Dusting Off the Files

Posted 5/1/24

95 Years Ago – May 2, 1929

On Tuesday the last train was run on the Fairchild and Northeastern Railroad extending from Fairchild to Greenwood, the company having secured permission …

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Dusting Off the Files


95 Years Ago – May 2, 1929

On Tuesday the last train was run on the Fairchild and Northeastern Railroad extending from Fairchild to Greenwood, the company having secured permission from the Railroad Commission to discontinue service May 1.

A.E. Dickinson, residing north and east of the village of Withee, is suffering with a severely cut face, the result of an accident Friday afternoon. Mr. Dickinson was sharpening fence posts which were being cut into with a buzz saw, when the handle of his axe became caught in the saw, throwing the blade of the axe up into his face.

85 Years Ago – May 4, 1939

Shortly after noon Friday of last week the local fire company was called to extinguish a blaze that broke out in a shed used for storing junk parts at the West Side D-X service station, operated by Norman Miller.

The golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Hansen, who reside a half mile north of the village of Withee, was celebrated on Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Hansen are pioneer residents of the town of Hixon, coming to that vicinity more than 40 years ago from Rhinelander, where they first settled after coming from Denmark.

75 Years Ago – May 5, 1949

Julius Stock, tavernkeeper in the Village of Withee, today waived preliminary hearing when he appeared before Justice O.W. Parkinson, in Justice Court on a charge of selling fermented malt beverages to a minor. His case was bound over to the next term of circuit court.

65 Years Ago – April 30, 1959

Former Clerk of Circuit Court Joseph E. Frantz was found guilty of mishandling $300 in public funds while in office and was placed on probation for six months in Circuit Court Wednesday.

L.E. Bulgrin left via plane Sunday morning from Eau Claire going to Minneapolis and then to Seattle, WA, and finally to Juneau, Alaska, where he is spending the week hunting bear with Ralph Young, famed Alaska guide whom many local residents met when he attended the open house program conducted by Badger Shooters Supply last February.

55 Years Ago – May 1, 1969

SP/4 Kurt Frederickson, son of Mrs. Theone Frederickson, Withee, left Ft. Lewis, WA, April 9 for Vietnam. He writes his battery is stationed on a hill right out of Phan Theit.

Marine Second Lieutenant David A. Wirtala, son of Mrs. Vendla S. Wirtala of route 1, Withee, made his six arrested carrier qualification landings aboard the USS Lexington in the Gulf of Mexico. He is currently undergoing flight training with Training Squadron Five at the Naval Air Station at Pensacola, FL.

45 Years Ago – May 2, 1979

The Meadowview Country Club House more than double the floor space of the older section is almost completed, and a “Grand Opening” of the new facility will be held on Saturday evening, May 5.

On Tuesday, May 1, 1979, Tom and Jackie Reinke officially took over the formerly known, O-W Discount, and opened as the new owners, under the new name of O-W Sports and Liquor.

Mr. and Mrs. Thorvald Frost, Withee, announce the engagement of their daughter Renae to Steven O’Konski, Owen, son or Mr. and Mrs. Edmund O’Konski, Waukegan, IL. Wedding plans are indefinite.

35 Years Ago – May 4, 1989

The Owen-Withee Action Club sponsored Grandparents Day on Friday, April 28 at the elementary school. Over 200 grandparents registered that day with 135 staying to eat lunch with their grandchildren.

25 Years Ago – May 5, 1999

A new Antique, Craft and Floral shop is now open in Withee. Mary Ann Tytor, owner/manager, with assistant Shelley Hamm, opened the O-W Antique, Craft and Floral Shop on April 26. This shop is found on Mill Street in the former Pogo’s Hardware Store.

Owen Mayor Al Gajewsky reported to the Owen City Council on April 13 that the 75th Birthday Committee has been appointed and met for the first time Sunday, April 11. The co-chairmen for the group are Mary Ellen Hughes and Hazel Ring.

15 Years Ago – May 6, 2009

On Monday, April 27, a tractor trailer rig went into the ditch while trying to make the corner from a road he was not supposed to be on. Willow Road is posted from Withee east to N. West Street/Fairground Avenue as it is off limits to semis because of the 10-ton limit on High Bridge.