Out of the Past – 7-13-2016
10 years ago
July 12, 2006
Members of the Red Cedar Pullers LLC have worked hard to get their track ready for the group’s first tractor pull July 22 on the former Ray Knutson property south of Colfax.
The Red Cross Bloodmobile stopped June 28 at the Martin Anderson Lobby of Colfax High School. Juel Smith received a pin for donating 14 gallons.
Federal grants of $1.8 million went to 20 projects designed to improve student achievement through the use of educational technology in Wisconsin. Elk Mound is one of several schools that will receive a portion of the $100,000 awarded to CESA 10.
25 years ago
July 11, 1991
Gloria Mittelstadt and her siblings had a reunion at the Rolland Mittelstadt Sr. farm June 28-30. Gloria is the oldest of the nine children, who all ended up being adopted or raised by relatives. The brothers and sisters were separated for more than 50 years.
Opening ceremonies at UW-Stout July 10 kicked off the Third Annual AAU National Great Lakes Shootout girls basketball tournament.
Jessica Kraemer, who showed the grand champion steer at the Colfax Free Fair, noted that “Grizzly” had gained nearly four pounds per day.
35 years ago
July 16, 1981
Four great-grandchildren of Hazel Mittelstadt came to Colfax for her 91st birthday party July 10 in the village auditorium.
Colfax received a check for $5,000 from the Otto Bremer Foundation for a new rescue squad ambulance. All together, the Bremer Foundation donated $20,000 for the ambulance.
The Colfax Police Department’s new squad car went into service June 25, a blue Chevrolet Impala with a 350 V-8 engine. The new squad car replaced the Chevy Nova that had been used for years.
50 years ago
July 14, 1966
Following a strong storm on Sunday night, traffic on 170 near the Norton church was held up because of trees across the road, and there were instances of the same problem on County N and B. The top half of the Glen Boughton barn was taken away, and the William Rothbauer barn near Albertville was demolished as were barns in the Boyceville community.
Swift’s Premium slab bacon 65 cents per pound at the Farmers’ Store (where the prices are low on the brands you know!). Hunt’s Catsup (14 ounces) 5 for 95 cents. Chicken of the Sea tuna (6 ¼ ounces) 3 cans for 95 cents. Ritz crackers (1 pound) 3 packages for $1.
Solberg’s is celebrating its 17th anniversary since beginning business in Colfax as Solberg’s Shoe Repair. Ladies shorties pajamas and gowns for $1.98. Girls’ nylon Windbreaker jackets for $1.88. Free with shoes not on sale a good ball point pen or rain cape.
65 years ago
July 12, 1951
Fire caused by the electrical storm Saturday night leveled two farm residences, one farm home the property of the William Schindler family 8 miles east of Colfax and the farm residence of the Peterson Brothers two miles west of Colfax on the old river road. During the same electrical storm, five head of cattle on the Will Eder farm in Tilden were killed by lightning.
A large group of boys and girls are enrolled in the swimming class supervised by Stuart Barstad. Stuart reports that the largest attendance thus far was 75 youngsters. The group is taken for swimming lessons near Hill’s cottage at the mouth of the Red Cedar River.
Colfax stores will close Friday afternoon 2 to 4:30 during the Colfax Free Fair in order that clerks and employees may have the opportunity take part in witnessing the free acts.
100 years ago
July 14, 1916
Mike McDonald of Elk Mound was drowned in the Red Cedar River at Lake Colfax Sunday afternoon. The drag hooks and other devices of the Eau Claire fire department were procured and the work of searching for the body was kept up until Monday noon. At last dynamite was resorted to and the body was soon recovered. Mr. McDonald was a mail carrier for many years.
Colfax will soon have a new and modernly equipped dental office. Dr. Earl O. Kalk of Chippewa Falls was here last week and rented rooms over the Card Meat Market.
The Colfax Creamery is coming to the front with great rapidity of late. On Tuesday, the regular day of shipment, 168 tubs of butter were consigned out of here, the biggest shipment abroad it has ever made at one time.
The Colfax Store Company has placed 40 cars in circulation around here so far this season.