SIXTY YEARS AGO—JUNE 1959
James Scherz, of Chetek, is among graduating students who step out of their caps and gowns into uniforms of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Air Force at the University of Wisconsin’s commencement on the state university campus. James was commissioned second lieutenant in the corps of engineers. … Five Girl Scouts from Chetek are in training at Camp Nawakwa in preparation for their trip this summer. Sharon Hovland and Anita Herrmann are delegates to the International Girl Scout Round-Up to be held at Colorado Springs, Colo. Alternates Karen Carlson, Joyce Gotham and Marilyn Berning will leave on a trip into northern Minnesota and Canada with other Girl Scouts who are alternates to the International Round-Up.
FIFTY YEARS AGO—JUNE 1969
Bruce Hutchison graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, and has begun training with the security police at the same base. … The third annual Bulldog Booster Banquet was held at Chetek High School. The main highlights of the evening were the presentations by coaches of the Most Valuable Senior trophies to athletes in each sport: Bill Davis in football and baseball, Dana Follien in golf, Lennie Johnson in cross country, Brad Huset in wrestling, Dan Toycen in basketball, and Ed Bonkoski in track. … The following were confirmed at Chetek Lutheran Church: Bruce Anderson, Linda Avery, Ricky Bowers, Brad Crase, Alan Davis, Mike Diers, Cindy Frisle, Curt Gilbertson, Mark Hansen, Janet Harelstad, Scott Howard, Tom Hunstad, Doug Huset, Paul Johnson, Kathy Karshbaum, Mary Klawiter, Margaret Lorentz, Mark Lorentz, Danny Maston and Barry Vik.
FORTY YEARS AGO—JUNE 1979
James Brady, 18, of Chetek, was killed when the car he was a passenger in went out of control and struck a stone pillar and stone embankment on CTH D in the town of Chetek. … Rev. Myron Christensen will preach his first sermon at the Chetek United Methodist Church on June 17. … Nine young ladies have entered the Miss Chetek Pageant, including Roxanne Cole, Dodie Beckman, Sue Zwadlo, Cindy McAdow, Debbie Flohr, Mary Ann Morrone, Frances Ekern, Kathy Boychuk and Tammy Feiertag. … Carol Rasmussen, of Chetek, and Roger Paulson, of New Auburn, graduated from UW-Stout in Menomonie.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO—JUNE 1984
The trophy case at Chetek High School now sports its second state championship trophy for the year following Chetek’s terrific showing at the state track meet held at Madison. Team members include Nick Nelson, Greg Johnson, Jay Riewestahl, Rick Meskers, Matt Johnson, Allan Severude and Koll Fjelstad. … The Chetek Veterinary Clinic moved from its former location at the residence of Dr. W.H. Woodard to a new building located on Kleve Street, near the Keg N Kork liquor store. … JoAnne Brenholt, 39, of Chetek, was killed when she lost control of her motorcycle on CTH AA in Dovre Township. … A retirement party was held by fellow Chetek Area School teachers at Pokegama Inn for Delores Zinsmaster.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO—JUNE 1994
Donna Mae Severude, 60, of Chetek, died June 4. Donna began employment at the Chetek city clerk’s office on Sept. 5, 1960, where she would become one of the most valuable and popular employees for nearly 34 years. … Robert and Ruth Mattson will observe their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house on June 11. … Andrew Thomas, of Chetek, was selected to attend the American Legion Badger Boys State program at Ripon College Campus. … Ladies from St. Boniface Catholic Church have made at least 85 baby quilts to be sent to hospitals for use by any baby that will remain hospitalized for an extended period of time. … Irrigation systems are very much in use in our area as Chetek has received less than one inch of rain for the entire month of May.
TWENTY YEARS AGO—JUNE 1999
Palmer and Lorraine Solberg, of Chetek, will observe their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at Chetek Lutheran Church. … Dr. Mary Schoenberg has joined the staff of Animal Hospital of Chetek and will be practicing small animal veterinary. … Paul Czerwonka, of Chetek, has been studying for the past two years at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit to become a priest. Paul graduated on May 1 with a Bachelor of Philosophy degree. … Chetek students Nicque Ormston, Stephanie Olson and Nicole Erspamer were selected to participate in the state honors choirs, which will perform at the state music convention in October. … For the first time in the 13-year history of the Chetek Fish-O-Rama, an angler has caught two $500 tagged fish in one season. The fish were caught in the exact same spot on Prairie Lake. … Karl Damroth, youth wrestler from Chetek, returned with a fourth-place medal from the Northern Plains Regional Championships.
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO—JUNE 2004
Chetek Junior Girl Scout Troop 118 welcomed home soldiers Ryan Balts and Myles Brogren, of Chetek, who had spent a year serving in Iraq with the Wisconsin National Guard. The girls sent care packages and cards to the two during their deployment. … Gilligans set sail under new ownership on May 28. Diane and Rob Amys, originally from Chippewa Falls, purchased the restaurant/bar from Rob and Fran Siemers, who owned Gilligans for six years. … Romanzia Window Coverings finished a high-profile job for the federal government. The Chetek business created window shades that will be placed in the office of Vice Admiral John Cotton, chief of Navy Reserve.
TEN YEARS AGO—JUNE 2009
After 32 years as branch manager of Chetek’s Heritage Credit Union, Alta Leverson will retire at the end of the week. Taking over for her will be Dave Ziarnik, who Leverson replaced in 2000. … Chetek graduate Samuel Zwernik and New Auburn graduate Michael Farrell were each awarded $1,000 from the Chetek Masonic Lodge. … Six of the CHS Bulldog girls’ softball team members were named to the Heart O’North all-conference team, including Robyn Beuthling, Kirsten Bowers, Lindsey Hassemer, Megan Hach, Mallorie Moon and Emily Christensen.