Years Gone By: Jan. 30

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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • Jan. 28, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Bids wanted for the filling of the ice house on the Oconto Falls Creamery including sawdust needed. Bids can be received by the Herald Office until noon Feb. 2, 1909.

GILLETT: A 1,400-pound bell was installed in the new village hall. It will be rung at 8 o’clock for curfew. Anyone under the age of 16 seen after this time will be arrested.

100 years ago • Jan. 31, 1919 • Farmer Herald

LENA: Three Lena residents, Mrs. Clement Rosera, Hermis Harley, and Ralph Bassett passed away. All three were well known and respected in the Lena community.

OCONTO FALLS: The sudden death of Mrs. H.R. Lambrecht came as a shock to her many relatives and friends Tuesday afternoon. Death was due to heart failure left by influenza.

90 years ago • Jan. 24, 1929 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: A car was being driven by a traveling man when, within about 20 feet of the Fitzgerald railroad crossing, his car skidded and ran into a snowbank but not far enough to avoid an approaching train. The driver jumped from the car just before it was hit by the train.

SUAMICO: The body of Joseph Corbeille, 67, clad only in an undershirt, was found lying frozen stiff in the center of the floor of a farmhouse owned by Henry Bins. In the hen house, several chickens were dead from the cold, and the horses were frantic from hunger and thirst. Bins, who had taken Corbeille, a former Brown County Home inmate, into his home last spring, had left for Green Bay with the intention of staying away for only a few days. The blizzard and cold snap blocked the road and delayed his return when he found Corbeille’s body.

90 years ago • Jan. 24, 1929 • Oconto Falls Herald

LENA: The Chattell garage burned to the ground, though the Heyl residence and the Kinzinger Saloon were saved by the volunteer firemen who fought the blaze in 10-below-zero weather. The volunteer firemen pumped water from cisterns because all ponds and pools were frozen, making it impossible to obtain water from this natural source.

SURING: Henry Cyr announced that he will be installing two Brunswick bowling alleys in his building, now occupied by the Cashway Store. He recently added an addition to the building to allow the alleys to be easily installed.

80 years ago • Jan. 26, 1939 • Oconto Falls Herald

GILLETT: Three lives were snuffed out when flames fanned by a high wind destroyed the residence of Richard Streng. Three dead include Richard Streng, 48; Caroline, 13; and Howard, 10, his children. Mrs. Streng and son Richard, 15, escaped the fire but were treated for shock and exposure.

OCONTO: Slot machines bobbed up again at the January meeting of the County Board of Supervisors. A resolution was introduced in the form of a petition to the state Legislature requesting the law against slot machines be repealed and that a new law legalizing and licensing the machines be enacted.

70 years ago • Jan. 27, 1949 • Gillett Times

LAKEWOOD: Thanks to their own foolishness, the kids have lost the use of the big hill behind the schoolhouse. It seems they couldn’t wait until the hill was right for coasting, but had to go on it when it was glare ice. Janith Kennard and Jean Kiesler lost control of their sled and ran into a tree while traveling at a high rate of speed. Both girls will be laid up for two weeks with sprained legs and wrists. Immediately after the mishap, ashes were spread on the hill, so that’s that.

70 years ago • Jan. 27, 1949 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Miss Delores Schaumberg, a senior in Oconto Falls High School, won the cherry pie baking contest in the local school.

OCONTO: Statistics released by the county registrar’s office in Oconto show that 600 babies were born during 1948. If the January record means anything, the big white bird with the “big bill” is going to do a good job in 1949 as already 20 babies have been born in Oconto Falls Hospital since January.

60 years ago • Jan. 22, 1959 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Ernest (Joe) Hilgenberg, chief of the Gillett Fire Department, announced his resignation effective Feb. 1 Hilgenberg, 76, has been a member of the Gillett Fire Department for the past 54 years and chief for the past 33 years.

MAPLE VALLEY: Installation of officers was the capital event of the first meeting of the year for the Maple Valley 4-H Club. It was a pretty sight for it was a candlelight ceremony. There were four large candles on the desk representing the 4-H pledge, head, heart, hands and health.

50 years ago • Jan. 23, 1969 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Mr. and Mrs. Laddie Hodny, Gillett, announce the birth of twin sons born Jan. 19, 1969. Little Michael James and Mark Joseph have a little sister, Kirstin Ann, who is patiently waiting for them to come home.

GILLETT: Ida Laraine Ireland of Kenai, Alaska, was united in marriage with Glenn Allan Hanson of Anchorage on Dec. 23. Anne Carter and Michael Kline attended the couple. The bride is employed as a teacher in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Her husband is a junior observer in the Oil Exploration field, employed by Western Geophysical Inc. of Anchorage.

40 years ago • Jan. 24, 1979 • Times Herald

CALIFORNIA: A physician who once practiced in Gillett and Suring has been charged in Riverside, California, on apparent unrelated charges of conspiring to have his wife murdered and deliberately burning his clinic.

OCONTO FALLS: The Oconto Falls Women’s Club observed its 75th anniversary Jan. 22, with a dinner and program at St. Anthony’s Hall with approximately 90 members attending.

30 years ago • Feb. 2, 1989 • Times Herald

MOUNTAIN: Mary Korbas, 26, and her 14-month-old daughter, Nicole, died when their car and a county snowplow collided head-on at a curve on state Highway 32-64.

LENA: Linda Jeske and Thomas Witt were united in marriage on Oct. 1, 1988. Attending the bridal couple were Penny Carriveau, Ron Forneris, Amy Nichols, Gaye Pippins, Penny Hulett, Jim Splinter, David Witt and Steve Witt.

GILLETT: Roberta Brooks and Timothy Richards were married on Aug. 20, 1988, in a double-ring ceremony at St. John’s Catholic Church in Gillett.

25 years ago • Feb. 2, 1994 • Times Herald

OCONTO: Ione Richardson, of Oconto, has been named the NEWCAP Employee of the Year for 1993.

SURING: Woodland Village is sad to say goodbye to Jean Yakel, who is retiring after eight years as a certified nursing assistant.

OCONTO: A car owned by Susan Jarvey, Oconto, sustained heavy fire damage Jan. 21 on state Highway 22 in the town of Stiles. The fire started in the engine area.

20 years ago • Feb. 3, 1999 • Times Herald

ABRAMS: George Kunkel, 58, of Abrams, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, in a two-vehicle collision in Oconto County.

SURING: Roger Firgens recently celebrated 25 years with Evenflo Company in Suring. He is the safety director at Evenflo.

ABRAMS: The Big Mac may soon have an Abrams address, thanks to a unanimous vote to approve the McDonald’s Corp.’s request at the February hearing of the Oconto County Planning and Zoning Committee.

10 years ago • Jan. 28, 2009 • Times Herald

SURING: Debra Vandevelde, of Down to Earth Stable, picked up her 6-year-old wild mustang mare from Ewing, Ill., and will have 90 days to train it for the Midwest Extreme Mustang Makeover. The event is held during the Midwest Horse Fair in April in Madison.

SOBIESKI: A home valued at $279,700 may be a total loss after a fire that occurred early in the morning of Jan. 21. All six members of the Kirby family, including children ages 18, 15, 12 and 3, escaped safely.

OCONTO FALLS: An order of the Wisconsin Supreme Court suspended the license of Attorney Terrance J. Woods, of Oconto Falls. The action stemmed from complaints filed by the Office of Lawyer Regulation alleging Woods committed six counts of professional misconduct and for failure to file and/or pay certain state income taxes.