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Memories: Dec. 29

4:54 PM, Dec. 27, 2012  |  Comments

One Year Ago: 2011

? The top sports story in Kewaunee County for 2011 was probably a once-in-a-lifetime one. All three high school girls basketball teams in the county, Luxemburg-Casco, Kewaunee and Algoma, reached the WIAA State Tournament.

? State funding for sexual assault victims will be cut by 28 percent next year. The Violence Intervention Project located in Algoma, a non-profit agency that provides free services to assault victims, will be hurt by these funding cuts.

? High individual series in the Luxemburg Monday Men's Bowling League on Dec. 19 went to Dennis Craanen, 702; Hank Deprey, 675; and Lee Wortiska, 668.

10 Years Ago: 2002

? For the second year in a row, the days leading up to Christmas have been absent snow. The Winter Park tubing hill, west of Kewaunee, is entering its second season, but has yet to open this winter.

? An elusive albino squirrel, in a tree on the west side of the Kewaunee County Courthouse, was trying to avoid the photographer, but finally sat still long enough to be captured on film by Barb Ludlow.

? Bob Counley fired a 763 series, powered by a 279 single, in the Thursday Classic at the Pizza Bowl in Algoma, to take top honors in the Tri-County circulation area.

25 Years Ago: 1987

? Rob Moede, son of Ron and Bonnie Moede of rural Algoma, was one of four members representing the University of Wisconsin-River Falls at the Eastern National Dairy Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Moede is a dairy science major and will serve as president of the UW-RF Dairy Club as a senior.

? A preliminary review by the Department of Transportation has failed to turn up evidence that the 65-mph speed limit on rural Wisconsin Interstate highways has had any significant negative impact on safety. The evaluation has been since June 17, when the speed limit was initiated.

? Jacqueline Ann Mleziva was the name given to the infant daughter of Barb and Greg Mleziva, Route 3, Luxemburg. Jacqueline was baptized by Rev. John Johanek at St. Joseph Church, Pilsen.

40 Years Ago: 1972

? Officer John Marit of the Kewaunee County Traffic Department recently demonstrated how information can be relayed by radio in a matter of seconds, from the department headquarters to police vehicles.

? Mayor Richard DeGuelle was presented a petition, signed by 62 Algoma citizens, requesting that the ice rink be flooded for Christmas vacation. The rink will be in Peterson Park.

? The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission is issuing its final environmental impact statement on the Kewaunee nuclear power plant, concluding that an operating license should be issued, subject to certain conditions for protecting the environment.

50 Years Ago: 1962

? Fifty-one building permits were written by Emil Storm, Algoma building inspector, during the first 11 months of 1962, representing $269,125. Last year, 47 permits were issued.

? Father John B. Dewane, who graduated from Kewaunee High School in 1953, was ordained to the Roman Catholic Priesthood on Dec. 19, in Rome. He will return to Wisconsin next summer, to work as a priest of the diocese of Green Bay.

? On Dec. 23, on County M, Jule James Lemmons of Luxemburg lost control of his car, ran off the right side of the road and went through a steel bridge rail, dropping five feet onto the ice on a creek. He had to be hospitalized at St. Vincent in Green Bay.

60 Years Ago: 1952

? Pvt. Richard H. Wessel, whose wife Geraldine lives at Route 1, Casco, recently graduated from the Far East Command Chemical School of Camp Gifu, Japan. Pvt. Wessel entered the army in October 1951. He was previously station at Fort Benning, Ga.

? The marriage of Miss Margie Kostichka, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Kostichka, Algoma, and Airman John Schlise, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Schlise, Forestville, will be performed next Tuesday at St. Mary's parish in Algoma. Airman Schlise arrived from Alaska on a 15-day furlough for the event.

? George Rueckl, 97, believed to have been Kewaunee County's oldest resident, died last Friday at his home in Luxemburg village. He was born in Hammern, Austria, on Oct. 12, 1855, and came to this country, settling in Luxemburg, when he was 17.

75 Years Ago: 1937

? Twenty-eight years ago, while picking stones on his father's farm land west of Algoma, Emil Iwen came across an unusually-shaped, heavy stone. He used it as a door stop a number of years before he noticed an inscription carved on it. It was ten years after the find that he was able to determine it was a deed to Pottawattomie land, verified by Chief Kahquadas.

? One of the largest trees in the county was recently cut down in the swamp. Its lumber will be used as a thresh floor on the Gus Meisler farm near Luxemburg. The hemlock's diameter was 36 inches.

? A coyote was killed by C.G. Duvall, Kewaunee, who collected a bounty of $20. County Clerk Lazansky said it was the first bounty for a coyote collected in more than 10 years.

90 Years Ago: 1922

? Joy reigns in the home of Frank Hamachek Jr., where a baby boy arrived on Wednesday.

? A baby boy also arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Maedke in Kolberg on Dec. 22. Dad thinks it is a most appropriate Christmas gift.

? Mr. and Mrs. Herman Kirchman, Rio Creek, sat for a portrait at the local studio, in remembrance of their 25th wedding anniversary.

100 Years Ago: 1912

? Clint Leiberg, who has been employed on the steamer Keith the past season, has returned to his home in Bruemmerville to remain during the winter.

? Adoluh Schlei, who is attending the Concordia Theological Seminary at Springfield, Illinois, returned Saturday to enjoy this holiday vacation with his parents, Rev. and Mrs. A. Schlei.

? Students who are spending their vacation from Algoma High School in the Kodan area are: Albert Blahnik, Nels Peterson, Joseph Prokash, Ora and Oliver Runke and Anna Shestock.

110 Years Ago: 1902

? Joseph Glass, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, has relocated in Kewaunee where he will engage in the manufacture of cigars.

? Petitions are being circulated by rural mail carriers asking for an additional $250 for horse hire. The present pay is $50 per month, and each carrier must provide his own horse.

? The delivery horse of C. Capelle indulged in a lively runaway Wednesday morning. As a result, the delivery wagon was demolished, but the horse escaped uninjured.

120 Years Ago: 1892

? Henry Grimm has just completed the purchase of the old Ahnapee House property from John Ihlenfeldt.

? H. Boncher has been appointed post master at Luxemburg, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Joseph Filz.

? Kewaunee boys Johnnie Karel and Charles Slama, who attend the state university at Madison, and Joseph Janda, a clerk in the Adjutant General's office at Madison, were able to spend Christmas with their families.

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