Out of the Past – 1-8-2014
10 years ago – January 7, 2004
Selmer and Vernetta Larson enjoyed their Christmas holidays with 16 family members in attendance for Christmas dinner and throughout the holidays.
Jennifer Brown, age 30 of Menomonie and Michael Nordin, age 29 of Dallas died as a result of a car accident on Highway 25 in Hay River Township New Years Day.
High bowlers for the week at Viking Bowl were Lisa Lindgren with a 253 game in the Tuesday Night Teasers League and Harry Evjen with a 277 in the Monday Night Town and Country League.
25 years ago – January 5, 1989
A boy, Justin Lee, was born Dec. 19 at Luther Hospital, Eau Claire, to Greg and Jennifer Freeberg of rural Elk Mound.
The Colfax boys won the Chetek Holiday Basketball Tournament, defeating Chetek 44-36 then beating Flambeau 51-42. Jeff Prince, Pan Parzyck and Chris Stoffel were named to the All Tournament team and Stoffel was also named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Shari I. Christianson, formerly of Wheeler, was named the Outstanding Student in the Medical Records program at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire.
35 years ago – January 11, 1979
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Knutson of Ridgeland are the proud parents of a baby boy, Kyle Lloyd, born December 27 at Memorial Hospital in Menomonie. He was born on his mother’s birthday.
A fire of unknown origin destroyed the home of Laverne Valaske of Route 2, Colfax Jan. 3, and a chimney fire damaged a part of the roof of the Robert Reichart residence of Route 1, Colfax Jan. 7.
Jerry Marko won the 155 pound weight class at the Chetek Invitational Wrestling Tournament while the Colfax team placed fifth out of eight teams. Shane Bohnen was the runner up at 119 pounds and Bob Beyrer was also the runner up at 132 pounds.
50 years ago – January 9, 1964
Betty Lou Bates of Colfax and Thomas Borofka of Bloomer were married Dec. 28 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Cooks Valley.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim W. Gunderson, both formerly of Colfax, are the parents of a son, Thomas James, born Dec. 27 in LaCrosse, a daughter (no name given) was born to Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Larson Dec. 26 at Bloomer Hospital, a son Chris Allyn was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Bird Dec. 22 at Abbot Hospital in Minneapolis, a son Rodney Duane was born Jan. 2 to Mr. and Mrs Duane Hart (nee Alice Hill) at Luther Hospital, a daughter Susan Irene was born Jan. 6 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Marko at Luther Hospital and Mr. and Mrs. Warren Nelson of Chicago are the parents of a girl, Elizabeth Carol Dec. 18.
65 years ago – January 13, 1949
Legionnaires voted to change the name of their post from Orrin Russell Post No. 131 to the Russell -Toycen Post to honor the first war dead of both World War I (Orrin Russell) and World War II (Dermont Toycen).
The Colfax Blackhawks, local city team, were treated to a ding-dong basketball battle Saturday afternoon at Elk Mound, coming through with a well-earned 37-34 win. “Jerry” Schwartz led the scoring with 12 points.
The Colfax High School cagers gained a 40 to 31 victory over a make-shift alumni team here Friday night. Tom Prince, alumni forward led both teams in scoring with 12 points, Rogstad, high school forward scored 11 points and Clyde Prince, high school forward added nine points.
100 years ago – January 16, 1914
Mr. Carl Krause, formerly of Colfax, and Miss Mary L. Wheaton were married on Jan. 1 at the home of the bride’s parents in Morris, Minn.
While repairing a small gasoline tank and soldering the faucet, Gunder Madison had a narrow escape from a serious, if not fatal injury as the whole end of the tank was blown out. He escaped with a few bad gashes as luckily he was not in line with it.
Otto Peterson, who had been visiting relatives in this locality, left Wednesday on his return trip to Western Canada where he has a claim.