A Look Back

Posted 9/15/21

Compiled by Joseph Back 25 years ago PRESCOTT JOURNAL Sept. 12, 1996 Bay City man dies in collision Sunday night, a motorcyclist traveling down US Highway 63 collided with a semi-trailer near the …

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A Look Back


Compiled by Joseph Back

25 years ago PRESCOTT JOURNAL Sept. 12, 1996

Bay City man dies in collision Sunday night, a motorcyclist traveling down US Highway 63 collided with a semi-trailer near the intersection of 63 and Pierce County Road VV.

The motorcyclist, Peter Hertensteiner, 40, of Bay City was pronounced dead on the scene by Pierce County Coroner, Dr. E.R. Jones.

It is unknown whether Hertensteiner was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

According to a release from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Hertensteiner collided with the rear end of a trailer at approximately 9:15 p.m. The Sheriff’s Department was notified within minutes, and was assisted by the Ellsworth Fire Department, the Red Wing Police and Ambulance, and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

The driver of the semi, Eric Miller, 30, of White Pine, Mich., was not injured in the collision. Miller was driving a truck owned by Halvor Lines, Inc. of Superior.

As of Tuesday, details of the accident remain sketchy, but an investigation remains underway.

Quote of the Week “The demands of our children in the future are beyond our imagination right now.”

John Benson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction 40 years ago PRESCOTT JOURNAL Sept. 10, 1981

Pierce County is debt free since Aug. 25 County Board Chairman Christenson made the final payment Tuesday on Pierce County’s only indebtedness. Christenson gave a check to Lee Kenall for the last payment on the agricultural building on North Chestnut Street, which the county purchased in 1977.

At the time of the purchase, the price was $85,000. At that time, the county made a $20,000 down payment and has since made four yearly payments of $16,500. Kenall carried the mortgage on the property and in addition to the yearly payments has received interest on the unpaid balance of 7 percent.

During the time the county has owned the building, it has collected over $45,000 in rent payments from ASCS, SCS and Federal Crop Insurance, agencies of the federal government.

Vital Statistics The vital statistics from Pierce County, for the month of August as reported by Charlene Larson, Pierce County Register of Deeds: Births, 31; Deaths, 18; and Marriages, 38.

BIRTHS Sandra Hayes to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hayes on Aug. 28.

Andrew Hanson to Mr. and Mrs. Palmer Hanson, St. Croix Terrace, Prescott.

55 years ago PIERCE COUNTY HERALD Sept. 9, 1965

Births To Mr. and Mrs. Ray Carlson, Bay City, Aug. 30, a girl, Rebecca.

To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Odman, Bay City, Aug. 30, a boy, Christopher.

To Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Doller, a son, Timothy, on Aug. 25 ENGAGED (photo) Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Drath, Route 2, Manawa, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Karen, to David L. Hanson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Hanson, Manawa.

Miss Drath is a graduate of Manawa High School and is employed at Everett Knitting Co., Milwaukee. Her fiancé is a graduate of Manawa High School and is now serving in the U.S. Army.

No date has been set for the wedding.


Aug. 30, 1951 High School Will Open Tuesday of Next Week; Faculty Named School will begin Tuesday at 9:00 o ‘clock and will let out at 4:00 o’ clock in the afternoon. The noon hour will be from 12:00 to 1:00 o’ clock, fifteen minutes shorter than in the past.

Last Tuesday 47 freshman, 3 sophomores, 3 juniors, and 2 seniors enrolled. Thirty -six of our own freshman enrolled last spring, making the freshman class enrolled to date 83 students.

Parochial School Dedicated Sunday; Will Start Classes Next Tuesday The new Catholic parochial school in River Falls was formally dedicated last Sunday afternoon at ceremonies which commenced at 3:00 o’ clock. The ceremony started in the church, the procession then visiting the school, the final ceremonies were held in the church. In charge of the dedication was Bishop Meyer of the Superior diocese. A large number attended the event. Father Fagan, formerly of River Falls, was in attendance at the ceremony.

The school will start classes next Tuesday, with about 30 students enrolled in the four grades to operate this year, the third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades. There will be four sisters of Sisters of St. Joseph of Superior on the faculty. Three of the sisters are qualified to give private music lessons, two on piano and the other on violin.

Welcome, Strangers Born, at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, Ill., on Wednesday, August 22, 1951, to QM and Mrs. Duane Foss, a daughter, Judith.

Born on Thursday, Aug. 23, 1951, to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Sitz of Hutchinson, Minn., a daughter.

Born at the Miller Hospital, St. Paul, Minn., on Friday, Aug. 24, 1951 to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gerner of St. Paul, Minn. a son, Michael. Mrs. Gerner was formerly Elizabeth McClellan of River Falls.

Born, at the hospital in Rush City, Min., on Saturday, Aug. 25, 1951, to Mr. and Mrs. Claude Siebold of Pine City, Minn., a daughter, Cynthia.

Born at the City Hospital, on Monday, Aug. 27, 1951, to Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Ahlgren, a daughter.

Born at the City Hospital, on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 1951, to Mr. and Mrs. David Kerwin, a daughter, Maureen.

4-H Clubbers at Pierce County Fair (photo on microfilm at UWRiver Falls Archive and Research Center. Research fee for remote find.) James Relander of River Falls is here showing his blue ribbon winning two-year-old purebred Holstein heifer, which later competed for the grand champion plaque.

NOTICE The Temple Lunch Café will be closed Saturday afternoon and Sunday, Sept. 1 and 2, for repair.

Mrs. Joanna Jones Died Wednesday morning Joanna Jones, (96), a resident of this community for many years, passed away on Wednesday morning, Aug. 29, 1951. For nearly 14 years she has lived with and been cared for by a former neighbor and friend, Mrs. Pearl Collins.

Mrs. Jones is the widow of the late David Jones who was a veteran of the Civil War.

Funeral services will be held at the Finn & Segerstrom Chapel at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

86 years ago ELLSWORTH RECORD Sept. 5, 1935

ERECTION OF CCC BUILDINGS HERE WILL START MONDAY The construction of the camp buildings for the conservation workers on the Fremont Maynard farm north of this village will start Monday, according to Lieutenant L. L. Mason, camp commander. For the past three days a crew of men and truck has been employed moving the 14 carloads of sectional material, to be used in the construction of the fifteen camp buildings to the camp site.