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Echos of the Past for October 10
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO (1919)—Will Ramsour, who has been in the Navy, 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 to watch Adolph Rubin dissect the monster catfish the Blanchard party caught on their camping trip 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)—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 an ice skating rink for the kids this winter. There will also be 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 on Oct. 12. 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.
    SIXTY YEARS AGO (1959)—“George Washington Slept Here,” the 1959 production of the Fennimore Community Theatre, will take place 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)—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 married Saturday, Sept. 1 at St. Peter Lutheran Church. —Kristine Vondra and Gregory Fry were married on Sept. 29 at St. Philomena’s Catholic Church in Belmont.
     THIRTY YEARS AGO (1989)—A Fennimore graduate, Tom Winkers, 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.
    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. 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.