‘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
NOVEMBER 11, 2010 –Brenda Morga hit a large buck last Sunday night near Boaz while driving her 2000 Ford Mustang on Highway 171 near the Akan School. The animal entered the roadway chasing four does and luckily, neither Brenda, her daughter Anjelica or her niece Amber Mirelis were injured in the accident. The massive 300-pound deer had 15-points, two broken off, and 23-inch spread drop-tine antlers. Its neck measured 27 inches. News traveled fast and many folks stopped by to view the famous road kill…. Seneca FFA member Hillary Bark was recognized at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. She received the gold American FFA Degree key, the FFA’s top honor.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
NOVEMBER 9, 2000 – Amid heavy voter turnout, Seneca School District voters soundly defeated the referendum to build a new K-12 school with 503 against the proposal and 338 in favor of it. The plan called for the building of a $6.98 million school building at a site behind the Seneca water tower… The Soldiers Grove Library is presenting an evening of family entertainment with Gerald Pelrine, actor, singer, playwright and author living in Door County who has written and performed for Wisconsin Public Television and throughout the Midwest. Pelrine will be presenting John Muir’s most requested story, ‘The Tale of Stickeen,’ that of being trapped on an Alaska glacier in 1880 with the small, heroic dog, Stickeen.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
NOVEMBER 15, 1990 – Austin Winsor was honored as Employee of the Month at North Crawford Schools. The award was presented by Don Sannes, school board president. Winsor, industrial arts teacher for 30 years at the high school, has also been audiovisual director and has helped with setting up the stage and the sound and light system for musicals.
FORTY YEARS AGO
NOVEMBER 13, 1980 – A class of 13 completed the 120-hour nursing assistant class at Sannes Skogdalen Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove. The members are Betty Dowling, Karen Fortney, Linda Clark, Ursula Swadley, Joan Smith, Edie Frederick, Jean Binder, Linda Ellefson, Pat Salmon, Diane Dilley, Mary Murphy, Grace Murphy and Candace Steinmetz.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
NOVEMBER 11, 1970 – A record attendance is expected for a hearing at the junior high school in Soldiers Grove on a petition to annex a large portion of the North Crawford School District to the Kickapoo School District. The petition is expected to have strong support among most Soldiers Grove area residents and equally strong opposition by Gays Mills area residents. If the petition is approved, approximately 50 square miles of the North Crawford district would be attached to Kickapoo, most of it lying on the old Soldiers Grove district. Opponents of the proposal point out that if the split is made there will not be enough valuation left in North Crawford to operate a school district and the remaining area would have to be divided piecemeal, possibly going to Seneca, Wauzeka or Boscobel.
SIXTY YEARS AGO
NOVEMBER 10, 1960 – Crawford County voters turned out more than 7,000 strong Tuesday. Here is Crawford’s official tabulations as reported by Ruth M. Todd, retiring county clerk: County Clerk: Fass (D) 2815, Cooper (R) 4068; County Treasurer, Laskaskie (R) 4575; Sheriff, Hutchins (D) 4511, Reilly (R) 2551; Coroner, Kettner (R) 4283; Clerk of the Circuit Court, Caya (D) 2436.