Years Gone By: Jan. 16


Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • Jan. 14, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: LOST - A leather pocket book, during the past week, containing several notes. The finder will receive a reward by returning the same to The Herald Office, Oconto Falls, Wis.

OCONTO FALLS: Mary McGarvey, Pearl Laughlin and Ruby Wells have returned to school after the past week’s absence due to illness.

100 years ago • Jan. 17, 1919 • Farmer Herald

LENA: Sold His Farm - Peter Peetz has sold his farm in the town of Lena and will move his family to Oconto to reside in the E.J Balza house on Superior avenue.

OCONTO FALLS: A special village wide meeting was held at the High School gym Monday night to discuss the prospect of free mail delivery in the village. The village board wanted to talk about it with the village before issuing its opinion.

90 years ago • Jan. 10, 1929 • Gillett Times

SHAWANO: An announcement of vital importance to Shawano concerned the purchase by the Shawano County Leader Publishing Co. of the Shawano County Advocate. The Leader Co. becomes the owner of machinery, equipment, goodwill and subscription list of the older paper. The two papers will be merged into the Shawano County Leader-Advocate.

GILLETT: The weekly meeting of the Rotary Club at Hotel-Gillett featured local poetic masterpieces. H.A. Koske delivered his piece entitled “Happy New Year.”

90 years ago • Jan. 10, 1929 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Fire broke out at the home of John Wranovsky, and in spite of the aid of neighbors, the entire residence building was destroyed. Many friends deeply sympathize with him and his family in the misfortune that has befallen them. Our readers will remember Mr. Wranovsky was active in helping restore the building of Mrs. Schindel which was destroyed by fire a couple of months ago.

OCONTO FALLS: Postmaster Rollyn Saunders announce that a telephone has been installed in the post office to be used for post office managers and information.

80 years ago • Jan. 12, 1939 • Gillett Times

OCONTO: Representatives of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. announced that they will begin paying insured deposits not exceeding a maximum of $5,000 for each depositor just as soon as necessary preparation can be completed.

GILLETT: Gillett State Bank held their annual meeting at the village hall in Gillett. A fair majority of outstanding stock was represented. The Board of Directors was held also and the following officers were re-elected: J.M. Ankerson, president; N.O. Sorenson, vice president; A.E. Hanstedt, cashier, W.F. John, assistant cashier.

80 years ago • Jan. 12, 1939 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: WPA Recreation Division and the City Council have established a skating rink at the site of the city bathing beach during the past few days.

WABENO: Gordon Lewellyn Greeten, 6 weeks old, was ill only four hours with acute pneumonia when he died.

70 years ago • Jan. 13, 1949 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: The new service station of Otto Paholke, under construction for the past months, is now completed. This new super service station is one of the most modern and best equipped in this area.

GILLETT: The Oconto County Youth of Christ Rally will be held Jan. 15 at the Oconto Falls High School. The Rev. M.H. Anderson of Appleton will be the guest speaker.

70 years ago • Jan. 13, 1949 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: When a certain boy and girl met on the ice 50 years ago, they probably were not aware that they would spend many years gliding over the River of Life together. That couple, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Putnam, will celebrate their golden wedding on Jan. 19.

OCONTO FALLS: Mr. and Mrs. Louisa Jaeger and daughter are back home from traveling through several states. Their 11-year-old daughter Lenora Jane had the opportunity to be broadcast five times over KWPM of West Plain, Missouri, by playing her electric Hawaiian guitar on the stage of the Butler Theatre.

60 years ago • Jan. 8, 1959 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Mr. and Mrs. James Schmidt of Gillett are the proud parents of a daughter named Karen Kay. She has dark brown hair, blue eyes and weighed 8 pounds and 2 ounces.

GILLETT: Valuable papers, taken when burglars smashed open a safe in the office of the Ansorge Distributing Co. in Gillett on Dec. 8, were found last week in a wooded area in the Town of Suamico.

OCONTO FALLS: Judy Rosenberg became the bride of Gary M. Steffens at St. Louis Catholic Church in Abrams on Dec. 27. Naomi Steffens and Douglas Rosenberg attended the couple.

50 years ago • Jan. 9, 1969 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: The home belonging to Durward Bohn was hit twice by autos during the holidays.

GILLETT: Mr. and Mrs. Albert Winkler, Gillett are the winners of a four-day expenses-paid vacation to Bermuda for two, in a contest sponsored by the formula feeds division, Doughboy Industries.

MOUNTAIN: “Zip” Schaal, who cut his face badly when he hit a fence with his snowmobile, is getting along fine. He had over 50 stitches taken in his face.

40 years ago • Jan. 10, 1979 • Times Herald

UNDERHILL: John Paholke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Paholke, was recently promoted to the rank of sergeant.

TOWNSEND: New owners of the Maiden Lake Resort are George and Mike Dinkleman from South Milwaukee.

GILLETT: Mr. Mark Swanson filled the position of fourth grade teacher at Gillett Elementary School.

30 years ago • Jan. 11, 1989 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Broeran have purchased the Coopman Oil Co. from Don and Joyce Coopman.

GILLETT: Tom Ebenreiter, retiring president of First Interstate Bank, was honored by the Common Council at its January meeting.

OCONTO: Mark Pethke, 31, of Suring, began work Jan. 3 as Oconto County welfare fraud investigator.

25 years ago • Jan. 12, 1994 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Mayor Ray Lambrecht signed a 50-year lease enabling the Oconto County Youth Fair to remain in the city of Gillett.

SURING: Esther Spencer, 88, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, at the Gillett Nursing Home, where she had been a resident since suffering a stroke in 1990.

OCONTO FALLS: Oconto Falls lawyer Howard Eslein was re-elected to the board of directors of the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers at the organization’s December meeting.

20 years ago • Jan. 13, 1999 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Clara Olson, resident of the Gillett Nursing Home, celebrated her 102nd birthday on Dec. 28.

OCONTO FALLS: On Dec. 29 the Fastop Convenience Center at 221 N. Chestnut Ave. changed ownership. Joan and Ron Curran have purchased the store from Bob and Karen Broeran, who built the business some nine years ago.

MOUNTAIN: On Sunday, Jan. 3, Ruth Leeftink, of Mountain, was named the winner of the 1950 Packard that was on display at the Potawatomi Bingo/Northern Lights Casino in Carter.

10 years ago • Jan. 14, 2009 • Times Herald

LITTLE SUAMICO: A home valued at $125,800 on Lade Beach Road in Little Suamico burned to the ground Jan. 7 when a fire of unknown origin started in the garage and quickly spread to the home. The family, two adults and two children, were able to get out safely and are being assisted by the Red Cross.

GILLETT: The Gillett Common Council at its meeting on Jan. 8 acknowledged the addition of the Citizens State Bank building to the Register of Historic Places. The building is owned by Dr. Evelyn Hauser-Frederick, who has done extensive renovation.

OCONTO FALLS: Oconto Electric Cooperative employees raised $3,000 and donated it to the K-9 unit of the Oconto County Sheriff’s Department.