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Glimpses of the Past: Jan. 18

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100 years ago - 1913

? The gasoline tank of Ben Liest blew up while he was trying to thaw out a frozen faucet, and he was seriously injured.

? John Hockers retired from the brick business, turning his business over to his six sons.

? Fred Altmeyer was elected president of the Brown County Fair Association.

? Andrew Fitzgerald resigned as clerk in the west-side post office and accepted a position in the State Bank's west-side branch.

? Marriages - Richard B. McHugh and Anna Stacy; James Bartles and Olive Stilp.

95 years ago - 1918

? Congress passed the women's suffrage bill after President Wilson stated his position in favor of women voting.

? Joseph Hoskens was elected president of the Brown County Holstein Breeders Association.

? H.L. Wittig was chosen head of the Brown County asylum, in place of Fred Loftus.

? Deaths - George F. Steele, former superintendent of county schools; John Farley.

? Marriages - George Lasee and Emma Wicker; Fred Burckle and Louise Deloye.

90 years ago - 1923

? J.N. Kavanaugh, county agricultural agent, said he had been using equal parts of honey and water as an antifreeze in his car and that it wouldn't freeze even at temperatures as low as 18 below zero.

? The January term of circuit court calendar listed 22 issues of fact for the court, for a total of 65 cases.

? Emil Hahn purchased his brother Frank's share in the Hahn drugstore.

? Eggs were 45 cents per dozen. Butter remained firm at 55 to 75 cents per pound, and potatoes sold for 50 cents per bushel.

? Twenty-five cases of scarlet fever were reported at the reformatory.

85 years ago - 1928

? Improvements in the city during 1927 totaled $230,000, exclusive of any improvements at the paper mills.

? Plans were announced to institute an Eastern Star Order in De Pere.

? Deaths - Henry Vanden Heuvel, former county sheriff; Henry Manders; George Grant Wright; Christian Zich, Morrison.

? Marriage - Raymond School, Wrightstown, and Henrietta Gerrits.

80 years ago - 1933

? Movies were being made in Hawaii of Arnie Herber's famous passing and punting antics.

? Deaths - Mrs. Justine Helwig, Wrightstown; Mrs. James P. Garvey, Freedom; Mrs. G.H. Schmidt, Wayside; George Gilson; Mrs. Kate Sullivan; Henry Gossen; Mrs. Edward Schumacher; Joseph Vander Loop.

? Marriages - Clarence Van Rite and Martha Vanden Langenberg; Michael Ross Martin and Edna Baumgart; Leslie Fritsch and Alma Ellis, on July 3, 1932.

75 years ago - 1938

? Relief costs in De Pere during 1937 totaled $9,798, a drop of $1,443 from the previous year.

? The longest ski tow in the United States was installed at Rib Mountain near Wausau. It was 3,100 feet long and accommodated about 700 people per hour.

? Dorothy Lamour, Jon Hall, Raymond Massey, Thomas Mitchell and Mary Astor were starring in "The Hurricane" at a local theater.

? Deaths - Mrs. Michael Kornetzke, Askeaton; Norbert Vissers; Mrs. Charles Quigley; Peter Tegelbecker; Mrs. Jennie Osmand; Leland J. Pratsch; Mrs. Willard Kussow.

? Marriages - Vincent Hendricks, Wrightstown, and Margaret Gerrits; Howard Hermsen and Clara Penkoske; Clarence Pasterski and Mary Smits.

70 years ago - 1943

? Local stores featured cabbage at 5 cents per pound; spare ribs, 23 cents per pound; apples, 4 pounds for 29 cents; head lettuce, 12 cents per head; and tangerines, two dozen for 25 cents.

? Deaths - John Golden, Wrightstown; P.A. Dill, operator of the Broadway Hotel; Jacob De Wilde; Mrs. Chris Kocken; Mrs. Elmer Abendroth.

? Marriages - Cyril Bushmaker and Patricia Diamond; Charles Nye and Eunice Nelson.

65 years ago - 1948

? Deaths - Charles Tetzlaff, formerly of Wrightstown, at Marinette; John E. Kelly, Wrightstown; Mrs. Henry C. Aerts; Mrs. C.L. Anderson; Mrs. Fred Detjen; Mrs. Henry Umnus; Simon Palmer; Peter Hermans; Donald Stadler, 14; Miss Ruth Farrell, Hollandtown; Miss Mollie Rice, Greenleaf; Mrs. Herman Rosenbaum, Morrison.

? Marriages - Carl Anderson and Marion Verber; Victor E. Reblitz and Ruth South; Francis Baeten and Dorothy Linsmeier; Clayton Liebergen and Carol Baeten; George Green and Arleen Hilgenberg; Alex Laduron and Jessie Simon.

60 years ago - 1953

? Seventy-five people who attended a public hearing unanimously objected to closing crossings on Ash, Elm, Pine and Oak streets over the Northwestern railroad tracks.

? Deaths - Henry Thyssen; Mathias Felton; Mrs. Bridget Jennings; Mrs. Elizabeth Nienhaus, Greenleaf; Mrs. Madelen Cox, formerly of Askeaton, at Chicago; Mrs. Mary Runnoe, Morrison; John Zich, Morrison.

? Marriages - Daniel Bohm and Delores Ann Minten; Kelly Danen and Joan Janssen; Edward Lemmen and Margot French; Leo Fink, Hollandtown, and Theresa Van Bockel.

55 years ago - 1958

? Sam Rebman was named chairman of a committee to bid for the Alice in Dairyland state finals in De Pere.

? Deaths - Fred Luke; Earl De Noble; Henry A. Van Vonderen; Mrs. William Fischer; Peter W. Kettenhofen, Wrightstown.

50 years ago - 1963

? The De Pere City Council created a department of public works and hired Robert Linsday, 36, Milwaukee, as the director.

? An addition was built to St. Anne Episcopal Church, and plans were being made for the dedication.

? C.B. Boulet was awarded Roses for the Living by the De Pere Rotary Club.

? The birth rate dropped considerably during 1962 in De Pere. A total of 329 infant baptisms were performed, as compared with 355 in 1961, 337 in 1960 and 366 in 1959.

? Deaths - Antone C. Leininger; Mrs. William Baumgart; Nicholas Novoselatz III, one month old; Reinhard Treichel, Morrison; Dean Lasee, 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Lasee; Martin Evers, Little Chute.

45 years ago - 1968

? Deaths - Hubert Lemke, formerly of Morrison, at Milwaukee; William Borchardt, Morrison; Mrs. Emilie Herold, Morrison; Fred Hendricks; Andrew Kay; Judge Archie McComb; Mrs. Carl Hansen; Mrs. Ann Kumbalek Laurent.

? Marriages - Patrick Keegan and Catherine Paque; Norbert Olbrantz and Georgianna O'Neil; John Plouff and Virginia Ray.

40 years ago - 1973

? Special clinics were being conducted throughout the county to immunize children against "red" measles.

? Deaths - Miss Sadie Ferris; Mrs. Barney (Anna Van Vreede) Rolf; Francis Berken; Mrs. Peter Van Oosten; Mrs. Charles Peters, formerly of Greenleaf, at Green Bay; Robert Rolland, Reedsville; Sister Azarias Engeldinger.

? Marriages - Edward Lieg and Ruth Ann Bushmaker; Thomas Van Pee and Margaret Brennan; David Beard and Nancy Thomas; Paul Martin and Joy Kiekhaefer.

35 years ago - 1978

? Damage was estimated at $400,000 to $450,000 as the result of a fire at Thomson Retail Meats.

? Dr. John Mills was spending two months in Peru as part of a Project HOPE Medical Education program.

? Sen. William Proxmire called for a cut in federal spending and less funding for large cities in a talk before the De Pere Optimist Club.

? Local stores advertised head lettuce, three heads for $1; tomatoes for 49 cents per pound; and fryers for 41 cents per pound.

? Deaths - Edgar J. Kussow; Mrs. William Neimy; Mrs. Anton Aschenbrenner; Michael J. Huss, Freedom; Mrs. William Nackers, Wrightstown.

30 years ago - 1983

? Heritage Hill State Park was to be open for four winter weekends to give visitors a chance to experience what it was like to live in this area during the winters of the 1800s.

? Members of the De Pere Golden K Club were redecorating the Senior Citizens Center.

? A De Pere resident reported spotting a robin, the first one reported in 1983.

? Only about 2 inches of snow had fallen in the area so far this winter.

? The 5 percent Wisconsin sales tax, which had been a temporary tax, became permanent. The tax had been due to expire June 30, 1983.

? Deaths - Arnold Van Gemert; Mae Mathison; Mrs. Bernard (Florence Doherty) De Cleene; Mrs. Raymond Schmidt, Askeaton.

? Marriages - Ivan Mesa and Becky Kempen; Thomas G. Butterfield and Suzanne Gagnon; Tony Jennings and Diane Kempen; William Bennett and Laurie Bruhn, at Morrison.

25 years ago - 1988

? Jesse Jackson addressed several hundred people at a rally supporting the strike by United Paperworkers International Union, held at Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena.

? Prices advertised by local stores included chuck roast, $1.49 per pound; country-style spare ribs, $1.49 per pound; Wisconsin potatoes, 10-pound bag, 89 cents; and margarine, 39 cents per pound.

? Deaths - the Rev. Robert Brooks, O. Praem., at Santa Maria de la Vid Priory in Albuquerque, N.M.; Hyson Summers; James Williamsen; Mrs. John (Catherine) Schmidt; Mrs. Robert (Luella) De Grave; Mrs. William (Margaret) Poirer.

? Marriage - Michael Secora and Sharon Roffers.

20 years ago - 1993

? De Pere students had a day of vacation when the first blizzard of winter hit the area, dumping more than 5 inches of snow and causing hazardous driving conditions. Schools were closed and many events canceled or postponed. Gale-force winds whipped the snow into drifts in the county, leaving many residents temporarily snowbound.

? West De Pere High School's graduating class of 1997 will be the first in the school district to qualify for the new diploma-endorsement program, which was approved by the members of the board of education. Beginning with next school year's freshman class, teachers and administrators will identify attendance, integrity, attitude and a host of other student qualities that will be ranked, along with academic achievement. Students who have done well in the non-academic areas will be recognized with the diploma endorsement.

? Deaths - Mrs. Roy (Mary "Rita") Vercauteren; Roger L. Timm, formerly of De Pere, at Tucson, Ariz.; Mrs. Sherman (Edna) Larson; William J.K. Radtke; Mrs. George (Rosalie) Clancy, formerly of Little Rapids, at Milwaukee; James Kenneth Manders, formerly of De Pere, at Malvern, Ark.; Mrs. Clarence (Gladys) Vande Voort Sr., Wrightstown; Godfred "Fritz" Lamers, Hollandtown; Catherine M. Wanek, Glenmore.

15 years ago - 1998

? Mediator Amedo Greco helped the De Pere School District Board of Education and the De Pere Education Association move close to a contract settlement Jan. 6. The teachers have been working under an expired contract since July 1. School district administrative assistant Janice De Meuse said, per agreement, she couldn't comment on the details of the proposed settlement. She said the school board probably wouldn't vote on the contract until after the teachers ratify the agreement.

? Tim Sowers and Nate Thompson of the De Pere Police Department were among 15 police officers from eight agencies statewide who received their certification as drug-recognition experts in a ceremony at the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy last month. The two officers are among only 4,300 law-enforcement officers internationally certified as drug-recognition experts.

? The St. Norbert College cheerleaders were invited to take part in the Super Bowl XXXII ceremonies in San Diego on Jan. 25 by the Green Bay Packers organization.

? Deaths - Mrs. Glen (Ella) Clabots; Mrs. Anthony (Katie O'Neil) Hutjens, 91; Mrs. Mark (Marie) De Groot, 93; Raymond "Ray" M. Holewinski; Eleanor (Ellie) Wilsman; Abigail Lillian Teske, infant daughter of Guy D. Teske and Sarah M. Smith; Emma L. Kane; Mrs. Erwin (Norma) Thiesfeldt, 91, Morrison.

10 years ago - 2003

? The city of De Pere is looking for ways to clamp down on people who are taking advantage of long-term parking in the Nicolet Square lot on the west side of downtown. Parking officials would like to limit most parking to 2 hours at the busy lot, allowing only employees of Nicolet Square businesses or those who live nearby to park longer. The Traffic and Parking Staff Review Team has proposed the city issue permits to people who want to park in the lot long-term; anyone else would be ticketed.

? An electrical fire caused $60,000 in damages to a home owned by Roger and Michele Sterckx at 336 Fort Howard Ave. in De Pere. No one was injured in the blaze.

? 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.

? Belmark, located just south of De Pere, celebrated its 25th anniversary. The company produces packaging materials that include labels, flexible film and cartons. It employs nearly 300 people and services companies around the world.

? Deaths - Mildred R. Falck; Leslie T. Farrell, formerly of Askeaton, at Monee, Ill.; Hannah R. Kempen, stillborn infant daughter of John and Dawn Kempen; Sidney G. Seifert, formerly of De Pere, at Long Lake; Howard E. Boeder, Greenleaf.

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15%
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I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1014 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1271 votes

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