Out of the Past – 9-14-2016
10 years ago
September 13, 2006
Colfax High School’s graduating class of 1935 held a 71-year reunion August 28 at the Cenex Restaurant at Exit 45 in Menomonie. It’s believed that 22 of the original class of 55 members are still alive. Four of the classmates will celebrate their 90th birthday this year, including Erling Olson, Olin Rude, Melvina Evenson and Norman Larson.
Marilyn Hoyt, Dunn County deputy clerk for 22 years, will become county clerk January 2 when Lorraine Hartung retires as county clerk.
The Colfax High School band marched at Colfax in the Firemen’s Ball parade Saturday, and they also participated in the Rustic Lore Days parade in Glenwood City on Sunday. They were one of eight bands at Glenwood City and placed fourth in the competition.
25 years ago
September 12, 1991
Residents of the Elk Mound school district will be asked to approve a school building program of about $4.5 million later this fall to construct a new building for grades K-5, convert the present elementary-junior high into a middle school and the addition of six classrooms onto the high school.
Homecoming is being celebrated this week at Colfax High School. Week-long activities come to a climax September 13 with the annual parade, football game and dance at the school. The parade will start at 2 p.m. following a pep rally in the school gymnasium.
Leading the line-up of bands in the Firemen’s Ball parade September 7 was the Colfax High School band directed by Jim Woodford. Because it represented the host community, the band was not eligible to earn prizes but it received a high score from the judges. The band was recently a first-place winner during competition at the Minnesota State Fair.
35 years ago
September 17, 1981
John Jahr, village clerk-treasurer, said he had spoken with the village’s attorney — William Thedinga — and learned the downtown section of Colfax could be declared a blighted area, which may help the village qualify for a community development block grant.
Cart’s Place in the Village of Colfax unveiled a fresh look September 11 with a 32-seat dining room. It took a month-long remodeling to bring the Dahls’ dream to a reality.
Even though his car doesn’t look like much anymore, Tony Govin, Rusk, doesn’t mind as he shows off the championship trophy he won in the Firemen’s Ball demolition derby September 13. Eugene Roemhild, Knapp, took second place.
50 years ago
September 15, 1966
Fall begins a week from Friday — the 23rd — and a sure sign of the season are the church-sponsored Norwegian smorgasbords and the lutefisk and meatball suppers.
Leon Dunbar, Dave and Orvil Hovre and Gerald Larson spent Thursday in Minneapolis where they viewed the new ‘67 Chevrolets.
With a huge crowd and fine weather in its favor, Wild Bill’s Riders’ Saddle Club of Albertville staged another successful horse show Sunday afternoon. Jiggs, owned and ridden by Lyle Christianson, a member of the Colfax Saddle Club, had the honor of winning the high-point trophy.
65 years ago
September 13, 1951
Construction on the new $161,000 Colfax sewage disposal plant will start sometime between October 1 and October 15. The Bloomer Truck and Shovel Co. is the contractor for the new disposal plant.
Two new brick pillars were completed last week at the entrance to the village cemetery. The project was completed through arrangement of the Colfax Garden Club. The new pillars are of brick construction, 5 ½ feet high and 38 inches through, the labor being done by Gus Christianson and Melvin Hendrickson.
Colfax’s red and white football warriors showed definite signs of promise in a fairly handy 25 to 0 conquest of a stubborn Baldwin eleven at Baldwin under the lights on Friday night.
100 years ago
September 15, 1916
While out hunting chickens last Sunday, J.A. Freestone narrowly escaped being the cause of a fatal mishap. He and J.L. Smith were hunting together and as Smith passed through a field of standing corn, Freestone sauntered alongside the corn field, and as a chicken flew up, he supposed Smith was farther to the rear and fired at the bird and hit his companion who was in line but not in view.
What might have proven a fatal accident occurred at the stone yard here Monday morning when Leo Wheeler was caught in a running shaft. It seems the rope in the top of the mill needed repairs and Mr. Wheeler was sent up to measure for repairs, but in passing the running machinery, his clothing got caught in a shaft and before it could be stopped the unfortunate man was whirled around the shaft and all of his clothing torn from him and fearful injury inflicted about his loins, and so serious that it was thought best to remove him to the hospital at Chippewa Falls at once.