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Echos of the past the week of July 11
Old Fennimore Main Street
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO (1919)—The annual school meeting of Jt. Dist. No. 2, town and village of Fennimore, was held Monday evening in the high school auditorium and was attended by about 65, about a third of which were ladies. It was resolved that a tax of $15,000 be and the same is hereby levied on the taxable property of Jt. Dist. No. 2 to defray the general running expense for the coming year.
    NINETY YEARS AGO (1929)—Will Edge caught several fine trout down on Green River Sunday, two of which weighed better than three pounds each. Mrs. Anna Smalbery hooked a big one, too, much too large and too lively for her to land without help, but she got a real thrill out of it.
    EIGHTY YEARS AGO (1939)—When the state Y.M.C.A. Phantom lake camp near Mukwonago begins the fourth period of its summer camping season, July 16, Fennimore will have seven boys at the camp: Wendell Bradbury, Carlos Cooper, Richard Frantz, David Howell, Sidney Stitzer, William Tennant, and Philip Webster. Almost every outdoor sport is taught at Phantom from swimming and diving, tennis, archery, canoeing, to horseback riding and sailing.
    SEVENTY YEARS AGO (1949)—Ernell Budach, Fennimore high school student, was among the group of 10 Grant County farm boys recently chosen to inaugurate a swine management project sponsored by Oscar Mayer Co. of Madison. The project will be supervised by swine breeders and agriculture teachers in the county. Five breeds are represented in the project. Two Fennimore farmers sold gilts to the company for use in the contest. A Chester White was purchased from Emil Brandt and a Duroc from Walter Ashmore.
    SIXTY YEARS AGO (1959)—Nine Boy Scouts, accompanied by their Scoutmaster Wayne Owen, spent a week at Canyon Camp in Apple River, Ill. The lads had nothing but praise for the way the camp was run. Scouts attending the camp included Bob Lund, Dennis Munns, John Wells, Dennis Wood, Tom Taber, Jerry Brechler, Maurice Leffler, Eddie Heberlein, and Chuck Roethe. —Dr. Richard G. Frantz, son of Judge and Mrs. Geo. F. Frantz, has completed his four years of residency in a Milwaukee hospital as a general surgeon and his announced his intention of going into private practice. He will open an office in Waukesha.
     FIFTY YEARS AGO (1969)—Brechler & Bacon, operated by Miss Norma Brechler and Mrs. Edith Bacon, has been purchased by Mrs. Herman Stout and Mrs. Darrell D. Smith. Plans are being made to stock a full line of sewing fabric and a yarn shop. —Betty Novak was named Wisconsin Angus Angel by the Wisconsin Angus Association at the state picnic.
    FORTY YEARS AGO (1979)—The city council learned from city attorney Dean Dietrich that the message of the city’s new stop and yield signs may not be enforceable by local police until the city adopts an ordinance locating the signs. State and county officials had sited and installed the signs but aldermen had never, formally, adopted them. Barring changes in the location of signs, an authorizing resolution would be in front of the council at the next meeting.
     THIRTY YEARS AGO (1989)—The Fennimore Community Band will present a concert in Marsden Park on Thursday, July 20 at 8 p.m. —Chester A. “Chet” Garthwaite has published an autobiography called “They Are In My Genes,” 257 pages of anecdotes liberally spaced with humor. —Larry Larson has opened Fennimore 1861 Antique Center at 480 Lincoln Avenue.
    TWENTY YEARS AGO (1999)—The Law Enforcement Committee of the Grant County Board of Supervisors discussed the Rock N Dome teen dance club located in Stitzer. The committee took no action but agreed to investigate noise ordinances other counties may have to deal with situations like that created by the Rock N Dome.
    TEN YEARS AGO (2009)—The 2009 Fennimore Junior Fair Ambassador is Sonja Linneman. She will be promoting the upcoming 74th Fennimore Junior Fair to be held July 31 and Aug. 1. —The former Knowledge Hall building was torn down on Tuesday, June 16 because many of the nails holding its frame together were rotting. Some of the boards were salvaged and the Knowledge Hall insignia will be used at the Railroad Museum.

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