“Business activity in Menomonie during the first nine months of this year stands 82 percent above that for the like January-through-September period a year ago.”

— Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1942

Throughout Wisconsin, bank debit totals for the first nine months of the year attained a volume which was 12 percent above the volume recorded for the similar nine months the year before while volume for September of 1942 stood 15 percent above that for September 1941.

Bank debits totals reported by banks throughout the Ninth Federal Reserve District (Montana, the Dakotas, Minnesota, northern western Wisconsin and upper Michigan), showed a volume for the January-through-September period of the year that stood 14 percent above that for the like nine months in 1941 and a September 1942 volume which was 13 percent above that for September the year before.

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

Electricity could become a reality for more homes in a city in northern Malawi, Africa, because of a University of Wisconsin-Stout professor’s research and resourceful students’ problem–solving skills. Tom Lacksonen, an operations and management professor, traveled to the mountainous city of Mzuzu in January with manufacturing engineering and computer engineering student Josh Miller. Their mission: to gauge whether a student-designed prototype for a minihydroelectric generator could be economically mass produced there with available resources.

While the city receives some hydroelectric power from power stations on the Shire River, power cuts and rationing often affect the supply. Mzuzu’s rural settlements have little or no access to electricity. Streams winding through the mountains and jungles provide an ideal power sources for hydroelectric generators, which use concentrated pressure and water flow to turn turbines or water wheels to drive an electric generator.

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1992

The two-and-a-half inches of snow that blanketed the area Monday night resulted in several power outages in Menomonie, but caused few traffic accidents. The largest power outage affected 193 residences and businesses on the south side of Menomonie.

A 1992-93 operational and maintenance budget totaling $5,439,320 was adopted Monday evening by the Boyceville board of education. The budget will require a tax levy of $1,732,713 compared to $1,619,373 in 1991-92. District Administrator Stu Waller said the new tax rate is $21.51 per $1,000 of equalized value. The rate in 1991-92 was $20.70. The increase is 3.9 percent, he said. The higher tax rate means that a person with property valued at $50,000 will pay $40.50 more in 1993 to support local schools when compared to this year.

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 1967

Three major projects plus for new houses pushed the value of building permits issued during the third quarter (July-August-September) to $307,020, according to records compiled by Robert Kess, city building inspector. The three major projects are valued at $215,800 while the four houses carry a $61,000 value.

The value of building permits issued during the third quarter last year was $319,750 and previous totals were $127,550 in 1965 and $145,720 in 1964. Permits were obtained for five new houses in the third quarter of 1966, six in 1965, and eight during 1964’s third quarter. When the value of all permits is considered, the total is $345,515. Sewer-water-plumbing permits were valued at $17,8000, gas at $11,490, electrical at $8,865, and moving-wrecking, $340.

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1942

Business activity in Menomonie during the first nine months of this year stands 82 percent above that for the like January-through-September period a year ago, while business activity in September is 12 percent above that for September, a year ago, according to bank debit totals reported to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and released today. Bank debits, for the most part, represent checks against depositors’ accounts in payment for goods, services, debts, etc., and therefore the bank debit volume for a locality is considered a good indicator of general business conditions, expanding payrolls and large government expenditures are important factors in the expanding debit volume.

Dunn County hasn’t produced a Sgt. York or a Gen. Pershing, yet, in this World War No. 2, but it does lay claim of being the home county of the soldier who wears the biggest pair of shoes in the army. Yes, Sir. The News is in receipt of a copy of The Fort Sheridan Tower, a newspaper printed at the Illinous camp as a civilian enterprise for the officers and enlisted men of Fort Sheridan.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 1917

Dunn County’s drive for the sale of Liberty bonds began on Monday simultaneously throughout the county and from reports in hand it appears that, adverse conditions considered, the results are encouraging. The banks of the county reported a total subscription up to 11 a.m. today of $54,353, County Chairman Frank Pierce reported. This covers actual applications that have been received at the banks and does not take into account applications in the hands of committee workers which have not been turned in. In some of the most important instances it does not include subscriptions made by the banks themselves.

Of the aggregate given $21,600 worth of bonds have so far been subscribed through banks outside the city of Menomonie and $32,750 through the banks of the city. As an illustration of the fact that many subscriptions have been taken that have not yet reached the bank it may be stated that at noon today W. A. Doyle reported to Capt. C. K. Averill that he then had in hand ten additional applications for a total of $600.

Friday, Oct. 21, 1892

Thos. Powers, a veteran of the late war and an intelligent farmer, of Colfax, transacted business in Menomonie, Tuesday. As a young man, Mr. Powers worked for years in the woolen mills and became familiar with the great manufacturing cities of Connecticut and New Jersey and with the condition of their operatives. The knowledge thus obtained together with that derived from his present occupation and the study of current history of the day make him a very competent judge of the condition of labor in the United States. He thinks day laborers, farmers and mechanics are better off today than they ever were in the history of our country.

Last week under sheriff Campbell and Thos Losby conveyed to state prison Frank Stillwell and Mrs. Carrie Roberts, of Stanton, who had been sentenced to two and one-half years and one year respectively, for adultery. Mrs. Roberts is described as an attractive woman, only nineteen years old and the mother of two children. Her infatuation for her worthless paramour is a mystery beyond the comprehension of her friends.

Saturday, Oct. 21, 1882

Street Commissioner Senson has just completed one of the best jobs of sidewalk building ever done in Menomonie, on 12th street. The walk is built on the established grade and there are no steps nor other man-traps common to other walks about the city. It is to be hoped that by another year when the council has funds to work with, it will at least cause the sidewalks on the principal business streets to be graded and so repaired that they will no longer be a disgrace to the city, as it must be conceded they now are.

Mr. George N. Green has purchased the Whiteford House, at Knapp, and entered upon the business of entertaining hungry and tired travelers for a moderate compensation. Mr. Green has had experience in that business and given ample proof that he knows how to keep hotel. The wayfaring man at Knapp will find the Whiteford House a comfortable and pleasant place to tarry.

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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