SIXTY YEARS AGO—July 1959

Curt Overby pitched a no-hit game against the Glenwood City Legion team last week. … A poem written by Norman Franklin Anderson, Route 2, Chetek, entitled “Vacationland”: Chetek is the gate to vacationland, where the lakes are deep and the forests grand. Here skies of blue are filled with stars, more brilliant than rays from the planet Mars. And when each perfect day is done, come the shadows that follow the setting sun. To cast a spell of the twilight hours, o’er inland seas and leafy flowers. Then rises the moon to reflect its beams, over meadows, fields and flowing streams. Which silvers this beautiful paradise, for both the fortunate and the wise. … Local instructor E.P. Hight announced approximately 110 beginning swimming students are finishing three weeks of lessons this week at Chetek.

FIFTY YEARS AGO—July 1969

Fr. Norbert Groene, the new pastor at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Chetek, will be honored at a reception at the church parlors on July 1, following the installation service. … Miss Beverly Knutson received her Bachelor of Arts in lower elementary education at commencement exercises at Wisconsin State University at Eau Claire. … Richard Claire, of Chetek, left for six weeks of basic training in Pensacola, Fla. Then he will be commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy. … Patrick Fagen has been hired to teach boys’ physical education and serve as head football coach of Chetek High School for the coming year. … Jerry Gotham has been appointed to the interim position of freshman football and basketball coach at UW-Stevens Point.

FORTY YEARS AGO—July 1979

The appointment of Martha Seever as second ward alderwoman was approved by the Chetek City Council at their regular meeting. … David Morneau, 18, of Dallas, was pronounced dead at the scene of an auto accident on CTH I, south of Chetek. … Gerald Olson, 19, of New Auburn, drowned while swimming at Round Lake Beach, about eight miles east of New Auburn. … Jill and Jim Akins have moved The Spot Supper Club into their new building, located directly behind the former popular nightspot in Chetek following completion of construction. … A pair of totem poles, carved and painted by Jane Landreth, of Rice Lake, completed a new landscaping project at Pokegama Inn Supper Club.

THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO—July 1984

Lonnie and Linda Mikkelson broke ground for a new building on CTH I, just east of the Hwy. 53 interchange, which will house Lonnie’s Marine Service in the near future. … Fire of unknown origin gutted Ernie’s Corner Bar at Cameron. Ernest Ostman, of Cameron, purchased the business about a year ago. … North-West Telephone Company honored two Chetek employees for 10 years of service: Randy Larson and Brad Ward. … Army Pvt. Mark Cizek, of New Auburn, has arrived for duty in Nellingen, West Germany. Cizek is with the 2nd Support Command.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO—July 1994

Chuck Schaaf Sr. was inducted into the Wisconsin Horse Puller Association Hall of Fame at the Chetek Horse Pulling Contest on the Fourth of July. … An open house to honor Edward and Burdine Klein, of Cameron, will be held on July 17 at Sportsman’s Supper Club. … Frank Wasko, of Chetek, took home a trophy from the fourth annual Vintage Voyagers’ Blast from the Past Car Show, with his 1931 Chevrolet, which won best original in its class. … Elected and installed as officers of the Chetek Senior Citizens’ Center were Don Janota, board member; Alice Engstrom, board member; Ernest Everett, treasurer; Evelyn Wasko, secretary; Dale Davis, vice president; and Rose Hoiby, president. … The search for James Bailkey, of Chetek, had a happy ending when he was found safe after being missing for days by a pilot from Plymouth with the 2nd Battalion, 123rd Aviation Regiment.

TWENTY YEARS AGO—July 1999

The “Best Dock Crew” award was earned by members of the Chetek Hydroflites Water Ski Team at the state tournament. The award-winning team members were Greg Brown, Bryan Howard, Chase Unbehaun, Cord Unbehaun, Matt Davis, Ryan Lunemann, Ryan Hayes and Jason Runkle. The “Best Announcer” award went to Chetek’s Dave Thompson. … At the city council meeting this week, Mayor Shirley Webb recognized Rick Rockow for his 20 years of service, and Kathy Hofstede for her 15 years of service with the City of Chetek. … Family Hair Care by Lynnette, featuring stylist Lynnette Anderson, of Chetek, will open for appointments at her business run out of Honey’s Beauty Shop.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO—July 2004

Miss Chetek 2004 Joanna Coleman was crowned at the culmination of the annual Miss Chetek pageant. First runner-up was Kayla Schaaf; second runner-up was Allison Matson; and Miss Congeniality was Kitty Solum. … A 50th wedding anniversary celebration will be held in honor of Audrey and Frank Unterschuetz on July 11 at Airport Park. … Bill and Joyce Schaaf, married 50 years ago July 2, were presented with a trip out west from their family in celebration of their golden anniversary. … Five UW-La Crosse students from Chetek have been named to the school’s dean’s list: Morgan Bann, Carly Leininger, Ryan Robarge, Kelly Runkle, Benjamin Turner, Adrian Fostvedt and Kristy Vanhelden.

TEN YEARS AGO—July 2009

Chetek residents Allan and Gail Ranney hosted a 90th birthday celebration for Doris Ranney at their farm. … Friends and relatives will celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Richard and Elaine Clemmens on July 18, at their home. … Steve Zeltner, a 1976 graduate of Chetek High School, is being deployed to Iraq as a civilian through the department of the Army Civilian Corps of Engineers. … The Fourth of July fireworks’ cost increased $1,774 from last year, with this year’s total at $8,274. The funds are raised by the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Chetek and various individuals and businesses.

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