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Posted: Sussex Sun, May 14, 2008


100 years ago - 1908

As a promotion and sales incentive, tobacco companies began offering premiums that could be earned by saving the tags from chewing, pipe and roll-your-own cigarette tobacco bags. The tobacco customer could turn in 50 tags for a fine English razor.

50 years ago - 1958

The Sussex Main Street seventh- and eighth-graders took a field a trip to Chicago's museums.

Clarence Golner was installed as the Sussex VFW commander and his wife as the ladies auxiliary commander.

The congregation of Lisbon Presbyterian Church redecorated the parsonage, which stood north of the church on Hillside Road.

25 years ago - 1983

A massive grass fire drew firefighters from both Lisbon and Sussex. Capt. Robert Patenaude was injured when he fell into some blazing tall grass, sustaining burns to his hands, wrists and legs.

Lisbon resident Leo Wolf questioned the pay raise voted for at the town meeting for Assessor Donna Zimmerman.

10 years ago - 1998

A disgruntled Sussex resident shot his next-door neighbor with a pellet gun over the neighbor spraying his lawn with weed poison. The pellet had to be surgically removed from the victim's chest.

The Hamilton School District broke ground for the new Woodside Elementary School. Retired farmer Bob Butler, the land's former owner, was an honored guest at the ceremony.

5 years ago - 2003

The Sussex Village Board cleared the way for Kohl's to build a store on Main Street west of Highway 164.

The Friends of the Pauline Haass Public Library sponsored a talk by author Henry Goilde, who survived five years in concentration camps, to a standing-room-only crowd of more than 100 people.

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