Years Gone By
80 years ago • March 11, 1937 • Gillett Times
LAKEWOOD: A pair of robbers broke into the Isaacson store early Thursday morning, taking from the store a large quantity of food, merchandise and clothing. The sheriff’s department at Oconto was notified about 11 a.m. Thursday and the Sheriff Chas Quirt with Deputy Elliott Flynn traced the two by footprints in the snow for three miles through the woods.
OCONTO COUNTY: The rural electrification administration at Washington has allocated funds for the construction of 305 miles of power lines in Oconto County.
80 years ago • March 11, 1937 • Oconto Falls Herald
MOUNTAIN: The pouring of concrete for two new dams in Oconto County commenced under WPA projects. The largest dam of the two will be at Chute Pond. The other dam is being constructed at Anderson Lake.
KLONDIKE: William Ammerman Jr. made a business trip to Marinette, where he is receiving treatment for a fractured jaw incurred while cutting wood.
70 years ago • March 14, 1947 • Gillett Times
SURING: Seven persons were injured in a head-on automobile collision east of Suring about 9 o’clock Saturday night. Martin Smits Jr., accompanied by four Suring young people who were headed for Gillett to attend a movie, drove one car. Henry Rupiper drove the other. Both cars were said to be damaged beyond repair.
GILLETT: J.A. Helf, chairman of Board of Health of the City of Gillett, presided at the citizens meeting with over a hundred citizens present. Bruce Demmit, sanitary engineer, stated that there was not state law or regulation of the board to prevent a slaughterhouse to be erected in the city limits. H.P. Hanson spoke briefly and mentioned some of the contemplated plans. Dr. W.R. Berg spoke bitterly against the project. Harold Stromer also voiced serious objections. A vote was taken showing 27 for and 77 against.
70 years ago • March 14, 1947 • Oconto Falls Herald
GILLETT: With the approach of the spring season, I, Kenneth Babe Thompson, am again offering my services to the general public, as in the past. I will again be available at all hours to carry on my good works as assistant at public gatherings, pallbearer, auctioneer, notary public (unlicensed), best man at weddings, groundskeeper of golf courses, etc. Cheerful, prompt, and courteous service coupled with reasonable fees will be my main business standards for 1947.
60 years ago • March 14, 1957 • Times Herald
OCONTO FALLS: The prolonged sounding of the fire alarm about 7:30 on Friday morning warned citizens that a serious fire had started. The old section of the Oconto Falls School was gutted, but the gym and new part were saved.
GILLETT: Residents of the Gillett Community were shocked this past weekend when they learned of the death on Saturday of Doctor Donald M. Bailey.
PULCIFER: Rita Lamb is proud of her new little brother. He arrived March 8. The new baby and Rita are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Lamb.
50 years ago • March 16, 1967 • Times Herald
SURING: Tammy Sue is the new daughter at the home of Leonard and and Delores Heiser.
GILLETT: Irvin Hansen, Kirt Hansen, and Emil Malueg had successful hunting trips this winter. One line-up included 11 bobcats, eight coyotes, and two fox.
LENA: Mr. and Mrs. Frank McMonagle celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.
40 years ago • March 10, 1977 • Times Herald
GILLETT: A recently organized Rotary Club has been formed in the Gillett/Oconto Falls area.
MORGAN: Over three consecutive Mondays, 88 card players gathered at Lemke’s Bar for the National Sheephead Championship. The local director, Conrad Gerhartz, had 235 registrations in this national championship, the highest of 16 other areas.
SURING: Larry Zunker has been chosen as Oconto County’s Outstanding Young Educator. He is in his third year as instrumental music director for the Suring Public School District.
30 years ago • March 11, 1987 • Times Herald
GILLETT: By a vote of 5-1 the City of Gillett Common Council approved the purchase of 39 acres adjoining the industrial park at a price of $20,000.
OCONTO: A 25 year old Newcastle, Wyoming, man was taken into custody because he might be connected with an assault and robbery of an elderly woman. The woman was struck on the head and face before a small amount of money and jewelry was taken.
LENA: A truck driven by Peter M. Murphy, 40, entered the ditch along Highway 414 after it was struck by a tire that came off a trailer towed by a van.
25 years ago • March 12, 1992 • Times Herald
GILLETT: Allena Caroline Tolzman was born Jan. 10.
SURING: Bessie Gocht of Woodland Village Nursing Home celebrated her 100th birthday. She was born Feb. 23, 1892.
OCONTO FALLS: Riley Gostisha is the State Champion in the 13-year-old bracket of the Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program.
20 years ago • March 13, 1997 • Times Herald
GILLETT: Philip Schindel has been selected as the Badger Boys State delegate from Gillett High School. He will attend a weeklong workshop at Ripon College in June.
MOUNTAIN: Payless Discount Foods has opened its doors in downtown Mountain, and the owners are Dan and Gail Green.
OCONTO FALLS: It’s a girl. Jenna Ann Langley was born March 6 at 7:45 p.m. Proud parents are Brent and Denise Langley.
15 years ago • March 13, 2002 • Times Herald
GILLETT: The name Carlson has a lot of ties to the Gillett community. However, Todd Carlson is the Suring High School principal and varsity basketball coach. Todd and his dad, Everett Carlson, agree that Gillett/Suring games are emotionally difficult as they are both graduates of Gillett High School
LAKE MILLS: Jennifer Berg Wensel was selected as a contestant for the Wheel of Fortune Game show that will air at 6:30 p.m. March 26, 2002. Wensel is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Berg and the granddaughter of Grant Peterson, all of Oconto, Lena and Oconto Falls.
OCONTO COUNTY: Last weekend brought havoc to Northern Oconto County as well as the rest of the county when downpours of rain turned to ice immediately upon contact with the ground. Most areas lost electricity as well as phone service.
10 years ago • March 14, 2007 • Times Herald
SURING: Suring punched its first-ever ticket to Madison with a 67-59 overtime thriller over Marshfield Columbus Catholic in the Division 4 WIAA Sectional final played at Appleton North High School.
GILLETT: The Gillett FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team advanced to the state competition.
5 years ago • March 14, 2012 • Times Herald
OCONTO FALLS: Estimating saving the Oconto Falls School District $250,000, the Oconto Falls School Board approved laying off five elementary school teachers and partially laying off two high school teachers.
OCONTO COUNTY: Vincent Enneper, 16, was charged in adult court on two arson charges relating to a fire at St. Anthony School in February and a third charge relating to a July 2006 fire at St. Anthony Church.
GILLETT: The Gillett City Council on March 1 approved overhauling the bathrooms at Zippel Park in a $11,000 project beginning this week and estimated to take two months.
1 year ago • March 16, 2016 • Times Herald
OCONTO FALLS: The discovery of meth labs prompts the Oconto Falls Police Department to put more resources into drug investigations. The department plans on devoting more manpower to drug investigations and outreach to kids in schools through the DARE program.
GILLETT: James Beaton is now the owner of the Kuehl Funeral Home. Beaton states that he looks forward to becoming part of the Gillett community.
OUTAGAMIE COUNTY: Man found guilty in the first-degree murder of a former Gillett High School graduate living in the Green Bay area. Chong Lee was convicted in the March 9 death of Joshua Richards, a 2006 Gillett High School student.
— Compiled by Oconto Falls Community Library staff