100 years ago – 1917
At the Everett Gerkin Farm on Good Hope Road, where the Wisconsin Central/Soo Line Railroad was located, a large loaded truck attempted to go up the winding road hill west of the tracks. The truck stalled out and rolled backwards, ending up on the tracks with an oncoming train. The truck driver tried to warn the train, running down the track, but it sailed on, smashing up the truck into little pieces, ending up 500 feet from the intersection.
50 years ago – 1967
The Sussex Malsch Furniture store, in place since 1915, was at 217 W. Main St. They were having a January clearance sale.
Newspaper print hit a five-years-in-a-row record output, according to a Cornell University study.
There was a push to build a new Hamilton Middle School (sixth through eighth grades). It was a school board recommendation, and they were holding a meeting to promote the idea.
25 years ago – 1992
A brand-new Toyota pickup truck cost $6,995 at Jack Safro's.
The fire chief of the Sussex Fire Department was Bob Schlei, a Sussex-raised resident. The SFD had just received a new ambulance, priced at $62,000.
Hamilton High School would be starting "Saturday detentions" for skipping classes and other offenses.
Betty Mindemann was the director of the Sussex Food Pantry.
10 years ago – 2007
In Lannon, all political candidates had no challengers – Village President Dan Martin, and three trustees, Scott Balsuger, David Bartlett and Jerry Newman.
In Sussex, then-newcomer Tony Lapinski was going against incumbent Michael Knapp.
5 years ago – 2012
There was debate in Lisbon over whether to okay small flocks of chickens in residential settings.
Sussex Police Chief Lt. James Gumm of the Waukesha Sheriff's Department was leaving. A new Sussex police chief would be sought.
Hamilton's wrestler Bobby Holzem notched his 100th career win as a 138-pound class wrestler.
The Hamilton girls basketball team was 9-0, rated fifth in state.