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Echos of the Past for Feb. 6
ONE HUNDRED TEN YEARS AGO (1910)—The Fennimore Mutual Creamery Co. had its annual meeting and the reports showed a very successful season’s run. Theo. Wehrle was elected president, J. B. Bradbury vice president, F. N. Kern secretary, and Geo. A. Kreul treasurer.
    ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO (1920)—LOST—By Lieut. Carl Hinn, a very becoming and pleasurable to young ladies military mustache, grown in France. Commensurate reward for its restoration. Call at desk at Hinn’s store (after office hours). —The public schools of Fennimore will reopen Monday after a three week interruption due to the influenza epidemic.
    NINETY YEARS AGO (1930)—Harry Keys has disposed of his barber shop at Barneveld and moved his funeral equipment here while he is considering a future location as undertaker and funeral director.
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO (1940)—Arthur Taylor, foreman of a local Soil Conservation Service crew, brought a groundhog into the Times office Friday just by way of proving that these lowly animals do come up for air at this time of year. Mr. Groundhog, caught just as he was emerging from his self-appointed winter exile, was securely imprisoned in a wooden box, showing plenty of fight. He had a dandy coat of fur, closely resembling that of a gray fox, as was as fat as the proverbial pig, apparently capable of many more weeks of hibernation, which will stand him in good stead in view of the fact that our friend Mr. Groundhog saw his shadow and therefore predicted for us six more weeks of winter.
    SEVENTY YEARS AGO (1950)—At the city council meeting Monday night, a number of salaries of city employees were increased. The salary of the assessor was boosted from $350 to $500 a year; city clerk from $175 to $200 per month; Virgil Hammond, in charge of the disposal plant, from $185 to $200 per month.
    SIXTY YEARS AGO (1960)—The city council Monday evening voted to submit the question of raising the beer age in Fennimore from 18 to 21 years, to an advisory referendum of the people in the forthcoming spring election. The council has the authority to raise the age limit with or without a mandate from the people. The action followed the presentation of a petition signed by about 100 local citizens requesting an advisory referendum on the matter.
     FIFTY YEARS AGO (1970)—Thousands of feet of rock riprap have been laid down by DNR crews to prevent bank erosion on Castle Rock Creek. —Marine Lt. Mac Kolar transferred from Quantico, Va., to the Marine base at LeJeune, N.C., for advanced training in the engineers. He and his wife Barbara expect to be there six weeks, after which Mac probably will be slated for duty overseas.
    FORTY YEARS AGO (1980)—The manuscript for the “History of Fennimore” was on its way to the publisher. Once the proof of the book has been prepared, it will be returned to the library for a final going over, at which time photographs will be added. The next big step in the history’s odyssey will be the designing of the cover and a title befitting the chronicling of Fennimore’s life story. Suggestions for a title and cover design are welcome.
     THIRTY YEARS AGO (1990)—A chapter in the history of Fennimore’s utility was closed with finality last week when the city’s original well was filled with cement. The well is in the building of the old utility shop on the corner of 6th Street and Lincoln Avenue. The building is currently being converted into a museum commemorating the narrow gauge “Dinky” railroad which once ran between Fennimore and Woodman. —The Streak is no more. It’s been broken. The Streak is the improbable saga of Maurice Leffler, Fennimore’s Mr. Basketball. For more than 26 years, game in and game out, in sickness and in health, in fair weather and foul, there’s been one thing the Fennimore boys basketball team could be sure of: home game or away, Maury Leffler, most often accompanied by his wife, Anne, would be there. But Jan. 25, the improbable became the impossible. Bad weather and family loyalties combined to keep Mr. Basketball from a game.
    TWENTY YEARS AGO (2000)—The Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors visited Fennimore Foods welcoming the new management and owners to the city on the move. Ambassadors welcomed manager Gil Pierick  and owner Mick Kneeland and his wife Patty, who also own the Food Pride store in Prairie du Chien.

    TEN YEARS AGO (2010)—At the Southwest Wisconsin Power and Energy Fair Saturday at Southwest Tech in Fennimore, more than 20 vendors from all over the region presented their products and services to about 125 fair visitors.