Out of the Past – 4-5-2017
10 years ago
April 4, 2007
Colfax High School student Kaitlyn Bogan has been chosen to participate in the 2007 Senate Scholar Program. Students from around the state will be participating in a week-long intensive program at the state Capitol.
Colfax police are investigating the vandalizing of two village stop signs and the paintball shooting of the Commercial Testing Lab building on Main Street.
Members of the Western Wisconsin Renewable Energy Cooperative will be receiving $1 million in dividends.
25 years ago
April 2, 1992
Extensive electrical upgrades will be performed at the Colfax Fairgrounds prior to the free fair in June at an estimated cost of $9,000. Tom Larson of Bear Valley Electric has been authorized by the village board to start the project.
The Colfax Woman’s Club will present its annual library fundraiser and style show April 4 in the Colfax High School cafeteria.
A benefit breakfast for the Joel and Lori Hilson family is planned April 5 at North Running Valley Lutheran Church. The Hilson family recently lost their barn to a fire.
There were some collectively red faces at the office of the Colfax Messenger on the morning of March 30. In the newspaper’s pages last week, it was reported that daylight saving time would begin March 29 but that bit of news was somewhat premature. Daylight saving time will actually start (cross our hearts and hope to die!) at 2 a.m. April 5.
35 years ago
April 8, 1982
The board of directors of the closed Colfax Creamery is handing out preferred stock retirement checks this week in an office established next to Iverson’s Realty on Main Street in Colfax. The creamery’s physical plant is now owned and operated by Falls Dairy Co.
Colfax’s entrants in the state-wide Music Conference performance will include Fred Schleifer, Carol Johnson, Jon Alms and Mike Gilligan. Also competing will be Marla Barstad. Alms and Barstad qualified as a vocal duet. Soloists are Gilligan, French horn; Johnson, flute; Schleifer, clarinet.
Elk Mound will send nine students to the state forensics meet in Madison: Annette Smith; Al Borgeson; Brian Timm; Tina Donaldson; Karen Berger; Roxie Creaser; Randy Jackson; Julie Krantz; and Jackie Slavsky. Each received an A rating March 27 in the district meet at UW-Eau Claire.
50 years ago
April 6, 1967
Rivers Bend is again ravaged by a rampaging Red Cedar. Water coming across Highway 170 at the village disposal plant did road damage, but despite the viciousness of the flood, little damage was sustained at the plant. At times, the water has been over the dam on Eighteen Mile Creek, with just a ripple of water to show where the dam is located.
Blood donors turned out very well in Colfax on Monday with the result that 80 pints were given. Only nine rejects were made. Recipients of two-gallon pins were Harold Meyer, Elk Mound; Lloyd Kragness, Dick Toycen and Arthur Olson, of Colfax.
After operating the Dairy Bar Cafe in Colfax for 12 years, last Friday saw Bud and Shirley Hodgson complete their last day of business. Mrs. Hilly Freestone, who owns the building, is operating the cafe for now but she prefers to sell the establishment.
65 years ago
April 3, 1952
The first Mothers and Daughters Banquet in the history of Holden Church was held April 3 by the Holden Brotherhood and was a huge success.
Readers are now only receiving four pages of the Messenger instead of eight pages. The readyprint service that served hundreds of newspapers has been discontinued at its source in Minneapolis.
Colfax High School’s five game baseball schedule will get underway Thursday, April 24, when Colfax will meet New Richmond on the “Irish” diamond in what promises to be a stiff test for the Viking’s nine that is made up mostly from last year’s Junior Legion baseball team.
100 years ago
April 6, 1917
This is no April fool joke. It took Dr. Larson to “trot” out the first auto of the season in Colfax. He was out with his Ford and took a trip around town. The doctor wore an open countenance that bore a striking resemblance of a boy with a pair of rubber boots defying the slush and elements of spring.
A county convention of the Modern Woodmen of America was held here Wednesday afternoon at Rye’s Hall. The purpose was to choose two delegates and two alternates to the state convention in Chippewa Falls which opens May 2.
The Colfax Horse Association has arranged for their second annual horse sale, which will be held here next Tuesday, beginning at 10 o’clock a.m. No entry fees will be charged but the cost to buyer and seller will be one dollar each if sale is made.