SIXTY YEARS AGO—AUGUST 1959

The American Legion National Rehabilitation Commission has awarded a citation to A. W. Smith, of Chetek, for meritorious service and loyal cooperation in the American Legion rehabilitation program. The citation was presented to Mr. Smith by James Fischer, Barron County Legion commander. … Dr. M. R. Siemens, pastor of Calvary Memorial Church, Racine, is completing his 20th year as director of Christ Centered Chetek Baptist Assembly. The Chetek Baptist Assembly has grown from a one-week encampment of 75 young people to the present six-week camping program with an attendance of approximately 1,900 people. … The Chetek Chamber of Commerce has contracted with an Almena group to stage Indian war dances at the Chetek elementary school grounds. The group has become quite famous for their dances and costumes.

FIFTY YEARS AGO—AUGUST 1969

Fr. James Griffin, 65, priest at St. Boniface Catholic Church here until leaving a month ago for Rhinelander where he was appointed chaplain of St. Mary’s Hospital, died July 16 while undergoing emergency surgery to remove a particle of food lodged in his throat. … Gerald Keithley has returned from a year’s duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Army, and received his discharge from the service. He is a 1965 graduate of Chetek High School. … Mr. and Mrs. Leo Lato are the new owners of the Chain of Lakes Motel at Chetek, purchasing the business from Mr. and Mrs. Bill Jenkins. … Amy Kipp, Gertrude Paulsrud, Jean Shanks, Dorothy Isaacson and Marian Locke, delegates from the Chetek unit of the American Legion Auxiliary, attended the American Legion convention held in Milwaukee.

FORTY YEARS AGO—AUGUST 1979

Virginia Bishop Horton has purchased the former Vobejda Machine Shop building on CTH D, and has opened Gin’s Upholstery. She had operated an upholstery business while living at Plum City. … Michael Simon, a civil engineer major, and Lor Black, a criminal justice major, are enrolled as freshmen for the fall semester at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. … Winner of the fiberglass canoe at the Chetek Resort Owners Association dance was Kenneth Cole, of Chetek. … Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Kaylor, of Chetek, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Aug. 25, with an open house for relatives and friends.

THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO—AUGUST 1984

Now associated with Roger Cernohous in Strout Realty Company at Chetek is Linda Nelson, who recently received her broker’s license. Roger has been with Strout Realty since opening his office in Chetek in 1969. … Dennis Tiedt, of Madison, joined Ken Jost and Randi Osberg at Jost Law Office on July 8. … Jane Kouba, 14, of Bloomer, died from injuries sustained while riding her bike. Jane’s mother, Jackie, is manager of the Chetek office of Barron County Federal Savings and Loan. … Richard Carns has returned to Chetek as pastor of the Faith Baptist Church. … The children of Charlotte and Arnold Dreysse will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house at Advent Christian Church in Chetek.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO—AUGUST 1994

A sign naming the area “Gotham Pioneer Park” has been erected by the city on a 5.2-acre parcel of land just south of Phillips Memorial Park and the beach in Chetek, honoring the family that donated a large portion of the funds necessary for the purchase of that land a couple of years ago. With the cooperation of the city, Chetek Lions Club, Chetek Area Chamber of Commerce and the Chetek Community Club, the rest of the funds were made available. … Talvin and Aldred Gunderson, of Chetek, were honored at a reception in celebration of their golden wedding anniversary on July 30. … Seven 13-year-old ball players from Chetek competed in the district tournament: Calem Olzewski, Aaron Olson, David Jorgenson, Jamie Pearson, Reese Elwood, Casey Johnson and Matt Anderson.

TWENTY YEARS AGO—AUGUST 1999

The former home of Lorraine Kaub Lueck was purchased by Don Janota and moved to a double lot on Pleasure and 10th Streets in Chetek. … The Wisconsin Department of Transportation switched Hwy. 53 traffic onto the new four-lane bypass at Solon Springs, completing the decades-long goal of a four-lane Hwy. 53 between Eau Claire and Superior. … Chris Klay proposed marriage to his now fiancée, Leslie Lindell, at the Chetek Hydroflites Water Ski Show. Klay has been a member of the club from the beginning (when they reorganized 10 years ago). … Coach J. R. Buckley will lead the Chetek Bulldog football team beginning this fall. Coach Buckley comes to Chetek from Brooklyn Center High School, in Brooklyn Center, Minn.

FIFTEEN YEARS AGO—AUGUST 2004

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has released a report indicating that the Barron County incinerator is not violating operational permits or air-quality regulations, as alleged in a notice of intent to sue the county submitted by the Sierra Club. … Heidi Hoard, of Chetek, will be among the candidates competing for the title of Miss Teen of Wisconsin at the state pageant which will be held Aug. 13 in Stevens Point. … Angela Sparks and her mother, of Sand Creek, donated their hair to Locks of Love, which was cut by Dondi Erickson, of Dondi’s Hair Designs. … Jon Erickson, of Chetek, recently returned from a 12-day baseball trip to the east coast, where he saw major leagues games in Chicago, New York, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Cleveland.

TEN YEARS AGO—AUGUST 2009

Rev. Philip Rohler was installed as the pastor of Prairie Lake Covenant following the retirement of the Rev. Everett Wilson. … Denny Overby Field will have its official dedication on Aug. 19, in conjunction with the Class of 1959’s 50-year class reunion, which is when Overby graduated from Chetek High School. … Strap doubles partners Lauren Lindeman and Cord Unbehaun will be traveling to Loves Park, Ill., to compete for the first time in the National Strap Double Competition. Chetek Hydroflite boat driver Al Zeltner, along with wife Joan and son Matthew, will act as pin puller and dock helpers at the competition. … The eighth annual Evening of Acoustic Music benefit concert for the Chetek Food Shelf will be this Saturday. Chetek’s own Mavens will be the featured performers.

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