Years Gone By: March 13

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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • March 11, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: The following citizens have submitted applications to the court to become naturalized citizens: Alex Arseneau, Lena; James Thomsen, Suring; Carl F. Schultz, Little Suamico; Jacob Shafrich, Gillett; Nickoden Piechocki, Chase; Christian Rusch, Underhill; Louis Schlacht, Gillett; Ferdinand Doepner, Gillett; William Roloff, Morgan; Wladyslaw Bromiszewski, Sobieski; John Carlsen, Oconto; Frederic Witt, Oconto.

GILLETT: Edwark Behlke killed August Schultz on his farm after an altercation. They had been seen drinking together in the afternoon, but later that evening they got into an argument in which Behlke killed Schultz.

100 years ago • March 14, 1919 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: In a meeting of Hose Company 1, John C. Meyer resigned as fire chief. In a vote Assistant Chief William Lemorande was elected as new fire chief.

OCONTO FALLS: The discussion of becoming a city is a hot topic among village of Oconto Falls residents. As discussion proceeds, the advantages to becoming a city are becoming clear.

90 years ago • March 14, 1929 • Gillett Times

MARINETTE: Mrs. George Reinhart, 79, early day resident of Milwaukee and for more than sixty years and current residing Marinette county, died today at the home of her son, John. She was a survivor of the historic Peshtigo Fire of 1871.

OCONTO: Mrs. William Westfall sustained a sprained wrist in an accident at Big Suamico. The car, driven by her son tried to avoid a head-on collision with another car by driving into a snowbank. Unfortunately that car hit the Westfall car and drove off. That driver was arrested by the sheriff in Green Bay when he took the car in for repairs.

90 years ago • March 14, 1929 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Merlin Rusch, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Rusch, passed away at the home of his parents. Funeral services will be held on Friday with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

OCONTO COUNTY: NOTICE! Be sure to secure your car license before March 15 as the law concerning car license will be strictly enforced. LEVI LANE, Chief of Police

80 years ago • March 16, 1939 • Oconto Falls Herald

SPRUCE: Funeral services were held from St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Spruce for Mrs. William Kamke. Mrs. Kamke was 65 years old.

OCONTO: Arrangements have been completed whereby the Oconto and Gem Theatres at Oconto have been sold to Charles Perrizo by Irving Vincent of this city.

SPRUCE: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Houska are proud parents of a daughter, Joyce Mae, born Tuesday morning.

70 years ago • March 10, 1949 • Gillett Times

WABENO: A group made up of representatives of area sportsmen clubs visited to see if any deer were starving during the winter. Only one dead deer was found and had been killed by a lynx.

70 years ago • March 10, 1949 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Howard Marquardt was most painfully burned at the groundwood mill of the Falls Paper and Power Company when the electric switch he was repairing exploded and ignited his clothing.

60 years ago • March 12, 1959 • Times Herald

POUND: Peter Allen Smet is the third son of Earl and Elizabeth Smet of Pound. He was born during the beginning of a blizzard.

UNDERHILL: Mary Ann Janssen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Janssen who attends Gillett High School, has been awarded a W. Bay Scholarship to St. Norbert College in De Pere.

GILLETT: Pat Zahn, student at Concordia, St. Paul, Minnesota, is spending her spring vacation at the home of her parents.

50 years ago • March 13, 1969 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Mrs. Helen Bayard has sold the Gillett Bakery to Guy Quimby of Appleton.

KELLY LAKE: Fred Blazek has retired after over 43 years of service with the Oconto County Highway Department.

LENA: Norman Burg has returned to Lena after visiting his son, Frank Burg, who was seriously injured in Vietnam this January.

30 years ago • March 15, 1989 • Times Herald

POUND: A fire destroyed Pete Smet’s barn. Lost in the fire were 26 head of cattle and hay.

OCONTO FALLS: Leslie Lyn Kadlec and Larry Malcomson were united in holy wedlock on Feb. 11.

OCONTO: Dead and starving cows were discovered by an auctioneer who went to view a herd he was going to sell. Twelve cows were down, of which four were starving and a fifth had a broken hip. One more of the remaining weak and starving animals was later destroyed.

25 years ago • March 16, 1994 • Times Herald

OCONTO: A former Oconto County insurance agent has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted on charges of racketeering and theft.

OCONTO FALLS: A son, Logan James, was born Feb. 14 to Jackie and Charles Rochon, Oconto Falls.

KELLY LAKE: Alfred “Rip” Turner Jr., 74, died Friday, March 11, at Bay Area Medical Center at Marinette following a long illness.

20 years ago • March 17, 1999 • Times Herald

HAYES: Ruben Rakow, principal of St. John Lutheran School, Hayes, accepted a $1,000 Lutheran Brotherhood grant from Gary Just, district representative for Lutheran Brotherhood in the Oconto County area.

MOUNTAIN: Marine Pvt. Lydia L. Erray recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

LITTLE SUAMICO: An unattended candle on the second floor was the likely cause of a fire at 7311 Sundew Road on March 8. The fire destroyed the home of Steven and Kathleen Vanderboom.

10 years ago • March 18, 2009 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Reuben Radke is celebrating his 50th year with the Oconto Falls Fire Department after starting at the age of 22 in April 1959.

SURING: Craig Hensberger, of Suring, was found to have entered the same 26½-inch walleye he caught legally on Anderson Lake in three separate fishing derbies under his 10-year-old daughter’s name, according to the Department of Natural Resources. He was caught after suspicious fishermen reported him. He was given a $329 citation for illegally transporting a fish.

SURING: The Suring School Board heard from concerned community and staff members regarding proposed expense cuts in the budget that would reduce art classes and library support staff for 2009-2010.