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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • Dec. 3, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: John L. Petty, of Brookside, was in town several days selling fresh and smoked fish, and did a good business. Mr. Petty lives on his farm, but has been compelled to forego the heavier work for some years on account of his health.

OCONTO FALLS: Nick Windt has just completed painting a large and striking sign on the wall of the store of the Falls Mercantile Co.

100 years ago • Dec. 6, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: The public school teachers and pupils will enjoy one week of vacation at Christmas time. Schools will close Friday evening, Dec. 20, and reopen Monday, Dec. 30.

OCONTO FALLS: The school board has purchased and installed a Victrola in the kindergarten department in the high school building. lt has been a difficult matter to properly conduct a department for the little ones without music, as entertainment and incidental elevation of character form the chief part of the course of instruction.

90 years ago • Nov. 29, 1928 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: Mr. and Mrs. G. Burbey, first-class tailor and tailoress, are coming to locate in Gillett and will open to the public in the building formerly occupied by the Variety Store. This establishment will be fully equipped to do all dry cleaning, pressing and repairing and will guarantee a 24-hour service.

GILLETT: Mr. Halfdan Jorgen Framnes in the company of his brother-in-law were hunting near Butler Rock, and in some manner the gun was accidentally discharged and struck him in the left leg below the hip. He died after several weeks in a Green Bay hospital, leaving a wife and five children.

90 years ago • Nov. 29, 1928 • Oconto Falls Herald

SHAWANO: Rev. Hugh Misdall, pastor of the Methodist Church at Oconto Falls, preached the sermon at the union service of the Methodist and Presbyterian congregation at the Methodist Church, Sunday evening. Rev. Misdall is one of the brainiest men who has appeared in any pulpit in Shawano for these many years, and his sermon was outstanding.

OCONTO FALLS: Two weeks ago fire destroyed the home of Mrs. Ernestine Schindel, and for a brief time, conditions seemed gloomy for this industrious widow and family of seven. With a promptness that is most creditable to human nature, Mrs. Schindel and her children are occupying a new six-room home.

80 years ago • Dec. 1, 1938 • Gillett Times

GREEN BAY: Bert Frederickson observed his 101st birthday Nov. 21 at a family dinner at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Alter Huebner. Mr. Frederickson was born in Arendale, Norway. During his life as a sailor, he saved 14 people from drowning. When he came to the United States, he settled on a farm in Pulcifer.

MAPLE VALLEY: At a beautiful wedding at the Trinity Lutheran School in Maple Valley on Thanksgiving Day, Miss Lavon Surber became the bride of Elmer W. Hansen. Attending the couple were Miss Ann Hansen and Walter O’Neill.

80 years ago • Dec. 1, 1938 • Oconto Falls Herald

GREEN VALLEY: Marcella Hanson became the bride of Emil Frietag on Thanksgiving afternoon at the Green Valley Lutheran Church. Margaret Hanson and Florence Nelson attended the bride. Groomsmen were Edward Frietag and Lavon Swenson.

OCONTO FALLS: Organization of the city basketball league was completed during the past few days with five teams stated to take the hardwoods Dec. 1 at Washington High School.

70 years ago • Dec. 2, 1948 • Gillett Times

TOWNSEND: Ralph Smits, 20, Green Bay, and Eugene Huth, 17, West De Pere, found that stealing a buck of Norbert Lemorande at Townsend cost them a total of 130 “bucks” at Oconto County Circuit Court.

GILLETT: Rudolph Delzer’s 213-pound buck won first place in the Big Buck Contest sponsored by the Gillett Sportsmen’s Club. Rudolph was awarded $12 for his buck, which had 10 points and a horn spread of 20¾ inches.

70 years ago • Dec. 2, 1948 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: The amateur show sponsored by the High School Student Council proved to be very entertaining. In the adult non-competitive division, Eugene Behling accompanied by his mother sang two beautiful solos.

OCONTO FALLS: Clarence Spice, senior half back, and Vernon Lhotte, senior end, were selected as honorary captains of the 1948 high school football team.

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

SURING: Sharon Broetzman, 19, enlisted recently in the Women’s Army Corps. She is the daughter of Gust Brotzman. Miss Broetzman graduated from Suring High School in 1957 and enlisted for three years.

PENSAUKEE: Fire of undetermined origin was fanned by a stiff southeast wind and burned more than 200 acres of the Pensaukee public hunting grounds, threatening Pensaukee homes and commercial fishing equipment.

GILLETT: Gillett hunters who registered kills at the stations were John Dickson, Glen Smoot, Paul Brandenmuehl, Ronald Zoeller, Conrad Christiansen, Norman Christiansen, Arthur Spearbraker, John Olson, Leroy Nofke, Harold Olson and James Hansen.

50 years ago • Nov. 28, 1968 • Times Herald

ABRAMS: Jerry Kramer, veteran offensive guard for the Green Bay Packers, has purchased a 120-acre farm in Oconto County.

OCONTO FALLS: Miss Linda Hudson became the bride of Mr. Leroy Wendt at a Nov. 9 ceremony at Grace Lutheran Church, Oconto Falls. Bridesmaids for their sister were Darlene, Mary, Jane, Pat, Barbara, and Janice. Gentlemen attendants were Wally Wendt, Wayne Sommerfeldt, Roger Berg, Dennis Gilbertson, John Hudson and Glen Hudson.

WABENO: Mrs. Emma Miller, 78, long noted as a hunter trapper and guide, recently passed away. Mrs. Miller spent more than 30 years guiding deer hunters and more than 40 years trapping animals on a 165-acre tract of land she and her husband owned on Range Line Lake. Among the highlights of her career were bagging one timber wolf, shooting an albino deer, and trapping a silver fox. She also reported killing four bear over two winter seasons.

40 years ago • Nov. 29, 1978 • Times Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: Two hunters died Thanksgiving Day in Oconto County: Raymond Besaw, 52, Green Bay, and Lyle Summers of Mountain.

OCONTO FALLS: A.L. Soulek was informed today by the FAA that he has successfully completed written examination for a private pilot’s license.

SURING: A burglary at Union True Value Hardware Store, in which thousands of dollars worth of merchandise was stolen, is being investigated by the Oconto County Sheriff’s Department.

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

KELLY LAKE: Ed and Lil Humelhans have announced their plans to close Kelly Lake Grocery on Dec. 17.

OCONTO: The NEWCAP Inc. board of directors recently honored Pat Suzawith, of Amberg, as their 1988 volunteer of the year.

OCONTO FALLS: Lloyd Rouse, 65, died unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack Tuesday evening at an Iron Mountain, Mich., hospital. Rouse lived most of his life in Oconto Falls, where he worked for Scott Paper Co. for 37½ years.

25 years ago • Dec. 1, 1993 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Joann Wirtz, 32, Oconto Falls, was pronounced dead at 12:30 a.m. Thursday by coroner Laurie Parisey after suffering multiple head and chest injuries in a single-car accident.

ABRAMS: Jeff and Crystal Stueber are turning the old post office of Abrams into a resale shop called the Thrifty Closet.

GILLETT: Owen’s Fine Foods recently added a bakery to the store. The Bake Shoppe from Shawano delivers fresh-baked goods every morning.

20 years ago • Dec. 2, 1998 • Times Herald

COLEMAN: Ronald Ermis, 38, and his daughter, Sonia Ermis, 14, died Nov. 29 from injuries received in an airplane accident in the town of Grover.

OCONTO FALLS: Larry Curran has declared his intention not to seek another term as alderman in Ward 3.

KELLY LAKE: On Nov. 29, the Kelly Lake area had a taste of summer. Turnabout’s thermometer showed 62 degrees for a high.

10 years ago • Dec. 3, 2008 • Times Herald

BRAZEAU: One man is safe after falling through the ice on White Potato Lake in the town of Brazeau on Nov. 28. He was on an ice sailboat when he fell through the ice in a shallow part of the lake. The man was out of the lake in about 15 minutes and transported to a local hospital as a precaution.

OCONTO COUNTY: Oconto County’s overall healthiness ranked 15th in the state, according to the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute’s sixth annual study. The study ranks Wisconsin counties based on 30 factors.

OCONTO FALLS: On Dec. 3, all seven of the local television stations in Green Bay and Appleton will be running a test related to the Feb. 17, 2009, digital conversion.