SIXTY YEARS AGO—SEPTEMBER 1960

The annual meeting of the Chetek Resort Owners Association met at The Spot on Aug. 20. One of the things discussed was the proposed three percent gross revenue tax on motels, hotels and resorts. … A gathering at the Airport Park honored Mr. Will Hampton, who retired from the postal service. Mr. Hampton started his mail route with a horse and buggy in spring and fall, and during the winter months he traveled in a heated cab on sleighs. At one time, Mr. Hampton used a team of mules in delivering his mail. … Among new employees in Chetek are Mrs. Donna Mae Sariff at the City Clerk office; Mrs. Perry Cromley in the office at Chetek High School; Mrs. Bernice Goberville, office secretary at the Chetek Lutheran Church; and Mrs. Ed Luecht at Ohde’s Home Pharmacy.

FIFTY YEARS AGO—SEPTEMBER 1970

Mary Severson, of Chetek, has started her training at the Swedish Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minn. … New officers for the ensuing year of the Chetek Resort Owners’ Association were elected at this week’s meeting. Re-elected as president was Ed Przybyl; Russell Dunham, director; Max Heeter, secretary-treasurer; Perry Cromley, director; Mrs. Elsi Wolff, business secretary; and Ronald Brown, vice president. … Those from Chetek attending the annual convention of Associated Milk Producers were Mr. and Mrs. Chester Bowers; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Taft, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Taft, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Taft, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bossany and Mr. and Mrs. Don Williams. … An assembly at Chetek High School was held to bid farewell to Cindy Brouillard, who will be going to Rosario, Argentina for six months to study abroad.

FORTY YEARS AGO—SEPTEMBER 1980

Three members of the Chetek Senior Citizens were awarded commendation by the Wisconsin State Fair when they were awarded certificates for being among Wisconsin’s Ten Most Admired Senior Citizens in the 1980 competition. Receiving the awards were Sophie Kargol, Eugene Kraskiewicz and Libby Barnstable. … Kathy Osteloth has been hired to replace Kevin Pokela, who resigned after teaching math for seven years in the Chetek High School. … The Farmers Store building, constructed in 1907 in Chetek has been demolished this week. … The body of Daniel Akins, 76, of Chetek, was recovered in Pokegama Lake by Chetek authorities.

THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO—SEPTEMBER 1985

David Johnson, former president of Chetek School Board, was appointed back to the board at the September meeting. He was appointed to the position formerly held by Rev. Norman Phillips, who has moved to Florida. … Joe Vought, of Chetek, represented Barron County at the District 4-H Show, held in Menomonie and the State 4-H Show at Madison. Joe is a member of the Red Cedar Riders 4-H and Saddle Clubs. … Matthew Grandy, of Chetek, graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga., with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and computer science. He will report to Navy Officer’s Candidate School in Newport, R.I., after a brief vacation in Chetek.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO—SEPTEMBER 1995

High school students interested in drama will soon have an outlet for their talents, as the school board gave Patsy Vork the go-ahead for a new extracurricular drama program. … Dr. Mike Nelms, of Chetek, has been named Vice President/General Manager, Basic Production and Processing for Jerome Foods. … Shannon Massie and her escort Adam Huset were crowned Chetek High School’s Homecoming queen and king at the coronation ceremony. … Thanks to Jake Avery, who is working toward his Eagle Scout rank, Civil War veterans’ cemetery markers will now be rightly honored at Lake View Cemetery in Chetek. … Members of the Chetek Pom Pom Squad who attended the Just for Kix Pom Pom Camp at UW-Oshkosh, included Katie Toufar, Susan Bossany, Ursula Moullet, JoEE Waterhouse, Missy Purintun, Ginger Taft and Chris Adams. … Clint Doege Construction submitted the low bid for the bathroom project at the city beach at $20,845, and construction will begin on April 1, 1996.

TWENTY YEARS AGO—SEPTEMBER 2000

For the first time in at least 26 years, a Chetek resident has been named as Indian Head Country/Lucky 13’s Sportsman of the Year. Gary Fredrickson, owner of Outers Resort in Chetek, was a driving force for the creation of the Chetek Lakes Protection Committee in 1996. … Returning letter winners to the CHS cross-country teams are Adam Anderson, Luke Fritz, Chris Kamrath, Tracy Uchytil, Lindsey Oleskow, Stephanie Nichols and Jenae Albrecht. … The Chetek Council of the Knights of Columbus was presented the Star Council Award. Grand Knight Gerald Moss, of Chetek, accepted the award from the State Deputy of Wisconsin.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO—SEPTEMBER 2005

The police commission recently uncovered information revealing that approximately $56,000 in outstanding fines, imposed by the Chetek Municipal Court, have gone uncollected. Defendants will have the opportunity to participate in an indigence or good cause hearing to explain why they have not paid their fines. … The Chetek Board of Police Commissioners approved the appointment of Lt. Mark Petersen as acting interim police chief at its monthly meeting. … Barron Electric Cooperative lineman Sherwin Newman, of Chetek, left for Hurricane Katina disaster areas in Louisiana on Sept, 6, bringing help, supplies and equipment to devastated coastal communities.

TEN YEARS AGO—SEPTEMBER 2010

The Chetek City Council authorized Mayor Dianne Knowlton and city attorney Randi Osberg to negotiate the sale of city property to Image Plastics owner Greg Harm, who wants to buy the building at 1110 E. Center Street. … The Chetek Police Department requested lowering the 30-mph speed limit on Railraod Avenue to 25 mph, in line with all other city streets. … Wrightway Transport, a non-emergency medical transportation business, formerly owned by Al and Judy Wright, was sold to Jim and Tina Lockbaum, of Chetek. … Michael Mazzuca, 12, of Chetek, found the Harvest Fest medallion in the foundation of the bandshell at the Chetek City Beach.

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