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Wednesday, March 14, 1956: Several members of the Easter Seal committee are shown above as they prepared the 5,000 envelopes containing Easter Seals for distribution in Dunn County for the annual Easter Seal fund drive. Left to right are Benjamin Clement, Miss A. Clement, and Jake Spaeth with part of the 5,000 letters ready to send out. All the letters with seals were sent out the prior week. Residents were urged to return the envelopes to contribute to the Easter Seal fun.

“As the result of an epidemic of hog cholera that has raged on farms east and northeast of the city…”

— Thursday, Nov. 8, 1917

Two veterinarians, representing the state veterinarian’s office, had been investigating conditions of these hogs in early November. Dr. W. A. Wolcott of Madison and J. B. Collins of Chippewa Falls were the two tasked to figure out this epidemic. In their trips around the county they strongly urged all farmers to vaccinate their hogs. For some time the local veterinarians, Dr. A. E. Bryant, Dr. J. D. Lee and Dr. W. F. Kuester, had been engaged in the work and had inoculated many herds. The School of Agriculture had also been in touch with the situation and had done a great amount of vaccinating. It was believed that this work was gradually bringing the situation under control.

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

It wasn’t long ago when a Wisconsin farmer stood a better chance of rolling a 300, or perfect, game in bowling than producing a corn crop with a yield of 300 bushels per acre. The odds have changed in favor of the 300-bushel yield this year, thanks to a near-perfect growing season that has experts predicting record corn and soybean yields throughout much of the state, including Dane County. The number has already been reached by Wisconsin farmers. The record for irrigated corn is 327 bushels an acre set by Jeff Laskowski, of Plover in 2012, while the record for non-irrigated corn is 322.3 bushels an acres set by Betty Steiger, of Bloomington, in 2013, according to the National Corn Growers Association. A bushel weighs 56 pounds.

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1992

The Dunn County Board of Supervisors passed its 1993 budget Tuesday, and for the first time in years is offering taxpayers a reduction in the tax levy and mill rate. The 1993 proposed tax levy is $5,928,899, down 2.41 percent from 1992. The mill rate is about $7.72 per $1,000 of valuation, down 5.38 percent from 1992.

James Mrdutt, Dunn county register of deeds, reports his office in September recorded 167 real estate transfers. One hundred seventeen of the transfers were subject to a transfer fee and $23,566.30 was collected in transfer fees. This amount, he said, reflects $7,974,700 in real estate transferred. In September 1991 his office recorded 127 real estate transfers; 83 were subject to a fee. A total of $8,353.20 was collected in transfer fees, reflecting $2,189,400 in real estate transferred.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1968

Bernard Lewison, Viroqua, committee chairman, presided and testimony was offered by townspeople, school officials and students. The committee sought information relative to the need for additional housing, types of living units preferred by students, and if there is competition between public and private housing of students. President William J. Micheels said there will be a shortage of 314 beds in the fall of 1969 although the board of regents has approved the construction of 500 additional spaces. (This total includes an experimental apartment type dormitory.) Projected enrollment, he said, shows 4,352 students at Stout in 1968 and 4,850 in 1969. The school, he said, utilizes private housing isn’t available, housing then becomes the responsibility of the university. There is no competition between private and public housing, he continued, and the school encourages private developers.

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1942

A net profit of $15,949.13 at the Dunn County asylum for the past year is shown in the annual report, printed copies of which are now in the hands of the supervisors of the county board, in annual session. Operation expenses of the asylum are totaled at $38,279.78, plus $4,833.56 for maintenance expenses and $5,013.34 for proportion of administration expenses, making a total expense of $48,127.18. The number of week’s board furnished to asylum inmates is 9,825-5, and the per capita cost is $4.90.

The Dunn County ration board this afternoon received this telegram: “Farmer with passenger car, registered as a truck, must be denied basic A book until car is properly registered. If the registrant does not wish to appear before the board, he may send new registration card and application blank, with self-addressed envelope having in it 21 cents in stamps. This postage includes return receipt.”

Thursday, Nov. 8, 1917

As the result of an epidemic of hog cholera that has raged on farms east and northeast of the city during the summer and fall, hundreds of hogs have died entailing a loss of many thousands of dollars. It is charged that the epidemic east of the city originated from a heard that Abe Goldfine, a stock buyer, had placed upon a rented farm in the town of Red Cedar last April. J. D. Millar, health officer for that town, procured a warrant for the arrest of Goldfine on a charge of violating the state law, but Goldfine left the city before the warrant could be served and so far as known has not been seen here since.

From reports now in hand it appears that the food conservation drive begun last week in Dunn County is proving a gratifying success. A remarkable spirit of co-operation has been shown by the women of the county and in the city the house wives, with few exceptions, signed the pledge cards without hesitancy and showed every indication of the utmost loyalty.

Friday, Nov. 11, 1892

Col. LaPointe of Wilson, was in town Wednesday, red-headed over the way the elections have turned out. His vigorous summing up of the democratic victory was: “They’ve got the president and congress, blast’em. Now if they dare undo what republican legislation has accomplished they’ll be condemned; and if they don’t dare, they may as well be in hell.”

Hon. A. R. Hall met with a severe accident last Saturday evening while driving from Knapp to Baker. Having nearly reached his destination he ran against a stump, smashing the buggy and throwing him to the ground, breaking one of his fingers and inflicting other severe bruises. He displayed nerve by walking to Barker and delivering a speech of an hour’s length before the arrival of Dr. Parks who set the broken bones. His team ran into a wire fence and received severe but not necessarily dangerous wounds.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 1882

Mr. E. J. Ingalls, of Delton, Wis., father of Prof. J. G. Ingalls, of this city, was thrown out of his wagon last Tuesday, striking on the back of his head receiving serious if not fatal injury. Summoned by a telegram Prof. Ingalls started at once states that while his father is conscious and remembers the accident distinctly, his body below the neck has lost all sense of feeling. His situation is very critical and recovery doubtful.

Mr. R. Furbur, of the town of Sherman, last week sold The Knapp, Stout & Co. Company four hogs whose aggregate weight was 1,549 pounds, netting him $127.79 at 8 ¼ cents per pound. Verily a drove of fat hogs bring the prudent farmer many shekels this year.

After many weeks of delay the railroad bridge across the Chippewa River near Dunnville is completed and track-laying on the Menomonie line will be pushed forward with great vigor, if the weather continues good this part of the road will be finished in two weeks.

This will be my last contribution to From the Files as I move on from the Dunn County Historical Society for new adventures. I appreciate all those who have read and commented about the column over the past four years.

— Dustyn Dubuque

Editor’s note: We’re happy to reassure readers that Sofi Doane, a new columnist, will be taking on the duties of producing From the Files.

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Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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