“On behalf of the Republicans of Dunn County, the thanks of this convention be and they are hereby extended to Mr. Carrol Lucas for his honorable and efficient services as county treasurer for twenty-five years.”

— Friday, Oct. 14, 1892

For more than a quarter of a century Carrol Lucas had been under the auspices of the Republican party, a servant of the people of Dunn County. Between the years of 1866-71, he served as superintendent of schools and in 1866 he was also elected county treasurer, which was a position he held for a number of years.

It was a tradition among old-timers that when he entered upon the performance of the duties of the treasurer’s office the financial affairs of the county were in a deplorable condition. There was no money in the treasury, the obligations of the county were in excess of its income and county orders could be disposed of by holders at a ruinous discount. Due to the hiring of Mr. Lucas the credit of the county was re-established, and at that time Dunn County orders had been worth one hundred cents on the dollar.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

If drivers see orange cones, they’ll need to put away their phones — or face a fine. A new Wisconsin law went into effect Oct. 1, banning handheld mobile device usage in construction zones. Though it is not encouraged, currently it is legal for drivers in Wisconsin to talk on their phones while driving as long as the driver is outside of a construction zone. Cal Smokowicz, Lake Hallie’s police chief, said the new law is a step in the right direction at a time when it seems everyone is constantly on their phone.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1992

The University of Wisconsin-Stout was the recipient of a $1.5 million gift, officials announced Monday. The donation is the largest ever received by the Menomonie institution. A Hawaiian family whose son graduated from Stout left the money to the university. It will be used to create a center to study technology in the classroom and for research.

This marks the second big success for the school’s fundraising efforts. This summer, the school raised a record setting $1 million gift to establish an endowed manufacturing engineering chair. The $1.5 million gift will be used to establish the Arthur M. Nakatani Center for Modern Learning Technology.

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1967

The West Wisconsin Telephone Cooperative, Inc., Box 115, Downsville, has been certified by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to convert its Downsville, Eau Galle, Elk Lake, Rock Falls and Spring Lake exchanges to one-party service. Estimated cost is $1,108,690 and financing would be with funds borrowed from the Rural Electrification Administration.

Ground was broken Monday morning for the new Northern States Power Company service center building in North Menomonie with local, company and construction representatives are participating in the ceremony. Total cost of the 73x100 foot, one story building will be approximately $200,000, according to Fred Dinkel, Eau Claire, division manager of Northern States Power Co.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1942

Our present voluntary “share the meat” ration — 2 ½ pounds per person per week — will not be entirely simple if we are honest with ourselves and with our country. The ration does not apply to light meat eaters, infants, invalids and old people. But those who have been averaging more than the ration must eat larger quantities of foods with nourishment values similar to that of “red meats” — fruits, cereals, dry beans, soybeans, peas, peanuts, mild cheese, poultry, fish, eggs and the like.

Meat bones, included in the ration will go more than ever to soup stocks and we’ll be serving such things as kidneys, brains and heart — not on the ration list — more often. Farmers who slaughter their own meats and butchers who handle them are obligated to keep the same rations as the rest of us. Rubber boots and work shoes now are being rationed to war workers and others who much have them, not by coupons but by chaser obtained from local rationing boards. Ordinary overshoes, which can be made mainly of reclaimed rubber aren’t affected.


hursday, Oct. 11, 1917

Encouraging reports are made by nearly all the speakers who have gone out during the past week to take part in the Liberty loan drive conducted under the auspices of the Dunn County Council of Defense. The vital features of the war situation have been driven home and the speakers have met with an appreciative response.

In many instances citizens present in the audience have declared their intention of investing in the bonds. At each meeting a representative woman has ably discussed the need of food conservation as a measure to be adopted by each individual as an aid in winning the war and Hoover food cards have very generally been distributed.

The east bound “Soo” train No. 4 and the west bound No. 3 made a head-on collision on this side of Stevens Point Oct. 8. The engineers and one fireman were killed, the other receiving a fractured arm. The reports were that the east bound train was traveling at the rate of sixty miles per hour and the switch being open where the other train was waiting, making a terrific smashup. The train arrived here eight hours late.

Friday, Oct. 14, 1892

It was a gracious and proper thing the republican county convention did last week in giving expression to the confidence and esteem which the party entertains for an honored member a trusted official and an old citizen, in the following words: Resolved, That on behalf of the Republicans of Dunn County, the thanks of this convention be and they are hereby extended to Mr. Carrol Lucas for his honorable and efficient services as county treasurer for twenty-five years.

Mr. Lucas’ public career has been marked by an unostentatious and conscientious performance of every duty, by unwavering patience and courtesy, by stern integrity, and by a belief with Lincoln, Hayes, Garfield and others, that a public office is a public trust. His withdrawal from public life is voluntary, having been decided upon long before the last campaign.

Wm. Evans Post has placed a life-size portrait of Lieutentant Henry Stout upon the walls of its hall. Lieut. Stout enlisted in Menomonie at the beginning of the war in Co. K. 5th Wis Inf. and was killed at Spottsylvania in 1864. He was a man of noble character who in an unusual degree held the respect and love of his entire command. He was a cousin of our townsman, J. H. Stout

Saturday, Oct. 14, 1882

Edwin Clifford’s popular dramatic company will appear at Grob’s Hall in this city, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Oct. 18 and 19. On Wednesday evening will present the thrilling drama “Two Orphans,” which created such a sensation in the theatrical world of England and France, and was performed 1,000 nights at the Union Square Theater, New York. Thursday evening Mrs. Southworth’s new version of the “Hidden Hand” one of the most popular plays on the American stage will be given. Mr. Clifford comes this season supported by a company of unusual talent and all who attend may be sure they will see those plays charmingly rendered. Reserve seats for sale at O.K. Ranum’s drug store, and The K. S. & Co. Company’s office.

Wm. R. Sill Chief Engineer of the Chippewa Valley & Superior railroad was in town last Wednesday. He reports that it will take about four weeks more to complete Railroad Bridge across the Chippewa River and lay the track to Menomonie and Cedar Falls.

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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