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Echos of the Past for Jan. 16
Old Fennimore Main Street
ONE HUNDRED TEN YEARS AGO (1910)—The oldest inhabitants say we never had a severe snowstorm than the one last Thursday. It commenced already Wednesday morning but the bulk of the snow did not fall until Thursday when it literally came down in sheets accompanied by a high wind that piled it up in big drifts. A rotary snow plow, like the kind they use out in Montana, was here Wednesday and cleaned up the track ahead of the big storm.
    ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO (1920)—Alvin Waldorf arrived home from Camp Dodge, Iowa, having been honorably discharged from the service. He is probably the last of our soldier boys to return home. He was inducted into service Sept. 15, 1917 and has been in the medical corps at Camp Dodge.
    NINETY YEARS AGO (1930)—The members of the W. C. T. U. are deeply grateful to the people of the community for their cooperation in helping to celebrate the temperance “Victory Day.”
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO (1940)—Frank Heberlein, proprietor of Heberlein’s Market & Grocery, informs the Times of his retirement from business after 10 years in his present location and 30 years in various business ventures in Fennimore. Frank has sold his meat market fixtures and entire stock of goods and leased the store to Manuel Anderson and Gilbert Gorgen, who comprise a newly formed partnership which will continue to operate the business at the same site.
    SEVENTY YEARS AGO (1950)—Fennimore residents were shocked by the death early Sunday morning, Jan. 15, of Dr. George C. Lomas, 58, practicing dentist here since 1913 and a lifelong resident of this community. —A new Grant County Historical Society was organized and officers elected at a meeting held at Lancaster Thursday evening. The organization will carry on the work of a previous group which was broken up by deaths. Among the officers elected in the society is James W. Chipman, Fennimore’s photographer, who was named on the board of directors.
    SIXTY YEARS AGO (1960)—Four young men from the Fennimore vicinity are among the candidates for the Outstanding Young Farmer in Grant County award to be presented Feb. 10 at a banquet in Lancaster sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. Candidates are between the ages of 21 and 35 and have been nominated because of the fine work they are doing in farming. The Fennimore group includes John Northouse, 34; Jerry Hilger, 29; Glen Ruchti, 32; and Henry Oechsle, 28.
     FIFTY YEARS AGO (1970)—The Fennimore Telephone Co. completed installation of new equipment which enables patrons to place long distance calls from one- or two-party lines without giving your telephone numbers to the operator. Electronic equipment now in use makes possible automatic number identification which identifies numbers and records them on tape for billing purposes. —The First State Bank has entered the field of electronic data processing. Magnetic codes on each check will now speed checks through the computer at the rate of 1,500 per minute. When statement time comes around each month, the computer automatically prints all of the necessary information for each account.
    FORTY YEARS AGO (1980)—Ed Klais, manager of Fennimore Lanes, was the top fund raiser for the Grant and Iowa County Tavern League in its program to raise money for Wisconsin Badger Camp. Klais has led the way for several years with his bowling tournament and an aluminum can collection project.
     THIRTY YEARS AGO (1990)—The Fennimore School Board approved a bid of $18,860 from Davis Abatement of Fond du Lac to remove floor tiles containing asbestos at the elementary and high school. The board also approved a bid of $6,090 from C. G. Technologies of Madison to perform required air monitoring while the asbestos-containing material is being removed.
    TWENTY YEARS AGO (2000)—Jennifer Wackershauser was awarded Distinguished Junior Member at the Wisconsin Holstein Junior Convention on Jan. 9.

    TEN YEARS AGO (2010)—Over 30 vendors at Fennimore’s Wellness Fair, sponsored by the Optimist Club, provided information and free health services to about 150 people. About $300 was raised at the food stand benefitting Feed My Starving Children.