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January 20: 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 18, 2010 – Participants in the Seneca Honors Choir are pictured wearing their lovely chorus robes after their performance and include: Samantha Pint, Brock Reynolds, Paige Foley, Anneka Baird, Breanna Boone, Montana O’Brien, Manja Klauchenz, Tyler Grimsled and Tullan Baird… A Seneca third grader, Samuel Olson, made a special and handmade Christmas card during Art Class for his favorite football player, Brett Farve. This past week, Sam received a Brett Farve trading card and a very nice note thanking him for all of his fan support. 


FEBRUARY 17, 2000 – Alien puppets were the order of the day for some of the students in Miss Jennifer Burkum’s sixth grade class at North Crawford School recently. The class is in the middle of a space unit. They have set up a Star Fleet and these students working to become admirals must complete an alien puppet show as one of the their assignments to reach that rank. Pictured holding some of the puppets are, Shannon Johnson, Kayla Ronnfeldt, Chad Zirbel, Lee Lomas, Cliff Cornell and Cody Pettit. 


FEBRUARY 22, 1990 – A recent ‘Jail and Bail’ raised $6,700 for the American Cancer Society. During the event, Policeman Ken Salmon brought Lois Barlow before the judge, Gordon Copus, for sentencing in Soldiers Grove. Also during the event, Policewoman Faye George escorted elementary principal Bob Knadle to jail until he raised enough money by phone to cover his bail… The National Theatre of the Deaf will present ‘The Odyssey’ on stage at the Center for the Arts, UW-Platteville. The group consists of a professional ensemble of both deaf and hearing actors in what is described as ‘a new dramatic form.’


FEBRUARY 21, 1980 – Tolene and Laurel George have sold their business in Soldiers Grove, the Brass Horn, to Paul and Christine Breininger. The Georges will hold a farewell party at the Brass Horn Friday evening… McCormick-Rose Legion Post 308 has donated $100 to the North Crawford Rescue Squad. Presenting the check was Ben Henderson, membership chairman, and accepting for the rescue squad was Bonnie Young.


FEBRUARY 18, 1970 – The Seneca Parent-Teacher Organization will have South American foreign exchange students as guest speakers at a meeting at 8 p.m. at the high school. Lucia Barbosa and Bela Horizonte, Brazil, and Charles Salazar, Lima, Peru will show pictures of their homeland and families and will tell about their countries… The third hour sociology class at North Crawford High School believes small communities are dying. The students published questionnaires in the Crawford County Independent and the Kickapoo Scout the first week in December and in mid-January inviting opinions on improving their hometowns. Response was so light, only six questionnaires were returned, that the students staged a mock graveyard scene in the school gym with a forest of grave markers with the names of local villages, to prove their point. In a joint statement class members said: ‘Considering the 2,800 combined circulation of the papers, coupled with the feeble response, the student opinion that the area is deteriorating due to a general apathetic attitude is eloquently supported.’


FEBRUARY 18, 1960 – Soldiers Grove, coached by Eli Crogan, won the Kickapoo Valley Conference basketball title Friday night with a 78-71 win over La Farge. Team members include Ron Swiggum, Ron Hoffland, Jim Dobbs, Ed Thoftne, Jim Miller, Roy Rosemeyer, Nyall Knutson, Schelley Schoville, George Fetty, Jim Wiley with Rick Dull and Roger Hiller, managers.