Years Gone By: Nov. 28

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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • Nov. 26, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: All business places in the village closed up during the afternoon Thanksgiving Day, and work was suspended. There were many family gatherings where they enjoyed the “turkey feast,” and many private families also participated in the good cheer of the season.

BROOKSIDE: Eugene Bovee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel Bovee, of Brookside, who is a student at the high school in this village is very ill with pneumonia at the home of Mrs. Crane, where he rooms. His mother is in attendance upon him.

100 years ago • Nov. 22, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: After a five-week closure, schools in Oconto Falls will open Monday. Scarlet fever and influenza cases have abated. Students tired of the long enforced vacation and will resume their studies with avidity, recognizing the necessity of increased effort to make up the work so as to complete the year’s course.

COLEMAN: Any person knowing of the whereabouts of Phillip Kowslowsky of the town of Lena. formerly of Oconto Falls. will confer a favor by notifying his daughter. Mrs. Joseph Rimple, Coleman, Wis.

90 years ago • Nov. 22, 1928 • Gillett Times

BROOKSIDE: Entrance to the filling station owned by Ray Matravers was effected through a side door. Evidently the robbers had a key, as the lock of the door was not broken. They helped themselves to a considerable amount of material.

GILLETT: Arthur Neuman, brother of Herbert Neuman, was aboard the US Nitro, an ammunition ship of the Navy, when lightning struck and missed the mast propeller but clipped the staff to which the commission pennant was secured, barely averting certain disaster.

90 years ago • Nov. 22, 1928 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: A building bee gathered to build Ernestine Schindel and her eight children a new home. Their old home was destroyed by fire. A basement will be excavated in another spot and soon as completed the new building will be moved onto it.

OCONTO: John Shaw Harvey, 90, Civil War veteran, resident of Wisconsin since 1855, and a pioneer Oconto County board member, died at the home of his son, of causes incident to old age. In politics, Mr. Harvey was a stalwart Republican. He voted for Abraham Lincoln and last week requested a ballot be brought to him and he voted for Hoover.

80 years ago • Nov. 24, 1938 • Gillett Times

SHAWANO: Miss Dorothy Bahrke celebrated her 22nd birthday on Nov. 20. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. August Gaedke and family, Ruth Bahrke and Lewis Strauss of Shawano.

GILLETT: Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Piepenburg were given a surprise party on their 55th wedding anniversary. They are the parents of seven children: Aaron, Mrs. Jules Brosig, Marin, Bert, Clarence, Mrs. Walter Kohler, and Ray.

80 years ago • Nov. 24, 1938 • Oconto Falls Herald

STILES: Dorothy Perleberg, 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Perleberg, had been ill for three days with flu complications when she passed away on Nov. 17. Funeral services were held at the home.

OCONTO FALLS: Dairymen from Oconto Falls, Oconto, Lena, Coleman and Suring have joined in attending the first of a series of dairy breeding schools at the Oconto Falls High School.

70 years ago • Nov. 24, 1948 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: Don Schultz, starting back of the Gillett High School football team this past season, was named captain of the 1948 eleven recently by the lettermen. The longest run of the year by any Tiger was reeled off in Lena by Don when he galloped 87 yards.

LAKEWOOD: “The recent snowfall brought to close one of the driest fire seasons on record in the Nicolet Forest,” according to Donald R. Ball, forest supervisor. It was a season with both an unusually dry spring and dry fall. The water levels of many lakes and streams were below normal all year.

70 years ago • Nov. 24, 1948 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: At a double ring ceremony, Norma Zarling became the bride of Peter Skroch on Nov. 24. Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Gehling were the couple’s only attendants.

OCONTO FALLS: A Morgan man, Joe Hearley, driver of a 1929 model Ford, was returning from deer hunting in Mountain when he collided head-on with another vehicle on Highway 22 Saturday afternoon. The other driver’s new model car was damaged to the extent of about $100.

60 years ago • Nov. 27, 1958 • Times Herald

OCONTO: Four men left Oconto aboard the commercial fishing tug, the Thomas F. Coffey about 7 a.m. When the boat failed to show up that evening, the men were reported missing. The men fought an all-night battle against heavy winds and seas. Winds that reached 60 mph apparently beached the craft sometime during the night. The stranded men were reported in good spirits when sighted by the Coast Guard.

SURING: William J. Waupoose, 62, of South Branch, died in the Keshena Hospital. Born at South Branch in 1896, Mr. Waupoose was popularly known here as Charley Black. He was a logger, trapper and hunter.

OCONTO FALLS: Nov. 14, Dorothy Waschbisch became the bride of Donald Stoll. Attendants were Mary Washbisch and Kenneth Linzmeier.

50 years ago • Nov. 21, 1968 • Times Herald

SURING: Louise Hanson, 7, won the prize given for the best coloring of a picture that was sponsored by Robin Hood Flour at Suring Farmers Mercantile Co. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orvel Hanson won a bicycle.

OCONTO FALLS: The state highway department completed installation of a new stop sign at the corner of Main and Central Avenue last week. Many an accident has happened at this corner because of inadequate signs.

WABENO: The United Area Rescue Squad headquarters in Wabeno goes into operation this weekend. Squad members activated will handle all emergency calls in an area bounded north of Cavour and south by Lakewood, east by Silver Cliff, and west by Lily.

40 years ago • Nov. 22, 1978 • Times Herald

OCONTO: The Oconto industrial park is getting its long-awaited water tower, which will be located a few hundred yards behind the Bond Pickle Co.

LENA: A Cummins Diesel Corp. truck overturned on Highway 141 early Friday morning. There were no serious injuries. Traffic was bumper and bumper due to the start of the deer season.

ABRAMS: Airman Laurie Dietz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sybil Rymer, has been assigned to Chanute AFB, Illinois, after completing Air Force basic training.

30 years ago • Nov. 23, 1988 • Times Herald

KELLY LAKE: George Alley, of Heatherstone, received a brand new hip.

OCONTO FALLS: Salscheider’s Antique Bar has greatly expanded its retail area. The owners installed a cooler and now carry fresh bakery, dairy products and gift baskets.

25 years ago • Nov. 24, 1993 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: A rash of thefts of hunting suits occurred last week just prior to the start of deer season. All of the blaze orange suits were stolen as they were hanging out on clotheslines to air.

OCONTO FALLS: Oconto Electric Cooperative announced that Patrick Griggs accepted the position of field service representative.

SURING: Elijah and Esther Spencer, Suring, celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on Nov. 18. They have seven children, 21 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

20 years ago • Nov. 25, 1998 • Times Herald

OCONTO: Oconto community residents, legislators and credit union members gathered at 405 Pecor St., Oconto, on Nov. 13 to celebrate the grand opening of NEW Credit Union’s Oconto branch.

SPRUCE: Steve Anderson, of Spruce, participated in the annual Door Devils M.C. Lawnmower Race in Institute. This year’s event drew more than 300 spectators with 22 lawnmowers competing. Steve took second place with his Honda 360 cc-powered John Deere garden tractor. Steve is sponsored by EZ-Net of Oconto Falls.

10 years ago • Nov. 26, 2008 • Times Herald

GILLETT: A letter of retirement was read at the Gillett District Board of Education meeting from District Administrator Stuart Rivard after 25 years in the district.

OCONTO FALLS: The Kingdom Come Food Pantry of Oconto Falls received a generous donation of 100 cases of water, 103 packs of food and many toys from Matt Komisarek from the Can Crusher business in Oconto Falls.

SURING: Two seats on the Suring School Board will be up for election on April 7, 2009. The seats are for one board member residing in the town of Breed area and one residing in the village of Suring.