Years Gone By: April 17

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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • April 15, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: The blowing of the Mill whistle caused the team of Peter Peterson of Spruce to bolt. The only damaged sustained was a broken yoke.

OCONTO FALLS: NOTICE - Hereafter the fire whistle will blow three long blasts to indicate a meeting of the hose company. The regular meetings of the company are held on the first Friday of each month - H.H. CALDWELL, Secretary.

100 years ago • April 18, 1919 • Farmer Herald

MORGAN: Mr. and Mrs. Karl Birr celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on April 9. The celebration was held at their son Harry’s house and was attended by family and friends of the couple.

OCONTO FALLS: Frank Plain is recovering from a delicate operation on his neck. He broke his neck in France after a truck he was on overturned while hitting a hole.

90 years ago • April 11, 1929 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: Gus Bergman, who has a contract to rebuild the pavilion at Zippel Park, returned to the area with his plans. They were accepted by the Industrial Commission.

OCONTO FALLS: A new Vitaphone was installed at the Grand Theater. Patrons may come to see and hear the masterpiece starting April 18 at the 7:45 show.

90 years ago • April 11, 1929 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Another area snowstorm blanketed the growing grass last Saturday, Sunday, and Monday night. The new snow also means that highways that were passable before are no longer such.

OCONTO: Oconto River is over its bank in Oconto. For the second time this spring, the river has overflowed its bank and low areas are now covered in water.

80 years ago • April 13, 1939 • Oconto Falls Herald

MOUNTAIN: In celebrating its sixth anniversary, the CCC camp will hold an “open house” on Sunday, April 16.

KELLY LAKE: Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hansen have purchased the Charles Gustin Cottage.

OCONTO FALLS: A small roof fire at the Ralph Doney residence called the Volunteer Fire Department Wednesday morning.

70 years ago • April 14, 1949 • Oconto Falls Herald

LENA: Fire destroyed the barn and all the livestock on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Fetterly on Monday night. The loss was estimated at $12,000. The cause of the fire is unknown.

OCONTO FALLS: Anton Effenberger, 72, Oconto Falls, who had been in the jewelry and watch repairing business for nearly 60 years, has retired due to a defect in one of his eyes.

60 years ago • April 16, 1959 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: A head-on automobile accident Sunday led to the hospitalization of Fred Sasman, 81, and Richard Schuessler, 20, of Oconto Falls. The crash occurred on Highway 22 just east of Oconto Falls.

GILLETT: Sue Lindow has been chosen Gillett High School’s delegate to Badger Girls State at Madison and Jim Hansen will attend the Badger Boys.

50 years ago • April 17, 1969 • Times Herald

TOWNSEND: The Bartels have sold the tavern and moved back to their home at the golf course last week.

OCONTO FALLS: James Life, paper mill engineering at Marinette, has been promoted to the position of plant engineer at Oconto Falls.

40 years ago • April 18, 1979 • Times Herald

SURING: One of each now for Richard and Cheryl Gardebrecht. Their son Michael was born April 3.

MADISON: State Rep. Richard Matty has co-authored a bill that would lower the eligibility age for special recreational cards from 65 to 62 years of age.

30 years ago • April 19, 1989 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Alice Metzler, librarian at Cook Memorial Library in Oconto Falls, has received a $1,000 scholarship from the Nicolet Federated Library System to attend the American Library Association Conference in Dallas from June 24-29.

OCONTO FALLS: The Oconto Falls chapter of Future Business Leaders of America placed second in the state, and Melissa Murphy was elected the state president at the 36th FBLA State Leadership Conference held April 6-8 in Green Bay.

SURING: The Suring School Board approved a contract for $164,884 with Northern Metal and Roofing for the replacement of a portion of the roof at the school.

25 years ago • April 20, 1994 • Times Herald

LENA: Two new businesses have opened in the former Ford Motors building on U.S. Highway 141. They are the White Rabbit Collector’s Mall and Mary Ann’s Sweet Shop.

GILLETT: Pat Nofke has been named to the dean’s list for the first semester of the 1993-94 academic year at Carroll College.

LENA: Jerry Grulkowski recently opened Northern Wisconsin Tractor, a service and repair center for used tractors and equipment.

20 years ago • April 14, 1999 • Times Herald

GILLETT: More than 360 people packed the Meunier-Pelow auditorium at Gillett High School on Thursday, April 8, to hear a presentation by the Gillett Police Department and others regarding the release and return of a convicted sex offender to the community of Gillett.

GILLETT: On Monday, April 12, the Community Bank of Gillett opened its doors for the first time to customers at its new building, 204 E. Main St.

MADISON: The Kelly Lake Sanitary District has requested approval of a facilities plan addendum for new wastewater treatment facilities.

10 years ago • April 15, 2009 • Times Herald

OCONTO: Organizers of a new farmers market hope to start selling produce twice each month at the Oconto County Courthouse, starting in July, with the intent to improve nutrition of area residents and help farmers.

OCONTO FALLS: Jim Kozak has bought back the Carquest business he sold 10 years ago and is delighted to be meeting old friends and customers.

OCONTO COUNTY: Area school superintendents are anxiously waiting to hear about federal funds the school districts will receive under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and national economic stimulus plan.