Out of the Past – 8-3-2016
10 years ago
August 2, 2006
John Dachel, Colfax High School principal, began his duties July 1, taking over for Dennis Geissler, now superintendent of schools after the retirement of Lee Bjurquist.
Drought meetings to help farmers better deal with the drought are scheduled August 2 in Balsam Lake; August 3 in Menomonie; August 4 in Barron and August 8 in Chippewa Falls.
Grading work has been performed in the early stages of construction of the newest street in Colfax on Elm Street between Bremer and Fifth on the west side of the industrial park.
First Bank & Trust celebrated the first anniversary of the opening of its new Colfax branch office in the industrial park with an open house July 28, complete with food, refreshments and the close harmony of the Red Cedar Sounds.
25 years ago
August 1, 1991
Crazy Day on Saturday, August 3 — subscribe to the Colfax Messenger for 52 issues for $10. Six hour sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Classified ads: LOST — Pet Cocktail, grey with orange on cheeks and yellow top knot. Reward $25.
At the July 22 Colfax Village Board meeting: Looking ahead to 1992, Dunbar [Kathy] noted the village would have to take another look at Railroad Avenue. “That thing is just like driving on a marshmallow,” she said.
Approximately 30 people attended the annual meeting of the School District of Colfax July 22 and set a tax levy of $1.46 million.
35 years ago
August 6, 1981
Attendance was down at the Colfax Crazy Day Sale August 1, likely due to heavy rains which kept people indoors most of the day.
Construction estimates to replace the Elk Mound Elementary School built in 1920 range from $1.19 million to $2.2 million.
Friends helped celebrate Helmar Saalsaa’s 91st birthday at the Colfax Community Center July 30. When the Saalsaas were married on Friday the 13th (November 1970), Marie and Nels Nelson of Baldwin witnessed the ceremony in Baldwin Memorial Hospital. The pastor was hospitalized.
50 years ago
August 4, 1966
Crazy Daze on Saturday, August 6 – starts at 9 a.m. and culminates with a street dance with live music by the Top Notchmen. All together, 30 merchants were scheduled to participate with in-store and sidewalk specials.
Ronald J. Horn, instructor at the Colfax High School, is among fifty teachers from all over the United States selected to participate in a National Science Foundation Summer Institute in mathematics at the University of Maine July 11 to August 19.
From Winding Up the Yarn by Helen Reed: Mrs. Amelia Laman didn’t get her Messenger one week and when we mailed her one, she wrote us a note, which we prize: I don’t know where last week’s Messenger got lost. It is the first time that has happened. We have taken the Messenger since it first was started by Mr. Chase. He was my teacher when I went to school … [A.C. Chase started the Messenger in 1897.]
65 years ago
August 2, 1951
Radio listeners with FM sets are again invited to turn their dials to 88.3 megacycles and hear Colfax’s state FM station during the last three days of this week when a number of special programs of interest to farm and home will be broadcast in addition to the good regular features.
The Northwestern railroad has turned down the request of Menomonie people to have the 400 stop at Menomonie Junction on the grounds that another stop would delay the train schedule [400 miles in 400 minutes].
Monday, July 30, marked the first intake of cucumbers from the 1951 crop at the local pickling station of the Reid-Murdoch Company.
100 years ago
August 4, 1916
Twenty-two mail sacks of Sears Roebuck catalogs were received here Monday morning for the people of this locality.
We will have a chicken car here on August 22. Call on us or ‘phone us what you will have to sell. — Colfax Meat Market
Colfax Mill and Power Plant — Let us wire your buildings and furnish you with electric lights, the safest and best lights to be had. Feed grinding a speciality. We sell feed in large or small quantities. — Larson & Sons, Proprietors