Bio: Andreasen, Carl – Early Withee Police Officer


Surnames: Andreasen

---------Source: Withee Centennial (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 2001

It was early in the years of depression, business was slowing down and burglaries were numerous. Carl Andreasen was laid off from his job as clerk at Theodore Albert's Hardware Store. He approached the village board saying he would be willing to be a night patrolman. He was hired for $40.00 a month. He patrolled the streets every night until the late 30s when the village could no longer afford to pay him.

Some of the things we remember from that time were: when Carl needed surgery and our brother, Rolf, filled in for him. A story was told of the time members of the Nazareth Church were invited monthly to the parsonage for a night of singing and fellowship. Carl often went for his break, carefully putting his gun up on a high kitchen shelf.

He never told us much about some of the things that happened, but we heard that some of the young "bucks" around town often tried to heckle him.

He was liked by the carnival crew that came to town and checked at their camp often. Generally he was given free passes for us kids to have a few rides.




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