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“Now we are doing what we said we would do—we’re fighting the enemy wherever he is to be found, afloat, ashore and aloft, on all the seven seas and in the far places of the earth.”

— Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1942

It had became apparent that one vital part of the mechanism to fight in World War II was short, that was materials. The shortage extended beyond the mere need for civilian restrictions, it was affecting the armed services. The War Production Board had forbidden use of rubber in many military products and also had restricted military uses of aluminum to “combat end-products for field or combat use” that would unsure that there would be enough aluminum for combat instruments. The shortage emphasized the need for saving materials and for salvage. WPA workers, beating the back roads of farm country and digging up old rails from city streets, had turned up 100,000 tons of scrap metal nationally — 44,900 tons of it was rails. Wisconsin cities, including Superior, Eau Claire, Wausau, Kenosha, Madison, La Crosse, Racine, Janesville, Green Bay, Merill, and Milwaukee had contributed their share of the rails.

Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

The Menomonie Plan Commission postponed a decision on whether or not to change the city ordinance regarding domestic violence shelters. The ordinance change was suggested by the Bridge to Hope, an agency that plans on opening a new facility to provide shelter for victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and sex trafficking. Bridge to Hope leaders requested that the city ordinance be altered to allow domestic violence shelters in more zoning districts. The current city zoning ordinance limits the placement of shelters to “any limited multiple residential district or any multiple residential district.” On the other hand, homeless shelters can operate in limited multiple-family residential, multiple-family residential, general commercial, local commercial, local shopping center and technology park specialized industrial zones.

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1992

AFG Industries rolled out the red carpet for several hundred Menomonie, Dunn County and Chippewa Valley area residents Monday as the glass producing company celebrated their opening with a fire lighting ceremony. The $55 million facility, located in Menomonie’s industrial park, will begin producing glass by the end of September, and will produce continually for the next 10 years, officials said. Once the plant is in full operation it will produce the equivalent of a ribbon of glass 10 feet wide by 20 miles long each day. The furnace needs to reach a temperature of 2900 degrees F and that will take about 20 days.

Wednesday, Aug. 23, 1967

Bulldozers and earth movers began churning last week as work commenced to bring about improved airport facilities in Boyceville. The project was started, reports E. S. Evenson, village president, following the purchase of a 68-acre L-shaped parcel of land from Boyceville Airways, Inc. The county highway department is doing the work, said Evenson.

Plans call for the installation of a 3,000 foot runway which will run in a southwest-northeasterly direction. The runway will be 150 feet wide. With the purchase of 68 acres from Boyceville Airways, Inc., the village has 140 acres available for airport purposes.

The remainder of the area was purchased by the village about 15 years ago, said Evenson, with the idea of eventually establishing an airport. This area-72 acres-has been leased by the village to the Boyceville Civic Association and used a race track. The 140-acre parcel is located adjacent to the Northwest Public Shooting Range and access is gained off STH 170.

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1942

Now we are doing what we said we would do — we’re fighting the enemy wherever he is to be found, afloat, ashore and aloft, on all the seven seas and in the far places of the earth. Our troops roared through the surf of Dieppe with their brothers of Canada and their cousins of Britain, and on that day our bombers were over the Egyptian desert, our planes were fighting the Japanese in China, our marines were fanning out from beach heads in the Solomons and our envoys were mapping grand strategy at Moscow.

We are entering upon that time for which we have impatiently waited, a time in which we carry the offensive to our enemies. We do not have our enemy by the throat-not yet-but we have come to grips with him. The fight remains to be won, but the fight is under way.

Thursday, Aug. 23, 1917

When the public schools of the city open on Sept. 10 under the superintendency of Elmer W. Waite, a number of important changes will be noted in school arrangements. It has been decided to transfer all seventh grade boys to Coddington building from Central, with Hattie Bates as their teacher.

The assembly room at Central building has been reseated, the old desks being removed and 300 opera chairs being installed. The present seats will be placed in various recitation rooms.

The High school will be run on the “session room” plan, as is the Madison High school and as has been the case here for some time under Supt. White. Study in the assembly room is done away with, groups of students reporting to the session room teachers to record attendance, for advice, etc.

Friday, Aug. 26, 1892

Mr. C. F. Thorne, of New York city, who is spending the summer the guest of his sister, Mrs. Sopha Graser of this city, is a great curiosity collector. His penchant has led to the accumulation of many rare and interesting specimens. Among them is an complete set of fractional currency, “shinplasters,” issued by the United States government in 1863.

An immense padlock used in the last century in a Boston prison is worthy of mention. The padlock weighs fifteen pounds and has a key nearly a foot long. A door plate from Admiral Farragut’s resident in New York is highly treasured. Mr. Thorne is a locksmith and for twenty-five years has done work for the Farragut family. On one occasion being instructed to replace the doorplate with the number of the house, he was presented with the plate and has since refused to part with it although offered as high as $50 for it.

Saturday, Aug. 26, 1882

In response to a challenge from the base ball club of Durand to the Blue Caps of this city a match game was played on the grounds of the latter last Saturday, resulting in a score of 14 for Durand and 38 for Menomonie. The game lasted about three hours, and neither distinguished itself by the display of remarkable skill, our boys getting careless as the game progressed and their victory became assured.

Joseph Hill for twenty-four years a resident of Menomonie, sixteen of which were spent in the employ of The Knapp, Stout & Co. Company, started last Monday for Norwood, NY to take a place on a railroad running from Ogdensburg to Boston, of which his brother is Superintendent.

William Schoenig, the successful manufacturer of pop, met with a painful accident last Monday. While at Menomonie Junction he attempted to jump from the baggage car to the ground, and falling, dislocated his left knee and fractured and badly sprained his right ankle. Drs. Graff and Nichols attending the wounded man made him comfortable as possible.


Dunn County News editor

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

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