“More wheat is one of the great needs of the country and the promoters of agricultural development are making organized efforts to encourage and increase the fall planting of grain.”

— Thursday, Aug. 2, 1917

E. O. Wright, formerly president and manager of the Wisconsin Milling company of Menomonie and a director of the State Millers’ association, gave the plan his endorsement and expressed himself enthusiastically of the belief that it would result in considerable increase in the grain acreage in the state. The First National bank was co-operating in the movement and made prompt application by telegraph for the agency for the distribution in this locality of the pedigreed seed that would be put out.

There was available for seed about 4,000 bushels of Wisconsin pedigree No. 2 hard winter wheat and any quantity up to 100,000 bushels of pedigree white rye. It was proposed to distribute the Wisconsin pedigree wheat through the banks of the state in allotments of twenty to forty bushels to each bank ordering. There are more than 800 banks, so that the allotment will go to the first 100 to 150 banks ordered through George D. Bartlett.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016

The Menomonie School Board approved new language for gender identity and gender expression in the district, including transgender and gender expression in the district, including transgender and gender nonconforming students. The changes in the district’s Equal Educational Opportunities policy state that “the board prohibits discrimination or harassment based on gender identity or gender expression.” At the school board’s July 25 meeting, the policy — which currently doesn’t refer to bathrooms or locker rooms — was approved by an 8-0 vote; board member Jeff Jaeger was not present.

If you’re a Chippewa-area sports fan, it’s a sure bet that you know the voices of Hayes Callaghan and Dave Hanson. The longtime radio duo has been narrating local sporting events over the airwaves for 29 years at WCFW-FM. The 2016-17 school year will be their 40th together as a team.

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1992

Everybody was a winner at Monday night’s meeting of Menomonie’s city council. Reaping a bountiful harvest were individuals with property abutting the 21st Street and Point Comfort Road water main extension and the Menomonie Area Youth Baseball Association (MAYBA). The water main will be installed by Underground Excavation, of Durand, who submitted the low bid of $51,100.40. There were six bidders and the high proposal was $68,176. However, abutting property owners will pay their share of project costs utilizing a new assessment method. Instead of paying according to front footage, each property owner who will benefit from the project will pay a per lot assessment. Additionally, the council said the assessment will be deferred until the property is connected to the main.

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 1967

Menomonie’s school board, in special session Tuesday, granted fuel oil and sidewalk and curb and gutter construction bids and discussed the transportation problem involving city school children. Standard Oil Co., represented by Guy Hamann, city, was awarded the fuel oil contract with bids of 10.38 cents per gallon off transport trailer and 11.39 cents per gallon off tank wagon truck. The company submitted a firm bid and the quotations were the lowest received.

Menomonie Farmers Union also submitted bids and the firm asked 10.79 cents per gallon off transport trailer and 11.79 cents off tank wagon truck. The district has various size tanks and some can be serviced by transport while tank wagon delivery is required at other sites. The junior-senior high has a 10,000 gallon capacity tank, Cedar Falls, 8,000 gallons and East, 6,000 gallons. Coddington has a 3,000 gallon tank, Little Elk Creek, 1,050 gallons, and Downsville, Lucas, Knapp and North all have 1,000 gallon tanks.

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1942

A throng estimated at over 6,000 people Thursday afternoon joined in appropriate and colorful ceremonies to honor Gov. Julius P. Heil and other dignitaries of the state in the dedication of the new $335,000 bridge across the Red Cedar River. A rain in the morning threatened to dampen the day’s program which included a luncheon at noon, a parade in the afternoon, followed by the dedication program at the bridge, but by parade time the sun peaked out to brighten the line of march, and before the speech-making from the reviewing stand at the bridge was over the sun was out full with the weather man going all-out to do his part towards the success of the occasion. And so another chapter in the bridge history of Menomonie has been written.

Relief department costs of the City of Menomonie showed another drop during July, it is indicated by the monthly report of Relief Director Lafe Gordon. The report was read and placed on file by the city council at the weekly meeting. Total relief department cost for the month is $1,322.92. Administration cost total is $169.91.

Thursday, Aug. 2, 1917

More wheat is one of the great needs of the country and the promoters of agricultural development are making organized efforts to encourage and increase the fall planting of grain. The representatives of the Wisconsin College of Agriculture, the Wisconsin College of Agriculture, the Wisconsin Bankers’ association, the Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce and the Wisconsin State Millers’ association, in executive session at Neenah recently agreed upon a tentative plan for seed distribution.

Mrs. Emma Groll, aged 59, and her daughter, Gladys, aged 19, arrived in this city Tuesday evening on their way from their home in Missoua, Mont., to Chicago. They are making the long journey on horseback on an investment of $20. While here they stopped at the Wisconsin house, resuming the trip Wednesday morning by the way of Eau Claire, where the elder woman has a relative.

Friday, Aug. 5, 1892

In his speech at Menomonie last Saturday evening Gen. Bragg claimed that the republicans unjustly charged the democrats with being a free trade party, maintaining that his party was for “tariff reform” and not for free trade. The General’s memory must be failing. No other person certainly has forgotten how the attempt of Senator Vilas in the late democratic National Convention at Chicago to secure the adoption of a high protective tariff plank in the platform was most vigorously “sat down upon” and the following adopted in its place. We declare it to be a fundamental principle of the Democratic party that the Federal Government has no constitutional power to impose and collect tariff duties except for the purpose of revenue only, and we demand that the collection of such taxes shall be limited to the necessities of the government when honestly and economically administered.

Saturday, Aug. 3, 1867

A change of rulers is not necessarily a change of fortune. With so reckless a herald as Escobedo, poor Mexico is not better off than when under the foreign prince. In his ridiculous swagger be admonishes even the United States to be careful, lest they may have to beg for the heads of their own citizens! The truth is, that Mexico is a century behind the march of civilization; and her insolent refusal of our request for enlightened treatment of their prisoners, is ample proof of it. In the haughtiness of victory they forfeited their own safety and our respect and friendship. The country is like the troubled sea—restless and riley, and beyond.

One would suppose, by the busy movements of the doctors, and by their smiling countenances, that there is much sickness. But such is not the cash. The increase of population is the whole secret. Both numerically and financially Dunn County is going ahead. And her progress morally and socially will be equally rapid and permanent, if and if, said the lawyer.

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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