NINETY-FIVE YEARS AGO

July 24, 1924

Waunakee just escaped the severe electrical and rain storm which swept through Wisconsin Sunday afternoon.

Babe Ruth hit his 28th home run of the season Sunday with two on in a game with Cleveland.

The U.S. Army is now over strength with about 3,000 men.

Mr. and Mrs. Ted Thompson of Dane announce the birth of a daughter at their home Wednesday, July 16.

EIGHTY YEARS AGO

July 27, 1939

Andy Schlitz of DeForest will take over the Otto F. Hohlstein Barber Shop within the next few days.

The Wyocena Baseball Team walked off field here Sunday in the seventh frame after an argument over the call of a strike by the umpire.

Threshing crews are busy these days. The grain is not as good as expected. Oats went 24 bushels and barley 31 bushels to the acre on the McWatty farm.

Sister M. DeLaSalle (Bernice Clarke) of Yonkers, N.Y., is spending a week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry T. Clarke.

SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

July 29, 1944

Tommy Uebersetzig observed his 4th birthday anniversary on Saturday, July 22.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Koch announce the birth of a baby boy born at the Waunakee Nursing Home July 24.

The Waunakee Village Board appointed James Christiansen Justice of the Peace for one year at the meeting held Monday.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO

July 28, 1949

There has been quite a spell of hot, humid weather. Farmers with grain in the shock are having a hard time getting the grain threshed.

Mrs. Martin Tierney, 80, died at a Madison nursing home Monday after a long illness.

The Waunakee Civic Club baseball team scored a 2-0 victory over Windsor on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. George Ziegler of Cross Plains announce the birth of a daughter at St. Mary’s Hospital, Saturday, July 23.

SIXTY YEARS AGO

July 23, 1959

Miss Mary Ann Hellenbrand, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Hellenbrand, Waunakee, became the bride of Marvin Paul Rortvedt, Madison, on July 10 in St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Adler, Waunakee, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on Aug. 1 with an open house at St. John’s school hall.

At the annual high school meeting and election, James Tierney was elected chairman of the annual meeting. It was voted to raise the sum of $72,000 by tax levy to operate the system for the coming year. This is $2,400 higher than last year.

Mr. and Mrs. Math Laufenberg of Waunakee announce the birth of a son on Tuesday, July 14, at St. Mary’s Hospital.

FIFTY YEARS AGO

July 24, 1969

The Waunakee Village Board held a special meeting at the community building. The main order of business was to repeal Ordinance 133 concerning four-unit dwellings and to adopt new Ordinance 155. This ordinance permits multiple dwellings up to eight units. The ordinance was passed.

Thomas David Schwenn, 22, Waunakee, died late Sunday evening when he accidentally drowned while swimming with several friends. He was born in Waunakee and attended school here.

Three Waunakee area boys were involved in a tractor accident on Woodland Drive Tuesday evening. Two of the boys, Danny Pertzborn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roman Pertzborn, and Jerry Ballweg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Ballweg, escaped injury. Ted Pertzborn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Pertzborn, suffered a broken leg.

FORTY YEARS AGO

July 19, 1979

Arlene Schmitz, Waunakee, participated in the pinning ceremony for practical nurse graduates of the Madison Area Technical College.

Mr. and Mrs. David Helt, Waunakee, are the parents of a son born Sunday, July 15, at Madison General Hospital.

Peace Lutheran Church dedicated its new pipe organ Sunday, July 15.

Celebrating a birthday on July 22 is Tom Uebersetzig and on July 25, David E. Weber and Bernadette Diericks.

THIRTY YEARS AGO

July 20, 1989

Among the matters discussed at an upcoming Waunakee Community District budget hearing will be a proposed hike in the tax levy of 12.4 percent.

Trudie and Luke Pollock are the proud parents of a baby boy, Zackary Taylor, born July 7 at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Shown are Allen Hinck and Bob King at the Waunakee Depot dispatching orders to model railroaders for a special demonstration. King was once the railroad agent at the Waunakee Depot.

TWENTY YEARS AGO

July 15, 1999

Waunakee third-graders joined others around the state when they improved their performance on the 1999 statewide reading test.

The Waunakee Farmers Market is making a go of it in the Waun-A-Bowl parking lot this year.

Valerie Olson is the Town of Westport’s first summer intern. She’s learning a lot about the town as she answers residents’ questions.

Two Waunakee football players, Scott Krause and Clint Ripp, have just returned from the Down Under Bowl in Australia.

TEN YEARS AGO

July 9, 2009

On June 24, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Board approved updates to its state shoreland protection rules for the first time in over 40 years – a move the DNR said is long overdue because of increased growth along area lakes, rivers, and streams.

A task force comprised of Waunakee village trustees and members of the business community will study the issues surrounding the E. Main and N. Madison Street corner and recommend a use for the vacant land.

Waunakee Police in their recent newsletter are urging residents who find dead birds in their yard to call the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at (800) 433-1610. The police do not handle dead bird incidents.

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