Years Gone By: Dec. 12

110 years ago • Dec. 10, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Miss Maude Lutsey, sixth-grade teacher at the school, was taken to the hospital in Milwaukee on account of appendicitis. She will be operated on in Milwaukee, and her friends wish her well.

OCONTO: William Jackson, son of James Jackson, shot himself in the head last Sunday and died in the afternoon of the same day.

100 years ago • Dec. 13, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Oconto Falls can have free delivery if the majority of the people desire it. Postmaster Levi Lane on Wednesday received notification from the Fourth Assistant Postmaster General that the department was now authorized to establish free mail delivery in villages having a third-class post office.

MORGAN: Cases of Spanish Influenza have risen in the town of Morgan, so much so that the town has been ordered quarantined until a time where there is evidence that the flu has abated.


Years Gone By: Dec. 5

110 years ago • Dec. 3, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: John L. Petty, of Brookside, was in town several days selling fresh and smoked fish, and did a good business. Mr. Petty lives on his farm, but has been compelled to forego the heavier work for some years on account of his health.

OCONTO FALLS: Nick Windt has just completed painting a large and striking sign on the wall of the store of the Falls Mercantile Co.

100 years ago • Dec. 6, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: The public school teachers and pupils will enjoy one week of vacation at Christmas time. Schools will close Friday evening, Dec. 20, and reopen Monday, Dec. 30.


Red Arrow is Snowmobile Club of the Year

Contributed photo

Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club has received the first-ever Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs “Club of the Year” Award for 2018.

The award was presented to club representatives at the AWSC Workshops at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells the weekend of Oct. 26-28. Attending to receive the award were Gary Wagner, club president; Sandy Wagner, Gary’s wife and club membership secretary; Mike Ott, club vice president, and his wife, Lisa; board member Dennis Pommering and his wife, Julie; and past president John Brantmeier with his wife, Linda.

Jeff Schwaller, the AWSC director from Marinette County and chairperson of the selection committee, presented club members with the award.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Red Arrow is now a year-round club of almost 500 families, individuals and Business Booster members serving both the snowmobile and ATV/UTV riding communities in the Townsend area.


‘You’ll shoot your eye out’

Josh Blau (The Old Man), left, watches as Cate Kopkey (Mother) lectures Sebastian Surber (Randy) and Kael Pierquet (Ralphie) during a rehearsal of “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will present the show at the Byng Community Theater in Abrams. (Photo by Ali Carlson)

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will present a nostalgic and familiar Christmas show beginning Dec. 7.

“A Christmas Story: The Musical” is an iconic holiday comedy set in the 1940s. Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas – a Red Ryder BB gun – but his wish seems hopeless.

“The story line is very familiar,” said director Pamela Loberger. “For older audiences, it will bring back fond memories of Christmases of their youth. For the younger audience, it provides a lot of humor and upbeat, fun music.”


Years Gone By: Nov. 28

110 years ago • Nov. 26, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: All business places in the village closed up during the afternoon Thanksgiving Day, and work was suspended. There were many family gatherings where they enjoyed the “turkey feast,” and many private families also participated in the good cheer of the season.

BROOKSIDE: Eugene Bovee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel Bovee, of Brookside, who is a student at the high school in this village is very ill with pneumonia at the home of Mrs. Crane, where he rooms. His mother is in attendance upon him.

100 years ago • Nov. 22, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: After a five-week closure, schools in Oconto Falls will open Monday. Scarlet fever and influenza cases have abated. Students tired of the long enforced vacation and will resume their studies with avidity, recognizing the necessity of increased effort to make up the work so as to complete the year’s course.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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