The original “Don Halverson Field” sign has found a permanent home.
Previously placed at the baseball field in Black River Falls, the sign has been moved to Don Halverson’s birthplace near Iola.
Halverson was a longtime teacher, coach and athletic director in the Black River Falls school system. The baseball field facility was named in his memory after his passing in 1994.
With many changes and upgrades having been made since 1994 to the Black River Falls baseball facility, a new scoreboard and field sign were added.
The original sign was removed and put in storage.
Last year the original sign showed up on the auction bill at the annual Black River Falls School District auction.
Dave “Woody” Meyer purchased the sign at the auction with the thought that possibly the Halverson family would like to have it and had an idea for it.
Meyer contacted Jim Halverson, Don and Emily Halverson’s son, who said his Uncle Lee (Don’s brother), was creating a baseball diamond on the “family farm” near Iola. The family farm is in the third generation of Halverson ownership.
Lee’s idea, prior to knowing that this sign would become a part of the field, was to name the new baseball diamond “Don’s Field” in remembrance of his brother. Lee also coached high school baseball at Clintonville High School for a number of years.
With help from Gaier Construction, Jim Halverson, and Lee Halverson, the sign found its way to the family property off State Highway 49 between Rosholt and Iola, where Don, Lee and their sister Rita grew up.
Lee refinished the sign to its original colors, but with a new paint job.
Lee and Sue Halverson live on the property but many family members still come back each fall for the annual deer hunting season, just as Don and his family had done.
Lee and Sue recently hosted a family gathering at their home. The sign was erected at its new permanent home with the help of many relatives during the get-together.
The “crew” included children, sons-in-law, grandchildren, nephews and friends. A large group watched and cheered as the sign was placed on its new field.