25 years ago

this week (1992)

About 50 community members agreed Tuesday to block the Department of Natural Resources’ plan to purchase Wintergreen Ski Hill. The Lower Wisconsin River project, a DNR offshoot, is interested in purchasing the property along the lower Wisconsin River to preserve the scenic beauty of the area. The DNR is having the 260-acre sized property appraised. A purchase proposal to Wintergreen owner Clyde Engle of Chicago could follow. DNR representatives have raised the possibility of using the ski hill, which has not been in operation since 1990, as a site for a learning center. An estimated 200,000 people could visit the center yearly, DNR representatives have said. If Tuesday’s meeting is indicative of community sentiment, many disagree such a center would be an economic boom for the area. During the meeting of interested community residents, some of whom own businesses in the area, several in attendance voiced support for mustering community support behind the effort to stop the DNR. A DNR acquisition of the property would cripple its economic potential, many people said.

It will be fitting Friday when a lasting tribute is given here to a man who gave freely of his time and talent to Baraboo athletics. Immediately after the junior varsity boys basketball game against Wisconsin Dells in the senior high gymnasium, the gym will be named in a dedication ceremony to commemorate the more than 50 years of service Dr. Melvin F. Huth gave to area athletics. In the ceremony, members of Huth’s family will be recognized. Also, Principal John Young will present a special plaque and sign which will be mounted outside the gym with the inscription “Dr. Melvin F. Huth Gymnasium, Home of the Thunderbirds.”

50 years ago

this week (1967)

Sauk County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the rural Baraboo home of Mrs. Helen Meyer about 9 a.m. Sunday. Mrs. Meyer reported seeing a stranger carrying items into the woods near her home. A short investigation showed that the car the man had been driving had been stolen in the Tomah area on Saturday night. Deputies Eugene Klipp and Mearl Waldsmith tracked the subject into the woods, while additional cars were called in to patrol the area. The heavily dressed and bearded man was apprehended about 12:45 p.m. as he emerged from the woods near the North Shore of Devil’s Lake, by Chief Deputy Vergil Steinhorst. The man refused to give his name or other information and was taken to Sauk County Jail where he is being held for investigation. Undersheriff Mike Spencer said this morning that, “This is another good example of how cooperation between the public and police agencies can often clear up a crime in hurry. We can never really show our appreciation except through better law enforcement which come about when we all work together.”

75 years ago

this week (1942)

A great pile of slaughtered sheep at the farm of Edwin Keitel in the town of Sumpter is mute evidence of what damage dogs can do in a single night. Practically Mr. Keitel’s entire flock of sheep was killed or so badly mangled that it was necessary to kill them, 53 sheep being lost in the slaughter that occurred last Friday night, and is attributed by Mr. Keitel to dogs. Most of the animals had been torn in the throat and bled to death. The lambs, fortunately, were in another field and these were not injured. The pasture in which the sheep had been left is not far from the Keitel home, located near the Badger Ordnance Works area, but sheep men state that it is one of the peculiarities of sheep that when attacked they make no outcry. They also state that it is a known fact that if the flock is attacked by animals, the sheep not killed become so frightened that they will not thrive after that and it is generally advisable to kill them.

100 years ago

this week (1917)

Fred Waffenschmidt, Guy Waffenschmidt and Dewey Albertus, Prairie du Sac, have returned from Draper, Sawyer County, where they hunted for deer. One day, Mr. Albertus was suddenly confronted by a big bear running toward him. Mr. Albertus did not step aside, but blazed away and brought the bruin to his knees. The bear, weighing 200 pounds, was brought home and caused much excitement in the neighborhood. A rug will be made of the hide. The three did not obtain a deer and blame the bear with being a hoodoo.

Not long ago, Frank Hiller stepped from a train that came through Abelman and a few minutes later Officer Herman C. Neitzel decided he was intoxicated. The next thing that Hiller knew he was looking through the skylight in the third ward bastille and a little later he was trying to wreck the building with his fists. Chief of Police S.A. Pelton was summoned and the two officers removed him to the county jail. When the case was called in Justice H.L. Halsted’s court, Hiller demanded a jury trial and the case was laid over for a few additional days. When the trial came, Hiller was his own lawyer, and although he conducted his case well, all things considered, he was found guilty and sentenced to serve 30 days in the county building on Second Avenue. Unless the unforeseen happens, he will be there when Kris Kringle drives his reindeer through Baraboo.

Information taken from the Baraboo News Republic; research materials provided by the Sauk County Historical Society.