Years Gone By: Feb. 27

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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • Feb. 25, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO: EXPENSIVE FIRE IN OCONTO: Two barns of the Oconto Lumber Company were destroyed by fire Tuesday night. The fire broke out about 10 o’clock and the cause is unknown.

STILES: Mrs. Martin Van Kyln was shot and killed early Friday afternoon by her son Frank as he was preparing his shotgun for a hunting expedition. He was handling it rather recklessly, and his mother warned him to be careful. He pointed it at her “in playfulness,” and it went off. The coroner ruled the death as an accident.

100 years ago • Feb. 28, 1919 • Farmer Herald

LITTLE SUAMICO: Francis Zoeller was shot in the face in an accidental shooting at his home in Little Suamico. He had been a senior at Oconto Falls High School and had been living in the city with his sister.

OCONTO FALLS: The Oconto Falls Canning Company has already secured acreage of corn, beans and beets. This means if the weather conditions are even average that the product of the canning factory for the season of 1919 will be more than double that of the past year.

90 years ago • Feb. 28, 1929 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: A search warrant was issued “for articles that had been taken from the Gillett High School and also rubbers, shoes, stocking, shirts, sweaters and four suits of clothes.” Samuel Wildt was charged with with committing the crime. He was arrested by J.A. Yance, marshal, brought before L.B. Stuelke, justice of the peace, and confessed.

OCONTO: Thieves visited the Oconto business section Tuesday night, Feb. 13, and escaped with loot valued at $700. The McTavish Brothers Garage on Superior Avenue and the H. Grandall Smokery were the two heaviest losses.

90 years ago • Feb. 28, 1929 • Oconto Falls Herald

KRAKOW: A fire burned the St. Casimir Parochial School to the ground last Wednesday morning. Sister Superior discovered the fire and had the students evacuated and had exited the school in perfect order. The sisters were taken in by the Pulaski sisters.

OCONTO COUNTY: Donald Burke, delivery driver for the Stephenson Bakery, Marinette, saw several wild ducks near Talbot as he was making deliveries through the county. This seems to indicate that spring is on its way.

80 years ago • Mar. 2, 1939 • Gillett Times

SURING: Chicago & Northwestern to institute train service to connect daily with fast Chicago trains. A Thursday night countywide meeting held in Suring by the Oconto County Recreational Bureau considerably cheered those attending with the promise of special train service through C&NW.

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

OCONTO COUNTY: H.E. Muehl, chairman of the Oconto County Board, has been selected by Gov. Julius P. Heil to head a committee of county board chairmen who will survey Northern Wisconsin conditions with a view toward suggesting state activity that would alleviate the present critical relief condition.

OCONTO FALLS: A real thrill in values awaits for those who attend Bauman’s Dollar & Two Dollar Clearance sales on Friday and Saturday of this week. Prices have been ruthlessly slashed for your advantage.

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

OCONTO FALLS: John Larsen, who has been a photography enthusiast all his life, has opened his own studio in the building occupied by the Wirtz Eat Shop.

OCONTO FALLS: Funeral services for Staff Sgt. Marvin M. Peterson, who was killed in action somewhere in New Guinea on July 27, 1944, were held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Saturday morning. He was a much-decorated hero.

OCONTO FALLS: The first little daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Vanden Bush have all had a measles party since Saturday.

60 years ago • Feb. 26, 1959 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Lee Pockat, local barber, was named the new president of the Oconto Falls Businessmen’s Association for 1959.

LAKEWOOD: John Klementz, forestry aide of the Lakewood district, Nicolet National Forest, discovered three dead bobcats in the Town of Wheeler. The three cats were huddled together under a windfall.

GILLETT: The Ben Miller Farm located in the town of Underhill was leveled by fire late Wednesday afternoon.

50 years ago • Feb. 27, 1969 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Mr. and Mrs. Allen Beilfuss entertained a large group of guests at a housewarming near Shawano on Saturday, Feb. 22. They are former operators of the Hinkfuss Bar in Gillett.

KLONDIKE: Charles Western, 73, died Feb. 19 at Community Memorial Hospital following an illness of one year.

OCONTO FALLS: Bruce Blom and his Panthers beat Bonduel (78-54), which gave the Falls the NEW Conference Championship.

40 years ago • Feb. 28, 1979 • Times Herald

SURING: Mrs. Gloria Alsteen, 37, was taken to Community Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls after suffering a self-inflicted accidental gunshot wound.

OCONTO FALLS: Mike Roberts has recently joined the Oconto Falls Police Department as its latest officer.

OCONTO FALLS: Norman Thone, 73, Shawano, died Feb. 22. He was the business manager at Community Memorial Hospital until his retirement.

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

GREEN BAY: Jurors said they were terrified by a courtroom uproar that followed their acquittal of a man accused of helping murder an Oconto County woman. The son of the murdered woman poked a fist through a window while being escorted from the courtroom.

LITTLE SUAMICO: A propane gas truck driven by Andrew Nigbur, 25, Green Bay, slid on ice into two large trees on Geano Beach Road.

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

LENA: Ron Gretzon was awarded an American Bowling Congress ring by the Oconto Bowling Association. The award was for recognition of a 300 game bowled on Nov. 10, 1993, during league competition.

SURING: Gerald Dufek, 77, died Feb. 15 at the veterans’ hospital in Iron Mountain, Michigan.

20 years ago • Feb. 24, 1999 • Times Herald

TOWNSEND: A new business has opened in Townsend called Sullivan’s Arcade. They feature video games, pool tables, foosball and more.

OCONTO FALLS: Air Force Airman Eric M. Graczyk has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

10 years ago • Feb. 25, 2009 • Times Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: Karen Riegert represented Oconto County at the recent Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair competition in Wisconsin Dells and received the Congeniality Award.

OCONTO FALLS: Community Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls has expanded the CMH Outpatient Oncology Clinic to three days a week.

SURING: About 50 people from the municipalities that make up the Suring School District met at Suring School to participate in a town hall meeting to address the advancement of a 20-year comprehensive plan for the community.