Years Gone By: Feb. 6

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110 years ago • Feb. 4, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

GREEN VALLEY: A masked ball will be held at Charles Hampel’s dance hall on Feb. 6. Three prizes will be given, and tickets are 50 cents.

GILLETT: William Miller was brought into court by district attorney J.B. Chase under charges of abandonment. He is accused of abandoning his wife and child.

100 years ago • Feb. 7, 1919 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: The subject of purchasing the 4-acre tract lying just north of the Jefferson School, on the west side, for park purposes is one that ought to receive consideration by the people of the village and especially by those residing on the west side of the river.

OCONTO: Henry L. Russell, a pioneer resident of Oconto County, answered his final summons, death occurring Saturday at midnight at his home on McDonald Street, old age causing his death, being 85 years of age.

90 years ago • Jan. 31, 1929 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: Residents awoke to the sound of cracking, and when they went to the windows they discovered that a pavillion in Zippel Park had collapsed due to the great weight of snow on its roof.

GILLETT: The monthly statistical report of the library shows that 959 books and magazines were in circulation during the month. There were 13 new names added to the membership file. The library was used as a reading room 208 times, and 62 reference questions were answered.

90 years ago • Jan. 31, 1929 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO: A petition to have rural roads plowed was presented to the County Board of Supervisors at its regular session. The complaint was first made after snowbound residents stated they could not get out.

OCONTO FALLS: The train arriving west into Oconto Falls will now arrive 11:53 a.m. instead of 12:15 p.m., and mail going out by train must be at the post office by 11:30 a.m.

80 years ago • Feb. 2, 1939 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: A number of relatives and friends from Oconto Falls and Lena pleasantly surprised Harvey LeFerve on Tuesday evening. The occasion was his birthday.

OCONTO FALLS: Banking service, interrupted early last month when the Oconto Falls County State Bank closed its doors, was resumed Wednesday when the Gillett State Bank opened a station here.

70 years ago • Feb. 3, 1949 • Oconto Falls Herald

STILES: Work is continuing to progress on the Oconto Electric Co-op dam at Stiles, and the plant should be ready for operation by next summer.

OCONTO FALLS: Ervin Regal Sr. returned Wednesday from a fur auction in New York City. He reports the fur market is 40 percent below what it was a year ago.

60 years ago • Jan. 29, 1959 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Genke are announcing the holiday engagement of their daughter Donna Mae to William Delzer Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. William Delzer of Oconto Falls.

OCONTO FALLS: John Hyland, 92, Oconto Falls, died Monday at the home of his grandson Robert Hyland, where he had been making his home.

OCONTO FALLS: Mr. and Mrs. Merdon Drews received word Monday that their son, Donald, who is a Marine, was seriously injured the latter part of last week.

50 years ago • Jan. 30, 1969 • Times Herald

UNDERHILL: The barn on the Harold Wollin farm in Underhill was destroyed by fire Sunday morning.

GILLETT: Myrl Lambracht was killed Monday evening when his tractor plunged down an incline into Daley’s Creek.

SURING: Miss Barbara Bartz was among those receiving degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Miss Bartz received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and Geography.

40 years ago • Feb. 7, 1979 • Times Herald

LENA: A meeting was held at the Lena American Legion hall to discuss the closing of the railroad. Limited time is left to protest the decision to close the railroad.

GILLETT: New View Industries is planning a benefit dinner and dance at Anderson’s Lakeside Inn on March 6. All proceeds from the benefit will be used to purchase materials and develop vocational training at New View.

OCONTO: The possible drowning death of Jeffrey Zimmerman is still under investigation by the Oconto County Sheriff’s Department. The boy was found in a bathtub Friday and was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary’s Hospital, Green Bay.

30 years ago • Feb. 1, 1989 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: The temperature was 41 F for the Oconto Falls Snowmobile Ice Drags on Saturday, Jan. 28. There were 179 entries. The crowd was estimated at 3,000 to 4,000 spectators.

OCONTO FALLS: On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Cub Scouts from Pack 4024 held their annual Pinewood Derby races, with 26 entrants vying for the top three trophies and a chance to compete at the Bay Lakes Council District Pinewood Derby.

OCONTO FALLS: Falls Fitness World of Oconto Falls is now offering therapeutic massage with massage therapist Diane Pawlak, of Spruce.

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

OCONTO FALLS: The third of a series of educational forums was held at the Oconto Falls Public Library on Jan. 25. The topics were ethics for school employees, dress code for high school students, village partnership, and community and parent involvement.

GILLETT: Girl Scouts from the Lac Baie Girl Scout Council will take orders for cookies between Jan. 21 and Feb. 6.

OCONTO FALLS: The Oconto Falls Lions Club recently donated a sound biography titled “An Optimist In Spite Of All – Helen Keller’s Life Story.” The one-hour tape contains actual recordings of Helen and her teacher, Annie Sullivan.

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

OCONTO FALLS: The Oconto Falls Area Joint Ambulance Service Inc. received a new, 1999 Ford F450 ambulance to replace a 1985 Ford F350 Road Rescue ambulance the service used for 14 years.

OCONTO COUNTY: County Board supervisors voted to discontinue the home nursing program after $283,000 was transferred from the general fund to cover a shortage of money that occurred when Medicare reduced payments in 1998.

GILLETT: Marine Pfc. Daniel Gerbers, son of Clifford and Mary Gerbers, of Gillett, recently reported for duty with Marine Aviation Training Support Group, Naval Air Station, Lemoore, Calif.

10 years ago • Feb. 4, 2009 • Times Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: Free tax preparation is offered to residents with low and moderate incomes, with special attention to those ages 60 and older.

OCONTO FALLS: Within the last six months, the interior of the Senior and Community Center in Oconto Falls has undergone a facelift by cleaning and brightening up its appearance. The upgrades are allowing for some school functions to be held there.

OCONTO COUNTY: Violent crime dropped in Oconto County by 82 percent, according to the recently released state report. However, the percentages are exaggerated in many cases because of the relatively low number of incidents.