This Month in History
The following material was compiled by Gerald Neath for the Oregon Area Historical Society from material published in the Oregon Observer.
1915 (100 years ago)

The Village Board awarded a contract for the Spring Street bridge to W. J. Bossingham. His bid of $272.50 was the only one received.Local chiropractor, A. G. Devine, sold her practice to A. P. Richardson who will take over Devine’s offices located over the Opera House.

Pat McCormick, residing at South Third St (n/k/a Washington St.), encouraged residents to buy vegetables at wholesale prices, fresh from her garden.

It was noted in The Observer that two strangers in a neighboring area had been riding about the countryside asking for a chicken or two from each of the local farmers for the support of an orphanage in St. Louis. However, it was known that they actually sold the chickens to a local dealer and pocketed the cash for themselves.

There was a barn raising on the Joseph Schneider farm in the Town of Dunn. There were over 50 neighbors present in addition to the carpenters. The wives and daughters of the area farmers served a meal outdoors on the lawn to over 50 workers in addition to 24 more in the dining room of the home. The frame of the barn was cut and sawed from the oak trees on the premises by Henry Ramish and his crew of men from Springfield Corners. The stone work was done by C. B. Kellor of Oregon and Henry Everson of McFarland. The carpentry work was by Lawrence Enders and his crew of 10 men from Cross Plains. One of the two newspaper articles relating to the event, ended as follows: “Mr. Sheldon Tusler of Oregon was present and it proved a big jollification of neighbors and friends.”

Better corn flakes appeared on the market. An advertisement stated: “New Post Toasties are made of the hearts of selected white Indian Corn, cooked, seasoned and toasted. They come to you FRESH-SEALED as sweet and appetizing as when they leave the ovens. By a new process the true corn flavour, unknown to corn flakes of the past is brought out in every flake.”

1965 (50 years ago)

Miss Harriet M. Glattly was appointed Director of Instruction for the Oregon School District.

The Oregon Competitive Swim Team defeated Stoughton 150 – 81. Members of the Oregon team were Karen Appel, Mike Bakken, John Schroeder, Diane Elmer, Sheri Conner, Pam Elmer, Debbie Waefler, Jan Kingery, Harley Lemke, Dennis McMannes, Mike Nelson, Ronda Spears, Ann Gard, Patty Olson, Nina Wolowicz, Sue Wishhofff, Diane Waefler, Jean Below, Rick Stamm, Rodney Noyce, Tom Appel, Linda Larsen, Sandy West, and Jim Anderson. Their coaches were life guards Andy Andersen and Jan Kingery.

The Oregon Fire Dept. responded to a fire at Wisconsin Mold & Tool Co. (now WISCO Industries) Installation in the ceiling had started to burn. However, according to the company’s president, Elving Kjellstrom, the quick action of the local firefighters prevented extensive damage.

Water and sewer service was extended to the new Nygaard plat on Lincoln Street and from there service will be extended to the new high school building on Prairie View.

J & W Superette Grocery (Marvin Jensen and Donn Wheeler) advertised that they are open Sunday mornings and provide customers with a free home delivery service. They had a special on bananas at ten cents a pound.

The Oregon Chamber of Commerce sponsored an Arabian Horse Show at the Dane Country Fair Grounds. It was hoped that the sponsorship of the event would lend an emphasis to the Chamber’s slogan, “The Horse Capital of Wisconsin”. Proceeds from the show were to be used to promote Chamber activities in the Oregon area.

The anticipated enrollment for the Oregon Consolidated School District is 2,000 students. The district will continue to use two rooms in the Village Hall as well as transporting some students to the Brooklyn Elementary School. It is anticipated that the new High School facility will be completed by August of 1966; alleviating the crowded situation.

Cindy Gefke was one of eight girls making a woolen dress chosen to model in the Teen’s Top Choice Dress Revue at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Maurice Moler had the grand champion Dorset at the Wisconsin State Fair along with several other award winning sheep.

1990 (25 years ago)

The Chamber of Commerce sponsored Maxwell Street Day. Local merchants had sidewalk sales and many organizations held bake sales and raffles. Residents were encouraged to schedule garage sales as well. A fund raising dance was held the night before the event at the Oregon Fire Station. Music from the 50’s and 60’s was provided by “The Classics”.

The Oregon Straw Hat Players presented a production of “West Side Story”. The leading roles were taken by Tari Attoe (Maria), R. Allen Rickman (Tony), Jessica Bartell (Anita), and her sister, Carey Bartell (Graziella).

In the Village, construction was continuing on the extension of Park Street.

The two and half mile bike trail in the Town of Oregon located on both sides of Netherwood from to Fish Hatchery Road nears completion. The cost was $67,400.

The Town and Country Woman’s Club’s officers for the coming year were Dorothy Faust, president; Marlene Ferguson, 1st. vice-president; Kathy Kruger, 2nd. vice-president; Gina O’Brien, treasurer; and Pat Lindberg, secretary.

Richard and Nancy Gouker are operating Copper Kettle Crafts at 215 West Netherwood, making and selling all kinds of country craft items.

L & S Investments and Land Design and Development were busy designing retention basins to prevent water runoff prior to any residential development in the area south of Jefferson St. and west of Ash St.

Construction and renovation continues on the Tri-County Appliance building in downtown Oregon, formerly the location of Lappley Chev. Co.

The Oregon Demolition Soccer Team ended their 1989-1990 season by winning the U-10 Division Title. Members of the team were Joe Viviani, Eric Kersten, Nick Pedracine, Matt Eustice, Chris Rago, Brad Bavery, Matt Uhlmann, Derrick Puls, Mark Heller, Mike Henderson, Ben Olson, Dan Brashi. Their coach was Al Pedracine.

2005 (10 years ago

Gov. Jim Doyle vetoed a Transportation Enhancement Grant that State Representative Brett Davis had gotten included in the state’s 2005-07 budget. The grant for $484,000 would have been used for the revitalization of Oregon’s downtown area.

Daniels Construction started the construction of the new Walgreens Pharmacy at the corner of Netherwood and North Main Streets.

Oregon Rotary Foundation President, Andy Weiland, and Rotary Club President, Dan Schmitt, presented OHS graduates with scholarships. The recipients were Michele Berry, Jennifer Schmelzer, Ashlie Gera, Whitney Cuta, Erin Heaton, Annie Herman, and Claire Fenner.

OHS student, Devan Oschmann, was the awarded the Arabian House Region 11 Championship at the completion in Springfield, Illinois for her purebred Arabian “Cimba”.

The Oregon Straw Hat Players presented a production of “Annie”. Leading the cast of 41 were Isabella Stein (Annie), Patricia Gullo-Hetland (Miss Hannigan), Joe Wilson (Daddy Warbucks), Erin Dammen, (Grace Farrel, Warbuck’s secretary), Tone Gallagher (Rooster), Katie E. Monk (Rooster’s girl friend, Lilly), and Kathleen Leone (Molly). The production was directed by Sarah Karlen, David Lawver, and Duane Draper.

Traffic jams in Brooklyn were being caused by a detour through the village of U.S. Hwy. 14 due to the repaving of the road. Traffic flow was especially a problem at the intersection of Hwy. 92 and Hwy. MM.

A Tornado destroyed many homes north of Stoughton especially in the Stoughton Country Club and Greenbriar Estates area and in the Town of Dunn.

Community Bank and Trust paid a record price of $50.00 per pound for the 140 pound lamb exhibited by Shelly Ace at the Dane Co. Fair.

The Oregon Area Fire/EMS Commission authorized an increase in compensation for paid-on-call volunteers from $2.00 dollars an hour to $5.70.

Members of the Oregon Juggling Club attended the International Juggling Associations Annual Festival at Davenport, Iowa. Those attending were Roger Hansen, Doug Hultine, Danny Tomaro, Carol Lechner and Amanda Peterson.

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