Years Gone By: May 22


Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • May 20, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Robert Robinson became entangled with an iron shaft and he was whirled about through space in a small alcove in the wood room, sustaining a dislocated right shoulder, a crushed breast bone and numerous bruises.

MORGAN: Hydrophobia is spreading among the cattle of Oconto County. The most recent case involves a cow belonging to Frank McEwing that died Monday, and a second cow is sick with the disease. Sandy Patterson also has two cows sick with hydrophobia.

100 years ago • May. 23, 1919 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Louise Lefave, Company M, arrived home Monday and is in possession of Croix de Guerre, a French decoration for bravery in battle.

GILLETT: Eugene Gauthier, who has been proprietor of the Gillett drug store for the past three years, came down in his car Sunday morning for a brief stay.

90 years ago • May 23, 1929 • Gillett Times

POUND: In the village of Pound, where the hurricane was worse, a steeple was blown off the Baptist Church and the windows blown in at St. Leo’s Church.

GILLETT: Mrs. Evelyn Koroter of this village, who is to be married June 5, was the guest at two pre-nuptial miscellaneous showers the latter part of last week.

BERRY LAKE: Hugo Kahler of the Frank Settlement and Miss Bertha DeHart of Long Lake were quietly united in marriage at Waukegan Lake, Illinois, on Wednesday, May 15.

90 years ago • May 23, 1929 • Oconto Falls Herald

SHAWANO: Lauerman’s of Marinette announced that they are purchasing the Hayter Company Store in Shawano. The Hayter Company still owns the building and is leasing it for a term to Lauerman’s.

OCONTO FALLS: Commencement exercises for the rural schools will be held May 28 at the high school gym.

80 years ago • May 25, 1939 • Oconto Falls Herald

MORGAN: A beautiful wedding was solemnized by the Rev. E. Kulhman at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Morgan on Saturday, when Miss Helen Peters became the bride of Mr. Byron Schroeder.

STILES: Walter Easton, 50, World War veteran, suffered severe injury Sunday when the car he was driving sideswiped a tree alongside the highway and then hurled into a ditch.

LENA: The barn and machine shed of H. Molitor were struck by lightning in an electrical storm Friday, both burning to the ground.

70 years ago • May 19, 1949 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Mr. and Mrs. William Steffel announce the engagement of their daughter Joyce to Method Vezelka, also of Oconto Falls. The marriage will take place June 18.

SURING: Marcus Pelagrin, former Falls resident, has purchased the Suring Cafe formerly owned and operated by Mrs. Olson.

LENA: Arthur Huberty and Mike Garrigan have been selected by the student body and faculty to represent Lena High School at Badger Boys State from June 18 to 25 at Ripon College.

60 years ago • May 21, 1959 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Miss Audrey Larsen has been selected by the Oconto County Homemakers to receive their annual $100 home economics scholarship award.

GILLETT: Miss Dawn Hertwig became Mrs. Lyle Kohn Saturday evening, May 9, in candlelight services at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

LENA: A Milwaukee Road train bridge four miles north of Lena was charred Saturday night when it caught fire from a brush blaze. The blaze caused smoke that could be seen for miles.

50 years ago • May 22, 1969 • Times Herald

GILLETT: A 19-year-old Gillett resident was electrocuted a few hours after his wife gave birth to the couple’s second son. He was working with the Asplund Tree Expert Co. at Bruce Crossing, Michigan, when a tree he was cutting fell into a 69,000-volt high line electric wire.

GILLETT: A 5-year-old boy who took a two-mile walk through the woods was the object of an intensive search. Officers stopped trucks and cars and asked drivers to be on the lookout for the boy. One stopped was Otto Paholke, who saw the boy answering the description walking south on County Trunk O and took the boy back to his parents.

LENA: Kathy Ward became the bride of Raymond Block on May 10.

40 years ago • May 23, 1979 • Times Herald

MIAMI: A Sobieski man, John Gallagher, 50, is among 17 people apprehended in drug arrests that included a gun battle and a spur-of-the-moment sting operation.

OCONTO: Faulty wiring is suspected in the fire that destroyed a 109-year-old store building at 200 Brazeau Ave. The structure was built in 1870 and had been operated continuously as a general merchandise and grocery store by the Brazeau family. The last owner, Joseph Brazeau, discontinued operation earlier this year and sold the building at auction.

GILLETT: Due to declining enrollment, the Gillett School Board moved not to hire a new fifth-grade teacher to replace the resigning Mrs. Marcheski. It was noted that there are 76 seniors graduating this year but only 45 kindergartners starting next fall.

30 years ago • May 24, 1989 • Times Herald

BREED: The Rev. John Laatsch will be installed as pastor of Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church on May 28.

OCONTO COUNTY: Ronald Knoll, 27, Menasha, was killed in a one-car traffic accident on state Highway 32 in the town of Breed.

SURING: Scott Michael was born on May 9 to Michael and Deborah School. Scott weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and measured 21 inches.

25 years ago • May 25, 1994 • Times Herald

SURING: Kathy Flynn received her baccalaureate diploma in nursing from Bellin College of Nursing during commencement ceremonies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on May 14.

OCONTO FALLS: John Dekeyser, 58, died suddenly of natural causes on Tuesday morning, May 17, at his home.

OCONTO: At the 1994 Awards Day program on Wednesday, Rebecca Maloney was given the Charles Raymond Memorial Award for the Outstanding senior golfer.

20 years ago • May 19, 1999 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Emery Ansorge, 87, Gillett civic leader and philanthropist, died on Friday, May 14, at his winter home in Panama City, Florida.

MOUNTAIN: At the May 10 informational meeting for the future Mountain Historical Society, Paul Elbe was honored for his help and appreciation for saving one of Mountain’s original log homes.

GILLETT: At the end of this school year, Darlene Hodney will retire as secretary at Gillett Elementary School. She started working for the Gillett School District on Aug. 28, 1978.

10 years ago • May 20, 2009 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: World War II veteran Bob Mortell, 87, participated in the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., April 25. The trip included a visit to Arlington National Cemetery and the World War II memorial.

CHASE: Investigators are working to determine positive identification and cause of death of a woman after an early-morning fire May 14. Three children, ages 11, 7 and 3, escaped. The woman is believed to be their mother.

OCONTO FALLS: Oconto Falls and Gillett Emergency Management Service crews worked together on a chemical accident mock drill at Oconto Falls High School. Twelve Boy Scouts working toward their emergency management merit badges were rescued in the event.

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