Out of the Past – 2-20-2013
10 years ago – February 19, 2003
World Financial Group, an international company, is expanding its operations to Colfax and the Chippewa Valley through the appointment of Jeff Foster, a 10 year resident of rural Colfax.
Jake Varnes and Emma Frederick-Schecter were crowned Colfax Winter Carnival King and Queen Feb. 14.
The Colfax girls won their fourth straight game Feb. 14 when they avenged an earlier loss to Elmwood 50-34. The Vikings are now 12-5 in conference play.
25 years ago – February 18, 1988
Marion Knutson won the All Events category at the Colfax Women’s Bowling Association tournament. Patti Wilson won the singles competition and Wilson and Mary Aspen claimed the doubles title.
Larry Osterberg of Colfax was elected second -vice president of the Wisconsin FFA Alumni during the state convention held in Eau Claire Feb. 12-14.
After winning in a wrestleback 1-0 in overtime over Shawn Cormican of Boyceville, Colfax wrestler Dennis Schindler placed second at the regional tournament and will move on to the sectional meet. Jamie Leornard placed fourth after she won her first match but lost the next two.
35 years ago – February 23, 1978
The Colfax boys, a Class C team, defeated Stanley-Boyd, a team that is highly rated in the WIAA Class B division, by a score of 94-51 as Mike Kiekhafer came off the bench to lead the Vikings with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Colfax then played their last home game Feb. 17 and beat Arkansaw 87-53 as Bob Fehr was the high scorer for the Vikings with 21 points.
Viking Jerry Marko placed fourth at the sectional wrestling tournament in Amery, losing 1-0 in the third place match to end his season.
A train derailment two miles east of the village resulted in nine Soo Line cars jumping the tracks. Traffic on the track was blocked for nearly 20 hours before train movement on the line could continue.
50 years ago – February 21, 1963
Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Hilson of Plainfield, Ill. are the parents of a daughter born Feb. 6. She has been named Karen Kay.
Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Thorson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at Good Shepherd Church in Eau Claire Sunday.
Colfax’s title hungry Vikings took another giant stride toward gaining a share of the Middle Border Conference crown with a whitewashing of the River Falls Wildcats 81-58. Dave Olson scored 15 points in the win and Joel Vettrus added 13.
65 years ago – February 26, 1948
The wedding of Miss Estelle Muszynski and William Beckwith took place in Eau Claire Feb. 14 at St. Patrick’s parsonage.
A benefit basketball game with the proceeds going to the Garden Club will take place March 5 with the teams being the Fat Men against the Lean Men followed by the Fat Women against the Lean Women.
Alfred Sundstrom, seven-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Sundstrom, had the misfortune of breaking his right leg while playing with several boys at the Colfax Public Schools.
100 years ago – February 28, 1913
Miss Josephine Toycen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Toycen of Sand Creek, died at the home of her parents of tuberculosis last Saturday. Miss Toycen was born at Sand Creek in the year of 1892, making her age at the time of her death about 20 years.
AN ICONOCLAST: Early to bed and early to rise does very good for sick folk and guys, but it makes a man miss all the fun till he dies, and joins the stiffs that are gone to the skies. Go to bed when you please and lie at your ease, you’ll die just the same from some Latin disease. — Ex.
An enthusiastic meeting of 125 farmers convened at Rye’s Hall Monday afternoon and formerly subscribed to over $12,000 worth of stock in the Colfax Store Company, and a very harmonious meeting was had.