From the files

Thursday, Nov. 7, 1935: Record auction held Saturday at Eighmy farm when 3,000 people attend; Real estate sells at $10,090. A part of the crowd of 3,000 people who Saturday attended the auction of Alvin Eighmy and estate of William Eighmy. Shown also is the Menomonie German band that was engaged by the Berg Chevrolet company and one of the new Chevrolet models which was on display at the farm for the large gathering to see.

135 Years

Saturday, Nov. 25, 1882

A genuine, old-fashioned snowstorm— the first of the season—brought our Indian Summer to a close last Wednesday. ... The K. S. & Co. Company’s big mill shut down for the season this week. It has saved more lumber this season than ever before.

Ordemann and Drake have opened their large stock of furniture and are now ready to attend to the wants of their patrons in that line. They have parlor suites, bedroom sets, easy chairs, book-cases, bedsteads in black walnut and ash, writing desks, tables, chairs, hair and wool mattresses, &c., of all styles and grades. In common furniture they offer a large assortment. Coffins, caskets and trimmings will also be kept in stock. All they ask of parties wanting furniture is to give them a call before purchasing elsewhere.

125 Years

Friday, Nov. 25, 1892

“PETE PETERSON” AT THE OPERA HOUSE: No character ever presented on the stage has developed such strong possibilities for fun making as that of the Swedish immigrant, and Kirk Armstrong, who plays the title role of “Pete Peterson” the sunny Anglo-Scandinavian comedy which comes to the Opera House Saturday evening, Nov. 26, has succeeded in investing the role with a marvelous degree of healthy humor. There is no thriftier citizen in the northwest than the American Swede. He is honest, whole souled and patriotic, aud his fine qualities commend him to the observer of European character transplanted to a new land. The individual characteristics of a Swedish immigrant in a strange country are, nevertheless, exceptionally humorous, and especially adapted for stage purposes. Mr. Armstrong is said to invest the character with a singular charm, while a company of clever coworkers help to keep the fan going during nearly three hours of enjoyment.

A fireproof vault, detached from the courthouse, is to be built for the use of the register of deeds office, and the jail is to be supplied with electric lights. ... District Attorney Macauley has filed an opinion to the effect that the action of the last board establishing the diet and rate to be paid for board for tramps at the jail, is illegal, and the old practice of providing good food and plenty of it at the rate of $3 per week therefore obtains.

100 Years

Thursday, Nov. 22, 1917

Lonely Sammie would hear from Stout girl. Soldier at Charlotte, N. C., asks for letter, especially from Institute co-ed. ... Here is a chance for some kind hearted co-ed of Stout institute to become a good sister to a lonesome Sammy down in North Carolina. Or perhaps something more—who can tell?

The following letter, received by The News a few days ago, speaks for itself and incidentally shows that one lad in khaki now serving his country places the girls of Stout above all others:

Co. H, Camp Greene, Charlotte, N. C., Nov. 14, 1917.

Dear Editor:

A very lonely soldier writes you today. You must know that an orphan who has no home, no friends, must get lonely some time in this big army of our Uncle Sam’s. Would be pleased to hear from some young lady, especially from the Stout institute.

Hoping to hear from some lonely little girl, I remain,


Co. H, 164th Inf., 41st Div., Camp Greene, Charlotte, N. C.

75 Years

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1942

Four years ago Mrs, Henry Houle, city, lost her purse either in the Twin Cities or returning from there. She gave it up or lost. You would after four years had passed. But the other day a package arrived by mail and when opened there was the purse, all contents even up to the U.S. dollar bills. Figure that one out.

HONORS BOBETTE KEITH: In a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd L, Keith,.city, their daugher-in-law, Mrs. Robert Keith, residing in Durham,N.C.,said that she had been notified by the war department that her daughter, Bobette, age six months, was to receive miniature wings and an official commission as an honorary lieutenant, in the United States Army Air Corps, due to the experimental flying her father, the late Lieut. Robert Keith, had made oh the Lockheed Lightning P-38.

50 Years

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 1967

Menomonie High’s wrestling team started the season on the right foot with a 36-15 victory over Glenwood City in a dual meet at Glenwood Monday night. The Indians scored four pins and three decisions in winning their initial match of the season. Winning by pins were Dennis Turner (120), Steve Price (127), Steve Jackson (138) and Heavyweight Dave Wagner. Jackson’s pin came in only 37 seconds. Paul Jackson (112), Don Prochnow (133) and Ed Jess (154) won by decisions. The Indians’ John Thedinga and Glenwood’s Ray Neizen fought to an 8-8 draw in the 165-pound match. Varsity Coach Al May had to shuffle his lineup because of illness and weight problems, but indicated he was ¨very proud.¨

25 Years

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1992

Thieves take firefighters Christmas lights. City firefighters saw two men hanging around the station at 116 W. Main about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, and discovered four strands of Christmas lights taken from the spruce tree they had decorated. The thieves also took an extension cord and damaged two other strands of lights. Reported at 7:04 a.m., Nov. 21.

A bomb threat was received by the Police department Friday, Nov. 20 at 11:45 a.m. A caller to the 911 system said a bomb had been planted at the High school and would go off in two minutes. The police traced the call to a pay phone in the school lobby. Students were on lunch hour. “We perceived it to be a hoax, but took it seriously,” said Lee Benish, school principal. Fire department and police came to the school and walked the building, but students were not evacuated. Nothing was found. The perpetrator of the hoax has not been identified.

15 Years

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002

George Hayducsko, Solid Waste Director for Dunn County, recently competed among other national competitors tossing, you read it right, cow chips. The cow chip toss was held at a social event during the national recycling conference in Austin, Texas. The event was held at a game preserve, adjacent to a landfill and composting facility owned by Texas Disposal Systems. Whether George is a first-time competitor, or an avid cow chip thrower in Wisconsin, we’re not sure. In any event, George beat out all of the others, including yours truly. (My theory is Texas Long Horn cattle have a different complexity to their cow chips than the typical Wisconsin cow.) Well, that’s my excuse anyway.

10 Years

Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007

A local Christmas tree farm is doing much more than providing fresh, fragrant Christmas Trees for holiday enjoyment this year. Conklin Tree Farms is part of a national effort called Trees for Troops, which will provide more than 15,000 real Christmas trees to military families across the United States and overseas. Since 2005, Christmas tree farmers and retailers have donated their own trees for the Trees for Troops program. The Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, the nonprofit that implements Trees for Troops, received many requests from the public on how they could help. This year, consumers will have the opportunity to purchase a tree at Conklin Tree Farms that will be delivered to a military family in the United States.

Roger Conklin, owner of Conklin Tree Farms, said, “This year, when your purchase a tree for Trees for Troops, we have tags that can be attached to the tree so that you can send a warm Christmas greeting to the family that receives your tree”. “We are very excited to be a part of this program,” said Conklin. “Also, for every tree that a consumer purchases, we will contribute $5 per tree to the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, which implements the Trees for Troops program and other programs for kids, families and the environment.” This year, the two organizations, with the help of consumers across the country, plan to deliver 15,000 to 17,000 trees to military families.

5 Years

Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012

Deer hunting remains as much a part of the fabric of Wisconsin as beer, cheese and the Green Bay Packers. Yet the number of hunters who take part in the state’s traditional nine-day firearms deer season has been shrinking for some time. And that trend is expected to accelerate. About 80,000 fewer hunters are in the woods for this year’s deer hunt than in 2000.

“It’s definitely something we’re studying, and trying to develop effective, efficient solutions,” said Keith Warnke, the state’s hunting and shooting sports coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources. What many haven’t noticed is that the state is a generation or even two removed from its heyday for deer hunting.

From 1960 to 1966, Wisconsin saw an increase of nearly 100,000 hunters. It added another 150,000 in the next decade, bringing the total to 582,000 in 1975. Nearly 90,000 more came on board over the next 10 years. But since establishing an all-time high of 699,275 gun deer licenses sold in 1990, the state has topped 690,000 only twice, with the biggest losses coming over the past decade.

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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