‘Years Ago’ is a compilation of newsy tidbits as published in the Crawford County Independent & Kickapoo Scout on this week ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or sixty years ago.
TEN YEARS AGO
AUGUST 20, 2009 – This fall, Local Fare will be compiling a directory of fall activities, pumpkin patches, apple orchards, Christmas tree farms and so on in the tri-state area. This directory will be provided free to potential buyers. There is no cost to join the directory… Amanda Dudenbostel was chosen the 2009 Fairest of the Fair during a ceremony Wednesday evening at the Crawford County Fair. She is the daughter of Don and Kim Dudenbostel.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
AUGUST 19, 1999 – Scarlet Welander graduated from UW-Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She is the daughter of Jim Welander of Gays Mills… Ann Anderson of Gays Mills won the women’s wrist wrestling competition at the Crawford County Fair… Terry Larson of Soldiers Grove is trying to organize a group of volunteers to restore the old Coher School located in Clayton Township. The school is in bad shape and something will need to be done before too long in order to save it. He would like to see it used as a museum and a community-gathering place.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
AUGUST 24, 1989 – Gladys Olson, Mt. Sterling, retired August 17, after working 30 years to the day as a cheese packing and salesperson at the Mt. Sterling Cheese Factory. She was honored with a cake make by Darlene, Williams, Gays Mills, and coffee and cake were served all day to customers at the cheese factory.
FORTY YEARS AGO
AUGUST 23, 1979 – The Readstown Youth Rodeo Queen for 1979 is Terri Wiser…. Get a fresh start this summer with courses in agriculture, law, business, music, writing and other topics over the University of Wisconsin-Extension Educational Telephone Network. Over 50 non-credit courses begin this month and you can attend any one of them in Vernon County. Participants and instructors exchange ideas over a set of microphones and loudspeakers connected by the world’s largest party line.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
AUGUST 21, 1969 – Plum Creek Landing now boasts a boat launch, drive-off, and rest room thanks to the efforts of the KVA crew and the financing of Crawford County, matched with funds from the bounty program. The Kickapoo is now open to canoeing from the northern county line above Soldiers Grove to Wauzeka, with only one portage necessary – at the Gays Mills dam.
SIXTY YEARS AGOAUGUST 20, 1959 – Frances June Barlow, the eight-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Barlow, Viola, died Saturday of a tetanus infection in a Madison hospital. Physicians said the youngster had received the regular series of immunization shots as an infant. She also was given a booster shot as part of treatment for a compound fracture of the right arm suffered in a fall from a truck August 9. Five days later, lockjaw symptoms appeared, and the girl was taken to the University Hospitals.