Out of the Past – 1-16-13
10 years ago – January 15, 2003
A son, Drew Richard Gibson, was born Jan. 4 to Gene and Connie Gibson, Colfax.
The Elk Mound boys basketball team lost their first conference game of the season 42-33 to St. Croix Central, then lost their second in a row, 53-47 to Mondovi, bringing their conference record to 4-2.
Gary Stene will run unopposed for another term as Colfax village president while challenger Charles Best will face off against incumbent Don Miller for Elk Mound village president.
25 years ago – January 14, 1988
Paul Wittrock, Rolland Mittelstadt Jr. and Christian Olson will run against incumbents Kathleen Dunbar and Roger Klukas for three spots on the Colfax village board in the upcoming spring election.
Loretta Solberg was the weekly winner of $50 at the Southside Grocery store in Colfax.
Behind 23 points from Renae Rhude and 20 from Colleen Heimstead, the Elk Mound girls ran their conference record to 7-0 with a 70-41 win over Prescott.
35 years ago – January 19, 1978
Pat Sumstad and Katherine Tape were promoted to assistant cashier positions for People’s State Bank of Colfax.
The Colfax boy’s basketball team rolled to an 82-34 win over Boycville as Mark Lofthus scored 17 points for the Vikings. Lofthus also led the team with 24 points in a 76-56 win over Spring Valley.
Doug Olson had a hand in taking away four first place trophies Jan. 14 at the annual Colfax Saddle Club Snowmobile Derby.
50 years ago – January 17, 1963
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Alms of Colfax, a son, Anthony Joseph Jan. 5. at Luther Hospital.
A son was born Dec. 6 to Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Crowell (nee Vickie Mittelstadt) named Timothy Edward.
A son named Thomas Richard was born to Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey (Arlen) Dobbs Jan. 10 at Luther Hospital.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Longdo of Barron, a daughter (no name given) Jan. 13 at the Barron hospital.
Shirley Higbie will graduate Jan. 18 from Stout State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and will begin teaching at the Gale-Ettrick High School Jan. 28.
65 years ago – January 22, 1948
C.L. Christensen, a resident of Colfax the past 26 years, has severed his connection with the Security Services Corporation and has accepted a position with the First National Bank of Menomonie.
A fall on the lee slope of the Fox River Grove, Ill. ski slope cost the life of Jimmy Hendrickson, age 35. He was a great all around athlete from Eau Claire and former Olympic skier and was well known around Colfax as he was the second cousin of Frederick Smith of this city.
Last Friday night was the coldest in these diggings in about umpteen years as the mercury dropped to 40 below in the village and 48 below in the nearby lake region in a reading taken by N. J. Boughten at his lake home.
100 years ago – January 24, 1913
A deal was made last week by which Messrs Alfred Loftsgard and Guy Jenson became the owners of the Peoples Fruit Store formerly owned by Chris Bjornson and Ole Larson.
While enroute to Chicago and near Colby, four Colfax men, Messrs O. C. Olson, Oluf Olson, J. L. Nichols and Arthur G. Olson had a narrow escape from serious injury and most likely death. Being in the caboose of the head section of a through freight which was delayed at a crossing, the rear section of another one came around a curve at a high speed, and although flagged, was unable to stop in time to avoid a collision; but the passengers were all able to get out before the crash came. The caboose was reduced to a mass of splinters, but happily no one was injured. We rejoice with our neighbors in their lucky escape.