Time Capsules: History pulled from the pages
Compiled by Evan Wood
A lone bandit held up and robbed the American National Bank of Marshfield. The bandit, about 25 years old, stole $1,500 in cash at the point of a revolver. The bandit was busying himself with his car outside the bank before the robbery. A local bookkeeper girl who started a flirtation with him managed to remember his license plate. He was described as five feet, seven inches tall and good looking.
The New Lyric Theater, Stevens Point’s exclusive motion picture house, hosted a musical program of talented musicians. Leo Bath, an expert organist, was featured alongside a showing of “Lying Lips,” a picture that the theater managers assured was “far above the average.”
The Tomorrow River Conservation Club was named grand marshal for the Amherst Fair Parade. The club operated a food stand at the Fair for more than 60 years. The proceeds from the stand went to promote hunting safety, walleye and pheasant releases, fish cribs, and conservation safety.
The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life was held at Amherst High School. A luminaria ceremony was held to honor those who have survived cancer and those who have not. The ceremony involved lighting candles set inside sand-filled bags that were placed around the high school track.
A disc golf fundraiser was held in Stevens Point for Gabe Harder, a resident of Wausau who was injured in a bicycle crash. Though he was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, he suffered head trauma and multiple bone fractures. All of the proceeds from the disc golf event, which included a silent auction and potluck dinner, was donated to settle his medical expenses.
A lightning storm that swept through Stevens Point left thousands without power. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus sustained around $150,000 in structural damage. The next day, the heat index reached 115 degrees and multiple cooling shelters were set up for residents who were still without power.