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Dallas Centennial 1870-1970 : August 15-16, 1970

Second avenue, Dallas, Wis.

The Band Shell was prominent in many happy
events of the community as there was a famous
local band which performed both in concert and
on celebration programs. In later years it stood
across the street on the site used for free out-
door movies and other civic affairs.
On the same spot James A. Anderson built
a garage in 1910. Perhaps this was the reason
for moving the band stand. His son, Jule, opened
it for selling and repairing Reo, Oakland, and
Overland cars. In a few  years he took Sylvan
Ellefson into partnership and in 1919 sold out to
him. Sylvan sold Oldsmobiles later and continued
in the garage business until his death on March
I, 1962. Jule Anderson is living in Eau Claire.
The hotel was built by James A. Anderson
also. His son, Oscar managed it at first. Others
who ran it were Robert Pecore, Frank Sprague,
father of Mrs. Axel Jorstad and John Anderson.
Then Wilmer Black bought it and renamed it the
Black Bear Hotel. For several years now it has
been used for a Rest Home, first by the Good
Samaritan Corporation and now   is owned by
Richard Johnston and called the Dallas Rest Home.
An addition was built on a few years ago by
Good Samaritan while Mrs. John Stole was man-
age r, and more remodeling has recently been com-
pleted. Mrs. Richard Hlavka manages it for Mr.
The next building on the street which is now
owned by Oscar Repaal, has had a varied his-
tory. The Farmer's Store Company began there be-
fore they put up the brick building now housing
the Jorstad Store. We haven't learned the correct
chronological order in which the occupation took
place, but it has been a theater, a saloon, a
restaurant with living quarters upstairs, a store,
a pool hall or recreation center, and a black-
smith shop. There were silent movies in black and
white and sort of a blue color shown in the
twenties. There were Memorial Day programs held
there years ago and Eric Repaal had a pool hall
in it. He began the blacksmith shop which his
son, Oscar, now operates.
There was a small but active business place
on Second Avenue between the present blacksmith
shop and locker building. At one time Nels Ber-
gene had a jewelry store there. Then Hans Clair,
who married Josie Jacobson from the hat shop
across the street, was the jeweler. He sold out
to Henry Halverson. When Henry and Alfred Hal-
verson took the jewelry and mortician business to
Main Street, Elmer Olson started a music store
in that building.
Elmer sold pianos, instruments, records, vic-
trolas, radios, and sheet music. He was also vil-
lage clerk for some time and was also the first
policeman. He directed a band and sang in the
male chorus.
That building burned and Elmer moved across
the street and later into the Main Street location
that the Halversons vacated when they moved
across the bridge to the present Miller Funeral
Martin McKee was a barber on second ave-
nue in 1900. He had two chairs constantly busy.
That must have been about the time the beards
started coming off.
The Fuller brothers, Frank and David were
also early 1880's settlers. Mrs. Arthur Fuller, a
daughter-in-law of David lives here with her son
Bob. Her daughter is Dorothy, Mrs. Harlow Berg.
Many in the area were former students of Bessie
Fuller who had a long teaching career.
Some interesting facts were found in an old
school clerk's book. There were two terms, four
months in the winter and three in the summer.
They preferred men teachers in the winter, possibly
because of keeping the building warm or maybe
because the big boys had time to go to school
then. The salary was thirfy-five dollars a month
(twenty days) in winter and for women teachers
in the summer, twenty-five dollars.
It was necessary to pass a test given by the
county superintendent on the following subjects:
Orthography, Pronunciation, Reading, Penman-
ship, Mental Arithmetic, Written Arithmetic, Gram-
mar, Geography, United States History, Constitu-
tion of the United States, Constitution of Wiscon-
sin, Theory of Teaching and Physiology.
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