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December 19: Years Ago…
Years Ago

‘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.


DECEMBER 17, 2009 – Crawford County Thrivent Financial for Lutherans presented a check for $1,600 to the Gays Mills Area Food Pantry to be used toward the purchase of supplies and to pay for vouchers from the pantry to Mickelson’s Market. The group that gathered included Karen Saegrove, Phyliss Iverson, Linda Burkum, Marlene Ziemer, Sue Fry and Mandy Thurston… An old photo in the newspaper this week shows the old days of Gays Mills when a Christmas tree would be erected in the middle of Main Street to celebrate the holiday… Former high school baseball coach, John ‘Jack’ Paulin has been selected to be inducted into the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Paulin began his baseball-coaching career at Gays Mills High School in 1950.


DECEMBER 16 1999 – Jenny Olson of Soldiers Grove was this year’s winner of the Big Buck Rod-n-Gun Club big buck contest. Her buck’s rack had eight points and a 19-inch spread… A Wisconsin company is the first nationwide marketer of organic meat products. The Coulee Region Organic Produce Pool has developed 22 organic meat products to add to its existing line of produce, dairy and beef products. 


DECEMBER 21, 1989 – Although Seneca is one of the smaller schools in Wisconsin, it is doubtful whether any school in the state can match it for the number of twins. There are ten sets of twins at Seneca school. They gathered for a photo and include: Tonya and Tracy Foley, Brian and Bruce Hurda, Justin and Jordan Aspenson, Ken and Kate Crogan, Matt and Mike Fisher, Chad and Chasidl Kansler, Kim and Kris Remington, Jerome and John Hall, Dave and Brad Myhre and Steve and Jeanette Boland.


DECEMBER 20, 1979 – The Busy Bees 4-H Club held its December meeting at the Williams home. Mr. and Mrs. Ken Johnson attended and showed a film. Members decided to go caroling and sell pizzas. Games were played, lunch served and cookies were taken to Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home at Soldiers Grove. Scott Salmon, reporter.


DECEMBER 18, 1969 – The Crawford County Sheriff’s Department last week was linked up with the State Law Enforcement Teletype System, which has put them in almost immediate touch with all law enforcement agencies throughout the country, including the FBI’s National Crime Information Center.


DECEMBER 17, 1959 – Boscobel is believed to be the only community in Wisconsin having a father and daughter combination in a barbershop. Ray Callaway, long-time master barber, is apprenticing his daughter, Sybol Ray of Wauzeka, in the trade he has followed for 38 years. Mrs. Ray, a Wauzeka housewife with four children, practically ‘grew up’ in a barbershop and took a liking to the business when she was a little girl. She would mix lather for her dad and shave necks in his shop in Seneca when she wasn’t more than ten years old. She is taking basic barber science at La Crosse vocational school to qualify for her state license.