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From past files of The Star News


January 14, 2010

The Taylor County Personnel Committee has moved forward a recommendation to continue the veterans service office position at full-time when it hires a replacement for Dave Thomas, who is retiring later this winter. The human service board discussed a hybrid halftime CVSO and half-time counselor position after Thomas announced his retirement, but the committee decided to keep the office intact when it hires a replacement.

Concerns about finding a qualified candidate to fit both aspects of the hybrid position were among the reasons for opting for the more traditional role.

The personnel committee meets January 14 and it will complete the job description and posting at that meeting.


January 18, 1995

Taking another step closer to the day when it will have to decide whether to add on to the present library or build new on a different site, the Medford Library Board last week voted to go with a plan of 10,470 square feet. That figure was arrived at by first determining what the library’s service area is, and how much meeting room space is need- ed, and then following a formula set by the state Department of Public Instruction to determine how much shelf space, work space, etc. is needed.


January 15, 1970

The 21-man county board of supervisors will meet Tuesday for the first of four regularly scheduled sessions. Called to order at 10 a.m. by chairman Joe Sweda, town of Roosevelt, the board will meet in the courtroom at the courthouse.

It is anticipated that a committee will report on a proposal during the November session to investigate the feasibility of using the former State Bank of Medford building on Main and State for office space. No other reports or resolutions had been held over for consideration during the mid-winter meeting. Supervisors will hear reports from various departments of the county government and any petitions which may be presented.


January 11, 1945

Dolph Burbey, 51, town of Chelsea farmer, was accidentally killed Monday morning at 11 o’clock, while hauling a load of poles on a dray from his woods in the town of Greenwood to be cut up for stove wood.

Joe Trepanier, his father in law, was cutting brush about 10 rods away from Dolph, when he heard the horses stamping. Apparently the dray had hit a stump under the snow which caused a pile of poles to slide forward into the horses and it is believed that he was thrown off balance when he tried to control the frightened horses. He was dragged about eight yards. When Trepanier reached him he found him lying under the front of the dray.


January 14, 1920

The Hurd Lumber Co. of Merrill sent O. V. Shields to this city the first of the week to make all arrangements for getting the tannery building and site in shape for a box factory. Monday Mr. Shields informed us that the new box factory would begin operations just as soon as the necessary logs and bolts were purchased and received, so it is up to the farmers to decide how soon that will be.

The machinery, or some of it, at least will probably be here before this issue reaches its readers. Each machine is run by an electric motor and the plant will take all the current that the local plant can furnish in summer and more than it can furnish in winter, so the representative informed us.


January 12, 1895

Among the many peculiar characters developed in the early days of our national history not the least singular was the traveling preacher, who ministered to the spiritual wants of the settlers in the backwoods. He was a natural product of the times in which he lived and of the country in which his lot was cast. He was in the most eniphatic sense of the word one of the people himself, for, in all probability, he had been born and reared in the immediate neighborhood of his “circuit.” nine-tenths of his auditors knew him from his boyhood, and his father and the rest of his family, and were prepared to give his pedigree back to the time when the family made its appearance in this country.