Out of the Past – 5-25-2016
10 years ago
May 24, 2006
John Bremer, a UW-Superior graduate who rose to the rank of Colonel in the Air Force and then built a successful career in the aerospace industry, and his wife, Aurelia, are pledging $1.04 million to UW-Superior. Col. Bremer came to UW-Superior from Colfax and graduated in 1965.
In recognition of 25 years of service as the Colfax superintendent, Lee Bjurquist was honored by the Class of 2006 with two plaques: one for his home and one for display at the school.
Area Nursing Home resident Agnes Zwiefelhofer celebrated her 100th birthday at a party May 14.
25 years ago
May 23, 1991
All together 59 seniors will graduate from Colfax High School May 24. Named as the top ten students are Tara Berge, Brian Buchner, Nicole Earnhart, Brenda Gullickson, Malayna Halvorson, Timothy Irwin, Kristina Peterson, Erica Popple, Elizabeth Werner and Amy Wilson.
Bill Hahn, representing the Colfax Development Corporation, told the village board his group had been approached by a person who wants to develop a 12-unit motel on the front three acres of the industrial park on Highway 40 next to First American Bank.
Digging under Highway 40 was done May 11 to extend water and sewer lines to property where Bryan and Jane Dobbs will be building a car wash. The property is across from First American Bank.
35 years ago
May 28, 1981
People’s State Bank will opening the doors to the new bank on the south side of town on June 1. A grand opening is scheduled for July 3.
The Otto Bremer Foundation, in partnership with 29 banks in the group, recently started a community scholarship program. Peoples State Bank of Colfax was the first bank to give out the scholarships, and two $500 bank money orders were given to each of two students on awards day at Colfax High School.
Employees of Northern States Power buried 55 feet of cable to the new softball field on the west side of town. Village Trustee Tom Prince, chair of the parks committee, says the field will be ready when the grass has been mowed once.
50 years ago
May 26, 1966
At the Colfax High School commencement May 26, 72 seniors will be graduating. Valedictorian of the Class of 1966 is Linda Jahr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Jahr. Salutatorian of the Class of 1966 is Ruth Ann Gotlibson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gisle Gotlibson.
Eight businesses suffered losses from thieves who were most thorough in their work early Monday morning, including Harold’s Texaco Station, Suvada’s Colfax Implement, Inland Lumber Company, Farmers Union Feed Mill, Farmers Union Oil Station, Hoyland Electric, Larson’s Service Station, and Maukstad’s “66” Service. Police Officer Ziebell went off duty at 3 a.m., so the acts must have been committed from that time and prior to daylight.
Mrs. Leon Dunbar, Mrs. Tom Hill, Mrs. Martin Olson, Mrs. Mary Braaten and Mrs. Ray Johnson attended the 10th District American Legion Auxiliary Conference in Chetek Saturday. The local unit received three awards: the unit history book; membership; and for the Child Welfare report.
65 years ago
May 24, 1951
James Hjort, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hjort, is the valedictorian of the Colfax High School Class of 1951 with an average of 96.3. Mary Ann Setter is the salutatorian with an average of 94.7. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Axel Setter. The class of 1951 had 48 graduates.
Eighteen fisherman caught over a ton of fish in Canada. Arnold Lofthus was a member of the fishing party. The 18 fishermen visited near Sioux Lookout in Ontario and left on Sunday and returned last Friday. The group traveled in several automobiles, stayed in six cabins and used six boats, traveling from 10 to 28 miles by water every day they fished. The large catch included lake trout, northern pike, walleyes, and white fish.
A beautiful new altar was dedicated at the Methodist church May 13 by Rev. Folkestad. The altar is of white oak and was given in memory of the late Mr. Bowman Larson.
100 years ago
May 26, 1916
Hartvil Fjelsted has returned from Canada. He is one of the strong spokes in our base ball team and his presence in the lineup again will strengthen matters materially.
The Elenora Olson Concert Co. will give a program at the Opera House May 31, for the benefit of the Red Cedar Camp Fire. Tickets 25 cents and 35 cents. Reserved seats at Noer’s Drug Store, beginning May 27th.
The second annual “good roads day” for Colfax is being planned for Friday, June 2. All who are interested in good roads are requested to turn out and help to make some roads better on that day. If you have no team, bring your shovel and help what you can.