Out of the Past – week of 10-10-2012
10 years ago – October 9, 2002
A son, Luke Samuel Fennie Mandli, was born Sept. 25 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison to Karin (Fennie) and Gerald Mandli, McFarland.
A daughter, Morgan Joelle Jensen, was born Aug. 12 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire to Jim and Jolene Jensen, Colfax.
The Mayo One medevac helicopter was called to Colfax to airlift an employee of Blomberg Logging after he suffered injuries when he fell off a logging truck on Highway 170 north of town. The helicopter landed on Willow St. behind Kirkwood’s IGA.
25 years ago – October 8, 1987
Elk Mound was knocked out of first place in the conference with a 17-8 homecoming football game loss to St. Croix Central. Craig Koller led the Mounder defense with six tackles and 12 assisted tackles.
Colfax graduate Mark Osterberg, a senior football player for Mount Senario College, Ladysmith, has been named a member of the homecoming royalty for the college.
Larson’s Super Service Station, Main St. Colfax, has been bought by George and Steve Thaler and turned into a self service convenience store named Express Mart. Mary Schwartz is the store manager.
35 years ago – October 13, 1977
Kathleen Yvonne Davis of Ridgeland and Larry Joseph Mlejnek of Rice Lake were married Sept. 10 at New Hope Lutheran Church, Sand Creek.
Colfax defeated Elk Mound 19-8 in football action as the Viking’s Steve Obermueller intercepted Elk Mound quarterback John Brawford twice in the game. Mark Lofthus scored twice and Ron Rose once for the Vikings while Lee Simonson scored the lone Elk Mound touchdown.
Sgt. Timothy J. Flaten of Colfax has been selected as Brigade Soldier of the Month at Ft. Richardson, Alaska. Flaten had earlier been selected as Battalion Soldier of the Month and has recently received his Expert Infantryman badge.
50 years ago – October 11, 1962
The marriage of Miss Klaire Freestone, Colfax and Richard J. Yakesh, Jr. of New Richmond was solemnized Sept. 29 at the Colfax Lutheran Church.
Miss Laila Strand, formerly of Colfax, and Sgt. Frank Markowski, Naval Air Station, Minneapolis, were married Sept. 29 at Holden Lutheran Church, rural Colfax.
An 800 pound safe, which had been stolen from the Super Value store in Eau Claire, was found blown apart five miles south of Colfax by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Baumgartner while hunting squirrels. $6,000 in bills and checks had been stolen from the safe.
65 years ago – October 16, 1947
Six Colfax men autoed to Green Bay on Sunday where they witnessed the Packers taking their first trouncing of the season at the hands of the Chicago eleven by a score of 14-10. In the group were R. O. Larson and son Orville, Frank Henderson, V. R. Noer, Arnold Mortensen and Leon Dunbar.
John Prince scored on a two yard run and Steinmetz threw a touchdown pass for the Vikings but Colfax lost 21-13 to the powerful Spring Valley football team last Wednesday.
John Bronken of Colfax was selected as a tuba player for the St. Olaf College band for the upcoming year.
100 years ago – October 18, 1912
Ex-President Theodore Roosevelt arrived in Colfax on the Soo Line railroad and was greeted by a mass of people, including the children from the village schools. Arriving in Milwaukee just five days later, Roosevelt was shot in the chest as he was leaving the Gilpatrick Hotel for the Auditorium to make a speech. His life was probably saved by a manuscript of his speech which was in his breast pocket.
One of the choicest farms in La Crosse county, a 100 acre farm in the town of Hamilton, sold for $20,000 which was one of the largest real estate deals in the county in some time.
Farmers in the area have been complaining of the heavy rainfall this summer, which greatly interfered with haying and harvest work.