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Posted: Sussex Sun,  October 29, 2008

100 years ago — 1908

James T. Weaver of southern Lisbon raised fine show chickens. His specialty was Silver-Laced Wyandottes. He sold breeding stock year-round and fertilized eggs for hatching in season.

50 years ago — 1958

Harry C. Hartkopf, who had a farm on Highway 164 in Lisbon, died at age 75.

Two 1-pound loaves of bread cost 29 cents at local grocery stores.

Vernon Thompson, the Republican Party candidate for governor of Wisconsin, ran against Gaylord Nelson, a Democrat.

The Lisbon Telephone Co., serving Lisbon and Sussex, asked for a rate increase.

25 years ago — 1983

Lisbon chicken farmer William Hill died at 94. During the 1950s, he ran the largest poultry operation in Lisbon.

A new restaurant, Findlay’s-on-Main, opened in the old Kaderabek home in Sussex.

Former Hamilton High School student Joe Hecht was charged with murder in Madison.

Quad/Graphics began its Sussex operation with 48 workers, but expected rapid growth requiring workers.

10 years ago — 1998

Michael Van De Casteele made Eagle Scout.

The Coldwater Creek Subdivision was proposed for the old Wierl farm site on Woodside Road.

Donna Ropiak retired from the Sussex post office after 24 years.

5 years ago — 2003

One hundred residents attended a meeting to protest problems they thought to have been caused by quarry blasting, and to demand action.

Sussex and Lisbon passed the Pauline Haass Library budget, without cutting $8,000, as Lisbon had proposed .

The Department of Transportation scheduled two public meetings about its Highway 74 project, which would require Olde Templeton Inn’s demolition.

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