By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
The Echos of the Past for Oct. 17
Old Fennimore Main Street
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO (1919)—Will Ramsour, who has been in the Navy for a good many months, and who perhaps holds the distinction of making more trips across the ocean than anybody in the service from this vicinity totaling 50,000 miles, arrived home Saturday night, having been given his honorable release. Will was a sailor on the U. S. steamship Philadelphia.
    NINETY YEARS AGO (1929)—The Farmers Mutual Cooperative Creamery Co. have purchased the Peacock Creamery building and land from the Pet Milk Co. —A lot of interested spectators up at D. V. Blanchard’s Monday morning to watch Adolph Rubin dissect the monster catfish the Blanchard party caught on their camping trip last week between Wauzeka and Boydtown. The fish looked like a good-sized pig and weighed 23.5 pounds. He was caught with a worm on a setline.
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO (1939)—Hundreds of eager farmers will be glad to hear that the Rural Electrification Administration has approved $61,000 for the construction of 53 miles of new lines in Grant County. This new allotment for the construction of “D” project will being the total length of distribution line to well over 600 miles. —Fennimore High School students Norbert Brandt and Billy Schwer were honored at the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Chapter of Future Farmers of America.
    SEVENTY YEARS AGO (1949)—The Youth Guidance Committee of the Kiwanis Club arranged with the Hinn Company to have the back lots leveled for an ice skating rink for the kiddies this winter. Arrangements have also been made for a rink at Marsden Park. —Twenty-five years, almost to the day, after coming to Fennimore as a young man, George Drosopoulos, veteran local business man, passed away last Wednesday evening, Oct. 12, at a Madison hospital after a long illness. Back in October of 1924, he started a dry cleaning establishment in Fennimore. Eventually he went into the restaurant business with his son Nick. In recent years he had operated a truck farm west of town and only last year went into business with a roadside store. He was 61 years old.
    SIXTY YEARS AGO (1959)—In a few weeks, the 1959 production of the Fennimore Community Theatre will take place. Dates set for “George Washington Slept Here,” a three act comedy, Nov. 5 and 6. Playing the leads are Jim Chipman and Jacquie Klofanda.
     FIFTY YEARS AGO (1969)—The eight veteran members of the Fennimore Kiwanis Club were presented Legion of Honor certificates denoting 30 or more years of faithful membership in Kiwanis International. They are David Craig, Harold Plattner, J. N. Kramer, Leo Brechler, Geo. F. Frantz, Don Roethe, Dr. E. C. Howell, and Floyd McKichan.
    FORTY YEARS AGO (1979)—According to preliminary figures, the Fennimore School District will have to cut almost $65,000 from its 1979-80 proposed budget to stay within state mandated cost controls. —Cindy Cauffman and Terry Arndt were united in marriage Saturday, Sept. 1 at St. Peter Lutheran Church. —Kristine Vondra and Gregory Fry were united in marriage on Sept. 29 at St. Philomena’s Catholic Church in Belmont.
     THIRTY YEARS AGO (1989)—A Fennimore student will be among the 250-member University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Marching Chiefs when the band travels to San Diego in December to participate in the half-time show of the Holiday Bowl. The band will also march in the Bowl’s parade and do an exhibition field show at San Diego High School. Tom Winkers is a member of the band.
    TWENTY YEARS AGO (1999)—Although the conflict in the former Yugoslavia and the aftermath of NATO’s 78-day air war have dropped out of national headlines, American service members continue to repair damage and keep peace in the region. One such American is Joshua H. Klaas, the 22-year-old son of David Klaas, Stitzer. Navy Petty Officer Third Class Klaas has been in Kosovo rebuilding roads and towns, and constructing a U. S. Army camp. Klaas, a Seabee, works with the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Three (NMCB-3).
    TEN YEARS AGO (2009)—The 98th annual Fennimore Fireman’s Dance has turned into a street dance this year instead of being held at the fire station. The dance will be held Saturday, Oct. 10 on 7th Street in front of the Second Shot Saloon so dancers can patronize Second Shot, Boxcar Wilky’s, and The Hilltop.