Years Gone By: Dec. 12

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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • Dec. 10, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Miss Maude Lutsey, sixth-grade teacher at the school, was taken to the hospital in Milwaukee on account of appendicitis. She will be operated on in Milwaukee, and her friends wish her well.

OCONTO: William Jackson, son of James Jackson, shot himself in the head last Sunday and died in the afternoon of the same day.

100 years ago • Dec. 13, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Oconto Falls can have free delivery if the majority of the people desire it. Postmaster Levi Lane on Wednesday received notification from the Fourth Assistant Postmaster General that the department was now authorized to establish free mail delivery in villages having a third-class post office.

MORGAN: Cases of Spanish Influenza have risen in the town of Morgan, so much so that the town has been ordered quarantined until a time where there is evidence that the flu has abated.

90 years ago • Dec. 6, 1928 • Gillett Times

OCONTO COUNTY: Game wardens arrested 160 law violators during one month from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15 for illegal hunting according to figures compiled by the Wisconsin Conservation Commission.

OCONTO COUNTY: Marshall J.A. Yance and Ed Koop were northward bound and their car got buck fever and bucked one of the road signs near Mountain.

90 years ago • Dec. 6, 1928 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: The International Paper and Power Co., which has recently acquired all the stock of Continental Paper and Bag Corp., the Union Manufacturing Co., and the Oconto River Improvement Co. and is offering the employees in Oconto Falls the privilege of purchasing stock in the parent company.

DEGANTOWN: Mrs. William Walski died after a two-month illness. Mrs. Walski, 29, leaves behind her husband, six little children, the youngest being 2 months old.

80 years ago • Dec. 8, 1938 • Gillett Times

HICKORY: Miss Eliza Ann Phillips was born March 3, 1846. She passed away at the age of 92 years, 8 months and 24 days. At the age of 15, she was united in marriage with Giles Phillips. Nine children were born to this union. In 1902 they moved to Hickory.

GILLETT: Former Gillett resident J.M. Clark, 82, couldn’t resist the hunting urge any longer after his son-in-law brought back a 140-pound buck. By Monday night, Mr. Clark bought his license and was “going out there to show these young whippersnappers how it’s really done.”

80 years ago • Dec. 8, 1938 • Oconto Falls Herald

MOUNTAIN: Omer Belongia requested a jury trial in charges stemming from the past deer season. Belongia is charged with possessing untagged venison. After deliberations the jury was unable to agree and the charges were dismissed.

OCONTO FALLS: The High School Band has new instruments. The Band Boosters Association bought a B-flat tuba, an euphonium, a French horn and a flute.

70 years ago • Dec. 9, 1948 • Gillett Times

SURING: Reburial rites were held for Cpl. Kenneth Nelson, 19, who was killed Oct. 21, 1944, in a plane crash over Corsica on his first mission while serving the Air Force as a tail gunner on a B-26.

GILLETT: The former Norma Zarling and her bridegroom, Peter Skroch, are now at their new home on Washington Street, Oconto Falls.

70 years ago • Dec. 9, 1948 • Oconto Falls Herald

GREEN VALLEY: Joyce Marohl and Faye Hessil were wed Dec. 4 at the Green Valley Lutheran Church. Attending the bride were JoAnn Marohl, Beverly Premke, Dawn Hessil, Jean Mathews. The best man was Herb Hessil.

OCONTO FALLS: Mrs. George Meyer was elected president of the Grace Lutheran Ladies Aid meeting Thursday afternoon. The meeting was conducted by the present president Mrs. Charles Hansen.

60 years ago • Dec. 4, 1958 • Times Herald

SURING: Livestock, feed and a barn valued at $15,000 were destroyed by fire on the Leonard Suring farm. The loss included 27 heifers, four cows, 36 pigs, as well as 70 tons of hay and a 14 by 36 foot silo filled with silage

OCONTO FALLS: Allen, 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Giese of Oconto Falls, will appear on the Colonel Caboose show on Channel 2 WBAY. Allen won the first prize, an electric train, for naming the turkey in a contest conducted by Colonel Caboose.

STURGEON BAY: Michael J. Patterson, Quartermaster Second Class, U.S. Coast Guard, formerly of Oconto Falls, received a “well done” from his commanding officer for his part in the search and rescue operation for the SS Carl O. Bradley, which sank in Lake Michigan on Nov. 18. Patterson was stationed aboard the Coast Guard cutter Hollyhock. Two crew members of the Bradley were rescued and 18 bodies recovered.

50 years ago • Dec. 5, 1968 • Times Herald

LENA: Mrs. Camilla Frigo, 77, Lena, died following a short illness. She was the wife of Pasquale Frigo, founder of the Italian cheese industry in this county. At the time of her death, she was chairman of the board of directors for Frigo Cheese Corp. and handled public relations for the firm. She is survived by six daughters and eight sons. A son and daughter preceded her in death.

GILLETT: Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer Jewell celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at the Gillett Legion Hall with a number of friends and relatives.

MOUNTAIN: Despite fine work by the Mountain firemen, the Deau place on the Chute, better known as Welsings, was almost completely destroyed by fire early Thanksgiving morning.

40 years ago • Dec. 9, 1978 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Old Town Liquor, located on Main Street in Gillett, has changed hands and is now under the management of Gene and Barbara Schroeder.

OCONTO FALLS: Fire last week damaged the home of Mr. and Mrs. Glen McDougal at 602 S. Main Street. The fire of unknown origin did a considerable damage to the home’s interior.

OCONTO: Gilbert Olson, 44, Gillett, suffered a neck injury in a traffic accident Nov. 26 at the intersection of Highways 32 and 22 in the town of Oconto Falls.

30 years ago • Dec. 7, 1988 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Annette Grabowski, of Lena, is a $500 winner in the Wisconsin Lottery.

OCONTO: At a board meeting Nov. 18, it was announced that Cera-Mite Corp. has selected Oconto as the location for its third plant.

GILLETT: Anona and Russell Sohr celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24.

25 years ago • Dec. 8, 1993 • Times Herald

SURING: Mike Gardebrecht won first place in the Suring FFA Big Buck Contest with his 8-point, 179-pound buck.

SPRUCE: Arliss Ausloos of Ausloos Dairy, Oconto Falls, recently completed a 16-hour training seminar in Kansas City on parlor planning.

PULCIFER: Swede Anderson, 77, Pulcifer, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, at his home. He was born March 3, 1916, to Ovid and Adele Anderson in Gillett.

20 years ago • Dec. 9, 1998 • Times Herald

OCONTO: A jury decided that a 21-year-old Oconto Falls man was not guilty of the first-degree reckless homicide of a rural Oconto Falls man. They were involved in a fight after which the other man died.

OCONTO COUNTY: A rural Oconto Falls family brought the Times Herald a copy of a bill from the Oconto Hospital from December 1960. It was for the birth of a baby. The total charge for a three-day stay was $103.10, which included drugs and supplies, anesthetic, delivery room and laboratory.

OCONTO FALLS: The Oconto Falls drama team completed its fall season by taking its one-act comedy to the state theater festival, where it received an all-state second-place award.

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

GILLETT: The City Council met Dec. 4 and agreed to construct an ice rink in the city after receiving several calls in favor of having a rink for the community to use.

OCONTO COUNTY: Oconto County hunters are taking an active part in managing the deer population in the county with Quality Deer Management, or QDM. QDM is a management philosophy and practice uniting landowners and hunters in producing biologically and socially balanced deer herds within existing environments.

OCONTO FALLS: The Oconto Falls Board of Education met Dec. 8 and discussed the problem of the bleachers at Memorial Field. The city is in the process of working to have the unsafe bleachers removed. The initial estimates on bleachers to seat 1,200 people is $150,000.