Years Gone By: Sept. 12

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

OCONTO COUNTY: We have not had a good rainfall since the 6th of July last. The ground is dry as a bone for seven or eight feet down.

GILLETT: A harvest dance and picnic will be held in Otto Zarling’s grove, east of Gillett, on Sunday, Sept. 13, afternoon and evening. Good music and all kinds of refreshments. Baseball game in the afternoon.

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

OCONTO FALLS: A telegram was received here yesterday by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dorn of Oconto Falls announcing the death of their son, Fred Jr., who was accidentally killed while at work at a shipyard in the state of Washington. No details of the unfortunate affair been received but are expected within a couple of days.

OCONTO COUNTY: Notice to beekeepers – If you need sugar for your bees for next winter or spring, apply for blanks to obtain same. Harry Serier, Oconto County Food Administrator.


Come to the Cabaret, old chum

Brigette Finger, front, rehearses her role as Sally Bowles in the musical “Cabaret,” backed by the Kit Kat Dancers, from left, Ali Carlson, Elizabeth Jolly, Abby Frank, Jennifer Hibbard and Morgan Blau. “Cabaret” will be performed Sept. 13-16 and Sept. 20-23 at the Byng Community Theater in Abrams. (contributed photo)

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. invites the community to its fall show, “Cabaret,” the flashy musical set in a 1930s Berlin nightclub. “Cabaret” explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin’s natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.

The show is presented by After Dark Productions, a division of ASPI. Due to adult themes, the show is suitable for mature audiences only.

“Cabaret” is a 1966 musical based on the 1939 Christopher Isherwood novel “Goodbye to Berlin,” with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Joe Masteroff.

ASPI Director Cate Kopkey said the pace and variety of the show will make it an audience favorite.

“The setting of the show switches continually from the Kit Kat Klub to a Berlin apartment, from serious dialogue, to song and dance,” she said. “The show is anything but boring!”


Years Gone By: Sept. 5

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

MILWAUKEE: For the first time since the establishment of the two-cent rate, the railroads will this year give a reduced rate to the State Fair at Milwaukee, Sept. 7-11. A 1½ cent rate will be given on all lines running to Milwaukee. Ask for Excursion Tickets.

GILLETT: The law firm of Goldberg & Hoxie, of Gillett, will open a law office in the rooms over John Bach’s dry goods and millinery store on Sept. 15. The office in this village will be in charge of the junior member of the firm, George Hoxie.

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

OCONTO FALLS: St. Anthony’s parochial school, with four sisters in charge. opened Wednesday for the fall term. More than 200 pupils enrolled the first day, and it is probable this number will be materially increased within the next few weeks.


Another chance to Conquer Suring Hill

The climb north of the village of Suring is the centerpiece of the challenging Conquer Suring Hill 5K/10K race Sept. 1. (Contributed photo)

The Business Association of Suring Area is once again hosting the Conquer Suring Hill 5K/10K race Sept. 1, during Suring’s 88th annual Labor Day Celebration.
This is the fourth annual race, and participants can register at The professionally timed event is open to all ages, and medals are awarded in multiple age brackets. Price is $30 per person through race day registration. Discounts are available for kids, seniors, military and groups of four. Registration forms can also be printed online or found at businesses throughout the Suring area and mailed in.
To volunteer on race day, email or contact Katy Kegel, 715-850-0984, or Kim VanHandel, 920-595-0538.


Years Gone By: Aug. 22

110 years ago • Aug. 20, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Telephone line to be built from South Oconto Falls to Sampson. Nineteen people have signed up to be a part of the line.

OCONTO: Oconto defeated Peshtigo last Sunday on the fairgrounds at Oconto, by a score of 4-1.

100 years ago • Aug. 23, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Frank Coopman has moved his barber shop into the building which he puchased from C.D. Wilson next to his old stand. He has had the shop interior fitted up handsomely.

OCONTO FALLS: Sgt. Major Kirkwood of the 500th Winnipeg Rifles, “The Little Huck Devils,” the most famous of all the Canadian Expeditionary Forces, will deliver an address at the high school auditorium Aug. 27 under the auspices of the Oconto Falls Loyalty Legion.

90 years ago • Aug. 16, 1928 • Gillett Times


Local author Scott Winkler to visit Gillett

A native of Gillett, Scott Winkler recently published a new book set in a town much like his hometown. (Contributed photo)

Former “Gillettonian” Scott Winkler will be returning to Gillett, his hometown (and the fictionalized setting of his new book “The Meadow”) from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Gillett Public Library Community Center, 204 E. Main St.
Winkler plans to do a book reading, Q&A and book signing with refreshments following the reading. This event coincides with the library’s Downtown Market in the Square, which meets 4-6 p.m. every Thursday.


Years Gone By

110 years ago • Aug. 6, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald
OCONTO FALLS: NOTICE — Hereafter the fire whistle will blow three long blasts to indicate a meeting of the hose company. The regular meetings of the company are held on the first Friday of each month H.H. CALDWELL, Secretary
OCONTO FALLS: Mabel Marie. youngest child of Mrs. Mary Hertwig, aged 1 year, 4 months and six days, died at the home of her mother in this village last evening, after an illness caused by stomach trouble.
100 years ago • Aug. 9, 1918 • Farmer Herald
OCONTO FALLS: A telegram was received here Monday afternoon by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harteau their youngest son, William, died in the military hospital at Camp Eustis, Virginia, that morning.
OCONTO FALLS: 100 residents of Peshtigo made the trip to Oconto Falls to announce that Peshtigo is going to have a Settlers’ Picnic on Aug. 15.
90 years ago • Aug. 2, 1928 • Gillett Times


Morgan Musings: Garden Walk draws many to Morgan garden

Artist and Northern Gardeners Club member Dorothy Grzeskowiak of Pulaski demonstrates her oil painting techniques to attendees of the Garden Walk on July 21 at the garden of Joan and Ron Korzeniewski of Morgan. (Photo by Megan Oswald)

Greetings, Morgan! If you have a garden, how is it growing? The garden of Joan and Ron Korzeniewski is certainly growing well this summer and was recently on display for the Northern Gardeners Club Garden Walk on July 21.

A light mist of rain during the event did not keep the garden viewers away. In the few weeks that have passed since I previewed the Korzeniewski garden, many different plants have started to bloom. Golden black-eyed Susans, blue balloon flowers, purple coneflowers and day lilies of every color were flourishing in late July.


Years Gone By: Aug. 1

110 years ago • July 30, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

GILLETT: At the last meeting of the village council, P.A. Pamperin of Oconto made a proposition for the install of an electric light plant in this village. Briefly stated, he offers to put in a 500-kilometer dynamo and 15 arc lamps with all poles, wiring and everything ready for general service (outside of power) for a sum less than $2,000.

OCONTO FALLS: LOST HORSE - On Tuesday, July 28, a black horse with white mark on forehead and left hind foot white, weighs about 1,050 pounds, slim neck, strayed from Birr’s butcher shop on the west side. Any person returning the animal or giving information that will lead to its recovery will be suitably rewarded.

100 years ago • Aug 2, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: A new pest known as the “Leaf Hopper” has made its appearance in Wisconsin and is playing havoc with the potato crop throughout the state.


The Cougars are back in town

It started in the summer of 2016 with an electric performance by the party-rock band The Cougars at the East Side Beach in Oconto Falls.
The crowd set up chairs in the grassy area of the park, and hundreds of people spilled over onto the beach and the parking lot and danced in front of the stage.
Now back this Friday for a third year, The Cougars have become one of the popular anchors of the Music by the River series of free summer concerts sponsored by the Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.
The concerts happen on the fourth Friday of the month in June, July and August. The music begins at 6 p.m. and continues until the sun sets over the Oconto River. There’s no cover charge, and food and refreshments are available for purchase on the grounds. No carry-ins will be allowed.


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