From the files: Former editors purchase Dunn County News

2013-10-02T09:44:00Z From the files: Former editors purchase Dunn County NewsBy Dustyn Dubuque | For THE NEWS Chippewa Herald
October 02, 2013 9:44 am  • 

"Col. W. H. Allen, of Menomonie, has been in Barron several days on business in the register of deeds office assisting the formal entry and certification of record of a large number of patents on lands heretofore entered by the Knapp, Stout & Co. Company, or members thereof." 

— Friday, Oct. 5, 1888

There were many interesting things connected with these papers, both old and new and they were of two classes: U.S. government and state. Three new books were required for their record, and there were six different forms of the government patents. The balance of the government forms were for land warrants and college scrip. Every administration from Franklin Pierce down to Grover Cleveland, inclusive of both, is represented in the issue of some of these patents. They all were set to be signed by the president, though it was probable that no patents have ever actually been signed by a president since the earliest history of the government, if indeed, then.

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012

The Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that Michelle M. Dingwall of Menomonie has been hired as its new CEO. Dingwall replaces Lisa Montgomery, who spent the past five years at the helm of the chamber before taking a position at Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville. In addition to a Bachelor of Science from Marquette University, Dingwall has a mini MBA from the University of St. Thomas. She brings a wealth of business experience in various positions with Feed My People Food Bank, the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and the American Red Cross, along with volunteer experience with the Girl Scouts and the Chippewa Valley Fund Raising Professionals. Dingwall says she looks forward to working with the staff, board of directors and the nearly 500 members of the chamber.

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1988

More than 270 scholarships valued at more than $118,000 were recently awarded to UW-Stout students through Stout University Foundation, Inc., according to the foundation's director, David Williams. Williams said the awards were made to both incoming and returning students during a reception sponsored by the foundation. Williams noted that the scholarship program, which spans more than a quarter of a century, started with two scholarships totaling $200.  He attributed growth of the program to a commitment by alumni, staff and business people.

Automobile death and severe injury rates in Wisconsin were each down almost 15 percent in the first six months of 1988 compared to the same period a year ago, the state Department of Transportation reported today. DOT officials credited the new mandatory seat belt law which went into effect last Dec. 1 with reducing by more than 10 percent the overall rate of injury per 1,000 occupants involved in injury-producing accidents. At the same time, the number of occupants exposed to injury-producing accidents increased 9 percent because of statewide travel growth.

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1963

The equalized value of Dunn County for 1963 is $2,333,025, according to the report of the committee on equalization that met recently. The total represents an increase of $12,794,675 compared to 1962 figures when the equalized value was $89,538,350. From 1961 to 1962 the increase was $2,559,370. This is the largest increase in equalized value in recent years, and the trend of increasing the equalized valuation in nearly all municipalities in the county was continued. Between 1958 and 1959 the equalized value of every taxing unit was increased and an increase is noted in 28 of the 30 taxing units this year. Last year, 23 or the 30 units showed an increase, and in 1961, 29 of the 30 units were increased. The increase in value from 1958 to 1959 was 7 1/2 million. The city of Menomonie was jumped from $27,215,120 to $32,984,830, an increase of $5,769,710. The increase from 1961 to 1962 was $613,070, from 1960 to 1961, $475,910, and from 1959 to 1960, $1,583,660.

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1938

It was a happy event for hundreds of Farmers Union members who attended the open house reception at the new home of the Menomonie Farmers Union Oil Co. in the former Johnson garage building on Main Street Saturday.  Chris Hovland, manager of the local unit since 1936, said lunch was served to at least 3,500 people during the day. The lunch served caused the use of 212 loaves of bread, 15 dozen buns, cookies, coffee and a large supply of cheese, butter and meat. Among the guests present were C. Y. Long, first manager of the Farmers Union Oil Co. here, and K. W. Hones, Colfax, state president of the Farmers Union.

Menomonie will be the center of the biggest celebration it has seen in many a year on Saturday and Sunday, for on those two days the 10th District American Legion conference will be held here, bringing an estimated 5,000 people for the event from the counties of Barron, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Trempealeau, Buffalo, Pepin, Pierce, and Dunn.  There are 55 Legion posts in the district and all will be represented at the colorful conference.

Oct. 7 & 10, 1913

After this issue (Oct. 7), there will be a change in the ownership of The Dunn County News.  Members of The Dunn County News Co. today sold the newspaper plant and equipment to J.T. Flint and C.M. Douglas, who will take complete possession tomorrow morning. The new owners are well known to readers of The News, both having been former editors of the paper. Both are experienced and competent newspaper men and will have the interest of Menomonie and Dunn County at heart in their work. W.R. Hotchkiss, president and manager of The Dunn County News Co., on account of his health will seek a milder climate in the west or south and will probably move from Menomonie within a few weeks.  Paul F. Hunter, editor of The News since last December, has not decided as yet where he will locate, but will probably return to the daily newspaper field in a larger city.

Friday, Oct. 5, 1888

Col. W.H. Allen, of Menomonie, has been in Barron several days on business in the register of deeds office assisting the formal entry and certification of record of a large number of patents on lands heretofore entered by the Knapp, Stout & Co. Company, or members thereof. There are over 700 of these patents, and they comprise the greater part of all the patents which that company or its founders have received for lands in Barron County.

After nine years of faithful services Dr. D.H. Decker retires from the management of the Menomonie Times. His work has been, for the most part, a labor of love and he leaves the sanctum rich in experience — the usual reward of a country editor.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 1863

One of the most violent hailstorms that ever occurred in this country, took place in St. Charles County, Mo., about two weeks since. The corn fields for about two miles square were completely stripped of the corn, and the grain appeared as though pounded in a mortar. Large numbers of ducks and pigs were killed, and several men were seriously injured, and one man killed, by the hail stones. The damage done to the stock, buildings and crops of the county, was very great. About the time this hailstorm took place in Missouri, we were told of a similar one that visited the upper part of this county. Our informant assured us that the hailstones "were about the size of a man's double fist."We thought they were of a very respectable size — almost too big to talk about at the time.

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

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