Years Gone By: April 3

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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • April 1, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: It is stated an attempt was made last Saturday night to force an entrance to Elliott’s opera house. Just what the intruders expected to secure is not known, but they were scared away before effecting an entrance.

OCONTO COUNTY: A deal was concluded Monday whereby David Meyers succeeds to the Oconto County agency for Monday-Gerlach Tea company. He will continue his place of business here. Mr. Meyer has not yet determined upon any disposition for his bowling alley, which may be operated by his brother-in-law.

100 years ago • April 4, 1919 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: The Boy Scouts, under direction of Scout Master Paul Vincent, enjoyed hike of several miles and accomplished the distance set them in good time, returning in fine trim.

STILES JUNCTION: Locomotive Broke Down - The engine pulling the passenger and mail train due here from Oconto at 5:40 yesterday evening, broke down at Stiles Junction. An engine was summoned from Gillett and hurried down, bringing the train about an hour late.

90 years ago • April 4, 1929 • Gillett Times

MAPLE VALLEY: Mrs. Otto Peterson passed away on March 29 at the family home in the town of Maple Valley following a long illness.

GILLETT: Emery Ansorge, a student at Lawrence University, Appleton, spent Easter Vacation here at the home of his aunt Mrs. J.M. Ankerson.

MOSLING: Leo Lambrecht and family have moved onto the farm formerly owned by Gottfried Town.

90 years ago • April 4, 1929 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: The worst storm of the season swept through the county this past weekend, bringing with it a strong north wind that piled up drifts three to six feet high that made passage for trains and cars impossible.

ABRAMS: Nine miles of U.S. Highway 41 will be cemented between Abrams and Oconto adding to the already cemented highway. After completion vehicles will be able to travel between Oconto and Chicago on fully cemented highways.

80 years ago • March 30, 1939 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: The new schedule for train service on the railroad’s Wabeno line into Oconto County has been announced. The new schedule is considered an important step in drawing more tourist visitors into Oconto County especially during the summer months.

GILLETT: The well-known Kocian’s Orchestra has been secured for the season opening dance on April 10 at the Gillett Pavillion.

80 years ago • March 30, 1939 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Taps were sounded for George Beninghaus, 92, Oconto Falls, last Civil War veteran. Full military honors were accorded to Mr. Beninghaus at the last rites.

OCONTO: Hans Ahl, Oshkosh, Golden Gloves runner-up last winter, decisioned George Steffens of Lena in the five-round windup of an amateur boxing card at Oconto.

70 years ago • March 31, 1949 • Oconto Falls Herald

LENA: Reburial services for Staff Sergeant George J. Bendarik, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Bendarik, who died Sept. 4, 1944, in Belgium as the results of wounds received in action, were held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spruce.

KELLY BROOK: The school purchased an electric clock, baseketball and other playground equipment for the children with the money made at the pie sale held in connection with their Christmas program. Their teacher is Mrs. Herman Buseman.

OCONTO FALLS: A number of friends and relatives gathered at the Herman Schlorf home to help him celebrate his birthday Tuesday evening.

60 years ago • April 2, 1959 • Times Herald

OCONTO: Lloyd Baumgart, chairman of the Oconto County Board of Supervisors, announced that he will not seek re-election to the office of supervisor for the village of Lena on April 7.

SURING: Army Private Richard Moede, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Moede, recently graduated from the 82nd Airborne Division Jump School at Fort Bragg.

BREED: Mr. and Mrs. Ellsorth Luebeck are the proud parents of a baby girl born March 26 at the Falls Memorial Hospital.

50 years ago • April 3, 1969 • Times Herald

SURING: Mrs. Lyle Stengel, 47, died March 2 in St. Vincent Hospital after a brief illness.

TOWNSEND: Mr. and Mrs. Walter Parker of Lakewood quietly observed their 31st wedding anniversary, which was March 31, at their home on Sunday.

OCONTO FALLS: Sara Louise is the new sister of Erica Marie, and they are the daughters of Fred and Sally Witt.

40 years ago • April 4, 1979 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Walter Nelson, 75, died April 1 at the Shawano Hospital after a long illness.

LENA: Leslie and Swim will celebrate their 52nd wedding anniversary on April 4.

GILLETT: Anker Rudie retired after 42 years of employment at the Plywood Plant in Gillett.

30 years ago • April 5, 1989 • Times Herald

OCONTO: The Oconto River ice broke at Oconto and created a lot of problems with ice and water flooding over onto the adjoining land.

OCONTO COUNTY: Barn boards were taken from a hay wagon on the Betty Schinkoski house in the town of Oconto Falls.

GILLETT: A son, Alex Jonathan, was born March 24 to William and Kathy Sellen.

25 years ago • April 6, 1994 • Times Herald

LENA: Achieving a tremendous safe driving record, Jim Wenzel was honored at Schneider Transport’s annual safety awards banquet, held at Woodside Country Club in Green Bay.

PULASKI: Robert Brokiewicz, 22, Pulaski area resident, died Friday, March 25, as the result of an industrial accident in North Carolina.

LENA: Nathan Cook, a senior at Lena High School, has been awarded a Wisconsin Rural Rehabilitation Scholarship of $850 to attend the College of Agriculture at UW-River Falls.

20 years ago • April 7, 1999 • Times Herald

GILLETT: No one was seriously hurt when a Gillett Area Ambulance vehicle was involved in a collision in Green Bay while shuttling a patient late Saturday.

LAKEWOOD: Robbers attempted to steal cigarettes and the like from the Amoco station and load them into their car. As they tried to leave, Mike Flynn, D.J. Garrison and Tim Bohl apprehended them and waited for help to arrive.

OCONTO FALLS: The sale of city land to Luisier Well Drilling was approved, subject to some conditions agreed to by both parties, the city and Luisier.

10 years ago • April 8, 2009 • Times Herald

RIVERVIEW: Three men, brothers from Green Bay, were rescued April 2 after falling through ice on Grindle Lake in Riverview after spending at least 45 minutes in the frigid water.

SURING: Vern Schuettpelz and family have been busy for two weeks cooking down sap to make maple syrup, an operation that has been going on for three generations.

GILLETT: A 150-year-old barn containing a milking parlor and milkhouse owned by Eric Engebretson and located on the Allen Engebretsen farm in the town of Gillett was destroyed by fire March 31. Four area fire departments responded to the scene.

Compiled by Oconto Falls Community Library staff