From the files: Bells to ring as new chancellor is announced

2013-06-11T18:00:00Z From the files: Bells to ring as new chancellor is announcedBy Dustyn Dubuque | For THE NEWS Chippewa Herald
June 11, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

"Fire of an unknown origin damaged the handsome Bertha Tainter Annex on Broadway at an early hour Thursday morning to an amount variously estimated from $15,000 to $25,000."

— June 10 & 13, 1913

The Bertha Tainter annex was constructed about six years prior for a cost of $40,000. The building’s original plan had been the old Tainter barn, but that was removed to its present site and enlarged and remodeled into one of the nicest female dormitories in the state.  The building was known by the students as "Barney Castle" because it had originally been a barn and had been transformed into a beautiful castle. The Bertha Tainter Hall Annex was a special pleasure for the late Senator James H. Stout, as it had all the best furniture which had been ruined by the fire.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

University of Wisconsin-Stout will help put the wheels in motion Saturday, June 16, for the fifth state of the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival, one of the nation's premier professional bike races. The university joins the city and county, which also play vital roles in making the race possible. The event is being hosted by the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce. 

This is the third year the road stage has been held in Menomonie. About 300 cyclists, some of whom will be competing in the Summer Olympics later this year in London, are expected to compete. Another 300 to 500 are expected for the citizen rides. 

Both races begin and end on Main Street in Menomonie, including finishing criterium laps through and around campus when riders return to town. Several campus facilities and streets will be used to support the event, which includes 95-mile men's and 76-mile women's road races.

Wednesday, June 8, 1988

Selection of a new chancellor at UW-Stout will be heralded with the ringing of the carillon in the university's nearly century old clock tower on Bowman Hall. An announcement of the new chancellor is expected late Friday morning, following a closed session at the monthly meeting of the UW System Board of Regents. This announcement will follow a six-month search for a replacement of Chancellor Robert S. Swanson, who announced his retirement last August and who left the University of March 20.

Monday night at special session the Boyceville Board of Education voted to hire three teachers, Cindy Hoag, elementary education, Joe Doucette, elementary education and Julie Myers was hired for one year to replace Jill Klefstad, who will be on maternity leave. The board also voted to move Don McLean, industrial arts, from half time to full time.

Wednesday, June 12, 1963

Menomonie's golf team placed second at the sectional tournament here Saturday to gain a trip to the state meet at Appleton's Municipal Course on Friday and Saturday.  The Indians finished with 341 strokes compared to 333 for Eau Claire Memorial. Besides the two teams, Osseo's Gary Oftedahl also qualified for the state meet by winning medalist honors with a 78.

The brand new five and one-half acre Peninsula Park, recently acquired by the Northwest Rod & Gun Club, Inc., has received its second phase of activities leading towards eventual completion in readiness for public use. This public park, which is located at the mouth of the Hay River on Upper Tainter Lake near the Norton area and which offers excellent shoreline fishing and picnicking opportunities, had its southerly and easterly boundaries completely fenced in.

Wednesday, June 8, 1938

Dunn County's primary election is a long ways off but already political talk is starting to bud, and at least one candidate will start circulation his nomination papers soon. He is Arnold Gilberts, Sand Creek, who declares he will have his name on the Progressive ticket for assembly.  Gilberts at one time made a run for congress. It is expected that Assemblyman J. D. Millar, Progressive, will seek re-election.  E. W. Hanson, Elk Mound farmer, will likely be the Republican candidate for assembly.  As far as is known now, all present county officers will seek re-election.

Area engineers and timekeepers of Menomonie Works Progress Administration district, who have for several months made their headquarters in district officers here, will be moved back to their areas before July 1. The WPA quota in the Menomonie district varies from time to time, but as present there are 6,996 certified workers on projects and 84 non-certified workers, making a total of 7,080. Noncertified workers are those who are foremen or serving in supervisory capacities.

June 10 & 13, 1913

Fire of an unknown origin damaged the handsome Bertha Tainter Annex on Broadway at an early hour Thursday morning to an amount variously estimated at from $15,000 to $25,000. The big concrete and stucco dormitory had not been occupied this week, but was being given a thorough cleaning preparation for the summer term of Stout Institute.

The following officers were elected at the meeting of the high school alumni association for the suing year: president, Dr. A. E. Egdahl; vice president, J. O. Steendahl; secretary, Ada Hosford; treasurer, Francis McLean; member of athletic board, W. S. Smith.

Baseball fans of Menomonie are eagerly looking forward to the game next Sunday between Stillwater and the Blue Caps. The game will no doubt be one of the hardest fought of the entire season.

The new fixtures of the Villas candy kitchen arrived last week and have been installed. They compose a partition of fumed oak hung with green curtains which divides the ice cream parlor off from the fountain and candy show cases, thus affording a much cooler and quieter place for patrons to enjoy their cream or hear the new electric piano.

Friday, June 8, 1888

The Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Company will sell tickets from Menomonie to St. Louis and return to those wishing to attend the North American Sangerbund at the low rate of $15.85.

Exercises of the graduating class of the High School will be held in the Congregational church at 1:30 in conformity with the program published in The News last week. The program of the Alumni close of the graduating exercises includes an essay, music, and oration, "The Wealth of the United States and Some of the Dangers Arising Therefrom."

The summer Institute will open June 25 in the High School room in this city, and continue in session ten weeks. This affords an excellent opportunity for teachers and those preparing to teach. Review classes will be formed to accommodate all who wish to review the common branches. There will also be two classes in Algebra and a class in each of the following branches: analysis, physical geography, natural philosophy, and geometry. 

Saturday, June 13, 1863

The Cherokee Indians, who have entered the service of the Government, prove better soldiers than was first expected. Their great forte is in scouting and skirmishing, but they have, after much time spent upon them, become proficient in the infantry drill. They stand well under fire, though their great propensity to fighting under cover, will prevent their ever being perfectly trustworthy in open ground and without shelter.

Swindling on a large scale — Aristarchus Champion, of Rochester, N. Y., has been cheated out of $150,000, in the course of two years past, by Luther C. Saxon, a pious swindler, who pretended to be connected with various great concerns and to be immensely wealthy, but for the moment couldn't get at his money. His latest plan which he placed before Mr. Champion was the International Manufacturer's Company, to cooperate in both Europe and the United States, with a capital of $100,000,000.  Saxon has been arrested, but no money recovered.

Dustyn Dubuque, UW-Eau Claire Public History intern at DCHS, can be reached  at 715-232-8685, or

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