“The best organized exhibit arranged by Stout Institute in the last ten years will be shipped today to Milwaukee, where it will be on display at the four-day session of the Western Drawing and Manual Training Association and the Wisconsin School Arts and Home Economics.”

—Thursday, April 30, 1914

The specimens of work were most effectively displayed on thirty large panels that were four feet wide and nine feet high, with grey background, hinged together and placed in a zig-zag formation. Each panel bears a legend showing the class of work shown. About half of the exhibit is made up of specimens of the work, the other half comprised photographs taken from actual specimens.

I would also like to state this is my last article that I will be writing for The Dunn County News. I would like to thank the News and the Dunn County Historical Society for the opportunity to write this column for more than two years. I also want to thank the readers of this column for enjoying the history of this great county. The series will continue with a new writer, starting next week.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Twenty-one years ago, Anne Hasse was a high school senior looking forward to college when she received a letter from U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl notifying her that she had been given an Herb Kohl Educational Foundation scholarship for her academic excellence, and school and community service. This weekend, Hasse, now a teacher, will receive an Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Fellowship for her outstanding service to the teaching profession. Hasse, of Menomonie, teaches fifth grade at Wakanda Elementary School. She was honored at a luncheon hosted by Herb Kohl on April 14 at Chippewa Falls High School. Hasse was notified of her selection as an Herb Kohl Fellow in March.

Second time’s the charm? It appears that an offer on the table to buy an historic estate on the Red Cedar River has a solid chance of becoming a reality. The Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire, owner of Bundy Hall, has accepted an offer to purchase by the Minnesota Vipassana Association. Part of a worldwide organization, MVA plans to offer 10-day retreats for meditators from throughout the United States.

Wednesday, April 29, 1964

The meetings of the American Legion and Auxiliary were held at the Legion Hall in Wheeler on Monday evening, April 20. The Legion is again sending a boy to Boys State and he will be John Zakrzewski. He is a junior at Boyceville High School. The Auxiliary is cooperating with the Wheeler Woman’s club and will send a mentally challenged child to summer camp for a week. They also made a donation to the Chapel of Four Champlains. Mr. and Mrs. John Lee and Mr. and Mrs. Martin Bergum served a lunch.

Wednesday, May 3, 1939

Approximately 550 students from 33 rural schools will compete next Saturday, May 6, in the sixth annual Dunn County music contest to be conducted at the Agricultural school and at the Stout auditorium. Because of the large number of entries, reports Supt. G. R. Stein, it has become necessary to make extra provisions for conducting the eliminations. For that reason contests during the morning will be held at both the Ag school and the Stout auditorium. Thousands of people will come into the city for the day to attend the contests. Welcome flags will be put up on Main and Broadway by Sec. F.F. Monahan of the Chamber of Commerce. The winning school will receive the trophy donated by the Golden Rule.

The Town of Tainter is calling for the repair of the bridge at a total cost of $4,000. 40 percent of which would be paid by Tainter through a special tax and 60 percent by the county. A county trunk highway runs over the bridge. It was suggested a new bridge be built, but at least a majority of the members were opposed to building a new structure and favored repairing the bridge which will be done.

April 30, 1914

The best organized exhibit arranged by Stout Institute in the last ten years will be shipped today to Milwaukee, where it will be on display at the four-day session of the Western Drawing and Manual Training Association and the Wisconsin School Arts and Home Economics. The session opens May 6 and will be attended by hundreds of educators from a score of states. Among those from here who expect to go are L. D. Harvey, G. F. Buxton, L. F. Olson and Miss Kugel. The exhibit has been on display for teachers, students and their friends in the Building Trades building and after the showing at Milwaukee will be returned here for public inspection during commencement week. While nearly all branches of the work are represented, the exhibit to be made here in June will be even more complete than it is at present.

The County Asylum Board has secured an option on the 40-acre tract of woodland owned by Ole Torgerson, in Red Cedar. The purchase price named in the option is $2,000. Purchase can be made only by the County board and the matter will come before that body for consideration at its November session.

Friday, May 3, 1889

In centennial celebration in Eau Claire last Tuesday is said to have been the biggest public demonstration ever attempted in that city. The town was filled with visitors and the afternoon parade was three or four miles long. Prominent in the line were Capt. Brewer and forty men of the Ludington Guard, and Commander Kelley and a squad of veterans from Wm. Evans Post, of this city. About 3,500 school children were in line, a battalion of young ladies on horseback, young ladies’ military drill corps and floats with allegorical tableaux. After the parade addresses were delivered by Mayor Shaw, Judge M. D. Bartlett and Thomas F. Frawley, which were listened to by thousands of people. The Menomonieties report excellent treatment at the hands of their Eau Claire Neighbors.

April 30, 1864

We have seen a letter from a member of Company K, 5th regiment, which says that Corporal James Blair has done more to full up the ranks than any other officer who went out from the regiment on recruiting service. We are gratified to hear this for the credit of the worthy corporal. The same letter states that John Malcomn, who was severely wounded at Chancellorsville, is still in the Hospital. The balance of the Company is well.

For the past ten days the prairie and woods for miles around have been all ablaze, and considerable damage has been done by the destruction of fences. This practice of setting fire to the prairies in the vicinity of settlements is a very reprehensible one, and if there is a law to punish those who commit such misdemeanors, it should be rigidly enforced by those having authority to do so. The practice not only destroys the property of the settlers in the neighborhood, but their lives are also endangered.

Dustyn Dubuque, UW-Eau Claire Public History intern at DCHS, can be reached at 715-232-8685, or intern@dunnhistory.org.

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