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From the Times Herald archives

Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • Oct. 15, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Edward Young has purchased Otis Robert’s ice house and outfit and will conduct the business.

OCONTO FALLS: Miss Helen Hurley, for more than a year a compositor in The Herald office, has entered St. Mary’s Hospital at Milwaukee with the intention of becoming a trained nurse.

100 years ago • Oct. 18, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: In obedience to an order issued yesterday by the county board of health, all churches in this village have been ordered closed until further notice in order to prevent the spread of the Spanish Flu.

OCONTO FALLS: Notice is hereby given that my wife, Mrs. Martha Mentzer, having left my bed and board without just cause or provocation, I will not be responsible for any debts or bills contracted by her or at her request from and after this date. HERMAN MENTZER, Town of Oconto Falls.

90 years ago • Oct. 11, 1928 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: Very poor sportsmanship was shown by the football rooters from Clintonville by some of the younger boys of our village, slamming and profanity being heard. This is not sportsmanship, boys!

GILLETT: Russell Shor was assessed a fine of $5 and costs amounting to $8.95 for driving over a hose stretched across the street while the Gillett Fire Department was responding to an alarm at the Great Northern Pail Co.

90 years ago • Oct. 11, 1928 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Otto Woeckner, proprietor of the shoe store, newsstand and fancy goods establishment that has done business next door to the Herald office for several years past, has about completed the removal of his stock of goods and machinery to the new building he has recently erected.

LENA: Mrs. Carl Schoenbeck had evidently been telephoning for she was found dead of natural causes, lying near the telephone and holding the receiver in her hand.

80 years ago • Oct. 13, 1938 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: John Westenberger, 8, narrowly escaped death when he fell 45 feet from the chute of the silo on his father’s farm.

GILLETT: Dr. A.W. Koll passed away at his home Oct. 5 after an illness of about three months. Dr. Koll was born in Theresa, Wis., Sept. 26, 1889. He moved to Gillett in 1917 where he practiced dentistry until his death.

80 years ago • Oct. 13, 1938 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: The fine new Standard Oil Station erected by P.J. Gauthier and the company has been leased by Walter Paholke and will be open for business Saturday.

ANDERSON LAKE: A public hearing was held at Anderson Lake by the Public Service Commission in regard to establishing a normal level for Anderson Lake. The lake, several years ago, was considered one of the best fishing waters, but of late the fish have become alarmingly scarce.

70 years ago • Oct. 14, 1948 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: Having completed their extensive remodeling and modernization program, Bocher Bros. Inc. will celebrate their formal opening with special bargains, a gift for each family and grand door prizes.

GILLETT: The small daughters of John Fischer spotted a fire of unknown origin in the barn, which was confined to the interior of the barn by neighbors who responded quickly to aid in the firefighting.

70 years ago • Oct. 14, 1948 • Oconto Falls Herald

CHASE: Vandals shot a heifer pastured on the Erdman farm in the town of Chase.

SPRINGFIELD, ILL.: Sister Sheila Craig of Oconto Falls was among those who took their final vows in the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis during ceremonies at Motherhouse in Springfield, Illinois.

60 years ago • Oct. 16, 1958 • Times Herald

TOWNSEND: The Optimist Club continues to hold weekly meetings. The club has adopted three characters to denote which members are losing weight: A top for those who lose weight; a turtle for those who lose slowly; and a pig for those who gain.

OCONTO: An attempted burglary at the County Courthouse probably has the burglars crying their eyes out. After damaging the combination lock on the vault door, a hole was drilled through the door with an electric drill that hit a tear gas vial concealed in the door.

OCONTO COUNTY: A Kirby salesman was killed when he attempted to pass a gasoline tanker and hit a northbound cattle truck head on. The cattle truck burst into flames; 80 calves were released unhurt and rounded up by local farmers.

50 years ago • Oct. 10, 1968 • Times Herald

KRAKOW: Two young men from West Allis were coming out of the woods at Morgan and saw what they thought was a furry object on a log. A shot was fired and hit young Richard Zima, 15, Krakow, who was killed instantly.

LENA: Donna Marie Wellens has completed the Dental Assistant Training program at the Career Academy of Milwaukee.

OCONTO FALLS: Seaman Richard W. Suchan, VSN, 22, Oconto Falls has returned to San Diego from 7½ months in the Western Pacific aboard the dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall.

40 years ago • Oct. 11, 1978 • Times Herald

OCONTO: Bernard “Bing” Moes, 61, Oconto businessman, died unexpectedly at his home on Oct. 2. He owned and operated Bing Moes Fish Co., was a commercial fisherman, sheriff’s deputy and for several years had an orchestra.

OCONTO: Police at Oconto recovered a vehicle that had been stolen from the used car lot of Augustine Motors. It was abandoned in a field near the Catholic Cemetery.

LITTLE SUAMICO: The recipient of the YMCA Mother of the Year Award was Mrs. Eugene (Delores) Winter of Little Suamico. Delores and her husband are parents of 15 children, one still at home, and six grandchildren.

30 years ago • Oct. 12, 1988 • Times Herald

PULASKI: Five elementary school girls were killed when a speeding car careened off a utility pole and onto a sidewalk.

OCONTO FALLS: A burglary at the United True Value Hardware netted the thieves over $3,000.

OCONTO: Farmers State Bank will be opening a new, full-service location in Oconto.

25 years ago • Oct. 13, 1993 • Times Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: A car driven by Susan Schaal, 42, Lena, struck an Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad train on County Trunk I in the town of Stiles Oct. 5.

SURING: Twins were born to Sam and Kristin (Kadlec) Reed on Sept. 14. Their daughter, Allison Kay, weighed 7 pounds. Her brother, Nicholas Richard, weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces.

LENA: On Sept. 25, a very large crowd of friends and relatives gathered at the Holiday Inn at Kelly Lake to celebrate the 90th birthday of Ray Molitor.

20 years ago • Oct. 14, 1998 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: On Oct. 8, a group of visitors from Tomiura Junior High School, Tomiura, Japan, arrived in Oconto Falls.

LENA: Navy Seaman Wendy Guelig is halfway through a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf aboard the fast combat support ship USS Supply.

OCONTO FALLS: Casey Marquardt was presented with the God and Church Award Oct. 11 at Grace Lutheran Church. Casey is a Boy Scout with Troop 1024 in Oconto Falls.

10 years ago • Oct. 15, 2008 • Times Herald

SHAWANO: Wolf River Media LLC announced it has acquired the assets of Shellman Publishing Co. Inc. of Oconto Falls.

PULASKI: Karcz Motor Co., a Ford-Mercury dealership, closed its doors Oct. 3 after 62 years of business.

OCONTO FALLS: The latest statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue show that equalized property value in the Oconto Falls School District had grown 5.1 percent.