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Sept. 10, 1909

(Friday) - Deep mystery surrounds the death of Scott Sprague, formerly of Beloit, who was found dead in his room in a Cincinnati hotel, with a bullet hole in his head; his bride of two weeks, who was a Beloit College student, is being held by police, but says she doesn’t know how her husband met his death. … Police Officer Henry Flick tried to arrest a foreigner who was trying to steal coal in the St. Paul Road freight yards; Officer Flick was confronted by a crowd of foreign women attired in nightclothes, who succeeded in allowing the collared man to break free and escape. … James Lewis and Harry Peterson ran away from their homes a week ago and have been found in Milwaukee; the young lads said they wanted to go west and fight Indians rather than go back to their classes when school opens this fall. … The automobile being made in Beloit by Carl Lipman is soon to be placed on the market; Rockford men of means have become interested in the Beloit boy’s automobile and may build a plant for the manufacture of the car in Forest City. … Raymond Puddicombe, a graduate chiropractor, has announced that he’ll be back in Beloit soon and will resume telling sick folks how to be well; he had been attending a chiropractors’ convention in Davenport, Iowa.

Sept. 10, 1959

(Thursday) - A new Rock County juvenile court advisory board has been named by Judges Arthur Luebke of Beloit and Ralph Gunn of Janesville; Beloit residents on the board include Mrs. E.H. Neese Jr., Ole Kvitle, Jarvis Springstead, Mrs. Lillian Lamb and Mrs. Sterling Skinner. … Postal authorities are considering a new post office for Clinton; under study are remodeling the village hall, or building an addition to the present post office, which would enlarge the postal facility and accommodate a new fire station. … The Beloit YWCA board members have met in the nearly-completed new YWCA building adjacent to Field Park off W. Grand Avenue; an open house is to be held at Thanksgiving time.

Sept. 10, 1984

(Monday) - Beloit Police Chief John Mizerka has asked the Police and Fire Commission to dismiss Deputy Chief Dan Smith Jr. because of 13 charges of sexual harassment involving present and former female employees of the department; Smith is a 16-year veteran of the department. … Shopiere residents say they’re going to ask Rock County to take control of the Shopiere Dam, which is in deteriorating condition; the owner of the dam property hasn’t responded to calls for action. … The 12-inch walleye that Beloiter Don Tobias pulled from the Wisconsin River, had a tag attached to its fin that was worth $100,000 to Tobias because the fish was the grand prize in the Heart of Wisconsin Fishing Tournament. … After 46 years promoting ski jumping in Beloit, the Beloit Ski Club is disbanding; the club’s heyday was in the earlier years when Beloit’s Big Hill ski jump attracted internationally-known jumpers; with the removal of the jump to Westby, the club continued operating, but eventually decided to shut down, says President Walter Nelson, and secretary-treasurer, Erling Ellingson. … The first glass of water from the new deep well water system in the Hononegah Country Estates and Moore Haven subdivisions, has been poured for Warner’s. … South Beloit has downed the Beloit Catholic Crusaders, 22-15, with quarterback Doug Stitt and halfback Jeff Summers leading the So Bos.

Sept. 10, 1999

(Friday) - Mary and Stephan Wadle have welcomed their third child, born Sept. 9, 1999, at 9:09 a.m. and weighing 9 pounds and 9 ounces. … The DNR says the demolition of the historic and failing Shopiere Dam over Turtle Creek could begin as early as next month; Friends of the Shopiere Dam voted to halt their problem-plagued restoration efforts. … The union representing most of the 350 Beloit Corp. employees slated to lose their jobs, may try to buy the company along with another unit of the parent firm, Harnischfeger Corp.; union leaders say the company thus far hasn’t been enthusiastic about the buyout idea. … Rick Camboni says he’ll celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Butterfly Club by selling the business to brothers Mike and Hector Sala. … Camboni has owned the popular supper club since 1977. … Six deceased Beloiters have been inducted into the Beloit Hall of Fame: Allan W. and Arthur B. Adams, Walter Durst, Charles F. North, Harold E. Tower and Kenyon Y. Taylor. … Turner High runner Brian Butzler has beaten Clinton’s Joe Gracyalny to win the Chad Neitzel invitational track meet.

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