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Echos of the Past for September 19
Old Fennimore Main Street
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO (1919)—Fennimore now has a new ice man, or rather another man in the person of Sam Magee, who has taken over the ice pond and business. Sam sold his farm last week to Wesley Walker, and then relieved Mr. Buhser of the ice business. He is going to fix up the pond and erect a large new ice house, 40x80, which will hold an ample supply of ice to furnish the entire city, residences included, as long as ice is needed. —The flood last week Tuesday night was one of the worst the Green River country ever experienced. It carried off fences, bridges, and everything else that came in its path. The water is said to have been the highest ever known in the valley. The narrow gauge could not get down to Woodman until Wednesday evening. This flood came on the 42nd anniversary of the big centennial flood.
    NINETY YEARS AGO (1929)—“Sunday was my 65th birthday; put it in the paper,” said Peter Fritz. We will, with pleasure, Pete.
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO (1939)—Members of seven 4-H clubs in the Fennimore area and the Future Farmers of America have been invited to exhibit their projects at the annual Fennimore Junior Fair to be held at the high school on Saturday, Sept. 16. —The annual mission rally, held Sunday in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at Fennimore, attracted a large congregation, augmented no doubt by the fact that a son of the congregation, Allen Jenkins of Madison, was occupying the pulpit. The young man acquitted himself most creditably and everyone agreed that he has the making of a fine minister.
    SEVENTY YEARS AGO (1949)—Another Fennimore Junior Fair has become history. No less than 207 exhibitors entered 440 exhibits, representing the work of 11 4-H clubs and FFA. —The 19 Star Post No. 7499, VFW, broke ground last week and are now busily engaged in constructing the basement for their clubhouse.
    SIXTY YEARS AGO (1959)—Dr. James F. Lomas, a 1959 graduate of the University of Marquette Dental School, has announced that he will open the practice of dentistry in Fennimore on Monday, Sept. 21. His office will be over Heberlein’s Drug Store. —The boy scouts enjoyed an over night camp out Friday night at Castle Rock, accompanied by their faithful Scoutmaster Wayne Owen.
     FIFTY YEARS AGO (1969)—Eight members of the Fennimore Woman’s Club were honored as the senior members of the organization, including, Mrs. Oscar Brandt, Mrs. E. J. Roethe, Mrs. George Ruste, Mrs. George Lomas, Mrs. George Frantz, Mrs. A. H. Truitt, Sr., Mrs. M. A. Bailey, and Mrs. R. E. Smith. Mrs. Roethe is the only surviving charter member with 55 years of continuous membership.
    FORTY YEARS AGO (1979)—The children’s section of the D. T. Parker Public Library was the recipient of a special gift. Cedric Parker, former Fennimore resident, photographed a lioness in 1936 at Madison’s Henry Vilas Zoological Park. He had waited three hours for just the right pose. The Zoological Society now uses the photo as its logo. It is most fitting that this framed photo has found a home in our library. —The highlight of the Fennimore Junior Fair Sept. 15 was the awarding of the grand champion, all breeds, dairy female trophy to Brent Frankenhoff. The trophy, presented by A.M.P.I. and a check for $10 from the First State Bank, were awarded to Brent after the morning’s keen competition.
     THIRTY YEARS AGO (1989)—Members of the 1989 Homecoming court include, Lisa Williams, Kevin Kenney, Amy Smith, Kasey Scanlan, Nicole Sweeney, Melissa Nelson, Justin Lyons, John Lomas, Kevin Bartels, and Missy Newberry.
    TWENTY YEARS AGO (1999)—The bust of Nick Kramer, which was positioned in a greenway park on Lincoln Avenue, has been missing since Tuesday, Aug. 31, the Fennimore Police Department reported.
    TEN YEARS AGO (2009)—With a backdrop of construction, Southwest Tech broke ground on Sept. 3 for a new student housing, eight-unit complex that will provide an additional 32 college students with on-campus apartment space. A small ceremony took place official acknowledging the groundbreaking for the project and the $1.15 million loan granted by USDA Rural Development for the new construction. Midwest Builders, Fennimore, won the bid for the project.