From Our Early Files June 29, 2022





July 3, 1997

The Jackson/Trempealeau Counties Crime Stoppers organization is asking for help with solving the theft of a gun from a Whitehall store. Sometime between June 11 and June 16, a Ruger P85 nine-millimeter semi-automatic pistol was removed from behind a counter at Holtan’s Catalog Showroom. The gun was in a holster at the time of the theft. 

Jerome Hanson of Blair was recently elected to a three-year term in the District 14 seat on the 25-member governing board of the state’s dairy-promotion organization. The district consists of Jackson, La Crosse and Trempealeau counties. 

City of Whitehall property owners soon will be visited by people who want to know how much their homes and businesses are worth. The visitors will be representatives of an Eau Claire firm that is conducting a reassessment of all city properties. 

Krystal Kubis, 17-year-old daughter of Kevin and Kay Kubis, is one of the Wisconsin young women selected as a finalist in the Miss American Teen Pageant to be held this weekend in Oconomowoc. 

Kyle Yeske, group manager, and Aaron Rupport, assistant manager, are very eager to open the new Fastenal branch store on Main St. in Arcadia. Yeske said the company’s store in Winona, Minn. has many customers from Arcadia, so it was necessary to create a branch office in the city. 

Ham radio operators have been using their personal radios to communicate with people in the United States and other countries around the world for many years. Currently, there are five people in Arcadia who are Ham radio operators, which requires the passing of a test offered by the Federal Communication Council (FCC). Among the Arcadia operators in Clarence Crum who said the group plays an important role when there is severe weather. Often they communicate with the National Weather Service storm watchers. Other local operators include Jerry Knudson, Jim, Sue and Julie Wiskow.

Ettrick village board members Tuesday agreed to note the 50th anniversary of the village’s incorporation during the 1998 Fun Days celebration. 

The candidates for Miss Trempealeau are Lisa Adams, daughter of William and Linda Adams; Melissa Davis, daughter of Dwayne and Gaye Davis; Krista Richtman, daughter of Kay and George Richtman and Erica Williamson, daughter of David and Vicky Williamson. 


July 6, 1972

Reynolds Tomter, owner of the Pigeon Falls Store since 1955, has sold the business to Nolan Morphew, formerly of Nora Springs, Iowa. Tomter, who has been employed at the store since 1939, will continue to work there, as will the other employees.

Two more candidates, Democrat Byron Pride of Osseo and Republican Don Stanford of Blair, have joined the race for Trempealeau County clerk of court.

Steve Peterson of the Maple Grove Country Club shot a tournament record 102, and made a hole-in-one in the process, to win the Whitehall Open held here last weekend.

Adolph and Agnes Chitko have announced the sale of Riverview Lanes bowling alley to Marcel and Mary Ann Przybylla. Wozney’s Bar has also changed hands from Alex to his son, Ronnie. The Old Style Distributing Company, operated by Werner Bill for the past 18 years has been sold to Pehler Brothers, Inc. Werner was in business in Arcadia for 38 years.

Application for two new city hall positions and reapplication for the position of city administrator, all under the Federal Emergency Employment Act, were made July 1 by the city of Arcadia. If funding is received, employment will be effective Sept. 1, according to Trempealeau County Clerk Harold Tomter. 

The Wisconsin Society for the Prevention of Blindness, Inc., and Star-Craft, Inc., an Oconomowoc-based astronomy organization, today jointly warned the public not to look directly at the partial solar eclipse on July 10.

The Gale Packing Co. is operating at full speed and is nearing the halfway mark of canning peas. A new building has been erected on the premises and is equipped to can carrots. 

Five members out of the Galesville High School Class of 1912 got together at Wason’s Supper Club to commemorate their 60th graduation anniversary. Present were Ada (Grover) Nelson, Amy (Grover) Kopp, Milldred (Parks) Sacia and Miss Gwynifred Bibby. They were guests of Mrs. Mabel (Grover) Anderson for dinner. One other member of the class Beulah (Myhre) Webster lives in California. There were 16 graduates in 1912. 


July 3, 1947

By a vote of 64 to four, the stockholders of the Whitehall Cooperative Creamery voted Friday to dissolve their organization and transfer their property to a new cooperative that is being formed, which will be known as the Trempealeau Valley Dairy Cooperative. The new organization will be a unit of Land O’ Lakes, Inc., and an addition will be erected to that cooperative’s milk-drying plant, which was built in 1942.

Curnell Moe, who is residing on the former Kremer farm in the town of Lincoln, lost nine head of Guernsey cattle by the severe electrical storm which hit this area late Thursday and continued until dawn on Friday. Albert Hoff, who resides on a farm about four miles north of Independence, lost a corn crib, and a chicken coop on the O.J. Eggum farm in Curran Valley burned, together with about 300 hens.

Fire resulting from an overheated chimney burned the five-room dwelling on the George Gilbertson farm in Schimmerhorn Monday afternoon.

The baseball diamond at Melby Park has been re-laid, having been moved several feet north. This provides a deeper outfield and eliminates fly balls from being driven into the stately elms that line Park Drive. City Electrician Leonard Gruntzel and his assistant, Edward Van Sickle, have erected the necessary poles and are installing the lights that will illuminate the field for Whitehall Millers baseball games and Whitehall High football contests. The Iverson-Larson Lumber Co. is erecting moveable bleachers that will seat approximately 500 spectators.

J.L. Johnson, former manager of the Pix Theatre, is now business manager of the Community Hospital, commencing his work Thursday. Miss Pearl Brennom continues as his assistant in the office. The employment of Mr. Johnson gives Mrs. Richard Rogers, superintendent, more time to supervising the care of the patients.

The Wisconsin legislature recently adopted a joint resolution paying tribute to the life and public service of the late Judge John C. Gaveney of Trempealeau County, who died two months ago. During Judge Gaveney’s career, he also spent some time in the state senate.

Construction on Highway 95 between Arcadia and Blair is nearing completion and a fine roadway is the result. Begun in 1946, the reshaping and grading was done by county crews and the crushed stone surfacing was applied under contract by Clarence Weiss of La Crosse. 

Twenty-eight boys of the Galesville chapter of Future Farmers of America are off on an 11-day jaunt to Yellowstone National Park. They left Monday in charge of J.O. Beadle, agriculture instructor.

Gale Packing plant modernizes its plant and a new speed up machine will be used on the 1947 pack.


July 6, 1922

Herman L. Ekern, candidate for attorney general, and Mr. Zimmerman, candidate for secretary of state, will open their speaking campaign at Whitehall next Wednesday. Their itinerary in Trempealeau County also includes Galesville and Trempealeau. These are candidates of the LaFollette branch of the Republican party. The Whitehall Municipal Band will greet them here.

The Fourth of July was enjoyed by Whitehall people at the celebrations at Arcadia, Osseo and Hatfield, all of which had record-breaking crowds. Arcadia was perhaps the greatest magnet for our folks, as the local team played baseball there with the Blair invincibles.

The Manley Oil Service Station will be opened to the motor-traveling public on Saturday, July 15. The managers, the Kins Bros., are known to everybody, far and wide, and they will see that the dusty motor traveler is properly cared for before leaving the station.

Junction City is no longer a terror to motorists. The speed cop there has been removed. More than 100 alleged offenders paid $13.70 apiece for barely running 15 miles per hour through the village. Motorists combined to avoid the place and make a cow path of its streets unless its policy was changed. The village officers promise that motorists will not be molested if ordinary judgment is used.

A game of ball was played between Fly Creek and Coral City at the latter’s grounds Sunday. In the ninth inning, Fly Creek is said to have become offended and left the game to Coral City, the score being 15 to 15 with Coral City at bat.

Miss Louise Hermann, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hermann of this place, has been given a contract by the Bristol Photoplay Studios of New York for a scenario she has written.

Arcadia harbored more people within its confines on the Fourth of July celebration than at any time before. Ideal weather marked the festive day and the sun had hardly risen when streams of automobiles began to arrive. It was estimated that between 6,000 and 8,000 people were in Arcadia before noon. 

George Schmidt announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for member of assembly from the district (Trempealeau County) at the September primary. 

Jim Thorp, famous athlete and ball player, became property of the Hartford club of the Eastern League. Thorpe gained worldwide recognition as a football player at Carlisle Indian School and as a member of the American Olympic team.

Word comes from St. Mary Hospital in Rochester, Minn. of the continued improvement of Arthur Dutton, father of Carroll Dutton. Dr. Will Mayo performed the operation where a kidney was removed. 

A big day in Galesville was Sunday. It was a glorious day. Everything on tires was moving. Warner Shonat, who lives on the south side of town where trunk line two enters Galesville kept count and 500 cars passed in six hours running in and out of town. 


July 1, 1897

Mrs. Ole Larson is having the foundation laid for her new residence on the corner of Dodge and Mill streets.

Hon. P. Ekern has received the appointment of postmaster at Pigeon Falls, to succeed H.B. Raa. The choice is a good one, and we are pleased to see Mr. Ekern rewarded for party service in this manner.

John Woicheck of Burnside was arrested last Tuesday by Deputy Sheriff Beach on a warrant issued on complaint of Chairman Bautch, charging him with having sold liquor without a license’ at a picnic on Sunday, June 20. The hearing is fixed for this Saturday, Woicheck in the meantime being at liberty on bail furnished by his brother.

Halvor Anderson, the plasterer, secured a large swarm of bees in Whitehall last week near Dr. Parker’s new residence. He “brought them down” with tin-pan music. They lit on a fence post amid a gentle spray of water from a wisp of hay in Mr. Anderson’s hands, and were corralled in a nail keg under the mesmeric influence of their capturer. There is no disputing the fact but that Mr. Anderson knows more about handling bees than the average apiarist.

At a meeting of the Whitehall village board Friday night, four saloon licenses were granted, to Melvin Elstad, P.L. Solberg, Robert Engen and Thomas Johnson. A sidewalk was authorized to be constructed from Main Street to the fairground entrance.

Thompson and Bakken, the hustling well and pump men, have erected a Fairbanks windmill the past week, which is to afford the water supply to W.J. Webb’s new residence.

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