SIXTY YEARS AGO—AUGUST 1959
Maxine Lear, of Chetek, has been graduated from the Eau Claire Accredited School of Beauty Culture. Before her graduation from Chetek High School, Maxine was on the annual staff, Bulldogs Bark staff, and was a member of the Nurses Club, choir, Glee Club and the senior class play. … Janice Davis, of Chetek, graduated from the Minneapolis Business College having completed a private secretarial course. … The third annual Chetek Water Ski Tournament will be held on Chetek Lake at Jack’s Outboard Shop on Aug. 15–16. Entries have been received from Black River Falls; Menomonie; Eau Claire; Chippewa Falls; Mound, Minn.; Minneapolis, Minn.; and Chicago, Ill. … Erling Mathiesen, formerly of Chetek, has been named as vice president of manufacturing for Cutler-Hammer Inc., of Milwaukee.
FIFTY YEARS AGO—AUGUST 1969
Mike Schwartz, of Menomonie, who has been in the sheep shearing business for the past 15 years, has gone into business with his father-in-law, Bob Lindsley, in the Hwy. 64 Implement Co., at Sand Creek. … Mr. and Mrs. Duane Fjelstad and two sons moved to Chetek last week into the former Jim Lutz home on Ten Mile Lake, and he has begun his new duties as principal of Chetek High School. … Robert Johnson and Rolf Thompson were recently elected to the Chetek School Board; Fritz Metcalf was reelected to the board. Other board members include Kenneth Olson, president; Bill Burnham, treasurer; Robert Tyler, clerk; and Arthur Anderson, member. … U.S. Air Force S. Sgt. James Amundson, of Chetek, has been recognized for helping his unit earn the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm.
FORTY YEARS AGO—AUGUST 1979
Two employees of the Chetek Post Office received awards at the Postmasters’ meeting in Eau Claire. Receiving a bronze lapel pin for over 1,000 hours of unused sick leave was Postmaster Harlen Avery, and Arnold Follien was awarded a silver lapel pin for over 2,000 hours of unused sick leave during his years of employment. … Another landmark disappeared from Chetek this week when The Spot was burned by the Chetek Fire Department to make way for a parking area for the newly constructed Spot, owned by Jim Akin. … Mr. and Mrs. Frank Uetz will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Aug. 26, with an open house at the Chetek Senior Citizens Center.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO—AUGUST 1984
Oscar Skoug was appointed by the Chetek School Board to fill the position of Eric Hansen who has moved from the district. Sid Etlicher, a board member from Sand Creek, submitted his resignation, which was accepted by the board. … Fire leveled a large dairy barn at the Bill Krier farm southeast of Cameron along with 9,000 bales of hay. It was the third barn lost to fire for the Elmer Kriers in the past 10 years. … Confirmed at Dallas Lutheran Church were Abigail Miller, Jodi Borgen, Julie Anderson, Karen Lee, Jeffrey Langerude, Diane Larson, Eric Balzer and Paul Huseth. … A celebration honoring Marcel and Regina Colin on their 45th wedding anniversary will be held Aug. 25, at their home in Chetek.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO—AUGUST 1994
Larry and Ceil Nelson observed 40 years in business when Nelson Oil & Tire Co., 324 Second St., Chetek, held an open house in celebration of the occasion. … The Chetek Resort Owners Association and the Chetek Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to publish their first-ever joint guide book for 1995. … New owners at Northwest Growers are Mark and Pasha Sherman, who moved here recently from Elgin, Ill., and have purchased the business from Doug and Connie Ripplinger. … Tom Omtvedt, of Sand Creek, received a 50-year dealer service award from Brown Seed Farms Inc., at a meeting held to honor his retirement. … Danielle Hembrook, a 1990 graduate of Weyerhaeuser High School, graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., with a bachelor’s degree in government.
TWENTY YEARS AGO—AUGUST 1999
Army National Guard Pvt. Charles Josephson has entered basic military training at Fort Knox, Ky. Upon graduation, he will be a member of the Army National Guard or Reserve. … The Chetek City Council discussed the future of the summer rec program, as numerous complaints have been filed by citizens about unclean bathrooms at the parks and lifeguards sleeping on the job. … Larry Mommsen, of Chetek, took first place in his class at the Wisconsin Sporting Clay Association’s competition in Land O’Lakes, Wis., shooting 145 out of 200 targets. … Gerald and Martha Hell will be honored by their friends and family with a 50th wedding anniversary party held at the Hell farm near New Auburn.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO—AUGUST 2004
A total of over 30 pounds of bass was what it took to win the Chetek 4-Man Tournament on the Chetek Chain of Lakes on Aug. 7. Teammates Jason Slagstad, Ron Kubin, Chuck Postle and Bryan Johnson won the tourney for the second year in a row with a total of 30.12 pounds, The winners took home the $3,300 first-place purse. … Seaman Apprentice Amanda Wilkins, of Cameron, graduated from Naval Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. … The Stitching Sisters Quilt Guild donated a quilt to Luther Park Bible Camp for the camp’s 14th annual benefit auction. … The following Chetek girls age 10 and under played on the all-star softball team: Gwen Czerwonka, Kristin Dysland, Sarah Ruehlow, Rachel Sheehan, Angela Sparks, Becky Fijalkiewicz, Melissa Meister, Megan Hach, Emily Yenter and Bailee Moon.
TEN YEARS AGO—AUGUST 2009
Faith Lutheran Church in Cameron will celebrate 100 years of praise, worship and service this coming Sunday. … After 36 years on the job as Barron County’s family living agent, Linda Heppner, of Chetek, is retiring. … Blake Broaddus and Christina Swangim were selected to play basketball at the Junior Nationals International Sports Festival in Chicago, Ill. … Buddy Helms took first place in the Haugen Fun Days annual Strongman competition heavyweight class. Kyle Langner, of Chetek, a CHS junior, took first place in the lightweight competition. … Shawn Sanders, of Chetek, was selected to play in the annual Wisconsin American Legion Baseball All-Star Game at Miller Park in Milwaukee.