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Echos of the Past for Dec. 5
Old Fennimore Main Street
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO (1919)—All ex-servicemen are asked to attend a meeting in the high school Dec. 5 for the purpose of discussing the advisability of establishing a post of the American Legion in Fennimore. There is no reason why Fennimore should not be represented. —The common council considered an ordinance bonding the city in the sum of $15,000 for the purpose of erecting an additional well and pump to the waterworks system and for the extension of the water mains.
    NINETY YEARS AGO (1929)—John E. Doan came to Fennimore 53 years ago Friday, Nov. 29 and established a harness shop here. He had his first meal with H. H. Earl who was postmaster at that time in the village. He still finds plenty to do, assisting Fred in the harness shop during busy times and taking care of and raising a wonderful garden in the south part of the city.
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO (1939)—Mark Novinski, one of a hunting party which included his brothers Loyce and Wilfred, and Andrew Bukoski, brought home a 125-pound black bear which he proudly exhibited on main street Tuesday morning. The fellows hunted near Hayward. —Lincoln Avenue has taken on the festive holiday spirit. The streamers of colored lights and bright star centerpiece brighten up things perceptibly. The living Christmas tree, planted by the ladies of the Woman’s Club in the Parker Library lot, has grown to goodly proportions and really makes a wonderful showing when lighted.
    SEVENTY YEARS AGO (1949)—Robert Blair has purchased the Hilltop Tavern from Max (Bud) Kolb, and will take over active management as soon as his tavernkeeper’s license becomes effective. He was granted an operator’s license by the city council. —In an effort to increase the efficiency of fire protection and to afford better cooperation with the Fennimore Rural Fire Department which serves their territory, citizens of Stitzer met and formed a volunteer fire department to function as a separate unit.
    SIXTY YEARS AGO (1959)—Cubmaster Wm. Calhoun, several of the Cub Scout fathers, and Scoutmaster Wayne Owen have spent several evenings at the Girl Scout hall. They have sanded, sealed and varnished the floor. The Girl Scouts are very grateful for a swell job. —The aged Christmas cactus in the front office of the Fennimore Times gets crazier each year. Sometimes it blooms for Christmas, sometimes for Easter, and this year for Thanksgiving. Last week we noted two blossoms and several red buds before Thanksgiving day. This is truly a remarkable plant. It is older than your publishers.
     FIFTY YEARS AGO (1969)—At the V.T.A.E. District 3 board meeting, Gene Gordon of the Durrant, Deninger, Dommer, Kramer & Gordon, architectural firm in Dubuque, presented the design drawings for the next phase of the Southwest Wisconsin Vocational-Technical School campus, consisting of a classroom building, shop building, and laboratory facilities. This will provide a three-building complex of approximately 85,000 square feet. Estimated cost is $1.4 million.
    FORTY YEARS AGO (1979)—Persecuted by Communists in their homeland and driven into 18 months of exile in a refugee camp, the family of Youa Bee Lo finally packed up their meager belongings and made their way to Fennimore. Last Sunday, Fennimore’s refugee settlement committee hosted a get-to-know the Los potluck. Through an interpreter, the Los related their experiences to those in attendance.
     THIRTY YEARS AGO (1989)—The city council passed the 1990 budget at a special meeting Monday. The result? The net mill rate for property owners has decreased. Last year, city property owners paid taxes of $23.65 per $1,000 of property valuation. This year that will fall to $23.24.
    TWENTY YEARS AGO (1999)—Gail Waldman graduated July 16 from Air Force Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. She was then transferred to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., for 14 weeks of technical training in Air Traffic Control. She graduated as an Airman First Class on Nov. 1 and is working with Air Force Recruiter Sgt. Jon Borseth prior to her first tour of duty at Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Neb.

    TEN YEARS AGO (2009)—The Fennimore High School music department and band director Larry Albrecht hosted the annual Mean Machine with Alumni and Friends band concert on Nov. 14. The current high school band alongside many former band members enjoyed an evening of playing pep band music from the past and present.