Driving the MRAP is McKenzie McKay with Sarah Cota. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Driving the MRAP is McKenzie McKay with Sarah Cota. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

WOODVILLE, WI – At the Woodville Leader/Gateway News we continue to look back on the pages of your hometown newspaper and recall some of the highlights of the past year.

Let’s again resume our look back over 2018 with our annual “Year in Review.”

In the last week’s Woodville Leader, we left the Review in August. Now move to September in the September 6, 2018 edition of the Woodville Leader we reported, “National Night Out is fun for community - MRAP and K9 demo draws a big crowd along with other features” The Village of Woodville Police Department drew a big crowd for their 2nd Annual National Night Out at Steven Park.

This popular growing event gave the community an opportunity to get out with family and friends, meet their neighbors and enjoy the Police sponsored festivities. Those featured festivities included the kid friendly “Touch-a-squad police car, United Fire – Woodville Station fire truck, Village Public Works big front end payloader and Albrightson Excavating big dump truck.

And the big, (and big is almost an understatement), BIG attraction this year was the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle that not only captivated the kids at the Village of Woodville Police Department’s 2nd Annual National Night Out, but the adults were duly impressed by this massive military machine that all were welcome to climb up into for a closer inspec­tion.

In the October 4, 2018 Woodville Leader you were informed that the, “Woodville High School Class of 1954 enjoys 64th Reunion” The Woodville Class of 1954 held their 64th reunion on September 19 at the Phoenix Bar and Grill in Baldwin, Wisconsin.

1954 was an interesting year. On January 14, 1954 Marilyn Monroe married baseball great Joe DiMaggio and more in ’54 as well as the graduation at Woodville High school .

And to wrap up Woodville 2018 Year in Review (Part IV) let’s look back at the pages of the October 18 Woodville Leader where we reported, “‘What’s It Worth?’ event wrap-up - Annual Historical Society fundraiser is well attended” On Saturday morning, October 13, the Woodville Historical Society hosted Mark Moran, antiques appraiser, at the Lion’s Den for the 5th Annual “What’s it Worth?” program. The annual Historical Society fundraiser was well attended again this year…

The program began when Mark appraised a large wind-up phono­graph with a Morning Glory horn brought in by Dennis Russett and its smaller counter-part brought in by Dave Schwartz and interestingly both appraised for a similar amount. Some items that Mark had not seen in his years of doing “What’s It Worth?” events were a hooked rug portrait of Abraham Lincoln brought in by Beth Raebel and a two-row corn planter brought in by Dave Schwartz.

Some items that the owners had been told were very valuable turned out not to be and other items owners were surprised to find out theirs were valuable.  Janet Aaby was surprised to learn her old book was worth $150…An owner of a Norwegian vase that was brought over from Norway turned out to be Italian. The plates that were given out by local businesses are more valuable in Woodville than at any other location ($20 in Woodville, $3.50 maybe in Elmwood) …One of the most valuable items to be appraised on Saturday was a 1927 two and half dollar gold piece (the size of a dime) worth $250 found in a jar filled full of coins. This was one of five items brought in for appraisal by Sonia and Jim Rasmussen of Boyceville.  JoAnne Baier of Elmwood had two small dioramas made by Narissa Thornber of Chicago valued at $1000 for the pair.  The Historical Society has a hand decorated Wisconsin map of the railroad lines in 1885 done by Bertha Riek, and Mark put the donation value at $500 for the item.  

That now takes us through October of 2018 in the Woodville Leader and next week we will conclude the Woodville 2018 Year in Review.