Years Gone By: Oct. 31

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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • Oct. 29, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

MORGAN: A hunters’ dance will be given by Herb Rymer in Evergreen Resort, Morgan, on Saturday, Nov. 7. Music by Hall’s orchestra. Check room and barn room free. A good time promised, and all are invited.

BREED: Many of our pleasure seekers attended the leap year party at Breed Sunday evening; all report a very enjoyable time, even if some of the boys made a mistake and went to Mountain on their way home.

100 years ago • Nov. 1, 1918 • Farmer Herald

STILES: FLU CLAIMS FIRST VICTIM: Jule Vandeneck, a farmer residing about two miles west of this village in the town of Stiles, died of pronounced Spanish influenza in less than four days.

OCONTO COUNTY: Three pounds of sugar can be bought for each person during the month of November. The restaurants can also have three pounds for every 90 persons.

90 years ago • Oct. 25, 1928 • Gillett Times

GROVER: A town of Grover farmer was about to deliver a load of booze when he was arrested on a charge of possessing intoxicating liquor and fined $200 and costs. After being fined on the possession charge, he got drunk and was rearrested on a drunken charge.

MAPLE VALLEY: Mrs. Kate M. Ericsson, pioneer settler of Oconto County, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James L. Slang, Maple Valley, at the age of 71. As a girl, she moved to Maple Valley in 1871 when it was wilderness, but was forced out on the account of the Peshtigo Fire, which burned most of the county. In early 1872, they returned.

90 years ago • Oct. 25, 1928 • Oconto Falls Herald

SURING: Forty-one children were examined at the Health Center held at Suring. Thirty-nine were of normal weight, and nine of them were normal in every respect. The principal defects found were goiters, tonsils and adenoids, defective teeth and flat feet.

OCONTO FALLS: The 7-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hall swallowed a safety pin. An X-ray was applied in a Green Bay hospital but the pin could not be located until she coughed up the pin, which had been stuck in her throat.

80 years ago • Oct. 27, 1938 • Gillett Times

HOW: Millard Gerndt, 18, picked up the loaded .410 shotgun by the end of the barrel. The gun discharged, sending the shot through his thumb which later required amputation.

GILLETT: Mr. and Mrs. Emil Eklund are the proud parents of twin babies — a boy and a girl born yesterday.

80 years ago • Oct. 27, 1938 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Unusually spry for a man of nearly 84 years, Mr. Edgar Jones’ death came unexpectedly. He had been a talented musician and dancer. Mr. Jones was born in Wisconsin in 1855 and was a true pioneer of the territory. He is survived by 11 of his 17 children.

SPRUCE: Mr. Clarence Miller was plowing his land when the umbrella attached to the tractor to shelter him from the rain suddenly turned inside out. While reaching to pull the umbrella down, he lost control, fell and was dragged about 100 feet. The machine stopped after dropping into a sand pit, and the injured man was able to walk away.

70 years ago • Oct. 28, 1948 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: A noted increase in the population of Gillett was noted in the census taken by the police department; the current population to be 1,404.

TOWNSEND: The only World War II casualty from Townsend was returned for burial in Townsend. Pvt. Robert Bennett was born Jan. 23, 1923, at Townsend. He was killed at Attu in the Aleutian Islands on May 29, 1943.

70 years ago • Oct. 28, 1948 • Oconto Falls Herald

HICKORY: Mrs. Edgar Smoot passed away at her home in Hickory following a lingering illness. Mrs. Smoot is survived by her husband, Edgar, and four children: Robert, Lawrence, Darlene and Rodney.

OCONTO FALLS: Jimmy Johnson of the Navy, who is in China, indicates he will be back in the states in a month or six weeks. His captain received a letter from the activities secretary of the Armed Services YMCA praising Jimmy for the fine cake he baked for the YMCA.

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

OCONTO FALLS: Long dark hair and blue eyes described Scott Jerome, new son of Jerome and Janice Binkowski of Oconto Falls. The little chap is an 8-pound, 6-ounce, 21-inch bundle of sweet babyhood.

GILLETT: The annual meeting of the Oconto County Youth Fair Association was held at the Gillett City Hall with 77 in attendance. Under new business, Rev. Twist, pastor of the Baptist Church, asked why the board thinks beer should be on the grounds where youth are present. Conrad Barts, fair board member, stated no one had come up with a solution as to how to make up the needed revenue if beer sales were dropped; $1,200 is raised from the refreshment stands.

OCONTO FALLS: Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Shellman will show slides and pictures of their recent European trip at the Methodist Church.

50 years ago • Oct. 24, 1968 • Times Herald

GILLETT: William Okrinski, 34, escaped from the Forest County Sheriff and fled in a ‘65 white Ford. After being chased through Forest County and Langlade counties, he was taken into custody north of Gillett by Deputy Phil Neveu and Sheriff John Fischer of Oconto County.

LENA: Earl (Curley) Wise was killed when he was pinned under a tractor. A lifelong resident of Lena, after attending Lena High School, he operated the family farm. He married the former Helen Brooks of Pound and after their marriage they settled in Lena, where he continued to farm and operate a milk truck route for Frigo Cheese Co. of Lena.

OCONTO FALLS: Jeffery John is the new brother of 2-year-old Ronnie, and they now comprise the family circle of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Krueger, Oconto Falls. The new baby’s dimensions are 7 pounds, 1 ounce, by 20 inches.

40 years ago • Oct. 25, 1978 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Emil Jaeger caught a 19-inch German Brown in early June 1956, which was put into a freezer for later. Unfortunately, Emil had a fatal heart attack on June 22. Twenty years later, the fish was thawed and turned into a mounted trophy that will remain as a family memorial to Emil.

ABRAMS: Marinette and Oconto County Beekeepers held a banquet at the Candleglow Inn. Cindy Hinkfuss was crowned the new Oconto County Honey Queen.

SURING: Gordon Jossie of Suring State Bank was among the more than 850 persons interested in agriculture finance from the United States and Canada. Jossie attended the meeting as a guest of Foxland Harvest.

30 years ago • Oct. 26, 1988 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: A fire destroyed a garage and severely damaged a vacant house on Main Street. The fire melted telephone cables that ran through the alley, cutting phone service to all of South Main Street, including the hospital.

LENA: A son, Joshua James, was born to Jim and Debbie Arndt, Lena.

OCONTO FALLS: Tom Lehmkuhl, of Oconto Falls, was the winner of $5,000 in the Match 3 game of the Wisconsin Lottery.

25 years ago • Oct. 27, 1993 • Times Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: Oconto County recorded its 15th traffic fatality of the year Thursday night when a Bronco driven by a 33-year-old woman left the road. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

LENA: Nelda Behnke from the Lena Rocketeers 4-H Club received the 1993 I Dare You Award and also the Key Award at the Leaders Appreciation Banquet at the Lakeside Inn on Oct. 21.

OCONTO FALLS: Wendy Stammer has accepted the nurse manager position of the home health services agency at Community Memorial Hospital.

20 years ago • Oct. 28, 1998 • Times-Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Jackie Zimbauer was selected to represent Oconto Falls High School at the 1998 Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation Leadership Seminar in June.

OCONTO: A 29-year-old Green Bay woman is accused of armed robbery and making a bomb threat at the F&M Bank, Sobieski. She disguised herself as a man with fake sideburns and a goatee, entered the bank with a long-barreled handgun and demanded money from the tellers. The police arrested her a short time later and recovered $7,638 in her car.

10 years ago • Oct. 29, 2008 • Times Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: The Oconto County Board approved the payment of a bill for $49,877 from Bellin Health for providing medical service for Timothy Bradshaw, who was found guilty of murdering his wife, Brenda, in 2007, before attempting to kill himself.

ABRAMS: Several area fire departments took part in a controlled burn Saturday, Oct. 25, at the old hotel units near the Flyway Restaurant along U.S. 41-141.

GILLETT: Curtis Lee Horsens of the Gillett FFA was named the national winner of the Forage Production-Entrepreneurship/Placement Proficiency Award at the National FFA Convention.