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From the archives of the Times, Herald and Times Herald
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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • Aug. 6, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald
OCONTO FALLS: NOTICE — Hereafter the fire whistle will blow three long blasts to indicate a meeting of the hose company. The regular meetings of the company are held on the first Friday of each month H.H. CALDWELL, Secretary
OCONTO FALLS: Mabel Marie. youngest child of Mrs. Mary Hertwig, aged 1 year, 4 months and six days, died at the home of her mother in this village last evening, after an illness caused by stomach trouble.
100 years ago • Aug. 9, 1918 • Farmer Herald
OCONTO FALLS: A telegram was received here Monday afternoon by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harteau their youngest son, William, died in the military hospital at Camp Eustis, Virginia, that morning.
OCONTO FALLS: 100 residents of Peshtigo made the trip to Oconto Falls to announce that Peshtigo is going to have a Settlers’ Picnic on Aug. 15.
90 years ago • Aug. 2, 1928 • Gillett Times
GILLETT: The Gillett Canning Co. completed the 1928 pea pack and now is getting well into the bean season. The crop conditions in this vicinity were rather better than they were throughout the state generally.
GILLETT: The Gillett Yanks dropped the game of ball to the Stiles team in an encounter of 1 and 2. Kenneth Smith’s fine hitting saved the home team from a shutout.
90 years ago • Aug. 2, 1928 • Oconto Falls Herald
OCONTO: Walter Roy, Oconto, struck a cow owned by Louis Dredges on Highway 41 when he was returning from the circus and the front of the machine was mashed in, but the cow sustained no injuries.
OCONTO FALLS: Mrs. Spofford Flowers, who has been pianist at the Grand Theater for more than the year past, has withdrawn from the position and will now give her entire time to instructing her numerous musical students.
80 years ago • Aug. 4, 1938 • Gillett Times
MOSLING: The young people of Mosling Lutheran Sunday School will hold an ice cream social at the Red Brick building to benefit the Sunday School.
GREEN VALLEY: Mrs. Nels Ankerson and one of her six children are in serious condition in the Oconto Hospital following an auto accident. Donald Lee, 4, was fatally injured at the same time and passed away at the hospital.
80 years ago • Aug. 4, 1938 • Oconto Falls Herald
OCONTO FALLS: Four Dachshund puppies want good homes. First to call has first choice. C.E. Wright, Brussells Ave.
OCONTO FALLS: An aftermath of the WLS Home Talent Barn Dance is the appearance of Eugene Behling over WLS, Chicago radio station, as a vocalist during the Home Talent Portion.
70 years ago • Aug. 5, 1948 • Gillett Times
GILLETT: The body of William W. Robinson, killed on the Solomon Islands March 1944, arrived by train Tuesday morning. Members of the Luebke-Robinson Post No. 8314 VFW met the train and escorted the body to Kuehl Funeral Home. The local post bears the name of Robinson, and it was a fitting tribute that so many turned up to meet the train.
SURING: Bruce Stengel spent a week at Boys State at Ripon sponsored by the American Legion. Bruce drum majored and twirled for the 85-piece band the night of the inaugural parade of the governor. He also directed the band in the absence of the band master. The payoff was when one of the Legion said, “Thank you, Mr. Sousa.”
70 years ago • Aug. 5, 1948 • Oconto Falls Herald
OCONTO FALLS: Lt. George Magnin is making quite a name for himself in baseball circles in Alaska. George is pitching for the Naval hospital in Kodiak Island.
OCONTO FALLS: Staff Sgt. Arthur Judd has been assigned to Kearney Air Force Base.
60 years ago • Aug. 7, 1958 • Times Herald
OCONTO FALLS: This issue of the Oconto County Times Herald is to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the paper. It was in March 1898 when the newspaper became a reality after it was begun by C.D. Perkins, managed by Editor R.P. Smith. In 1899, Messrs. Perry, Stofregen, Halstead and Clough started the Gillett Times. E.J. Shellman assumed ownership in 1944. The two publications merged in 1952.
GILLETT: Awad Ismir, Christian Arab student from Old Jerusalem, will speak at Bethel Lutheran Church, Green Valley. His message will include special insights on the need of missions and peace in Palestine.
MILWAUKEE: The Clarence Reinke family of Milwaukee consider the Times Herald truly enjoyable – a “weekly letter from home.” Thank you!
50 years ago • Aug. 1, 1968 • Times Herald
OCONTO COUNTY: The Oconto County Board adopted a resolution denying a pair of $25,000 claims filed against the county after a fatal auto accident on July 23, 1967. The plaintiffs contend that a hole in the road caused the car to go out of control and crash, resulting in two deaths.
OCONTO: A 17-year-old juvenile who escaped out of County Court in Oconto last week was taken back into custody and immediately taken to the Wales School for Boys.
OCONTO: The railroad is requesting permission to remove an old depot building on Monroe Street. It proposes to eliminate the station at Oconto from all except prepaid carload freight tariffs.
40 years ago • Aug. 4, 1978 • Times Herald
OCONTO FALLS: Fred Kuhn, 10, suffered an arm injury when the bicycle he was riding collided with a car on Highway 22 a mile east of Oconto Falls.
SURING: The Suring High School Choral Members will present a concert at the State Fair on Aug. 15. The high school group is directed by Miss Emily Amundson.
GILLETT: Richard J. Pamperin, cashier at Gillett State Bank for the last five years, has accepted a position as executive officer and cashier of the Marion State Bank.
30 years ago • Aug. 3, 1988 • Times Herald
SHAWANO: Carrie Paluch, 4, Sobieski, was found lying face down in the water at the Shawano Lake County Park. Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation was administered at the scene, and she was reported to be conscious and breathing on her own.
OCONTO FALLS: Clair Tillman is the new pastor for the Oconto District Seventh-day Adventists, which serve the Oconto, Lena, Pound and Gillett SDA churches.
SURING: Fires along County Road Z in the town of Bagley destroyed undetermined contents in a barn owned by Glen Siebert and destroyed the Z Bar, which was unoccupied.
25 years ago • Aug. 4, 1993 • Times Herald
SURING: David Wilbur Sr., 58, died peacefully at his home July 29 after an admirable struggle with cancer.
OCONTO: Shane Pullen, 19, died early Saturday afternoon in Salisbury Township, Pennsylvania, as the result of injuries suffered in a one-vehicle accident.
OCONTO: Kenneth and Melissa Thompson are the parents of a daughter, Dana Rae, born on July 4. Dana weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces.
20 years ago • Aug. 5, 1998 • Times Herald
OCONTO COUNTY: Donna Bunker, of rural Oconto Falls, was chosen to be the 1998-99 Oconto County Fairest of the Fair.
MOUNTAIN: Donna Menting, 48, died Aug. 4 at Community Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.
SURING: Ron Kalous recently celebrated 15 years with Gerry Wood Products in Suring. Ron is an electrician and lead person in the maintenance department.
10 years ago • Aug. 6, 2008 • Times Herald
OCONTO FALLS: The School District received a $5,000 grant toward the Winter Science Technology Academy. The grant supports innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.
OCONTO FALLS: The School Board met in special session to approve the 2008-09 budget, which included a 1.58 percent increase in expenditures for all funds.
OCONTO FALLS: Air Force Airman Jonathan Miller has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is a 2006 graduate of Oconto Falls High School and the son of Gregory Miller, Oconto Falls.