Out of the Past – 3-29-2017
10 years ago
March 28, 2007
To celebrate National Library Week, the Colfax Woman’s Club is sponsoring a coin collection to benefit the Colfax Public Library. During last year’s drive, almost $800 was collected.
This year’s Colfax High School play will be “Annie, Get Your Gun” March 30-31 and April 1 in the Martin Anderson Gymnasium. Kalyn Johnson will play Annie Oakley.
Construction of the addition to the east side of CTL Foods began March 19 with the breaking up of the blacktop on the parking lot abutting Pine Street.
25 years ago
March 26, 1992
Approximately 12 inches of snow fell March 21. By the morning of March 23, much of the new snow had already melted.
More than 60 people have applied for the open custodial/maintenance position at Colfax schools. The Colfax Board of Education at the March 16 meeting appointed Darral Otto as the maintenance supervisor, who has been working in that position since the death of Tom Prince. The person hired will take over Otto’s position.
Due to a lack of interest, the Colfax After Prom Party Committee has cancelled this year’s event scheduled for May 2-3.
35 years ago
April 1, 1982
At a special meeting March 29, the Colfax Village Board decided the village will not supply water to Colfax Agrow. The cost for a temporary lateral would be $8,000. The cost for running a water main would be $26,000. The cost to Colfax Agrow for drilling a well and installing a 10,000 gallon holding tank would be $6,000.
Four courses will be offered this summer at Colfax Elementary: children’s theater (ages 8 to 15); problem solving techniques and mathematical operations (ages 10 to 13); logic and reasoning (ages 12 to 16); and manipulating your way through math (ages 7 to 10). The courses will be taught by two university professors and two teachers from Augusta and Eau Claire.
Colleen Heimstead, 11, Elk Mound, recently won the Menomonie Optimists Tri-Star basketball contest for the fourth year in a row.
50 years ago
March 30, 1967
A committee appointed by the Civic Club president made up of Juul Noer, Robert Gregory and Del Gunderson has suggested that the village auditorium lawn is sufficiently close enough to the business section that converting the lawn to a parking lot would be of greater value than the proposed erection of a fire hall. Plans for the 42 x 70 foot fire hall have been approved by the state. A meeting of the village-township fire committee will be held March 30 at the auditorium to further discuss the plans.
The first meeting of the Nurses’ Aid Course at the Colfax Area Nursing Home will be April 5 from 2 to 4 p.m.
From “Winding Up the Yarn” by Helen Reed: Easter Sunday wasn’t exactly the kind for wearing that lovely new hat most of us bought, but some did brave the elements and wear theirs anyway.
65 years ago
April 3, 1952
Voters in the Village of Colfax turned out in good numbers in the spring primary to decide for or against the continuance of the village liquor store. Voters favored the liquor store continuance with 185 for and 150 voters against.
Three youths aged 10 to 12 caused one of the worst acts of vandalism ever to take place in Colfax Sunday afternoon at O & N Lumber Company. All of the windows were broken out of the sheds on the south side and two large windows were broken in the office. Sacks of pour-in insulation were dumped all over the yard. Cement sacks and lime sacks were cut and the contents strewn about. Hardware was damaged and destroyed. Cans of creosote were broken and poured on the lumber. One can of creosote was poured inside a delivery truck. The original damage estimate was $900, although some observers believed the amount would exceed that figure. The three boys are reported to be living within a comparatively close distance of the yard. Undersheriff Fred Einum witnessed the damage Monday morning, and other county officials looked over the damage later the same day.
Several men narrowly escaped injury when a steel beam crashed down on a milk truck at the Lofthus Motors garage in Colfax Saturday afternoon. Two mechanics, Glen Anderson and Harold Holman, were among those to escape injury when the beam crashed through the ceiling and left an 18×15 foot hole. The mechanics had jacked up the milk truck and attached chains to the steel beam to help support the weight so they could remove the rear axle. After the axle was removed, the truck swayed, knocking the jack over. The weight of the milk truck was too much for the beam.
100 years ago
March 30, 1917
A deal was closed Tuesday whereby A.C. Grunewald of Colfax, and H.G. Christianson of Moorhead, Minn., became the owners of the blacksmith shop on Market Street, purchased from C.P. Christiansen, who operated the shop for six years. The purchasers of the blacksmith shop also closed a deal on the same day for the purchase of the J.A. Freestone residence at the corner of Market and Pine Streets, both deals having been made through the Sam K. Iverson agency. Mr. Freestone also has practically closed a deal for the sale of his elevator property, the purchaser being a party from Iowa.
The Lee Mercantile Co. of Colfax has been incorporated with a capital stock of $50,000. It is the plan of the concern to open a branch store at Norton.
One day last week, $20,000 was paid out for tobacco grown in close proximity to Colfax.