Out of the Past – 10-19-2016
10 years ago
October 18, 2006
Colfax FFA was the winner of the Tri-County Soil Judging Contest hosted by Dunn County October 4. Team members included Sophia Secraw, Mark Tuschl, Travis Berge and Trystan Beyrer.
The Colfax Fire Board approved a budget of $111,817 for 2007, representing a $10,000 increase over the 2006 budget. Following the discussion of a new fire hall, the fire board decided to have the fire hall lot surveyed to determine the exact locations of the property lines.
The Colfax Village Board directed John Jahr, clerk, to contact Ayres Associates to invite a representative to make a proposal for a concept and budget plan for improvements to the Cenex building. The building is expected to house the street maintenance shop, the rescue squad and the police department. At the June 12 meeting, the village board approved borrowing $275,000 to purchase the Cenex warehouse. The village has $120,000 saved for building a new maintenance shop.
25 years ago
October 17, 1991
Ida Jessel celebrated her 100th birthday at Area Nursing Home October 8.
Colfax FFA members participated in judging contests at World Dairy Expo in Madison October 4. They included Jason Winget, Jim Lathrop, Heather Dobbs, Amy Ewings, Krome Burke-Scoll, Jason Hagberg, Wayne Tuschl, Justin Albricht, Marty Harmon and Jessy Hill.
A disaster drill was held in Colfax October 12. About 34 different agencies from Dunn County, Eau Claire County and Chippewa County participated. Events centered around a simulated chemical spill at the Cenex fertilizer plant on East Railroad Avenue.
35 years ago
October 22, 1981
John Ackerlund, Colfax High School freshman, tied for second place in Midwest dairy cattle judging at World Dairy Expo in Madison October 3. Ackerlund was the individual winner in Holstein judging. The Colfax FFA team ranked 31st out of 145 entries. Additional team members were Bob Higbie, Russ Burton and Julie Bates.
Colfax OK Hardware will be sponsoring a welding clinic November 16 at 8:30 p.m. Learn five ways to weld.
A Halloween Party with music by Midnight Rhythm Band will be held Saturday, October 31, at the Colfax Fire Hall from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Prizes for costumes.
50 years ago
October 20, 1966
Cited for conducting the most outstanding child welfare program in the 10th District of the American Legion, the American Legion of Wisconsin Russell-Toycen Post No. 131 has been recognized with an award from the national Organization of the Legion.
Postmaster A. Ruth Anderson urged all those who have not done so yet to send in their “ZIP-A-LIST” forms to add ZIP Codes to personal mailing lists. Every household in the nation has received the forms with blanks for addresses to which residents wish the post office to add the five number codes.
Late Saturday night, Roland Breezee was returning to his home in Otter Creek when just past Art Johnson’s driveway, a wolf dashed in front of his car and was killed.
65 years ago
October 18, 1951
A quota of 240 blood donors has been set for Colfax and six townships in the area for the Red Cross blood drive November 5 in the Colfax auditorium. An army recruiter recently returned from Korea said there is a “real war” going on over there and blood is given in only almost-sure survival cases.
Two of the Middle Border top football teams will battle it out Friday when Colfax plays Menomonie at the Menomonie Indians’ homecoming.
D.J. Toycen won two tickets for the Wisconsin-Indiana football game at Madison November 3. Toycen was one of two high-point agents in Wisconsin for the past week in sales of Illinois Mutual Casualty Insurance in the accident, health and hospital line.
100 years ago
October 20, 1916
Headline: Dobbyn Not Dead! — A few weeks ago, the Messenger, along with a number of other newspapers in this section, contained a notice of the reported death of Wm. R. Dobbyn. The report was unfounded. Mr. Dobbyn is very much alive. The following letter was written by him to friends in Chippewa Falls and published in the Independent.
“I am not dead. At least if I am, I do not know it. But our little Dorothea has gone. She died July 4th of typhoid fever. Tell the papers to contradict the report. I never felt better in all my life, save for the awful sorrow which weighs me down.”
Mr. Fred Potratz, auditor for the Midland Lumber Co., was here last Saturday from Minneapolis arranging for the erection of a new and greatly enlarged lumber house on their grounds here.
A reward of $5 is hereby offered by the village board of Colfax for the arrest and conviction of any person or persons marking buildings, windows or disturbing in any way the people of said village.