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Echos of the past of July 1
Old Fennimore Main Street
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO (1919)—Fennimore is being plentifully supplied with parks. The latest is Roach’s park, located right in the heart of the city and already fitted out with benches for the benefit of the public. It was a philanthropic move indeed when Roach Bros. acquired the two lots south of Hinn’s store, part of the Beetham half block, of Mrs. R. Godfrey and decided to make a public park of same. It took only a short time to take down the fence, clean up the yard and make it as inviting and homelike as can be done at this time.
    NINETY YEARS AGO (1929)—From the editor: Monday morning we went out and helped Chas. Wepking “slop his pigs” and got a big kick out of it. Their ground fed diet is preceded by a course of shelled corn, but the pigs seemed to like the liquid food the best, for they started a tremendous squeal and were “johnny on the spot” as soon as the former was emptied into the feeding troughs. Charley bought them as little pigs three months ago, there are 58 of them, just a nice carload, and they have thrived so well they expect to go to market soon.
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO (1939)—The opening of the new “Spot” tavern will be held next Tuesday in the former “Hilltop” building. Don “Mayor” Lind and his brother Clem have fixed up the new tavern in appropriate style with a new bar and neon lighting throughout the building. A catfish fry will begin at 6:30 p.m. —Two weddings within a week! That’s a rather large order that confronts the E. J. Roethe family and it will keep the editorial household more or less in a turmoil the next three weeks. We knew for quite some time that our oldest son, Donald, was to be married on Aug. 12 but we were somewhat staggered by the announcement from our son Arthur that he expected to do likewise the following Saturday, Aug. 19. Donald will be married in Duluth, Minn., while Arthur will be married in Madison.
    SEVENTY YEARS AGO (1949)—The Fennimore city council has reopened negotiations with architect Joe Durrant in an effort to solve the municipal building riddle. Mr. Durrant outlined suggestions for a new set of plans on a smaller scale. The council intends to get the cost down to the lowest possible level consistent with what the city can raise. After new plans have been presented and found to be within the price range which the city can assume (probably not more than $100,000), it will then be necessary to again submit the matter to a referendum vote.
    SIXTY YEARS AGO (1959)—Fennimore has another new business enterprise, Nelson’s Radio and Television Service of Boscobel has opened a service shop in the building adjacent to the Noyes Pure Oil Station on 4th Street, just west of the intersection of Highways 61 and 18 on the northern outskirts of the city. An unusual angle to the service promised by the firm is a two-way radio system designed for prompt answers to calls. The Boscobel and Fennimore shops are both attuned to the service trucks for fast exchanges of information on a standby basis.
     FIFTY YEARS AGO (1969)—Miss Delphia Wehrle, Fennimore’s “Grandma Moses,” won a second prize in the recent Crawford County Sesquicentennial Art contest held in Praire du Chien for her painting of “Having Our Picture Taken, 1895.” Her paintings enjoy widespread popularity.
    FORTY YEARS AGO (1979)—“Plaza Suite” is the first offering of the Fennimore Community Theatre, featuring the Crossroad Players. It is a three act comedy detailing the adventures of three separate groups of people in Suite 719 of the Plaza Hotel. The curtain will go up at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10 and Saturday, Aug. 11 at Fennimore High School.
     THIRTY YEARS AGO (1989)—Work has begun on a new Kwik Trip store in Fennimore. The building is expected to be completed by Sept. 17. The building is being constructed on the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue. This is not your normal, everyday, run-of-the-mill Kwik Trip store. It’s designed to resemble a turn-of-the-century railroad depot, an attempt by Kwik Trip to concur with Fennimore’s railroad theme.
    TWENTY YEARS AGO (1999)—Teachers attending the Southwest Academy seminar at Southwest Tech heard a keynote speaker who is simply out of this world. NASA astronaut Marsha Ivins held the attention of the crowd like no other as she recounted experiences from her four space shuttle flights. Accompanying the speech was a slide show that gave the teachers a glimpse of life on the shuttle.
    TEN YEARS AGO (2009)—Leonard Leis and Renee Zintz were names the Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year.