In Review
First Week of November 1869-1999

140 Years Ago (1869):  Evansville was only slightly developed until the Madison branch of the C. & N.W. Road
was completed when it took a sudden start and has since maintained a vigorous growth.  It is located in a beautiful
country, is handsomely laid out, with broad streets running at right angles.  These are already generously lined
with shade trees and provided with not less than six miles of good plank walk.

130 Years Ago (1879):  On last Monday evening, Campbell & Budlong’s Meat Market was filled with smoke, and
for a long time no fire could be found.  They finally concluded that the smoke came from the room above and was
blown down the chimney.  They had about given up the search when someone found where the sawdust in one
corner was on fire, having caught from the stump of a cigar deposited there.

120 Years Ago (1889):  Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, and intense darkness of the night, the
entertainment given by the Union school was a grand success, every available seat was occupied.  Those of the
pupils sustaining single parts and deserving especial mention were Florence Bullock, Minnie Lincoln, Mary Dorsey,
Lyman Gillies, Ida Richards, Cora and Edie Fairbanks, Mary Sweeney, Leslie Davis and Matilda Keegan.  

110 Years Ago (1899):  Mr. Geisse Mihills surprised his parents Saturday night by arriving two weeks earlier than
they had expected.  He is happy to get home and said when he arrived in San Francisco he felt disposed to stop
every one and tell them how glad he was to be in the United States again.  He was in nine battles, several
skirmishes and was detailed as a sharpshooter.  He is looking well and considering what he has been through
reflects great credit to Uncle Sam for the care he gives his soldiers.  He brought with him from the Philippines
many articles of interest which he is preparing to exhibit.

100 Years Ago (1909):  The school board met on Friday afternoon, Oct. 29.  All members present except Max
Fisher.  There were orders drawn for teachers for five weeks amounting to $1,156.24; for janitor, $65; for
supplies, labor, etc. $175.17; a total of $1,396.41.  Permission was given to Miss Cady to have the use of
kindergarten rooms for instructions in physical culture to the young ladies of the School.  Permission was given to
teachers to attend Teachers’ Association in Milwaukee Nov. 4, 5, and 6, and there will be no school on those
dates except in the kindergarten.

90 Years Ago (1919):   The City Council has ordered a sanitary sewer to be installed on East Main Street from the
Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company’s right-of-way east to the city limits.  The Superintendent of the
Water and Light Department has recommended the extension of the water system from the cemetery road east to
the city limits on East Main Street.  The City Council passed a resolution that the work be completed during the
summer of 1920.  

80 Years Ago (1929):  An appropriation of $1,200 for the purchase of two new chassis for the City fire trucks was
made at the regular monthly meeting of the City Council held Tuesday night in the City Hall.  The chemical
equipment will be mounted on a new
Chevrolet chassis and the hose truck on a Ford chassis.  The chassis have been ordered through Heffel and
Jorgensen, local Chevrolet dealers, and L. L. Thompson, local Ford dealer.  The Council authorized Chief Fred
Gillman to attend the state meeting of fire chiefs in Milwaukee Nov. 12 to 13 and made an appropriation to cover
his expenses.

70 Years Ago (1939):  With the exception of the upsetting and damaging of a summer house at Leota park,
Evansville experienced a relatively quiet Halloween Tuesday night, according to Chief of Police Fred Gillman.  The
park board had planned to repair the summer house, fit it with stone benches, and lay walks leading to the
building for the convenience of tennis players.  In short, those who upset the building, only marred their own
comfort as it is doubtful whether or not the building will now be repaired.  

60 Years Ago (1949):  Evansville will be reminded at 11 a.m, Nov. 11, Armistice Day, that it is just 31 years ago
that the first World War, fought by American boys to end all wars, ended.  The American Legion has made
arrangements to hold a short program to commemorate the day.  It will consist of the blowing of the Baker factory
whistle for one minute and during that minute from 11 to 11:01 a.m., those who wish may stand silently at
attention, facing East.  The Wyler drum and bugle corps will be out in uniform and will render appropriate music
and the Rev. F. J. Mehigan will offer prayer.  

50 Years Ago (1959):   Little Theater’s fall play, “The Bishop Misbehaves” is now in final rehearsals.  The cast
includes Steve Stone, Barbara Blair, Kenneth Kuelz, Allen Seim, Nancy O’Donnell, Don Scott, Rev. James Osborn,
Coral Powers and Claude Willoughby.  Working behind the scenes are Mark Bruce, Howard Becher, Bernie
Kovars, Bob Scott, Tom Rennels, Orville Devlin, Lewis Peckham, Dr. Bob Heimerl, Evelyn Willoughby, Dee Losey,
Edna Becher, Mary Peckham, Tom Rennels and director Ed Zamzow.

40 Years Ago (1969):   The American War Mothers met for a regular meeting at the home of Mrs. Alvie Scoville.  
The following officers were re-elected; Margaret Cooks, Pres.; Genevieve Halbman, 1st Vice President; Helen
Graves, Treasurer and Corrine Apfel, Chaplain.  The group voted to donate money to the 5th and 6th grade
students to be used for the trip planned to the Museum of Science and Industry at Chicago in December.  

30 Years Ago (1979):  Life members of the Order of Eastern Star who have belonged for fifty years or more are
Mrs. Wallace Everill, Mrs. Olaf Kloften, Mrs. A. H. Devine, Mrs. R. J. Antes, Mrs. W. E. Brown, Mrs. Claron Powles,
Mrs. Frank Klosterman, Clarence Franklin, and Mrs. L. P. Richardson.

20 Years Ago (1989):  Several volunteers joined in an effort to re-do the roof of the warming house in the park.  
New beams were put in and the floor replaced.  A railing will be added and steps will be installed by Keith Williams.  
The project was boosted by funds from the Lions Club, Jaycees, Grove Society, Evansville Preservation
Commission and the Park Board.  Mayor Chris Eager undertook the fundraising for this worthy cause.  

10 years ago (1999):  On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the American Legion members will dedicate a monument in the
park, by the tank.  All veterans and the public and anyone who wore a uniform are invited to the ceremony.

In Review
Second Week of November 1869-1999

140 Years Ago (1869):  A new public school building erected of cream colored brick is now receiving the finishing
strokes.  The contract for putting up this house was awarded to Mr. B. S. Hoxie who sublet the brickwork to D. B.
Hoskins, the plastering to Brink & Taggart, while he reserved to himself the joiner work and painting.  It is truly a
handsome building and when completed will cost about $15,000.  In a short time it will be ready for occupancy and
although designed to be used as a graded school will not be so organized at present.  Prof. L. M. Gard has been
employed as principal of the grammar department, Miss L. M. Green of the intermediate and Miss Orrisa Taggart
of the primary.  Evansville has done itself credit in providing so handsomely for its public schools.

130 Years Ago (1879):  Notwithstanding everybody conceded that the Baker Manufacturing Company have the
best wind mill extant,  Mr. Baker was not satisfied.  He thought it was too complicated and, although the simplest
made, that it might be simplified.  With this idea he went to studying, and the result is that Monday he put together
a wheel in which there are only half the number of joints there were in the old one and it is more easily controlled.  
Call at the Foundry and look at it.

120 Years Ago (1889):  During the heavy wind Wednesday, at about noon, a fire was set on the marsh South of
town, that at one time, looked threatening for some serious work, but we did not hear of any damage beyond
burning a stack of hay for Mr. Devine.  It cleared the marsh pretty thoroughly for a new crop of grass.

110 Years Ago (1899):  The Pierce homestead has been rented to E. Patterson of Dodge Co. Wis.  Mrs.
Patterson will succeed Mrs. Coggin as postmaster.  They will also have charge of the store.  She will be
remembered as Hattie Strong.  Mrs. E. P. Coggin has been Postmaster at Union for the past fifteen years and is
soon to leave the village.

100 Years Ago (1909):  We the undersigned find it necessary to raise the price of our work.  Owing to the
advance in stock and cost of living we find it impossible to carry on our business and pay the wages we are now
compelled to pay good help.  When hogs are $4.00, beef $3.00, eggs 10 cents, butter 15 cents, potatoes 20
cents and all other necessities in proportion, blacksmiths received as much for shoeing and other work as we are
charging today.  We trust that our customers will agree that we are justly entitled to the advance as shown on our
price list, a copy of which will be posted in our shops.  We feel justly entitled to more than common day’s wages,
considering the amount of money invested and the very liberal time we are expected to allow on accounts.  
Respectfully, Baird & Douglas; A. Francisco; A. E. Durner; E. J. Reckord.

90 Years Ago (1919):   As a result of the heavy wind which lavished itself upon this city Monday and Tuesday, the
D. E. Wood Butter Co. is minus a part of the tin roof beneath which the plant is housed.  Practically twelve hundred
square feet of the tin was blown from the roof, thus necessitating immediate repairs.  Bill posters throughout the
city were stripped of their displays and the paper blown about town.  In a number of places, broken sky-lights and
windows have been reported.

80 Years Ago (1929):  Due to the late fall and abundance of feed, Evansville farmers have shipped in 6, 500
western lambs for feeding purposes.  Many will feed small lots on their own raising, amounting in several cases to
a carload.  Started on green feed here and finished with corn, it is expected that the lambs will go on the market in
good shape and will bring their owners a big profit.  More local lambs are being raised in this vicinity each year
because the small farmer has found there is a profit in a small flock.  Many boys who have learned lamb
experience through 4-H work have also started small flocks.  Those who have shipped lambs in for feeding
purposes are:  W. G. Miles, five decks; L. F. Hubbard, four decks; L. B. Fellows and son, five decks; John Wall,
two decks; H. C. Miller, four decks; C. Whitmore, one deck; W. A. Maas, one deck; Peter Templeton, one deck;
and Victor Tullis, one deck.

70 Years Ago (1939):  Miss Pearl Ringhand who sold her residence at 422 Almeron Street to the Rev. C. E.
Burdon, retired Methodist minister of Albany, later purchased a lot in the 100 block on West Church Street owned
by Mrs. Marilla Buckwalter, 262 West Church Street.  Miss Ringhand, who started the erection of her Church
Street home this week, is now residing in the furnished apartment of Mrs. W. A. Dake in the Eager Building.

60 Years Ago (1949):  The Evansville Y Pioneers, under the leadership of Ed McCaffery and Randy Feldt, elected
officers and made plans for the fall and winter program at a meeting held in the Evansville High School Gym
Saturday morning at 9 a.m.  Peck Sperry was elected Chief Ranger; Dave Losey, Deputy Ranger; Ronald
Brigham, Recorder; Norman Tomlin, Treasurer.  Other members are John Bly, Norman Thompson, James Knapp,
Leo Schumacher, Douglas Hull and Paul Strassburg.

50 Years Ago (1959):   Richard Luers, who has been acting police chief since the resignation of George Walk
several months ago, was appointed regular police chief by Mayor R. B. Townsend at the regular meeting by the
City Council Tuesday night.  The appointment was confirmed by Council members.  

40 Years Ago (1969):  Three Blue Devils football players were named to the All-Conference Team;  Mike McElroy,
Bill Krumweide and Terry Elmer.  Mike played quarterback, half-back, linebacker and defensive half back.  He is
considered by his coaches, the most versatile athlete on the team.  Seven players were named to the All-
Conference Second Team:  Dave Schuh, Daryl Fuchs, Bill Zhe, Dean George, Stan Zweifel, Russ Hrdlicka, and
Jerry Jorgensen.  

30 Years Ago (1979):  Three hydrofoil boats were transported to the Janesville Armory from Baker Mfg. Company
to eventually be displayed in a Rock County Historical Society Museum.  For now the three boats will be stored in
the Janesville Armory basement until the Society opens their museum in that building.  According to Neil Lien,
research director at Baker’s, the sailboat donated was the first inherently stable hydrofoil sailboat built anywhere
in the world when it was built in the early 1950s.  

20 Years Ago (1989):  The Civil War era 1st Brigade band will appear at the Evansville High School gymnasium on
Saturday, Nov. 18.  Recreated after the Union Army band of the same name from Brodhead, Wisconsin, the 1st
brigade features authentic Civil Ware era instruments, music and attire.  Dan Woolpert, bandmaster and former
Evansville resident, said “We attempt to make history live for the audience.”

10 years ago (1999):  The Ordinary People cast for the Evansville High School fall play are Serena Johnson, Matt
Albrecht, Mike Maloney, Zac Beaver, Adam Erdmann, Lexi Herman, Lana Albright, Ben Herman and Jeri

In Review
Third Week of November 1869-1999

140 Years Ago (1869):  Evansville has made a handsome beginning in manufacturers.  There is a carriage and
wagon making establishment which turns out some of the finest and best work produced in the state; a furniture
manufacturing establishment has commenced operation and the establishment of a foundry is now attracting the
attention.  One of the most important interests of this kind is the cheese factory of Mr. C. H. Wilder, which the past
season made from 90,000 to 95,000 pounds of cheese of the most superior quality.   Indeed, good judges
pronounce it unequaled by anything in the market.  A grist mill with two run of stones drove by the beautiful little
stream supplies the surrounding country with excellent flour and feed.

130 Years Ago (1879):  The quiet village of Cooksville was startled yesterday morning by the announcement that
the body of Mrs. Towne, a widow lady, was found lodged on the waste gates at the mill dam.  Mr. William Rice, the
miller, discovered the body.  He immediately gave the alarm and with assistance the body was taken out.  B. S.
Hoxie, a Justice of the Peace, at once summoned a jury of inquest.  A verdict of “drowning either by accident or
intentional, was rendered.  Mrs. Towne was rather destitute having a girl of seventeen and the youngest about six
years living with her.  She has often been assisted by the neighbors in various ways.  She was quiet and retiring in
manner, and whether her lonely condition with the expectance of being an object of farther charity on the
approach of winter, led her to the rash act, or whether accidental, will ever be a mystery.

120 Years Ago (1889):  Friday night was the coldest of the season.  There was no snow on the ground, but water
froze to the thickness of glass, and Lake Leota, alias mill pond, froze so there was pretty safe skating in coves and
bays along the edges.  At this rate there will be a pretty good skating field on the classic lake Thanksgiving.

110 Years Ago (1899):  Jesse Harvey, an old settler and well known farmer, is lying in a critical condition, having
been terribly mangled in a corn shredder.  While feeding the machine his hand was caught and he was pulled
head first into the death trap.  Amputation was necessary.  His head and chest were also badly bruised.

100 Years Ago (1909):  Weddings are thick tomorrow.  Miss Lizzie Sholtz, of the town of Brooklyn will be joined in
wedlock to Mr. Otto Hein, of the town of Albany at the home of the bride.  Orville Kutzke and Elsie Leader, both of
the town of Albany, will be married tomorrow at the home of the bride’s parents.

90 Years Ago (1919):  Perry Apfel, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Apfel, of this city, was shot through his left
thigh last Saturday afternoon when a 22 rifle, carried by his friend Frederick Murphy was accidently discharged.  
The boys had been out hunting together, Perry carrying a shot-gun and Frederick the rifle.  For some reason the
boys got to fooling and in the course of a scuffle the rifle was accidently discharged.  Frederick immediately
sought assistance.  A passing automobile driven by N. J. Smith of Edgerton was hailed and the wounded lad
hurried to his home on Cherry Street.  An operation was necessary to remove the bullet.

80 Years Ago (1929):  A splendid example of community spirit was shown in the way a box social and
entertainment was handled at the Brown rural school, one mile east of the city, last Friday night.  Miss Ruby
Luchsinger, teacher, and her pupils presented a program that would have been a credit to a more experienced
group and were assisted by Little Betty Groh who presented a unique dancing number.  The boxes were
auctioned by William Finneran.  The net proceeds, which exceeded $60, will be used in payment of a piano
recently purchased for the school by the Parent Teachers association.  It is expected that the association will open
its meetings soon in the school house where numerous social events are held during the school year.

70 Years Ago (1939):  Mr. and Mrs. Henry Morrison, 115 Highland street, residents of the city for the past 27
years were guests of honor at an open house in the home of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Asa B.
Fellows, 230 West Church street.  They celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary.  Assisting Mrs. Fellows in
holding the open house for friends and relatives will be her three sisters-in-law, Mrs. L. C. Morrison, Madison, Mrs.
Howard Morrison, and Mrs. Harold Morrison, this city.  

60 Years Ago (1949):  William Porter suffered painful injuries last Friday afternoon when his right hand was caught
in a corn picker which he was at work at the Porter farm near Cooksville.  On Monday afternoon a group of
neighbors assembled at the Porter farm and finished the corn picking.  When supper time arrived the workers
were invited to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Brunsell, Jr., where the members of the Wilder PTA and neighbors
were waiting to serve them pot luck supper.  The neighbors who were on hand to help pick the corn were Fred
Derr, Arnold Rupnow, Chester Haakenson, Morris Haakenson, Kenneth Haakenson, Glen Schenck, Raymond
Schenck, Omar Haakenson, Stanley Haakenson, “Babe” Brunsell, Norman Hatlen, Mungner Hatlen, Robert Bovre,
John Erickson, Lyle Higgins, and Wenzel Renvick.  

50 Years Ago (1959):  Friends, members and officials of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa assembled Wednesday
Nov. 11, for the service of dedication at St. Martin’s Episcopal church in Perry, Iowa.  This news is of special
interest to residents here in that the furnishings were vested in the old St. John’s church, Evansville, for which the
cornerstone was laid in October 1869.  M. E. Dake, native of Evansville, business manager of the Perry Daily
Chief and member of St. Martin’s building committee was instrumental in securing the several altar pieces which
now have a permanent home in this new and beautiful Iowa church.  The items from St. John’s include three
stained-glass windows, sanctuary light, cross, candelabra and light fixtures.   [Note:  St. John’s Episcopal Church
built in 1869 and used by the Episcopal congregation into the 1930s.  In 1937, the new congregation of  St. John’s
Lutheran Church began holding services in the church.  The building was razed in 1959 in order to build the new
post office on South First Street.]

40 Years Ago (1969):  Marcia VanWart, one of Evansville’s oldest and most respected citizens became a
centenarian Friday, November 7th.  She now resides in the New Glarus Nursing Home.  Mrs. VanWart was born on
a farm near Evansville, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Myron Kyes.  She attended rural schools and the old
Evansville Seminary and taught school in this area before she married Mr. Charles VanWart in 1892.

30 Years Ago (1979):  A new addition is being added to the front of the Continental Manor Nursing Home.  Now
near completion, the addition will enable residents to be picked up at the front door without being exposed to
chilling winds.

20 Years Ago (1989):  Harriet Richardson, a long time resident of Evansville will observe her 101st birthday on
November 24th.  [Note:  Harriet Richardson lived at 117 West Main Street, and with her husband and others, was
a partner in the Grange Store.]

10 years ago (1999):  Twenty people met Monday night, November 15, to discuss reactivation of the Lake Leota
Improvement Committee, previously formed back in 1975.  At that time, the only action taken was the passing of a
resolution to officially declare a Lake Leota Management District to include Evansville and the townships with land
bordering around the lake.  The committee has not met since that year.  The meeting was conducted by Mayor
Steve DiSalvo and County Supervisor Scott Feldt.  

In Review
Fourth Week of November 1869-1999

140 Years Ago (1869):  Thanksgiving gossip is already flooding the market, and many are hoping for “happy
returns of the day”.  Aunt Patience is selecting the largest and fattest of turkeys, chicken fixins, etc. that the
squarest of equilateral and rectangular meals will be accomplished in best style.

130 Years Ago (1879):  The Genuine Bakery is now running in first class style.  We are now prepared to furnish
both wheat and rye bread, cakes, cookies, pies, and everything that can be found in a first class bakery.  Parties
and wedding supplies a specialty.  We also keep a first class restaurant and are prepared to furnish cold and
warm meals at all hours.  Oysters furnished in every style.  John Smith, baker, with Sherger & Son.

120 Years Ago (1889):  On Tuesday evening, Nov. 19th, upwards of seventy of the friends of Mr. and Mrs. James
Gillies, Jr., gathered at their home to remind them that it was their crystal wedding anniversary.  It was a joyous
event all around, and some little tokens were left to remind the couple that many in the community about them hold
them dear.  This 15th wedding anniversary of Mrs. Gillies was the 41st of her father and mother, who were both
present to participate in the festivities.  

110 Years Ago (1899):  The Shaw Bros. won fame with the corn shredder on the farm of A. D. Bullard Thursday,
having shredded fifteen acres in the day.  And we understand, no one was killed or even hurt.  Good.

100 Years Ago (1909):  There will be a Thanksgiving service held at the seminary on Thursday morning,
beginning at 10.  Rev. B. D. Fay will preach the sermon.  The other churches of this city, with their respective
pastors, are invited to attend this service.  Surely we have much for which to be thankful in our quiet, healthful city,
and it is fitting that we should meet together as Christians and as citizens, and publicly render our thanks to  the
“Giver of every good and perfect gift.”

90 Years Ago (1919):   Last Saturday evening, a truck load of boxes or crates which were delivered that afternoon
from the D. E. Wood Butter Co. plant, was quietly removed from the sidewalk where they had been placed at the
rear of The Antes Press quarters.  The boxes were those used by the printing concern to pack the paste-board
boxes in which the D. E. Wood Co. packs their butter and other products.  

80 Years Ago (1929):  The fire company was summoned to the residence of Mrs. Anna Greene, 234 West Main
Street, at 10 a.m. Sunday to extinguish a floor blaze originating from an over-heated kitchen range.  But little
damage was done.  Fire Chief Fred Gillman urges local residents to place zinc under their stoves to protect the
floors. We have been summoned to several fires this season which could have been avoided had residents taken
this precaution,” he said.

70 Years Ago (1939):  Larry Lee, two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Wright, was rescued by Lloyd Taplin, 33,
an employee at Miller’s Market and Grocery, located adjacent to the creek.  Wading into the water which was
about two and one-half feet deep, Taplin pulled the child out and took him to his home about a half a block
distant.  Heavily clad, the youth was weighed down to the body of the stream by his heavy water-soaked clothing.  
Larry and his sister, Nancy, 4, had been playing beside the stream when he rolled down the embankment and
tumbled into the water.  Nancy ran to the Miller store for help with the result that Taplin went to the rescue.  The
boy suffered only fright and shock.  

60 Years Ago (1949):  Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fellows, who raise hundreds of turkeys every year on their farm east of
the city made arrangements to move about 1,200 birds from the south side of Highway 14, where they had been
cared for during the summer to pens on the north side of the road.  They secured the services of O. E. Nimmo,
local police chief, to halt traffic and several friends and relatives to assist in driving the turkeys across the
highway.  Everything was going splendidly until a couple of hen turkeys became excited and began to flop their
wings.  Then bingo, nearly the whole flock decided to return to its summer home.  A stampede in the air followed
and those driving the birds were obliged to duck to avoid being hit by feet and wings.  Robert Corder forgot to
duck and received minor scratches on his face.  After rounding up the birds and allowing them to quiet down, the
drive was undertaken again and accomplished.  The drivers were Earl, Morris, Clifford, and Curtis Fellows, Robert
Corder, Harold and Vinton Long, and Mrs. Max Weaver, who is employed at the Fellows home during the season
of preparing the fowls for Thanksgiving dinner.

50 Years Ago (1959):   Green Brothers Grain Finance Co., Inc., bonded federal warehousemen, were hosts
Friday morning to a Stoughton High School agriculture class.  Franklin Bradley, field manager for Green Brothers,
had been giving lectures to several agriculture classes in neighboring towns this fall.  With this program, they hope
to familiarize young and future farmers with corn drying and storage.  Ben Green states that 2,000 bushels of corn
can be dried per day at the elevator.  It takes about six hours for the corn to be processed through the drier.  V. H.
Laufenberg owns two big wooden storage buildings, one holding 120,000 bushels and the other 90,000 bushels,
located on his property north of Brunsell Co.  These buildings are now loaded.  The Brunsell bin located near the
old Dog Wagon is made of galvanized steel and is filled to the top with a capacity of 80,000 bushels.  

40 Years Ago (1969):  Eight acres of land was purchased a while ago from Melvin Arnold by the Green Bay Soap
Co., just about ½ mile west of Highway 14 near the Weigh Station.  A collection depot for animal carcasses has
been erected at this site.  The plant is not in operation yet, but will serve as a collection place for local dead
animal collectors.  A drive has been cut down 13 feet into the ground to allow trucks at ground level to dump the
carcasses into a semi below.  A road from Highway 14 west to the plant was cut in and was deeded back to the

30 Years Ago (1979):  Santa arrived on Friday morning of last week, escorted by the Evansville police.  Rollie
Brunsell met the jolly gent at the edge of town and drove him in his horse and buggy to the Santa House on the
four corners, where a huge crowd awaited his arrival.  

20 Years Ago (1989):  Dr. and Mrs. Roland Jeans returned Saturday from Kansas City where they were attending
the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.  About 1,500 people attended and of that about 750 are
veterinarians.  Dr. Jeans is the Treasurer of the organization.  While, there Deanna visited the Truman Library in
Independence, MO and the Hallmark Center in Kansas City.  

10 years ago (1999):  J. C. McKenna’s Student Council, along with the help of the middle school home bases, and
the Evansville community, hauled in a whopping 1, 460 lbs. of food and needed items to the Evansville Food
Pantry in a van that had been parked for three school days at the school.  Friday was the final day of the Van
Challenge.  The van was packed to the ceiling.  The van was put on the Union Co-op scales before it was
emptied.  Hooray to J. C. McKenna’s very caring students and the community.

The book “Evansville” by Ruth Ann Montgomery from the Images of America Series, Arcadia Publishing, is
available at the Evansville Family Pharmacy, Ace Hardware, Piggly Wiggly, and Windmill Antiques.  The book is
also available online from Arcadia Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  

The book “Evansville” by Ruth Ann Montgomery from the Images of America Series, Arcadia Publishing, is
available at the Evansville Family Pharmacy, Ace Hardware, Piggly Wiggly, and Windmill Antiques.  The book is
also available online from Arcadia Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.