Out of the Past – 7-6-2016
10 years ago
July 5, 2006
More than 60 years after landing on a carrier deck for the last time, a Colfax High School graduate has received some long overdue honors. Orville Peterson, 85, Grapeview, Washington, has received a second Distinguished Flying Cross and seven Air Medals stemming from his service as a dive bomber pilot in the Pacific Theatre in 1944.
Plans are to move several, if not all, of the village government departments into the Cenex warehouse building after it is remodeled. The village will pay Farmer’s Union $275,000 for the building on Railroad Avenue.
Visitors to the Colfax Free Fair donned helmets and safety gear to take a shot at scaling the simulated rock wall that was part of the Army National Guard exhibit near the midway.
25 years ago
July 4, 1991
Wrist band day was June 27 at the Colfax Free Fair. By buying a wrist band for $7, youngsters had access to unlimited rides from 1-5 p.m.
On July 9-10, Colfax citizens will spend time in jail at Hovre Chevrolet during the American Cancer Society’s Jail & Bail.
Rhythm Breakout Mobile Dance Club — teen dance, Friday, July 5, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Colfax Auditorium. Ages 13 to 18.
35 years ago
July 9, 1981
Raymond Johnson and Genevieve Noer, both of Colfax, earned their four-gallon pins June 3 when the Red Cross Bloodmobile visited Colfax’s Village Hall. Officials reported 112 units of blood were donated.
Bank officials said more than 1,000 people attended the grand opening celebration on July 3 of the new Peoples State Bank on the south side of Colfax.
Midtown Grocery — drawing is every Saturday at 3 p.m. Win $50 worth of groceries or a $100 savings bond.
50 years ago
July 7, 1966
Forty members of the Colfax Saddle Club held a camp out at their arena Friday evening. At present the Colfax Saddle Club has a membership of seventy-eight.
Mrs. Hjalmer Lind suffered a dislocated elbow of her left arm and bruises and torn ligaments of the left knee while helping to hay last Thursday. Surgery was performed on the knee at Luther Hospital.
“Winding up the Yarn” column by H.G.R. (Helen Reed, wife of publisher Ken Reed) — Travel broadens one — but so does sitting at home in an easy chair. And — happiness is taking off a pinchy, hot girdle at the end of a torrid, humid day.
65 years ago
July 5, 1951
Colfax is a Saturday night town — and it will be that way in the future. Twenty-eight Colfax Commercial Club members present at a meeting Monday night voted unanimously to keep stores open on Saturday nights until 9 o’clock.
The Colfax Lutheran Men’s Club is sponsoring a Cub Scout Pack for boys ages 8 to 11. In the Pack are David Anderson Jr., Frederick Bremer, John Bremer, Thomas Brunstad, Larry Christianson, David Henderson, Jerry Higbie, Lynn Keilholz, Grant Krause, William Larson, Arthur Nabbefeld, Frederick Olson, Robert Peterson, Mark Scott, Ronald Solberg, Bruce Sundstrom, Kenneth Tape, John Whitney, Robert Ziebell, and James Knutson.
Delmar Kressin and Harold Puhl are working at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. They are doing sheet metal work.
100 years ago
July 7, 1916
Colfax’s second Chautauqua is drawing near, a time when this entire community will be afforded the opportunity of enjoying the very highest form of entertainment and educational instruction. $2 for adults. $1 for students not yet in high school. Two programs each day. July 14 to July 21.
That Colfax lost to the Eau Claire Campens last Sunday is no discredit to the local boys. They played excellent base ball and were it not for several bad errors at third, would have won behind the superb hurling of “Red” Beyrer, who hails from Camp Douglas. Final score was 4 to 2.
A girl over at Eau Claire was fined for lifting her skirts too high in passing a muddy crossing. The officers over there must be a bunch of dead ones. Here in Colfax we don’t care how high they hold them — over their dear little heads if they want to.