From the files: City gets news street signs

2013-02-13T17:35:00Z From the files: City gets news street signsBy Dustyn Dubuque | For THE NEWS Chippewa Herald
February 13, 2013 5:35 pm  • 

"The new bridge to be built across the Red Cedar River at Lamb's Creek Falls, by the Horton Bridge Company, of Rochester, Minn., will be constructed of iron."

— Friday, Feb. 10, 1888

Once word was out there might not have been enough money to make such a structure, a group of bridge men who represented almost a dozen different companies put in a bid for the work on the bridge. The competition was so strong that the Horton Bridge Company got on its mettle and offered to build an iron bridge for the sum that was appropriated, which led to the awarding of the contract. The length of the main span was estimated to be a relatively small 200 feet. The Horton Bridge Company had created a bridge in Dubuque, Iowa the year giving the company a reputation for excellence. It is the purpose of the company to give Dunn County a model bridge even if the company were to make zero money off the project.

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012

For the Menomonie City Council, it was no holds barred on the subject of letting the mayor raise funds to buy a machine to skim the algae off Lake Menomin. On Monday night, Mayor Randy Knaack narrated a slide show featuring machines sold by United Marine International of New Richmond that harvest weeds and pick up trash from bodies of water. The mayor said one could be customized to remove the foul-smelling mats of blue-green algae that infest Lake Menomin's bays every summer. The cost would be more than $300,000

WESTconsin Credit Union will again host AARP volunteers in partnerships with the group's free tax preparation program. The program is managed by AARP as a free community service targeted at helping specified individuals including the elderly and disabled, and those with low incomes or limited English proficiency. Accommodations and technical support are provided by WESTconsin Credit Union.

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1988

The new acting chancellor at UW-Stout is no stranger to the campus.  Wesley L. Face has been on the university staff more than 30 years, the last 15 as vice chancellor, the number two administrative post. Face was named acting chancellor Friday by the UW System Board of Regents, following a recommendation from System President Kenneth Show. Face will succeed retiring Chancellor Robert S. Swanson, effective March 21. He will serve in that capacity until the appointment of a permanent replacement for Swanson. A search and screen committee is now seeking candidate for the job and will recommend at least five potential appointees to Shaw and a regents' selection committee. Shaw and the committee will then recommend one candidate for approval by the full board.

Seventeen local volunteers are helping UW-Eau Claire anthropologist Dr. Robert Barth fill in more than 11,000 years of history along the Red Cedar River Valley between Dunnville and Chetek. The volunteers last summer roamed the banks of the Red Cedar River with Barth, searching for evidence such as stone tools or pieces of Pottery to identify Indian sites.

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 1963

United Building Centers of Winona, Minn., purchases O & N Lumber Co., headquartered here.  O & N operates 25 lumber yards in west-central Wisconsin communities. It was established in 1917 by the John S. Owen Lumber Co. and the Northwestern Lumber Co. Ralph W. Owen Jr., of Menomonie, is president of the firm. Fifty Stockholders owned the company at the time of sale.

Joan Engh, first alternate at the 1962 Miss America pageant at Atlantic City, N. J., will roll the first ball to officially open the 12th annual Wisconsin Lions State Bowling tournament at the Menomin Bowl. She and Lions Club officials from throughout the state will participate Saturday evening in opening ceremonies. The tournament runs through May 5 and 284 five-man teams representing 127 clubs will compete here.

Thursday, Feb. 10, 1938

Yes, its "Made in Menomonie" — that Home pressure cooker that is displayed, with a myriad of preservation possibilities in neatly arranged glass jars, in the window at Boston Drug Store. And this unique showing includes these explanatory words: "This pressure cooker is one of the products manufactured by the Aluminite Products Co. here in your city." The display is catching many an interested eye of men as well as women and from their observations flows a flood of approving comment. "Home pressure cooker, Menomonie, WI" is stamped on the top of the cooker that is shown in the center of the display.

Menomonie's new street signs, soon to find their way all over the city, are shown in the window of the ABC Sign Works on Third Street. There these little guides, clear black letters on a field of yellow, halt many passers-by. Long signless, in a few weeks these welcome markers will christen Menomonie's streets and avenues anew.

Feb. 11 & 14, 1913

Trustees of Stout Institute are asking the legislature for an appropriation of $265,000 for the purchase of additional ground and more buildings. Some conditions existing at the present time which clearly show the necessity for an immediate increase in accommodations to take care of students are: (1) The Manual Training Department is using three basement rooms and one attic room for shop work. None of the basement rooms is properly lighted or ventilated, and the attic room is not heated. (2) The room used for the class in printing will at best accommodate 12 students. (3) One room only is available for mechanical drawing, a subject taken by all manual training students.  (4) The Domestic Economy Department is using three kitchens, one a basement room in the Central School building, another accommodating but 18 pupils in a business block, and a third in the upper story of one of the Agricultural School buildings, the basement of which is used for a cow barn.  (5) At present 500 students are enrolled in the institute.  The faculty consists of 40 members. When the school was started it as thought that accommodation for 200 students would meet the maximum demand.

Friday, Feb. 10, 1888

The new bridge to be built across the Red Cedar River at Lamb's Creek Falls, by the Horton Bridge Company, of Rochester, MN., will be constructed of iron. It was the intention of the commissioners to contract for a combination bridge and it was thought that the amount appropriated, $3,200, would be hardly enough to build even that kind of a bridge.

R.N. Cassidy makes a boss pilot to guide a steamboat on the Mississippi River, but he came to grief last Monday trying to navigate the highway with a load of wood. While walking alongside the sled his foot slipped into the track and the runner of the rear bob passed over it. His pedal extremity received a tight squeeze and though no bones were broken he was laid up for awhile for repairs. The wonder is that his foot was not crushed, or the load tipped over, which remark we feel safe in making his present crippled condition.

Saturday, Feb. 14, 1863

From our representative in the Legislature, at Madison, we learn that the North Branch of the Great Pacific Railroad is to terminate at St. Paul.  Eastern capitalists, through our business and railroad men in Milwaukee and Chicago, are now seeking out the best route to build The Grand Trunk Railway to connect with said Pacific road at St. Paul. It is suggested and believed that the shortest and most feasible route thus to connect, is through from Tomah, and across the Black River and Chippewa Valley to Prescott and Hudson on the line of the Old Land Grant route. It is further suggested, that if the present state of this section of country, giving its water power, extent of Lumbering interests, with statistics of our agricultural productions and exports were made known — together with our Land Grant for the building of said railroad — that these would at once insure to this route the choice; and that now it is only for the leading and business men of the locality to present these facts in order to insure it.

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

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