Five years ago - Jan. 23, 2008
? Four men were presented plaques of appreciation by Oconto Youth Center board member Bernie Faith at dedication ceremonies last Thursday. All four were cited for their contributions made to the center. They are Don Richter, Paul Lukas, Steve Stock and Richard Jacquart.
? Top Oconto wrestlers in the Sheboygan North Tournament are Ben Ruechel, 3rd place; Marty LaCourt, 4th place; Ben Thome, 6th place; Tyler Wolf, 5th place, and Ross Heise, 6th place.
? The Oconto 8th-grade basketball team is Austin Young, Max Herbert, Mike Slayton, Cody Henry, Aaron Duncan, Chris Jelinek, Bryce Ozak, Kurt Galik, Zak Yedinak, Jacob Westphal and Jamie Mueller.
? The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce has elected new officers for 2008. They are Dr. Sara Croney, president; Connie Parkovich, vice president; Don Nerenhausen, treasurer; Nancy Rhode, secretary. The board of directors consists of Suzie Cain, Jeni Wenzel, Linda Hearley, Mark Schwaller, Bob Schwartz and Kathy Hayes.
? Doug Allen, Farm Service Agency County Committee chairman since 2002, was honored at his last committee meeting in December by FSA staff and fellow committee members. He was presented a plaque commemorating his 29 years of service to agriculture, the farmers of Oconto County and committee leadership.
10 years ago - Jan. 22, 2003
? Through the generous donation of land from Grant and Trish Shazer and their family of Oconto, NEWCAP is coordinating efforts with local high schools to construct a duplex offering affordable rent to eligible families. Currently, Oconto High School will be participating in the building project. A local painting company has also agreed to donate workers and materials to assist with this project. NEWCAP has applied for several grants designed to provide materials, staff and other project costs.
? During the past decade, the village of Suring experienced almost zero population growth. It lost its only two grocery outlets, leaving a major void in its downtown district on Main Street/Highway 32. And like many school districts, its pupil enrollment is shrinking. But it received its biggest blow of all last Friday when its lone industry, Evenflo, announced it would close its Suring plant, affecting nearly 200 employees. The current payroll is estimated at 195 employees.
? Several members of the Oconto City Council expressed remorse last Tuesday evening after learning that Mayor Joe Bralick had resigned his position due to major health concerns. Council President Duane LeBreck, who praised Bralick's strong leadership as a three-term mayor, said the council likely will meet this Monday in a special meeting to determine how a successor will be chosen.
? At a special Oconto City Council meeting Monday evening the Council named alderman Fulton as its interim mayor. Fulton will serve as mayor until the next spring mayoral election in 2004.
? Varsity basketball team members are Matt Detaege, Ryan Herald, Justin Daul, Nick Feldman, Brian Stewart, Brian Kushava, Dan Delforge, Cory Trepanier, Mike Santspree, Dustin Hass, Matt Werner and Matt Hoffman. Coach is Mark Olson.
25 years ago - Jan. 20, 1988
? A prospective new industry, an Upper Peninsula tool and die firm, is considering moving to Oconto's Industrial Park. As a result, the Oconto Industrial fund officials and city officials are helping to expedite matters. And Doug Bake, a member of the airport committee, presented a three-year development plan and asked the council to approve it so improvement can begin.
? Dick and Carol LeMay, owners of LeMay Plumbing and Heating, Oconto, are the new dealers for a complete line of Hotpoint appliances. They have a new showroom on Highway 41 (Brazeau Avenue). The business name has been changed to LeMay Plumbing, Heating and Appliances.
? Oconto firemen reported there was substantial fire damage early last Wednesday to a two-story home at 311 Pecor St. The building is owned by Bernetta Dodge and occupied by Lloyd Flynn. Firemen first were called about midnight when electric heating tape wrapped around water pipes ignited causing damage to a second story wall and the roof. The blaze flared up again around 6 a.m. and firemen returned. Damage estimates were not confirmed.
? A surprise 40th wedding anniversary party for Allan and Del Scanlan was given by their children.
? Robert (Bob) Topel, of Oconto received the Outstanding Amvet award. He is currently Post Cmdr. in Oconto and has held all offices at the local level. He also manages the bingo program at the local post.
? Joan Merline of Oconto received the Outstanding Member award. She has been president of both the Amvets and VFW Auxiliary posts in Oconto and is the present American Legion Auxiliary president.
? Adam John, son of Ray and Nancy Gardebrecht of Lakewood, is the first 1988 baby born at Langlade Memorial Hospital in Antigo. Adam was born at 11:20 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 2, 1988, weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces. He has a brother, Clint, 11, and a sister, Jill.
50 years ago - Jan. 24, 1963
? Alvin Birr, Route 1, Krakow, has been chosen Oconto County's Outstanding Young Farmer by the Oconto chapter of the Junior Chamber of Commerce.
? Three barns in Oconto County were destroyed by fire in sub-zero weather during the week. Fire of unknown origin completely burned the barn of Ralph Lindgren, Little River. Barns belonging to Abe Estreen of Townsend and Emil Swenty, northeast of Klondike, were also destroyed.
? Martin Vlies, 77, local blacksmith for many years, died at his home Wednesday afternoon.
? Miss Clara Noffz, recently retired register in probate for Oconto County, was guest of honor at the meeting of the Oconto County Bar Association held at the Tangiers.
75 years ago - Jan. 25, 1938
? A fire of undetermined origin caused $1,200 damage Thursday night to the Herb Jicha residence on Madison Street.
? Louis F. LeMay, 64, businessman of Oconto for the past 25 years, passed away at his home Sunday afternoon following a stroke a few hours earlier.
? More snow, accompanied by high winds like those which since Monday have swept the entire state, paralyzing all traffic on state and county highways, was the weather bureau forecast.
? Mr. and Mrs. Ira Telford arrived in Miami, Fla., leaving here two weeks ago to spend a month and a half in various cities in Florida.
100 years ago - Jan. 23, 1913
? Robert Taylor, Clyde LeClair and Grover McClelland skated to Marinette Saturday afternoon, starting from Oconto harbor at 2:05 and reaching Marinette at 4:14. They reported the ice in fair condition. They were the first to skate that distance, about 32 miles.
? Herman Roewe was tendered a surprise party last Thursday evening at his home on Washington street by about 25 friends, the occasion being his birthday anniversary.
? Mrs. Wilbur Ford entertained a number of friends Saturday afternoon. Five Hundred was played, the first prize being awarded to Mrs. George Ford, and Miss Leona Sharrow received consolation. Nice refreshments were served.
? Little Clarence Barlament was operated upon for appendicitis at the hospital Wednesday. It was found to be a pus case but his recovery is looked for.
? A box social will be given by the Lena High School for the benefit of the basketball team Monday, Jan 27 at Skochpol's hall. Dance after social.