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Echos of the Past for April 2
Old Fennimore Main Street
ONE HUNDRED TEN YEARS AGO (1910)—Boebel & Brechler have put in an elevator and have converted the former Zimmerman’s opera house into a show room for their buggies. —The ruins of the old Times building do not look so lonesome anymore now that there is another one across the street to keep it company. The Palm Garden, Walter Pendleton, proprietor, burned Sunday night from some unknown cause. No one was in the building after 5 o’clock. Firefighters saved the adjoining bandstand. The structure was owned by O. E. Tennant.
    ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO (1920)—The bond of C. W. Varner of Dubuque, who has been awarded the contract of drilling the new deep well for the city, has been received. He expects to load his machinery before April 5, ready to start work. The bond is in the amount of $1,500.
    NINETY YEARS AGO (1930)—The senior class of Fennimore High School has selected Inez Gunderson as valedictorian and James Villemonte as salutatorian.  —August Maso is installing new gas pumps and otherwise improving his filling station near the dance hall.
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO (1940)—The Christmas cactus in the Times office is still in bloom after Easter time. The first buds opened on schedule and while the display has never been profuse, it has been continuous ever since. We think a lot of the tree-like plant that for many years was a cherished possession of Grandma Frantz, and must be well over 30 years old. It certainly is contributing its share under none too perfect conditions.
    SEVENTY YEARS AGO (1950)—In probably the biggest spring election turn-out in local history, Fennimore voters, 776 strong, elected Oscar Barnes, former alderman, as mayor, gave Mrs. Bertha Pope a handsome majority for city clerk, and elected John R. Morkin assessor over the incumbent Mrs. Eugenia Thompson.
    SIXTY YEARS AGO (1960)—Herbert Griswold was elected mayor of Fennimore Tuesday by a margin of 53 votes over Stephen Briehl. City voters approved the referendum raising the age for sale of beer from 18 to 21, by a margin of almost two to one. This was an advisory referendum and not binding on the council. —Forty rescue squad representatives from Boscobel, Fennimore, Montfort, Dickeyville, and Potosi met with the Lancaster squad and laid plans for a county organization. The move was taken to standardize procedure in the event of a disaster in which each unit will be acquainted with the equipment and services of the others enabling them to work together to best advantage.
     FIFTY YEARS AGO (1970)—A flash fire, following the explosion of a hot water heater, wrecked the poultry house at J. W. Braudt’s Egg Factory south of Fennimore on Highway 18 Saturday afternoon. The interior of the metal building was gutted and a new consignment of 7,200 chickens perished. —Roger Buros is the new manager at Hickory Grove Community Golf Course.
    FORTY YEARS AGO (1980)—Dave Everson is the new Area 1 representative on the Fennimore School Board. David Brandemuehl remains the Area 1 representative and Fred Heberlein remains the Area 3 representative. —Dean Porter, Randy Raymond, and Curt Place, member of the Fennimore FFA, have been nominated to receive the State Farmer Degree, the highest awarded by the Wisconsin Association of Future Farmers of America.
     THIRTY YEARS AGO (1990)—The nation’s fight against abuse of alcohol and other drugs moved into Fennimore’s city council chambers. The occasion was partly a ceremony awarding savings bonds to the winners of a recent poster contest and partly the signing of a proclamation declaring April as Drug Awareness Month in Fennimore. Winners of the poster contest included Jaclyn Seng, second grade, David Winkers, junior, Jessie Holloway, sixth grade, and Michael Seng, fourth grade. Mayor Steve Briehl signed the proclamation.
    TWENTY YEARS AGO (2000)—Voters in the city of Fennimore Tuesday decided that recently retired Southwest Tech President Richard A. Rogers should succeed Steve Briehl as mayor. —The city of Fennimore unveiled its newly remodeled and expanded diesel electric generation plant to the community. The plant, located adjacent to the Memorial Building, houses five massive diesel engines that together can generate enough electricity to power the entire city, including the industrial park. The engines are means to be a fail-safe so that Fennimore would have readily available electricity should something happen to cut off its supply from Dairyland Power Cooperative.

    TEN YEARS AGO (2010)—The United States Air Force has announced that Jaimie Pease has been selected for promotion to the grade of full Colonel. He is currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the combined joint deputy director for manpower and personnel at Combined Security Transition Training Mission - Afghanistan.