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January 13: Years Ago…
Years Ago

‘Years Ago’ is a compilation of newsy tidbits as published in the Crawford County Independent & Kickapoo Scout on this week ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or sixty years ago.


FEBRUARY 11, 2010 – Soldiers Grove has adopted a fence ordinance, which will require landowners to observe a 12-inch setback from the property lines for fences. It will apply only to new fences or substantial improvements to existing fences… Randy Lund was found dead on his property in rural Haney Township on February 1. Lund had been cutting down a tree to make firewood when the trunk of the tree split and fell backward crushing him… Betty Bell, of Main Street Treasures in Gays Mills purchased many dresses from a bridal shop and is reselling them at a very reasonable price; many are suitable for the upcoming prom. 


FEBRUARY 10, 2000  – The Wisconsin Honey Producers Association has announced that Jody Hanson has been named the 2000 Honey Queen. Jody is an 18-year-old senior at North Crawford High School. Her parents are Dennis and Jean Hanson, owners of Kickapoo Honey Farm… Eight candidates vie for three spots on the North Crawford School Board: Brita Bodenstein, Michael Dishnow, Lance Hagen, Christie Knapp and Mickey Keeley. THIRTY YEARS AGO

FEBRUARY 15, 1990 – ‘World Monitor’ a national TV news program, was in Gays Mills recently and filmed the First Congregational Church Ladies’ Aid Meeting at Leita Slayton’s house. The ladies are Leita Slayton, Orpha Holliday, Jeanette Fish, Darlene Williams, Lois Barlow, Beverly Pettit, Thelma Swadley, LaVonne Stussy, Barbara Martin and Elen Jensen… Senior citizens who eat at the Old Oak Inn meal site know that Pauline Olson plays a large part in making it a pleasant experience. As manager of the lunch program in Soldiers Grove, she is responsible for collecting the donations from the diners, setting the tables, preparing salads and serving the food.


FEBRUARY 14, 1980 – Conference championships were won by three Seneca High School wrestlers at the Ridge and Valley Conference tourney: Mike Baker, 112 pound, Bob Beers, 126 pounds, Jim Roberts, 119 pounds… 


FEBRUARY 11, 1970 – Donald L. Morovits of rural Seneca has be named Crawford County’s ‘Outstanding Young Farmer’ by the Prairie du Chien Jaycees. Morovits and his wife, Trudice, have operated a farm on the ridge just east of Seneca for 12 years, starting out on 133 acres rented from Trudice’s grandparents on a 50-50 basis. In a dozen years they have expanded the farm to 373 acres, of which 230 are tillable, and specialize in dairy and beef cattle and hogs. To control erosion they have installed terraces and sod waterways, and have three ponds, all sodded. 143 acres of nontillable land is used for grazing and game cover, and the ponds are adapted to provide a habitat for ducks.


FEBRUARY 11, 1960 – Joseph B. Layde, West De Pere, delivered the address at the open house held at Seneca High School. Layde was one of Seneca’s first graduates and later served as its principal. Retired from the teaching profession, his last position was as superintendent at the West De Pere schools… Two Barnum men are confined to a Boscobel hospital with severe injuries as the result of a woodcutting accident. They are Isaiah (Ike) Holliday, 39, and Bernard Karnopp, 59. Both men were pinned beneath a falling tree. Neighbors, hearing the screams of the men, hurried to the scene and removed them from beneath the tree.