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

The Dallas civic club

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In the 1930's the businessmen felt that there
was a need for an organization to promote the
village so they formed the Dallas Commercial Club.
The Club which consisted mainly of businessmen,
sponsored weekly free shows during the summer
In 1960, under the leadership of President,
Harlow Berg, the name of the Club was changed
to the Dallas Civic Club and incorporated under
the laws of the State of Wisconsin. The Club mem-
bership was opened to any person in the Dallas
area. A new and enlarged program was then put
into effect.
Because there wasn't a sportsman's club in
Dallas, the Civic Club then undertook to encourage
conservation in the Dallas area.
The Club started a Community Chest in Dal-
las. They promote one charity drive each year
which is conducted each spring.
Dan Severude was the President in 1965 when
the Club, with the cooperation of village and town-
ship officials installed lights on the ball field in
the park. Other major accomplishments have been;
raising pheasants for release for hunting, fenc-
ing off parts of Pine Creek on the Arthur Berg
farm to improve trout fishing, planting trees in
various places, arranging for Santa Claus to come
to town each Christmas, sponsoring Little League
and Babe Ruth baseball teams for the boys,
poisoning weeds in the village pond, organizing a
Farmer's Softball League for all men and boys,
and sponsoring Boy Scouts.
The Centennial being held in 1970 was started
by the Civic Club, but other clubs were asked to
help to make the Centennial a success.
Present officers of the Civic Club are James
Anderson as President, Wayne Peterson as Vice
President, and Dan Severude as Secretary-Treasur-
er. Herb Lee is on the Conservation Committee
and Kenneth Espeseth on the Community Chest
Ed Vergin, Kenneth Espeseth, and Knute Berg
are the only active members of the Civic Club
who were Charter members of the Commerciat
Be ng a new dimension in wintertime fun the Dallas Drifters Snowmobile
Club was founded November 13, 1969 at the Dallas School cafeteria. Ed Morneau
was elected president; Don Smith, vice president and Maxine Smith, Secretary-
The Drifters club has a 35 family membership and meets every two weeks
during the snow season.
Activities include trail riding through the countryside, family picnics and out-
ings, viewing of snowmobile films and weekend trail-riding at Laona.
It's "Family Fun" and the "Drifters" welcome new snow goers to this excit-
ing sport.

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