Posted 3/2/22

A LOOK Back FROM THE FILES OF THE STANLEY REPUBLICAN COMPILED BY JOSEPH BACK 10 years ago February 16, 2012 From the Editor's Desk By John McLoone The 'old man' speaks! If you're …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in




10 years ago February 16, 2012

From the Editor's Desk By John McLoone The 'old man' speaks! If you're reading this, you're still aging. I for one, am really starting to feel it.

It has nothing to do with the season. This winter has been the kind of winter that a guy like me (a complete wimp, according to my kids) can toler- ate. It has more to do with the kind of things happening in my life.

I've spent an inordinate amount of time in the emergency room the last couple months, mostly for sports-related injuries and all related to one kid. Two months later, we had a sprained back. From dad's perspective, the shoulder was harder to watch as it happened. The back was harder to watch a couple hours later as the pain continued to worsen.

Sitting in the waiting room and then the exam room, I had memories of being the one in the wheelchair and on the table. The guy with glasses waiting impatiently in the chair three feet away, looked old to me. He was bald, had glasses and work black socks with his shorts.

I realized then that with the exception of the black socks with the shorts thing, I've transformed into an old man.

More specifically, I'm now “the old man.”

When I was a kid, peo ple used to correct me when I would call my dad "the old man." Truth is, though, that's how he referred to himself. If he left a phone message, it was to “call the old man.”

And, to top it all off, as of last week, I have actual ly raised a child from birth to adulthood, and he's actually turning out OK, so far at least.

Sure, maybe that's a testament more to his mother than me, but I was around him a lot of the time, and I made some of the decisions.

I am closing in on 50, though not as quickly as my bride is. You're right, she robbed the cradle, nearly 20 years ago when she started dat- ing that man only in his 20s. I was never very fast, but I have slowed down a touch. What lit- tle hair I have left on my head is mostly gray.

It's official. I am now "the old man.”

I guess I'll have to start complaining more at restau- rants. I also have a license now to say whatever I'm thinking. I don't have to hold anything back anymore. I also have to start repeating my stories. And I'm going to start saying what – ever I want and complaining more at restaurants.

I'm not quite ready for the black socks with my shorts thing, though. I'll give it a try in a couple years and get back to you on that.

American Realty World ac- quires Eau Claire firm Paul Smith and LaVern "LL" Steward have announced a merger of their two firms: American Realty World LLC, based in Stanley at 100 S. Broadway, and L. L. Stewart, Inc., located at 2016 Brackett Avenue, Eau Claire.

The Eau Claire office will take on the American Realty World name and will be the main office of American Real ty World.

LaVern "LL" Stewart has successfully been in the real estate industry since 1970 covering all of western Wisconsin and will continue working in the real estate business at American Realty World's Eau Claire office.

LL Stewart has also been in the auction business for over 45 years and continues to offer complete auction services under LL Stewart Auctions at (715) 834-****.

Paul Smith has been a realtor since 2004. American Real- ty World LLC offers all types of real estate services at both the Eau Claire and Stanley locations, covering the entire Chippewa Valley.

Contact may be made at (715) 8330**** for the Eau Claire office and at (715) 644**** for the Stanley office or visit their website at www.

Paul Smith says, “American Realty World looks forward to expanded involvement in the area of marketing real estate with additional agents as our office continues to grow."

20 years ago February 14, 2002

Obituaries: Francis J. Szczech 1933 -2002 Violette K. Heino 1944 -2002 Governor Says High School Graduation Tests Will Move Forward Governor Scott McCallum today invited State School Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster to work cooperatively with his administration and CTB/McGraw-Hill to proceed with the scheduled development and implementation of the High School Graduation Test.

Governor McCallum also announced that Lieutenant Governor Margaret Farrow will represent the McCallum Administration in upcoming discussion wit the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and CTB/McGraw-Hill, the Cali- fornia-based testing firm hired to develop and implement the test, which is required by state statute.

30 years ago February 20, 1992 B-E-D Ambulance Service Gets Donation From Area Resident Forrest Supple, director of the Boyd-Edson-Delmar Ambulance Service, announced the recent donation of equipment to the area ambulance service.

Mary Dares, Boyd, owner of Diamond Lil's has donated four lower leg extremity splints and an oxygen duffel bag.

The splints will be use to immobilize a leg from the knee down. They are faster to apply than the present method and will enable attendants to transport a patient more quickly as a result.

40 years ago February 18, 1982 Winners in Ericksen's Grand Opening Drawings Announced Martha Langel was the win ner of a microwave oven as the grand prize winner in the grand opening prize drawing, held Saturday at Ericksen's True Value Hardware Store.

Harry Klein won second prize, a tool set, and Ed Tryboski won Third prize, a bug machine.

Daily door prize winners included: Robert M. Ebben, W. C. Nitz, Karen Bandach, Ted Koss, Cathy Bohl, H. R. Mittelstadt, Frank Deinhammer, Joe Bandach, Duane Bohl, Keith Stanley, Chris Lechleitner, Bob Wald, Lisa Pope, Melburn Haas, Christine Bohl, Oscar Christianson, Lillian Wartolec, Ed Natzke, Julie Hakes, Janice Rands, Don Mahr, Otto Pearson, Janiz Haas, Sandy Marshall, Helen LaBlanc, Robert Diedrich, Dan Bohl, Walter Bania, C. R. Hoel, Heidi Isenberger, Judy Schesel, Marlin Westby, Martha DiGange, Norma J. Price, Joan Chwala, Pat Valk, Victoria Janicki, Joan Peterson, Lucille Folstad, Frank Kiraly, Mary Dircks, Kim Eslinger, Charlene Gilbert, Mary Alice Davies, John H. Steivang and Rick Eslinger.

50 years ago February 17, 1972 Our Saviour's ALCW Held Program on American Missions The February meeting of the ALCW of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church was held on Tuesday afternoon at the church. Tuesday and Wednesday had been designated as work days and the ladies who had been busy making blankets and sewing bandages for overseas relief joined other members to take care of the business of the month and to enjoy a fine program on American Missions.

The program “Share the Word” had been developed by Mrs. Russell Lundstrom of the Naomi Circle who, with Mrs. Schultz Nielsen and Mrs. Emma DeSota, very aptly presented it. Allegiance was pledged to the Christian flag, the American flag, and to the Bible as the need for the spreading of the gospel was brought out. Experiences and problems of the young, the troubled and the aged which had been over- come with the sharing of God's word were told.

Letters to the Editor Dear Mr. Editor Your column Scooting Around Stanley with Joe helps to bridge the communication gap. I believe you recognize the fact that not everyone will necessarily agree with you but that we should discuss our differences with an open mind…( mention of St. Joseph's hospi tal)…At least we should listen to what they have to say and then form our opinions.

Sincerely, Mr. Patricia Frinak Letter to the Editor, I wish to thank the writer of the "Letter to the Editor" of last week, commenting on the "fine medical facilities we are fortunate to have in Thorp and in our community hospital in Stanley…I as a member of the team of the entire staff of V. M. H., professional and otherwise, will strive to give the public the best care possible in any situation, be it emergency or otherwise.”

Respectfully, M. Leichleitner

60 years ago February 22, 1962

The People's Voice Seeing Dog Die of Poison is Not Pleasant (Dave and Collette Kelley write of someone poisoning their beagle on Sunday and put the person to shame, saying they should watch the poison take effect on the family pet and then stick around and tell the dejected children that ‘Blit- zen' is dead. "Sunday it was a small dog,” they say, “The next time it might be a small child. Then what?!!" Call for people to give information to police as not the first case of poisoning in their ward.

Otter Lake School to Be come Church The old Otter Lake school, located a mile north of Stanley on CTH “H” will become a church this week.

The Rev. Lawrence Oman, who for the past year has been holding Evangelistic services in the Lauer building at Broad way and Maple, announces that the weekly services will be moved to the school building starting this Sunday.

The building was recently purchased by Rev. Oman, for Rural Evangelist Missions, from the City of Stanley.

For the present, one room and the kitchen will be used in the school building. In the fu ture, however, the center partition will be removed and both school rooms will be remodeled into a large church auditorium, according to Rev. Oman.

70 years ago February 14, 1952 Letters to the Editor: “Would Joe Be Great?” Farmer Asks Ed. Elkins Dear Editor: I'm writing about Elkin's "Orbits" in last week's Thorp Courier. They sure were interesting. When you read one of them you had them all. They say newsprint is high-priced. I don't see why he didn't use ditto marks.

If McCarthy would spend his time and energy in getting several billion dollar appropriation through Congress and spend it in buying all the cheese and butter spoken of, then dump it in the ocean or plow it under, in accordance with present administration policies, I suppose he would be a great guy.

We still are very much for Joe.

A WORDEN FARMER (Editor Elkins, in his “Orbit column for January 31, suggested that McCarthy should perhaps spend less time “playing bogeyman” and more time remedying the situation involving warehoused cheese and butter in Wisconsin. –Ed. Note).

Editorial and Feature Page A word of precaution on the city's auditorium: The Dream is gone, but… There is a growing public concern over the expense of maintaining the city auditorium. Complaints are being heard with increasing frequen- cy on the council floor that the building is a ‘white elephant ‘ and a drain upon the city.

This is alarming talk. It sound as though a misoriented attitude toward economy is greasing the skids, prepara- tory to the city's "unloading" the auditorium or altering the policy which has given local church, youth, and civic groups free use of the building in the past…Until petitions indicate otherwise, we believe that citizens are willing to underwrite the relatively minor expense of operating the auditorium on its past civically-minded basis.

80 years ago February 20, 1942 “Sergeant York” Coming to Stanley Weekend Gary Cooper Plays the Title Role And Does It Well. A pow erful story Dramatized.

Sergeant Alvin C. York is one of America's greatest sol dier heroes and the motion picture based on his life story is one of the greatest American pictures of all time. The eagerly awaited picture will open at the Stanley Theater, Sunday, for a three-day run. It is a sur passingly interesting picture, produced with dignity and simplicity and absorbingly entertaining all the way through.

Gary Cooper plays the title role, and the lean, lanky actor gives a truly great performance. He builds up the strong simple character from the Tennessee farmer who became the nation's hero.

Others in the splendid cast of “Sergeant York”, are charm- ing vibrant Joan Leslie, Walter Brennan, who play the part of the Tennessee mountain preacher, and many other popular players.

The picture has everything, a great cast, a powerful story timeliness and a down-to-earth philosophy. For the stirring story of the greatest single act of heroism, see “Sergeant York.” Everywhere it has been shown, it has broken all box office re cords and enjoyed extended runs.

In accordance with the terms of the contract, over which the theater management has no control, there will be a raise in admission prices for “Sergeant York” as announced in this issue of the Republican.

Elsewhere: British army surrenders Singapore to Japan after stopping onslaught for 10 weeks, American missionaries trapped at Hong Kong safe but suffering from food shortage. Rev. S. P. Frye of Boyd and John Dietzler of Cadott, are the first persons to receive au tomobiles in Chippewa County under the new federal rationing order, while a 32-year-old Eau Claire man is sentenced to one year in prison “for stealing an automobile tube and tire.”

90 years ago February 12, 1932 Action by a jury here in assessing damages of $1,500 against a bootlegger on the grounds that liquor he sold to a boy caused an automobile accident in which the boy was killed, follows a state prece- dent first laid down in Wiscon sin in 1849. The old territorial law provided that a liquor seller had to be bonded and was responsible to pay all damages to support all paupers, widows and orphans, pay the expenses of al prosecutions, attributable to liquor he may have sold.

"The Frankenstein" Legend Explained Now that “Frankenstein,” the picture which has piqued the curiosity of so many people is coming and will be seen at the Star Theatre, for three days beginning Tuesday, February 16th, it may be well to clear up some of the mooted points in this Frankenstein legend.

At the risk of telling the readers what he already knows, Manager Foster of the Star Theatre sets forth a few facts about the “Frankenstein.”

In the first place, Franken stein was the man who made the monster, not the monster that somebody made.

The idea of creating human life is centuries old. But the Frankenstein legend in literature is only one hundred years old.

“Frankenstein” was written by Mrs. Mary Wollstonecroft Shelley, wife of the well-known British poet. It was written in a cottage on the shore of Lake Como in a com petition with her own husband and two of his friends. The competition was to produce the most unusual story. The others gave Mrs. Shelley the palm, the for one hundred years there has been no story as unusual as “Frankenstein.”

In book form, "Franken stein” has been published in every language and is issued in a tremendous number of editions.

Coming down to more pertinent facts to the theatre-goer, Colin Clive plays Frankenstein, who created the monster; Boris Karloff plays the monster, Mae Clark plays the fiancée of Dr. Frankenstein, and John Boles plays the other man in Mae Clark's life.

Unless you are entirely shock-proof we advise you to come prepared. “Frankenstein is a shocker—no two ways about it. It is packed to the brim with electrifying thrills and called by experts the most orig- inal film to reach the screen.

Another kind of Frankenstein?

President Always Target of Scandalmonger (By Caleb Johnson) I don't know whether the next President of the United States is going to be a democrat or a republican but whoever he may be there is one thing perfectly certain now.

He won't be a year in office before he will be sorry he ever got the job! I know of only one sound rule for the average uninformed person to follow in dealing with tales of personal misconduct on the part of Presidents or candidates for the presidency. That rule is this: Would you believe that story if it were told to you about a man whom you have known personally all you life and whose character is known to everybody in your community?

Men do not become Pres- ident of the United States, or candidates for the presidency, whose personal characters have not been subjected to the most intensive scrutiny, not only by their friends but by their enemies, who ceaselessly look for flaws in their armor.

100 years ago February 24, 1922

Brief Personals Miss Christie Schiesel left Tuesday for Chippewa Falls where she will be employed.

Misses Lillian Weldon of Spring Valley and Zilda Willette of Bristol went to Thorp Friday to visit their mother, Mrs. Herbert Hendricks, after spending several days with their grandfather, J. B. Calkins.

110 years ago February 10, 1912 SCHOOL AT THORP Beautiful New School Building Dedicated Yesterday With Appropriate Ceremony AN INTERESTING PRO GRAM Building Typifies Prosperi –

ty, Public Spirit and High Intel ligence of the electorate Quick facts of the Thorp School: Architectural plans fur- nished by Albans & Hausler, Cost about $25,000 Several months to build Herewith we clip from the Thorp Courier which was presented yesterday afternoon: Building open to public: 1:30 to 5 p.m.

Classes dismissed at 3 p.m. to permit teachers and parents meeting for a social time Informal reception: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Evening Program: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Music…Orchestra Schools of Sixty Years Ago…Rev. J. B. Bachman Music, "Six O'clock on a Bright March Morning…Glee Club Old to the old building… Stella Wiley Music…Orchestra Address, Schools of the future,”… Geo. B. Parkhill Music, "Little Cotton Dol –

ly:"…Girls' Chorus Address, “The Place of the School in Democracy…C. R. Rounds Music…Orchestra There is no truer index to the character of any community than the quality of its public schools which reflect the atti tude of the people toward the schools. Our neighbors are to be congratulated.