‘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.
TEN YEARS AGO
JUNE 17, 2010 – The Soldiers Grove Village Board discussed possibilities for expanding the library into the pharmacy building after the pharmacy relocates to the former chiropractor’s office. The board instructed librarian Cele Wolf to contact Gregory Splinter, a local architect and library patron to discuss how the presence of the firewall between the buildings might affect an expansion plan, noting that there is a three-foot difference in the height of floors.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
JUNE 15, 2000 – The Seneca softball team completed a perfect season with a Division III State Championship last Wednesday. It was the first state title for the softball program since 1983 and only the second overall title for the district. The Indians completed their season with a 27-0 record. They recorded an exciting 3-2 win over the defending state champion Amherst Blue Jays to bring home the title… The 2000 Crawford County Dairy Princess is Holley Hartley and Little Miss Squirt is Natasha Moret. They will reign over the parade Sunday in Soldiers Grove… Members of Girl Scout Troop 174 and Troop 458 are working on community service for their Gold Awards, which is the highest award they can receive in Girl Scouts. They painted the inside of the Lions Shelter in Soldiers Grove and the fence around the Lions Shelter. The group included: Amy Johnson, Becky Murphy, leader Pauline Skrede, Jessica Alexander, Darcy Johnson, and Lions Club member Bob Froiseth.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
JUNE 14, 1990 – Art Herbst and Paul Nicholson have completed solid oak grandfather clocks in the “problem solving in woods” class at North Crawford High School. They ordered the plan and made all their own pieces except for the clockworks. Both will be seniors this fall… Janet Marmel of Soldiers Grove was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at the UW Center-Richland… The Women’s Auxiliary of American Legion Post 220, Soldiers Grove, held installation of officers as follows: Mildred Sorum, historian; Ramona Walsh, treasurer; Lorraine Davig, president; Faye George, vice-president; Tolene Buroker, sgt. at arms; Pauline Skrede, sgt. at arms; Bonnie Young, installing officer; Vicky Larson, secretary; Tracy Byl, chaplain.
FORTY YEARS AGO
JUNE 19, 1980 – The new Crawford County Dairy Queen was named last week in Prairie du Chien. She is Tamie Clark, 16, a North Crawford senior and daughter of Harold and Ida Clark, Rt. 2, Gays Mills.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
JUNE 17, 1970 – Connie Christianson, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Christianson, Wauzeka, was bitten by a bat Sunday evening in her crib. She was immediately taken to a doctor in Prairie du Chien… The first jet plane to land at the Tri-County airport at Lone Rock was a 20-passenger DeHavilland owned by Mississippi Valley Airways… Mr. and Mrs. William Meyer of Kickapoo Orchard, Inc. and sons, Andy and Michael, spent four days touring the apple growing area of the state of Washington and British Columbia and Canada. They were part of a group of 96 growers from the Compact Fruit Tree Association on a chartered plane trip from Chicago… A milk truck owned by Sanitary Creamery, Boscobel, and driven by Allen Lindley, 39, rural Wauzeka, collided with a pickup truck driven by Earl R. Mayne, Rt. 1, Wauzeka, with Mayne’s daughter as a passenger. According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, Lindley was driving down a hill on a side road that intersects with Highway 60, a mile east of Boydtown, when the brakes failed on his bulk milk truck. In an effort to stop the truck, he turned into an embankment, and the big vehicle went out of control and began to roll. It rolled out onto Highway 60 at the exact time that Mayne was driving westbound on that road, and hit Mayne’s pickup, flipping it up into the air. Both the milk truck and the pickup landed in the river bottom on the south side of the highway, the milk truck on its side and the pickup on its top. Considering the nature of the accident, the investigating officers marveled that the occupants of the trucks had gotten out alive and escaped injury.
SIXTY YEARS AGOJUNE 16, 1960 – Leita T. Slayton, Gays Mills High School home economics instructor, will attend the annual conference of the Wisconsin Association of Rural Homemaking Instructors at Stout Institute, where she will receive an award for 25 years as a rural homemaking instructor… The Gays Mills Municipal Swimming Pool will open for the summer June 18. The pool will be under the management of Gays Mills High School Coach Robert Martin, and Jim Miller, Soldiers Grove, will attend to lifeguard duties. Season tickets are on sale now with prices set at $12 for a family ticket and $4 for a single card. Single admission price is 25¢ for adults and 15¢ for children. Buses of the Gays Mills schools will transport rural children to the pool on a four-day a week schedule. This service will be without cost as in previous years. Suits, towels and caps will be available for rent at the bathhouse and as in previous years, all girls must wear bathing caps.