September 2022 Timeline

100 YEARS AGO
SEPTEMBER 1922

  • The Flint school house, in the town of Rutland, was struck by lightning Tuesday evening and burned to the ground.  The school will be rebuilt at once.
  • Harold Ace returned home from Shullsburg where he enjoyed a month with his uncle.
  • Among those who attended the American Legion convention at Beloit last week were Mrs. A.F. Cline, Miss Christie Johnson, Anton Therkelsen and William Minch.
  • Mrs. Arthur Paulson entertained 20 little folks on Monday afternoon in honor of the fifth birthday of her daughter Florice.  The little tots had a big time at games which was followed by a luncheon.
  • Eleven gold star mothers registered Sunday in the governor’s reception room at Madison on the book of “supreme sacrifices” and among the number was the name of Mrs. O. J. Johnson for Ben J. Johnson, Co M 128 infantry.

  • Miss Anna Nelson, who has conducted a restaurant in the Rasmussen block for the past 19 years closed the doors last Saturday and has discontinued the business.  She took this step rather than submit to an increase in submit to an increase in rent for the building.

50 YEARS AGO
SEPTEMBER 1972

  • Sue and Dan Wilson treated their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Wilson, to tickets to the New York Philharmonic concert last Wednesday evening at the Dane County Coliseum.  This was Mary and Howard’s 20th wedding anniversary.
  • A two day horse show was held at the Brooklyn Park in connection with the Labor Day celebration.  There were approximately 700 entries during the 2 day event.
  • Group Formed to fight County Executive Move:   Co-chairman Ed Hickman of Middleton announced the formation of a group called “Citizens for the Preservation of Democracy in Dane County” on Wednesday of last week.  This group held an organizational meeting attended by about 25 Dane County citizens who are greatly concerned about the upcoming referendum on creation of the office of County Executive.  The group feels that a “no” vote on the issue of County Executive is absolutely imperative for the future well-being of Dane County.
  • Jerry Frei, formerly of the Brooklyn  is now the offensive line coach with the NFL’s Denver Broncos.  He is the son of Mrs. George (Gertrude) Frei and the late Mr. Frei.  Frei is a graduate of the UW where he played for 3 years with such Badger greats as Pat Harder, Dave Scheiner and Elroy Hirsch.
  • The Norse Rosemaler’s Assoc. recently announced the first prize winner in the contest to design official stationery was won by Clarice Christensen, Lincoln Road, Oregon, WI.
  • Price Check:   margarine $1.00/ pound;  Hamm’s Beer 12- pack $2.19; milk 81 cents a gallon and gas 34.9 cents per gallon.  24 month cd offered at 5.75%.

25 YEARS AGO
SEPTEMBER 1997

  • Workers put the finishing touches on the brick outside the auditorium of the newly remodeled high school. School opened nearly a week late because of construction delays.
  • Oregon’s Economic Development Committee took a few scolds from the Oregon Village Board when they presented a request for an additional $1280 and additional four weeks to complete the Downtown Initiative Report. Both requests were granted, but not before spending about 45 minutes discussing and questioning about the way the study was handled and that they had overstepped their authority.
  • Thompson Park received a facelift . Volunteers throughout the village turned out to help with the installation of a new playground structure and the relocation of a swing set from another park. In addition to the new equipment the park features wooded areas, picnic tables and two natural springs feeding Butter Factory Creek which borders the park to the north. The volunteers enjoyed a lunch which was made possible through donations from area businesses.
  • Library users at all 26 South Central Library System member LINK libraries have direct access to an electronic magazine database in LINKcat, the system’s on-line public access catalog. Business persons in the Oregon area could visit the library and use the business database to search magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on business, industry, current events, etc. Internet access and dial-up using a computer from home was available as well.
  • Wrangling over the actions of Oregon’s Economic Development Committee appeared to come to an end as the Village President apologized for the public scolding he gave the committee two weeks prior. After reading a letter from the committee Chair aloud, the President extended his apology to the Chair.
  • The Oregon High School FFA officers started the school year with a leadership workshop at Evansville High School. That marked the 70th year of the local FFA Chapter, which is one of the 10 oldest chapters in Wisconsin that numbers 258 chapters. The Oregon High School Agriculture program received an outstanding agriculture program award from the Wisconsin Association of Agriculture Instructors.

10 YEARS AGO
SEPTEMBER 2012

  • Several years ago, Bruce Schlee was listening to a friend complain about how long it took to remove a blade on a wind turbine for painting.  From this conversation a new business was born.  Shlee, together with his brother Keith Schlee have launched a new company, Helical Robotics, which can move up, down or around the stem of a wind turbine and carry anything from cameras or tools to robotic arms on a platform.  The machine can tackle tasks such as checking a turbine tower for corrosion.  “There is not a machine like this anywhere else in the world”.

  • The Village Board has indicated support for a new bicycle/pedestrian trail that would connect Cusick Parkway in Oregon to Fisch Hatchery Rd.
  • Bicycles for Humanity – Oregon –  collected 254 bikes during a six hour event.  The event was organized by Gail and Al Brown who were hoping to collect 100 bikes and said organizers were a bit overwhelmed by the response.  The bikes will be stored, fixed up and prepared for shipment next year to remote communities in Kenya – where a bicycle is a treasured commodity and sometimes the only way for people to get around, short of walking.
  • Last week the Oakhill Correctional Institution donated about 750 pounds of produce that was grown and harvested by inmates to Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin.  The rest of the produce will be used for inmate meals, saving the minimum security prison lots of money.
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