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Echos of the Past for September 5
Old Fennimore Main Street
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO (1919)—It is expected the Lincoln Avenue paving job will be completed this week. The car of coarse rock, the non-arrival of which has held up the work for several weeks, came yesterday evening and the tarvia tank is being heated up and the prospects are the lower block will be completed before Saturday. Supt. Decker informs us everything is now here for the street lighting system and that the prospects are good that Fennimore’s white way will be turned on Saturday night.
    NINETY YEARS AGO (1929)—The Evangelical congregation of Marion celebrates its 30th anniversary on Sept. 8. —The Finnegan Memorials, Fennimore’s up-to-date monument company, of which J. A. Finnegan is the manager, keeps fully abreast of the times. The latest addition to the modern equipment is the installation of one of the newest models of sand blast machines used for carving and lettering.
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO (1939)—Frederick Lenz, Stitzer, graduate of Fennimore High School and member of the Stitzer Go-Getters 4-H Club, won first place in the dairy products judging contest at the state fair in Milwaukee. Frederick competed with about 60 contestants. —Stockbuyer Leo Brechler’s peace of mind has been upset by more than the European situation lately. He has had in his custody a Brown Swiss bull with an aversion against staying in a pen. In the bull’s tour of the city, he showed he was not allergic to gardens and then took a promenade up and down main street doing window shopping. The climax came Tuesday when Vearle Rogers’ bull decided to join forces and make it a bovine convention. Leo has been awaiting an opportunity to load the animal into a freight car and feels assured that the next appearance he makes will be in the form of bologna. No serious damage is reported. LATE BULLETIN: It is learned from a reliable but undisclosed authority that the incorrigible bull left town. Night life in the metropolis was too much for him. Thus another catastrophe has been averted and mobilization will not be necessary.
    SEVENTY YEARS AGO (1949)—The congregation of the Evangelical church of the town of Marion will celebrate completion of 50 years of service to the community. —Approximately 650 pheasants were released from the pens at Marsden Park Sunday to members of the Central Grant County Sportsmen’s Association for distribution in this area. —Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hall have sold the local Gamble store to Del Whitham of Lancaster.
    SIXTY YEARS AGO (1959)—A $95,000 bond issue for construction of a municipal swimming pool was approved by the city of Fennimore voters Tuesday by the narrow margin of 36 votes in the special referendum called by the city council seeking a mandate from the people on the question before proceeding with new plans for a covered pool. —This week the Fennimore Times officially observes our 70th birthday.
     FIFTY YEARS AGO (1969)—A new all-time high enrollment of an even 1,200 students has been reached in the Fennimore Community School District. The total includes 370 in the high school and 830 in the elementary school. Approximately 100 transfer pupils from St. Mary’s parochial school, now closed, accounts for the big increase in the public schools.
    FORTY YEARS AGO (1979)—Keith Kreul, Fennimore Angus breeder, former commander of the Wisconsin American Legion and present commander of the Whitish-Funk American Legion Post 184, has been elected a national vice-commander to represent Legionnaires in a number of midwestern states.
     THIRTY YEARS AGO (1989)—A 45-minute power outage in Fennimore Tuesday morning was the first of several power outages associated with the city’s changeover from a 2400-volt to a 4160-volt electricity distribution system. —Jim Soman, who until recently served as vice president of the Dwight Parker Public Library Board, received a plaque commemorating his “umpteen” (12) years of service.
    TWENTY YEARS AGO (1999)—Beth Stahlman is taking over the top administrative spot as Fennimore’s new elementary school principal. Stahlman is entering her 21st year of employment with the Fennimore School District. The former principal, Lyle Lang, retired last year.
    TEN YEARS AGO (2009)—The Jim O’Brien family will be holding a golf outing fundraiser in his honor on Saturday, Aug. 29. Proceeds will benefit the UW Foundation for Lymphoma Research. O’Brien was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma in 2007. A bone marrow registry will also be held at the golf outing.