1885: Census puts Menomonie population at 5,406

2010-07-31T00:00:00Z 2011-02-04T19:38:44Z 1885: Census puts Menomonie population at 5,406By CHUCK BACKUS
For THE NEWS
Chippewa Herald
July 31, 2010 12:00 am  • 

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009

By The News

Wanting to be the first, they made an appointment with Dunn County Clerk Marilyn Hoyt for 10 o’clock on Monday morning. But at 8:30 a.m. Ken Seguine and Jay Gilbertson of New Haven Township got the word that another same sex couple had arrived at the Dunn County Government center to be registered as domestic partners… There was no looking back at Monday night’s meeting of the Menomonie City Council. During the approximate 90-minute session, the council agreed to spend $5.2 million to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant and purchased 5,200 Flex-Net system radios at a cost of $110 each… Although many people slept during the storm that ripped through Dunn County late Sunday night, Bruce Neverdahl and his two sons can consider themselves lucked to be alive…

“It’s another abnormal year,” commented Jim Faust, Dunn County agricultural agent, when he participated last Thursday in one of his final interviews prior to retirement. “This is the fifth consecutive year that a major drought has occurred in parts of the county…” The tiny village of Wilson made headlines after a man posing as a sheriff’s deputy shot and injured a young couple in an apparent burglary attempt Saturday night… Thanks to the efforts of the Menomonie Saddle Club and the Dunn County 4-H Horse and Pony Project, riders competing their horses at the Dunn County Fair this year will be treated to a completely refurbished arena at the Dunn County Rec Park… More than one third of the food purchased by dining services at the University of Wisconsin-Stout comes from within the state…

Brent Prochnow and Mark Gerth both made late race charges to get to victory lane once again at the Red Cedar Speedway Friday night… The Menomonie Grey Eagles baseball team continued its recent streak of strong play by sweeping the Whittlesey Invitational on Saturday, defeating the Whittlesey Rats, 12-0, and the Chippewa Falls legends, 2-1, to go undefeated in Round Robin play…Andy Lorenzen’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning propelled the Menomonie Eagles to a 4-3 win over the Exeland Braves Friday night at Wakanda Park… It was an all-Alton night this past weekend at Thunder Hill Speedway as father, Mark, took home the top honor in the Stock Medium Division while Mark’s two sons ran first and second in the Animal division with Jake Alton take top honors over brother Steve…The Elk Mound football program will be hosting its third annual Golf Scramble on Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Whitetail Golf Course in Colfax.

Citing an increase of 2,337 residents in the previous five years, the Menomonie city clerk’s office provided a unique view into the ethnic background of the city’s residents. Nearly 52 percent of the population had been born in the United States; 24 percent were Scandinavian by birth and 18 percent were German-born.

Wednesday, July 31, 1985

Airman David M. Katuin, son of Janet T. Katuin, Boyceville, and Edward N. Katuin, Goodhue, Minn., has been assigned to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., after completing Air Force basic training. During the six weeks at Lacklund Air Force Base, TX, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization and customs and received specialized instruction in human relations. In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force. The airman will now receive specialized instruction in the vehicle maintenance field. He is a 1984 graduate of Boyceville High School.

Recognized for four years as the “Biggest Big Top on Earth,” the Carson and Barnes Five-Ring Circus will perform at the Old Mill Center between Eau Claire and Elk Mound one day only, Friday, Aug. 9, with shows at 2 and 8 p.m. The circus is sponsored by Cystic Fibrosis of Eau Claire. The show features 25 elephants, a million-dollar zoo of wild, exotic, and domestic animals, and human performers from 17 nations. Included in the 111 acts are Patricia White’s mixed group of Nubian lions and Siberian tigers, four troupes of flying trapeze artists and prancing liberty horses. Area residents are also invited to see the elephants erecting the circus tent, which stretches more than a city block long. Circus morning personnel will guide the animals as they erect the tent.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 1960

Oldest resident in the Town of Rock Creek is Mrs. Minnie Ness, 95, who lives with her daughter, Ruby, in Caryville. … New officers of Wheeler’s Legion Auxiliary are Naomi Iverson, first vice president; Violet Ankney, treasurer; and Laura Vennes, chaplain.

Zutter’s Elevator is installing a new feed mixer and holding bin in its elevator in Elk Mound. In addition, the firm plans to offer bulk feed service to its patrons in the near future. … Mr. and Mrs. George Jacobs, Menomonie, observed their 65th wedding anniversary last Wednesday and friends presented them a floral arrangement, corsages, cake and gifts.

Married July 23 in Menomonie’s Peace Lutheran Church by the Rev. E. J. Leschensky were Carolyn Schrader and Kenneth V. Homer, both of Menomonie. … T. F. (Tom) Jones joins the staff on Jones Menomonie Pharmacy. A registered pharmacist, he is a nephew of the proprietors, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Jones.

Elected to the Boyceville school board are Dr. V. E. Anderson, Leslie Gaard, Denver Olson, Frederick Lerch and Raymond Score. … David Johnson, Silver Foxes, showed the grand champion bull calf, and Glenn Quilling, Spring Brook, exhibited the grand champion female at the Dunn County Fair which concluded Sunday.

A small white church — two miles west of Weston — which for three-quarters of a century served the spiritual needs of Wisconsin’s only true Dunkard congregation, stands vacant this summer, its membership gone and its usefulness ended.

Thursday, Aug. 1, 1935

Excavation is under way at the City Hospital for a new boiler room that will be built separate from the hospital. It will hold the boiler for the heating plant and provide room for a car of coal. The roof will come only to the level of the ground so that it will not shut off the windows in the main building. It is possible an automatic stocker will be installed in the new boiler room.

Dunn County farmers, sweltering long hours in browned fields and racing against time and weather, are straining every muscle to harvest their grain crop before it is too late. Help is scarce. Much of the grain has been cut. Some is still standing and every day that it remains in the field may spell loss to the farmer. That much of the grain yield in Dunn County is well out of danger is heralded by the hum of the thresher. These rigs have been operating for a week or 10 days in some parts of the county. Reports say that grain will be generous, though the straw in places in short.

Work on the new city pumping station is progressing and the outer walls are steadily rising. A “401-rug” brick, made by the Excelsior Brick Co. of brownish color, is used. About 10,000 bricks will go into the new building that will be crowned with a tin roof. The old pumping station that has served the Menomonie water works system since it was built in 1885 will be razed.

Thursday, Aug. 4, 1910

Miss Kate Scritzmier, of Bloomer, who has accepted the position as eighth grade teacher at the Central building, has rented two rooms in the Arcade block where she will have ample room to entertain her many friends.

On Monday the Stout Institute summer session began with an enrollment of 185 students, of whom 103 are in the manual training courses and 82 are taking domestic science. Last year the enrollment was 152. The greater part of the attendance consists of teachers who are here for special or advanced work, and they constitute an earnest and unusually intelligent student body.

Common council grants Tri-State Telephone & Telegraph Co. a franchise to place lines in the city. … The Dunn County Normal School will open its new year on Aug. 29 with an enrollment up to the capacity of the school.

A number of bicycle riders on the North Side are constructing a path for their machines along the east side of the highway between the Globe Iron Works and V. P. Hunter’s blacksmith shop.

Next Saturday night, unusual facilities for a good time will be offered at the Boathouse when the weekly dancing party is held. An augmented orchestra will occupy the musicians’ corner, this step being decided upon by the Improvement Association committee in order to increase the enjoyment of patrons. The charge for tickets will be the same as before, 35 cents per couple.

Saturday, Aug. 1, 1885

Last Wednesday forenoon one of the heaviest showers of the season passed over this city, continuing 15 or 20 minutes. After the storm had passed it was noticed that the sidewalk in front of Cassidy’s store as well as the front of the building itself was covered in angle worms varying in length from one to three inches. As there can be no doubt they rained down, the question is, from whence they were transported.

About 70 of the friends of Mr. Jacob Miller were royally entertained at this residence last Saturday afternoon, the occasion being the observance of his 52nd birthday. Mr. Miller was the recipient of a fine bookcase and secretary presented by the members of his family.

City Clerk Tweet has finished the census of the city with most gratifying results. The enumeration shows a population of 5, 406, an increase of 2,337 since 1880. The following items of the report will be of interest: males, 2,890; females, 2,516. Of this number, 1,370 are subject to military duty and 90 are ex-soldiers. The nativity of the population is as follows: United States, 2,799; Germany, 1,003; Scandinavia, 1,386; Great Britain, 62; Ireland, 64; France, 20; British America, seven; Canada, 65.

Chuck Backus is the executive director of the Dunn County Historical Society. He can be reached at (715) 232-8685, or director@dunnhistory.org.

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