Out of the Past – 1-11-2016

Out of the Past – 1-11-2016

10 years ago
January 10, 2007

Kirkwood’s IGA presented five employees with service awards: Kirk Secraw (5 years); Kyle Kressin (15 years); Kristina Sterns (5 years); Bunny Geissler (5 years); Sandy Dreger (20 years). 

A proposal to open a sand mine on the Darold Lausted property south of Tainter United Methodist Church received a public hearing at the Town of Tainter Plan Commission January 3.

Bloomer Medical Center and the Bloomer Area Theatrical Society will present “The Mystery of Montley’s Manor” at the Pines Ballroom Jan. 19-21 and Jan. 26-28.

25 years ago
January 9, 1992

Donors contributed 85 pints of blood when the Red Cross Bloodmobile stopped at Colfax Lutheran Church New Year’s Eve.

Andy Meade, Colfax boys’ basketball coach, celebrated his 100th victory since coming to Colfax 7 ½ years ago when the Vikings won 73-58 over Elmwood Jan. 3 in Colfax. 

The 13th annual Old Fashion Ice Fishing Contest will be held Jan. 19 at Elk Point. More than $3,500 in prizes will be given away.

35 years ago
January 14, 1982

Colfax firefighters and units from Chippewa Falls responded to a pig barn fire at Vernon Schindler’s place in the Town of Howard January 7. Three sows and four litters were lost, totaling 51 head.

How best to meet the water needs of Colfax Agrow, a new Colfax business, was one of the major questions village board members wrestled with at their Jan. 11 session.

A windstorm July 15, 1980, destroyed the old United Methodist Church in Elk Mound, but on Christmas Eve 1981, an overflow crowd came to worship in the new edifice.

50 years ago
January 12, 1967

Christmas mail was the heaviest in the history of the United States Post Office. Nationally, nearly 9 billion pieces of mail were delivered, an increase of 1.8 billion over last year. In Colfax, approximately 55,000 pieces of first class mail (which was an increase over last year) were delivered. Mail to Vietnam for November and December totaled nearly 18 million pounds. More than 12 million pounds were sent by air from San Francisco and Seattle in history’s most extensive mail air lift. 

The heaviest January snowfall in many years blasted Colfax last week. Beginning Thursday night, the storm continued unabated through Friday, Friday night and Saturday. By Sunday afternoon, trails had been shoveled around homes and out to the streets, and residents were busily engaged in getting their driveways cleared. 

Deepwood Ski Report: a packed base of up to 25 inches; new snow covering of 18 inches. Skiing is very good.

65 years ago
January 10, 1952

A large number of people locally and from out of town turned out to pay their final tribute to Olaf Olson at funeral services held at the Colfax Lutheran Church last Friday. All together, 49 people came from out of town from as far away as Kentucky and Michigan to pay their respects. Mr. Olson was killed when the car in which he was a passenger was struck by a train at the Main Street crossing.

A very bold theft took place early Saturday morning at about 5:30 o’clock when Carl Wichlidal’s 1941 Ford was stolen from its parking place less than ten feet feet in front of his cottage on Lake Tainter. The vehicle was recovered the same afternoon near Zener’s Tavern on County Trunk A, about 9 miles north of Colfax. The thieves also went through Elmer Stene’s milk truck from which they stole Colfax Cooperative Creamery milk checks and a quantity of cheese. The 1941 Ford ran over an embankment and the front end was badly wrecked. The windshield was broken, the front fender, wheel, frame and body on the driver’s side badly damaged to the extent of about $350. An attempt was made to steal Clifford Wait’s automobile in an effort to continue the getaway, but fortunately for Wait, the thieves were unable to get his vehicle started. 

The entire proceeds of all skates sharpened at Dahlgren’s Auto Body shop at 25 cents a pair between the dates beginning January 12 through January 19, inclusive, will go to the polio fund.

100 years ago
January 12, 1917

That a large congenial crowd will be present at the next dance in the Auditorium Jan. 19 is an assured fact. A seven-piece orchestra from the Third Regiment Band of Marshfield has been engaged at big expense for this special occasion, and the evening should prove a pleasing success. The nominal charge of one dollar is being made for dance tickets. Everybody welcome. 

The annual meeting of the Colfax Produce Co. was held Monday afternoon at their new store building on South Main Street with a large attendance. The matter of opening up a general store was the main topic of discussion, and it was decided to proceed. 

With the mercury at 25 below zero yesterday morning, we were quite forcibly reminded that Winter was still “in charge” of weather conditions.