“Flowers on Broadway” opened its doors on Monday after months of happy anticipation. A brilliant window display is a welcome relief from gray January days, and entices shoppers into the store where they can browse among colorful flowers, gifts, cloves, and a live exotic bird. Shown here, l-r are Deb Chwala, Heather Chwala, and Deb Karlen, all Stanley natives, who own and operate this newest addition to the business community.Image sourced at Wisconsin Badgerlink.
A Look Back

40 years ago January 6, 1983

Historical Society Purchases Building for Local Museum.

Former Fourth Ward School Purchased as Museum

The Stanley Area Historical Society has purchased the old Fourth Ward School building, for use as a community museum.

Art Samuelson, president of the society, said they purchased the building on Helgerson St., most recently owned by the Church of God, on Dec. 27.

Plans for renovation include roof and rewiring work, the addition of display cases, and the acquisition of more historical artifacts. The society plans a fundraising drive for spring, said Samuelson, and hopes are to open the museum this summer while work on the project continues.

The future museum was built in 1904, and was used as a school until the early 1930’s. It has been used as a church by the Church of God congregation since 1938.

Both financial and volunteer help for the projects from individuals and organizations would be appreciated, said Samuelson Those interested in assisting can contact Samuelson, Betty Plombon, or any member of the Historical Society.

50 years ago January 4, 1973

Yellow River News by Mrs. Joe Dubiak

Duane Dubiak and John Borup of Racine were callers at the Joe Dubiak home on Friday.

Gordon Swatzina who is employed in Chippewa Falls is spending a few days with his parents, the Fritz Swatzinas.

Mrs. Joe Dubiak was a Thursday caller at the Frank LaFlex home.

Obituary: Mrs. Caroline Haase, age 85. Born in Austria on September 16, 1887 and arriving in the United States at age six. Married to Louis Haase at Stetsonville in 1912. Moved to Worden in 1914. A member of the Holy Family Parish and Christian Mother’s Society. Survivors include three sons and two daughters, with numerous grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband in 1957. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

60 years ago January 3, 1963

Trains in collision at Boyd Two Soo Line trains collided with relatively minor damage about 100 yards west of the depot in Boyd early Monday morning.

Train 6, the eastbound passenger train, and train 29, a westbound freight, hit head on about midnight. One person, Mrs. Rocco Valentino of Fond du Lac, a passenger on No. 6, was slightly injured. She was taken to a hospital in Chippewa Falls and released later Monday morning.

Both of the trains were on the main line, although one apparently was supposed to have been on the siding to allow the other to pass.

None of the cars derailed. Both trains were moving slowly at the time of the collision.

A rural Stanley man, David Erickson, was on No. 6 when the crash occurred. He is a railroad mail clerk.

70 years ago January 1, 1953

Major News Stories of 1952 in the Stanley Area (a partial synopsis)


21—Grand opening of new Peterson implement company

23—John A. Savre, former prominent resident, dies in California


21—Thorp Lions Club gives dance for benefit of Victory Memorial Hospital.

29—Stanley Protestant churches observe World Day of Prayer


10—Death claims life of Earl Maves, Stanley’s gridiron star

11—Plans inaugurated for a “living memorial” for Earl Maves.

18—Stanley Lions pledge $300 to Maves Memorial.


3—Hospital bids awarded for $27,000 laundry addition

26—Walter Brovald leaves The Stanley Republican editorship to join WEAU news staff


17—Boy Scouts enjoy annual Craft-O-Ree at Wildcat Mound

23—Victory Post 112 presents a western dance and show at the Stanley Auditorium


1—Clara Husby retires from local post office after 36 years of public service.

29—Cornerstone laid for St. Mary’s new parochial school.


31—Mrs. Arthur Zier leaves staff of the Stanley Republican to teach at Maple Hill School.


4—Soo Line files request with PSC for permission to discontinue Trains 1 and 2.

5—Baseball frolic nets $209.02 for Maves Memorial.

28—Commercial Club, Lions, and Mayor McKenzie take action to protest withdrawal of Trains 1 and 2.


2—Council hears bid for police car and votes to buy Chevrolet; grants one-day beer licenses with divided vote.

18—First PSC hearing held in Chippewa Falls on Soo Line request to withdraw Trains 1 and 2 from service. $154,871 operational loss claimed.


2—Stanley is visited by first killing frost.23—Stanley’s only football loss of season is at Homecoming, when they lose to Thorp.


13—Roofing completed on Maves Memorial; drive under way for funds to complete project

20—Parent Teacher’s Association disbanded, final meeting.


17 – High School presents “Joy to the World” pageant 19 – 21 – Students of St. Anne’s school present “This is Christmas” at the city auditorium

24 – Hospital announces receipt of valuable equipment donations and $100 donation form Thorp Finance Corp.


80 years ago January 1, 1943

ALLIES ON OFFENSIVE ON ALL FRONTS Admiral Darlan Assassinate by a Frenchman, Rommel’s Army Pursed Into Libya

Edward Benes, President of the Czech Slovak government in exile, broadcast an appeal to millions of workers rom occupied countries in German arms factories urging them to “lay down on the job” and slow up production. He said the allies offensives successfully under way must be supported by general resistance and action on Germany’s internal front.


The local office of the Railway Express Company reports that 850 idle tires, purchased by the government, were shipped from Stanley.

90 years ago January 6, 1933

Thorp Legion Has New Club House

The members of Cecil Tormey Post, American Legion of Thorp, have just completed and occupied a new, one story and basement building 30 x 60 feet. For use as a club and Post building by members. It cost $4,000. It provides a meeting place for Boy and Girl Scouts and other public organizations.

Dr. J. N. Cunningham Dies after long illness Pioneer Physician and Prominent Citizen Dies after long fight for life.

Dr. James Norman Cunningham, aged 64, died at his home in this city early last Friday morning, December 30, after a prolonged illness of cardiac dropsy which was complicated by an attack of influenza.

100 years ago January 6, 1923


Everett Zapp left Friday noon for Randall, Wyoming, where e3he expects to remain for the winter.

Mrs. Dan Logan is on the sick list.

110 years ago January 4, 1913


People of United Lutheran Congregation Start in the New Year Free from Debt

New Year’s Observance

Coincident with the retirement of Rev. Rothnem. Finance Committee Report Funds Raised.

The magnificent church building of the United Lutheran Congregation built immediately following the disastrous fire of May 1906 and costing approximately $20,000 is now free from debt.

For several years a mortgage of $25,000 has hung over the property and those who are familiar with…the average member of this congregation know that there is nothing more distasteful to him as a mortgage on any of the property he owns or in interested in. And during the short pastorate of Rev. B. J. Rothnem, he has made it a special order of business to arouse interest in the subject of that mortgage (spirit of goodwill restored and factions healed during short pastorate as well).

118 years ago June 18, 1904

An editorial on “The Location”  (No where to build high school but at Franklin Street site, present school to remain at site for intermediate and primary grades), and “the Fourth Ward people are to be provided with their much needed two room building.”

About 119 1/2 years ago July 11, 1903

Communications from Board of Education

To the Honorable Mayor and Common Council of the City of Stanley:

Gentlemen: the board of education, to whom was referred the petition for a two room school building for the Fourth ward, beg to recommend as follows: That the city sell bonds for sufficient amount of money to build two school houses—one to be known as a high school, built according to plans prepared by your honorable body last January; the other to be a two-room building to be located at some suitable place in the Fourth ward.

Respectfully submitted this 6th day of July, 1903 Theo. A. Hoidahl, President T. L. J. Cummins, Secretary. Board of education


June 6, 1903 Council Proceedings

Regular Meeting To the City Council, City of Stanley, Chippewa County, Wisconsin.

In order to enjoy the blessings of public schools and protect the lives of our children we the undersigned citizens and freeholdsers do hereby petition your honorable body to built a school

house in a suitable place in the Fourth Ward, arge enough to hold at least two class rooms and to have the same ready by the time school commences after the summer vacation or as soon thereafter as possible.

Stanley, Wisconsin, June 1st, 1903

Nels G. Olson, F. M. Craig, Charley Pierling, And. Korn, Jr., L. E. Olson, John Knar, Matt F. Lauer, J. J. Nicholson, S. B. Morrison, J. Rademacher, Lester Dallas, A. Gregerson, Frank S. Grubb, Anton Heiting, W. M. Miller, A. Ruscher, David Giauque, C. W. Giauque, C. E. Tucker, Winzle Stoke, Alma Wry, Hugh Hayes, Joe Dukelow, Arthur Cummins, Ernest Hanfer, Fred Goddard, John Mohr, B. J. Robinson, J. N. Cunningham, Ellak C. Rud, Mrs. J. Mathewson, John Christianson, Gulfeied Ledcke, C. W. Ewing and Fred Hanois.

Moved by Sargent Sec. by Lawless that the petition be referred to the Board of Education. Yeas Lien, Lawless, Potter, Sargent, and Sneen.

Nay, Goshaw and Walker.

Motion carried.

January 11, 2023