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By Sheila Anderson
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January 4, 2018

Week of Jan. 4, 1918

The next Red Cross meeting will be held in the village hall on Thursday, January 10.  New subscribing members include:  Doris Dodge, Elias Witwen, Alice Conger, Edward Gruber, W. L. Tarnutzer, Rev. Lambertus, William Frosch, Albert Becker, Lewis Steidtman, and Mrs. G. Lampman.

The Federal Income tax is being questioned by some if they should have to pay it.  Every unmarried person having a net income of $1,000 or more, and every married person or head of a family having an income of $2,000 or more must file a return.  These returns must be in the hands of the collector of internal revenue in the district in which the taxpayer lives or has his principal place of business between January 1 and March 1, 1918.  Failure to make a correct return with the time specified involves heavy penalties.  The normal rate of tax is 2 percent on net incomes above the amount of exemptions, which is $2,000.

Soldier John Joseph writes to the Sauk County News this letter, dated Dec. 24, 1917.  “Just a few lines from Camp Grant.  We are anxious to see the boys who are home on furloughs back again soon, as there are only a few here, and it keeps us busy.  Sunday afternoon the Machine Gun Co. set up beds and carried blankets for the boys who came in Sunday evening.  About 250 came from Ohio.  Monday we were out bright and early laying water pipes, and diffing was hard.  At 5 o’clock, all companies marched over to a Christmas tree.  The tree was about 35 feet high and very beautiful.  Songs were sung and the Red Cross passed out parcels, containing candy, pencils, toilet articles, and games to the soldiers.  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas.  Yours truly, John Joseph.

Week of Jan. 4, 1943

A son was born to Dr. and Mrs. Walsh.  They are the proud parents of an 8 lb. 11 oz. son, born to them on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 6 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison.

Forrest Rusch, superintendent of personnel for the Hercules company, gave a large group of women a much clearer idea of the work to be done at the Badger Ordnance Plant and what part women will be able to assume.  He summarized the processes in making smokeless powder which are not secret, and gave a splendid work picture of this mixing, pressing and kneading to make the macaroni like stuff which  Methodist hospital in Madison, walking into the hospital himself.  He is getting along very nicely.

Week of Jan. 4, 1968

Cooking Magic Cookbooks exclusive at IGA is the talk of the town.  There is still time to get volumes 1 to 3.  You can start your set of 24 handsome volumes today.

A neighborhood of the Sauk-Prairie Girl Scout leaders will be held at the home of Mrs. Walter Greenheck, neighborhood chairman, on Jan. 18.  Troop registration forms were handed out.  The registration date for us is March 10th, Mrs. Greenheck reported on the district meeting she attended earlier this month.  A Girl Scout tour to Chicago to visit the Museum of Science and Industry will be held again this year.  Girls will travel by special train.  The leaders of the Sauk-Prairie branch that our twin towns are badly in need of a community building.  Leaders attending include:  Mrs. Dunham, Mrs. Chuck McFarlane, Mrs. Earl Herbert, Mrs. John Horak, Mrs. Mrs. Raymond Breunig, Mrs. Dean Kyle, Mrs. Charles RItchie, Mrs. Frank Haselwander, Mrs. John Gowey, and Mrs. C. J. Nelson.  Brownies included:  Sheila Anderson, Mary Jo Zajicek, Sherry Anderson, Amy Ritchie, Peggy Gowey, Vicki Kirchstein, Evonne Kundert, Karol Rosa, Angie Signoreli, Vera Postawa, Mary Straub, Katleen McGuine, Barbara Schlough, Mary Curtain, Bonnie Weynand, 

Seaman Recruit Wolfgang Reich, son of Mr. & Mrs. Gustav Reich, Rt. 1, North Freedom, has been graduated from nine weeks of Navy basic training at the Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois.

Week of Jan. 4, 1993

Sarah Theresa Loretta was not expected to be a first baby of the year, at least that’s what her mom, Teri Feiner of Prairie du Sac, said.  Sarah had other ideas.  She was born at 10:15 a.m. on New Year’s Day at Sauk Prairie Memorial and was the winner of a first baby contest.  Father Pat was at work and could not join them for the picture.  Grandparents are Warren and Patricia Ranz of Wauwatosa and Raymond and Loretta Feiner of Prairie du Sac.  The new mother commented:  “I want to thank the staff at the hospital Special Delivery Unit.  Their care was impeccable.”

Stephen Dittberner proposed that the fire station located on John Adams Street could be renovated and maintained as a museum.  Dittberner explained he is a volunteer Fireman.  Anderson said that they already have pledges totaling $3,000 but are waiting to accept them.

Board members reversed themselves on a contribution toward Sauk County Development Corp.  They had cut $1,000 for the yearly fee but David Piggotti, a director of the office, said they should either restore the money or drop out.  Among other activities the group has helped to sell land in the industrial park.  Gary Frosch continued to vote against it the additional $1,000.   A homeowner near the ballpark, John Nachreiner, appealed to the board for help with an insurance claim over baseballs that hit his home.  It was decided to write a letter asking that he be reimbursed for the damages.


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