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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • Sept. 17, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

MADISON: Wisconsin pupils have voted on what flower will become the state flower of Wisconsin. The most popular choice was the violet.

OCONTO FALLS: A meeting of the stockholders of a proposed telephone line took place at the village hall. The stockholders are proposing a telephone line to be strung between Oconto Falls and Sampson.

100 years ago • Sept. 20, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: Holt Saw and Planing Mill Oconto Company Saw and Planing Mill and Flooring Plant will close due to government embargo on shipments of all forest products east of the Mississippi River.

FLORENCE: Henry Keubel, deserter who broke out of jail in September, is still at large and is roaming around this part of the country practically at will. Fate seems to be kind to him, for he dodges bullets and sheriffs with equal ease.

90 years ago • Sept. 13, 1928 • Gillett Times

WAUKESHA: The annual conference of the Methodist Church made the following appointments of the ministers who serve the congregation in the area: Abrams, Rev. William Herman; Gillett, Rev. H.C. Spear; Oconto and Brookside, Rev. C.E. Lease; Oconto Falls and Lena, Rev. H.A. Misdall.

GILLETT: For some time, customers have been guessing the number of coffee beans in a two-quart jar at the store of Hohn and Hohn. This contest ended with Albert Uecker and Miss Gertrude Eggebrecht tied for first place, both having guessed the same number 5,000. The jar contained 5,085 beans.

90 years ago • Sept. 13, 1928 • Oconto Falls Herald

LENA: The Lena Tennis Club organized this summer, is rapidly developing into an organization of real amateur players and offering plenty of entertainment to local people. The club consists of about 20 members.

OCONTO FALLS: Miss Dorothy Goggins entertained 20 ladies at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Goggins, with Miss Sadie Flatley who is about to get married as guest of honor. At the close of card playing, refreshments were served and before departing each guest presented Miss Flatley with a beautiful towel.

80 years ago • Sept. 15, 1938 • Gillett Times

MOUNTAIN: Hans Jergerson, 78, had his right leg amputated below the knee at Oconto Hospital while he calmly watched the operation. He readily consented to removing part of his leg when an injury to his toe resulted in gangrene setting in, but didn’t like the idea of being “put to sleep.” So Dr. W.C. Watkins applied a spinal anaesthetic which permitted the old man to have a look as his leg was removed.

GILLETT: Two were injured when a motorcycle they were riding struck a cow at Brown’s Corners on Highway 32.

80 years ago • Sept. 15, 1938 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: That Oconto County has not escaped the sleeping sickness epidemic among horses is very apparent by the cases reported. D.J. Coffey, who has treated the disease among horses for years, tells us that 11 cases have been brought to him. He has successfully treated all of them.

KRAKOW: NOTICE: Don’t forget the dance given by the Highway Construction Crew at the Krakow Pavilion Wednesday, Sept. 14. Music by Louis Peterson and his Westerners.

70 years ago • Sept. 16, 1948 • Gillett Times

SURING: James Hurlbut, roving reporter for the radio station WMAQ Chicago, was up to see Dr. L. Cook on Sunday for an interview. Dr. Cook is a very fine dentist and is specialized in artificial dentures. Instead of going to the city, he built his luxurious lodge office on the Oconto River and cottages for the patients to relax and fish or hunt while waiting for their dentures to be fitted.

LENA: A bride and groom were injured along with a bridesmaid in an auto accident on a town of Spruce road. The newlyweds suffered facial lacerations and the bridesmaid head cuts, when the best man struck the rear of the vehicle.

70 years ago • Sept. 16, 1948 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: 735 pupils of the public and parochial schools received the tuberculin skin test.

RIVERVIEW: Art Paul was knocked unconscious when his head was grazed by a bullet from a .22 calibre gun. Paul was returning home when two deer bounded across his path. He stopped to watch them go into the wood when he was felled by the bullet. After regaining consciousness, despite the injuries to his head, he walked home and then walked five miles to report the incident.

60 years ago • Sept. 18, 1958 • Times Herald

SURING: Mrs. Rabe from the Gordon Rabe Store noticed a man walking out of the store with a shoebox under his arm. The man said he wanted to sell a pair of shoes, however Mrs. Rabe recognized the shoes as coming from her stock. She also noticed that his body was heavily padded and upon investigation it turned out that he had three shirts inside his own shirt. He was captured after a chase.

OCONTO: “Twenty years of Republican courthouse rule is too long,” said Lion E. Riemer, Democratic candidate for district attorney of Oconto County. “I believe these Republican office holders have grown tired from being in office too long. What this county needs is a new, fresh, imaginative and ambitious leadership.”

OCONTO FALLS: The gravel that is being hauled through town for the reconstruction of Highway 141 is coming from Benson Schaub pit just north of Oconto Falls. The trucks are going through town about once every three minutes.

50 years ago • Sept. 12, 1968 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: A 410-pound black bear was shot by Calvin Schindel, Oconto Falls, near the muck farms on Highway 64 on the first day of bear season.

TOWNSEND: Chuck Riley Jr., Appleton, caught a 40-pound, 10-ounce, 51-inch muskie in the Lower Reservoir Flowage at Townsend. The muskie reportedly is the largest fish ever caught in Oconto County.

STILES JUNCTION: Kandyland Kampground is the latest project of Fay Hessil. The park for campers is located just west of the junction of highways 22 and 141 at Stiles Junction.

40 years ago • Sept. 14, 1978 • Times Herald

OCONTO: At their meeting Wednesday, Sept. 6, the Kiwanis Club paid tribute to Officer Frank Lipp of the Oconto Police for outstanding service to the community of Oconto.

SURING: Albert Slang has been chosen for the Outstanding Senior Citizen Award at the Suring Labor Day celebration.

OCONTO FALLS: Norbert Lotter, second beaterman in the mill, celebrated 25 years of service with Scott Paper Co. in August.

30 years ago • Sept. 14, 1988 • Times Herald

OCONTO: Arraignments were held for David Schroeder, 29, and David Deal, 19, both of Milwaukee, who were charged with being party to causing the death of Phyllis Goodleston at her home in the town of Breed on July 6.

GILLETT: Jennifer Lisowe won the Best Brown Swiss Junior Showman title at the 1988 Wisconsin State Fair Junior Brown Swiss Show.

GILLETT: Stacie Kasten won Reserve Champion Shorthorn Steer in the Junior Fair Shorthorn Steer Show held at the Wisconsin State Fair.

25 years ago • Sept. 15, 1993 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Angela Salscheider, an 11-year-old sixth-grader at Washington School, has been diagnosed with leukemia. To help defray the cost of medical bills and everyday living expenses for her family, a bake sale will be held at Witt’s Piggly Wiggly.

GILLETT: Dennis Nelson, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, will be installed on Sunday, Sept. 19.

GILLETT: A hay chopper owned by Marvin Zahn was damaged while being used in a field in the town of Maple Valley. Zahn said a steel shaft was placed in his field.

20 years ago • Sept. 16, 1998 • Times Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: In the Oconto County Sheriff’s race, incumbent and four-year veteran Doug McMahon, 56, easily won the primary over newcomer Bernard Faith.

GILLETT: Nick Woodke caught an 11-pound, 12-ounce, 33-inch northern pike in a fishing derby on the Menominee River.

10 years ago • Sept. 17, 2008 • Times Herald

BRAZEAU: The Lee Lake Conservation Club raised $685 for the Brazeau Fire Department at its annual golf event.

SURING: The Suring School Board voted to approve the purchase of a Chrysler Town and Country seven-passenger van for $15,000 from S&L Motors of Pulaski. The van replaces a Dodge Caravan that has 147,000 miles and a questionable transmission.

OCONTO FALLS: The Oconto Falls School District is continuing to work on the improvement of outdoor facilities by approving a revised plan for the project. The revised total cost is now $4,595,000, down from the proposal in the February referendum.

Compiled by Oconto Falls Community Library staff.