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by Fred H. Keller

Posted: Living Sussex Sun, April 3, 2013

100 years ago -

Week of April 3, 1913

The wife of the reputed first German to come to Lisbon, Martha Butler Bohrmann, died March 26, 1913, and was buried at St. Alban's in Sussex. She was the daughter of William and Sarah Butler.

Lisbon is 71 years old in 1913 and it is 36 square miles in territory.

The 17th Amendment to the Constitution introduces federal income taxes.

50 years ago -

Week of April 3, 1963

The Waukesha County Schools superintendent has ordered a referendum to determine if kindergarten be added to the Hamilton School District.

There is a significant increase in Canada geese in the area.

Incumbent Art Manke is running against former Lisbon Town Chairman Paul Pichler in the April election.

Lisbon adopted a Civil Defense ordinance.

Lisbon has been asked to rezone a 160-acre farm for a proposed golf course on today's Highway 164.

25 years ago -

Week of April 3, 1988

The Sussex Park Board has adopted a logo for the community parks. The logo includes a 250-year-old Burr oak that is in the Village Park. Park Board members, Chuck Louderbach and Jim Cunningham, and village historian, Fred Keller, worked on the logo.

Jane Stadler is running unopposed for Lisbon Supervisor #3 in the April election.

10 years ago -

Week of April 3, 2003

The proposed bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks on Highway 164 has been derailed.

In Lannon, officials Terry Gissal is running against Bob Winter. Two newcomers in Lisbon are vying for Supervisor #4, Mike Reed and Wendy Landry.

The Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society held its first meeting in its new museum, a former railroad depot.

Five years ago -

Week of April 3, 2007

The Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society elected Steve Haasch as its third president. The prior two presidents were the late Hank Carlson and Betty Mindemann.

A Sheriff's Department substation will locate in Sussex that will serve the village, Merton and Lisbon.

The President of the Sussex Area Chamber of Commerce is Lori Hayes.

100 years ago - Week of April 10, 1903

The Panama Canal opens for international shipping.

A. L. Greengo, a prominent farmer on Woodside Road in Lisbon, went to the University of Wisconsin's annual Short Course Agricultural Banquet reliving attending the university 20 years ago. He had high praise for what the university offered for farmers since 1913.

50 years ago - Week of April 10, 1963

Running in Lisbon for Supervisor 2 positions are Milo Cooling, Harry Dopke, Alfred Mehringer and Ted Siewert.

John Danzin is unopposed for Lisbon constable.

Idaho potatoes are 98 cents for 20 pounds.

The ground breaking of the Menomonee Falls Community Hospital is slated. The hospital will have 61 beds.

25 years ago - Week of April 10, 1988

A group called SOS (Save Our School) is pushing for Sussex Main Street School to be preserved and used for a village hall.

Frank Gill, owner of Hometown Filling Station, is complaining that people are driving through his Main Street/Silver Spring station property using it as a short cut.

10 years ago - Week of April 10, 2003

The Sussex 20/20 Smart Growth plan has been adopted.

Scott Kalio, a Hamilton and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, has been deployed to the Middle East as part of a Military Police unit.

Five years ago - Week of April 10, 2008

Former Lisbon police officer Tom Alioto is suing Lisbon for $5,000. He claims the former Lisbon police chief and town violated his civil rights, harassed him and leveled unfounded criminal charges against him.

Sussex voters have returned Greg Goetz and Jim Batzko to Sussex trustee positions in the April election.

100 years ago - Week of April 17, 1913

It is the time of the year that mega sales catalogues are being passed out by mail in Lisbon and Sussex/Templeton. Local merchants do not like this intrusion on their business and the cheap prices offered. However, there is an alternate use for the catalogues. They make good reading in the outhouses, and then later a cheap recycling of a few pages.

50 years ago - 1963

Dan Hanrahan of north Lisbon is a proud father of his daughter Jean Hanrahan, who has been elected the Queen of the Marquette University Nursing School Ball to be held at Leilani's in Brookfield.

Sussex Pack 39 recently had a guest speaker, Civil War author Phil Hohlweck. The Scout leader is Pearl Fisher.

10 years ago - 2003

A recount of the Lannon election showed that it was 100 percent correct. Three candidates ended up with 178 votes, and only two could win. The three were Hans Schulz, Bev Sigl Felten and Diane Daily. Daily was eliminated and she drew the low card.

Longtime local dentist, Eugene "Gene" Goetsch retired from his Sussex practice after 30 years.

5 years ago - 2008

In Lannon, voting incumbents Ron Dutcher (116 votes), Diane Daily (106) and Terry Gissal (100) have beaten challengers Karen Heitzman (88) and Kevin Carey (84) for trustee positions.

Sussex murderer Todd Van Lare who killed his wife seeks relief from state mental health facility.

Lila Busse Graser dies at age 99. Her father, Charles Busse, was the Sussex Village president for 22 years and on the Sussex Village Board for a combined 29 years.

100 years ago - Week of April 24, 1913

The 36-horse power Paige car retails for $1,275, while the smaller 25-horse power model goes for $950.

There is local outrage that the attempted assassination of ex-president Teddy Roosevelt only received a 15-year sentence in a Milwaukee court.

In Germantown, Philip G. Kraemer has purchased the Mace Cream City Lime Co. (in 1918-20, Kramer was one of the key men in starting the Templeton Mammoth Springs Canning Co.)

50 years ago - 1963

Ham is advertised at 37 and 39 cents per pound. The Hamilton School District had a vote on kindergarten in its grade schools and the totals were 1,372 for and 522 against. So, kindergartens are in the immediate future at all Hamilton grade schools. Only two parts of the Hamilton School District voted against it: Butler and the Town of Pewaukee. In Butler, the vote was 299 against and only 31 for kindergarten.

25 years ago - 1988

How can one bowl a 662 series at Sussex Bowl and not have a 200 game? Answer: Gary Schlemm had a final game of 300 with prior games in the hundreds.

Daniel Meissner, a Lisbon farmer and charter member of the Lisbon Fire Department beat Teryl Williamson for Lisbon Supervisor 1 by a 1,346 to 785 count.

Lisbon is thinking of getting a buying a farm for a community park.

10 years ago - 2003

The Quad/Graphics train had a fire and smoke damage estimated at $30,000 by Sussex Fire Chief Corky Curtis.

A Milwaukee woman gets nine months in jail for trying to stab her former Lisbon boyfriend.

There is a new owner to the Carousel Drive-In near Richmond School.

Nikki Flegner slammed two homeruns for the Hamilton girl's softball team in a 7-0 win over Tosa East.

Five years ago - 2008

In a battle of two area Waukesha County supervisors (their respective districts were redrawn), Robert Hutton received a winning 1,460 votes, while Marchese had about half that with a total of 771.

A 51-year-old Hartland man, shopping at the Lisbon PDQ, invested $5 for a lottery ticket and won $1.74 million.

The Town of Lisbon has appointed Joe Osterman as a trustee in place of the resigned James Stadler.



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