Finance staff were told the new quarters
were only “temporary” and that the
building would be renovated once the
decision was made on where to locate
the new court facilities. For those
familiar with that debate, you will
recognize that “temporary” means
different things to different people.
Regardless, staff were ecstatic with any
additional space. While not efficient in
all regards, finance staff were still
located in close proximity to those they
worked with on a daily basis.
Over the years, as additional
responsibilities were transferred to the
Finance Department, it meant that the
department had to find a home for those
individuals that transferred with them.
It is fair to say that staff were a “close
knit” group during their tenure in the
In 2007, after 8 years in the
“temporary” location, the Government
Center underwent a significant
remodeling. In addition to the building
mechanicals, departments were
repositioned and the space vacated by
the Clerk of Courts, District Attorney
and Child Support was reallocated.
Two departments, University of
Wisconsin- Extension and Land Use
and Resource Management, were
relocated from the annex building
(subsequently torn down) and took
occupancy in the second floor of the
Government Center. The Finance
Department was excited to be moving
to a remodeled area located on the first
floor near the main entrance. Staff now
have reasonable work space and
sufficient high density storage to
maintain all the paper records that
people said were supposed to disappear
with the advent of the computer. May
be that time is yet to come.
The Evolution of Computing (continued)
The explosion in the use of
computers began with “third-
generation” computers which
utilized the invention of the
integrated circuit (or microchip),
which later led to the invention
of the microprocessor.
The Bell Punch/Sumlock
Comptometer ANITA was the
first all-electronic desktop
The first hand held calculator
was developed by Texas
Instruments. It measured 4-1/4
x 5-1/8 x 1-3/4 inches and
produced a paper output tape.
Early handheld calculators were
very expensive. The Sharp EL-8
sold for $395.
Through the 1970’s, the hand-
held electronic calculator
underwent rapid development.
The slide rule became obsolete.
The spread of the computer put
an end to the Comptometer.
Pocket calculators, initially
costing two or three weeks’
wages, became affordable.
Prices for simple 4-function
calculators dropped to a few
dollars, about one twentieth of
the cost five years before.
Century Multi-core CPUs became
commercially available. Content-
(CAM) has become
inexpensive enough to
be used in networking.
Computing has become a
commodity which is now
ubiquitous, embedded in
many forms, from
greeting cards and telephones to
satellites. To this day, the pace
of development continues