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110 years ago • April 29, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: BIG YEAR FOR SUGAR BEETS – John Lindgren, manager of the Menominee River Sugar Company, made a visit to the county. He observed the acreage dedicated to sugar beets was double it was the previous year. 420 acres were dedicated to growing sugar beets last year.

LITTLE SUAMICO: Managers of the Little Suamico Creamery met in Green Bay met with their partners.

100 years ago • May 2, 1919 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: In its first vote since it became the City of Oconto Falls, W.J. Munsert was elected the first mayor of the City of Oconto Falls. Chris Peterson was elected as city treasurer.

MORGAN: Peter Larsen sold his cheese factory and saloon to Joseph Babler of Zachow. He will take possession of it this week.

90 years ago • May 2, 1929 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: Dr. L.H. Baldwin is going to aid in the rebuilding of the Gillett Pavilion by giving the total proceeds of the Thursday evening movie at the Gem Theater to the Gillett Advancement Association.

BREED: Last Sunday morning a man named Nick Clarey, who has been employed on a farm at Breed, dropped dead in a saloon as he rose to walk.

90 years ago • May 2, 1929 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Gerald Coopman wrote to his brother from Fargo, North Dakota, assuring him that he is all right. Gerald Coopman disappeared from home on April 21 and had not been heard from until now.

OCONTO FALLS: A fire at the home of Mrs. Mary Bateman practically ruined the residence. She had been visiting Two Rivers at the time, but her son Norman was home unaware of the fire until the fire department showed up. Faulty wiring is the supposed cause of the fire.

80 years ago • April 27, 1939 • Oconto Falls Herald

GREEN VALLEY: Wallace Borst, 14, was struck and was instantly killed by a southbound Chicago & Northwestern freight train a short distance from his home just west of Green Valley Tuesday afternoon.

OCONTO FALLS: Vernon Landin, who is well-known in this community, is today opening a Cloverfarm grocery store in the north section of the Lipschultz building.

OCONTO FALLS: Edwin Kain Jr. suffered a leg injury in a motorcycle accident this week.

70 years ago • April 28, 1949 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Roger Davis, 27, may lose his right arm as a result of an accident at Falls Paper and Power Company here early Thursday Afternoon.

GILLETT: Francis Thomson of Thomson Motor Company has announced the purchase of the property of Louis Zahn in Gillett. Mr. Zahn’s property has been known as Zahn’s Garage, Gillett Plymouth and Chrysler dealer.

60 years ago • April 30, 1959 • Times Herald

LENA: Dean Christopherson and Karen Borzick will reign as king and aueen of the annual Lena Junior Prom, May 16 in the high school gymnasium.

MOUNTAIN: Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Hinkfuss are the happy parents of a baby daughter born Thursday at the Oconto Falls Hospital.

50 years ago • May 1, 1969 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Iver Jacobsen Jr. has been selected one of six area supervisors for the Prange Stores.

SURING: Mr. and Mrs. William Strelow observed their 45th wedding anniversary Saturday night with a dance at Schotts Hall with their many friends and relatives attending.

40 years ago • May 2, 1979 • Times Herald

OCONTO: Raymond Shampo, 21, pleaded innocent to a charge of causing bodily harm to another person. He is alleged to have grabbed Roy Nelson and thrown him out of the door of the Little Chicago, causing Nelson to suffer bruises when he fell down the steps.

OCONTO: Two boys, one age 17 from Oconto Falls and another age 15 from Gillett, are being charged with stealing two candle holders from St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Spruce. They are also being held for possession of marijuana.

30 years ago • May 3, 1989 • Times Herald

LENA: A barn at the Jack Meyer farm was destroyed by fire. Four milk cows and a herd of 57 were lost.

OCONTO FALLS: Dr. R. Scott Liebl has been elected a member of the Wisconsin Surgical Society at its annual meeting in Milwaukee.

OCONTO: The Eagle Tool Co., Mayor Bill Bake and the Oconto Industrial Fund Inc. announced that Eagle Tool will expand its Iron Mountain, Michigan-based business in Oconto.

25 years ago • May 4, 1994 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Michael Kratz, sixth-grade student at Washington Middle School in Oconto Falls, has won an expense-paid ticket to U.S. Space Camp in Florida this summer through an essay contest sponsored by Six Flags Great America.

SURING: Martin Starzinski, 83, died at home in Maple Valley on April 19 following a lengthy illness.

OCONTO COUNTY: Tom Pagel shot a turkey on Friday, April 29, in the Machickanee Forest. The bird weighed 23 pounds and had 29 mm spurs.

20 years ago • April 28, 1999 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Lorraine Gentz, program chair of the Gillett Women’s Club, presented Dave Pelow a gift and certificate of appreciation for the support he has given the club in his position as director of the Gillett High School band. Pelow will retire from teaching this year.

OCONTO: Who really won the April 6 election for chairman in the town of Mountain? Incumbent chairman Francis “Bud” Babiasch was opposed by Daryl Maasz, and after all votes were counted the night of the election, a tie resulted.

ABRAMS: It’s time to saddle up and hit the trails in the Machickanee Forest. The winding horse trails through the Oconto County-owned woods officially opened April 15, which makes horse trailers on County Road E a common sight on sunny days.

10 years ago • April 29, 2009 • Times Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: According to a report from the Department of Workforce Development, unemployment in Oconto County was at 13.6 percent for March, up from 12.9 percent in February. A year ago it was at 6.6 percent.

GILLETT: The Gillett Primary Care Clinic held an open house Saturday, April 25, to spotlight its new physical therapy department.

OCONTO COUNTY: Oconto County health officials and medical care providers received guidelines for testing and treatment during an update on the swine flu outbreak that originated in Mexico.

Compiled by Oconto Falls Community Library staff.