November 2023 Timeline

100 Years Ago: November 1923

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  • Jess Hall has just had his herd of 34 pure bred and high grade Brown Swiss cattle tested for tuberculosis and everyone was perfect and he how now has a clean herd.
  • At Cusick’s park Sunday afternoon Stoughton and Oregon will play football.  Enough said to draw a big crowd.  This is the game you want to see.  The game is called at 2:30. Be there to see the kick off.  Admission, adults 50 cents, children 25 cents.  A snappy game predicted.
  • The William Johnson Post of the American Legion will recognize armistice Day, Nov. 11 with a short memorial service in the high school gymnasium.  The speaker, Attorney Glen Stephens, a veteran of World War, comes to us very highly recommended.  The program will conclude with a minute of silent prayer at 11am.
  • A packed house greeted the Guild Tuesday evening when they presented the play “Old Peabody Pew” at the Presbyterian church.  The rendition of the play was enjoyed by all as was also the musical numbers on the program.  The members of the cast took their parts exceptionally well.
  • Miss Lucy DeJean and A. E. Relton drove down from Bayfield Saturday and spent over Sunday at the home of her other sister, Mrs. Percy Neath.

50 Years Ago: November 1973

  • Mr. And Mrs. Harry Dreher, 427 Jefferson St., were honored Sunday, November 4, in honor of their diamond wedding anniversary (60 Years).
  • Mr. And Mrs. Alvin Kapusta spent the weekend at their deer farm in Clark County. They are enjoying their new hobby and the pleasure of having fleet-footed animals now tame enough to eat from the hands of their owners.
  • Mr. And Mrs. Robert Curless  and Mark, and Mrs. Elizabeth Coombs attended the 90th birthday open house for Mrs. Mary Heisel at the Methodist Church at Valley Wisconsin.  Mrs. Heisel is a cousin of Mrs. Curless and Mrs. Coombs.
  • More than 500 band members, parents and friends attended “appreciation night” for those band members who were on tour during the summer of ’73.
  • Bill Roberts, son of Mrs. And Mrs. Lloyd Roberts, Brooklyn, has joined the staff of Madison City Planning Department.  In addition to his work with the planning department, he does free lance illustrations as well as the cover design for a national monthly magazine.
  • Budget approved, taxes to drop again: Village of Oregon taxpayers can rest assured that their property taxes will take a big drop again this year, in spite of the 10-mill decrease last year.  This calls for a village mill rate of .03821 as compared to .04738 last year.
  • David Gasner was initiated into the Beta Nu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity on November 1, 1973 at Vandercook School of Music in Chicago.  This is an honorary college band fraternity. 
  • Lyman Anderson, who farms south of Oregon and is a supervisor of the Dane County Soil and Water Conservation District, has one of the finest wildlife areas in the county.  It is unique in that the open level country around it is nearly devoid of trees.  This area was established 16 years ago as a tribute to his grandfather, Arthur Sholts, who was a University of Wisconsin Regent.   The 25 acre area is planted to white pine, Norway pine and white spruce.  He has also planted hard maple and black walnut threes the last few years.  Multiflora rose has been planted throughout the area to make travel lanes for wildlife.


25 Years Ago: November 1998

  • Lindsey Dockus voted at Oregon High School’s mock election. According to the election coordinator about 300 students and faculty participated. Also in the picture left to right: Beth Ballweg, Allison Buehler and Dustin Buescher.
  • Scouts from Troop 50 installed bike racks and park benches in Jaycee and Kaiser Park under an Eagle Project. To reach the rank of Eagle a scout must plan, develop and give leadership to others in a project that benefits the community. Service projects typically take hours of planning and must clearly.

  • State Champs! 
    From left , Eric Nutt, Ben Olson, Chris Rago, Derek Puls and Eli Paster hold the hardware that they have wanted all their life, the Division 2 state soccer championship trophy. The Panthers were ranked number one all season and finished that way, something the quintet makes sure everyone sees as they all hold up one finger.

  • Plans moved ahead quickly to expand the Village of Oregon’s office, police and public works space. The village board approved entering into a $265,950 contract to draw the plans for a new police and municipal court building, expand the utilities building and remodel the village hall.  The project would be designed and built in three phases, with a joint police station and municipal court building being started in summer 1999. The completion was projected for May 2000. Phase II would be an addition to the Public Works Building starting in May 1999 with completion by February 2000. Phase III, the remodeling of the village hall, was scheduled to be bid in February with an anticipated completion of February 2001.
  • The proportion of land use, number of additional residents and the order in which properties were to be phased into the development plan were highlights of a special Plan Commission meeting to address Oregon’s Master Plan. The village had close to 58 percent residential use. In the revised Master Plan, the residential use was lowered to 41 percent, including predominantly (two-thirds) single-family housing. The plan projected that 4,500 additional people were expected to move into the area by the next 15 to 20 years. According to the Oregon School District Business Manager, that growth would translate into 1,500 new students. The school district would need a new site for another middle school. The one they had then was filled to capacity.

10 Years Ago: November 2013

  • Firefighters contain condo fire:  a. Fire Saturday night caused about $100,000 damage to a condo home on Prairie Grass.  Fire Fighters from six departments responded to the call around 6:12pm,  Oregon Fire captain Robin Powers told the Observer.  Powers said no one was home at the time the fire started and that family members returning to the home discovered the smoke and called emergency personnel.
  • This father does his best to keep his children dry as they brave the rain to trick or treat on Halloween.

  • Senior Goalie holds up the WIAA Division 2 state championship Saturday as he and his Panther teammates celebrate a 4-3 shootout win after a scoreless 100 minutes with Cedarburg at Time Warner Stadium at Uhlein Soccer Park.

  • Pump House Restoration making progress:  An effort to refurbish the historic water tower pump house in downtown Oregon is moving ahead thanks to a resident who’s spearheading the project.  Randy Glysch moved to Oregon in June and has been working with village officials and contacting landscaping businesses about donations for the first phase of what could ultimately become a restoration of both the water tower and the pump house.
  • Village police chief Doug Pettit says every police department has one:  that “go to” person who makes the agency run well.  In Oregon, that person is Ruti  Trace.    Earlier this month the Village Board unanimously approved Petit’s request to reclassify Trace from administrative assistant to confidential administrative services supervisor.  
  • The village has seen 45 new building permits this year through mid-October compared to just 26 in all of 2012.  The bulk of those new homes are in the Alpine Meadows and Bergamont subdivision. Alpine Meadows has three lots left, which Laurie  Zoerb with First Weber Realtors will be built on by next spring.