald Gallman, Donald Guse, Fred
Elmer, Ed McCaffrey, Malcolm Hull, Jack Deininger, Steve Losey, Charles Fritscher, Byrl Rowley, Roger Valentine,
Jerry Johnson, Roger Sarow, Gordon Brunsell, Phil Pearsall, Dan Finnane, Jack Miller, John Hazlett, Jim Kaltenborn,
Bill McCarthy and Neil Moldenhauer.
50 Years Ago (1959): A break-in at the Cooksville store netted the thief about $7 in change and an assortment of
merchandise, the Rock County Sheriff’s Department learned Saturday. Mrs. Miles Armstrong, operator of the
Cooksville Store, said that the change, taken from the open cash register, included a silver dollar. Sheriff’s detectives
said entry was gained by prying open a screen and window after attempts to pry open a storeroom door failed.
40 Years Ago (1969): Commander Cyrus B. Christensen, USN, son of Mrs. Elsie Christensen of Evansville, received
a spot promotion to Commander a year early when he became Commander for Mine Division 45 home-ported at
Charleston S. C. Mine Division 45 consists of four ocean mine-sweepers, the USS Affray, USS Alacrity, USS Exploit
and USS Observer. CDR Christensen, a veteran of 25 years in the Navy recently returned from Vietnam, where he
was wounded in action and decorated thirteen times. The decorations he received included the Legion of Merit,
Purple Heart and Gallantry Cross.
30 Years Ago (1979): A new store, under new management, will be called the Grange Hardware Hank. Al Sicotte is
the manager of the new hardware store and he promises it will be open for business next week. The store will employ
four persons including two former Grange Store employees, Jan Baumgarten and Glenn Smith. The grand opening is
planned for a later date.
20 Years Ago (1989): At the regular council meeting on Tuesday night, aldermen heard Tom Siebers, engineer with
Donohue and Associates, tell of the problems surfacing in the park with the Leota Dam. Dredging and repairing of the
dam will be very costly, Siebers told the council. The only other alternative appears to be to remove the dam and let
the lake revert back to its original state, a stream. The DNR favors the latter alternative, possibly allowing it to be a
trout stream, but in this alternative the beauty of the park and the lake may be the penalty.
10 years ago (1999): On Monday of this week, high school principal Joe Schroeder was in Elmbrook School District,
signing a contract for the position of high school principal for the Brookfield High School He is to start on July 1 of this
year. Schroeder, who has been in the Evansville District for four years, serving as high school principal for one year,
and his wife Annie and three daughters, will be moving to the new area.