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Remembering the Way it Was
a weekly look at local history
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December 23, 2004 – Mona Figley had reopened the Towerville Tavern after it was closed for a year-and-a-half following
the death of her husband Rick. The tavern was located in a building that was built around 1909 by Norwegian immigrant Seegar Stevenson (father of Pearl Swiggum) on land he purchased from Elmer and Emma Tainter in 1908. The Towerville Tavern was the last remaining business in what was once a bustling community. The original owners of the land where Towerville is located were J.H. Tower and T.W. Tower. They had laid out the town with their father J.H. Tower in July of 1854…. Girl Scouts from area troops were standing around the Christmas tree decorated with socks which were to be given to each school room at North Crawford to be used in case of need.

December 22, 1994 – Teresa Sherry was one of four winners in a national Holiday Card Design contest for children. She won first place in the 9-10 year-old category for her imaginative holiday drawing of farm animals with gifts gathered around a cowboy snowman. Teresa is the daughter of Randy and Linda Sherry of Soldiers Grove... Seneca seventh and eighth grade wrestlers participated in the North Crawford junior high wresting tournament. Team members included Coach Eric Grimsled, Jake White who earned third place in the tournament in his weight class; Bruce Hurda, first; Brandon Grimsled, seventh; Brian Hurda, fifth.

December 20, 1984 – A reward of up to $5,000 was being offered for information leading to an arrest of whoever set fire to the former Bell Center barber shop... Michael John Baker, son of Sam and Marcia Baker of Seneca has been named the 1984 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.” Baker was a second year student at WWTI in La Crosse.

December 19, 1974 – North Crawford raised its conference record to 4-0 by defeating the Wauzeka Hornets 48-28. Jim Iverson took rebounding honors as he hauled in 22. Rusty Hagar and Terry O’Donnell each pulled in six. Hagar, Jim Quamme and Dick Iverson each had four assists... The North Crawford Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team included Ann Winger, Kristi Johnson, Jane Murphy, Janice Olson, Bonnie Miller, Rosemary O’Donnell, Dorothy Ryan, Donna Heisz, Sara Ryan, Sue Ingle and Cheryl Stuckey.

December 23, 1964 – Zero weather prevented a Readstown area farmer, Nolan Turnmire from summoning help immediately, when he discovered his farmhouse ablaze. Turnmire attempted to start his truck to go to a neighbor when he found an upstairs bedroom in flames. The truck would not start and Turnmire then ran to the neighboring farm and summoned the Readstown Fire Department. Turnmire had no telephone. Firemen arrived too late to save the house but managed to save a few pieces of furniture, including a deep freeze that was on the porch. A defective chimney was blamed for the fire... A proposal to begin fluoridation of the village’s water supply was presented to the Gays Mills village board at their meeting by Dr. J. H. Kettner.