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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • March 4, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO: There seems to be an impression among a good many of the people of the county that the voters of the city of Oconto have a vote for county superintendent of schools, which is entirely erroneous. The towns and villages outside of the city alone vote for that officer, and they alone are taxed to pay the salary of the school superintendent. The city has nothing to do with the election or payment of the superintendent.

MARINETTE: Isaac Stephenson was elected to the U.S. Senate in a joint session of the Wisconsin Legislature by a vote of 63-60.

100 years ago • March 7, 1919 • Farmer Herald

GILLETT: The point of exhibits the mid-winter fair held a Gillett on Thursday and Friday of last week was a success beyond expectation. But the attendance, especially of farmers, was not up to the mark. Considering that one of the worst blizzards of the season was in active operation during those two days, it was remarkable that the attendance of farmers was as large as it was.

OCONTO FALLS: Clarence Ryan and Frank Plain enjoyed a well-earned rest after their hardships of a soldier’s life in France. They visited with friends in Shawano and Gillett last week.

90 years ago • March 7, 1929 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: Mrs. Freda Gaulke has opened up one of the neatest and up-to-the-minute ice cream parlors. She will offer short-order lunches as well as ice cream, and it fills a need in the area.

ABRAMS: T.F. Sutrick has filed an application with the county clerk to claim a bounty on the wolf he shot and killed.

90 years ago • March 7, 1929 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: A new electric sign was installed at O’Neill’s Service Station. The sign, which advertise what cars are for sale, is large and bright and there is no way passersby can miss it.

OCONTO: School Superintendent in Oconto D.E. Hickey died suddenly at his home. Mr. Hickey has visited Oconto Falls several times and was a capable man who did great work to improve the schools.

80 years ago • March 9, 1939 • Gillett Times

OCONTO COUNTY: Efficient highway department crews had the country’s 22 snow removal machines in constant use over the weekend and were able to keep all the main roads open despite high winds and heavy snow which piled drifts eight to 10 feet high in many places.

GILLETT: Two cars were damaged in an accident four miles east of Gillett on Highway 22 about 11:30 Sunday night, when the car driven by Millard Sorenson, Suring, struck a car parked in front of Emil Kuhn’s farm home. No one was injured.

80 years ago • March 9, 1939 • Oconto Falls Herald

LENA: Joseph Krystofick, 73, died at his home following a lingering illness. Mr. Krystofick was born in Poland, March 7, 1866, and came to Buffalo, N.Y., at the age of 20 where he married in 1893. The couple returned to Poland where they remained for two years, then returned to Buffalo before moving to Lena where they farmed.

OCONTO: The monthly salary of the county pension administrator by resolution was set at $125 by the county board. One case worker will receive $100 a month, and a second case worker will get $90.

70 years ago • March 3, 1949 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: H.P. Hansen sends greetings to all Oconto Falls friends. In this week’s mail, a renewal of subscription was found from H.P. Hansen of Davenport, Iowa. His subscription goes back to 1896 when Cy Perkins had the paper in Oconto Falls.

OCONTO FALLS: A $25,000 lawsuit got underway Monday morning in Oconto circuit court, but it was settled between the parties Monday afternoon following the noon recess. Joe Lotter, Oconto Falls, farmer, the plaintiff sought to collect the sum from Bruno Rickert, Oconto Falls, blacksmith. Lotter claimed that the welded steel air pressure tank made for him by Rickert was not made of sufficient strength for the purpose of which it was purchased. He was injured when the tank blew.

60 years ago • March 5, 1959 • Times Herald

MOUNTAIN: A flag was given in memory of Sgt. Floyd Lazansky, who was a casualty in World War II at the Battle of Luzon, to the Mountain firemen by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Lazansky.

OCONTO FALLS: The old building at the back of Bachall’s Store collapsed under the weight of this winter’s snow. No one was in the building, but Bill Presl’s car was damaged.

50 years ago • March 6, 1969 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: A Navy commendation medal was presented to David R. Nelson, HM1, in recognition of his work in evacuating 17 seriously wounded men while under mortar attack at Hue City in Vietnam.

40 years ago • March 7, 1979 • Times Herald

LITTLE SUAMICO – On March 8, 1919, Sue Kiefer became the bride of Walter Bramschreiber. They have lived all 60 years of their married life in Little Suamico. For 50 years, they owned and operated Bramschreibers General Store here.

OCONTO FALLS – Gerald Coppens, 24, was killed in an auto accident near Dykesville in Brown County. He was a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War.

GILLETT – A load of pulpwood surprised the truck driver when it unloaded itself prematurely at the corner of 22-32, just 3 miles east of Gillett.

30 years ago • March 8, 1989 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Tom and Nancy Moes have expanded Porter Interiors to include furniture and accessories.

KELLY LAKE: Peg Erzinger and Bev Anderson were involved in an automobile accident on state Highway 22 north of Pulaski. The Jaws of Life were employed to free the injured.

COLEMAN: Ryan Elliott was born Feb. 17 to Michael and Gloria Shallow.

25 years ago • March 9, 1994 • Times Herald

SURING: Mark Jagodzinski recently received his Eagle Scout rank, the highest that a Boy Scout can earn. He is a member of Troop 1061.

OCONTO FALLS: Mary Cortez of Wencel Murphy Mobile Home Park lost all of her belongings when a fire destroyed her home March 7.

SURING: Arthur and Alice Heins celebrated 60 years of marriage Jan. 20. They were married in Milwaukee and now live in Suring.

20 years ago • March 10, 1999 • Times Herald

MORGAN: Crissy Gaertig, a senior studying dairy herd management at Oconto Falls High School, has been named a local winner in the Tools for Tomorrow All-American Vocational Student Awards program. She was selected from a group of more than 3,200 from across the country and will advance to the state round of competition.

OCONTO FALLS: The Oconto Falls School Board has hired Kevin Judy as the supervisor of maintenance and custodial services. He succeeds James Franken, who resigned in January.

10 years ago • March 11, 2009 • Times Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: Oconto County’s unemployment rate is at 10.7 percent. It’s one of 18 Wisconsin counties over the 10 percent mark.

OCONTO: Oconto County’s largest employer, Cruisers Yachts of Oconto, has returned to limited production after implementing a one-month layoff of nearly all its workforce due to slow boat sales.

GILLETT: Gillett Police Chief Bill Pecha is retiring after 28 years of service. Gillett officer Gary Pemrich has been named as his replacement.