Out of the Past – 3-1-2017

Out of the Past – 3-1-2017

10 years ago
February 28, 2007

Colfax firefighters responded to two fires last week. A midmorning alarm sent them to the Harold Albricht farm southwest of Colfax Feb. 20. A heater malfunction is thought to have ignited a couple hundred gallons of oil stored in the former two-car garage. Two days later a passing motorist saw smoke coming from the home of Joseph Jr. and Camille Stelzer on 940th Street south of Colfax.

Colfax Lutheran Church will be the host for the annual “Sing Thing” concert 2 p.m. March 4.

Ryan Lausted of Colfax has been recognized nationally by the American Angus AssociationSM for having one registered Angus cow included in the Association’s 2007 PathfinderSM report. Only 2,324 of the more than 34,000 American Angus Association members were represented in this year’s report. 

25 years ago
February 27, 1992

It is time to start thinking about filling an employment vacancy created by the death of Tom Prince, the Colfax school board was informed Feb. 17. Prince died unexpectedly in December.

A smoke-stained foundation and silo was all that remained following a pre-dawn fire Feb. 20 at the Joel Hilson farm seven miles north of Colfax. Lost in the fire were 45 head of Holstein milk cows, 15 head of young stock, 5,000 bales of hay, 1,500 bales of straw and 5,000 bushels of high moisture corn. Four generations of Hilsons have operated the farm. It was started by Gilbert Hilson in 1896.

A nine-pin tap bowling tournament sponsored by the Colfax Rescue Squad is planned Feb. 29 – March 1 at Viking Bowl in Colfax. Proceeds will be used to buy two defibrillator units for the rescue squad.

35 years ago
March 4, 1982

For some students at Colfax High School it was their first day ever on skis. Larry Kochendorfer and Pat Groskopp, phys ed instructors, led a group on a three-mile cross country trek Feb. 23 near the village.

Games, cards and Scrabble with prizes will be part of Senior Citizens Fun Day at 10 a.m. March 4 at the Colfax Municipal Building. 

Top place in the recent Colfax Women’s Bowling Association tournament at Colfax Viking Bowl belongs to the Viking Bowl II team of Pat Knutson, Ruth Brown, Marion Knutson, Diane Haugle and Marilyn Borofka. 

50 years ago
March 2, 1967

Colfax students from grades 4 to 8 studied the Minnesota Tribune spelling word list and held a room contest Feb. 17. Winners who again participated Feb. 24 were Barbara Johnson, Violet Larson, Jean Olson, Lois Schindler, Betty Hoff, Bruce Rundle and Mary Broken. Barbara Johnson won the local contest, and Jean Olson was the second place winner. Barbara will represent Colfax at the county contest in Elk Mound March 11. 

Ready to begin doing volunteer work at the Colfax Nursing Home are three Volunteens: Susan Hill, John Busse and Eugene Gundlach. The girls will wear a blue and white striped pinafore over a white blouse, and after twelve hours of volunteer work, they receive a cap. The boys wear a white jacket and receive an emblem after twelve hours. The Colfax Woman’s Club is sponsoring the training.

Adults of the Colfax farmer class will reconvene on Tues., Mar. 7, at 8:15 p.m. in the agriculture room of the high school. 

65 years ago
February 28, 1952

A capacity and near record crowd of 220 men attended the 30th annual Fathers-Sons Banquet at Luther Hall on Monday evening, the event being sponsored by the Colfax Lutheran Church Brotherhood. 

Colfax High School basketball Middle Border champions proved the class of their championship here Friday night by handing a 69 to 50 beating to Chetek’s Lakeland champions.

Dr. F.R. Hanson, a native of Sand Creek, is one of two research chemists who have contributed important knowledge in the field of antibiotics. Dr. Hanson, who graduated from Colfax High School in 1939, worked with Thomas R. Eble to isolate an antibiotic (fumagillin) to stop an infectious disease of honey bees. It is also living up to its promise of becoming good medicine for amebic dysentery. 

100 years ago
March 2, 1917

Our esteemed townsman, Geo. T. Vorland, had another honor handed to him at the meeting of Group No. 1 of Wisconsin Bankers in session at Eau Claire last week, when he was chosen as president. 

W.E. VanBrunt holds the distinction of having shipped the first car load of hogs and the first of cattle to the new packing plant in New Richmond. The car load of cattle was shipped Monday and consisted of 26 head with a total weight of 22,065 pounds. 

Report comes from Downing that C.M. Snyder, a former resident of Colfax, died at his home there Monday night from an attack of acute indigestion.