100 years ago - 1912
? As a result of a wager with a New York "Bull Mooser," C.G. Wilcox won and received 1,000 cigars of a well-known brand.
? The council granted the Green Bay Gas Co. a franchise in De Pere.
? E.W. Lawton was elected worshipful master of the Masonic Lodge.
? West De Pere High School was placed on the University of Wisconsin accredited list for manual training.
95 years ago - 1917
? A total of 1,440 De Pere residents joined the Red Cross. Two hundred comfort kits were made and sent to soldiers in France.
? For the first time in many months, the city of De Pere was entirely free of contagious disease. Dr. J.P. Lenfestey, city health officer, warned residents about the danger of pneumonia at this time of year. He pointed out that overheating is given as one cause of pneumonia. "To remain in perfect health, windows should be wide open during the night," he added.
? Deaths - Jonah Skenandore; Mrs. Xavier Bone; Michael Bushman, Wrightstown.
? Marriage - Theodore Zuelke, Wrightstown, and Edna Spietz.
90 years ago - 1922
? Fire destroyed the hotel of Mrs. Albert Lueke, a landmark in the village of Greenleaf. The hotel had been built 55 years ago by William Lueke and was a mecca for traveling men and auto tourists. It was the first dance hall in the Greenleaf area.
? Death - Mrs. Theodore J. Coenen, Wrightstown.
85 years ago - 1927
? Dr. A.M. Keefe was installed as rector of St. Norbert College.
? New ice was being delivered by P.J. Hendricks, local iceman. Other years, he was selling ice from the previous year at this time.
? St. Boniface Dramatic Club presented a comedy, "Poor Father." Cast members were Stephen Francken, Wilma Baeten, Clem Van Gemert, Ray Gevers, Wilbur Baeten, Francis Berken, Norbert Kersten, Martha Baeten, Ella and Lena Ambrosius, Alberta Gevers and Bea Baeten.
? Deaths - Mrs. Ronald MacDonald; Mrs. Nellie Berken; Margaret Ann, 11-year-old daughter of Mrs. Laura Rathe; Mrs. Clemente Boncher, Hollandtown; Andrew A. Bornemann, Morrison.
80 years ago - 1932
? The Catholic Woman's Club presented its annual charity ball with proceeds going to charity.
? Local stores advertised many Christmas specials, including cameras for $6.45; electric clocks, 95 cents; silverware, guaranteed for 35 years, 26 pieces for $7.85; 17-jeweled watches, $14.45; hams, 9 cents per pound; sirloin steak, 12½ cents per pound; homemade fudge, 2 pounds for 29 cents; turkey, 25 cents per pound; Crisco, 19 cents per pound; pan rolls, 5 cents per dozen; sweet potatoes, 3 pounds for 14 cents; celery, 8 cents per bunch; apples, 10 pounds for 25 cents; oranges, two dozen for 45 cents and 5 pounds for 89 cents.
? Deaths - Mrs. George Adams; E.R. Field; George Huisenfeldt; Mrs. J.J. Leick, Greenleaf.
75 years ago - 1937
? The Good Sports had received more than $400 for Christmas baskets for the needy. Each basket, which cost from $2.75 to $5, contained a pork roast, bread, butter, sauerkraut, peas, corn, coffee, sugar, candy, Jell-O, apples, oranges or tangerines, celery, jam, canned fruit, cheese, pickles, animal cookies or Cracker Jack. In addition, a separate toy fund was set up.
? The final dividend of National Bank of De Pere to its creditors was being paid. It was the seventh dividend and amounted to 4.2 percent, bringing a total of 54.2 percent paid to depositors since the failing of the bank.
? Local theaters were featuring Claudette Colbert and Charles Boyer in "Tovarich" and Ilona Massey, Eleanor Powell and Nelson Eddy in "Rosalie."
? Deaths - Rosemary, eight-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence DeFrance; Mrs. Frank Turnquist; Ambrose Leick, Greenleaf; Anton Hebel, Shirley.
70 years ago - 1942
? Harold Kuypers, 45, editor of the De Pere Journal-Democrat, died after suffering a heart attack.
? The Christmas Cheer Fund of De Pere sent packages to all De Pere servicemen. Each package contained a pocket-sized plastic flashlight, 1 pound of peanuts, a can opener, jack knife, gum, mints and caramel candy.
? Deaths - Zenon Daurmont; George E. Clorn; Miss Emma Lisch; Peter Van Wychen, South Lawrence.
65 years ago - 1947
? The Lang Company, a 45-year-old local business, was sold to the Ward Co. of Winona, Minn. The De Pere Cold Storage plant announced plans to occupy the building on Broadway.
? Military funeral services were held for James Vande Velden, 21, whose body was returned from overseas. He was killed in action in Germany on March 15, 1945.
? The L&N Sports Equipment Co. opened business on Wisconsin 57, across from Minahan Stadium. The firm cleaned sports equipment.
? The Merrill house, a De Pere landmark, was moved from South Broadway (the present site of the fire station) to 448 N. Broadway. The building was divided into two parts for the moving.
60 years ago - 1952
? Don Marcouiller of De Pere was director of the University of Wisconsin marching band, which was to take part in the Rose Bowl parade on New Year's Day.
? Clifton Webb and Ginger Rogers were starring in "Dreamboat" at a local theater.
? Deaths - Mrs. Hannah Neimy; John Martin, Little Rapids; Mrs. Johannna Smits.
55 years ago - 1957
? John Gorman was elected president of De Pere Chamber of Commerce. He succeeded Bill Gross.
? Christmas turkeys were selling for 35 and 45 cents per pound.
? Deaths - Mrs. Charles Miller, Lark; Martin Timmers, Freedom; Mrs. Jacob Roffers; Mrs. Fred Marcott; Andrew Kreischer; Mrs. Abbie Schuyler; Mrs. Wilhelmina Mooney.
50 years ago - 1962
? Attendance for the year at De Pere's two swimming pools totaled 64,048, according to Earl Walsh, recreation director.
? John Janssen retired after serving as manager of Progressive Farmers for more than 30 years.
? New officers of the Des Peres Lodge, F&AM, were Neal Neugel, senior warden; Keith Olson, worshipful master; Cecil Forehand, junior warden; Edward Dougherty, tiler; Walter Enz, treasurer; the Rev. E.T. Phillips, chaplain; and Floyd Burchell, secretary.
? Deaths - Elmer Vercauteren; Mrs. Louise Mancheski; Mrs. Mary Ahasay; Mrs. Mary Klipstine; Mrs. Jacobina Vande Hei Van Densen; Frederick Hurst.
45 years ago - 1967
? Wayside Telephone Co. moved into its new offices in Morrison.
? Alfred Wellens was elected president of the board of park commissioners.
? Deaths - Mrs. Delia Leick, Greenleaf; Mrs. John (Henrietta Baeten) McCabe.
? Marriage - Michael E. Puylaert and Catherine De Vos.
40 years ago - 1972
? The De Pere City Council approved the annexation of 13 acres of land from the town of Lawrence to permit construction of a $1.5 million Howard Johnson Motor Lodge.
? Local stores advertised turkey for 39 cents per pound; 16-ounce cans of cranberries for 19 cents; and 8 ounces of cream cheese for 27 cents.
? Deaths - Mrs. Robert Bacon; Kathleen Geurts, 18-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roman Geurts, at Escanaba, Mich.; John Van Beckum; Mrs. Edward De Groot; Robert Zimdars; Sheldon H. Gerke; Mrs. Ben Nies; Miss Elizabeth Goffard; Mrs. L.T. Robbins, Wrightstown.
? Marriages - Richard Nackers and Susan Feldkamp, at Wrightstown; John Andrew and Sandra Baumgart.
35 years ago - 1977
? The Rev. Boniface Kempen was named pastor of St. Boniface church.
? Deaths - Melvin Staeven; Mrs. Sarah Orman; Mrs. Joseph Berger, Wrightstown; Mrs. Rose Kelly, Wrightstown.
? Marriage - Thomas Bodart, Wrightstown, and Linda Beyer.
30 years ago - 1982
? Smoke detectors were credited with saving the lives of four St. Norbert College students when the room in their dormitory caught fire. The college fire-alarm system sounded, and all 223 students in the dorm were safely evacuated.
? Four members of the City Council - Darold De Tennis, David Catalano, Richard Collette and Glenn Lehnert - were named to a special committee to study the table of organization of city government.
? Starting Jan. 1, photos are scheduled to be required on Wisconsin driver's licenses.
? Deaths - Joseph Binon; Loretta Lynch; Joseph Bunker; Mrs. Richard (Arvilla) Kocian, Wayside; George Bruecker, Askeaton.
25 years ago - 1987
? Badger Wood Products of De Pere was indirectly involved with preparing the Christmas tree for the rotunda of the state capitol in Madison. The tree was transported to Madison by Drummond Wood Products, a subsidiary.
? Deaths - Mrs. Carl Cavil; William J. Kennedy; Mrs. Irene Roels; Richard Vandertie; Arthur Van Lanen.
? Marriage - Anthony Wiegert and Ellen Trimberger.
20 years ago - 1992
? Funding was approved by the Brown County board for the county materials recycling facility (MRF), which is expected to be completed in October 1993.
? The Rev. Conrad Kratz, O. Praem., was named administrator of St. Joseph parish in De Pere.
? Deaths - Arnold P. Van Bogart; Louis H. Schneider; Horace H. (Dick) Currey; Mrs. Paul (Helen) Vande Castle; Germaine Schmidt, formerly of De Pere, at Phlox; Joe Henslee; Gertrude Janssen, formerly of De Pere, at Milwaukee; Frank J. Kobes; Arnold J. Meyer, Greenleaf.
? Marriage - Russ Greenslade and Carol L. Siebert, at Morrison.
15 years ago - 1997
? Greg and Ann De Cleene, owners of the Swan Club, said a rumor that the well-known supper club has been sold is false. The De Cleenes said they had no plans to sell the club and are booking dinners for future dates.
? Administrators and custodians will oversee the movers' transferring materials and furnishings from the current De Pere middle school to the new school Friday, Dec. 26. De Pere School District students in grades 6 to 8 were asked to clean out their lockers and take all of their personal belongings home Tuesday, Dec. 23, the last day of school before the holiday break. Middle school teachers will report to the new school Monday, Jan. 5, to organize their classrooms, and students will begin classes in their new building the next day. No plans have been made for the existing middle school building, formerly the De Pere high school, at 615 S. Broadway.
? Deaths - Jason J. De Groot, 17-year-old son of Robert and Lu Ann Effa De Groot, in an automobile accident at Askeaton; Mrs. Leonard (Cecilia "Ceil") Leiterman, Glenmore; Anne E. Barron, 95; Lawrence (Sheep) Janssen; Robert C. Mueller, Seymour; Merlin J. Smits, a lifelong resident of De Pere; Matthew D. Stangel, 3-year-old son of Douglas and Anne Stangel; Danica R. Tetzloff; Mrs. Arnold (Mildred) Williamsen.
? Marriages - Paul D. Jahnke and Theresa M. Hauser, at Green Bay; Christopher Dimmer and Gretchen Bergstrom, at Menasha; Jerry J. Conley and Cheryl A. Frelich, at Wrightstown.
10 years ago - 2002
? Although the city had considered eliminating funding for its popular citizens academy, the De Pere Police Department found a way to keep it in place for at least one more year. The academy provides people who live, work or own property in De Pere a chance to learn about the police department and things they can do to keep the city safer. About 20 people are recruited each year to participate in the program. They then often become volunteers for the department.
? Students in the West De Pere High School drivers education program soon will be learning the classroom and behind-the-wheel portions of the class during the summer. Principal Russ Gerke said the idea for moving the classes and the behind-the-wheel training that is done on Saturdays and non-scheduled school days during the school year to the summer "comes from an increased demand by students for technology education courses." The proposed plan, which was approved by the West De Pere School Board, would allow the classroom portion of drivers education to be taught during a two-hour class for a three-week period in June. Two classroom instructors and two behind-the-wheel instructors would share the teaching load.
? Deaths - Katherine Knutson; Mary Elizabeth Simon.