Out of the Past – 5-20-2015
10 years ago
May 18, 2005
After serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army reserves for a little more than a year, Bill Yingst, K-8 principal in Colfax spoke to students, teachers, and members of the community during a Welcome Home program at the school.
Two Colfax grads recently earned degrees from Michigan Technology University including Dietrich Tice in mechanical engineering and Aaron Busche-Vold in electrical engineering.
Student speakers for the Colfax High School graduation ceremony are Danielle Grambo and Scott Johnson.
Hayley Petersen has been named Valedictorian for the Elk Mound High School senior class while Scott Johnson is the Salutatorian.
25 years ago
May 24, 1990
Alma Frogner, the last of Colfax’ Gold Star mothers, will have a place of honor when Memorial Day services are conducted in Colfax May 28. Alma’s son Edwin was one of 13 men from Colfax killed in World War II.
Colfax baseball players named to the D-SC All Conference team were Kevin Kiekhafer, Derek Horn and Darren Hoyland all second team and Chad Arntson and Dave Irwin, honorable mention. Named All Conference from Elk Mound were Randy Paulson and Paul Jain, first team, Pat Rhude, second team and Travis Janke, Corey Sivertson and Charlie Storing, honorable mention.
For softball, Beth Werner was a second team All Conference pick for Colfax and Laura Sarauer and Lori Dressel were honorable mention, and from Elk Mound Renee Rhude and Lisa Ritchie were named first team and Denise Larson and Jill Erpenbach were honorable mention.
Lisa Townsend, freshman from Elk Mound was a triple winner in the D-SC Conference meet in the triple jump, high jump and 100 m high hurdles while Tim Weidinger won the high jump and triple jump.
The Colfax girls won the D-SC Conference crown as Stacy Bjurquist won the 1600 m run, Leah Frogner the 200 m dash, Angie Stearns the shot out and the 3200 m relay team of Heidi Morning, Nicole Earnhart, Jordi Buchner and Amy Wilson.
35 years ago
May 29, 1980
The building fund for the Livestock Building at the Colfax Fairgrounds surpassed its goal of $10,000 and is now at $12,081.41.
The Colfax girls won another D-SC-championship with first places coming from Janet Rothbauer in the discus and Carol Rothbauer in the 200 m hurdles along with three relay teams.
The Colfax softball team finished with its best conference record ever at 6-1 for second place.
50 years ago
May 27, 1965
A powerful wind coming up suddenly on Tuesday morning crushed the barn on the Norris Swanson farm at Sand Creek.
In a business transaction last week, F.J. Bremer disposed of his funeral home in Colfax to the Goodrich Company of Menomonie.
Sixty four students will graduate from Colfax High School with Judy Linstedt being named the Valedictorian and Donna Higbie the Salutatorian.
Ken Bjork will represent Colfax at the Class “C” state track meet in Ripon after placing second in the mile run in the sectional meet. Rich Knutson scored a third in the 880 yard run and the shot put but did not qualify for state. In the conference meet a week earlier, Knutson set a school record in the shot put at 44’ 3/4”.
65 years ago
May 18, 1950
Two Colfax girls, Marilyn Ann Johnson and Shirley Ann Higbie received letters from Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland thanking them for toys collected for the “Tide of Toys” drive in January.
By reason of public demand, another wrestling show will be held in Eau Claire featuring Johnny Moochy vs. Mike Blazer in the main event, Doug Henderson vs. Red Bastine in the semi-final and Girl Wrestlers Romono Runquist vs. Midge LaMarr.
Rev. C.K. Malmin was greeted by large audiences in all of his churches when he preached his initial sermon at Holden, Norton and North Running Valley last Sunday.
100 years ago
May 28, 1915
Report comes to us that Mr. James E. Peterson, formerly of Colfax, was married to Miss Lucy Glidden of Eau Claire one day last week.
A special election will be held in the village for the purpose of authorizing the president and clerk to make application to the State of Wisconsin for a loan of $13,000 to erect a municipal building.
The Colfax Store Co. recently sold a silo that, it is estimated will exceed anyone in the country for size. The monster will be 52 feet high from the bottom of the pit and will be 14 feet in diameter with 38 foot staves.