Stoughton February Story | Community


115 years ago – 1907

• Fletcher Marsh, who went through what has probably been the most severe case of smallpox known here for about 20 years, is out again and back to work in the basement of the Daylight store. The severity of Mr Marsh’s attack is attributed to the fact that he had never been vaccinated.

• Wisconsin has two representatives in a class of just 50 first-class men who have just passed exams and will be graduating from the Annapolis Academy. They are Charles S. Crosse, of Stoughton, who finished 15th in class, and Herbert M. Hold, of Portage.

• With three funerals to be conducted by local funeral directors today, there was a shortage of hearses here, so a hearse from Edgerton was ordered to fill the gap.

• The practice of ‘bobbing’, as the daring youngsters call it, who get on every passing sled for a ride, is dangerous and, if continued, will have disastrous consequences for the participants.

• Call 193y and the trolley will call you and deliver your laundry.

• Financially, the 23rd Annual Firefighters’ Masquerade Ball was quite successful with gross receipts of $436, of which the fire department we are told will get about $375, breaking all records previous ones. As a masquerade, last night’s event was an improvement on the last one two years ago, but then it couldn’t get much worse than this.

65 years ago – 1957

• As soon as the frost breaks the ground this spring, work will begin on the construction of a $50,000 addition to the Garden City Foundry Co. here in Stoughton.

• Stoughton now has its candidate for Baddest Person in Town. And this nastiest person acquires this unpopular title because they stole the March of Dimes milk bottle from the post office lobby.

• City Council heard the first reading of a new draft ordinance prohibiting the parking of all trucks, tractors or combinations thereof over 17 feet in length on all city streets between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

• For the first time in the history of Stoughton and the local office of the Wisconsin Telephone Co., there are telephones in the four-number range.

• Describing Russian Communism as on the march and rapidly expanding its forces across the world, Rep. Karl Mundt, Republican of South Dakota, told a Stoughton forum on Sunday that we must fight the spread of Communism if we want to prevent another war.

• Burglars broke into the Great Western gas station on Highway 51 on Tuesday night and stole approximately $325. According to the police, they used a milk canister to break a rear window of the station.

20 years ago – 2002

• An executive session of the Stoughton Board of Education ended abruptly on Monday evening when board members Pat Lund and Larry Roberts walked out, claiming inappropriate conduct by their colleague David Meldman during the discussions. The exit of Lund and Roberts left the meeting without a quorum, and therefore led to the immediate end of the executive session. “Mr. Medlman’s behavior was inappropriate, and Pat Lund and Larry Roberts left the meeting at 11:20 p.m.,” unofficial meeting minutes posted to The Hub on Tuesday state. However, this closed meeting summary is came from Lund, who is also the official clerk of the executive sessions, pointed out several council members.

• UW Health/University Community Clinics has suspended inpatient care at Stoughton Hospital. Terry Brenny, president/CEO of Stoughton Hospital, said the action, which took effect Feb. 1, was a “unilateral” move by UW officials with little notice given to UW officials. Stoughton Hospital. Brenny said the decision created “frustration and great disappointment” for Stoughton-area residents whose group health insurance plans are managed by the UW Clinic. Many of these patients will not have to travel to Madison for elective hospitalization if their health insurance plan is primarily managed by UWHealth/UCC, or will incur additional costs if they choose to be hospitalized at the hospital. Stoughton, Brenny explained.

• The impact of Governor Scott McCallum’s controversial proposal to eliminate revenue sharing is already being felt in Stoughton as city officials scramble to find ways to offset a potentially devastating budget shortfall. At a special meeting of the city’s finance committee on Tuesday, Stoughton Mayor Bob Barnett and city chief financial officer John Neal said department heads had worked to cut 3 % to 4% their individual budgets this year, as well as prioritizing needed projects and services. most.

• Stoughton-area school district officials are investigating more than 75 areas for potential budget cuts in the event that state education funds are cut due to Wisconsin’s estimated $1 billion budget shortfall, Spt. said Myron Palomba on Tuesday. Palomba told school board members at a Feb. 4 meeting that while there are various “fiscal fix solutions” currently being proposed by Gov. Scott McCallum and various lawmakers, “most of them will result in less expense.” ‘state aid’.

10 years ago – 2012

• Nearly 100 people divided between two tourist buses will drive into town this weekend to experience Norwegian culture. And another 100 will be on the way next weekend. This is exactly the kind of participation that local community groups have been hoping for since a community discussion took place last January. The Sons of Norway hosted a ‘Norwegian Summit’ last winter to help local groups like the Chamber of Commerce, Norwegian Dancers, businesses and churches share resources and bring people to Stoughton.

• Two years ago, leaders of the Yahara River Grocery Cooperative appealed for financial support to keep the doors open. This year, the co-op is planning a small profit and is planning new events to raise funds and raise awareness of its mission. A dynamic board of directors, an inventory-minded store manager and a group of volunteers helped the company through a rough start and recession, doing everything from cutting hours to using conservation measures. simple way to control utility costs.

• Two of the three candidates vying for Stoughton’s seat on the Dane County Board of Supervisors met last Tuesday to discuss real estate, the economy and growth policies. Joshua Butler and Stoughton Ald. Paul Lawrence said little to distinguish himself at the forum hosted by the Realtors Association of South Central Wisconsin. A third candidate, Ald. Carl Chenoweth, was unable to attend. A Feb. 21 primary will be held to determine which two of the three candidates will run for the District 25 seat in the April general election.

• Voters can expect a little more scrutiny and a bit of a wait as they head to the polls for this upcoming election. Stoughton Town Clerk Assistant Pili Hougan said she was busy preparing for the first election which will require new voter ID cards, as well as new electoral districts. The most important thing voters need to have is the right ID card ready when they arrive at the polling station, she said. “Be prepared and have acceptable ID,” Hougan said.

• Two Stoughton town alders serving on the Dane County Board of Supervisors qualified for the April election after Tuesday’s primary. Carl Chenoweth and Paul Lawrence defeated Josh Butler for the seat to be vacated by Denise Duranczyk in District 35. Chenoweth got 56.9% of the city vote, with Lawrence getting 37.3%. Butler received 5.4%. Only the top two candidates qualify for the general election.


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