Dusting Off the Fils

Posted 5/22/24

95 Years Ago – May 23, 1929

A big industrial parade will be featured Sunday afternoon, just before the opening of the ball season in Owen, according to the announcements made by the …

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Dusting Off the Fils


95 Years Ago – May 23, 1929

A big industrial parade will be featured Sunday afternoon, just before the opening of the ball season in Owen, according to the announcements made by the management of the Owen ball team. Mr. Waldo Wescott, who has the affair in charge has arranged for a big parade, the Owen band will be out and the two contesting teams will march to the ball park, which will have a following of many hundreds of rooters who will be on hand to support the team in the opening.

85 Years Ago – May 25, 1939

The first free moving picture of this season sponsored by the Commercial Club of Withee will be shown at the ball diamond Friday evening, May 26.

Among the many attractions of the Northern Carnival Company showing in the city this week is the miniature sawmill which has been built entirely by hand by Emil Kedorwitz. Most interesting of the miniature logging operations carried on in Kedrowitz’s camp is the sawmill itself. It is operated by a home-made steam engine which drives the saw along a two foot carriage.

75 Years Ago – May 26, 1949

Late Wednesday forenoon Earle W. Kidd, Owen, figured in an automobile accident which took place about five miles north of Wausau on Highway 51. Mr. Kidd was enroute to his cottage at Little Bohemia lodge having left Owen earlier in the forenoon. It is reported that his car collided with a truck.

For the past three weeks frequent visits have been made to the community by officials of the Soo Line railway for the purpose of checking with Chief of Police Adolph Haavisto and school officials on the movements of some of the youths of the community who are believed to be implicated in the destruction of railway property.

65 Years Ago – May 21, 1959

Despite the present day price of eggs C.F. Milliren, local egg producer, said at Monday’s meeting of the Owen Kiwanis Club that he believes the price will eventually go up and the business return to a state of normalcy. Milliren entered the egg business last fall when he completed a large building housing 2,000 laying hens. With the adjournment of the meeting a majority of the Kiwanians motored to his farm between Owen and Withee on the north road where they viewed the birds in their cages, watched the feeding procedure and the washing and grading of eggs.

55 Years Ago – May 22, 1969

On Monday, May 12, the Owen-Withee school board took favorable action upon request from the City of Owen whereby the Owen Public Library will occupy the two east first floor rooms of the Old Owen Elementary School.

Mr. and Mrs. Sabin Scherf of rural Withee announce the marriage of their daughter, Miss Natalie Ann Scherf, to Mr. Arne Fagervik, both of Chicago, IL. The groom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Albert Fagervik of Oslo, Norway. The wedding took place in Bethel Lutheran Church in Chicago on May 17, 1969.

45 Years Ago – May 23, 1979

A building at Northland Foods Cooperative in Owen was razed on Monday, to make room for the new whey foods plant which will be under construction this summer. For many years this building housed the offices of the whey plant, since 1935 when taken over by Western Condensing Co. from the J.S. Owen Lumber Co. The building was one of the original Owen Lumber Company buildings, built as a dry kiln where they dried lumber.

35 Years Ago – May 25, 1989

The City of Owen council meeting was held Tuesday, May 16, 1998. Present at the meeting was Steve Gausman of Short, Elliott and Hendrickson. He presented his recommendations for the contract awards for the library project. The library contract was awarded to Hehl Grohn of Eau Claire with three alternatives for a total price of $280,931. Construction should begin sometime in June.

Nicole Gajewsky Shattuck graduated Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday, May 26, 1989. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of Education majoring in Communicative Disorders specializing in Speech Pathology.

25 Years Ago – May 26, 1999

The Senior Artists have an opportunity upon graduation to donate a piece of their art work to the art program. The A.S.A. Club and Art Dept. together purchase the frames and gold plaques for this work.

15 Years Ago – May 27, 2009

The Withee Public Library recently held a Free Comic Book Day for all ages. When readers in search of free comics came to the library, they found the expected comics plus refreshments, a showing of Anime, a creative corner with opportunities for artists and writers, and a quick survey.