Out of the Past – 10-12-2016
10 years ago
October 11, 2006
The Minneblom Milers, representing Area Nursing Home, turned in $5005.25 at the Wakanda Park site September 30. There were 36 walkers. Laurie Craft, captain of the team, said the number of participants and the money collected were doubled over last year.
Kristen Laramy and Max Munoz were crowned Homecoming Queen and King Friday night.
Western Wisconsin Energy LLC conducted a grand opening of the ethanol production plant between Wheeler and Boyceville October 6.
25 years ago
October 10, 1991
Construction of new outdoor athletic facilities has been underway at Colfax High School since mid-September. The football field is expected to be ready for use in the 1992 season, while the track and field facilities should be ready the spring of 1993. It is the first major improvement in the outdoor layout since a combination football-baseball field was built in 1937.
The Colfax Downtown Business Association announced the first annual Red Ribbon Week house decorating contest. Red Ribbon week is October 13 to 20. Displays will be judged October 16. Family prize packages will be awarded to the top displays.
Colfax Farmers’ Union stock retirement checks were handed out to Harold Olson for $5,008.63 and to Oscar Solberg for $14,209.35. The Farmers’ Union pays out stock to anyone turning 79 and to all estates.
35 years ago
October 15, 1981
Contractors for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation resurfaced Main Street the week of Oct. 5-9, making driving in the Village of Colfax a slower process.
In a little less than an hour’s time Oct. 12, the Colfax Village Board gave preliminary approval to a $473,347 bid from Merrill Gravel and Construction to build a lagoon system sewage treatment plant.
Eileen Stokke is the new proprietor at DeLuxe Beauty Salon. The Stokkes moved to the Colfax area a year ago. Eileen, born in Connorsville, graduated from Boyceville High School. Dean, born in Menomonie, manages the local Farmers’ Union Co-op. The Stokkes have two children, Jennifer, 6, and Brad, 3.
50 years ago
October 13, 1966
Headline — It’s Nearly Impossible To Get Home At Times: On Thursday, Clark Fjelsted arrived at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Fjelsted, following a hectic trip from Pensacola, Florida.
Near Beloit another car crashed into the rear of his car, causing considerable damage to his auto. After getting that little detail cleared away, Clark proceeded on his way, but near Madison, it seemed that he could scent smoke in the car, so he stopped to investigate. Upon opening the trunk, he found that luggage therein was burning. Because of the accident, the tail pipe had been bent up to the lower part of the trunk and had been able to apply enough heat to start the blaze.
When he located the fire there was nothing to do but pitch the contents of the trunk out beside the roadway, and when that was done, a fire promptly started in the grass and corn field, which necessitated the calling for help from Madison. Fire trucks, four of them, responded and succeeded in extinguishing the blaze before it endangered the farmer’s buildings.
Clark expects to spend about 60 days leave here, and he sincerely hopes that his journey to San Francisco, where he next reports for further military service, will be less exciting.
65 years ago
October 11, 1951
Thirty new loud speakers have been installed to blare forth educational radio programs, class-room orders and the paging of various individuals in the Colfax Public Schools. All of this can now be accomplished in the twinkling of an eye-lash, which is in keeping with the modern trend in education.
The body of Colfax’s first Korean war victim, Sgt. Bernard E. Scovell, will arrive in Colfax on Saturday morning of this week, October 13, on the 10:31 o’clock Soo Line Passenger train … Sgt. Scovell was killed in action in Korea on February 13, 1951, according to information received in April by his mother, Mrs. Anna Scovell.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Knoepke Jr., Route 1, Colfax, won first place in the Progress Class in the Dunn County Grassland Farming Contest. The Knoepkes reside nine miles north of Colfax in the town of Grant, just west of County Trunk “W.” The farm is made up of 360 acres of heavy clay. Only one acre was broke when his father went on the farm in 1906, and since that time, they have worked to clear a total of 130 acres.
100 years ago
October 13, 1916
Probably the largest community gathering ever assembled in Colfax gathered from far and near last Friday afternoon to see and hear U.S. Senator Robert M. LaFollette, who was scheduled to appear here about 2 o’clock P.M., and before that hour, the streets were alive with automobiles … our distinguished guest continued his course to Elk Mound and Menomonie the same evening, having spoken at Knapp, Boyceville and Wheeler before arriving at Colfax.
The Soo Line company put a crew to work here Monday on the construction of a large elevated platform to be used in loading and unloading heavy machinery, which will be a great convenience.
The Red Cedar Camp Fire Girls are to give a basket social tomorrow (Saturday) evening, in the town hall, town of Grant. Girls bring baskets with lunch for two. All are invited.