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Fri
23
Nov

Why I give thanks: Grateful for family and community


James Beaton (NEW Media photo by Greg Mellis)

I have been very blessed; there’s no doubt about that. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on these many blessings, and I’m honored to be selected by NEW Media to share my reasons for being thankful.

When I look back at my life, I know I didn’t do everything the right way. I had three kids by the time I was 22 years old, and our young family didn’t start out on the best footing. We didn’t have any money, but somehow we figured it out.

Back then, I was just trying to put food on the table, and I worked various jobs. I plowed snow and drove school bus, delivered oil and sold cars. I worked hard and put myself through school.

My father always told me I could be whatever I wanted to be, if I worked hard enough. My mom and dad, Carolyn and Brian, were always supportive and encouraging. I’m so thankful to have them in my life.

Fri
23
Nov

Why I give thanks: Thanksgiving, a time for sharing stories


Dean Hess (NEW Media photo by Greg Mellis)

As the leaves turn crimson and begin to fall, we notice other signs of autumn — the geese flying south, sunsets coming earlier each day and the need to grab a jacket to ward off the bite of the early morning cold. As the days of fall grow fewer, our thoughts turn to the upcoming holiday season and our memories of Thanksgiving past.

For many, Thanksgiving brings the opportunity for quality time with family and friends. It also provides an opportunity for reflection on the many things that we are thankful for. Quite often, we are so wrapped up in the challenges that daily life brings that we tend to take for granted the gifts that have been bestowed upon us. The treasure of family and friendship.

Tue
20
Nov

Years Gone By: Nov. 21

110 years ago • Nov. 19, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: From Nov. 20-21 the Teachers Institute of Oconto County held a institute at the high school, given by Professor Hewitt of the Oshkosh Normal School. Local teachers held a reception for visiting teachers at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Delbridge.

OCONTO FALLS: Thomas Hanson, Green Valley, shot himself with a pistol after his marriage proposal was rejected was Mamie Quinn. He was taken to the hospital in Oconto where he was in a precarious condition.

100 years ago • Nov. 15, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Walter Gotrocz, 30, was a victim of Spanish influenza. He left his bed to light a small fire in the stove before succumbing to the disease. His wife was taken to a Green Bay hospital where she is unaware of the death of her husband.

Wed
14
Nov

Gillett Christmas in the Park is Dec. 1

The annual Christmas in the Park has been scheduled for Dec. 1 at Zippel Park in Gillett. The magic of Christmas is celebrated with horse-drawn sleigh/wagon rides through the park and lighted Christmas displays by local businesses and organizations at 5 p.m., followed by a fireworks display.

Activities for all will start at 10 a.m. with Santa’s workshop filled with crafts and vendor goods at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 101 W. Main St., through 3:30 p.m. Horse-drawn rides will be available from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from St. John’s to Zippel Park.

Kids’ activities include make-and-take crafts, face painting, balloon animals, Hintz 4-H cake walk, cookies and hot chocolate.

New this year is a petting zoo, coloring contest and reindeer games inside the Expo Hall at the park from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wed
14
Nov

Years Gone By: Nov. 14

110 years ago • Nov. 12, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: FOR SALE — A bunch of 30 sheep. Apply to WILLIAM E. VOLK. Oconto Falls, Wis.

OCONTO FALLS: BIDS WANTED — Bids for the furnishing of the basement and the removal of a wall between the laboratory and assembly at the high school are requested. Send bids into the Oconto Falls Joint School District to the clerk of the board.

100 years ago • Nov. 8, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Schools remain closed for another week on account of new cases of the Spanish influenza in the community. The quarantine has been removed from public gatherings but continues for the schools.

OCONTO COUNTY: Clerk of the Court Keefe received word this morning from Judge Quinlan that the November jury cases of circuit court would not be tried on account of the prevalence of influenza, and therefore the jury men drawn are ordered not to appear.

Wed
07
Nov

Years Gone By: Nov. 7

110 years ago • Nov. 11, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: PHANTOM PARTY — Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Delbridge entertained about 40 guests at a “phantom party” at their home on Main Street last Saturday night, and the occasion proved a most enjoyable one.

MORGAN: Snow flurries decorated the atmosphere here on Wednesday.

100 years ago • Nov. 1, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Due to new cases of Spanish influenza, the quarantine is still in place. This means schools, churches and theaters must remain closed.

STILES: Jule Vandeneck died at 11 o‘clock yesterday morning after an illness of less than four days. The cause of death is pronounced Spanish influenza. The immediate cause of his death was pneumonia, which developed from the Spanish influenza.

90 years ago • Nov. 1, 1928 • Gillett Times

Wed
31
Oct

Megan Musings: Firefighters visit Fairview School


A new electronic sign located in front of the Morgan Town Hall informs passersby of local meetings and events. (Photo by Megan Oswald)

Greetings, Morgan! October is Fire Prevention Month. As October comes to a close and heating season arrives, it is important to take time to talk to all members of your household about being mindful of fire safety and prevention.

Green Valley-Morgan Fire Department personnel visited students at Fairview School again this year as part of the Fire Prevention Week activities. The 2018 theme for Fire Prevention Week was “Look, Listen and Learn.” The main messages to students were to look for things that would start a fire, listen for your smoke alarms and learn your two escape routes.

Although these messages were aimed at students, people of all ages could benefit from reflecting on these three basic concepts. Students from 4-year-old kindergarten through fifth grade also had the opportunity to see the different types of firefighting equipment during the fire department’s visit.

Town Hall sign

Wed
31
Oct

Years Gone By: Oct. 31

110 years ago • Oct. 29, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

MORGAN: A hunters’ dance will be given by Herb Rymer in Evergreen Resort, Morgan, on Saturday, Nov. 7. Music by Hall’s orchestra. Check room and barn room free. A good time promised, and all are invited.

BREED: Many of our pleasure seekers attended the leap year party at Breed Sunday evening; all report a very enjoyable time, even if some of the boys made a mistake and went to Mountain on their way home.

100 years ago • Nov. 1, 1918 • Farmer Herald

STILES: FLU CLAIMS FIRST VICTIM: Jule Vandeneck, a farmer residing about two miles west of this village in the town of Stiles, died of pronounced Spanish influenza in less than four days.

OCONTO COUNTY: Three pounds of sugar can be bought for each person during the month of November. The restaurants can also have three pounds for every 90 persons.

90 years ago • Oct. 25, 1928 • Gillett Times

Tue
23
Oct

Years Gone By: Oct. 22

110 years ago • Oct. 22, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

GILLETT: Fire destroyed the farm house, barn and other out buildings belonging to Jule Coshenet in section 25, town of Gillett. The property loss is $1,200 with insurance of $600.

OCONTO FALLS: FOR SALE — A bunch of 30 sheep. Apply to WILLIAM E. VOLK. Oconto Falls, Wis.

100 years ago • Oct. 25, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: John Dinse and son Fred, of Morgan, appeared before the Oconto County Council of Defense to explain the picture of the kaiser and family displayed in their home. The matter was settled to the satisfaction of all present.

OCONTO FALLS: The local board of health considers it advisable to continue the present quarantine for at least another week, as the number of cases of scarlet fever has not been reduced to a degree sufficient to warrant taking any chance of an epidemic.

90 years ago • Oct. 18, 1928 • Gillett Times

Wed
17
Oct

Years Gone By: Oct. 17

110 years ago • Oct. 15, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Edward Young has purchased Otis Robert’s ice house and outfit and will conduct the business.

OCONTO FALLS: Miss Helen Hurley, for more than a year a compositor in The Herald office, has entered St. Mary’s Hospital at Milwaukee with the intention of becoming a trained nurse.

100 years ago • Oct. 18, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: In obedience to an order issued yesterday by the county board of health, all churches in this village have been ordered closed until further notice in order to prevent the spread of the Spanish Flu.

OCONTO FALLS: Notice is hereby given that my wife, Mrs. Martha Mentzer, having left my bed and board without just cause or provocation, I will not be responsible for any debts or bills contracted by her or at her request from and after this date. HERMAN MENTZER, Town of Oconto Falls.

90 years ago • Oct. 11, 1928 • Gillett Times

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