Years Gone By: Sept. 26

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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • Sept. 24, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: About 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, fire broke out in the Arkin residence, occupied by Oscar Sapbolt, but very little damage was done as the flames were quickly quenched.

OCONTO COUNTY: County Treasurer H.H. Behm, who was defeated for renomination by Joseph E. Keefe, has announced his intention to run on the independent ticket.

100 years ago • Sept. 27, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: J.W. Reynolds has purchased the Main Street meat market from Joe N. Raiche and entered into possession of the property this morning. He has employed an experienced butcher.

MARINETTE: After 16 witnesses were examined, Mrs. Stephan H., Crivitz, whose husband charged that she was insane, was freed in county court.

90 years ago • Sept. 20, 1928 • Gillett Times

SURING: A black bear weighing 250 pounds was shot by three local hunters, William Boettcher, Paul Hischke and Hilbert Genke, at Roaring Rapids.

SURING: Howard Blazer, well-known wrestler, had the misfortune of breaking his shoulder while wrestling at Anderson Lake.

90 years ago • Sept. 20, 1928 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Mrs. Henry Schlosser, Lena, will entertain the Fancy Work Club on Thursday evening, at which time the ladies will have a “sick room” shower for Mrs. Henry Adams, who has been ill for three years.

OCONTO FALLS: Mrs. Ed Templar, Oconto Falls, died at her home after a long illness. The deceased was in her 54th year. She and her husband moved to this town 10 years ago, and she won over the community by her charitable qualities and genial disposition.

80 years ago • Sept. 22, 1938 • Gillett Times

OCONTO COUNTY: Petitions presented to the county board asking to “have all gambling devices removed from places of business” were brought forward when Sheriff Charles Quirt was ordered to see that all slot machines be taken out of literally hundred of taverns and stores where to now they have operated freely.

GILLETT: Fishing in Newton’s Lake, Bill Milhans suddenly found his pole jerked out of his hand and, after a little fast rowing, caught up with it. On recovery, he discovered that he caught a northern pike that was 43 inches long and weighed 22 pounds. He caught another one weighing 12 pounds and then, after expert advice from Bill, Clyde Hansen caught a 45-inch pike.

80 years ago • Sept. 22, 1938 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kuehl, of Breed, badly demolished their automobile. Mrs. Kuehl received a deep laceration on her head when Mr. Kuehl took the ditch in preference to a possible collision with a fast passenger train.

STILES: A car driven by Louis Belongia, Oconto, crashed into the end of a wagon driven by Larry Kenny, Stiles. Belongia passed another car in the dark and failed to see the wagon before it was too late. The team of horses was unhurt, but the wagon and the car were badly damaged.

70 years ago • Sept. 23, 1948 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: Recruit Robert L. Hicks has been named lance corporal (junior grade) in keeping with the policies of his battalion furthering a system of trainee “self-government.”

OCONTO COUNTY: A total of 1,396 men, ages 18 through 25, have registered in Oconto County during the three-week initial registration for the new peacetime draft.

70 years ago • Sept. 23, 1948 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: A request for a copy of “Centennial Lady,” a story of Oconto Falls, was received from the libraries of the University of Kentucky at Lexington. The little book has now gone into a number of states and publishers. Mrs. Evelyn Cross and Mrs. Shellman have this week contributed another $25 to the Memorial Hospital Fund.

OCONTO FALLS: Mrs. Celia Fedler has some berry bushes that do not seem to realize that summer is over, but are producing berries now. She picked 18 blackcaps and red raspberries.

60 years ago • Sept. 23, 1958 • Times Herald

SURING: Two sisters of rural Suring pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated assault. The pair is charged with attacking Robert Beyersdorf outside a Berry Lake Tavern. Beyersdorf was hospitalized during the weekend.

GILLETT: Mr. Otto Zemke, 66, passed away at home in Gillett. In 1930, he moved to Gillett after purchasing the Franz Shoe Store, which he operated until 1956. He was a World War I veteran, a member of St. John Lutheran Church, the Krause-Simpson Post and the VFW Leubke-Robinson Post.

GILLETT: The newly erected shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes was solemnly blessed and dedicated on the Catholic church grounds at Gillett.

50 years ago • Sept. 19, 1968 • Times Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: Army Sgt. Daniel J. Block was presented the Purple Heart by General William C. Westmoreland in ceremonies at Irwin Army Hospital, Fort Riley, Kansas. Sgt. Block was presented the award for wounds suffered in action against hostile forces in Vietnam.

MOUNTAIN: Two busloads of nuns from the Green Bay area and a car from Marinette were thrilled with their day’s outing at Bear Paw Scout Camp. They had boat and canoe rides, did fine on the archery range and also with .22 rifles. Most of them proudly carried their targets back home with them.

OCONTO COUNTY: Mrs. Irene Streblow, Suring, has been employed by the health committee of Oconto County Board as a nurse on a part-time basis.

40 years ago • Sept. 20, 1978 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Sunshine Child Care Center opened the doors at their new location, which is the old Assembly of God church building at 208 First St.

OCONTO COUNTY: The neighbors of Donald Bunker have been giving most of their time to raise a barn for the Bunkers, who lost theirs in a fire last spring

LENA: Spec. 4 Jeanne M. Pawlak recently was assigned as a power equipment repair specialist with the 3rd Armored Division in Frankfurt, Germany. The Lena native is a 1974 graduate of Oconto Falls High School.

30 years ago • Sept. 21, 1988 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Jeffrey Schultz is among students named by Dean John Palmer of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education to the dean’s list.

OCONTO FALLS: A benefit dance and raffle was held Aug. 19 at Lemorande Lanes in Oconto Falls for Gail Nelson, who recently underwent a bone marrow rescue at the University of Minnesota Hospital.

SURING: The Suring Sportsmen Club has been recognized as one of the top 10 most active conservation clubs in the state.

25 years ago • Sept. 22, 1993 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: A 17-year-old Oconto Falls girl who was abducted from her car following a football game was found safe about 35 hours later, after an extensive search.

OCONTO FALLS: Debbie Sime, 34, of Green Bay, and Helen Magdal, 34, of Oconto Falls, were killed when their car hit a concrete bridge abutment on Fireside Road. The auto dropped a wheel off the pavement and lost control, sliding into the abutment. The road is uneven with no shoulder, and the bridge is barely two car widths wide.

OCONTO: A jury trial was set for a 22-year-old Coleman man charged with making 25 telephone calls by using a credit card number of Lakewood Kitchens, Lakewood.

20 years ago • Sept. 21, 1998 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Toby Peterson is the first winner of the Oconto Falls Friend of Education Award.

OCONTO FALLS: Carl Porior was recognized by the Oconto Falls Board of Education for his services on the CESA 8 Board of Control.

GILLETT: Brenda Kadlec and Mandy Hougas received $50 each for winning the grand prize in Gillett FFA’s 1998 Cow Pie Bingo contest.

10 years ago • Sept. 24, 2008 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Gillett Secondary School, working with the Oconto School District, has a newly remodeled and relocated weight room. The facility has tripled in size and has gained equipment.

OCONTO COUNTY: The Oconto County 4-H program announced four winners of the Herb and Sally Buseman Scholarship: Melissa Monette, Lisa Schroeder, Heidi Woods and Nicholas Yogerst. The scholarship is available to 4-H club graduates who have completed at least one year in a college.

OCONTO FALLS: Members of the Oconto Falls Fire Department attended the Oconto Falls City Council meeting Sept. 18 to present plans for a new 12-by-32-foot training building project. The department will mostly use its own funds for the project, and volunteers will do most of the work.