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Echos of the Past for March 19
Old Fennimore Main Street
ONE HUNDRED TEN YEARS AGO (1910)—Carrier Paul Young has a team that is so keen to make the route, they started out Saturday without Paul and were out at Howell’s delivering mail before they were stopped. —The Bethel cheese factory, four miles north of town, will open March 21.
    ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO (1920)—The Bell Telephone Co. have a force of men here removing the poles from Lincoln Avenue and otherwise making the needed improvements on the line. Their new line will be constructed two blocks west of Lincoln Avenue, entering the city at the extreme south end and out again at Worden Stephens corner.
    NINETY YEARS AGO (1930)—A cow owned by J. D. Freymiller gave birth to a calf that weighed 122 pounds. That’s sure a “lunker.” Fifty pounds would be considered average weight. —Dempsey Bros. (Frank and Philo), road contractors, have dissolved partnership. The new firm will henceforth be known as Philo Dempsey & Son.
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO (1940)—The new Fennimore Bakery had a most suspicious and successful opening day on Saturday. Mr. Avery, the baker, and his two assistants worked far into the night Friday and had baked an immense amount of bread, cookies, etc. Long before mid-afternoon, however, all of the 800 loaves of bread had been sold and by evening the shelves were all bare.
    SEVENTY YEARS AGO (1950)—The Fennimore Rescue Squad is a reality! The project, conceived and nurtured by the combined efforts of the volunteer fire department and the Kiwanis Club, is now underway. On Tuesday evening the nine-member squad was organized at the fire house. The following officers were elected: Cal Schmahlenberger, chief; Donald (Mike) Heberlein, assistant chief; Nelson Napp, secretary and treasurer. The other members of the squad are Edward Hofstetter, Hermie Brechler, Dave Craig, Jim Bray, Jim Spraggon, and Hollis Nelson.
    SIXTY YEARS AGO (1960)—The seventh annual style show “Election Fashion Reflections” was presented to a large audience in the Fennimore High School gym by the Future Homemakers of America and the home economics classes under the direction of Mrs. Charlotte Brainerd.
     FIFTY YEARS AGO (1970)—The first machinery units for the new Rayovac factory in Fennimore arrived last Wednesday and were maneuvered into position. —Douglas Daechsel, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, who spent 22 years in the foreign mission field as business manager of a Lutheran mission in New Guinea, took over as administrator of the Fennimore Community Good Samaritan Center this week.
    FORTY YEARS AGO (1980)—The Fennimore city council is considering the expenditure of at least $225,000 to tear down three Union diesel engines located in Norfolk, Va., and re-assemble them in Fennimore. Director of Public Works Chuck Leuck says the additional 1,800 kilowatts of generating capacity over the space of only four years, will save Fennimore $78,000.
     THIRTY YEARS AGO (1990)—The shooting death of Grant County Deputy Sheriff Tom Reuter late Sunday night while in the line of duty has left county law enforcement officials in a state of shock and mourning. A suspect is in custody. Reuter, 38, was a native of Platteville and lived in Livingston with his family.
    TWENTY YEARS AGO (2000)—Governor Tommy G. Thompson announced the appointment of Julie Schaefer, Madison, to the Higher Educational Aids Board as a student representative. Schaefer is a junior attending Edgewood College in Madison, majoring in business management and marketing with a minor in communications.

    TEN YEARS AGO (2010)—The Fennimore girls varsity basketball team suffered a heartbreaking loss to Cuba City Saturday night, 52-22, in the sectional final held at Reedsburg. This was the farthest any Golden Eagle girls basketball team had ever made in the post-season. Fennimore finished the season 23-4.