Oregon January history

Fifty years ago this month, Oregon High School basketball alumni held a contest, won by the old-timers.

100 years ago - January 1922

• The recent transfer of the church in Rutland from the United Brethren in Christ to the Rutland Center Cemetery Association has caused an amount of interest. A number of persons have inquired about the history of the church. As far as we can tell the church was built in the year 1852 by the United Brethren in Christ and is one of the oldest churches in Dane County.

• C. W. Netherwood returned Tuesday from the Dakotas where he was called by the death of his sister, Mrs. Martin.

• J. B Johnson, well known in and around Oregon, at one time a resident on the John Kivlin farm, died at his home in South Madison. He had been failing for some time, but had not been confined to his bed.

• Mr. and Mrs. Adelbert Peterson have purchased the Genske property in this village and will take possession March 1.

• Arrangements for the banquet and recognition to our Fire Department are moving satisfactorily for Friday evening. Recognition to the department will be our only aim.

• Mrs. Peter J. Olson suffered severe injuries from a fall on the ice recently. She has been unable to be around for several days but is improving slowly.

50 years ago - January 1972

• The appointment of Mrs. J.W. (Rita) Plummer and Bob Weckerly to the Oregon Library Board by the Village president F.E. Madsen was confirmed by the village board at the regular meeting Monday night.

• Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth West entertained on New Year’s Day in honor of their son Alan, who returned to the Army on Sunday. Those who attended were Eric Ross, Dan Crapp, Gene and Mike Berman, Bill Baumgartner, Phil Best, Debra Stirling, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Powers, and Frank and Butch McAllister.

• Gary Richmond, Oregon, is one of 16 new members into the Nu Beta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Members for the national honorary history society are chosen for their academic excellence in the field of history.

25 years ago - January 1997

• Christmas has been a good holiday for the Panther boys’ basketball team. For the fourth consecutive year the local cagers have claimed first place in the Holiday Tournament. The latest conquest came by way of a 61-45 win over Milton followed by a 60-52 victory over Evansville.

• Speeders in the town of Oregon beware! Town and Village of Oregon officials have been working on a plan to provide police services to the Town of Oregon through the village's police department. The Oregon Village Board approved a contract to provide 20 hours of police protection per month at the rate of just under $40 per hour for an officer and a squad car.

• Oregon High School's cafetorium will echo with the Sounds of Broadway as Madison Opera Showcase performers team up with the Oregon Straw Hat Players to provide an evening of delightful music and familiar show tunes including many Broadway favorites.

• Junior Girl Scout Troop # 5 showed what caring and sharing was all about this past holiday season. The girls worked hard collecting several boxes of non-perishable food for the Oregon Food Pantry and many winter coats for the Dane County Clothing Center.

• Despite the frigid, cold weather, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Grand Opening of the newly remodeled and expanded Oregon Area Senior Center, located at 219 Park Street. Volunteers provided tours for over 100 visitors. The senior center expanded into the former library portion of the building that was once shared by both the library and the center.

• Two men are being sought for the armed robbery of Oregon's M&I Bank. No one was injured, but about seven employees and three customers were in the bank during the robbery. The robbers got away with an undisclosed amount of money to a car parked across the railroad tracks in the parking lot of an apartment building.

10 years ago - January 2012

• Changes coming to the Senior Center – Alison Koelsch is not sure how the senior center will absorb a $40,000 cut to the budget. Case manager Carolyn Cross will be retiring in May after 20 years with the center. She is not sure whether Carolyn will be replaced with a part time or full time position. Shifting hours and personnel will work for this year, but she sees future problems with the increase in demand.

• Kelly Meyers selected as new Oregon High School principal. Currently an associate principal, she will succeed Chris Ligocki next year.

• Parking fines in the village will increase this week. Chief Pettit said this will bring additional revenue but the main reason for the increase is better compliance. For example, alternate-side citations will move from $15 to $25.

• The Village board unanimously granted LaRocca Pizzeria a liquor license for the new restaurant expected to open in February.

• The $33 million school referendum is scheduled for Feb. 21. A large portion of the funds would be used to upgrade sports facilities.

• Oregon High School Junior Doug Steinberg won first place in a technical design competition in December and will advance to regionals. Steinberg participated in the Skills USA competition at Portage High School against about 30 other people. He had 90 minutes to design a 3D model of a part to which they provided the blueprint.

Contact reporter Scott De Laruelle @sdelaruelle@orourkemediagroup.com

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