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By Sheila Anderson
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April 19, 2018

Week of April 19, 1918

Auction White Elephant Sale by Red X.  Saturday Evening, April 27.  At Tarnutzer’s Garage.  Tarnutzer & Dell Auctioneers.

New members to the Red Cross include Joseph and Dewey Haberman, Henry and Mrs. Chris Waffenschmidt, Hazel Waffenschmidt, Mrs. Hugo Schulz, Frank Rosenbaum, Mr. & Mrs. Martin Walser, Mrs. Henry Schmalz, Mr. and Mrs. John Kehl, Russell and Lillian Kehl, and Mrs. Martin Accola. 

Our Ladies’ Glee club will make their second appearance in a concert program at Witwen Friday evening.  Their first concert given a short time ago at Hatz’s hall met with approval and was highly praised by those who attended.  The Glee Club members under the direction of Miss Hazel Hatz have spent considerable time during the winter months in preparing their program.  Their care in singing and the smooth, correct rendition of several difficult numbers in their varied program gave evidence of this fact.  Miss Margaret Gasser proved herself an able and entertaining reader.  The club is raising a fund for Y. M. C. A work among the soldiers.

Week of April 19, 1943

Mrs. Artha Littel, surprised her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Littel, yesterday morning when she arrived here unexpectedly.  Artha, who is with the WAVES and had been stationed at Milledgeville, Georgia, came here with her sister, Mrs. Norbert Nickels of Janesville.  She expects to remain until Sunday.

Wagner’s Department store was sold last Thursday.  He sells his stock and fixtures to Roy K. Grabill of the East.  A. J. Wagner, proprietor of the Wagner’s Federated Department Store here for the past several years, has sold his stock and fixtures to Roy K. Grabill of Fitchburg, Massachusetts.  Mr. Wagner states that the transaction was completed last Thursday.  However, he will be in charge of the store until the last of this month when Mr. Grabill expects to return here after taking care of his affairs in the east.  Mr. Wagner has no immediate plans for the future, he states.

Mark Schorer is the subject of the April issue of the “Demcourier”, an informative little magazine published by the Demco Library Supplies Company out of Madison, and New Haven Connecticut.  The present issue contains an interesting and amusing autobiographical sketch, “I Like My Life,” and articles in praise of Mr. Schorer and his work by August Derleth, Prof. Warner Taylor, Prof. Albert Guerard, Jr., Miss Marian Ives (fiction editor of Mademoiselle Magazine), and Helen C. White.  There is also a bibliography of Mr. Schorer’s two books, short stories, and articles, as well as a reference to his work in progress.  Mr. Schorer is the fifth Wisconsinite to be featured in the “Demcourierm,” which earlier put out issues about Helen C. White, John S. Curry, August Derleth, and Cecil Darleigh.     

Week of April 19, 1968

Fishing on the Wisconsin has been keeping the VFW boat landing at Prairie du Sac plenty busy in the last couple weeks.  Some are fishing/trying for walleye.  Some got nine catches; the others came home with none.

The Merrimac Ferry, that has carried travelers across the Wisconsin River between Sauk and Columbia counties for 148 years, was scheduled to begin its season today, at 9:00 a.m.  Kirk Konkel, DOT maintenance supervisor, states the county crews that work on the ferry are the same people who blow snow in winter and our April snow storm had to be dealt with first.  Over the winter, the boat’s engine was overhauled and the crews used ultra sound to test the pontoons for structural strength.

Valley of Our Lady Monastery of rural Prairie du Sac will eventually be remodeled.  A blessing was given Monday on the start of the work by Auxiliary Bishop Wirtz.  This may eventually be a $1 million addition.  The Cistercian Nuns of the monastery had invited Auxiliary Bishop George Wirtz to bless the site as Madison bishop Rev. William Bullock was named and asked that his auxiliary come to Des Moines to make plans which was on the same day as the groundbreaking.  So, they made a delayl. The monastery was founded in 1957 by six Swiss nuns and has undergone additions.  This one was undertaken to provide more space for personnel, more room for equipment, and a place for elderly nuns.

Week of April 19, 1993

Tracie Brodie of Sauk City has been named to the Dean’s List of Trinity Bible College, Elendale, North Dakota, for the Spring Semester with a grade point of 3.79.  She is pursuing a degree in office administration.  Her parents are John and Meredith Ring of Sauk City.  Trinity is a four-year Bible college.


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