Memories Gone By

News from Browerville's Past

25 Years Ago

February 9, 1995

Sue Wiersgalla, manger of the Browerville Vets Club, was closing up after work when she noticed the fire at Duane Sweet’s repair shop at the south end of Main Street. The Browerville Fire Department responded promptly to the fire call, which came in at 2:18 a.m., but was unable to save the business. The fire continued to smolder for hours making clean up difficult. Fire Department members were at the scene until 8 a.m. while some returned during the day to continue dousing the smoking debris.


Vanessa Rapatz, a junior at Browerville Public School, is the 1995 Voice of Democracy winner. She received a check for $25 from the sixth districts VFW and her essay will now be submitted to district competition. Pictured with Vanessa is Dee (Odelia) Iten, presenting Vanessa with her prize money.

75 Years Ago

February 3, 1945

The annual party of the Browervile Fire Department was held at City Hall on Sunday night. With the firemen and their families enjoying the evening’s program devoted to cards and dancing. Music was furnished for dancing by August Drong. The ladies door prize was won by Mrs. Asa Murphy, who received a lovely blanket and the door prize for men was given to Frank Sobota. Mr. Sobota received a certificate entitling him to purchase a $5 hat of his choice.


With Miss Marilyn Morgan, as hostess, the Luther League of Grace Lutheran Church, enjoyed a skating party at the high school rink on Thursday evening. Following the outdoor frolic, the young people went to the home of Miss Murphy where a delicious lunch was served following a brief business session.

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