EIGHTY YEARS AGO — APRIL 1941
Chetek had a very quiet election Tuesday. There was only one contest, that being for alderman in the First Ward. Emil Davis opposed Edward Welke, present incumbent. Davis received 55 votes and Welke, 34. … The Chetek Fire Department was called to the Barton Photography Shop when a kerosene stove in the back room, occupied by Al Kloety, flooded and exploded. … Bob Brunett, representing the Chetek agricultural department, won first place in the district FFA speaking contest held in Barron.
SIXTY-FIVE YEARS AGO— APRIL 1956
In Tuesday’s municipal election, Mayor M.E. Stanley was re-elected with 252 votes, while E.O. Evans received 205 votes and Ed. S. Holten, 16 votes. In the presidential preferential primary, Chetek voted 302 votes for Eisenhower, 9 for Chapple and 160 for Kefauver. ... Allan DuBois, seaman apprentice, USN, of Chetek, is serving aboard the Pacific Fleet attack aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge, operating with the 7th Fleet in the Far East. … Lynn Mason, publisher of The Chetek Alert, announced this week that Bill Banks has been selected to head The Alert commercial printing department.
FIFTY-FIVE YEARS AGO — APRIL 1966
Chetek Marine Cpl. Larry Anderson, 21, was severely burned at Da Nang Marine Air Base in Vietnam, where he has been serving since September 1965. Larry suffered severe burns while engaged in action against hostile forces. … In what is believed to be a record turn-out at spring elections in Chetek, 675 residents went to the polls re-electing Mayor J.C. Banks to the office for the third consecutive term. Mayor Banks polled 374 votes to 295 for James Fostvedt. … Gordon Hanson of Chetek set a new record at the Chetek Lanes when he made 12 successive strikes for a perfect game of 300.
FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO —APRIL 1976
A beautiful black lab owes its life to its heroic rescue from the icy waters of Lake Chetek by Burl Banks and fortunately neither was the worse for the experience. Banks used his jon boat to rescue the dog belonging to Chuck Matson. … Four Chetek track performers have been invited to compete in the “Meet of Champions” in Wisconsin Rapids. They are Chuck Harriman (high jump), Rod Crase (high hurdles), Brian Campbell (shot put) and Brad Fults (mile run). … More than 175 people attended the 50th annual stockholders meeting of Chetek Equity Co-op Oil Company. President Kenneth Jacobson received a plaque commemorating 50 years of business for the co-op.
FORTY YEARS AGO — APRIL 1981
Chetek’s FFA basketball team closes its season on a pair of high notes. The team ended the season by taking first and second in the Clayton Invitational. Members of the team are Brant Hanson, John Pierce, Dave Schaaf, Rod Rhodes, Rod Hart, Spencer Grover, Jerry Loftus, Dick Ebler, Steve Olson, Scott Omtvedt, Paul Sparby, Jeff Pfaff, Jim Cunningham, Bob Knowlton, Rod Bowers, Rick Candler, Greg Johnson, Matt Olson, Bob Zinsmaster, Cary Hernandez, Carlie Olson, Pete Hanson, Tom Schaaf, Gary Taft, Brian Brady and Larry Johnson. … CHS wrestling cheerleaders are Michelle Scott, Donna Rhodes, Cheryl Phillips, Michele Langhough, Jona Hanson and Heather Bannister.
THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO — APRIL 1986
Harlan Harelstad, Assistant Chief of the Chetek Fire Department and a veteran of 21 years of service to the department, submitted a letter of retirement. … Heather Bannister, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Fred Bannister of Chetek, has been named valedictorian of the graduating class of 1986. Salutatorian is Jill Skoug, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Skoug of rural Chetek. … Bob and Joan Kirkwood of Chetek have announced they have purchased Hanson’s Family Center in Barron. … Andy Adams was named to the first team on the prestigious Eau Claire Leader Telegram All-Northwest team.
THIRTY YEARS AGO — APRIL 1991
A Chetek resident, Fred Muermann, is among World Champion Gardeners who are currently being featured in commercials for Miracle Grow. Fred and his wife Delores were treated to an all-expense trip to New York for taping of the advertisements. … Dave and Mary Thompson of Chetek will be opening up Frost-N-Hop, formerly known as Carey Belle’s Drive-Inn. … Named to the CHS Prom Court were the following: Shane Massie, Holly Mohr, Charlie Anderson, Elissa Christianson, Eric Davis, Erica Konency, Charlie Fredrickson, Sara Southworth, Chad Christofferson and Carrie Bannister.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO — APRIL 1996
Olga Moe Olson celebrated her 100th birthday at a party at Knapp Haven Nursing Home. … Lynn Nereson of Chippewa Falls purchased a former upholstery business building here and started a transmission business. … Returning baseball letter winners at CHS are Chris Toufar, JD Henry, Garret Oleskow, Joe Eckroad, Sam Motzer, Scott Keller, Ben Wells, and Aaron Paulson. … Returning track letter winners are Taressa Thompson, Keri Erb, JoEE Waterhouse, Karja Olson, Liz Cruse and Amber Lindblad. … New Auburn students Andrea Halberg and Kelly Kloss advanced to state in both vocal duet and flute duet.
TEN YEARS AGO — APRIL 2011
Bill Waite and Dennis Morley were re-elected to the Chetek Common Council. ... A $50,000 remodeling project was approved for the Chetek Public Library; shelves and carpeting will be replaced. ... Ashley Nelson, of Chetek, studying at University of Wisconsin-Stout, presented research on parenting and incarceration at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Ithaca, N.Y. ... Bonnie Peterson’s DeJa Nue Boutique, opened on Second Street. ... Roselawn Elementary’s fifth-grade Destination Imagination team won first place at regionals. Students on the team are Benjamin Westholm, Tanner Hartl, Jasmyn Collins, Isabella Beach and Alexis Sather. ... The CLPA purchased water testing kits to collect oxygen levels in the lakes. Babe McCarty was recognized for a lifetime of playing piano. ... Chetek native Nicole Christianson was named rookie of the year on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire basketball team.