Days of Old – 2-13-2013
10 years ago
Tribune of January 29, 2003
The Downing Civic Hall turned 100 on Dec. 26, 2002, and even after 100 years the hall is still the center of activity. The hall’s auditorium was at one time the gymnasium for Downing high school, and the hall became the site of Wednesday evening dances.
Two homes in the area were visited by fire this past week. The home of Mrs. Tillie Kamm at 604 Fourth Street in Glenwood City suffered smoke damage after a television started on fire. The other was at Ken and Lisa Smestuen home at 704 Winter Street in Boyceville following a Saturday morning fire.
Building permits issued in the Village of Boyceville in 2002 total $897,211 according to figures from the village clerk’s office.
25 years ago
Tribune of January 13, 1988
The Glenwood City Common Council held a special meeting Monday evening. One of the items on the agenda was to discuss making an offer to Soo Line Railroad for some of the property (29.28 acres) it has abandoned in the city.
Melvin R. Ulrich, 49 of Route 2, Glenwood City, died as the result of a three-car accident on State Highway 8 about 2.5 miles west of Bruce in Rusk County. The accident happened on Sunday, Jan. 10.
Lee Milligan began his duties as St. Croix County’s new agriculture agent last Monday. He was the Pepin County ag. agent for seven years and replaces Jerry Bretl, who retired after a 30-year Extension career.
50 years ago
Tribune of February 21, 1963
The Soo Line Railroad closed its depot in Glenwood City at the close of business on Tuesday afternoon, February 19. Lack of business was given by rail officials.
An estimated crowd of a little over 100 people gather at the Glenwood City high school gymnasium last week to hear a progress report of the Glen Hills Watershed Association.
The General Telephone Co. has again received requests to provide two-way extended area service for their customers from Glenwood City and Boyceville. Under this arrangement customers of the Glenwood City exchange would have unlimited calling privileges to Boyceville without a toll charge.
60 years ago
Tribune of February 12, 1953
The Soo Line Railroad has been authorized by an order of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to discontinue operation of passenger trains Nos. 1 and 2 between Somerset and Stevens Point, effective Feb. 15, 1953.
Tom Powers, Glenwood City High School ag. dept. senior, won first place at the dairy facts contest at a District V meeting of the Wisconsin Junior Dairyman’s Association.
The proposed addition to the Glenwood City School is a building planned for the future, as well as the present requirements of the Jt. Dist. No. 1, City of Glenwood, and the towns of Glenwood, Emerald and Springfield.
95 years ago
The Glenwood Tribune
January 3, 1918
Yesterday afternoon the Wilson Hotel caught on fire from a defective chimney in the attic. Efforts to put the fire out were useless, although most of the goods were rescued from the inside of the building.
The 49-50 L. D.’s are no more! Tuesday evening at the temple of the worthy organization caught fire. Only a few charred embers remain to mark the former site. The order is by no means extinct, and a contract has already been let for the construction of a new fireproof office on the old site.
The annual installation of officers of the local Masonic and Eastern Star lodges was held at Masonic Hall last Thursday evening and was attended by a goodly number of members of the two orders and a few invited guests.
30 years ago
Boyceville Press Reporter
February 10, 1983
Junior M. Hedlund, lifelong Boyceville resident, head of Hedlund Equipment Sales, Inc., and a village board member, died Feb. 5 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident near Peru, Illinois.
Boyceville’s village board believes the $750 yearly rent increase it decided to charge the Boyceville Community Fire Dept. and the $250 yearly rent increase for the Community Ambulance Service should remain, despite objections from townships at the Jan. 31 annual meeting of the two services.
When the first good storm of the winter descended on the Midwest Feb. 2, Boyceville managed to shrug it off fairly well. Approximately 5-7 inches of dry powdery snow was deposited.