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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • Nov. 19, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: From Nov. 20-21 the Teachers Institute of Oconto County held a institute at the high school, given by Professor Hewitt of the Oshkosh Normal School. Local teachers held a reception for visiting teachers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Delbridge.

OCONTO FALLS: Thomas Hanson, Green Valley, shot himself with a pistol after his marriage proposal was rejected was Mamie Quinn. He was taken to the hospital in Oconto where he was in a precarious condition.

100 years ago • Nov. 15, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Walter Gotrocz, 30, was a victim of Spanish influenza. He left his bed to light a small fire in the stove before succumbing to the disease. His wife was taken to a Green Bay hospital where she is unaware of the death of her husband.

OCONTO COUNTY: The war has ended at 6 o’clock Monday morning. The draft has been canceled and the former emperor Wilhelm II is a fugitive from his country. The armistice has been signed. It was signed at 5 o’clock a.m. Paris time and hostilities will cease at 11 o’clock Monday morning Paris time.

90 years ago • Nov. 15, 1928 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: Last Monday when the southbound train pulled in, three young fellows who were bumming their way on the train dropped here. Later on in the evening they were seen to enter a car parked in front of the bowling alley. They staged a hold-up at the Ruchard and Zuelke Saloon in Bonduel. They abandoned Mr. H.C. Sorenson’s Cadillac sedan when they ran the car into the ditch.

PULCIFER: Two Menominee Indians stopped at Pulcifer with the carcass of a huge 500-pound black bear which they had shot on the reservation. A party from Appleton passing through Pulcifer purchased the animal.

90 years ago • Nov. 15, 1928 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. James Volk from their son Norman Volk in Honduras that a son was born in his family a week ago, this being Norman and Mrs. Volk’s first child.

OCONTO FALLS: Officers and members of 23 cheese factories of the Green Bay branch of the National Cheese Producers Federation will meet in Oconto Falls Nov. 10 in the Legion Hall.

80 years ago • Nov. 17, 1938 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: Mrs. A.W. Kroll informs us that Dr. Chris Boehm of Green Bay is taking over the practice of her husband, the late Dr. A.W. Kroll.

80 years ago • Nov. 17, 1938 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Military honors were accorded to Lt. Floyd L. McDougal at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. The flag-covered casket was borne by Captain E.H. Flowers, E.J. Shellman and Emil Plain, all of Oconto Falls, Lt. Ratje of Camp Mountain and Lt. Lepac of Camp Scott Lake. He passed away after being taken to Walter Reed Hospital at Washington, D.C., as a final effort to conquer the disease, which had its inception as an injury in January 1938.

OCONTO: Climaxing its 50 years of activity, which time it has played an important part in the life of Oconto and Oconto County, the Holt Lumber Co. has received its final shipment of logs from the woods last week, and by mid-afternoon last Friday wheels of the company’s sawmill turned for the last time. The mill employed 250 people.

70 years ago • Nov. 18, 1948 • Gillett Times

MILWAUKEE: Mrs. Celia LeMay has been missing since last June. A Milwaukee newspaper reported that Attorney George Crawford of Gillett was asked to look into the story of an Oconto County tavern keeper that Mrs. LeMay has been a steady visitor at the tavern and her most recent visit was only a few days ago.

UNDERHILL: William Janssen Sr., who has been in Underhill mercantile store for the past 33 years, has disposed of his business to his son, William Jr., of Hintz. Mr. Janssen purchased the store in 1915 from his father-in-law, Cornelius Serier.

70 years ago • Nov. 18, 1948 • Oconto Falls Herald

STILES: Reburial services for T4 Anthony Carey, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Carey of Stiles, who was killed in action Aug. 29, 1944, in France. He arrived home to Lena on Saturday.

OCONTO FALLS: The one-act play “Why I am a Bachelor,” presented by the local high school last Friday, received an A rating in competition with Kewaunee. The cast will perform in the sub-district playoff this week.

60 years ago • Nov. 20, 1958 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Dr. Fred W. Klutzow is Gillett’s new doctor. For the first time since the death of Dr. W.R. Berg, Gillett has two practicing physicians. There was a period following the death of Dr. Donald Bailey when Gillett was without the services of a medical doctor. In 1957, Dr. Barcome established a practice here.

OCONTO: The county board voted to appeal the award of $2,000 to John Branch in condemnation proceedings to gain public access to Christie Lake in the town of Gillett. The board felt the figure was unrealistic and far out of line for a 100-foot access strip.

OCONTO FALLS: An Oconto Falls High School bus was traveling on Old Stiles Road when a station wagon operator by William LaCombe, 17, passed the bus on the narrow road. The station wagon skidded across the path of the bus, which struck the car. The bus then overturned on its left side. Most of the 27 students on board were “shook up.”

50 years ago • Nov. 16, 1968 • Times Herald

LAKEWOOD: Army Specialist Four Neil H. Korbas distinguished himself on Aug. 12 while performing the duties of a combat military policeman. Specialist Korbas courageously moved through 1,500 meters of heavily booby-trapped rice paddies and open terrain and first took charge of 15 then seven detainees and helped make it possible for friendly units to gain immediate intelligence on the enemy situation.

TIPLER: George Frederick (Peggy) Suring passed away at Tipler on Nov. 4, 1968, at the age of 84. Mr. Suring was born Jan. 19, 1884, at Suring. The village of Suring is named for his father, one of the first settlers here. He left this area when a young man and lived at Tipler for some 50 years.

LENA: Danell Ruth is the name selected by Dale and Diane Lee Netzler of Lena for their new baby. Baby’s second name is in honor of Grandma Ruth Borkovec.

40 years ago • Nov. 15, 1978 • Times Herald

OCONTO: Two Green Bay men were sentenced in Oconto County Circuit Court for killing a deer in a zoo at Suring Village Park on July 16.

LENA: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Schlosser of Lena are the parents of a son born Nov. 3.

OCONTO FALLS: Ralph Metzler Realty and Hanson Realty, both of Oconto Falls, combined their talents this week to form Metzler-Hanson Realty.

30 years ago • Nov. 17, 1988 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Dave Pelow is the president-elect of the American School Band Directors Association Inc.

OCONTO FALLS: Steven Courchaine, 20, died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

GREEN BAY: Brian Murach, 22, a former Coleman resident, died on Nov. 8. He was injured in an auto accident 4½ years ago when the vehicle in which he was a passenger failed to negotiate a curve in the town of Stiles and struck a tree.

25 years ago • Nov. 17, 1993 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Howard and Barb Elliot, of Oconto Falls, have been on Green Bay radio and television stations that featured Reggie White’s Hometown Hero. They have already won Packers tickets and are now eligible for a drawing for a donation of $1,000 to the community.

LENA: John Rabas, 93, died Nov. 12 at Americana Nursing Home West in Green Bay. Rabas farmed in the town of Spruce all of his life.

OCONTO COUNTY: Dave Bishop, of Riverview, suffered critical injuries in a mobile home fire. He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital Burn Center, Milwaukee.

20 years ago • Nov. 18, 1998 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Lori Hagnes is the new director of nurses at Gillett Nursing Home.

KELLY LAKE: Nov. 16 marked the first snow of winter. After an overnight snowfall, about an inch stuck to roofs and lawns.

ABRAMS: Nora Thompson celebrated her 100th birthday at the Candleglow in Abrams. Among the 368 people who attended were six of her children, 32 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 28 great-great-grandchildren. And let’s not forget TV crews from Channels 2 and 5. Nora is formerly of the Pulaski and Green Bay area.

10 years ago • Nov. 19, 2008 • Times Herald

OCONTO: Robert Shellman, who has provided news coverage for the Oconto County Times Herald the past 60 years, was recognized at the Nov. 13 County Board meeting for his outstanding dedication in bringing the news to county residents.

OCONTO FALLS: Community Memorial Hospital welcomes Dr. Jagdev Bhatoya, board-certified internal medicine specialist and hospitalist, to its medical staff.