100 YEARS AGO
- A family picnic was held at the William Keenan Sr. home Memorial day. Dr. Keenan and family accompanied by friends from Stoughton attended.
- The Danish Brotherhood, Oregon and Madison lodges, will hold a “Grundlovfest” at Gen. Nelson’s cottage, Hoboken, June 4th. Everybody is invited.
- Tent revival here this month. The Linns are now in Kentucky and will return soon and pitch a tent on the Linn place, which they call the “Hallelujah Camp Grounds”. The meeting will continue over ten days. Mr. Linn will do the preaching and Mrs. Linn will have charge of the singing.
- Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Waterman and Mr. and Mrs. John Connor went to Madison Monday where they visited Dr. H.E. Hanan at St. Mary’s Hospital.
- Mr. and Mrs. Art Paulson and daughter Floris and Miss Bernice Hanan left Sunday morning for Bloomer where they arrived Monday evening to visit at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Henderson. They leave there to attend the Beaver convention which opens this Wednesday morning in Ladysmith.
- In renewing his subscription to the Observer, M. B. Bruch of Ponchatoula LA, write “I have taken the Observer ever since the first issue. I was born and raised in the vicinity of Oregon and lived there until 21 years ago.” Mr. Bruce is now in the drug business in Ponchatoula.
50 YEARS AGO
- 159 OHS Seniors to graduate June 6th. Commencement exercises for the graduating seniors of Oregon High School will be held on the football field, weather permitting. Sandra Linnerud will give the salutatory addresss, followed by a musical selection performed by the Mixed Chorus. Class President Tom Oelmann will give the greeting, after which Principal Henry Appel will present the class. The valedictory address will be given by Karen Appel.
- Rikki, a 4 month old Holstein heifer calf is shown with her owner-trainer Miss Betty Keller will star at the June Dairy Month program, along with Governor Lucey, dairy industry exhibits and a number of retired home-delivery milkmen.
- Summerfest starts Friday with an outdoor fish fry and outdoor carnival midway. There will be concession stands, live music in the beer tent, and a teen dance held in the Oregon fire station. Featured music will be by the popular “Chunky Pie” combo.
- Approximately 265 club members and guests attended the Oregon Woman’s Club salad Luncheon held at Holy Mother of Consolation church hall. The program featured a fashion parade of wedding gowns, some dating back to the 1850’s, which were modeled by adults, teenagers and little girls. Narrating the program was Mrs. Jack Kuester.
- Roy Shackelford of Oregon captured his first win and Columbus *151* Speedway Sunday night. Roy led the pack of 15 cars the entire distance, although threatened by Duane Walch and Johnny Ziegler.
- Mr. Paul Keenan and son Michael, W. Lincoln St., drove to Brillion last Friday to accompany Mrs. Keenan and Lisa home. For the past week Mrs. Keenan (Lois) had been staying with her mother, Mrs. Glen Campbell and visiting her father at Bellon Memorial Hospital in Green Bay where he had undergone major surgery. Mr. Campbell, who before his retirement, was Superintendent of Public Works in Oregon, is now recuperating at his home in Brillion.
25 YEARS AGO
- The Village Board ratified the police department officer and employee contracts. Ratification of the three-year contract, which affects village staff in the public works and wastewater treatment departments, clerk’s office, and custodial staff, came in a 5-2 vote. The vote was unanimous to support the police officer three-year contract.
- Revisions to the Oregon Zoning Ordinances that more clearly defined business and commercial areas were introduced at a village board meeting. When asked to comment, the Public Works Director said, “Basically what it did was get down to exactly what businesses were permitted in which districts and has pretty much taken all the guesswork out of it.”
- Thanks to a recent state law, terminally ill, frail and elderly individuals have another tool to direct their care. The state made do-not-resuscitate (DNR) bracelets available to certain individuals through their physicians. The DNR bracelet is especially helpful to those living in their homes and in assisted living facilities. Although DNR orders have been in place in hospitals, hospices and nursing homes for years, this kind of advanced medical directive was not available to persons living in the community.
- Farewell to the OHS class of 1997 Graduations always seem to be bittersweet, and the ceremony held for Oregon’s Class of ’97 was no different. Many tears of joy and sadness flowed as the students listened to speeches, accepted their diplomas and said their goodbyes to friends they might not see again. Many smiles also brightened the already sunny day as memories and hugs were shared. Class motto: “Learn as if you’ll live forever; live as if you’ll die tomorrow.”
- The Oregon girls track team capped off a championship season by bringing home a gold medal from the WIAA state track held in LaCrosse. “They’re the fastest mile relay team in the state, officially,” said the head coach when they edged out Middleton for the state title. The team had run the fastest time in the mile relay in the state this season, but had finished second in the sectional meet. Now, with the gold medals, there’s no doubt as to who’s the fastest.
10 YEARS AGO
- Ninety-three percent of OHS seniors in 2010-2011 graduated using the “four year rate” or the percentage of students who obtained their degree within four years. This according to recent data from the Department of Public Instruction. That compares to 89.1 percent in 2009-10.
- Lil Buddy’s Popcorn Shop opens in Oregon. Lee Ekstrom and his wife Julie, opened Lil Buddy’s in what had been a gas station in the 1940’s. Ekstrom spent the winter remodeling the garage portion of the building to house Lil Buddy’s.
- Heather Molnar, teacher at Rome Corners Intermediate School recently received a “very influential person” award from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Molnar was nominated by Alex Izzo, a former student who recently graduated with high honors from MSOE with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, according to a news release.
- Summer Fest 2012 Ready to Rock! The parade will be back to the original route, before the downtown construction. SuperTuesday singer, Dia Sparby, is giving her final performance at Summer Fest as she retires to have her second child. The Chamber will try out a new Thursday night event- the “Micrew Brew Fest” and the Tug of War returns. This in addition to many other returning events.