Years Gone By: Feb. 20

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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • Feb. 18, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

SPRUCE: Ladies of the Maccabees hosted a social at the Joseph Kadlec farm, where a good time was had by all. There was a box supper auction, and the funds raised by this were give to the general fund of the Beatrice Hive.

OCONTO FALLS: Lighting Plant For Sale – A first-class Royal Gas Light plant, in best of condition, six-light machine, complete, for $15. Apply to John C. Meyer, Oconto Falls, Wis.

100 years ago • Feb. 21, 1919 • Farmer Herald

GILLETT: William Lemorande Has Traded His Ice Business for a Farm – Wm. Lemorande has traded his ice house and outfit for the Ole Peterson farm in section 30, town of Gillett. Mr. Peterson has assumed possession of the ice house property and has a crew of men at work now filling the big brick building on Franklin Avenue.

OCONTO FALLS: At a special meeting of the Commerce Club, the members discussed the possibility of a building a flour mill.

90 years ago • Feb. 21, 1929 • Gillett Times

OCONTO: Mrs. Rose A. Sharp of Oconto passed away in a hospital in Green Bay following an illness of two months. Her husband, Charles Sharp, founded the Oconto Enquirer Newspapers, and when he passed away, she continued to publish it.

GILLETT: Card of Appreciation – After more than 20 years of successful business in the People’s Meat Market, I am retiring from that business, and I wish to take this means of thanking my many patrons who have stood by me all these years to make my business a success. Olaf Pederson.

90 years ago • Feb. 21, 1929 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO: James A. Don Levy, veteran of the Civil War, died at his home, 117 Adams St., Oconto, Monday afternoon, aged 83 years, 6 months and 18 days. He had been ailing for some time, and old age is given as the cause of death.

MANITOWOC: Mrs. Matthews, mother of popular Oconto Falls Reverend E.J. Matthews, who preached at the Methodist Church, dropped dead in her Manitowoc home.

80 years ago • Feb. 23, 1939 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: John Magnin was re-elected president of the Oconto Electric Cooperative at a meeting of directors held in Oconto Falls Monday night.

KLONDIKE: The marriage of Miss Arlene Collins and Mr. Ronald Ammerman took place at Trinity Lutheran Church in Coleman Saturday afternoon.

LENA: Our roads have been cleared after the worst snowstorm of the year.

70 years ago • Feb. 24, 1949 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Mrs. Anna Lane, who will be 89 on Feb. 25, had the misfortune to fall at her home and suffered an impacted fracture of the left hip.

LENA: Mr. Earl Kamke had the misfortune of injuring his foot while at work with logs at the Berch Brothers Farm.

OCONTO FALLS: August Francis received a bounty on four red foxes and a gray one, all shot in the woods in the town of Oconto Falls.

60 years ago • Feb. 19, 1959 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Geraldine Miller has been chosen by the students and faculty of receive the Daughters of the American Revolution Award at the Oconto Falls High School.

TOWNSEND: What a blustery day it was last Tuesday. Schools in this area closed at noon so that the buses could bring the children safely home while the road were still in passable condition.

LENA: Brian Keith, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Irving Hansen, was baptized at Our Savior Lutheran Church on Sunday, Feb. 18.

50 years ago • Feb. 20, 1969 • Times Herald

GREEN VALLEY: Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. George Horsens, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

LAKEWOOD: Martin “Buck” Flynn, 75, passed away at his Lakewood home on Monday afternoon following an illness of five years.

SURING: Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Tousey received word that their son Jay Tousey of the Sea Bees has arrived at his camp near Quang Tu, Vietnam.

40 years ago • Feb. 21, 1979 • Times Herald

OCONTO: Inquest possible in Jeffery Zimmerman’s death. An autopsy report cites cause of death as either asphyxia or drowning, but it needs further investigation.

OCONTO FALLS: Method Vizelka, A.T.F. Operator in the finish department, celebrated 25 years of serving with Scott Paper.

OCONTO FALLS: Russell O’Harrow, president of the Oconto Falls School Board, received a lifetime membership to the Wisconsin Association of School Boards at a recent statewide meeting.

30 years ago • Feb. 22, 1989 • Times Herald

OCONTO: A mobile home on Huebscher Road in the town of Pensaukee was destroyed by fire. The Oconto County Sheriff’s Department contacted the town of Pensaukee Fire Department after being notified by a passing airplane.

MARINETTE: Ruth Werner has completed a six-month probation period as a civilian corrections officer with the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department.

GILLETT: Kerri Reichwald won first place in the extemporaneous competition with her speech “Biotechnology’s Effect on the Foods We Will Eat” at the district FFA speaking contest.

25 years ago • Feb. 23, 1994 • Times Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: Sheila Heimke, Lena, Oconto County’s Fairest of the Fair, represented Oconto County at the Wisconsin Association of Fairs Convention in Milwaukee.

LENA: Eben Dufek, 70, died unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 13. He owned and operated Dufek Implement, a John Deere dealership, for 25 years.

20 years ago • Feb. 17, 1999 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Elaine Marquardt, of Oconto Falls, won the Valentine’s Day drawing at United True Value Hardware. The prize was a stuffed gorilla holding a heart.

POUND: Col. Leonard Yoap, 83, well-known auctioneer and real estate salesman, died unexpectedly at his home Feb. 13 following a brief illness.

GILLETT: Eighth-grader Kris Short won the school level competition of the National Geography Bee on Jan. 12 at Gillett Junior High.

10 years ago • Feb. 18, 2009 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Haylee Lucht, an Oconto Falls High School junior, was recently recognized by the Wisconsin Cross-Country Coaches’ Association for academic excellence. For the third year in a row, Lucht has been selected as part of the academic all-state team.

OCONTO COUNTY: According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the popular option of open enrollment in the Oconto Falls and Suring school districts is growing.

OCONTO COUNTY: The recently passed stimulus package has municipalities and state governments waiting to hear which of the thousands of projects submitted will be chosen for funding.

Compiled by Oconto Falls Community Library staff.