Years Gone By: March 20

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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • March 18, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: George Young, in an altercation with his wife and son, pulled a knife on his son. The boy was slashed in the posterior. Young was taken to jail in Oconto in which bond was set at $1,000, but since he could not pay, Young spent the night in jail.

OCONTO: Henry Lembcke, one of our prosperous farmers living about two miles west of the village, lost a valuable horse Tuesday. The animal got between a heavy snow drift and the end of a manure spreader last week, and in its frantic effort to get out received injuries in the flank that affected the leg.

100 years ago • March 21, 1919 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: A new cattle epidemic, which is being called “P.B.B.” for want of a better name, has been discovered in Oconto County. It is estimated by authorities that about 10 percent of our Oconto County herds are afflicted with it.

MORGAN: It is reported that several cases of flu have appeared at Morgan, and others west of that town. So far, none have been reported in this city, but we would advise all to exercise the greatest care against needless exposure.

90 years ago • March 21, 1929 • Gillett Times

OCONTO: Due to the rapid thaw that occurred in the previous days, the Oconto River overflowed and damaged sections of the city of Oconto. Both sawmills are shut down, and there are parts of the city still under water.

GILLETT: The Gillett bowling team is encouraging the Suring Cubs bowling team to remain in the bowling league. They have agreed to allow the Suring team to win the first half of the season so they could bowl against the Suring Giants, the second Suring bowling team.

90 years ago • March 21, 1929 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: The Oconto Falls and Spruce Equity Association shipped a carload of stock on Tuesday consisting of six hogs, one cow and 59 calves.

OCONTO FALLS: The merchants of this city have decided that places of business will remain open every Wednesday evening from spring to summer as in the past. This system will begin March 27 and will continue onto further notice.

80 years ago • March 23, 1939 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: The dedication of the new Orgatron cq a St. Anthony’s Church will be held next Thursday.

WEST KLONDIKE: Joseph Pivonka and William Schwiner returned home from the woods after having been employed all winter.

OCONTO FALLS: Ted Marquardt left for Toledo, Ohio, where he will resume his position as second cook on the steamer Charles C. West.

70 years ago • March 17, 1949 • Oconto Falls Herald

SPRUCE: Mrs. Mary Echtner, 82, who fractured her left hip Tuesday evening, died in the Falls Hospital Sunday morning.

OCONTO FALLS: A surprise birthday party honored Mr. O.B. Judd at her his home on March 13.

60 years ago • March 19, 1959 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Paul Gauither and Emil Behling gathered their fishing gear into Paul’s car and went ice fishing on Green Bay off the Oconto shoreline early in the morning on March 12. About 2:30, they decided getting home was more important than fishing in a snowstorm. They discovered they were stuck and couldn’t move. They hiked 2½ miles back to Oconto. They rescued Paul’s car several days later with a four-wheel-drive truck with a V-plow that plowed through 10 inches of snow and from 8 to 26 inches of water to reach the car.

GILLETT: Due to damage to the steam plant at Ansorge Distributing company, an old threshing machine from Shawano was adapted to replace the downed steam system.

50 years ago • March 20, 1969 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Army Specialist 1st Class Franklin Runge, 28, was killed in action in Vietnam while serving 7 miles from the village of Kum-Tum near the Laotion border.

LITTLE SUAMICO: Private 1st Class Robert Benedict, 19, was killed in Vietnam. He volunteered for military service in August of last year. Robert was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. John Benedict.

SURING: Miss Sandra Jean McMahon was the bride of Neil Edward Herning on March 1. Attending the bride were Terry Locke, Ellen Tachick and Linda Abels. The groom’s attendants were Kenneth McMahon, Cyril Marcheski and Jerry Heims.

40 years ago • March 21, 1979 • Times Herald

OCONTO: A southbound car being pursued by police officers, who observed it had no registration plates and was traveling above the speed limit, skidded across U.S. 41 and collided with a northbound pickup truck.

OCONTO FALLS: Bruce Jensen, 28, is the latest addition to the sales staff of Peterson Ford-Mercury in Oconto Falls.

GILLETT: Nearly 200 sportsmen gathered in the Gillett Legion Hall and voiced their disapproval of a hike on hunting and fishing licenses fees.

30 years ago • March 22, 1989 • Times Herald

OCONTO: Charges were filed in Oconto County Circuit Court against an 88-year-old Little Suamico man who is accused of videotaping a 14-year-old female engaged in sexually explicit conduct and knowingly reproducing the video.

OCONTO: A $1 billion claim has been filed against Oconto County by a man convicted of first-degree murder. The claim is filed against the County Board and Sheriff’s Department for “constitutional violations, fraud, corporate violence and conspiracy.”

25 years ago • March 23, 1994 • Times Herald

MOUNTAIN: Ron Heuser, owner of the Tailgate Restaurant and Motel in Mountain and 22-year industry veteran, is the 1994 president of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association.

OCONTO: Eugene Hermans, 42, died unexpectedly Sunday evening, March 20, at home.

OCONTO: Jeff Ruechel saved a woman, 41, from a Sunday night house fire that killed a 42-year-old man. Rose Niec was in stable condition at Oconto Memorial Hospital.

20 years ago • March 24, 1999 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: The Oconto Falls Chamber of Commerce was pleased to officiate at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Subway sandwich shop owned by Jeff Zorza.

PULASKI: Robyn (VanLanen) Saindon, 29, died unexpectedly Thursday, March 18, as the result of an automobile accident.

OCONTO FALLS: Melanie and Matt Rice have become partners in Melanie’s parents’ business. Jim and Sandy welcome their daughter and son-in-law into the business. They will manage the Flower Shoppe II in Oconto Falls.

10 years ago March 25, 2009 Times Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: Mark Kostreva, 50, Pound, has been charged with three felony counts of mistreatment of animals and causing their deaths for allegedly poisoning wild turkeys on his property.

SURING: Suring High School social studies teacher Vicki Buettner has been honored as a 2009 Herb Kohl Foundation Fellowship award recipient.

OCONTO COUNTY: A man walking his dog March 22 found the bodies of two young horses, and officials are attempting to discover whether the animals died of natural causes or because of malnutrition.

Compiled by Oconto Falls Community Library staff