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Posted 7/3/24

105 Years Ago – July 5, 1919

William Weaver has been awarded the contract to erect a new store building for the Griebenow Weirich Co. The new building will cost $20,000.

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Dusting Off the Files


105 Years Ago – July 5, 1919

William Weaver has been awarded the contract to erect a new store building for the Griebenow Weirich Co. The new building will cost $20,000.

The foundation of the new Krom store building is now completed.

G.E. Anderson and W.C. Tufts are arranging for the opening of a bank at Lublin.

95 Years Ago – July 4, 1929

A daring daylight hold-up of the State Bank of Owen, took place at about 11:30 Tuesday morning, when three robbers entered the bank and demanded the money. When a complete haul of all the money in the vault and that on the counter had been made, the robbers demanded their victims to go into the vault and the robbers locked the vault doors.

85 Years Ago – July 6, 1939

Two weeks ago an allotment of $44,311 as a WPA grant was approved for the Village of Dorchester to be used for the construction of a water system.

Eight year old Virgil Ivey, who resides near Longwood, suffered severe burns to the thumb and first two fingers of his left hand while shooting a firecracker at his home on the 4th.

75 Years Ago – July 7, 1949

A fire of undetermined origin summoned the Owen Fire Company to the Sever Bjornstad residence in the First Ward of the city at 4:30 Sunday morning. The blaze broke out in the garage situated to the right rear of the home and completely destroyed the building and a 1937 Plymouth car housed therein.

The Golden Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Steager, pioneers of the Town of Hixon was celebrated at their home on the afternoon and evening of June 28.

65 Years Ago – July 2, 1959

Gaylord L. Kaduce, 20, son of George Kaduce, Owen, recently was promoted to specialist five in Manheim, Germany, where he is a member of the 520th Quartermaster Co.

A daughter, Renae Idelle, was born June 22, to Mr. and Mrs. Thorvald Frost, at Victory Memorial Hospital at Stanley. The infant, the Frost’s first child, weighed eight pounds and nine ounces.

55 Years Ago – July 3, 1969

Tornado-like winds swept through this area late Thursday afternoon causing extensive property damage, inflicting personal injuries and injuring some livestock. Locally the storm hit at 5:20 p.m. doing most damage in the towns of Longwood and Hoard.

45 Years Ago – July 4, 1979

Dressed in a crepe-back satin gown, with lace yoke cuffs and cummerbund, Jane Oehler became the bride of Joseph Wisnewski on Saturday, June 2, 1979, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Owen.

35 Years Ago – July 6, 1989

When the word ‘buffalo’ is mentioned one thinks of the wide open plains and large herds of buffalo wandering over them. But Wisconsin also is home to some large herds of buffalo. One of those large herds is the Black River Buffalo Ranch, owned by Bob and Danne Earnest. Black River Buffalo Ranch is located in Taylor County and is one of the largest buffalo ranches east of the Mississippi River, having over 600 head of buffalo.

25 Years Ago – July 7, 1999

A hand crafted cannon sits on display in the back yard of Owen resident Bill Catura. Catura, having spent some winter time in Mesa, AZ, a couple years back, saw a miniature cannon at a craft shop, along with its very hefty price tag. After scrutinizing the craft work, he thought to himself, “I can make one for myself.”

15 Years Ago – July 8, 2009

Stephanie DeCaire, 11-year-old daughter of Rod and Kathy DeCaire of rural Owen, recently had nine inches sheered from her hair to donate to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada that suffer long-term medical hair loss from cancer and other conditions.

Superintendent Jim Friesen sat down for his final school board meeting on Monday, June 29, to end his 11 years serving the Owen-Withee School District.