Years Gone By: Oct. 3

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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

100 years ago • Oct. 1, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: The barn of Fred Tisch, north of the railroad track, burned last Friday afternoon. The barn was full of hay, all of which was destroyed, and also a good Sized pig.

OCONTO FALLS: Mr. Marcouiller has secured the services of an additional operator for the central telephone office. Miss Clara McCauley of Fond du Lac assumed her duties Monday.

100 years ago • Oct. 4, 1918 • Farmer Herald

STILES: A telegram received by relatives stated that Pvt. William Lucas of Stiles was missing in action. Letters have been received from him, however, stating that he was wounded July 18 and is in base hospital.

OCONTO COUNTY: The recent embargo issued by the government covering the shipment of logs and unmanufactured timber did not apply to timber or logs used in the manufacture of paper. The officials have at all times placed papermaking as an essential wartime industry.

90 years ago • Sep. 27, 1928 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: Robbers broke into the Feed and Grain Elevators owned by J.M. Ankerson and blew the safe. The robbers obtained $40 to $50.

90 years ago • Sep. 27, 1928 • Oconto Falls Herald

BROOKSIDE: Corball Strege, 20, died in a car crash but Alfred Gering, 21, survived; they were returning from a dance at Abrams and as they neared Brookside, the car left the road and overturned in a water-filled ditch. Both young men were pinned under the machine all night.

MORGAN: Robert Schroeder won the $25 premium offered by the Falls Pickle Co. for raising the most cucumbers on a half-acre of ground.

80 years ago • Sept. 29, 1938 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: Albert Gillett, village treasurer, was killed in an auto accident while on his way to visit his cousin at Bemidji, Minn.

OCONTO COUNTY: The Oconto County Welfare Division wishes to urge all employers in Oconto County, especially farmers, that are in need of any help at all to contact their office for persons available to work.

80 years ago • Sept. 29, 1938 • Oconto Falls Herald

SURING: A doe deer and her fawn were killed near Anderson Lake when hit by a car driven by Clayton Olson, How. The animals were confiscated by Warden Ernest Meress; the doe was purchased by members of the Suring Advancement Association for a venison feed at their annual meeting.

OCONTO FALLS: Potatoes are growing big this year. The Katyhdn potato on display in the Herald Office window weiged 2 1/8 when dug. William Temple is the farmer who raised the mammoth potato.

70 years ago • Sept. 30, 1948 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: A thief has visited the grave of Donald Walgren in Wanderer’s Rest Cemetery in Gillett. A carnation plant and two vases were removed. The family is anxiously awaiting the return of the vases as they hold a memory dear to the family. Certainly the thief will have the common decency to return the vaes after hearing this appeal.

MOUNTAIN: This office is in receipt of some beautiful apple blossoms from Mrs. G. Elbe of Mountain, from a tree that dried up during the dry spell in early summer and just started blooming again.

70 years ago • Sept. 30, 1948 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Warning to bicycle riders. Riding on the sidewalks is strictly forbidden. If caught or reported to the Police Department, rider shall be taken into Justice Court and punished accordingly.

OCONTO FALLS: Gust Johnson, Emil Freitag, Alfred Krause and Leonard Johnson did some deep-sea fishing at Superior and came home with a nice catch.

60 years ago • Sept. 30, 1958 • Times Herald

OCONTO: For the first time in history, the Oconto County Board opened its first meeting with a prayer.

OCONTO FALLS: Clinton Couillard passed away in his sleep at Oconto Hospital. “Clint” learned the printer’s rade in the Oconto Falls Herald print shop under the late editor R.P. Smith and followed this vocation all his life.

OCONTO FALLS: Bishop Bona of Green Bay was in Oconto Falls to bless the new school erected by the congregation of St. Anthony’s Church.

50 years ago • Sept. 26, 1968 • Times Herald

HINTZ: Damage and loss estimated at approximately $300 resulted when a 4- foot concrete silo located on the Martin Smits farm north of Hintz collapsed.

GILLETT: A fire of an undetermined origin destroyed a large barn, heifers and equipment on the J. Franklin Jones Farm. Lost in the blaze were 10 heifers, 2,500 bushels of oats, hay, straw, one wagon, a corn planter, a new pipeline milker and registration papers on their dairy cattle.

OCONTO FALLS: Beginner’s Luck: Dean Peiterson had it on the first day of the bow season, bagging an eight-point beauty in the the Machickanee Forest Area.

40 years ago • Sept. 27, 1978 • Times Herald

OCONTO: George Hall is restoring the old Wal Phillips home in Oconto. Wal Phillips was a legendary character who had a funeral for his horse Robinson Cruso in 1897. The funeral oration was given by an atheist, old sea captain, who chose as his text “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

OCONTO: An explosion at the Schilling Fish Co. resulted in an ammonia leak that threatened to block traffic on Highway 41 south of Oconto.

OCONTO COUNTY: Police from Shawano, Gillett, and Oconto are widening a search for thieves who took advantage of the elderly. Two women knock on their doors and talk their way inside and engages in personal and friendly talk. One keeps their victim occupied while the other searches the house. Both leave cheerfully with cash that isn’t discovered missing until long after the intruders leave town.

30 years ago • Sept. 28, 1988 • Times Herald

GILLETT: A semitrailer owned by Rouse Wood Chips, Shawano, overturned at the state Highway 22 and 32 intersection. The driver escaped serious injury when the brakes failed to function on the wet pavement, causing the truck to skid through a stop sign and roll down an embankment.

OCONTO: Two Oconto men are being held in the Oconto County Jail, each in lieu of $5,000 cash bond, in conjunction with the stabbing of a town of Pensaukee man.

GILLETT: The 1988 Outstanding Farmers were honored at the state fair by Wisconsin FFA. Rollyn and Donna Sohr were selected by the Gillett FFA as this year’s outstanding farmers.

25 years ago • Sept. 29, 1993 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: New additions to the Oconto Falls business community are Larry and David Shevy, owners of The Big Little Family Restaurant.

OCONTO FALLS: Al and Cassie Albers are the proud parents of a son, Matthew Joseph.

POUND: Marnie Martins, 19, died in a traffic accident in the town of Pound.

20 years ago • Sept. 28, 1998 • Times Herald

TOWNSEND: Terence Herlache, 56, passed away Sept. 26 at home after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

MOUNTAIN: A surprise party was held Sept. 28 for Francis “Bud” Babish, the town of Mountain chairman. Bud will be 60 years old on Oct. 1.

OCONTO FALLS: The Oconto Falls area will be serviced by an archery pro shop and 3-D shooting lane. Located halfway between Oconto Falls and Stiles Junction, the business is owned and operated by Wade Jeske.

10 years ago • Oct. 1, 2008 • Times Herald

BRAZEAU: Gail Angell, 45, was accidentally fatally shot while she and her husband were attempting to catch a heifer that had been loose about four days. An attempt at tranquilizing the animal failed, and the couple decided to put the animal down. The bullet struck the animal and then Angell.

GILLETT: Dr. Steven P. Drake, Gillett, was awarded a plaque as 2008 Wisconsin Optometrist of the Year. He has been in private practice in Gillett for 33 years.

ABRAMS: Rayanna Longsine, daughter of David and Diane Longsine, was crowned the 2008-09 queen of Abrams Days. First runner-up was Jordyn Herzog, daughter of Jeff and Laurie Herzog. Second runner-up was Trina Ryczek, daughter of Brad and Lona Ryczek.