Cooperative sportsmen groups stock trout

Oconto River Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited member Thomas Reignier makes sure all trout make it to the main stream of river during the recent stocking operation. (Contributed photo)

The Oconto River Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited partnered with the Breed Sportsman’s Club, Oconto County Sportsman’s Alliance, Suring Sportsman’s Club, and Underhill Sportsman’s Club and Kelly Lake Sportsmen’s Club to fund trout stocking in the main Oconto River from Pulcifer to Suring.

Stocking was completed by Silver Moon Hatchery with a permit granted by fisheries biologist Tammie Paoli of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Peshtigo.

The permit is for stocking trout in Class 2 area of the Oconto River at public landings, which was delayed till mid-May due to the high water this spring. The fish, rainbow and brown trout (10-14 inches) were scattered at the landings in Suring, Hintz, Underhill and Pulcifer. Funding for this project totaled $3,600.


Years Gone By: June 19

110 years ago • June 17, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

BAY SETTLEMENT: Lightning struck the Church of the Holy Cross on Sunday afternoon. One person was killed and 16 people were injured.

OCONTO FALLS: Dr. R.J. Goggins is the proud owner of a handsome Ford Roadster. The doctor has had in constant use since its purchase and has become quiet the driver.

100 years ago • June 20, 1919 • Farmer Herald

STILES JUNCTION: The work of brushing the extension of the road from Stiles Junction to this city is underway. This extension is a half-mile westward from the townline between Oconto Falls and Stiles across the Schiller farm to the McMillan road a quarter-mile north of the city limits.

OCONTO FALLS: John Lembcke has sold his farm in Section 14, Town of Oconto Falls, and will move his family to Oconto where he plans to reside in the future.

90 years ago • June 20, 1929 • Gillett Times


Years Gone By: June 12

110 years ago • June 10, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Mrs. Joseph Gehling is one of the six heirs to the estate of Daniel McEwing. Ben Mason of Salina, Kansas, wrote to an area resident seeking the names and addresses of the heirs. The amount that Mrs. Gehling is to inherit is unknown.

TOWNSEND: D.W. Fuller, postmaster at Townsend, and his son were nearly drowned in Wheeler Pond. The boat had capsized in the lake. They struggled against the waves for two hours before making their way to shore.

100 years ago • June 13, 1919 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: The road and bridge committee of the County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday awarded contracts for the completion of that part of the federal trunk line highway lying between Stiles Junction and the north and south quarter line in Section 24 town of Oconto Falls.


Years Gone By: June 5

110 years ago • June 3, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: John Gallus was arrested early Sunday morning and taken to jail on charges that he stole a lead pipe from Oconto Falls Manufacturing Company. The pipe recovered when it was found under a haystack. It was also alleged that Gallus’ wife and son accompanied him when he made the initial theft.

HICKORY: Memorial Day services were held in Hickory this past Monday. Many participants from the surrounding area made their way to the Hickory Cemetery where services took place.

100 years ago • June 6, 1919 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: At the regular meeting of the common council, the regular business discussion was suspended in favor of a discussion on the adoption of a sewer system. Two systems were discussed at the meeting: one a storm sewer system and the other a sanitary sewer system.


Breakfast on the Farm set for June 9

Thousands of people were served under the tents at Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm 2018. (Times Herald file photo)

Tickets are now available for the 2019 Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm, the annual June Dairy Month celebration scheduled for June 9 at Peterson’s Dairy LLC near Lena.

A sunrise service is scheduled to kick off the festivities at 7 a.m., with breakfast served from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Entertainment will be available for all ages, including live music, a petting zoo, children’s games and other activities. Breakfast is $8, $4 for ages 4-10, and free for ages 3 and under.

Advance tickets are available at Peshtigo National Bank branches in Coleman, Gillett and Oconto Falls; NEW Credit Union branches in Oconto, Oconto Falls and Suring; and the Lena Fast Stop. Visit or find us on Facebook for more information.

The farm began in 1973 when Arne and Judy Peterson purchased the Ernie Frye Farm. They started milking in an old Chore-Boy swing six parlor and bought 55 cows.


Years Gone By: May 29

110 years ago • May 28, 1909 • The Enquirer

OCONTO: Word has been received that Edward McArthey was killed in Hermansville, Michigan, last night. He was at work alongside a car loaded with logs when three logs rolled down on top of him, killing him instantly.

MARINETTE: Viel LaBelle, who was arrested last week for robbing the Northwestern Station in Sobieski, was taken to Marinette last week. The judge sentenced him to five years of hard labor at the state prison in Waupun.

100 years ago • May. 30, 1919 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: James Faulds, Louis Lefave, John Marek, August Meyer, Robert Morris, W.C. Watkins, Joseph Witeck, and Floyd Brown were awarded with the Croix de Guerre.

OCONTO FALLS: Caldwell & Cochenett of this city, have several large contracts for the construction of sidewalks at Gillett, which will occupy them for a month or more, after which they have practically a season’s work ahead in this city.


Years Gone By: May 22

110 years ago • May 20, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Robert Robinson became entangled with an iron shaft and he was whirled about through space in a small alcove in the wood room, sustaining a dislocated right shoulder, a crushed breast bone and numerous bruises.

MORGAN: Hydrophobia is spreading among the cattle of Oconto County. The most recent case involves a cow belonging to Frank McEwing that died Monday, and a second cow is sick with the disease. Sandy Patterson also has two cows sick with hydrophobia.

100 years ago • May. 23, 1919 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Louise Lefave, Company M, arrived home Monday and is in possession of Croix de Guerre, a French decoration for bravery in battle.

GILLETT: Eugene Gauthier, who has been proprietor of the Gillett drug store for the past three years, came down in his car Sunday morning for a brief stay.

90 years ago • May 23, 1929 • Gillett Times


Years Gone By: May 15

110 years ago • May 13, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: A cow owned by Adolph Jesse developed a case of rabies. It seems that this cow was the first recorded case of a cow getting rabies in the area.

OCONTO FALLS: The Soo Line is looking to building a line from Chicago to north, and Oconto Falls may be included in the new route.

100 years ago • May. 16, 1919 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO: Dr. Clarke is planning to open the hospital again as soon as the necessary arrangements can be made. He plans on hiring a housekeeper and several nurses in order to open the hospital.

STILES: Pioneer residents of the county, Mr. and Mrs. James Bedore celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. The day started with services at St. Patrick’s and ended with a Grand March in the Hall.

90 years ago • May 16, 1929 • Gillett Times


Red-breasted nuthatch is the upside-down bird

This red-breasted nuthatch has a wide black line that runs either side of the eye; the white-breasted has a very thin black eye line. (Photo by Cathy Carnes)

We enjoy watching the nuthatches as they cling, usually head down on our suet feeder pecking out a meal. Upon consulting my birding field guides, I find that the species we are watching is the red-breasted nuthatch (sitta canadensis).

The white-breasted nuthatch is also seen in Wisconsin. A good way to tell the two species apart is by its black eye line. In the red-breasted nuthatch this is a wide black line that runs either side of the eye; the white-breasted has a very thin black eye line. Both species have black caps, rusty colored underparts, long sharp bills, short tails and necks, and grey-blue back and tail feathers.


Morgan Musings: Wrestling is in their family

Brothers Tyler, left, and Landon Budz are pictured in the “wrestling room” where they practice their sport at their home in Morgan. Both boys were state wrestling tournament qualifiers in their respective divisions this school year. (Photo by Peter Budz)

Greetings, Morgan. With the end of the school year now in sight, this column will highlight the wrestling achievements of two student athletes from Morgan, brothers Tyler Budz and Landon Budz.

This school year, Tyler is a junior at Oconto Falls High School and wrestled in the 126-pound weight class. Tyler has wrestled for 13 years and was a qualifier for the state wrestling tournament in Madison this past February, with a season record of 25-18. He has had many experiences competing in the state tournament, qualifying every year except once since he was in second grade. One thing Tyler is especially proud of is placing first in the freestyle state competition and third in the greco state competition when he was a sixth-grader.

When he’s not wrestling, Tyler has a part-time job at Arby’s in Abrams and also likes to play baseball. He enjoys going to Timber Rattlers games with his grandparents, as well as following the Brewers and Bucks on television.


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