“Our war output is huge – in August munitions alone were produced in a volume more than three and one-half times that of November, 1941.”

— Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1942

The siphoning of vast stores of materials to war used (together with loss of sourced raw materials) pointed to the fact the U.S. faced a return to “depression” living standards — but with a difference. Whereas in 1932 millions of people lacked buying power while goods were plentiful, now the situation was reversed. Excess buying power needed to be drained off, and scarce goods divided up, or rationed.

Locals were contributing to the cause when they left work types of rubber footwear — newly rationed — to those who required them for their war work and the other who did the fighting for us. OPA officer Bauer advised people to save their rubbers or arctics or gaiters to help win the war, by keeping such articles clean with mild soap and thorough rinsing.

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

Glendali Rodriguez is the associate vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at UW-Stout. In this role, she helps coordinate the university’s curriculum, supports professional development for faculty and staff, supervises the library, career services, advisement center, registration and records, and takes a myriad tasks to help ensure the university is operating efficiently to serve students.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1992

Census information for 1990 shows Dunn County is above the state average in the ratio of people receiving immunizations – something Karen Levandoski attributes to three specific reasons. Levandoski, director of the Dunn County Public Health Nursing Service, says scheduled free clinics each month in the county, along with providing the second dose of the measles vaccine to children at schools in the spring, are two of the reasons. The thirds, says Levandoski, is the fact that the nursing service also takes appointments in its office.

Wednesday, October 4, 1967

A resolution ordering the construction of curb, gutter and sidewalk in the River Heights school area was adopted by the council Monday night. Alderman Chris Hovland offered the resolution. Curb and gutter on both sides of the following streets where curb and gutter do not presently exist: on Fifth street W. from 19th avenue to 21st avenue, and on seventh street W. (Bongey Drive) from 19th avenue to the south line of block eight of Grove Hill addition.

Directors of the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce gave their unanimous approval to Dunn County’s second annual United Fund campaign at the Oct. 3 meeting at the Hotel Marion. The resolution called on residents of the county to support the drive for 16 agencies and urged all to make fair share contributions as suggested by the United Fund. The suggested fair-share contribution in Dunn County is six hours of pay per year for all who are paid by the hour, and one half of one percent of the gross for all making an annual wage.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1942

A captured Nazi document tells how Hitler plans to run his blood stained “Greater German Empire” – by means of an army of secret police, always on the job. Japanese ambition to share a conquered world with Germany isn’t any secret, it’s even symbolized on new Japanese postage stamps. To be sure, these aspirations have had some rude shocks lately – the splendid stand of the Russians once more threatened Nazi aggressors with stalemate and approaching winter, Nazi General Rommel still is stalled in the African desert, the far extended Japanese flanks have been dealt blows by U.S. forces in the Solomons, Australians in New Guinea, Americans and Canadians at Kiska in the Aleutians. But if we are to defeat the savage purpose of our enemies, if we are to grind them into the dust, we all must do more, and in a hurry. Our war output is huge – in August munitions alone were produced in a volume more than three and one-half times that of November, 1941 – but the plain fact is that overall production in August lagged about 14 percent behind forecasts.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 1917

A grade Holstein cow, owned by Frank Ney, route 10, produced the highest amount of butterfat of any of the cows in the testing associations of the state during the month of August. This cow produced 90.3 pounds of butterfat and her nearest competitor produced 82.6 pounds of fat. The association to which Mr. Ney belongs, Dunn County No. 1, Charles Wetmore tester, reported for August the largest number of cows reported by any Wisconsin association having an individual record of forty pounds off at or more. There were 103 forty-pound cows in the list of association No. 1. The next highest number was fifty-seven. These facts speak well for the results of cow testing in Dunn County.

Another tremendous ovation was given departing selected men last night when twenty-one youths, constituting 20 percent of Dunn County’s quota, left on the Omaha road for Camp Grant at Rockford. The men passed the day in the city, being entertained at both dinner and supper in the Memorial by W. R. C., and were escorted to the depot by the Eighteenth Separate company and the Ludington Guard band.

Friday, Oct. 7, 1892

Mr. J. H. Stout has offered to build a tower on the manual training school building provided the citizens of Menomonie will place therein a clock. The tower will cost about $500 and a clock with dials illuminated by electricity at night from $1,500 to $2,000. We understand that the work of obtaining a subscription fund for the purchase of a clock has been undertaken by Mr. F. J. McLean, which is equivalent to saying that it will be carried to a successful issue.

Editor Pieper challenges The News editor to a joint debate of the political issues of the day. We respectfully decline the challenge. Life is too short and time too precious to be thus wasted. We believe our efforts can be used to much better advantage in advancing the cause of good government and the prosperity and happiness of our people by exposing the vagaries and fallacies of Mr. Pieper’s demo-populist affiliations through these columns than by going upon the stump.

Saturday, Oct. 7, 1882

War! War! To be opened at once and continue until all are comfortably clothed and peace and prosperity be with all the people of Menomonie and vicinity, which can be accomplished by purchasing your fall and winter clothing, furnishing goods, boots and shoes and in fact supply all your wants at prices lower than ever. No old unsalable shelf worn good to palm off, but will sell good, honest, new goods at prices to meet any and all competition, call and see for yourselves – Schutte & Quilling, Main St., Menomonie, WI.

Mr. Severt Swenson and a number of the friends of Mr. William King in the employ of the Knapp, Stout & Co. Company performed a gracious act last Thursday in presenting to the latter gentleman an elegant triple-plated castor, a set of solid silver tea spoons and a very fine pocket knife, in token of their appreciation of his services in rescuing Mr. Swenson from his perilous position when recently caught and nearly crushed to death in the machinery of the steam mill.

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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