Dusting Off the Files

Posted 5/15/24

95 Years Ago – May 16, 1929

Eddie Thorson, banjo artist, and Rolland Haire, tenor, of Owen, featured the concert of the senior high school at Eau Claire last Friday afternoon and …

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Dusting Off the Files


95 Years Ago – May 16, 1929

Eddie Thorson, banjo artist, and Rolland Haire, tenor, of Owen, featured the concert of the senior high school at Eau Claire last Friday afternoon and evening when they appeared with a clever vaudeville skit.

Clare Krom is confined to the hospital at Chippewa Falls with an infection in his head, and is reported to be in quite a serious condition. On Friday of last week he fell on the basement stairs of his father’s store, and cut a small gash in his head. He was given medical attention at once, but his injury did not improve and Monday he was taken to the hospital for further treatment.

Highway 29, west of Withee was closed to travel on Monday afternoon of this week and work of cutting down the hill at the Black River bridge has been in progress all week. Next week, work will be started in the construction of the new bridge, which will replace the old steel one. The new bridge will be of steel and concrete and will have two 80 foot spans.

85 Years Ago – May 18, 1939

A registered Guernsey cow has recently been sold by Jake Janssen to Henry Laube of Owen. This animal is Fawn Beauty May 421817 according to the American Guernsey Cattle Club.

75 Years Ago – May 19, 1949

Thursday night of last week a torrid 14 week shuffleboard competition was wrapped up as Sturgeon’s Tavern won the coveted title of “champs.”

65 Years Ago – May 14, 1959

When the Clark County Hospital held an “open house” a week ago in observance of National Mental Month a record crowd was registered.

Edward Wendt, plant manager, Western Condensing Co., Owen, was among foremen and supervisors attending a three-day advanced supervisory institute on the University of Wisconsin campus recently.

55 Years Ago – May 15, 1969

The Associated Colleges of the Midwest has announced the selection of 15 college students to participate in the 1969-70 Central American Field Studies Program. Among those selected is John Kallio, son of Mr. and Mrs. Toivo Kallio, route 2, Owen. Kallio will be representing Cornell College of Mt. Vernon, IA. The Central American Field Studies Program is organized to offer advanced students in biology and the social sciences opportunities to participate in field research in the Central American tropics.

45 Years Ago – May 16, 1979

Following a report on the kindergarten survey during the regular monthly May meeting of the Owen-Withee School Board on Monday evening May 14, 1979, different members of the board expressed concern and reservations about the proposal to have O-W kindergarten students go to all-day sessions.

At the regular May monthly meeting of the Owen Common Council, held on Tuesday, May 8, 1979, C.W. Johnson was appointed to take the seat on the council from the Fourth Ward, following the election in April of Tauno Ranta, to the office of mayor.

Dr. J.W. Johnson and daughters, Sandi Lenz of Oregon and Linda Johnson of Idaho returned from a month’s tour visiting in Melbourne Australia, where they went to see doctor’s daughter Joan.

35 Years Ago – May 18, 1989

The City of Owen Zoning Board of Appeals met on Wednesday, April 26, 1989 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall. A conditional use permit was granted to Pastor Dennis Thomas, representing the Owen Alliance Church, to conduct a school in a residential district.

Dr. Tom Gelhaus and his staff returned Tuesday from the five-day Wisconsin Dental Association Annual State Convention in Milwaukee. Dr. Gelhaus was recently elected a delegate to the annual meeting representing the Central Wisconsin Dental Society.

25 Years Ago – May 19, 1999

The new Mobil Mart on County X and Division Street in Withee, opened on Thursday, May 6. Owners Jerry and Deanne Wells are appreciative of the well wishes received from the community on the opening of their new business venture.

15 Years Ago – May 20, 2009

A baby squirrel wanted to go to school so badly he attached himself to Morgan Vetterkind’s backpack.