100 years ago — 1920

• A play at the Olson’s Opera House is being planned for the benefit of the Standard Bearers. The cast will include Donald McGill, Bernice Hanan, Christophina Johnson, Stanley Chandler, Chris Olson, Mrs. Floyd Patterson, Ethel Murphy, Herbert Golden and Marie McGill.

• According to the recent surveys of the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Dane County, with 75,000 head of milk cows, leads all other Wisconsin counties.

• John Gilbert & Son (doing business in the Christenson Building) advertised that with each Pennsylvania Vacuum Cup Tire purchased during the month of February one free Pennsylvania Ton Tested inner Tube will be given.

• Norton Ames visited his parents Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Ames. He had just returned from Minneapolis. Following his visit, he will travel to San Antonio, Texas on behalf of the Samson Tractor Co.

• Mr. and Mrs. G. O. Lundy and his sister, Miss Dena, have moved here from Brooklyn and are occupying the E. D. Main house on Janesville Street.• The Annual Men’s Dinner was held in Woodman’s Hall. The program consisted of music selections by a male quartet and a violin solo by Marie McGill and addresses by Mr. E. Tettreau, Chaplain of the A. E. F. and Dr. R. A. Barnes. A humorous reading was given by Mrs. Arthur Chandler.

50 years ago — 1970

• The Village Board granted permission to have the new park shelter named the James Lease Memorial Shelter in honor of James Lease, a local farmer and developer who had died following an auto accident. The request was made by Jim Wolowic, president of the Jaycees, and Jaycee member Ken Brookbank.

• The remodeling of the Village Hall is underway. Walter Waefler was serving as foreman of the project.

• The Oregon Cub Scout Den Mothers of Troop No. 350 were recognized at the Annual Blue and Gold Banquet. Those recognized were Gen Snow, Kate Beck, Mary Johnson, Jean Reece, Joyce Benjamin, Gail Kluever and Carol Robert.

• The five fourth grade classes at the Oregon Elementary School released 160 helium-filled weather balloons as part of their weather unit studies. Each balloon was equipped with a postcard wrapped in a plastic bag. Anyone finding a card should send it back to the school recording where, when, and under what weather conditions the card was found.

• Senator William Proxmire spoke to an assembly of OHS students, followed by a question and answer period. The senator spoke about the real opportunities that America has in the future and some of the present pitfalls that we need to avoid.

• The Village storage building, a 40 by 100 feet, steel pole type structure, (the site of the former youth building) is taking shape. It will provide storage room for various Chamber of Commerce Holiday items and Village equipment and items as needed.

25 years ago — 1995

• Shaka Smart was named January’s Optimist Youth of the month.

• Cindy Peterson opens Peterson Travel in the recently completed Autumn Woods Professional Centre.

• The Village Board approved a study of the Jefferson pedestrian tunnel by Gaskell Engineering Co.. The cost was not to exceed $10,500. The study would be in three phases and could be cancelled at any time. The purpose was to establish the safety of the tunnel passageway.

• OHS kicked off its Fourth Annual Multicultural Celebration. Performing at the opening was a performance by the Ballet Folkorico of Mexico. The session ended with a talk by State Representative (now senator) Tammy Baldwin, “Prejudice and Homophobia.”

• A religious group, Reformed Congregation, attempted to buy land in the Town of Oregon for retreats, but were turned down. At a town meeting more than 100 Town of Oregon residents turned out to oppose the request.

• The OHS student council planned a “Down on the Farm” theme for the boys’ basketball game against Monroe on Feb. 24. Everyone was encouraged to get decked out their favorite farm/country apparel.

10 years ago — 2010

• The Village Board approved spending $3,450 for 10 directional signs to help people locate destinations within the village.

• The Village Broad requested Mark Below, director of public works, to get Dane County to make repairs to Hwy. CC (Jefferson Street). The road was within Dane County’s jurisdiction. However, after any overlays were made, jurisdiction would be transferred to the village.

• An EcoCenter is being planned and will be built next to the Middle School.

• Seventh grader, Hannah Brady, after placing first at the local spelling bee, will advance to the regional competition at Stoughton High School. She won the contest by spelling correctly the word, “innocuous.”

• OHS Senior, David Beers got his 100th career victory in wrestling at the Badger South Conference dual finale against Fort Atkinson.

• OHS students and the community raised more than $12,000 for earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

- Compiled by Gerald Neath, Oregon Area Historical Society