Years Gone By: Oct. 10

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Oconto Falls Community Library staff

110 years ago • Oct. 8, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: A Great Prohibition rally will occur in this village next Wednesday evening, at M.W.A. ball, on which occasion Rev. W.D. Cox, candidate for governor on the Prohibition ticket, will deliver an address.

MARINETTE: Henry Christofferson of Oconto Falls, who is employed at C.R. Keith’s shoe store, was taken to the Marinette Hospital Saturday, suffering from a very severe case of appendicitis.

100 years ago • Oct. 11, 1918 • Farmer Herald

HICKORY: The auction of J.S. Trever’s stock and implements last Friday was a big success. Several of the implements brought in more than the original cost, and large crowds attended.

OCONTO FALLS: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wolf received word that their son Arthur Wolf was seriously wounded in action in Northern France. They wait in suspense, as no details were disclosed as to the nature of the injury.

90 years ago • Oct. 4, 1928 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: The Gillett Public Library has books for your service, and all are welcome to become members. During the summer, two new sections were added to the bookcase, and 35 names were added to the membership list.

GILLETT: We understand that someone in the village is spending his spare time trying to teach his Chevrolet how to swim. The Chevrolet may be old, but it’s never too old to learn.

90 years ago • Oct. 4, 1928 • Oconto Falls Herald

STILES: About 75 skaters, juveniles and elders of both sexes, besides numerous spectators, ushered in the fall rollerskating season at Kuhlman’s Hall last Saturday afternoon and evening. The skates and floors are said to be in excellent condition and a loudspeaker, orthophonic, installed by the Allan Music Shop, furnished the music.

FOUR CORNERS: John LaShay had the misfortune of losing his little pet pig which he purchased a short time ago and, later, by close watching, found it was blind.

80 years ago • Oct. 6, 1938 • Gillett Times

OCONTO: Speaking before a crowd of nearly 2,000 persons who packed the Oconto Armory for the first annual hunter’s party, R.H. Fischer, Shawano, secretary of Wisconsin Conservation Commission, outlined the benefits of the organized conservation program.

GILLETT: Dr. Kroll, well-known local dentist, passed away at his home here after about four months’ illness. He had been a resident of Gillett for 22 years and a dentist for about 27 years.

80 years ago • Oct. 6, 1938 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO: William Lesperance, alias Wilber J. Wright, formerly of Oconto, was arrested by Waupaca County officials on a charge of robbery. An express shipment of $150 in shoes, which Lesperance had stolen from a Waupaca store, was found at a railway station at Junction City. The shipment was consigned to a secondhand store in Memphis, Tennessee, which Lesperance owned and operated. Part of the shipment also contained about $45 worth of merchandise stolen from the William Zanger store in Hickory the first part of September.

OCONTO FALLS: Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schroeder celebrated their silver wedding anniversary at their home. An elaborate dinner and supper were served, and at the church service at St. John’s Lutheran a quartet sang “Blest Be the Tie that Binds.”

70 years ago • Oct. 7, 1948 • Gillett Times

MADISON: June Jashinsky, 12, of Brazeau, was stricken with polio in late August and was moved to Wisconsin General Hospital in Madison by ambulance in a portable respirator. The child has been paralyzed from the neck down since being stricken.

SURING: Mr. H.F. Jaschob and Alfred Bartz, who have owned and operated the Suring Appliance Store on Main Street, have dissolved their partnership. The store opened about three years ago.

70 years ago • Oct. 7, 1948 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Harry Bauman, Oconto Falls merchant, has returned from a six-week stay in Miami Beach, where he lived at the Royal Palm Hotel. Bauman said it was a harrowing experience to go through the recent hurricane that hit Miami. He was unable to leave the hotel for over 50 hours. The hotel was without lights, telephone service, elevator service and hot water. No electricity meant no refrigeration for the large hotel, and guests were fed by management free of charge.

MARINETTE: Lauerman’s — Best Quality Clothespins. You get 30 highly polished hardwood clothespins at this low price — 13 cents.

60 years ago • Oct. 9, 1958 • Times Herald

LAKEWOOD: Seven stitches were required to close the cut David Nelson received while playing ball. The boys in the neighborhood were having a game after supper, and one of the kids let the bat fly and it hit 13-year-old David above the eye.

STILES: Mrs. Ervin Jeske entertained a company of relatives and friends at her home as a farewell for her brother, Robert Judy of Peshtigo, who will leave for Genale, Somalia, Africa. Mr. Judy is employed by the U.S. Government working for International Cooperative Administration of Washington.

GILLETT: A young Suring mother received three broken ribs, but her 2-year-old daughter escaped without injury in a car-train crash. The car landed 42 feet from the road down the tracks and 15 feet north of the tracks.

50 years ago • Oct. 3, 1968 • Times Herald

SURING: Mrs. Lillian Hood was wounded slightly while preparing dinner. Officers say the .22 caliber bullet may have been fired by youngsters shooting in a nearby dumping ground.

ABRAMS: Very lively and alert describes Bradley Joe Werner, born the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Werner, Abrams. Fourteen-month-old Renee Christy is his big sister. Mr. and Mrs. Gadrey Bierhals, Oconto Falls, and Mr. and Mrs. John Baumgartner, Abrams, are his grandparents.

LONG BINH, VIETNAM: Army Specialist Five Helmut Kiesling, Suring, received the Bronze Star medal for Meritorious service in ground operations against hostile forces near Long Binh, Vietnam.

40 years ago • Oct. 4, 1978 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Shirley Beaumia and her daughter Kathy Lisowe celebrated their mutual birthday by giving the gift of life. They were two of the 89 donors who gave blood during the recent blood drive.

TOWNSEND: During a storm, lightning struck the Bob Ziegler home on Wheeler Lake, knocking the porch off. Power was also out for some time.

SURING: A retirement party and dinner was held in honor of Robert Zuekle at the Round Roof Club at Kelly Lake. Bob was manager and employee of the Red Owl and Suring Mercantile Co. for 22 years.

30 years ago • Oct. 5, 1988 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Adolph Schultz, 69, of rural Oconto Falls, became Oconto County’s 11th traffic fatality of the year when he was killed in a two-vehicle collision on Busy Nook Road.

GILLETT: Floyd and Irma Tally’s barn and 51 head of milk cows were destroyed by fire.

SURING: Larry Buhrandt, Suring FFA Alumni president, attended the President’s Conference of the Wisconsin FFA Alumni in Madison.

25 years ago • Oct. 6, 1993 • Times Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: Carolyn Barke is the new administrator of Respite Care Program. Previously, she was coordinator for the Oconto Falls and Gillett areas.

SURING: Brian Erb, 22, died Sept. 24 near Townsend as the result of a motorcycle accident.

OCONTO FALLS: Paul “Skip” Schmidt, of Oconto Falls, shot a hole-in-one on the second hole at Sandalwood Golf Course, Abrams.

20 years ago • Oct. 7, 1998 • Times Herald

OCONTO: Bonita Laviolette, of Oconto, made an appearance on the “Lottery Money Game” TV show with a chance to win in excess of $50,000.

SURING: Becky Pethke celebrated 15 years at Gerry Wood Products. Pethke is an XA operator in the precut department.

LAKEWOOD: Phyllis Doherty opened the Pie Shoppe in Lakewood. She worked as a chief pie maker for the Union Hotel in De Pere for many years.

10 years ago • Oct. 8, 2008 • Times Herald

GILLETT: The Gillett Common Council approved a proposal from ITT Water and Waste Water USA in the amount of $63,528.70 for one control panel, three pumps and three valves to rehabilitate an existing lift station for the city.

OCONTO FALLS: The Oconto Falls School District inducted five new members into the Oconto Falls High School Wall of Fame on Oct. 4. Kraig Olejniczak, Diane Tisch-Roundy, Dr. Stacie Moynihan-Raymer, Eugene Behling and Jim Van Dornick were recognized as Oconto Falls graduates who have made their mark on the world.

OCONTO FALLS: The Oconto Falls High School has unveiled a new ATM supplied by NEW Credit Union.

Compiled by Oconto Falls Community Library staff.