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110 years ago • Dec. 24, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: James K. Volk, passed away unexpectedly at his home from heart failure. He was one of the pioneers of Oconto Falls, having resided in the area for 51 years.

SURING: Charles Mead reported that a 3-year-old red-and-white heifer strayed onto his property. He requests that the owner come forward and remove the animal otherwise he will sell the animal in accordance to the law.

100 years ago • Dec. 27, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO: Wesley William Bolen was wounded on Oct. 11 and was in hospital; however, after he entered the hospital he contracted pneumonia and passed away.

OCONTO FALLS: Joseph Sippel was released from a German Prisoner of War Camp on Nov. 22. He had been detained for 11 days without food.

90 years ago • Dec. 20, 1928 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: Among those doing successful work at Lawrence College, Appleton, are three Gillett students. They have just been listed in the 79th annual catalogue. The students are Emery Ansorge, Marjorie Nelson and Kenneth Smith.

OCONTO: Driving along a Manitowoc City street in the fog, Dr. C.W. Stoelting, Oconto physician, failed to see the arterial sign at the intersection and rammed into a Ford Coupe driven by James Morris. Morris accompanied the doctor to his destination though both men appeared uninjured. Upon entering the door of the home, Dr. Stoelting fell over, unconscious, and died shortly after.

90 years ago • Dec. 20, 1928 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO: John Hofbauer passed away last Saturday. Mr. Hofbauer was a highly respected businessman in Oconto Falls. For 31 years he successfully conducted a boot and shoe store, with a repair department and who by his strict integrity, square dealing and cheerful disposition had won the respect and esteem of all our people.

OCONTO FALLS: Christmas shopping at the Lipschultz Store – 21” mama doll $.75, Men’s silk ties $.59, Large box of dishes $.39, Men’s all virgin wool union suits $3.75, Large bottle of toilet water and box of face powder, set $.35.

80 years ago • Dec. 22, 1938 • Gillett Times

GREEN VALLEY: The combined choirs of the Green Valley Lutheran Church and the Danish Lutheran Church of Suring will present two Christmas Concerts, one at the Danish Lutheran Church and the other at the Green Valley Lutheran Church.

POUND: On Sunday, Dec. 18, the first Polish Baptist Church of Pound celebrated a double anniversary in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the church’s founding and the 20th year of the Rev. Henry Schilke’s pastorate. The church will present Reverend Schilke with a new automobile.

80 years ago • Dec. 22, 1938 • Oconto Falls Herald

SOBIESKI: A truck was stolen off of the Charles Peters farm last night. The truck is a 1936 Chevrolet pickup.

OCONTO FALLS: Oconto Falls High School basketball team defeated the Pulaski High School Basketball team by a score of 51 to 22. It is the fifth consecutive win for the Panthers.

70 years ago • Dec. 23, 1948 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: The tower chime system installed last week in the tower of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Gillett was dedicated last Sunday. The church bells were motorized and the tower clock overhauled so it would wound and run electrically.

GILLETT: Herman C. Hohn, 74, well-known former merchant and veteran country board member died suddenly. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ted (Mildred) Cota and Mrs. Wesley (Marie) Darrow, his twin brother Fred, brother Gustave, and sister Mrs. Mary Schmidt.

70 years ago • Dec. 23, 1948 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Wednesday there will be a carol singing by the St. Anthony’s Junior Choir. Put a lighted candle in your window and the girls will sing for you.

OCONTO FALLS: Emil Spiegel has taken over the duties of Chief of Police Robert Hammond, who has been very ill. We are glad the chief is on his way to recovery.

60 years ago • Dec. 18, 1958 • Times Herald

LENA: The death of Alma Hager, 25, raised the year’s traffic toll for Oconto County to 15.

HICKORY: The ladies of the Hickory Methodist Church planned a dinner in honor of Mrs. Mary Stinson and her brother T.P. Rierdon, both of Suring. They are the oldest members of Hickory Methodist Church. Mrs. Stinson is 84 and Mr. Rierdon is 85. At the dinner were many other old timers including Mrs. William Smoot, 81.

BREED: Fire, discovered by an early bird pupil about 7:30 a.m., did only minor damage to the Breed Central School. The fire, believed to have been started from a defective oil heater, burned an area of about 4 square feet underneath the oil burner.

50 years ago • Dec. 19, 1968 • Times Herald

ABRAMS: Wedding vows were said by Judith Bartels and Darrell D. Heimke. Honor attendants were Mr. and Mrs. William Zachow of Abrams.

OCONTO: Two 16-year-old runaways from a Florida boys school are being held in Oconto County Jail for Florida authorities. The pair was apprehended after they allegedly burglarized a cabin near Mountain. They allegedly subsided on loot from several thefts.

40 years ago • Dec. 23, 1978 • Times Herald

Townsend: Rick and Janet Opiela are the parents of a baby boy named Eric Richard. He was born Nov. 24.

GILLETT: Michael Ratk, 17, died Dec. 14 at Bellin Memorial Hospital in Green Bay after a long illness.

OCONTO FALLS: Sara Strebe has been voted recipient of the 1978-79 DAR Good Citizens Award at Oconto Falls High School.

30 years ago • Dec. 21, 1988 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: After 25 years on Main Street, Martin Drug will close on Dec. 30.

GILLETT: Adolph and Clara Block celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 6.

OCONTO FALLS: The new Hardee’s Restaurant is now open.

25 years ago • Dec. 22, 1993 • Times Herald

TOWNSEND: Charles Anderholt, 30, was killed instantly Dec. 9 when the single-engine plane in which he was a passenger crashed in foggy conditions near the Antigo airport.

OCONTO FALLS: Stan Schmidt, a member of Monsignor Looze Council No. 4869 Knights of Columbus, was honored for 70 years of active service at the annual Charter Night meeting held Dec. 13.

GILLETT: A parked truck owned by Gillett Cement Products slid into a parked pickup owned by Joseph Schlag, Green Bay, on Munger Lake Lane in the town of Lakewood, on Dec. 1.

20 years ago • Dec. 23, 1998 • Times Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: Donna Bunker will compete for the state Fairest of the Fair title in Milwaukee in January.

OCONTO FALLS: The Rev. Carl Steiner was given a farewell reception at the Holiday Inn, Kelly Lake, on Dec. 12.

GILLETT: Miranda Zahn, of Gillett, has been selected as a member of the 1998-99 Luther College Cantorei, a women’s choir. Zahn is the daughter of Randy and Karen Zahn.

10 years ago • Dec. 24, 2008 • Times Herald

GILLETT: At its December meeting, the Gillett School Board passed a resolution maintaining the Gillett School District as an independent school district rather than consolidating with a neighboring district.

OCONTO: The Department of Workforce Development says KCS International, which operates Cruisers Yachts in Oconto, is permanently laying off 60 workers.

OCONTO: By a vote of 27-3, the Oconto County Board of Supervisors at its December meeting approved the increase of hourly wages for nonunion personnel by 2 percent.