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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • Nov. 11, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: PHANTOM PARTY — Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Delbridge entertained about 40 guests at a “phantom party” at their home on Main Street last Saturday night, and the occasion proved a most enjoyable one.

MORGAN: Snow flurries decorated the atmosphere here on Wednesday.

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

OCONTO FALLS: Due to new cases of Spanish influenza, the quarantine is still in place. This means schools, churches and theaters must remain closed.

STILES: Jule Vandeneck died at 11 o‘clock yesterday morning after an illness of less than four days. The cause of death is pronounced Spanish influenza. The immediate cause of his death was pneumonia, which developed from the Spanish influenza.

90 years ago • Nov. 1, 1928 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: Every business place window was decorated with soap applied by the younger set of Gillett. Men from Bocher Brothers Hardware and Helf Hardware Company were busily engaged exchanging property which someone else had traded them. H.C. Hohn had a fence around his business because the youths brought him a roll of wire. Many other boyish pranks were played, which would bring many of the older boys back into their boyhood.

GILLETT: Adolph Frederick Jr. was brought into court by Marshall J.A. Yance for violation of the parking ordinance after discovering an automobile that was parked directly in front of the fire engine house driveway.

90 years ago • Nov. 1, 1928 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO: John Zak, 75, a farmer in the town of Lena, was found dead by his son Joseph.

OCONTO: Petitioners for naturalization will be examined at the Court House, Oconto, on Saturday, Nov. 10. The petitioners represent England, Poland, Holland and Norway.

80 years ago • Nov. 3, 1938 • Gillett Times

OCONTO: Two young men were being held in county jail after being caught by Officer William Chelsey. The charge rose out of the holdup of the W.P. Paulson tavern at Suring the night of June 17, during which the young man, according to his own admission, fired a revolver at Paulson, sending a bullet into his left shoulder. The loot amounted to less than $12.

OCONTO COUNTY: With winter just around the corner, Mother Nature is evidently mixed up in her seasons. Mrs. Arthur Bartell of Mosling reports her rock garden is covered with California poppies. Mrs. Henry Sauter is picking bouquets of lilies.

80 years ago • Nov. 3, 1938 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Members of the Gloomchasers Club were entertained in the home of Mrs. Steve Meleski. The Sew and Sew Club met at the home of Mrs. Walter Pries. The Play and Eat Club met at the home of Mrs. and Mrs. Norbert Terrien.

OCONTO FALLS: O.V. Saunders, assistant chief of the Oconto Falls Volunteer Fire Department, was appointed the chief of the department by Mayor E.J. Shellman at the regular meeting of the City Council.

70 years ago • Nov. 4, 1948 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: Over 300 voters of the city have already signed petitions opposing a proposed ordinance that would have compelled dog owners to keep their dogs tied year-round.

GILLETT: A group of about 50 men, representing just about all walks of life in the city and town of Gillett, met in the Legion Hall to set up plans for building a new athletic field adjacent to the high school.

70 years ago • Nov. 4, 1948 • Oconto Falls Herald

LENA: Heavy smoke from a peat bog fire was blamed for two automobile accidents near Lena, one of which resulted in fatal injuries of two men when their automobile sideswiped a potato-laden truck on Highway 141.

OCONTO COUNTY: Traffic Officer Gene Berken has organized a Safety Patrol in Oconto Falls, Suring, and Gillett.

60 years ago • Nov. 6, 1958 • Times Herald

UNDERHILL: The Underhill Homemakers Club met at the Arthur Winkler home. The lesson on Outdoor Cookery was presented by Mrs. Arthur Winkler and Mrs. Adolph Block. They served as hostesses and prepared a picnic meal of Bisquik buns baked on a stick, a hamburger dish called mipies, a meal in a can, relishes and a dessert made of graham crackers, marshmallows and a Hershey bar called “Some Mores.”

OCONTO FALLS: It was quite the homecoming for the Soulek family when Scott returned home from a stay in the hospital with spinal meningitis. Scott is coming along fine now as far as meningitis is concerned, but bad luck is dogging him in the form of an ear infection.

GILLETT: Charles F. Stern, blind carpet weaver, Gillett, died at the age of 75. An accident at 14 cost him his eyesight, and while a student at the State School for the Blind at Janesville, he learned the art of weaving rag rugs.

50 years ago • Oct. 31, 1968 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Private Steven B. Frederick has just completed his eight weeks of basic training in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He is now taking a 15-week training course in helicopter mechanics.

OCONTO FALLS: General Motors Dealers from Norway were visitors at Parsons Chevrolet as part of their tour of the United States to learn sales and business management techniques.

LENA: Gravel spilling from a southbound truck on highway 141 caused damaged to eight vehicles traveling north. Damage was to windshields, headlights and finish on the vehicles.

40 years ago • Nov. 1, 1978 • Times Herald

OCONTO: Gerald Pederson, 38, Lakewood is being treated for gunshot wounds. The victim was struck in the chest and abdomen with several shots from a .410 gauge shotgun. Pederson allegedly was shot by his wife. No charges have been filed.

LENA: Mr. and Mrs. David Borkovec, Coleman, are parents of twins born Sunday, Oct. 22, at St. Vincent Hospital.

GILLETT: George Makela, formerly of Hancock, Michigan, has recently taken over the pastoral duties of the Assembly of God of Gillett.

30 years ago • Nov. 2, 1988 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: James and Ella Kozlovsky celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary with family and residents at Falls Nursing Home.

GILLETT: Mr. and Mrs. Orby Jones celebrated 20 years as owners/operators of the Gillett Nursing Home.

HICKORY: Gust Broetzman, 93, died Oct. 30. He owned and operated the Hickory Garage. He served with the U.S. Army in World War I.

25 years ago • Nov. 3, 1993 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Glen Hansen, of rural Gillett, underwent liver transplant surgery Oct. 28 at University Hospital in Madison.

OCONTO FALLS: Celebrating 70 years together are James and Mildred Prausa of 9116 County Road B. They were married Nov. 6, 1923.

OCONTO FALLS: A man who held up a Suamico gas station turned himself in less than 12 hours later.

20 years ago • Nov. 4, 1998 • Times Herald

SURING: In 1998, the members of Mount Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church will celebrate 75 years in existence.

GILLETT: OJ’s Midtown restaurant held a grand opening under the management of the new owners, John and Concetta Farrell.

MOUNTAIN: John Lappen, owner of the Tailgate Restaurant, has just purchased the Good Tyme Bar, located on the corner of state Highway 32 and County Road W.

10 years ago • Nov. 5, 2008 • Times Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: Oconto County’s population is up 10.1 percent from the 2001 census, according to the State Department of Administration.

OCONTO FALLS: Army National Guard Pfc. Priscilla Reyes graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. She is the daughter of Leopoldo Reyes, of Oconto Falls, and a 2008 graduate of Oconto Falls High School.

OCONTO FALLS: Voters in the Oconto Falls School District on Tuesday rejected a referendum with two questions. The first was a request to authorize general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $4,595,000 for the cost of a new football, track and softball fields at the high school. The second was a request to exceed the revenue cap beginning with the 2009-10 school year by $20,000.