SIXTY YEARS AGO—DECEMBER 1959
William Meilahn, of Chetek, is among the University of Wisconsin students who are members of the Wisconsin Players drama group on the UW campus, and will have a leading role in the play “William Tell.” … The Wisconsin Highway Commission has released road building plans for 1960, which include high-type pavement of Hwy. 53 through the city of Chetek at an estimated cost of $206,700. … Louis Venhuda, 51, of New Auburn, was killed in a farm accident at his farm, located between Chetek and New Auburn. … A. W. (All Wool) Smith has returned to his home here after being confined to the Veterans Hospital at Fort Snelling for two months. … An estimated 2 million Christmas trees will be cut and shipped in Wisconsin this season by some 900 dealers. The most popular species is the balsam fir.
FIFTY YEARS AGO—DECEMBER 1969
Cadet James Meilahn, of Chetek, a member of the U.S. Army ROTC at the University of Wisconsin was named Outstanding Basic Cadet of the Week. … John Eystad, 42, passed away suddenly following a heart attack at his home in Chetek. Eystad was manager of the Griffin-Doege Auto Parts Store in Chetek, and vice president of the Chetek Chamber of Commerce. … There is apparently an honest person in Chetek who returned a billfold which contained a large amount of money, as well as important papers. Fred Parks, of Chetek, found the billfold with its entire contents intact, wrapped in paper in his mailbox. … Harvey and Loyal Jr., sons of Mr. and Mrs. Loyal Phetteplace Sr., who have operated Phetteplace’s Tavern for 22 years, will now operate the tavern.
FORTY YEARS AGO—DECEMBER 1979
Thomas Shipman, son of retired Air Force Master Sergeant and Mrs. Clyde Shipman, of New Auburn, has been promoted to the rank of senior airman in the U.S. Air Force. … David Toycen, international commercial manager for World Vision, will speak at New Hope Lutheran Church, Sand Creek. Mr. Toycen has recently completed an assignment to Taiwan and will speak on the needs of the Cambodian refugees. … Chuck Schaaf Jr., of Chetek, a member of the UW-Stout basketball team, broke his ankle at a game in Bozeman, Mont. … Containers have been placed in the Chetek Co-op Super Market, Chetek State Bank and Kirkwood’s IGA Store in Chetek to collect Campbell Soup can labels, which will be used to purchase equipment for the Roselawn school.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO—DECEMBER 1984
Barron County Federal Savings & Loan announced the hiring of David Gehrke as manager of the Chetek office. … The mortgage of the Sand Creek Civic Center will be burned on Dec. 8, with a program sponsored by the Sand Creek Senior Citizens. … Chetek’s Dan Conway placed second in his age division (45–49) in the 10K run in the annual World Masters Championship Race held at Mission Bay Park, San Diego, Calif. … Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Sundly, of New Auburn, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary at Birch Point Resort with family. … Dave Brenholt was the recipient of the James R. Johnson Service Award from UW-Stout at Menomonie, which recognizes business leaders who improve relations between the school and the community.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO—DECEMBER 1994
Four winners were selected in the Chetek State Bank’s “Dress a Piggy Contest” that is held annually as part of the Community Club’s Toys for Tots program. The winners were Charlotte Ager, of Chetek; Mandy Meservy, of Chetek; Doris Braatz, of Weyerhaeuser; and Martha Walkowicz. … Students at Roselawn Elementary School who were awarded the Good Citizenship Award included Shane Davis, Trevor Davis, Ellie Bailey, Nicole Manor, Ashley Davis, Ryan Hansen, Richard Gravitt, Kasee Hamilton, Ian Yenter, Pierre Amyotte, Jason Quarders and Ricky Solum. … Chetek High School girls returning for the current basketball season include Missy Larson, Amanda Wieckowicz, Debbie Nelson and Shelby Eckerman. … Chetek athletes on the UW-Barron County Chargers basketball team include Josh Fortin and Adam Nichols.
TWENTY YEARS AGO—DECEMBER 1999
According to Chetek Area School Superintendent Al Brown and Chetek Police Chief Bob Breidenbach, the Chetek school district received a bomb threat on Dec. 7, and are now following set procedures to deal with the situation. The Chetek Fire Department was called to sweep the building… There will be several seats opening in the spring election for the city of Chetek. Mayor Shirley Webb has filed a notice of noncandidacy and positions held by Don Janota and Cliff Bronstad are open. One person has already filed for candidacy for the mayoral position, former Chetek Chief of Police Norm Lund.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO—DECEMBER 2004
A mild weather weekend of the Wisconsin gun deer season harvest numbers in the area. Horton’s True Value in Chetek registered 121 bucks and 93 antlerless deer last week, up from last year. The largest deer was a 14-pointer. … Chetek Middle School students participated in the 17th annual Chetek Lions International Peace Poster Contest. First-place winner was Alyssa Christensen; second-place winner was Terry Lindblad; and third-place winner was Cody Lindblad. … The Chetek Area Book Club gathered to celebrate its fifth anniversary of inception. The four original members of the club were Barbara Grandy, Bev Skoug, Sylvia Hartl and Barb Sletten. … After 20 years working for the city of Chetek, Joe Fostvedt was recognized at the recent city council meeting and he claims to still be happy with the job. … The employees of Automated Building Components in Chetek donated $2,500 to the Christmas for Kids event this season.
TEN YEARS AGO—DECEMBER 2009
The home of Dave and Virginia Godbout in Sioux Creek Township was destroyed by fire on Thanksgiving Day. This was the second total loss and their third house fire. … Two Chetek High School football players were named to the All-Northwest football team, including senior Morgan Neuman and junior Josh Amys. … Maria Wurtz, of Sand Creek, a nurse at Luther Midelfort Northland in Barron, was chosen as the first recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Luther Midelfort. … Members of the winning men’s bracket team at the seventh annual David Busta Basketball Benefit were Rod Rhodes, Dusty Rhodes, Steve Teeples, Ray Byrns, Kevin Johnson, Dave Cowley and Nic Been.