“The damage that the calamity howlers and professional agitators are doing to the people of this state is beyond estimate.”

— Friday, Sept. 2, 1892

As a result the mills were closed and many of the men went west. At Menomonie they were joined by several from adjacent brick yards. Some of these men have returned after a week’s experience, and tell harrowing tales of what they were called upon to endure. They say the Dakotas are swarming with men from contiguous states, lured there by promises of plenty of work and big pay. Instead of this many men were working for a dollar a day and hundred of others were unable to obtain employment at any price. These men had no place to sleep and but little to eat, many of them finding shelter in box cars and warehouses and foraging like veritable tramps for food the sustain life.

Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016

The Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in Menomonie has long been rumored to be haunted. Over the years, workers and volunteers in its Landmark Theater have repeatedly reported ghostly sighting and sensations including the smell of cherry tobacco, rose water, the sound of footsteps or rustling clothing, and even some tampering with lights and equipment. These are the kinds of reports that attracted the attention of the Johnsdale Paranormal Group of Minnesota. Several members traveled to Menomonie where they spent Aug. 19 and 20 conducting an investigation of the theater. Their finding will be part of “Ghosts of Dunn County,” presentation hosted by the Dunn County Historical Society.

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1992

After more than 120 years in the family, The Dunn County News (Flint Publishing, Inc.) was sold to an outside bidder last week. Independent Media Group (IMG) purchased the business that had been associated with the Flint family since 1871. The Dunn County News is the oldest established business in Dunn County. The News was first printed in 1860, but was known as the Dunn County Lumberman.

The Dunn County News, a Wednesday newspaper with a 6,100 circulation, also publishes the Dunn County Shopper on Mondays. The Shopper has circulation of 25,500. The new publisher of the Dunn County News and the Dunn County Shopper brings a wealth of experience with him. Jeff Becker, 33, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, has 11 years of experience in the newspaper business. He comes to the Dunn County News after serving as general manger of The Weekly in Terre Haute, Ind.

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 1967

Memorial Library librarians and city officials can forget about pails and buckets when the re-roofing project at the Mabel Tainter Memorial building is completed. That statement was made Friday by Russel Jacobson, secretary-treasurer of the Memorial Library board, who noted that “water—catching” pails and buckets were a common sight in the library and city offices housed in the building following a rain or in the spring when the snow on the roof melted.

Recently workmen began tearing off the old slate shingles which were placed on the building when it was constructed in 1889. The new shingles will be a combination of cement and asbestos and are equal to or better than slate, said Jacobson. He said the Library board has undertaken the project and the estimated cost is $25,849 which includes $5,000 for new copper eves and drain pipes. The cost may increase if some new roof boards are needed, he added.

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1942

The Menomonie exchange of the Wisconsin Telephone company was smashed almost to bits, the service was rendered totally out of working order, four operators were trapped at the switchboards, at least one person was injured, and a number of city residences were also struck by incendiary bombs and set on fire and some occupants were seriously injured, about 8:30 o’clock Monday night when enemy sky raiders, believed to have been Japanese, flew their planes in waves over the city to drop their loads of bombs.

That sounds a bit on the fantastic order, but it brought home the point, that “it can happen here.” Menomonie and Dunn county citizens and civilian defense members especially, were in an imaginative mood Monday night, for they wanted to make the drill as realistic as possible. The test clearly brought out three points: First, there are more messengers, more fire watchers, more auxiliary firemen and police, and more air raid wardens needed. Second, the sirens, whistles and other alarm signals were found not to be loud enough so that all could hear. Third, the public generally was found in a cooperative mood.

Thursday, Aug. 30, 1917

President Wilson Thursday placed the coal industry of the United States under the direction of Dr. H. A. Garfield, president of Williams Price Fixing committee of the food administration. In making the announcement the president fixed the prices to be charged for anthracite coal. They range from $4 for white ash grade to $5.30 for Lykens valley, stove size. This means lower cost to the consumer. With the anthracite prices the president also fixed the profit that might be charged by jobbers on both anthracite and bituminous coal. The highest margin allowed on bituminous is 15 cents per ton and the highest on anthracite 30 cents per ton.

The Dunn County Soil Improvement association is being organized by the School of Agriculture. Farmers wishing to join are requested to notify Principal D. P. Hughes. The purpose of the association is to secure expert analyses of the soils of the farms owned by members. This work will be done by representatives of the College of Agriculture at Madison and will be paid for when done. A knowledge of the soil constituents of any farm will prove a great value.

Friday, Sept. 2, 1892

The damage that the calamity howlers and professional agitators are doing to the people of this state is beyond estimate. The effect of their influence has recently been forcibly illustrated. A couple of weeks ago Robt. Schilling and O. M. Bendixon went to Eau Claire, stirred up the workmen in the saw mills there, and by promises of employment in western wheat fields, induced them to strike.

Capt. Tainter’s racers, Birchwood, Legal Test, Dalphia, Dalphia D, Minnie A, Marco Polo, Silena F, and Vera Capel are making a tour of the fall racing meetings. They are now a La Crosse where Dalphia and Vera Capel have won large money, the latter attracting marked attention by winning the 2:30 pacing race. They will go from La Crosse to Hamline, Rochester and Duluth.

Saturday, Sept. 2, 1882

The railroad bridge across the Chippewa River near Downsville will be completed in about two weeks when track laying between Dunnville and Menomonie will commence. It is expected the road will be finished to this city and Cedar Falls sometime in October.

The American Silk Company recently presented Mrs. Garfield with an elegant dress pattern manufactured at the Company’s factory in New Jersey. A relative of Mrs. S. B. French, residing in that state, sent her a sample of the silk. It is black, very heavy, richly figured, and withal an elegant piece of goods.

The Augusta Eagle is informed that the berry merchants shipped from Fairchild, one day last month, one hundred and thirty-one bushels of blue berries, netting to the pickers eleven cents per quart, or an aggregate of $461.12. The average amount shipped the preceding ten days per day, was one hundred bushels.

CORRECTION: In last Wednesday’s From the files column, the cutline under the photo was inadvertently switched. This is what should have appeared: “Wednesday, March 18, 1953: Thirty-five St. Paul Dispatch-Pioneer Press carrier boys who won an all-expense paid trip to the Shrine circus are pictured above as they hoarded the Greyhound bus in Menomonie. These carrier boys, representing three counties, Barron, Eau Claire, and Dunn, won the all-expense paid trip by obtaining new customers for their company. The trip included a tour of the Dispatch-Pioneer Press news plant, two free meals, and an afternoon at the Shrine circus. They were accompanied by circulation managers representing each county, including Rudy Rassbach, Menomonie, who is in charge of Dunn County.”

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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