Years Gone By: Feb. 13

110 years ago • Feb. 11, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: A 15-cent lunch social will be given at the parsonage of St. Jacob’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, by the ladies’ aid society, on Feb. 17 from 3 to 8 o’clock. The public is cordially invited.

LITTLE SUAMICO: C.H. Dillon, of Little Suamico, representing the Little Suamico Creamery Company, was in town Friday last. The Little Suamico company has leased the Oconto Falls creamery from Frank O’Neill and will commence making butter sometime next month.

100 years ago • Feb. 14, 1919 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: The large barn now under construction by the Falls Manufacturing Co. is nearing completion. The barn is 40-by-80 feet in size and 41 feet high to peak of roof. The walls are of 1-inch tile.


Years Gone By: Feb. 6

110 years ago • Feb. 4, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

GREEN VALLEY: A masked ball will be held at Charles Hampel’s dance hall on Feb. 6. Three prizes will be given, and tickets are 50 cents.

GILLETT: William Miller was brought into court by district attorney J.B. Chase under charges of abandonment. He is accused of abandoning his wife and child.

100 years ago • Feb. 7, 1919 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO FALLS: The subject of purchasing the 4-acre tract lying just north of the Jefferson School, on the west side, for park purposes is one that ought to receive consideration by the people of the village and especially by those residing on the west side of the river.

OCONTO: Henry L. Russell, a pioneer resident of Oconto County, answered his final summons, death occurring Saturday at midnight at his home on McDonald Street, old age causing his death, being 85 years of age.

90 years ago • Jan. 31, 1929 • Gillett Times


Years Gone By: Jan. 30

110 years ago • Jan. 28, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Bids wanted for the filling of the ice house on the Oconto Falls Creamery including sawdust needed. Bids can be received by the Herald Office until noon Feb. 2, 1909.

GILLETT: A 1,400-pound bell was installed in the new village hall. It will be rung at 8 o’clock for curfew. Anyone under the age of 16 seen after this time will be arrested.

100 years ago • Jan. 31, 1919 • Farmer Herald

LENA: Three Lena residents, Mrs. Clement Rosera, Hermis Harley, and Ralph Bassett passed away. All three were well known and respected in the Lena community.

OCONTO FALLS: The sudden death of Mrs. H.R. Lambrecht came as a shock to her many relatives and friends Tuesday afternoon. Death was due to heart failure left by influenza.

90 years ago • Jan. 24, 1929 • Gillett Times


Cast set for Machickanee Players comedy

Tammie McCarthy, Emmy Reed and Nannette Macy rehearse lines for “The Hopeful Hearts Dating Club of Oconto,” the next Machickanee Players community theater production. (Contributed photo)

The cast is set for the Machickanee Players’ February production of “The Hopeful Hearts Dating Club of Oconto.”

The world premiere of this comedy will feature Tammie McCarthy, Oconto; Haley Maxwell, Marinette; Nannette “Nan” Macy, Green Bay; Emmy Reed, Oconto; Russell Johnson, Pulaski; Chris Weis, Little Suamico; Oliver Kindt, Green Bay; and Zoe Muzak, Green Bay.

The play, written and directed by Kathy Campshure, answers this question: How do you “heat up” a small town in northeast Wisconsin in January? Simply circulate flyers announcing “Lucky Couple to Win Free Honeymoon Cruise” to all eligible females, add a June deadline, then sit back and watch the fun.

Production dates will be Feb. 8-17 at the Park Avenue Playhouse, 408 Park Ave. Oconto.


Tickets available for Paul Bunyan Breakfast

The Suring Area Historical Society will be hosting a Paul Bunyan-style breakfast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 10 at St. John Lutheran Church, 8905 St. Johns Road, Hayes.

The St. John Youth Group will be serving the breakfast of pancakes with local maple syrup, scrambled eggs with all the fixings, hash browns, fruit, doughnut holes, coffee and milk. Tickets are being sold in advance at $10 for ages 12 and up and $6 for ages 6-11; ages 5 and under are free.

Tickets are available for purchase at Lotters BP Suring, Suring Dollar Value and Huntington Bank. Historical society members will be selling tickets, also. Breakfast tickets should be purchased by Feb. 3 so the youth can get the food ordered. Tickets sold at the door will be $12 for 12 and up and $7 for 6-11.


Years Gone By: Jan. 23

110 years ago • Jan. 21, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

LITTLE SUAMICO: Frank O’Neill has leased his creamery property to the Little Suamico Creamery Company. They will take possession of it in April.

OCONTO FALLS: DOG HAD HYDROPHOBIA — A dog owned by the Elliott family was discovered to have rabies. It had bitten their little girl and, upon hearing the news, Mr. and Mrs. Elliott went to the Pasteur Institute in Chicago for treatment.

100 years ago • Jan. 24, 1919 • Farmer Herald

LENA: A dancing party will be held at Skochpol’s Dance Hall on Wednesday, Jan 29, in the evening. Music will be provided Rube’s Orchestra.

OCONTO FALLS: $100.45 was raised by the students in Oconto Falls area schools to help the orphaned children of France and Belgium. The money will be turned over to the Junior Red Cross to help with their efforts in seeing to their care.

90 years ago • Jan. 17, 1929 • Gillett Times


Years Gone By: Jan. 16

110 years ago • Jan. 14, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: LOST - A leather pocket book, during the past week, containing several notes. The finder will receive a reward by returning the same to The Herald Office, Oconto Falls, Wis.

OCONTO FALLS: Mary McGarvey, Pearl Laughlin and Ruby Wells have returned to school after the past week’s absence due to illness.

100 years ago • Jan. 17, 1919 • Farmer Herald

LENA: Sold His Farm - Peter Peetz has sold his farm in the town of Lena and will move his family to Oconto to reside in the E.J Balza house on Superior avenue.

OCONTO FALLS: A special village wide meeting was held at the High School gym Monday night to discuss the prospect of free mail delivery in the village. The village board wanted to talk about it with the village before issuing its opinion.

90 years ago • Jan. 10, 1929 • Gillett Times


Years Gone By: Jan. 9

110 years ago • Jan. 7, 1909 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO FALLS: A grand dance for the benefit of Hose Company Number 1, will be given in Music Hall, Oconto Falls, on Jan. 29. Music by Prof. Hall’s orchestra. Tickets 50 cents, proceeds are for the benefit of Hose Company Number 1.

OCONTO FALLS: The Bijou Theatre will be closed until further notice. This step has been made necessary due to certain conditions. The Bijou has provided entertainment for many years and the locals are sad to see it closed.

100 years ago • Jan. 10, 1919 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: $20,000 has been appropriated for construction on the road between Oconto Falls and Oconto. The bad turn at the town line between Stiles and Oconto Falls will be eliminated by cutting through from that point straight west to the center.


Red Arrow DNR safety class graduates 16 students

Students and instructors pose for a group photo during the Snowmobile Safety Course held at the Townsend Town Hall on Oct. 27-28. Sixteen students of all ages graduated from the course. (Contributed photo)

Red Arrow Snowmobile ATV Club held a DNR snowmobile safety course Oct. 27-28 at the Townsend Town Hall and attracted students of all ages.

Lead instructor Larry Westphal and instructor Carl Christensen led the two-day course and said they were very pleased with the attention of the students. DNR Conservation Warden Paul Hartrick spoke to the class about regulations and safety issues.

The students who passed the exam and received their riding certification were Chelsey Annfrancis, Ella Baumgart, Ashley Charapata, Randay Charapata, Greggory Koepp, Emily Koepp, Justin Lishka, Morgan Metzler, Joseph Miller, Brody Nelson, Greggery O’Connor, Blake Radish, Cade Radish, Tyler Sprink, Morgan Van Eperen and Azia Zwart.


Master Gardeners hold annual meeting

Linda Warren receives her award for 5,000 hours of service at the annual meeting of Northern Lights Master Gardeners Association. (Contributed photo)

The annual meeting of the Northern Lights Master Gardeners Association was held at Little River Country Club in Marinette on Dec. 12. The slate of officers elected for 2019 are: Jill Ruess, president; Tara Votis, vice president; Barb Swan, secretary; Viki Palid, treasurer; and directors-at-large Ed Draze, Dorothy Sadowski and Tim Limberg.

Linda Warren provided a pictorial program about the developmental history of Harmony Arboretum, which had small beginnings in 1971 with the allocation of a 2-acre plot on County Road E by Marinette County. Through the efforts of many master gardener volunteers, it has become a popular site for families and tourists living in or visiting the Marinette County area.


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