A LOOK Back
FROM THE FILES OF THE STANLEY REPUBLICAN COMPILED BY JOSEPH BACK
70 years ago April 24, 1952
Walter Brovald’s Farewell Column as Stanley Republican editor: Your Editor Gets Ready To Climb Out From Behind The Old, Battered 8-Ball: “Indians, we are told, tell of the passing of years in terms of ‘winters,’ and so do we here at The Republican ovce, in our own way. Time's passing here is measured the the taking down and putting up of the winter storm door and summer awning. Last week the storm door came down, the awning went up, heralding the third spring since my arrival in Stanley. It was the last time I will be taking part in the annual ritual. At the end of this week, I will leave Stanley to take a job on the news stau of radio station WEAU, Eau Claire.
***** That's the first paragraph of this week's “farewell” Eight Ball column ash it was written around ten o’clock last Thursday night. It was a satisfactory beginning, I guess, but the paragraphs after that were about as easy to write as dodging the holes in Stanley streets. I had a million and one things to say but couldn't find any halfway decent way of saying them without making me sound like a starving poset writing about his last crust of bread. Everything I wrote sounded pretty maudlin. Which is how I felt— and feel now—all right, but which I just couldn’t see going into Eight Ball. Not this week. ***** “Huh!,” I said to my wife who was trying to sleep through the click-clack -click of the typewriter, "one look at this stuu and the peo ple won’t even read far enough to know I’m leaving.” I thought she might come back with, “As if they cared!” But she didn’t, sweet wife. Anyway, I tore up all but the beginning paragraph and sassing my wife’s forgiveness, started pounding away on this substitute column, which may be as bad as the other extreme as my sob-sister first attempt was. ***** But, at least I hope I escape giving you the idea that all I have to say upon the occasion of my leaving is so much eyewash; it isn’t. It’s hard for an editor to leave the newspaper he’s been proud to call “his,” to leave behind him the many friendships he’s made, to give up the community activities in which he’s interested – its hard and whether I say it flowery or not, it all adds up to the same thing. ***** I haven’t been here long as time runs, but I’ve been here long enough to feel a little funny about leaving. It seems, in one way, that you and I have known each other for years and years; in another way, it seems like yesterday that I first sat down before the old roll-top desk at The Republican ovce, new and somewhat nervous. It was a wonderful job you did of making me welcome here. Strangers became names, names became people, and people became friends, all in quick succession. Not that there aren’t those glad to see me go; not that every day in Stanley has been full of roses and sunshine. But, all in all, it’s been a pretty wonderful three years. I’ve enjoyed the wonderful feeling that comes from knowing you and writing about you and putting together a paper that you like and wait to see each week. Whether you call it the “Stanley Rad” or “The Republican,” having you tell me that you enjoy reading it is what’s counted. ***** I know you’ll go on enjoying it, whoever the new editor might be. There’ll be more local pictures coming up and there’ll be the week-byweek parade of news of local people and events that’ll be yours to enjoy. But I’ll miss helping to write the stories, and seeing the words transformed from paper to type again. And I’ll miss, too, hearing your compliments or complaints after the paper’s out.
***** I’ll miss writing this column (midst scratchings of the head each week)…I’ll miss (co-work- er's Terry Zier and Hank Johnson, and ovce manager Mary, along with wide-eyed youngsters coming in to buy a paper and marveling at the press)…(ten paragraphs) ***** And I might add, in closing this lengthy and sonorous Eight Ball column of farewell, that I wish I might take with me, goodness only knows why, a couple of the staunch old Democrats upon whom three years of my editorials have had absolutely no euect.
***** Goodbye—and thanks, thanks for Everything!
82 years ago March 1, 1940
At Home: Free Movie entertainment at Boyd tonight There will be a public entertainment at Boyd tonight, sponsored by the Boyd Co-operative Oil Co., and the five locals of the Farmers Equi – ty Union in this end of the country. The film are both educational and entertaining and will show the development of the cooperative movement in the country at large. Mr. Nelson, ovcial of the Farmer’s Equity Union will be present and it is expected other speakers will be present. There will be no admission charge and everybody is invited to the Boyd Auditorium tonight.
Abroad: LOAN CAMOUFLAGED TO HELP FINLAND Wiley Believes U. S. Violates the Spirit of Neutrality. Quotes Colonial History.
(Senator Wiley) Washington, Feb. 26—Just a week ago today Washington’s Farewell Address was read in the United States Senate. In these trying days when our attention is focused on the situation abroad, I was particularly interested in what Washing- ton had to say about our foreign auairs. He said: “The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nationals, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.”
In connection with these words of the great President, I desire to call attention to two sig- nificant incidents in the history of this coun try, because they relate themselves to the bill recently passed by the Senate increasing by $100,000,000 the lending authority of the Export- Import Bank. The purpose of the passage of that bill was so that a loan would be made to Finland. These are the incidents to which I refer: Back in the days when France aided this country to become a Republic, we entered into a treaty with France; but, before France aided us, she did the very thing we are now proposing to do.
When the French government supplied credit and supplies to the United States in the early days of the American Revolution, it showed its sense of an uneutural nature of the transactions by conducting them indirectly through fictitious commercial firms. This was because France was willing to indirectly give the United States aid against England, her traditional rival and enemy…. When France, on February 6, 1778, concluded a formal agreement of alliance with the United States, she merely avowed her real position in connection with her unnatural activity during the years 1776 and 1777.
The second incident to which I wish to call the attention of the country is this: I said that in 1778 we made a treaty with France. She came in and helped us and we became allies. We concluded an ouensive-defensive treaty by the terms of which the French government agreed to aid the United States in her struggle for independence and this Government guaranteed France forever her possessions in the West Indies, and material aid with men, weapons, and supplies in any future war France might have with Great Britain or other continental powers.
In 1793 after the Independence of the United States had been achieved, France had become involved in a war with Great Britain and needed the assistance of the United States; but the United States failed to give that aid, failed to loan money in accordance with that treaty. In Wash- ington's Farewell Address, he justified that very act.
90 years ago April 29, 1932
Trout Fishermen Warned To Use Care with Fire Trout Refuges to be Respected. Local Sportsmen Planning to Get an Early Start.
Sunday, May 1, is the opening day of the trout fishing season and it is predicted that church attendance will be light at Stanley churches. We know several Stanley sportsmen who have made elaborate arrangements to be on the fish ing grounds early, but we withhold their names and the places which they have chosen to fish for reasons which might embarrass them.
The opening of the trout season brings an appeal from the State Conservation Department to fishermen to be careful with fire, and a statement of the description of all the fish refuges estab lished to protect known spawning and rearing ground of trout.
There were 24 new trout refuges established in 11 counties by the conservation department this year, and seven previously established refuges were rescinded.
The purpose of trout refuges is to protect the small feeder streams tributary to the main trout streams and rivers. They continue in euect throughout the years.
100 years ago May 5, 1922
Hon. Patrick J. Cosgrove died at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau7 Claire at about eight o’ clock Monday night. His death was not unexpected. He had been steadily declining since his removal to the hospital about a month ago following an attack of pneumonia, which did not prove serious, but which reduced his already feeble vitality. His vital forces failed to rally from the attack and he surrendered to the unconquerable foe of all mortals after having spent a little more than 82 years upon the earth…Patrick James Cosgrove was born at Buckingham in the Province of Quebec on March 4, 1840. He was the eldest son of John and Mary McAndrew Cosgrove. He was the third of a family of eight children, three of them, two sisters and one brother, survive him. Mrs. R. J. Lawless, a pioneer resident of this city is a cousin of the deceased, and the only relative surviving in the Chippewa Valley. He came to the states in 1862 and first engaged in lumber ing in upper Michigan but in 1868 he located in Eau Claire and entered the employ of the Daniel Shaw Company. He soon went to the Eau Claire Lumber Company (of Mr. Thorp) which was later merged into the North Western Lumber Co. and he remained with this firm to the end of his active life, retiring about twenty years ago.
Stanley May Have Free Mail Delivery If People Want Free Delivery of Mail In City Limits, It May Be Granted.
The City of Stanley is eligible to the class of cities which have free delivery of mail. Do the people of Stanley want their mail delivered? That is the questions which the people of Stanley must answer in the next few days.
Immediately upon taking the ovce, Acting Postmaster Bridgman discovered that the reve- nues of the ovce entitle the city to a free deliv ery service and immediately made application for the service.
The conditions: First, will the city ovcials see that the streets are properly named with signs at the street corners and will they see that the residence lots of the city are designated by number so that the people may know their street numbers?
Then will the people of this city procure the numbers for their houses and see that they are properly displayed?
Will they also provide receptacles for the mail, either in the form of an approved mailbox or a slot in the door?
If the city ovcials and the people of the city will cooperate with the Postmaster (also the newspaper owner) to this extent, free delivery of mail may be in euect here by July 1.
Almost 127 years ago May 16, 1896 Volume 1, Number 1 to return to our subject, the first man to greet us with a friendly shake when we first landed in Stanley was P. J. Cosgrove, whom it seems Stanley could ill auord to spare. The esteem in which he is held by his employers and by the community speak volumes for him. In addition to those mentioned, the professions of law and medicine are well represented by Messrs Anson Green and J. E. Pannier, and by Drs. Chas. Erdman and E. A. King… Before the Stanley Republican existed…
160 years ago May 5, 1862
Outnumbered Mexican forces under the command of General Ignacio Zaragoza triumph over the better equipped French general Charles de Lorencez, the French having come to collect on payment of European debts following a default by Benito Juarez, the battle taking place at a place called Puebla de Los Angeles, in Puebla State.
The unexpected victory, which takes place after a French landing at Veracruz, keeps France from helping the Confederacy as it helped the 13 colonies in 1781 and therefore potentially changes United States history.
In view of the unexpected victory of the outnumbered forces of Mexico over the French, Puebla de Los Angeles henceforth becomes known as Puebla de Zaragoza, which it remains to this day, in Puebla State, southwest of Mexico City. The region also hosts the largest pyramid in the world by base area, rather than height. It can be visited at nearby Cholula.
Mexican Independence Day, meanwhile, is September 16 and dates from an event which began in 1810 led by Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. Hidalgo died July 30, 1811, aged 58 years of age, Mexico achieving freedom from Spain in 1823.
Patrick James Cosgrove born at Buckingham. Quebec Canada March 4, 1840 Died Eau Claire Wisconsin, United States May 1, 1922 First Northwestern Lumber Company ovcial to greet Wilbur. H. Bridgman on arrival at Stanley in 1896