Pages from the Past – March 2015

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Pages from the Past

by Fred H. Keller

Posted: Living Sussex Sun,

Pages from the Past: March 4, 2015

Feb. 26, 2015

100 years ago – 1915

Fred Schuldt and son Walter left Colgate to visit North Dakota and visit son William Schuldt.

William Smith of Lannon will shortly take up residence in Sussex, where he has purchased the Fred G. Boots property.

The masquerade at Millers Hall (hotel-tavern) was a big success.

William D. McGill of North Lisbon traveled to Menomonee Falls to do some business.

50 years ago – 1965

It is estimated that the Hamilton School District will explode to 69,000 residents in 1975, according to Hamilton Superintendent Norman Fries.

Hamilton teacher/coach Ken Ormunt is a member of the Menomonee Falls Badgers, who have won the grand championship of the Land O’ Lakes basketball league.

Ron Evert scored 32 points as the Sussex Halquist Land O’ Rivers team defeated Pewaukee, 79-75.

25 years ago – 1990

Two historical markers from the Waukesha County Historical Society will go up at Halquist Quarry on Lisbon Road.

Louise Schmidt is the senior coordinator at the Orchard Drive School mid-day dinner site. Recently, 80 were served.

Corky Curtis of the Sussex Fire Department, but also works for the city of Brookfield fire department, has been promoted in Brookfield to deputy chief.

10 years ago – 2005

A 53-year-old Quad Graphics employee stole a company car last year and used it to go back and forth to work.

Bill Galbraith was the Lannon police chief for 25 years, 1964-89. He now lives in retirement up north. Meanwhile, his son is into police work also, but not in Lannon.

5 years ago – 2010

Lannon’s village board had a shouting match between trustees Diane Daily and Terry Gissal, topped by Daily yelling, “You’re the first one I am going to kill.” She apologized.

Homeowners in Sussex saw lower assessments because of the recent recession.

A long-time Lannon volunteer, LaVern Ehley, died at age 73. He was a firefighter, assistant chief, a key member of the village’s 75th anniversary celebration, very active in Lannon Lions projects and a 10-year Lannon trustee.

Pages from the Past: March 11, 2015

March 5, 2015

100 years ago – 1915

Commodity prices: 25 to 29 cents for a dozen eggs, butter varies from 23 to 32 cents, potatoes are 35 cents per hundred weight and a bushel of corn is 73 cents.

Mrs. Louisa Orgas of Lannon, wife of Ludwig, died in Lannon of tuberculosis. She married Mr. Orgas in December 1913. She was buried at Sunnyside Cemetery.

William Prag, the foreman at the Lake Shore Stone Company north of Lannon, is starting to crush stone. This is the earliest this quarry has ever crushed stone.

50 years ago – 1965

A new Lutheran church is going up on Maple Avenue in Sussex with a worship area for 275 people. The structure will cost $108,500.

Sunny Erickson’s western swing band will play over the extended weekend at the Lannon Dug Out, belonging to Anton Wagner.

25 years ago – 1990

Kristine Birkholz of Sussex was honored by the Sussex Lioness Club as the Hamilton student of the month, and received a $50 award and a certificate.

Jamie Schwalbe was named all-conference for the Hamilton boys basketball team. He will go to Columbia University, where he will be the starting quarterback on the football team.

Surveys are going out in advance of April 1, the official day to start the 10-year census of the United States.

10 years ago – 2005

Sussex had 91 new homes in 2004 after doing 70 in 2003. During 2003-04, Lisbon had a total of 108.

Rob Schoner was 35-6 while wrestling teammate Greg Brehm was 28-11 as they ended their season at the state meet.

Terry Martorano, a former Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department captain, was selected as the new Lisbon police chief.

Flooding has returned to Sweet Briar Lane in northwest Lisbon.

5 years ago – 2010

Lisbon is proposing to reform itself into an incorporated village.

Lannon trustee candidate Howard Hadley is proposing a community newsletter called the Lannon Lantern.

Hamilton’s girls basketball team reversed with a 47-37 regular-season loss to Arrowhead with a 46-42 WIAA playoff victory over the school from Hartland. The Chargers hit 10-of-12 free throws in the final two minutes, including a 4-of-5 showing by Kerry Sullivan.

Pages from the Past: March 18, 2015

March 13, 2015

100 years ago – 1915

Castoria is recommended for infant and children illnesses. It contains 3 percent alcohol, according to the fine print. An advertising gimmick is it “promotes digestive cheerfulness.”

Andrew Thayer of Colgate has lost his dog, a female Scotch Collie with a white neck and chest, and the dog goes by the name of “Collie.” A reward is being offered.

50 years ago – 1965

In a fundraiser at Hamilton High School, the All-American Red Heads women’s professional basketball team will take on the Hamilton faculty this coming month.

Sussex will solicit funds for band uniforms for the area youth band.

Waukesha County will check Sussex area wells in the near future. Many Sussex home and business wells are very shallow (the Sussex Mills well is only 27 feet deep).

25 years ago – 1990

Hamilton High School has 782 students this year. The school is seeking a smaller conference. Jerry Keyes is the athletic director. Many of the schools Hamilton competes with have from 1,515 student to more than 2,000. The WIAA is looking into it.

Lannon has a new village logo with the motto, “Built on solid ground.”

10 years ago – 2005

Pater Sparrow of Lisbon Road is adding on to his home with a log cabin built in 1860 in Germantown.

Lannon is planning a series of events to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

With a Sussex beginning, “Amie’s Law” was passed by the Wisconsin State Assembly by a 91-5 margin.

Lisbon incumbent is challenged by Valerie Linton-Reed.

5 years ago – 2010

Lisbon is awaiting a decision by the Wisconsin Central Railroad on possible repair of Colgate Road or closing down the railroad crossing. It is very controversial.

Leid’s Nursery has announced that it is closing its retail garden center as the recession takes its toll.