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Echos of the Past for August 22
Old Fennimore Main Street
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO (1919)—F. E. McKichan and Co. is the new name for the hardware and implement firm on the hill. Mr. McKichan having taken into partnership Messrs. Elmer Johnson and Fern McKichan. —Plenty of Fennimore people down at Woodman fishing the last few days and all have had pretty fair luck. The junior editor and family have been down since Thursday and had a most delightful time. The mosquitoes have not been bad and the weather ideal for an outing.
    NINETY YEARS AGO (1929)—The 1929 vacation will soon pass into history. School opens on Monday, Sept. 2. Registration for the high school students will be Aug. 28-30. The same courses will be offered, namely English, Latin, commercial, agriculture, domestic science, and teacher training. F. E. Drescher is the supervising principal.
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO (1939)—Kenneth Brechler announces the grand opening of his new Hill Top Tavern in the former bank building, purchased by him several weeks ago. The building has been remodeled and completely furnished for an up to date tavern with lots of booth space. —Earl Culver took possession of the Fenway Coffee Shop, which he recently purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Bert Powers, managers for the past few years. The same employees have been retained including Mrs. Will Franzen, Mrs. John Lund, Mrs. August Boebel, Mary Hanley, Annabelle Reed,  and Alice Hulsether.
    SEVENTY YEARS AGO (1949)—Dolores A. Mulrooney, who has been in Havana, Cuba, since March studying phases of accounting in connection with Cuban customs and excise taxes, is back in Wisconsin on a vacation. She is on a leave of absence of a year from her regular employment with the Wisconsin Department of Taxation at Milwaukee. For the past two months, she has been touring the United States with Dr. Amello F. Conchess and family of Havana. Dr. Conchess is a former ambassador to the U.S. The party will return to Havana in September.
    SIXTY YEARS AGO (1959)—Paul Lindau of Madison, is operating a new business venture in Fennimore known as the “Scotch Wash,” in the McKichan building on north Lincoln Avenue, former site of the McKichan and Washburn hardware stores. The clothes washing and drying service will employ 12 washers and four dryers and will operate around the clock, 24 hours a day, on a self-serve basis. Prices will be 25 cents to wash and 10 cents to dry for a 12 pound load.
     FIFTY YEARS AGO (1969)—Alderman Maynard Behncke opened “The Auto Klinic” at the former water softener headquarters building near his home on 13th Street in Fennimore. A veteran mechanic with wide experience, Maynard plans to specialize in muffler and exhaust systems, shock absorbers and ball joints, brake repair, tune-ups, wheel balancing, engine and transmission repair.
    FORTY YEARS AGO (1979)—Pork chops on the hoof went for a total of $1,150 last week and Fennimore’s Nancy Spitzbarth was pleased with the price. Nancy showed the reserve grand champion barrow at the Wisconsin State Fair and then sold the Crossbred hog at the Governor’s auction for a fine price.
     THIRTY YEARS AGO (1989)—A Fennimore High School student is well on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout and the Fennimore Kiwanis Club boasts brand new signs at the four highways into town. FHS senior John Miles coordinated the sign project as part of the requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout. The signs read “Kiwanis Urges You To Attend Church.”
    TWENTY YEARS AGO (1999)—Rick McLimans of the Butcher Shop, Fennimore, was the recipient of the Reserve Grand Champion Cured & Smoked Beef Award at the Wisconsin State Fair Meat Products Show. The product was later sold for $500 to Alferi Labs, Little Chute, at the Governor’s Sweepstakes Meat Products Auction on Aug. 10.
    TEN YEARS AGO (2009)—As part of a school project, 12-year-old Aspen Neisius made pen pal-like connections with strangers around the world. Students made travel journals to send to friends or family living as far away as possible which were then sent on to their friends or family and so on until the books were to be returned. Aspen’s journal traveled to San Francisco, Calif., London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Cognac (France), Boracay (Philippines), Amsterdam and Malaysia.

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