Out of the Past – 6-8-2016
10 years ago
June 7, 2006
Sparks from the smoldering burn pile at the Dunn County waste and recycling station near Colfax ignited nearby grass May 31. The Colfax fire department responded with two brush trucks and a tanker.
Lorraine Christianson, Gold Star Mother, rode in the Colfax fire department’s antique fire truck in the Colfax Memorial Day Parade May 29. She was chauffeured by Rick Hainstock, fire chief.
Cara Shane, Colfax High School junior, received the 2006 Yale Book Award, “How Democratic is the American Constitution?” by Robert Dahl, a professor emeritus of Political Science at Yale University. The Yale Alumni Association awards books annually to juniors who are chosen by principals and counselors for outstanding character and intellectual promise.
25 years ago
June 6, 1991
A new addition was constructed recently for the Colfax FFA Alumni food stand at the Colfax Fairgrounds to provide an additional covered seating area.
Members of the 22ers 4-H Club will hold a car wash June 8 to help pay for Krishona Bjork’s trip to Washington D.C.
The Colfax Village Board received a complaint about neighbors burning “all kinds of materials in the yard just about every day at all hours.” The village’s current ordinance allows paper and other acceptable material to be burned in a covered burn barrel. Village board members said they would look into writing a new ordinance.
35 years ago
June 11, 1981
Steve Croes of Spring Valley coaxed his draft horses onto the Colfax Farmers Union scale prior to the June 7 horse pull at the Colfax Fairgrounds sponsored by the Red Cedar Saddle and Harness Club. The four horses weighed a total of 6,240 pounds.
The Colfax Bike-A-Thon for Cystic Fibrosis in early May raised $737. Receiving prizes for collecting the most money were Richie Jenson; Dan Neitzel; Don Foslid; Steve Hoff; Jon Juedes; Liberty Ayres; and Carmen Cutting. Receiving prizes for the most miles were Michelle Johnson; Derek Horn; Mike Lee; Jeff Prince; Jerry Benish; and Beth Higbie.
Three teams of Little League players got in an hour of practice at Colfax’s new village ball field June 8. Four Little League teams planned to play the first double-header June 9. As of June 4, the village had spent $25,783 on the new ballpark, with the state returning $12,198 under the Outdoor Recreation Aids program. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources approved a $30,000 project on a 50-50 basis. John Jahr, village clerk, estimated $2,800 remained.
50 years ago
June 9, 1966
A committee from the Legion Auxiliary of Mrs. Clifford Peterson, Mrs. Odd Lindberg, and Mrs. Raymond Johnson, along with Legion Commander Clifford Peterson, suggested two names for the cemetery. The Colfax Village Board and the committee agreed that Colfax Evergreen Cemetery would be a suitable name.
Motor bikes and horses have been ridden across the park foot bridge lately. Such crossings are hazardous to those making them and all persons are warned not to cross the bridge except by walking.
Once each week, water from Mirror Lake is to be tested for purity to determine whether it is in a safe condition for swimming. This week’s test showed the water to be in poor condition.
65 years ago
June 7, 1951
On the first day of the two-week Lutheran Vacation Bible School held at the Colfax grade school, 148 children enrolled.
Bus service through Barron, Wheeler and Colfax on the Indianhead Trails bus line from Hayward to Eau Claire has been approved by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.
Mrs. Lindberg, chairman of the 1951 Legion Auxiliary poppy drive in Colfax, reports it was one of the biggest ever, with a total of $176.75 being taken in.
Last week Joe Swartz caught a northern pike weighing 10 lbs, 12 oz, and measuring 37 inches. The fish was caught below the Wisconsin Hydro Electric Co. dam in the Town of Colfax.
100 years ago
June 9, 1916
The Class of 1916 is the largest that has ever graduated from the Colfax schools, consisting of fifteen members — seven boys and eight girls. Their number would have been sixteen but for the sudden death of Edward Beyrer in the early spring. His sister, Miss Mathilda, received his diploma.
Take Notice — Berry picking on my farm, located 8 miles northwest of Colfax in the town of Grant, is positively prohibited. — Ole E. Lund.
C.J. Lind won first prize, Andrew Hanson, second, and James Longdo, third, in the egg contest last Saturday at the Big Store. Over 43 cases of eggs were brought in that day — 1,290 dozen. This is the greatest number of eggs ever taken in one day in the history of the store.