Years Gone By: June 12


Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • June 10, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Mrs. Joseph Gehling is one of the six heirs to the estate of Daniel McEwing. Ben Mason of Salina, Kansas, wrote to an area resident seeking the names and addresses of the heirs. The amount that Mrs. Gehling is to inherit is unknown.

TOWNSEND: D.W. Fuller, postmaster at Townsend, and his son were nearly drowned in Wheeler Pond. The boat had capsized in the lake. They struggled against the waves for two hours before making their way to shore.

100 years ago • June 13, 1919 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: The road and bridge committee of the County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday awarded contracts for the completion of that part of the federal trunk line highway lying between Stiles Junction and the north and south quarter line in Section 24 town of Oconto Falls.

OCONTO FALLS: Brick took a tumble last Saturday in this city. Not in price, but from an elevated position which it had occupied for about 30 years. Since the erection of the new smoke stack by the Falls Manufacturing about a year ago, the usefulness of the old sack was doomed, and its fall only awaited the completion of arrangements transferring the boilers to the new boiler house in connection with the new stack.

90 years ago • June 13, 1929 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: A get-acquainted party was tendered last week to Mr. and Mrs. August Schmurr. They recently purchased the Frisbie farm northwest of the village.

UNDERHILL: Louis Zahn, who recently sold his farm located northeast of the village, last week moved his family and household goods to Gillett.

90 years ago • June 13, 1929 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: A regatta will be held on the Oconto River and Green Bay; organizers say that it will be a very attractive affair as well as novel.

OCONTO FALLS: The teachers and pupils of Zion Lutheran Sunday School enjoyed a picnic at the flats, below the falls, last Friday afternoon. The time was spent in playing games, and all enjoyed the marshmallow roast. Before departing ice cream and cake were served, and all had a good time.

80 years ago • June 15, 1939 • Oconto Falls Herald

SPRUCE: Funeral services for Mrs. Joseph Steiner, 71, were held Wednesday afternoon at the home with burial in the Spruce Cemetery.

SURING: License to wed have been granted to Albert Holmes, Suring, and Margaret Henschner, Laona.

SPRUCE: Several neighbors and friends gathered at the William Nelson home on Wednesday evening to help Mr. Nelson celebrate his birthday.

70 years ago • June 9, 1949 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Oconto Falls has added a new businessman. Milton Thielke has leased the Wirtz Eat Shop from Howard Wirtz.

OCONTO FALLS: Grace Lutheran Church was the setting for a lovely wedding at high noon Saturday when Miss Bette Rae Schellin became the bride of Martin Brown.

KELLY LAKE: Leighton Western left for Oregon Wednesday afternoon after spending a three-week furlough with his parents and friends here.

60 years ago • June 11, 1959 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Seven-year-old Faye E. Krueger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Krueger of R.1. Gillett, drowned Thursday afternoon at Finnegan Lake, a mile west of the city.

GILLETT: The barn on the Wally Amond farm Route 2, Gillett, was destroyed during a recent storm that also blew down a silo on the farm.

SURING: Mr. and Mrs. Bub Strehlow have purchased the Clara Burger home in Suring. They will be moving in a couple of weeks.

50 years ago • June 12, 1969 • Times Herald

GILLETT: Two Gillett residents were injured in falls. Rev. Charles Dinwidde was painting his house when he reached over a 220-volt power line to paint under the eaves. He was unable to pull his arm free when it contacted the wire. He also touched a rain pipe during his struggles, becoming immobilized on his aluminum ladder. Neighbor Everett Carlson kicked the ladder away. Dinwidde fell 16 feet to the ground. Later the same day, Frank Melchoir, who also assisted Dinwidde, fell from the second-story front porch roof to the sidewalk while putting screens on the upstairs windows.

HAYES: In 1909, Anna Holl, at the age of 14 assumed all the duties of operating the Hayes General Store and became the sole owner and operator of the business upon her father’s passing. The store observed its 60th anniversary this month.

GILLETT: Harry Kasten was named mayor of the City of Gillett by unanimous vote by the City Council June 5. He will complete the term of A.E. Hanstedt, who was killed in a car accident.

40 years ago • June 13, 1979 • Times Herald

OCONTO: Dr. James Janda, a practicing optometrist in Oconto for the past 31 years, has announced his retirement. Although he is retiring due to ill health, no particular plans are made for the future except that they intend to stay in Oconto.

LENA: Judy Geralyn Pawlak became the bride of Robert Riegert on April 28.

GILLETT: A 15-year-old Gillett High School junior, Miss Jody Simpson, was crowned new Oconto County Dairy Queen at the June Dairy Month Banquet.

30 years ago • June 13, 1989 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: June 15 marks the 60th wedding anniversary of Hank and Helen Marks.

GILLETT: A new rental store has opened on the corner of West Main and North Elm. The owners of Not Just Videos are Debra Wesche and Kyle Young.

GREEN BAY: The University of Wisconsin regents named Irene Streblow as one of seven Northeast Wisconsin residents appointed to the UW Board of Visitors.

25 years ago • June 15, 1994 • Times Herald

GILLETT: A son, Caleb Joseph, was born on June 7 to Holly and Scott Krueger.

GILLETT: Gary Baumann won a gold medal for the shot put on Saturday, June 4, at the Special Olympics at Stevens Point.

SURING: Joshua Firgens, a 1994 eighth-grade graduate of St. John Lutheran School, completed all eight years of school without having an absence.

20 years ago • June 9, 1999 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: John Mikulee, of Oconto Falls, will make an appearance on the “Lottery Money Game” TV show this weekend with a chance to win in excess of $50,000.

OCONTO FALLS: The halls of Washington Elementary won’t be the same next year. June 2 marked the last day for students and the retirement of one of its most admired and respected teachers, Nick Kinziger.

COLEMAN: U.S. Department of Agriculture representatives joined state and local officials at a groundbreaking ceremony June 2 in Coleman to officially mark the construction and improvements to the village of Coleman water system.

10 years ago • June 10, 2009 • Times Herald

LENA: The Lena Fire Department celebrated its 100-year anniversary Saturday with a fire truck and rescue vehicle parade and a cookout.

LENA: Breakfast on the Farm will be held June 14 at the Pam and Mike Alsteen farm in Lena.

OCONTO COUNTY: Oconto County authorities are continuing to investigate the homicides of three people in two separate incidents last month. Christine Staeven, Chase, was found deceased after a fire destroyed her home. Kimberly Rose and her brother, Leonard Marsh, were found dead of gunshot wounds at Rose’s residence in the town of Gillett.

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