“The office rooms over the First National bank building formerly used by the Stout institute are being remodeled for the use of the Owen & Northwestern Lumber company.”

— Thursday, Sept. 13, 1917

With the purchase of the last twelve yards from the Midland Lumber & Coal company a larger office force had to be taken on, and this had brought two new families to Menomonie. G. O. Johnson came here from Minneapolis and would serve the company in the capacity of buyer. J. H. Boylan also came from Minneapolis and would act as superintendent over Chippewa Falls, Cornell, Boyd, Stanley, Cadott, Withee, Owen, Curtiss, Greenwood, Loyal, Neilsville, Strum, Fairchild, Osseo, Mondovi, Eleva, New Auburn, Humbird and Bloomer. O. A. Carlson, who had been connected with the company since it had been organized, would then have charge of the LaPointe Lumber Company at Menomonie and Rusk and the O. & N. Lumber company at Wilson, Downing, Wheeler, Colfax and Fall Creek.


Sept. 14, 2016

For more than 130 years, men and woman have been attending University of Wisconsin-Madison to take the Short Course at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. A series of lectures and hands-on classes, the Short Course is a 15-week program that gives young farmers an opportunity to further their careers and learn some of the essentials of agriculture from some of the top instructors in the country. In 1974, Jeff Merritt took the Short Course—and it was a decision that he doesn’t regret. Merritt’s story is one of many that has been featured on UW-Madison’s website illustrating the power of the Short Course and his face will grace local billboards promoting the program.


Sept. 16, 1992

New road signs started going up in early August and by the end of this year, Woods road. Bird road and Will Road will have given way to 865th Avenue, 460-470th Street and 950th Avenue. Sharman township has been totally changed over to the new system, Wilson township has started, and Grant and Peru will be started this week. The rest of the townships will follow. The new county-wide system of streets and avenues will create a grid system that “will positively identify every location in the county,” said Mike Lange, Lange Associates.

The numbering system starts in the southwest corner of the county at the county line. All town roads that ran predominantly north and south have been given a numbered street sign, beginning with 100th Street. Town roads than ran predominantly east and west have been given a numbered avenue sign, beginning with 100th Avenue. town roads that were crooked presented mappers with a challenge, and a few change numbers as they move around.


Sept. 13, 1967

All officers of the West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency, Inc., were re-elected at the annual meeting here Monday night. Returned to office were Dr. Evelyn Rimel, city, president; Ed Germain, Chippewa Falls, vice president; Mrs. Donna Ward, Durand; secretary, and William Watland, Rt. 3, city, treasurer. Members of the board of directors were also selected and the board includes at least 10 members from each of the seven counties in the agency. Regular board members from Dunn County are Dr. Rimel, Ted Supri, Menomonie, representing the handicapped, Joel Breitung, Menomonie, public official, and Lynos (Pete) Hendrikson, Menomonie, school representative.

The family of Sgt. Thomas L. Manor received word last Wednesday that he had been wounded in action, Sept. 4 in Vietnam and is in a Da Nang hospital. According to word received recently by his wife, Manor was serving as a gunnery sergeant of a company a few miles south of the DMZ. His letter revealed that he was in the thick of battle and told of taking enemy prisoners and leaving some on the field.


Sept. 16, 1942

Menomonie heard stirring war bond messages, earnestly told, from two Hollywood stars in person Saturday morning, brought here through the efforts of Wm. S. Smith, Orpheum-Grand theatres manager. Standing on the broad stone threshold at the front entrance of the Mabel Tainter memorial, Edward Arnold and Miss Frances Dee, stopping here on their way from St. Paul to Chippewa Falls, urged a throng of 1,200 or more eager Dunn county listeners who jammed the street and walks, to buy, and buy more, war bonds and stamps.

The First National Bank in Menomonie opened its doors today as a new corporation, the stock of which is 100 percent locally owned, to continue to serve the people of the community with national banking facilities in the same location that has been a banking center here for more than 60 years, culminating more than three months’ of intensive effort under the direction of an organization committee of Paul Vasey, W. H. Bundy, and J. H. Hickey.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 1917

The office rooms over the First National bank building formerly used by the Stout institute are being remodeled for the use of the Owen & Northwestern Lumber company. G. W. LaPointe, Jr., is the general manager of the company, now has twenty-four yards in this section of the state exclusive of the two LaPointe Lumber Company yards at Menomonie and Rusk.

Menomonie’s latest industry, the John Wildi Evaporated Milk Company, received a cordial welcome to the city last night, when the members of the Commercial club and a number of guests gathered at a supper given in honor of John F. Montgomery, president of the corporation and A. Boughner, chief engineer. The occasion brought together about 100 of the business men of the city and President Montgomery, who, after a day spent in looking over the city and surrounding farming country, concurred heartily in the judgment shown by Supt. R. M. Garret and Asst. Supt. F. H. Hysell in selecting Menomonie as the location for a new plant.

Friday, Sept. 16, 1892

Menomonie will next Monday have an opportunity to witness an unique game of base ball, viz: Between The Ladies Base Ball Aggregation of Denver, Col., and the Menomonie Blue Caps. The ladies of the club travel by special car, are costumed modestly, are lady-like in deportment and play ball like veterans. Ladies are invited. Admission is 35 cents.

Mr. J. H. Butcher, for the past two years bookkeeper in The K. S. & Co. Co.’s general office in this city has been transferred to Chetek to assume charge of the company’s interests there. Mr. Butcher is an efficient business man and educated gentleman and his departure from Menomonie will be regretted by many warm friends.

If within the jurisdiction of the health officer of the city he would perform a commendable public service by compelling the cleaning of the gutters on the south side of Main street between Tenth and Twelfth. The green slime covering the accumulations therein and the sickening odors emanating there from suggest sickness, pestilence and sudden death.

Saturday, Sept. 16, 1882

The Dunn County Brick Co., located at Menomonie, in which several Eau Claire gentlemen are largely interested, is now manufacturing with the Patent Gregg machine, at the rate of from 25,000 to 40,000 brick per day, and about 25,000 per day on an average is being shipped from the yards to various localities, several shipments being made to Minneapolis. After the present week the company will have facilities for turning out at the rate of 40,000 per day, and expect to manufacture 3,000,000 during the season.

Mr. Hill, the efficient superintendent, will have the running capacity of the machine largely increased and will shortly commence laying a stock of clay to enable operations to continue during the winter. The first two kilns that were burned were almost an entire failure by reason of those having that part of the work in charge, not understanding the density of the brick, now, however, they are experienced in that important branch and have no trouble in getting the right temperature.

Dustyn Dubuque is the Events and Programming Coordinator for the Dunn County Historical Society (715-232-8685, or dchs@dunnhistory.org).


Dunn County News Editor

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

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