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11
Jul

Copper Culture Museum open daily through Labor Day

The city of Oconto and the Department of Natural Resources, the Copper Culture Museum will be staffed with guides daily from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Labor Day, thanks to additional funding provided by the state.

Operated by the Oconto County Historical Society, the museum is located in the Copper Culture State Park, one block south of the intersection of state Highway 22 and U.S. Highway 41.

The museum focuses on the Old Copper Complex, an Archaic Tradition people who utilized native copper to form tools and ornaments.

Within the park is the Oconto archeological site which is the oldest dated burial ground in eastern North America.

Some experts suggest it was used primarily between 3,000 and 4,000 years B.C.E.

Thu
11
Jul

Gauthier reaches century mark

Janina (Joan) Gauthier celebrated her 100th birthday at the Oconto Falls Senior Center on May 24. Friends and relatives came from near and far to be with her.

Gauthier was born in Milwaukee. She later lived in Spruce and finally in Oconto Falls, where she still lives on her own with a little help from her daughter, Sue Campbell.

Gauthier was married for 50 years to her late husband, Leo. They had 11 children and now have about 178 descendants.

Gauthier did seasonal work at the canning factory and at one time was the health inspector for the town of Stiles. She was a leader in the 4-H sewing club.

She has lived in the same farmhouse for close to 70 years and still plays cards with her neighbors at the Senior Center.

As part of her centennial celebration, a Mass was held in her honor at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Oconto Falls.

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