Oregon Area Historical Society


OAHS Member Annual Meeting

It’s that time of year again for our Annual Membership Meeting.  We are finalizing the details and invites will be mailed out soon so members, watch your mailboxes.  


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Recent Blog

Hello readers!  My name is Heather Young.  I am the publicity coordinator and web manager for the Oregon Area Historical Society and Museum.  I have been a volunteer at OAHS since July 2021 and I am loving it. 



I am hoping to post a blog monthly about interesting Oregon historical facts.  If you have something relating to Oregon History you want me to post about, send me an email –


Don’t forget that you can come see me and my fellow Tuesday crew EVERY Tuesday from 10-3.  

This Month
in History

March 1923

  • George Peterson was declared best Junior Livestock Judge in the state.  He competed against 62 other teams and earned 2243 ¼ points out of a possible total of 2400.  The contest consisted of 20 high schools in the state, all winners in their districts.
  • Rev. Jack Linn will preach Sunday night at the Methodist Church.  He promises to give the people one of his popular evangelistic messages.  Mrs. Linn will sing.
  • Mrs. John Doyle, Mrs. Peter Doyle and George Farnsworth drove up Wednesday to Mendota to visit Peter Doyle, whose health has improved so that he was able to return to his home here last Saturday.
  • Another blizzard hit us last Sunday that outdid the one a week ago in point of disagreeableness.  It was reported that the worst in 25 years, and anyone who was obliged to  be out in it will vouch for the correctness of the report.  Wind came from various directions and piled the highways full of snow, making them impassable.  All trains were from 2 to 10 hours late, and some were obliged to call for assistance to get out of snow drifts.  The thermometer registered below zero.
  • The WTCU met Wednesday with Mrs. E. W.  White.  Devotional exercises were by Mrs. J. Odegard, a talk “Women in Industry” was given by Mrs. Blanche Wackman, while a debate dialog “Can Prohibition be enforced” was presented by Mrs. Burt and Mrs. Mason.
  • Amasa J. Parker was born in Weathersfield Vermont in 1843 and departed this earth on March 1, 1923.  He emigrated to Rutland, with his parents, in the year 1845.There his father took a homestead, living on the homestead until 1853, at which time his father passed away leaving his mother, two brothers and one sister, all of whom have preceded him in death.
  • The farm home of Pat Purcell in the town of Fitchburg burned to the ground last Sunday during the blizzard.   They were unable to save any furniture and clothing

March 1973

  • The Webelos of Den 4 had an exciting day last Friday during teachers’ convention when they traveled to Devils Lake to spend the day cross country skiing. Enjoying  the day were Jim Hagstrom, Charles Plummer, Darin Dottl and Patricia Gallagher.  They were accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. John Gallagher.  

  • Mr. and Mrs. John Stuck and Linda were among the Sunday evening dinner guests entertained at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Guetchow of Deforest. Mr. Guetschow is Mr. Struck’s nephew.

  • The Oregon School Bus drivers and their spouses enjoyed their annual dinner party at Nino’s last Saturday night.  The evening was spent with dinner and games with prizes furnished by various individuals and local merchants.

  • Mr. Frederick “Fritz” Kivlin was presented with the “Small Businessman of the Year” award by the Oregon Chamber of Commerce.  Vice President Dr. M.J. Wischhoff presented the award and told of Kivlin’s progress in the community, from farming and milk routes to his present enterprise, The Oregon Truck Line and serving as president of the Bank of Oregon.

  • The Brooklyn Fire Department was called to the Suds Your Duds Laundromat last Thursday night.  Fortunately, however, it turned out to be a false alarm. 

March 1998

  • Carl Ceranski takes advantage of balmy temperatures to get a little sliding in at Burr Oak Park in Oregon. His parents were busy working on an Adopt-A-Park Program in Oregon. The program offered people the opportunity to take stock in their own neighborhood park with a small investment of time and labor. The projects ranged from picking up trash and pulling weeds to installing wood chips and painting and installing playground equipment.

  • A tree-lined business district was on its way to becoming a reality in Oregon. The village board approved a change in the village’s tree planting policy that allowed one variety of low-growing tree, called a Japanese tree lilac, to be planted downtown and along N. Main Street in the narrow (less than three-foot) grass ways between the sidewalk and street. Under the past village street-side tree planting policy trees were not allowed in those narrow grass ways

  • After eight and a half months without a contract, and nearly a year of talks, Oregon teachers and the Oregon Board of Education finally ratified a contract. The board vote was six in favor with one abstention. The new contract called for a 3.9 percent rise in the wage and benefit package for the current year and a 3,98 percent rise for the following year. Teacher contracts were for two years. 

  • The Oregon Area Senior Center took on a school project to assist in the Pioneer Days for the Oregon fourth grade classes. The project involved producing 20 outfits for the girls, 20 for the boys and 20 more women’s dresses. The Oregon Senior Center Craft Class also assisted on the costume project.

  • In Wisconsin’s  Sesquicentennial year, local observances centered on the part education played in the area, according to the president of the Oregon Area Historical Society. With a general theme of “Making History Come Alive: From Immigrant to Internet” the accent was on surveying changes in local education. From one-room country schools that catered to rural immigrants more than a century ago, to consolidated high schools, the path could be traced to high tech schools.

  • After eight and a half months without a contract, and nearly a year of talks, Oregon teachers and the Oregon Board of Education finally ratified a contract. The board vote was six in favor with one abstention. The new contract called for a 3.9 percent rise in the wage and benefit package for the current year and a 3,98 percent rise for the following year. Teacher contracts were for two years.

March 2013

  • Hay shortage hits horse owners.  Last summer’s drought has driven hay prices to rates many local horse owners are now struggling to pay.  At Three Gaits Inc, in the town of Rutland rising hay costs drove up the expenses by about $10,000 in 2012 forcing the 30 year old non profit to step up donation requests said executive director, Dena Duncan. 
  • Jeff Arndt is riding a bicycle almost 2900 miles because he loves to ride and pedaling coast to coast has been a lifelong dream.  His wife, Lise is not big on cycling but is going along for the adventure.  They are both doing it to raise funds for Custom Canines Service Dog Academy in Madison.  Custom Canines provides companion service dogs free of charge to families in need.
  • The Village Board has approved spending up to $12,000 in developer fess for a fence to surround the perimeter of the village’s first official dog park.  Village administrator Mike Gracz said no tax dollars would be used.  Funding for the fence will come from fees that developers pay as part of their project agreements.  Park board chair Jon Blanchard said there may be a small permit fee for using the park.
  • Masons on Main is expected to open May 3.  It will be an upscale 110 seat restaurant with two dining rooms, a full bar and live music in the historic Masonic Temple building and the building next door.  The restaurant  will be co-owned by Jerry and Bonnie Theil and Hans Theil.  And will feature executive chef Jonathan Cross.
  • Pioneer Days 2013 – Brooklyn Elementary students studied the pioneer times during the annual Pioneer Days where they dress, cook, play and make music like pioneers would have.


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