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Glimpses of the Past

4:01 PM, Jan. 9, 2013  |  Comments
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100 years ago - 1913

? The Rev. Van Roosmalen announced to his congregation that St. Mary church was entirely free of debt and had money in the treasury.

? The new parcel post law went into operation. Ben Vander Zanden sent out the first package from De Pere, and Mrs. F.H. Wilson received the first parcel on the east side. On the west side, R.C. French sent the first parcel, and Raphael Terrien received the first package.

? St. Boniface Court No. 979 of the Women's Catholic Order of Foresters was organized.

? Death - Lambert Gevers.

? Marriages - Elmer Collen and Jennie Thirion; Lottie Burgoyne and Edie J. Mahn.

95 years ago - 1918

? Fred Smith, George Van Lanen, Phil Hopkins and Russell Fitzgerald went to Milwaukee to join base hospital No. 22 and begin their training for overseas service.

? Organization of a home guard was being considered.

? The De Pere Poultry Association held its fourth annual show in the Gabel building on Main Avenue.

? The Allies' Council decided to rush American troops to France as soon as possible.

? Deaths - Mrs. Catherine Duprey; Joseph Le May Sr.; Moses Martell, a Civil War veteran.

? Marriage - Peter Paulsen and Genevieve McNamara.

90 years ago - 1923

? There were 10 radio sets in De Pere.

? Members of St. Joseph parish gave a holiday ball in Boyle Hall to raise funds for a new organ for the church.

? The City Council held a secret meeting, but it was speculated that it discussed gambling in saloons and the sale of moonshine.

? The Brown County Holstein Breeders Association elected the following officers: Louis Meulemans, president; J.N. Kavanaugh, secretary; T.R. McGrath, treasurer; and A.O. Kane and Nic Vande Heuvel, directors.

? The United States and Canada agreed to allow parcel post packages up to 11 pounds to be shipped between the two countries.

? Roger Babson, famous statistician, said that 1 hour and 20 minutes of each day, or one entire day a week, is demanded of every able-bodied person in the United States to maintain government.

? Steckart's Saturday specials included rib stew, 6 cents per pound; beef pot roast, 10 cents per pound; sirloin steak, 22 cents per pound; pork roast, 16 cents per pound; and home-smoked picnic hams, 14 cents per pound.

? Marriage - William Clancy, Greenleaf, and Mary A. Brogan.

85 years ago - 1928

? William Hobbins, a former De Pere resident, was appointed general manager of Wisconsin Telephone Co.

? Edward Goemans opened a law office in De Pere.

? Local Catholic churches reported 117 baptisms, 68 funerals and 43 marriages during the past year.

? The Golden Inn was opened by Linus Golden on Highway 41.

? An ordinance providing for two assessors, instead of one, was defeated by Mayor Omer Kiley, who broke the tie vote.

? "The Beautiful New Essex in three roomy models" was being shown at Wright Motors.

? During 1927, 118 cars of livestock, 70 cars of hay, 48 cars of cheese, 20 cars of grain and 250 cars of crushed stone were shipped from Greenleaf.

? Many local people were entertaining at "radio parties." One family invited guests to a party, but the receiver set didn't work.

? Deaths - Mrs. Henry Van Vreede, Wrightstown; Mrs. Julia J. Clark, Greenleaf; Henry Manders; Mrs. Mary Duchateau; Mrs. Mary Cavil.

? Marriage - Erwin Westphal, Morrison, and Lydia Ihlenfeldt.

80 years ago - 1933

? Calvin Coolidge, 60, former president of the United States, died at his home after suffering a heart attack.

? The four Catholic churches in De Pere reported 146 baptisms, 59 funerals and 45 marriages during 1932.

? Coach I.W. Cahoon resigned from West De Pere High School to accept a position in the Green Bay school system.

? Deaths - Mrs. Anthony Hutjens; Mrs. William Vanden Heuvel; Mathias Felton Sr., Greenleaf; George, 10-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Nackers, Wrightstown.

? Marriages - Harold M. Martens and Henrietta Gerrits; Henry Coonen and Celia Martineau; John A. Bergman and Alvina Vandeloop, at Hollandtown; Dr. Ralph B. Lenz and Jane Mary Beauregard.

75 years ago - 1938

? Twenty-six people were killed in traffic accidents in Brown County during 1937, double the number killed in 1936.

? The four Catholic churches reported 181 baptisms, 63 marriages and 59 funerals during 1937.

? Federal Savings and Loan Association declared a 4 percent dividend.

? The thermometer registered 4 below zero Jan. 5, the first below-zero weather in 1938.

? Deaths - Ed Ferien; Edward Leininger.

? Marriages - Henry Westerhouse and Marion Lindner; Norbert Etten and Viola Danen.

70 years ago - 1943

? De Pere's four Catholic churches reported 195 baptisms, 67 funerals and 67 marriages in 1942.

? Local stores advertised head lettuce, 8 cents per head; potatoes, 15 pounds for 55 cents; beef liver, 28 cents per pound; pork loins, 33 cents per pound; spare ribs, 24 cents per pound; Kleenex, two boxes for 19 cents; grapefruit, eight for 25 cents; oranges, 27 cents per dozen; and coffee, 28 cents per pound.

? Deaths - Frank Cootway Jr., Wrightstown; Thomas M. Brick Jr., Askeaton; John Clancy, Askeaton; Ervin Saenger, Morrison; Mrs. Sophie Gerarden; Pvt. Donald J. Verheyden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Antone Verheyden, killed in action in the South Pacific.

? Marriages - Henry Van Den Heuvel and Eloise Smith; John Wiley and Mary Elizabeth Vander Heiden.

65 years ago - 1948

? The average motorist paid $214.50 in taxes on his car during 1947, a survey showed.

? Deaths - Donald Stadler, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Stadler; Elmer E. Grant; David Boncher, 5-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Boncher; Simon Palmer; Peter Hermans; Mrs. Emil Gajewski, Wayside.

? Marriages - Harold Merkl, Wrightstown, and June Wiley; Henry Ruedens and Audrey Virgin; Berlin J. Wilmet and Carol Dart.

60 years ago - 1953

? Local churches reported 320 baptisms, 77 marriages and 69 funerals during 1952.

? Deaths - Mrs. John Flatley, Greenleaf; Mrs. Wilbur McClure, Greenleaf; Antone B. Lasee; Mrs. Walter Peters; Fred Schink; Clarence Gardner, at Horicon; Joseph Dollar.

? Marriages - James DeBroux and Lois Hazen; Dr. Julian Falecki and Ann Allcox.

55 years ago - 1958

? De Pere aldermen set a $10 fee for trailers camped at the fairgrounds.

? Deaths - Elard Van De Hey, Wrightstown; Jerome Hardy, formerly of Wrightstown, at Sheboygan; Frank Meehan, formerly of Askeaton, at Chicago; Mrs. Paul Matzke; John Neuman; Mrs. George Dietz; Lloyd O. Warne, Brown County Democratic leader.

? Marriages - Bernard J. Marcinkowski and Carol Bacon; Clifford Bougie and Shirley Van Vonderen; Paul Conard and Joan Jackson; Rodney Flicker and Genevieve Neimy; Paul Smet and Mary Johnson; Robert Jensen and Marion Burgoyne.

50 years ago - 1963

? The first-class postal rate increased from 4 cents to 5 cents per ounce.

? The City Council, at its final meeting of 1962, voted to create the position of director of public works. Robert Lindsay, 36, of Milwaukee, hired as the new director, refused to accept the post.

? Building permits issued during 1962 totaled $2,960,850. Only 38 new homes were built.

? Deaths - Mrs. Laura Maves, at Sugar Grove, Ill.; George Fisher, Lark; William J. Moser, formerly of Freedom, at Milwaukee; Mrs. Theodore (Renata Zastrow) Cramer; Mrs. Hattie Hartjes.

? Marriages - Howard Kiley and Delores Bretl, at Maplewood; James Berendsen and Judith Kaftan; Edward Williams and Wendy Walter.

45 years ago - 1968

? Mathew Hein, 5-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hein, was killed when he was struck by a car while running for a school bus.

? The City Council slated a public hearing on rezoning property on Main Avenue for construction of a new department store requested by George Bielefeldt.

? Building permits issued during December 1967 totaled $58,500.

? History was made in Green Bay when 50,000 fans turned out in 13-degrees-below-zero weather to watch the Green Bay Packers win their third straight National Football League title by defeating the Dallas Cowboys 21-17.

? Postage rates were due to increase to 6 cents per ounce for first-class mail, effective Jan. 7. Post cards were going to 5 cents each.

? Deaths - William F. Borman; Mrs. Emerson Nuss; Harvey J. Roels; Mrs. Louis Martell; Mrs. James Daley; Arthur Planert; Richard Vanderloop, Hollandtown; Len Williams, Hollandtown.

? Marriage - John Poquet and Donna Danen.

40 years ago - 1973

? Building permits totaling $369,100 were issued during December. Included were permits for $250,000 for De Pere Liquor Co.'s new warehouse and $50,000 for an addition to U.S. Paper Mills. One new residence and one duplex were started.

? Gov. Patrick Lucey proclaimed the week of Jan. 7 to 13 as Smoking Education Week.

? Local stores advertised frying chickens for 29 cents per pound, roasting chickens for 39 cents per pound, 12-ounce packages of chocolate chips for 39 cents and lettuce for 25 cents per head.

? Deaths - Mrs. Harriet Albers; Mrs. Lawrence Krumpos Sr.; Joseph P. Weber, Greenleaf.

? Marriages - James De Broux Jr. and Claire Melchoir; James Schiffer and Margaret Franken; Craig Amundsen and Sara Ahasay; James T. Mallette and Gladys Moler; Mark Gallo and Gail Scray.

35 years ago - 1978

? Fire of unknown origin gutted the Thomson Meat retail store.

? Six people announced they would seek the office of mayor of De Pere, including Robert DeGroot, the incumbent and only candidate to file nomination papers. Others circulating papers were Joan Mills, Kenneth Vertz, Louis Leiberg, Daniel McInnis and James Counihan.

? The year 1977 ended with a blizzard, which provided ideal sledding conditions for vacationing youngsters.

? Deaths - Mrs. Peter McCabe; Mrs. Helen Fitzgerald; Mrs. Ray Vande Velden.

30 years ago - 1983

? Gerald Novoselatz, 39, and his wife, Sharon Gossen Novoselatz, 34, formerly of De Pere, were found slain in San Jose, Calif.

? De Pere Chamber of Commerce paid $17,000, just a little over half of the downtown greenery project, to the city. The chamber borrowed funds from the city to complete the project, which included planting trees in the downtown areas of the city.

? Building permits issued during December totaled $164,995, down considerably from the previous year.

? Deaths - Agnes Corrigan Hutjens; Marjorie Linnane Aiken Barkelar, formerly of De Pere, at Oshkosh; Margaret Martin Donovan; Jeanne Vercauteren Du Puis; Catherine Hannon Josephs; Raymond Zittlow, Wrightstown.

25 years ago - 1988

? Patty Washienko of De Pere was named the winner of an $11,000 Rotary scholarship to attend University of York in York, England.

? The "Siberian Express" brought Arctic temperatures to the area. The thermometer registered 10 degrees below zero Jan. 6, and with the wind-chill factor, the temperature was the equivalent of 30 below zero.

? Building permits issued during December dropped to $340,820.

? Deaths - Thomas L. Weas; Leoceda Ley; John P. Voegtli; Mrs. Elmer (Evelyn) Snow; Shirley Matzke Jankowski; Ralph A. Van Lanen, formerly of Wrightstown, at Green Bay.

? Marriage - Thomas Marshall and Terry Jo Dickey.

20 years ago - 1993

? After almost four decades of direct association with St. Norbert College athletics, including 24 years as basketball head coach of the Green Knights, Romie Kosnar announced he will retire at the end of the school year. Kosnar, who turned 65 on Thanksgiving Day, will coach baseball and golf in the spring before calling it a career.

? Two De Pere aldermen are being challenged in their bids for re-election in the April 6 election. Common Council President Dean Krause is being opposed by Ruth Westover in District 1. James Olmsted is running against incumbent Victor De Cleene in District 3. Both Westover and Olmsted are new to city politics. Alderwomen Barbara Stenger, District 2, and Kathy Van Vonderen, District 4, will run unopposed.

? Deaths - Elizabeth (Bess) Winkler; Robert (Bob) Jensen; George C. Geurts, formerly of De Pere, at Green Bay; R. David Hennick; Mrs. Roy Radosevich; Jeff J. Scray, Ashwaubenon, in Marinette County as the result of a snowmobile accident; Elmer G. Vande Hey, formerly of Wrightstown, at Ashwaubenon; Robert T. JaDoul, Wrightstown; Thomas S. Lukaszewski, formerly of Greenleaf, at Green Bay.

15 years ago - 1998

? De Pere residents' living east of the Fox River will have new polling places, beginning with the April 7 general election. The Common Council approved the new voting sites at its Tuesday, Jan. 6, meeting. Residents in the first aldermanic district (wards 1, 2 and 3) will vote at First United Presbyterian Church, 605 N. Webster Ave. Voters in the second district (wards 4, 5 and 6) will cast their ballots at the former De Pere Middle School, 615 S. Broadway.

? Incumbent Mayor Mike Walsh filed his nomination papers to run for re-election to his second two-year term in the April 7 general election. City Clerk/Treasurer Dave Minten said no elected officials from the city will face opposition. Aldermen who will be on the spring ballot for two-year terms are Theodore Penn, District 1; Jerome Daanen, District 2; James Hooyman, District 3; and Tom Walsh, District 4. They will be joined by incumbent Municipal Judge David Matyas, whose term is four years.

? The boundaries and the project plan for the proposed new tax-increment finance district No. 6 to expand the West Business Park were approved by the De Pere Plan Commission. The 300-acre district, valued at approximately $2,874,447, includes all properties in the existing West Business Park that are being developed or that could be developed in the near future, as well as a portion of the area recently annexed from the town of Lawrence.

? Death - Joanne M. Roebke, Wrightstown.

? Marriage - John J. Olles and Monica L. Van Den Heuvel, at Wrightstown.

10 years ago - 2003

? Pranksters took shoplifting to new heights when they made off with a 15-foot shopping cart parked in front of Festival Foods on Main Avenue. The store's Big Cart had been parked on a trailer in front of Festival Foods when it was taken some time after 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29. It was recovered with some pieces missing in Ashwaubenon at about 6 a.m. Dec. 30. Authorities say about $6,000 in parts was taken. The parts were designed specifically for the Big Cart but could be used for some type of racing vehicle, according to De Pere police, who are questioning suspects and expect to make arrests in the case.

? An electrical fire caused $60,000 in damages to a home owned by Roger Sterckx at 336 Main Ave. No one was injured in the blaze, which occurred at about 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6.

? Independent bookstore Butterfly Books, 118 N. Broadway, will soon have a new owner. Karen and Bud Gaston, owners of the downtown store, plan to sell the business to Barbara Wilson and her husband, Mark. Barbara has worked at the shop for more than eight years and said the business will remain the same. The Gastons opened Butterfly Books and have run the store for more than 11 years.

? Sondra Dee's Diner, a restaurant filled with 1950s memorabilia and offering hearty hamburgers and thick shakes reminiscent of that era, closed its doors. The downtown business, located at 400 Reid St., was open a few months, having replaced a Greek restaurant.

? 50th wedding anniversary - Chuck and Arlene (Fischer) Maass.

? Deaths - Arthur (Art) Van Dommelen; Robert A. Jansen; Kathleen L. (Beno) Triller.

? Marriage - Joel Inderdahl and Lisa Lorrigan.

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Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
575 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1017 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1271 votes

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