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Echos of the Past for Nov. 21
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO (1919)—John W. Peacock has been appointed by the common council to succeed W. R. Decker as city clerk and Chas. P. Brechler elected weighmaster in place of Mr. Peacock. The position of superintendent of the water and light plant has been tendered to Arthur Wilkins. —John Kalile traded his house on Lincoln Avenue for the Wm. Riddiough property moved that afternoon.
    NINETY YEARS AGO (1929)—The Armistice banquet, given by the American Legion Auxiliary to ex-servicemen, was given Monday at the Lutheran church. There were over 60 world war veterans present, also one civil war veteran, J. F. Heberlein. —The FHS senior class will offer a carnival which consists of six tent shows, live cannibals, 10 dancing beauties, and the latest all-talking news reel on Nov. 22. Admission is 10 and 25 cents.
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO (1939)—A capacity crowd filled the high school auditorium Wednesday in attendance at the educational week program. The band opened the program with a number of selections which showed good progress under Mr. Bogart’s instruction. The pageant presented was of a patriotic nature and each classroom had interesting displays.
    SEVENTY YEARS AGO (1949)—Miss Thelma Rothe’s drama students presented a humorous play titled “The Wedding”. Cast members included Doris Wehrle, Keith Rands, Bill Hodgson, Mary Lou Walker, Dave Mergen, Gail Cairns, Jim Liesch, and Jerry Wepking. —Carl Doeringsfeld was re-elected a director of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau at the 30th annual meeting of the organization held in Madison. Over a thousand persons attended the convention.
    SIXTY YEARS AGO (1959)—A resolution appropriating $35,000 for a mental health clinic in Grant County was approved by the county board. The appropriation covers expenses for one year as follows: $10,000 for a psychiatrist and director; $10,000 for a clinical psychologist; $8,000 for a psychologist case worker; $3,000 for a secretary; and $4,000 for miscellaneous expenses. A building for the clinic has been made available by the Wisconsin State College at Platteville on the campus.
     FIFTY YEARS AGO (1969)—John A. Kussmaul has become associated with the law firm of Kramer, Nelson and Azim of Fennimore. He is a 1960 graduate of Mt. Hope High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin in 1964. He received his law education at Stanford University in 1967. —Mrs. Irma Bailey, librarian at the Parker Public Library the past 23 years, has resigned because of ill health.
    FORTY YEARS AGO (1979)—Already overjoyed with the success of the Ag Scholarship Fund drive, members of the FFA Advisory Board discovered elation when Steve Bahl matched the $10,000 already raised.
     THIRTY YEARS AGO (1989)—Alyssum, a four-month-old golden retriever pup, is now living with the Cindy and Ray Leonard family. She’s part of a national, non-profit program called Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif. She will stay with the Leonards for about a year, then move on to further training before eventually being placed with a wheelchair-bound person.
    TWENTY YEARS AGO (1999)—The Grant County Economic Development Corporation hired Ron Brisbois as executive director. —Fennimore High School’s “Mean Machine” Pep Band, under the direction of Larry Albrecht, warmed up for the winter season with a special concert Saturday. The event featured many alumni and was an incredible, driving experience.

    TEN YEARS AGO (2009)—Southwest Tech staff and Miron Construction employees posed for a photo in front of the final steel beam that was put into place on the college’s health sciences center, scheduled to open in the fall os 2010. The ceremonial beam was signed by over 200 Southwest Tech staff during a recent school gathering.