Master Gardener volunteer training offered in Mountain

The University of Wisconsin-Extension is offering people who are interested in plants and people the opportunity to become Master Gardener volunteers.

Volunteers are trained in a wide range of horticultural topics via a multi-session training course that will be held Thursday evenings from April 4 through June 20. The course will be held at the Riverview Town Hall, 15471 State Highway 32, starting at 6 p.m. each evening.

The course work prepares participants to help others in their community by assisting with community beautification projects, horticultural demonstrations, answering plant care questions and many other ways that Master Gardener volunteers are able to assist gardeners.


Finnegan Lake Walleye Club hosts fishing derby Saturday

The Finnegan Lake Walleye Club plans to hold its annual fishing derby Saturday in the heated Oconto County Fair main pavilion at Zippel Park in Gillett. The club will again be registering fish from area lakes at derby headquarters in the park.

Prizes are given for the largest northern, walleye, bass, crappie, perch and bluegill. Fish registration ends at 3 p.m., and prizes will be awarded at 3:30 p.m.

In addition, general raffle tickets are being sold by club members and are available at many businesses in and around Gillett and the Oconto County area. This year’s general raffle will offer $5,000 in cash prizes to include $1,000 cash for first place, $750 cash for second place, $500 cash for third place, $250 cash for fourth place, and $100 cash for fifth through 19th place. This year the 20th through 39th place winners will each receive $50.


Years Gone By: Feb. 20

110 years ago • Feb. 18, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

SPRUCE: Ladies of the Maccabees hosted a social at the Joseph Kadlec farm, where a good time was had by all. There was a box supper auction, and the funds raised by this were give to the general fund of the Beatrice Hive.

OCONTO FALLS: Lighting Plant For Sale – A first-class Royal Gas Light plant, in best of condition, six-light machine, complete, for $15. Apply to John C. Meyer, Oconto Falls, Wis.

100 years ago • Feb. 21, 1919 • Farmer Herald

GILLETT: William Lemorande Has Traded His Ice Business for a Farm – Wm. Lemorande has traded his ice house and outfit for the Ole Peterson farm in section 30, town of Gillett. Mr. Peterson has assumed possession of the ice house property and has a crew of men at work now filling the big brick building on Franklin Avenue.


Years Gone By: Feb. 13

110 years ago • Feb. 11, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: A 15-cent lunch social will be given at the parsonage of St. Jacob’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, by the ladies’ aid society, on Feb. 17 from 3 to 8 o’clock. The public is cordially invited.

LITTLE SUAMICO: C.H. Dillon, of Little Suamico, representing the Little Suamico Creamery Company, was in town Friday last. The Little Suamico company has leased the Oconto Falls creamery from Frank O’Neill and will commence making butter sometime next month.

100 years ago • Feb. 14, 1919 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: The large barn now under construction by the Falls Manufacturing Co. is nearing completion. The barn is 40-by-80 feet in size and 41 feet high to peak of roof. The walls are of 1-inch tile.


Years Gone By: Feb. 6

110 years ago • Feb. 4, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

GREEN VALLEY: A masked ball will be held at Charles Hampel’s dance hall on Feb. 6. Three prizes will be given, and tickets are 50 cents.

GILLETT: William Miller was brought into court by district attorney J.B. Chase under charges of abandonment. He is accused of abandoning his wife and child.

100 years ago • Feb. 7, 1919 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: The subject of purchasing the 4-acre tract lying just north of the Jefferson School, on the west side, for park purposes is one that ought to receive consideration by the people of the village and especially by those residing on the west side of the river.

OCONTO: Henry L. Russell, a pioneer resident of Oconto County, answered his final summons, death occurring Saturday at midnight at his home on McDonald Street, old age causing his death, being 85 years of age.

90 years ago • Jan. 31, 1929 • Gillett Times


Years Gone By: Jan. 30

110 years ago • Jan. 28, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Bids wanted for the filling of the ice house on the Oconto Falls Creamery including sawdust needed. Bids can be received by the Herald Office until noon Feb. 2, 1909.

GILLETT: A 1,400-pound bell was installed in the new village hall. It will be rung at 8 o’clock for curfew. Anyone under the age of 16 seen after this time will be arrested.

100 years ago • Jan. 31, 1919 • Farmer Herald

LENA: Three Lena residents, Mrs. Clement Rosera, Hermis Harley, and Ralph Bassett passed away. All three were well known and respected in the Lena community.

OCONTO FALLS: The sudden death of Mrs. H.R. Lambrecht came as a shock to her many relatives and friends Tuesday afternoon. Death was due to heart failure left by influenza.

90 years ago • Jan. 24, 1929 • Gillett Times


Cast set for Machickanee Players comedy

Tammie McCarthy, Emmy Reed and Nannette Macy rehearse lines for “The Hopeful Hearts Dating Club of Oconto,” the next Machickanee Players community theater production. (Contributed photo)

The cast is set for the Machickanee Players’ February production of “The Hopeful Hearts Dating Club of Oconto.”

The world premiere of this comedy will feature Tammie McCarthy, Oconto; Haley Maxwell, Marinette; Nannette “Nan” Macy, Green Bay; Emmy Reed, Oconto; Russell Johnson, Pulaski; Chris Weis, Little Suamico; Oliver Kindt, Green Bay; and Zoe Muzak, Green Bay.

The play, written and directed by Kathy Campshure, answers this question: How do you “heat up” a small town in northeast Wisconsin in January? Simply circulate flyers announcing “Lucky Couple to Win Free Honeymoon Cruise” to all eligible females, add a June deadline, then sit back and watch the fun.

Production dates will be Feb. 8-17 at the Park Avenue Playhouse, 408 Park Ave. Oconto.


Tickets available for Paul Bunyan Breakfast

The Suring Area Historical Society will be hosting a Paul Bunyan-style breakfast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 10 at St. John Lutheran Church, 8905 St. Johns Road, Hayes.

The St. John Youth Group will be serving the breakfast of pancakes with local maple syrup, scrambled eggs with all the fixings, hash browns, fruit, doughnut holes, coffee and milk. Tickets are being sold in advance at $10 for ages 12 and up and $6 for ages 6-11; ages 5 and under are free.

Tickets are available for purchase at Lotters BP Suring, Suring Dollar Value and Huntington Bank. Historical society members will be selling tickets, also. Breakfast tickets should be purchased by Feb. 3 so the youth can get the food ordered. Tickets sold at the door will be $12 for 12 and up and $7 for 6-11.


Years Gone By: Jan. 23

110 years ago • Jan. 21, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

LITTLE SUAMICO: Frank O’Neill has leased his creamery property to the Little Suamico Creamery Company. They will take possession of it in April.

OCONTO FALLS: DOG HAD HYDROPHOBIA — A dog owned by the Elliott family was discovered to have rabies. It had bitten their little girl and, upon hearing the news, Mr. and Mrs. Elliott went to the Pasteur Institute in Chicago for treatment.

100 years ago • Jan. 24, 1919 • Farmer Herald

LENA: A dancing party will be held at Skochpol’s Dance Hall on Wednesday, Jan 29, in the evening. Music will be provided Rube’s Orchestra.

OCONTO FALLS: $100.45 was raised by the students in Oconto Falls area schools to help the orphaned children of France and Belgium. The money will be turned over to the Junior Red Cross to help with their efforts in seeing to their care.

90 years ago • Jan. 17, 1929 • Gillett Times


Years Gone By: Jan. 16

110 years ago • Jan. 14, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: LOST - A leather pocket book, during the past week, containing several notes. The finder will receive a reward by returning the same to The Herald Office, Oconto Falls, Wis.

OCONTO FALLS: Mary McGarvey, Pearl Laughlin and Ruby Wells have returned to school after the past week’s absence due to illness.

100 years ago • Jan. 17, 1919 • Farmer Herald

LENA: Sold His Farm - Peter Peetz has sold his farm in the town of Lena and will move his family to Oconto to reside in the E.J Balza house on Superior avenue.

OCONTO FALLS: A special village wide meeting was held at the High School gym Monday night to discuss the prospect of free mail delivery in the village. The village board wanted to talk about it with the village before issuing its opinion.

90 years ago • Jan. 10, 1929 • Gillett Times


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