“Few of our people we imagine realize the magnitude and importance that the brick-making industry is assuming in Menomonie.”

Friday, Sept. 23, 1892

In the spring of 1892 the Northern Hydraulic Pressed Brick Company purchased a portion of the old Hughes farm on the west side of the river and for six months had an army of men engaged in erecting a plant that for completeness would have few equals, not even in the west. Its buildings covered fifteen acres of ground and consisted of a power house, six patent over-draft kilns, and immense dry sheds and store houses. An eighty horse-power engine machine which had a capacity for 28,000 to 30,000 dry pressed brick per day, the company also built eight tenements. The output would be what is known as stock brick, no common brick was to be manufactured, and the works would be operated the entire year. The plant was set to cost $100,000.

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

As Stout Institute was coming of age more than a century ago, it became clear that a major academic building was needed to accommodate enrollment growth and curriculum expansion. In fact, in fall 1912 enrollment had hit 545 students and 100 applicants had to be turned away. Lorenzo Dow Harvey, who took over leadership of the school upon James Huff Stout’s death, went to the state Legislature with a strong case for funding the new building, as well as some other improvements, and in 1913 received a $265,000 appropriation. The largest celebration in Menomonie’s history – with 3,500 local residents attending — followed the news. Passage of the appropriation also put to rest an issue that had been plaguing Stout Institute for years; a proposal to transfer the school from Menomonie to Eau Claire.

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1992

City of Menomonie residents living in one to four unit residences should receive a red, 18-gallon recycling bin on Oct. 3, said Chad Haas, Dunn County solid waste coordinator. The bins will come with two stickers, one that reads what is acceptable for the program and one that explains the Menomonie Kiwanis Club newspaper collection/recycling program. The Menomonie program will pick up: aluminum and bi-metal cans, three types of glass, green brown and clear; plastics #1, the clear, soda bottle-type, and plastics #2, milk jugs and detergent bottles; and magazines and corrugated cardboard.

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1967

One of the largest dairy herd dispersal sales in the history of Dunn County — especially in terms of numbers was held last Wednesday at Millar Brothers Farm (Jep and Jerry), Rt. 2, Menomonie. When the auctioneer banged his gavel the final time, it marked the sale of 178 animals, including 90 cows, 10 fresh heifers and 78 yearlings and calves. Average price paid for the animals was $364 but the average figures was brought down because of the number of calves and young animals in the sale. Jewel Belmont Piebe 2d brought the top price of $820 and the purchaser was Harry Marks, Mondovi. The cow was classified very well with 86 points.

Co-chairman of United Fund drives in Colfax and Boyceville were announced Saturday by Harold Polasky, general chairman of the second annual Dunn County fund raising campaign. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hill will head up Colfax’s campaign for the second straight year. In Boyceville the co-chairman are Mrs. Leon Burton and Mrs. Dean Hoar. The countywide drive will take place during the month of October according to Polasky. Goal this year is $34,000. A total of 16 agencies will share.

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1942

No trains, buses, trucks and fewer cars move owing to Thursday’s heavy rain. The railroad bed is washed out, also parts of highway 12. The bridge on old highway 12 just north of the Schultz place is gone. A big tree is nestled on the Steve Cave house, most basements are water filled. In Cady, five bridges are out, a $20,000 loss besides the fills. The Booten Bridge is one of them. How to replace without state and federal aid is what puzzles Chairman Walter Karnes and his board.

Most of Boyceville was under a cover of about two feet of water Thursday night shortly after midnight when the high water here reached its crest. Tiffany Creek was far above its banks rising over the bridge until it flowed across the highway, washing out the south approach to Tiffany Creak Bridge. The Hayestown bridge approach west of here was also washed out, as was the culvert east of the creamery on Tiffany Street. Very few homes were fortunate enough not to have water in their basements. Some whom had never had water in basements before experienced it during this flood.

Thursday, Sept. 20, 1917

Fully 2,000 voices were united in a mighty shout as the east bound passenger train left the Menomonie depot of the Omaha road at 7:40 last night and the cry was answered by forty-one heads, protruding from the windows of an extra coach. The forty-one heads were those of the second contingent of selected men from Dunn County and they were taking their farewell of friends and home as they departed for Rockford and the war. In years to come, huge crowds that assemble at the Omaha depot in this city will be measured in comparison with the throng that packed the station platform from end to end on the night of Sept. 19, 1917. It was a gathering to be remembered and the youths who then went forth to join the fighting forces of the nation will no doubt long remember it as an unmistakable evidence of the regard in which the soldiers of the new army are held by their fellow citizens.

Friday, Sept. 23, 1892

E.B. Manwarning of Superior spent Sunday last in Menomonie, and long enough Monday to witness the game of base ball between the Denver aggregation of female loveliness and the Menomonie Blue Caps. Ed. Can tell a good thing sometimes without seeing it, just by the name it bears.

J.F. Catt, the celebrated melon man of Peru, made his annual visitation this week to Menomonie. He disposed of a carload of watermelons to Lange Bros. and did not forget the News in the distribution of the luscious fruit about town.

Few of our people we imagine realize the magnitude and importance that the brick-making industry is assuming in Menomonie. The output of 20,000,000 a year requires large capital and the employment of hundreds of men, and the brick have become famous throughout the country, but the manufacture is conducted so quietly and unostentatiously that own citizens apparently know little about it.

Saturday, Sept. 23, 1882

The people in the town of Spring Brook, Dunn County, were considerably excited last Tuesday over the result of an attempt to shoot a large black bear, made by Ralph Ryder, a man nearly eighty years old. The animal was first seen passing near a cornfield in close proximity to Ryder’s house, and as soon as a gun could be brought out the old man took a stand and his nephew Mark Ryder with the assistance of several boys, succeeded in starting the animal toward him. Ryder held his fire until the bear was within a few yards of him and when he discharged his piece, had the satisfaction of seeing the brute drop as though dead, but before two seconds of time had elapsed, he found himself in the unyielding grasp of a pair of huge paws and felt the teeth of the dying beast crushing his hand and wrist. Before the tussle was over he was badly used up, having both wrists broken and a large piece of scalp stripped from the top of his head to his eyebrows.

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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