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Echos of the past the week of July 4
Old Fennimore Main Street
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO (1919)—Service members arriving home: Capt. E. C. Howell, Alphonse Johnson, and Henry Johnson. —The Fennimore Lincoln Chautauqua is in full swing just opposite the Times office. There is a wonderful program in store for those who attend consisting of the best vocal and instrumental music and lectures.
    NINETY YEARS AGO (1929)—Everything is all set for the Legion 4th of July celebration and, weather permitting, Fennimore will undoubtedly enjoy one of the largest crowds ever to visit our city. The program starts at 9:30 with a monstrous street parade. Other activities include ball games, a luncheon, a program by the famous WLS Showboat radio program, a clown from the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, trick riding by Joe Greer, and music by the Boscobel Rube band.
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO (1939)—Joe Stephens, expert gardener, reports having new potatoes for dinner on Monday, July 3. The planting was done in the spring. He has one of the finest gardens in town. —Harry Thompson came downtown Monday morning with his face showing evidences of a mixup with his bees. Harry was working Sunday and several of the busy little fellows stung him.
    SEVENTY YEARS AGO (1949)—Edward Hofstetter, secretary of the Central Grant County Sportsmen’s Association which sponsors the local fishing pond for youngsters, announced that 2,000 fish were placed in the ice pond last week for the benefit of young fisherman of Fennimore. They include blue gills, crappies and bull heads, mostly good sized ones. Youngsters are cautioned to observe the rules of the pond. Only children up to 12 years of age are eligible to fish. A limit of six fish per day has been set. No firearms or air rifles are permitted at the fishing site.
    SIXTY YEARS AGO (1959)—Mac Kolar and Royce Kreul were among the two bus loads of young carrier salesmen for Madison Newspapers, Inc., who left Madison last Tuesday for three days of fun in Chicago. A place on the tour was won by each boy by obtaining the most State Journal or Capital Times customers for a magazine-newspaper subscription plan. The boys stayed at the Sherman Hotel and toured the Brookfield Zoo, Museum of Science and Industry, Riverview Amusement Park, the latest Cinerama movie, and they also visited Don McNeil’s Breakfast Club.
     FIFTY YEARS AGO (1969)—The Gary Winkers family narrowly escaped death or serious injury when a tornado dipped down on their farm three miles east of Fennimore about 10 a.m. last Thursday and made a shambles of two barns, while damaging the house and other buildings. Gary, Mona, and their three-year-old son Tommie were working in the basement of the dairy barn when the twister struck with no prior warning. The barn tumbled down on them but miraculously they escaped with minor injuries.
    FORTY YEARS AGO (1979)—Tom Franseen and Betty Russell, Boscobel, and Jenny and Gregg Davis, Fennimore, will represent the Trinity Evangelical Free Church of Fennimore at the F. C. Y. F. national conference in San Diego, California, July 9 and 14. The group earned the trip with a superior rating, solo, and mixed quartet at a five-state district F. C. Y. F. conference held at Trinity College of Deerfield, Ill., May 9. Accompanying the youths will be Mrs. Gary Davis, pianist, and Mrs. Earl Fritz, and Mrs. Emery Bloyer.
     THIRTY YEARS AGO (1989)—The Fennimore city council approved accepting a $337,000 Economic Development Administration grant for developing the city’s industrial park. The council authorized city engineer Chuck Leuck to hire engineering assistants to develop plans for the industrial park.
    TWENTY YEARS AGO (1999)—Nicole Miller, Jeremy Holthaus, Mike Holzer, and Craig Jentz received the State FFA Degree as part of the ceremonies at the recent state FFA convention. —Shannon Winkers had her baby girl Kaitlyn Janelle, on the sidewalk near the front door of Boscobel Area Health Care on June 17.
    TEN YEARS AGO (2009)—Four members of the Fennimore FFA Chapter received the Wisconsin FFA Degree at the 80th state FFA convention on June 10. They are Julie Orth, Charisse Hughey, Jason Heberlein, and Rebecca Schwer.

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