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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • Oct. 22, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

GILLETT: Fire destroyed the farm house, barn and other out buildings belonging to Jule Coshenet in section 25, town of Gillett. The property loss is $1,200 with insurance of $600.

OCONTO FALLS: FOR SALE — A bunch of 30 sheep. Apply to WILLIAM E. VOLK. Oconto Falls, Wis.

100 years ago • Oct. 25, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: John Dinse and son Fred, of Morgan, appeared before the Oconto County Council of Defense to explain the picture of the kaiser and family displayed in their home. The matter was settled to the satisfaction of all present.

OCONTO FALLS: The local board of health considers it advisable to continue the present quarantine for at least another week, as the number of cases of scarlet fever has not been reduced to a degree sufficient to warrant taking any chance of an epidemic.

90 years ago • Oct. 18, 1928 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: Fred Schneider Jr., Gillett, was taken into custody by Marshall J.A. Yance for violation of village ordinances for refusing to obey a lawful order which was given him in regard to letting his motor run while the same was standing at the curb. In court, he paid $8.95 in fines and costs.

GILLETT: August Feliow, 70, underwent an operation to remove an ulcer on his right eye; he had been blind in his left eye for many years. Mr. Feliow, who was caretaker of Wanderer’s Rest Cemetery, janitor of Gillett Hospital and the Methodist Church, as well as odd jobs for local families, has taken his affliction in heroic spirit.

90 years ago • Oct. 18, 1928 • Oconto Falls Herald

HOLT SPUR: A benefit box social was given at the Holt Spur School with good attendance, and the amount raised was $27.

LENA: Mrs. Emil Cherney was washing clothes using a Maytag wringer, and when she stepped away, little Stanley, 2, turned on the wringer and caught his arm in the machine. Having a balloon wringer, the machine did not injure the arm.

80 years ago • Oct. 20, 1938 • Gillett Times

UNDERHILL: Charles Marcheske Sr. was born at Christ Lublin, Russian Poland, on Oct. 25, 1871. At the age of 23, he came to America and settled near Underhill. He died Oct. 11 at the age of 66 years, 11 months, and 16 days, leaving behind a wife, six sons, four daughters and seven grandchildren.

GILLETT: Bids will be received at the Gillett Post Office for carrying the mail to and from the Post Office to the Depot. Payments will be made monthly.

80 years ago • Oct. 20, 1938 • Oconto Falls Herald

SURING: Millard Gerndt, 18, picked up a loaded .410 gauge shotgun by the end of the barrel; the gun discharged, sending most of the charge through his thumb, which could not be saved.

OCONTO FALLS: Lloyd E. Hull will assume his duties as cashier of the Oconto County State Bank, replacing Mr. H.J. Chard who retired.

70 years ago • Oct. 21, 1948 • Gillett Times

LAKEWOOD: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mitte took over the ice cream parlor formerly owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Glen Thielke.

GILLETT: Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Baldwin attended a theatre meeting in Milwaukee. Mayor C.L. Baldwin attended a traffic control meeting conducted by the state in Green Bay, as well as a meeting at Madison dealing with re-routing highways.

70 years ago • Oct. 21, 1948 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: The proposed new hospital for Oconto Falls is a memorial to the young men of this community who paid the supreme sacrifice and were not able to come home at the end of the war: George Sankey, Orville Depner, Quiren Hostak, Marvin Peterson, Francis Smedly, Clarence Spice, Frederick Mork, Royal Miller, Bernard McKeever, Orville Kuhlman, Dayton Westerbarth and Andy Dudas.

OCONTO FALLS: All students from the kindergarten through high school stood at attention and observed a silent meditation in memory of Ed Gerhard, a member of the board of education whose funeral was held last Tuesday.

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

OCONTO FALLS: The decomposed body of Willard Coopman, 38, Lena, missing since April 22, was found in the woods by Larson’s Studios between Oconto Falls and Stiles Junction. Coopman’s death indicates murder, as there were holes in the skull apparently from a medium calibre gun.

LAKEWOOD: John Mudrak, Marinette, missed the corner by the Sinclair Station going south. Only one fender was missing from the old model Chevy, but three telephone poles were down. Either they made cars stronger then or telephone poles weaker.

LENA: When Colleen Christensen entered the demonstration contest in July, she didn’t expect to be selected to give her demonstration on Pumpernickel Bread at the State Fair, where she also won a blue ribbon. Colleen is also the King Midas winner, which netted her a nice $50 check.

50 years ago • Oct. 17, 1968 • Times Herald

HAYES: Harold Holl had the misfortune of being kicked by a cow, breaking his ankle in two places.

LITTLE SUAMICO: Electrician’s Mate Third Class James T. Barrett, USN, Little Suamico, participated in Operation Beat Cadence, a training exercise while serving aboard the dock landing ship USS Tortuga.

40 years ago • Oct. 18, 1978 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Gentz Flowers, located at the east end of Main Street, was recently purchased by Sandra and Jim Hanson. The new owners grew up in the Gillett area.

GILLETT: Mrs. Ben (Anna) Eschner, 78, died at her home after a short illness. She lived her entire life in the Gillett Area and was a member of the Gillett Baptist Church. In May 1969, the community of Gillett honored her and her husband with a recognition day.

GILLETT: Considerable damage resulted to a fork lift when it caught fire at the Country Gardens. No one was injured.

30 years ago • Oct. 19, 1988 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Ginny Raddatz took over the duties of librarian at the Gillett Public Library from Ruth Werner, who held that position for five years.

GILLETT: Ivan’s Repair has built a new facility and should be open and ready for business by the time you read this.

TOWNSEND: A truck struck a bear on state Highway 32 in the town of Townsend. The animal could not be located after the accident.

25 years ago • Oct. 20, 1993 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: A 27-year-old man was charged with kidnapping in last month’s abduction of an Oconto Falls High School cheerleader.

SURING: Sam Yakel reported the theft of 15 arrows, eight tree steps, six hunting arrows, wrenches and sockets from a building on his property.

OCONTO: Groundbreaking for a new, 45-unit Ramada Ltd. Hotel is scheduled Oct. 22 in Oconto.

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

SURING: Etta Charty Miller, 100, died at Woodland Village Nursing Home Oct. 16. She was born in Wabeno to the late Benjamine and Dilly Wilson on Dec. 30, 1897.

OCONTO FALLS: Adam Desterheft, 16, waited four years for his bear kill permit, but when he got it, he made the most of it. It took his hunting party two full hours to tree and kill the bear, which dressed out at 253 pounds.

ABRAMS: An Abrams man reported the theft of $270 from a dresser drawer at his residence, and an Abrams woman reported the theft of nearly $500 from her bedroom. Someone kicked in the front door of both homes.

10 years ago • Oct. 22, 2008 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Art students from Oconto Falls High School toured the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh art department and the Paine Art Center on Oct. 1. Then they traveled to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater to view the play “State of the Union.”

LENA: Lena High School was honored Oct. 13 with the New Wisconsin Promise Schools of Recognition award. The school received a plaque and $1,500 to use for any school-related activity.

SURING: Village trustees voted to waive the two-chicken limit in the village. The request was made by Toni Heller on behalf of her young grandson, who at present can only eat homegrown eggs and chicken due to allergies.

Compiled by Oconto Falls Community Library staff.