Checking plans for the new Bolo Inn Supper Club are Mr. and Mrs. Bill Braker and their son Steve. The supper club will be located southwest of the Bolo Inn Motel.

135 Years

Saturday, Dec. 2,1882

Master Leon Oben, nephew of Mrs. Dr. Nicholas arrived in this city last week and will remain a member of the Doctor’s family indefinitely. The lad’s short history is pathetic. The family consisted of the father, mother, Leon and a little sister.

In 1878 when Leon was about six years old they were living at Memphis. At that time the south was ravaged by that terrible scourge, yellow fever. Within a few days of each other the parents and little girl were taken, the boy being saved by kind friends taking him hastily away beyond danger. Since that time, he has found a home with relatives most of the time in southern Illinois. The family had many acquaintances in Menomonie having spent a summer here six or eight years ago.

125 Years

Friday, Dec. 2, 1892

Joseph Josephson, the inventor, has a new sleigh shoe on exhibition at Schmidt & Heintz’s blacksmith shop, that ought to supersede all others in use. It is simply a cast-iron shoe, with a wrought iron core that makes it practically indestructible. The cost is about the same as for a solid cast-iron shoe.

Resolution of respect: At the annual session of the Wisconsin Woman’s Suffrage Association, held in Richmond Center,Oct. 25-27, the following preamble and resolution were adopted;

WHEREAS, In the death of Henry Doty Maxson this association has lost from conscious co-operation a valued vice president, friend and worker, therefore.

Resolved, that we pay this last tribute of respect, gratitude and sorrow to his memory who but one brief year ago was an inspiring presence in each session of our annual meeting. In the long silence we shall cherish the memory of that type of concentrate energy, heroic moral courage and devotion to duty, earth named Maxson as one of those who have helped make life worth the living.

100 Years

Thursday, Nov. 29, 1917

Cigars for Co H.—Anderson Bros. and their employees have sent to Co. H, 128th infantry, at Camp MacArthur, Waco, Tex., the gift of 500 cigars with the following letter to Capt. Albert Nathness: “My dear captain and Co. H: All members of Anderson Bros., Inc., and their full working force send you and the company five hundred A. B. smokers for Thanksgiving and when the smoke from them curls around your heads may it bring forth visions of a glorious victory, and that these visions may be fully realized is the hope of all those that have contributed to this little token of our esteem for you. Cordially, Al C. Anderson, secretary.”

75 Years

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1942

Baseball fans in this neck of the woods can hardly wait until the Milwaukee Brewers open their spring drills, and their regular schedule to follow. It’s because Andy Pafko, product of the Dunn County league, is hoped to have a good chance to hold down in outfield post with the Brewers next season.

ICE FISHING NOTE: There is an open season on all kinds of lake fish in Dunn County until January 15. An open season on crappies and perch extends beyond that date.

50 Years

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 1967

Menomonie’s freshman basketball team opens the season Friday, Dec. 1, when they host Eau Claire North’s freshmen in the senior high gym starting at 4:15 p.m. Coach Ron Sandfort’s 12-man squad will play 12 games during the 1967-68 campaign. Home and away games are scheduled with North, Barren, Chippewa Falls, Durand, Mondovi’ and Glenwood City. Included in the freshman roster are Ken House (5-8), Roger Fisher (6-0), Chad Haden (5-11), Steve Josephson (6-0), Gary Buckley (5-6), Jim Verdon (5-10), Gary Golomski (6-0), Brian Benson (5-6), Gary Marine (5-10), Jim Evan (5-5), Tom Young (5-9) and John Fizel (5-3). Dan Harshman is the manager of the freshman team.

25 Years

Wednesday Dec. 2, 1992

Equipment is being set up at the Phillips Plastic facility in the Stout Technology Park and Plant Manager Tom Cervenka said light production should begin this week. The 18,000-square-foot facility will produce high precision injection molding components for electronic, medical and consumer markets, Cervenka said. The company had the spec building remodeled during the past six months to fit Phillips Plastics’ needs. A crew of about eight people have been getting equipment set up and operational, he said. Cervenka said Phillips officials are looking at 24-hour operation by the end of February of 1993. By the end at 1993, Cervenka said he hopes the facility will employ 15-20 people. Eventually, PhiIIips officials have said the company plans to build a training center in the technology park.

15 Years

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002

Wow! Five Division 2 state championships in a decade. The MHS football team won the fifth Friday with a 17-14 victory over Brookfield Central, the squad that also was the victim of the fourth MHS conquest back in 1999. Make no doubt about it, this was a team effort. And MHS needed its team concept and depth to defeat a Lancer team that had three great individuals.

Sure, MHS had some great individuals, as well. Defensive end Shea Smiskey was named to the first team of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel All-State Football Team. Offensive guard Mike Schmidt and linebacker Trevor Howard were named to the second team. But, the MHS team was more than great individuals. It had other players too numerous to mention who played huge roles in the team success. Congratulations to each and every one of them.

Part of this year’s success came from the fact that opposing teams could not key on any one MHS player or facet of the game. In almost every game, a different player took a lead role in the victory. We would be remiss if we wouldn’t also thank the MHS band, cheerleaders, managers and assistant coaches for their fine work. Joe LaBuda gave them due credit at the pep rally Friday night.

This year’s Thanksgiving meal will cost slightly less than last year because of lower turkey, cranberry and milk prices, according to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s 11th annual Thanksgiving Market Basket survey. The Farm Bureau said this year’s traditional Thanksgiving dinner for a family of eight will cost an average $33.44, 32-cents less than last year. The Farm Bureau conducted the survey of 14 food items of the traditional Thanksgiving meal in 26 communities across Wisconsin. The same meal cost an average $33.76 last year.

10 Years

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007

On Monday, David Williams began his appointment as vice chancellor for University Advancement and Marketing at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He will be one of three vice chancellors reporting directly to Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen and will be in charge of the university’s alumni and foundation offices, as well as overseeing its marketing efforts.

A machine shed located at N10810 Highway 25, two miles north of Wheeler, burned Tuesday morning, causing an estimated $150,000 to $200,000 In damages to the building (owned by Irene Medina of Illinois) and a large amount of tools and equipment inside, including a combine, tractor, saws and hazards such as acetylene and propane tanks, which kept flre fighters from entering the structure. The Boyceville Fire Department requested mutual aid from Menomonie to battle the blaze, the fire is believed to be accidental, caused by a wood stove. There were no injuries.

5 Years

Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

Longtime Elk Mound assistant football coach Dave Lew has been named the new head varsity coach for the Mounders, athletic director Paul Weber announced Monday. Lew replaces Hall of Fame coach Dan Pedersen, who retired after 39 years of running the football program. Lew, a coach and teacher within the school district for the past 11 years was officially hired by the school board on Nov. 19. In addition to football, Lew also coaches in the boys basketball program and is currently a middle school social studies teacher. A native of the Thorp area, Lew worked for the Marathon and Independence school districts prior to his move to Elk Mound.

Wisconsin Badger Camp announced it is the recipient of a $583.97 donation from the Knights of Columbus Council No. 2055. The donation will provide financial assistance to local individuals who will attend Wisconsin Badger Camp. Located 10 miles south of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin Badger Camp is a nonprofit organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities by providing quality outdoor recreational experiences. Wisconsin Badger Camp accepts campers regard less of age, severity of disability or financial situation. This summer, more than 800 individuals with developmental disabilities had the opportunity to experience swimming, hiking, camping and making friends at Wisconsin Badger Camp.

Sofi Doane is the Collections Manager for the Dunn County Historical Society. She can be reached at 715-232-8685 or


Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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