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)
Those with family cemetery lots in the Prairie Mound Cemetery were given notice that they would be assessed a proportional share for the cleaning and care of the lots for the year of 1915. Payments were to be forwarded to J. J. Lindsay, superintendent.Horses were needed for the war effort overseas. J. S. Waterman had the following notice in the newspaper: “In view of the fact that foreign governments, especially those engaged in the present war are demanding horses from this country, it would pay farmers to raise that type of animal, suitable for cavalry and general purposes. Service fee for such colts guaranteed to 30 days old, $12.00.”

The Village Board has appropriated $100 toward the building of a new band stand in the Village Park. (most likely the Waterman Triangle Park in front of the present day Village Hall). The Business Men’s Club have assumed the responsibility of erecting it and will provide the balance of the funds needed for completing its construction The structure will be 16 feet in diameter and octagon in shape. Once built it will host semi-weekly band concerts.

The Oregon Telephone Co. announced that they had put up new poles between their office and the Catholic Church. The new cable, with a 100 pair of wires, will allow for the expansion of future business in that end of the village.

An army artillery company from Fort Sheridan, Illinois passed through the Village en route to the military range near Sparta.

The Oregon High School Alumni Association held their annual meeting. Officers elected for the ensuing year were Mrs. J. F. Litel, president; Homer Madsen, vice-president; A. H. Sholts, secretary; and Miss Maud Trow, treasurer. It was decided that the association should hold a reception, banquet, and dance at the opera house on Friday, the 4th. of June.

“It’s time to put on lighter underwear! “ The C. H. Wackman ad noted: “If you stick to that heavy underwear don’t grumble if it sticks to you. You can’t regulate the temperature but you can do a lot toward regulating your own by getting into a suit of light, cool Stephenson Underwear. We have it in all the season’s fabrics including the popular Spring Needle Knit Unions with the famous Stephenson Elastic Closed Crotch (patented) which puts an end to drawing and bunching and makes Stephenson Union Suites fit all over—-not just in spots.”

1965 (50 years ago)
Erwin Kissling accepted the position of athletic director of the Oregon School District. Calvin Callaway of Elkhorn, Wis. was appointed head football coach to fill the vacancy left by Kissling’s acceptance of the athletic director position.

Door to door mail delivery started in the Village on Friday, May 7th. The two mail carriers were Arlen Christensen and Charles Lundey.

Butler Delany, publisher of The Oregon Observer, expands his printing operations, starting a newspaper in Verona. The new weekly newspaper, “The Verona Press”, was under the management of David and Gabriella Enersen.

Nearly 3,000 stock car racing fans attended the opening of the Capital Speedway (n/k/a Madison International Speedway). Eddie Hume of Madison, in his ’59 Plymouth won the feature race.

The theme of the Junior Class Prom was “Love in a Wooden Shoe”. Music for the prom was provided by Norm Smeltzer and his band. Members of the prom court were Laurel Black (queen), Steve Kellogg (king), Lois Hansen, Randy Owens, Frances Noyce, Rick Severson, Sue McCarthy and Dennis Strander.

Bud Lappley from Lappley Chevrolet Co. presented the keys to a new Chevelle Malibu 4-door sedan for use by the Oregon School District during the coming year. OHS driver education instructor, Erwin Kissling accepted the keys to the new car.

Boy Scout Troop #50 hosted a camporee at the Sholts Memorial Woods two miles south of Oregon. The event was attended by 735 area scouts from the Yahara District. Oregon scouts attending the event were Hans Plummer, David Kapusta, Glen Thorne, John Leester, Steve Keenan, Ricky Kapusta, Tom Oelmann, Mike Mossman and Jim Lester. Adult leaders who organized and attended the event were Richard Schoebel, scoutmaster; Elmer Spriock and Ken Glazier, assistant scoutmasters; Jim Cannon, chairman of camp activities for the Yahara District; John Plummer, general chairman of the camporee; Ed Owen and Bill Booth. Some of the weekend activities had to be curtailed because of stormy weather.

The OHS Boys Track Team were Madison Suburban Conference Champs as well as State Sectional Champs. Those from Oregon advancing to the state meet were Tom DaWalt, Dave Fiscus, Jerry Gundlach, Mike Kehl, George Williams, Jim Ellis, Gary Anderson, Jeff Faust, and Dave Williams. Their coach was Dave Dess.

Thirteen students of HMC Elementary School graduated from eighth grade. Rev. Charles Monroe presented graduation certificates to Teresa Gobel, Sandra West, Linda Bollig, James Clark, Patrick Baxter, Steven Georgeson, Constance Wethal, Elizabeth Gorman, Mary Maier, Richard Sather, Gregory Price, James Dunn, and Daniel Powers.

1990 (25 years ago)
An Odyssey of the Mind team from Oregon, receiving first place scores in both the regional and state competitions, advanced to the world meet in Ames Iowa. Members of the team were Lisa Barriolhet, Zak Paster, Leo Sidran, Leinie Smith, Robert Thayer, Adam Waskowski and Zach Zaricor. The coaches for the team were Penny Paster and Tom Thayer.

Two other Odyssey of the Mind teams from Oregon scored well at the state competition. The Division 1 team in the “Structures In Harmony” category placed 6th. The team members were Angie Burmeister, Bryan, Mihlbauer, Kara Schultz Jerry Roberts, Kevin Gasner, Andre Lederer and Pat Neuman. Dave Gasner was their coach. Oregon’s Division 2 team participating in the “Georgaphic Odyssey” tied for third place in the overall competition. Members of that team were Christopher Dauck, Kyle Mortensen, Lindsay Nutt, Jim Uphoff, Benji Dauck, Chad Grote, and Mike Rugotska.. Their coaches were Sandy Mortensen, and Kathy Dauck.

The Village Board approved the development of 48 acres for single family residences which will make up the first addition of Forest View Subdivision located east of Ash Street and south of Jefferson St.

OHS celebrated Junior Prom at the Fitchburg Community Center. The theme was “Enchantment Under the Sea” and the prom song was “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler. The prom court included Sean Manix, Van Davenport, Peter Dunn, Steve Christensen, Paul Prust, Troy Spilde, Mike Statz, Scott Brandenburg, Jake Oelke, Melanie Sauer, Jill Staniforth, Carrie Staffon, Kristin Eagle, Shannon Martinson, Tera Reese, Ashley Diamon, Heather Scanlon, and Nancy Weede.

The OHS Girl’s Track Team take the Badger Conference Title. At the Badger Conference meet they placed in 15 of 17 events, captured 7 firsts, scoring 120 points. A new school record was set in the 3200 meter relay by Oregon’s Kathy Crossen, Renee Svanda, Grace Bandow and Caryn Williams. Other team members contributing to Oregon’s success were Nichole Northrop, Michelle Northrop, Ashley Diamon, Melanie Sauer, Kim Bland, Tera Reese, Angie Clark, Sarah Rounds, Kjersten Grant, and Jeanne Horstmann.

The Oregon Rotary Club started their tree planting project by purchasing and planting over 500 trees on the school district grounds. Rotary member, Al Miller, coordinated the project.

Oregon FFA members, Dan Marshall, Blayne Outhouse and Heidi Neis excelled at the State Crops Judging Contest held at the UW-Madison, placing 2nd out of 56 teams for which they received a “superior” rating.

One hundred and seventy-four seniors graduated from Oregon High School. The class valedictorian was Kimberly Reid and the salutatorian, Betsy Nelson. Their class song was “Never Say Goodbye”.

2005 (10 years ago
OHS hosted the 27th. Annual Rudy Burkhalter Memorial Accordion Jamboree.

Members of the Heart Safe Community Coalition continued their mission of raising funds and placing AEDs in public buildings. Furthering the group’s mission were Police Lieutenant Craig Sherwin; Oregon Area Fire/EMS volunteer, Bev Lance; Community Education Coordinator, Anne Station; and Fire Captain Tom Eithun.

An intergenerational prom was held at OHS. The event involved students from Oregon Middle School, Badger Ridge Middle School in Verona and senior citizens from both communities. Music was provided by “All That Jazz”, an 18-piece orchestra. Everyone was given a sneak preview of the decorations for the OHS prom that was held later that evening. Following the event everyone was invited for dessert at he Oregon Area Senior Center.

OHS seniors, Dan Robson and Bryan Adler, completed an intensive fire skills training program during the past year, qualifying them as entry level firefighters for which they each received two high school credits.

The theme for the OHS Prom was “Midnight Masquerade”. Members of the prom court were Scott Clark, King; Andrea Barkow, Queen; Amber Blanchard, Ashley Jenkins, Erin Hagstrom, Anna Rose Ott, Nichole Behrend, Mandi Nevis-Lowe, Jacqu Fuller, Jenessa Butterfield, David Gooze Taylor Robson,, Ryan Symdon,m Cjole Christenson, Matt Gehn, Chris McGrath, Chad Rrussell, , Scott Clark, king and Brad Slaney.

This past year Mike Barry received the ASWA Lifetime Achievement Award for his family’s history and achievements in the state’s saddlebred horse industry. The Barry family founded what is considered one the oldest saddlebred farms in Wisconsin. Mike is the fourth-generation horse breeder following in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, Garret Barry; grandfather, George Barry; and father Phil Barry.

The Village Board approved the general development plan for Lycon to build a ready-mix concrete facility on 16 acres located on the NW side of the Village.

The OHS Girl’s Soccer Team share the Badger South Conference Title with Verona.

The Oregon Area Fire/EMS District hired Town of Madison Fire Chief, David Bloom, as an interim chief and administrator for the local department.

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