“Henry G. Johnson, vice-president and manager of the Holland Piano Manufacturing Company, has generously offered to provide Co. H. with a new Monarch table talking machine...”

— Thursday, Aug. 19, 1917

The machine which Mr. Johnson would present to the boys was being finished and would soon be ready for shipment. It would be of convenient size for army use and would be packed in a strong box, suitable for shipment wherever the company would go. The box would contain room for records, of which was hoped a generous number would be supplied. Phonographs were supplied to Co.’s I and B of Superior through the generosity of the citizens in the city. A local paper published a request that people of the city donate used records which they no longer cared for and a good supply was obtained. The news would be glad to receive and forward to the company all records which would be left for the soldiers at the office.

Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016

One man’s 11-year quest has come to a successful end. On Aug. 5, a sign explaining the significance of the old Knapp Stout Mill site was installed on Junction trail near where it joins with Meadow Hill Drive. The sign also describes other entities at the site including the old Parker Pen Company, the Holland Piano Company, the Holland Piano Company, the Submerged Electric Motor Company as well as the Tainter Gate, a device invented in Menomonie and now used in dams around the world.

Menomonie High School will be adding 11 individuals to the MHS Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. The second Hall of Fame class in Menomonie history includes eight athletes, two coaches and a Distinguished citizen. The oldest honoree is Frank Waller, from the graduating class of 1907. The rest of the athletes are Marv Hansen (1952), Len Stewart (1957), Jennifer Hayden/Vaughan (1981), John Ellenson (1986), Adam Roach (1994), Jackie Dummer/Vos (2001), and Cole Kraft (2006). Pat Helixon and Ed Roethke will be the inducted coaches.

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1992

Welcome to the arena Football League, Darin Mrachek. In his first professional game Mrachek, the former UW-Stout standout who signed at midseason with the Arizona Rattlers, was matched against Bruce Clarke. At about 260 pounds and with no Division I college or professional experience, Mrachek appeared outmatched. This was the same Bruce Clarke that the Green Bay Packers once drafted in the first round. He later played in the Canadian Football League and with the New Orleans Saints. Mrachek said he did okay against the former NFL All-Pro.

In closed session Monday night, the Menomonie City Council agreed to sell 16.6 acres of land in the Industrial Park to Indianhead Warehousing of Eau Claire. The firm is planning to begin the first phase of construction by Sept. 1, said Menomonie Mayor Charles Stokke in making the announcement. Stokke said the plans call for a 100,000 square ft. warehouse, with Indianhead Warehousing adding two additions of 100,000 square ft. over the next two years.

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 1967

The Wisconsin Telephone Company has announced that it will begin a $34,700 cable construction project in the rural area on the east side of the Menomonie telephone exchange. Dick Haanen, local manager for the company, said that the project will consist of installing 15 miles of buried cable along CTH E, beginning at the intersections of CTH E and highway 12. The new buried cable replaces aerial wire line which was on poles jointly used with the Northern States Power Company, according to Haanen. The aerial line is being replaced by the telephone company as part of its rural improvement program in the exchange.

The only shooting range in the Badger State that’s open to the public without charge. That best describes the Northwest Public Shooting Range which has been completely renovated this summer. The range is located southeast of Boyceville off STH 170. About $5,400 has been spent on this improvement and redevelopment project which includes a shooting shelter, target holders, fencing and landscaping. The project was undertaken by the Northwest Rifle & Pistol club and the Northwest Rod & Gun club.

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1942

Fifty-five men will leave Menomonie by train next Tuesday morning for the Selective Service headquarters at Milwaukee to help fill Dunn County’s quota for August. The group meets at The Memorial. Four of the county’s August quota went into service immediately after they passed their physical examinations. They were: Donald S. Potter, Louis B. Christianson, Richard C. Talmage and Burnett P. Christianson.

In line with the recent statement by Secretary of the Treasury Morgenthau in Washington, the announcement was made that the Treasury’s September Bond and Stamp Drive has designated the motion picture industry as its “spear-head” just as the retailers were the key force in the July drive. The motion picture industry has set a billion dollar national sale for September. Every branch of the motion picture industry has been mobilized. Many cities will have bond rallies at which one or more of the three hundred movie stars will appear in person. Both Orpheum and Grand are in the drive together with 15,000 theatres who have enlisted.

Thursday, Aug. 19, 1917

For many years a notable contest has been held every spring and summer among the people of Fall City. Scarcely has the snow disappeared when two big teams are formed to vie with one another under energetic captains in the slaughter of gophers. With increasing intensity the drive on the field pests continues, every animal laid low being gathered in by the side that cores its downfall. When the time comes to decide the issue that tails of all the dead gophers are counted and the winning side enjoys a bountiful feast at the expense of the contestants who have put to sleep the lesser number.

Henry G. Johnson, vice-president and manager of the Holland Piano Manufacturing Company, has generously offered to provide Co. H. with a new Monarch table talking machine and the boys will not lack for good music during their spare hours in camp if their friends in Menomonie and Dunn county will come to the front and supply them with desirable records.

Friday, Aug. 19, 1892

Sherman Temple, formerly of Knapp, a conductor on the Omaha railway, fatally shot a brakeman named Finney at Ashland Junction, Last Saturday. At the inquest a little girl named Ethel Montgomery, 7 years of age, testified that she was a witness of the affair and said that Finney was shot by Temple. She stated that she heard Temple and Finney calling each other names. Finney was some distance from Temple and threw his gun at the latter, it striking him on the head. Temple then picked up the gun and followed Finney around the depot and shot him twice. The verdict of the coroner’s joury was that Finney died of gunshot wounds, one fired by himself, the other by Temple, and also recommending that Temple be bound over for further investigation.

The Weekly Review, published at Downing by a company of local citizens is a nice 5-column quarto newspaper whose initial number was issued last week. It champions the interests of the northwestern portion of Dunn County, of the city of Downing, and of the republican party. It is backed by money and energy that should bring it success, which the News most heartily hopes may be its portion.

Editor’s note: Observant readers will note that the entry for 1867 is missing. The edition for that year is not available in the archive.


Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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