“Dunn County has so far collected 800 tons of salvage in the “Harvest Festival”...

— Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1942

Chairman Tilseth was in shock when he received word from the state salvage chairman at Milwaukee that Dunn County’s salvage quota for November had been set at 1,000 tons. Chairman Tilseth did not believe Menomonie could hit the quota, but would try. The primary salvage for the drive was old cars that no longer were serviceable would be junked for the drive. Coddington School of Menomonie won first place in the county salvage collection contest. That school collected 12,600 pounds of salvage. Kenneth Douglas and Karsten Edwards of Colfax teamed together to win second prize, with 11,685 pounds of salvage. Third prize was won by St. Paul’s Lutheran school of Menomonie that collected 9,460 pounds of salvage.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Dunn County has lost 26 percent of its dairy herds from 2012 to 2016, according to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA releases figures on total cow herds as of Oct. 1 of each year. Since 2012 to this year, Dunn County went from 191 herds to 142. Here is the year-by-year statistics: 2012-191; 2013-175, 2014-164, 2015-152; and 2016-142. It is much the same situation in Chippewa County, which lost nearly a fifth of its dairy herds over five years. For Chippewa County, dairy herds have fallen from 348 in 2012 to 279 in 2016, a loss of 69 herds. That’s a percentage loss of 19.8 percent.

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1992

Dunn County taxpayers will see a reduction in their 1993 county property taxes, if the proposed budget is approved. The proposal calls for a reduction in the tax rate of 3.01 percent, from $8.16 per $1,000 of assessed value in 1992 to $7.91 per $1,000 in 1993. Taxes on a $50,000 home would be $395.62 under the proposal, down $12.28 from this year’s figure of $407.90. The total proposed budget for 1993 is slightly more than $30.9 million, up 2.60 percent from last year. The proposed tax levy is expected to go up .04 percent or about $2,000 from $6.075 million to $6.077 million.

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1967

Dr. John Furlong was a member of a six-man team that studied education in the war-torn country of Vietnam this past summer. Stressing that he was expressing personal opinions, he said the objectives of going to school in Vietnam are “you don’t have to work when you have an education” and “you become wealthy because someone else will do the work.” The objectives, he said, are a carry-over from the days of the French Colonialists. He reported the team studied elementary, secondary, vocational, technical and adult education plus teacher training. Both private and public schools were visited.

“We have now returned $577,000 in capital credits to past and present members of the Dunn County Electric Cooperative,” stated W. E. Owen, president, with the announcement of the cash retirement of the 1956 capital credit allocation of $90,154. A total of 2,800 checks were mailed to members receiving service.

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1942

Dunn County’s proposed budget for 1943 is $38,294.00 more than it was for 1942, it was revealed by a comparison of figures after the special county board committee completed its budget making at the court house Tuesday afternoon. Had it not been for the disastrous flood in Dunn County a few weeks ago, the budget for 1943 would have been about $40,000 less than it was a year ago. To repair the damage done by the flood to roads and bridges, it was necessary for the budget committee to put $82,000 in the budget as the county’s share of the cost of repair to highways and bridges.

Latest figures provided by A. E. Tilseth, county salvage chairman, reveal that Dunn County has so far collected 800 tons of salvage in the “Harvest Festival” and the pile of old iron, and metals of all kinds, rags and rubber, is still growing.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 1917

Camp Grant, Ill., Oct. 23. – Wisconsin’s regiment, the 341st infantry, will have the first drum corps in Camp Grant. Twelve military drums – one for each company – and a large bass drum will turn out when the organization goes on parade. The men will step in cadence with the thunderous reverberations just as the fathers of many of them in the Iron brigade in the Civil War, marched to the inspiring music of fife and drum. In place of fifes the 341st infantry will have bugles.

A soldiers’ smoke fund is to be started in Menomonie and an opportunity will be given to everyone to give his bit that the nation’s defenders may have the enjoyment of their pipes, cigars and cigarettes. W. F. Duesing, who spent five months with Co. H in Texas last year and knows how the Sammies long for their “smokes,” has taken charge of the movement. He will place a bank with a placard attached in the important business places of the city.

Friday, Oct. 28, 1892

Attorney General O’Connor spoke for the democrats at the opera house Wednesday evening. He told his audience how much money the Peck administration had saved the people, but he neglected to explain why Dunn County was discriminated against in loaning state moneys. In discussing the late lamented gerrymanders he said they were no worse than those enacted by republican legislatures, (which is not true), but neglected to add that no apportionment law was ever eneacted by the republicans without the cooperation of the democrats, and that objections came as often from the republican as from the democratic side when they were enacted.

Capt. Frank Kelley of Carlton, Minnesota, spent Sunday in Menomonie, returning to his home Tuesday morning in company with his wife and children who have spent the summer in this vicinity. The captain has a bonanza in his new brickyard which is located only a few miles from Duluth and Superior, the output this year for a very short season being 1,300,000. Another year it will be many times that.

Saturday, Oct. 28, 1882

The same old campaign rumor that circulates every time we have an election of sheriff’s is now started on Mr. Thum. It is that he has promised to appoint this man or that man undersheriff. Mr. Thum has made neither pledges nor promises, and will make none. In the event of his election he will endeavor to select an undersheriff, who will be competent to fill the office and whose appointment will be satisfactory to the people.

The News last week gave the answer of an applicant for a teacher’s certificate to a demand for the names of the five principal cities in Wisconsin, which was equal in its way to a story that comes from the Hub. The Boston Journal says that one of the regular exercises at the Normal School is writing words from dictation and defining them, and that a young woman spelled hazardous “hazardess” and gave the definition “a female hazard.”

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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