100 years ago - 1913
? John Ossefort bought the old Bartels house on North Superior Street for $640.
? G.W. Knoeller opened an electric shop in the building adjoining the California house.
? Death - Charles Lovelace.
? Marriage - Leo Sanders and Emma Snyder.
95 years ago - 1918
? Herbert Hoover, federal food administrator, ordered wheatless days on every Monday and Wednesday and one wheatless meal every other day in the week. Tuesdays were designated as meatless days, and one meatless meal was ordered every day in the week.
? A Home Guard Reserve company was organized with L.S. Wilcox as president and C.G. Scott, L.S. Wilcox, Claude Bakken, P.S. Kingston, Henry Peeter, P.R. Risdon, Phil Crab, Chris Titulaer and Otto Staeven as directors.
? Cabbage was selling at $60 per ton.
? John Vander Linden was reappointed West De Pere postmaster.
? Elmer Hall was elected president of the Brown County Fair Association. Other officers named were S.E. Brown, vice president; Herb Smith, secretary; and Frank Crabb, treasurer.
? Death - Vera Rathe, 8-year-old daughter of Mrs. Laura Rathe.
90 years ago - 1923
? There was an epidemic of scarlet fever in the city. Twenty-eight cases and one death were reported at the state reformatory.
? The mayor of Philadelphia told the Oneida Indians that they had no claim to any part of that city. It had previously been reported that the city of Philadelphia recognized the claim of the Oneidas to a tract of land in the city and that an offer of $1 million had tentatively been made to effect a quick settlement.
? De Pere barbers announced they would close at 10 p.m. on Saturdays, at 7:30 other nights and 6 p.m. on Thursdays.
? The price of flour dropped to $3.75 for a 98-pound sack. Butter was 56 cents per pound; eggs, 35 cents per dozen; potatoes, 50 cents per bushel; and cheese, 28 to 45 cents per pound.
? 50th wedding anniversary - Mr. and Mrs. Albert Quatsoe.
? Deaths - Myrtle Johnson, 14-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Johnson; John Duquette; Peter J. Janssen; Edward Falevsky; Mrs. Louis A. Mortag; Mrs. Paul Maves, Wrightstown; Mrs. Henriettas Doberstein, Wrightstown; Mrs. William Tobin, Hollandtown; Jimmy Dasher, Little Rapids.
? Marriages - Leland A. Wells and Loretta Arens; Clifford Schaut and Elenore Arts.
85 years ago - 1928
? Lee Brothers advertised new automatic washing machines at less than $100.
? Vander Zanden Jewelry store advertised glasses for reading or sewing with best toric lenses and quality frames for $4.50. It offered a 30-day free trial period.
? Henry Toonen installed a Frigidaire in the icebox in his place on George Street. "Before the installation of the machine, the big ice box was lined with cork and beaver board and made practically air tight, and could be used on a large scale as a thermos bottle or fireless cooker," according to the De Pere Journal-Democrat. "The Frigidaire produces ice in small pans, in addition to its other cooling ability, and these can be used in the summertime for all kinds of cooling soft drinks."
? Deaths - John Hockers, pioneer brick manufacturer; Miss Kate Calnan; Jorgen Henry Jensen; Barteline Vissers, 5-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Vissers; James W. Piton, 6-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Piton; Mrs. Fred Worm Sr., Wayside; Ferdinand Lemke, Morrison; Joseph L. Dhyne, veteran member of the French Foreign Legion.
? Marriages - Edgar Verstegen and Alberta Hischke; John Haklin and Clara Meeuwsen; Wayne Daley and Dorothy Hibbard.
80 years ago - 1933
? Residents of the west side were warned by Dr. George Goggins, city health officer, to boil the water they consume. Several west-siders were taken ill drinking impure water.
? There were many reports of the theft of coal from bins in De Pere homes. The editor commented, "It appears that some people prefer to steal rather than apply to the city charities organizations for aid."
? The Journal-Democrat prepared a list of all local real-estate taxpayers who paid more than $100 in taxes, exclusive of personal-property taxes. The largest taxpayer was Nicolet Paper Co., which paid $8,625.
? Ted Lenfestey was one of the 15 state men named to the military staff of Gov. A.G. Schmedeman.
? Deaths - Frank Meulemans, Wrightstown; George Falck; Mrs. Lester Pooler, at Shiocton; Antone Meeuwsen, at Banks, Ore.; Edward Roe; Ray Sims.
? Marriage - Warren Terrien and Martha Bins.
75 years ago - 1938
? Heavy winds and snow closed all highways. Greenleaf was completely snowbound for several days when even the trains weren't running.
? Fire destroyed two barns at the Wisconsin State Reformatory. The loss was estimated at $30,000.
? Three slot machines "loaded with money" and a cigarette machine were stolen from the tavern of William Van Susteren.
? Howard Vande Hei was appointed West De Pere postmaster.
? Dr. Howard Talbot was feted by members of the Presbyterian church on his 90th birthday.
? There were 35 traffic fatalities and 263 injuries in Brown County during 1937.
? Deaths - Mrs. M.L. Johnson; Albert J. Du Bois; Edward Fitzgerald; A.R. Barker; Mrs. Elizabeth Race; Patrick Murphy; Mrs. Melvin Zastrow, Wrightstown.
? Marriage - Bernard Jansen and Audrey Liebert.
70 years ago - 1943
? Local stores advertised head lettuce, 10 cents; carrots, 8 cents per bunch; new cabbage, 6 cents per head; red cabbage, 5 cents per head; Holland-style herring, 10 pounds for $1; butter, 49 cents per pound; eggs, 36 cents per dozen; grapefruit, six for 27 cents; sirloin steak, 30 cents per pound; fresh-dressed geese, 29 cents per pound; and apples, $2.35 per bushel.
? Deaths - Mrs. Harry Jansen; Chris Vande Ven; Mrs. Ann Kolanchik; Mrs. Joseph Hecker; Mrs. Anna Koepke, Wrightstown.
65 years ago - 1948
? To date, the month of January was 4˝ degrees colder than the average temperature for the month.
? Deaths - William Golden, 19-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Golden, Wrightstown; Earl Matzke.
? Marriages - Richard Hogan and Joan Calaway; Charles Buckman and Bernadette Fabry; Claude Carey and Blanche Scanlan.
60 years ago - 1953
? The Bank of West De Pere moved into its building on Main Avenue.
? Deaths - the Rev. Stepphen M. Vander Loop, O. Praem.; Mrs. F.P. Shepardson; Beverly Rose, 4-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin McInnis; Albert Vande Hey, Wrightstown.
? Marriages - Charles Maass, Wrightstown, and Arlene Fischer; Thomas Adams and Carol Ann Remiker; Sylvester Heup and Elsie Beecher.
55 years ago - 1958
? Preliminary plans for the new church building were shown at a meeting of the Church Workers Association of the First Presbyterian Church.
? Deaths - Frank Koratev; Mrs. William Falck, Lark; Terry O'Connell, native of Morrison, at Windsor, Canada; Ralph Duggan; Thomas F. Ryan; Maurice Manning; Mrs. Joseph Quinette.
50 years ago - 1963
? Tom Peters, George Hockers and Wayne Hockers were rescued after spending the night in a fishing shanty on Lake Winnebago in 20-degrees-below-zero weather.
? James Jakubovsky was hired as De Pere's first director of public works.
? Veteran City Clerk Irvin Smits announced he wouldn't seek re-election. Candidates who announced to date were Jerome Smits and Carl Sturdivant.
? Keith Olson was named vice president and president-elect of De Pere Chamber of Commerce.
? Deaths - Mrs. Elizabeth Vander Loop; Edward B. Martin; Mrs. Anna Zanzig, Greenleaf; Michael Golden, six-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Golden, Greenleaf; Edward M. Gerrits, formerly of Wrightstown, at Appleton; Mrs. Lavina Burt.
45 years ago - 1968
? Local stores advertised oranges for 69 cents per dozen; broccoli, 29 cents per bunch; bacon, 63 cents per pound; and summer sausage, 69 cents per pound.
? An area restaurant offered lobster for two for $5.95.
? "Susie's Mommy Says," a De Pere Journal column, marked its 20th anniversary.
? 50th wedding anniversary - Mr. and Mrs. George C. Lasee.
? Deaths - Herman G. Janssen; Mrs. Nettie Scray; Frank Dillon; Mrs. John Vojik.
40 years ago - 1973
? De Pere churches held an ecumenical thanksgiving service for peace after President Richard Nixon announced a peace agreement in Vietnam had been approved and a cease-fire would take place Jan. 27.
? De Pere stores advertised ground beef, 3 pounds and over, 69 cents per pound; half gallon of orange juice, 67 cents; margarine, 4 pounds for 85 cents; turkeys, 29 cents per pound; and paper towels, three jumbo rolls for 99 cents.
? Deaths - Mrs. Jennie Pouwels; Mrs. C.W. Cootway, Wrightstown.
? Marriages - Larry Hill and Suzanne Rumfeldt, at Easton, Conn.; Kenneth Roffers and Victoria Piccione, at Brooklyn, N.Y.
35 years ago - 1978
? Mrs. Harry Conley, a volunteer community leader for more than four decades, was named the recipient of the Fort Howard Paper Foundation's 1977 John P. Cofrin Humanitarian Award.
? De Pere police apprehended an 18-year-old Green Bay man for the theft of wood valued at $2,200, which was taken from McMonagle Lumber Co.
? The De Pere post office lobbies would be closed on Sundays, beginning Feb. 5, Postmaster James Schumerth announced.
? Building permits issued during 1977 totaled $7,917,729, according to the annual report of the building inspector, William Robertson. One hundred twenty-nine single-family dwellings were begun during the year.
? Deaths - Carl W. Janssen, who served as De Pere postmaster for 26 years; Mrs. Walter Lemke, Morrison; Mrs. Meta Norris, Morrison; Lt. Commander James Martin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Martin, Greenleaf, in a private plane crash in Newport, R.I.; Mrs. Louis Van Vonderen; Mrs. Raymond Haskins.
? Marriages - Jeffrey Skoronski and Kay Nellis; Bob Schuning and Kathy Johnston; Tom Glaser and Cathy McMonagle.
30 years ago - 1983
? Two developers were given initial approval for the development of the downtown area. The Fox River Development Company proposed to rehabilitate the C.A. Lawton Foundry into Foundry Square housing boutiques, specialty shops and a restaurant connected to a 74-room luxury hotel on the south half of the block at 233 N. Broadway. Warren Barberg & Associates received exclusive rights to develop the C.A. Osen property. Both developers were required to seek tenants for the buildings and financing before receiving final approval.
? A window honoring St. Matthew, which was once part of the old St. Francis church, was built into the De Pere Historical Society museum. It was part of the remodeling project funded by a grant from the Byron Walter family trust.
? Don La Violette, 51, was named football coach at St. Norbert College.
? Local stores advertised roasting chickens for 59 cents per pound; lettuce, 39 cents per head; frozen geese, $1.19 per pound; wieners, $1.99 per pound; and ice cream, $2.69 for a 5-quart pail.
? Deaths - Holly Mae Bowers, 11-day-old daughter of Peter and Barbara Bowers, Greenleaf; Mrs. Olga Bohn, Wrightstown; Jane Van Boxtel, Nagel; Russ Young, former West De Pere High School coach, at Ripon; Mrs. Edith Patterson; Mrs. Ray (Lorraine) Smits.
? Marriage - Christopher Philipp and Michelle Maes.
25 years ago - 1988
? Plans to renovate Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts and include the addition of an educational wing with a small theater/recital hall were announced by the Board of Trustees of St. Norbert College. The project was expected to cost $2.5 million.
? The De Pere Park and Recreation Department opened the De Pere Senior Center on Wednesday nights for young people in grades 7 to 12. Varied activities were offered.
? Deaths - Jessica Tisch, 9-year-old daughter of Dale and Joy Keller Tisch; Irvin Vanden Avond; Henry Gerke; Levi Garsow; Leonard Hickey; Mrs. James (Audrey Berken) Chriske; Mrs. Milton (Geraldine Planert) Doehler; Harold R. Krutz; Robert Tiesling; Mrs. Charles Taylor; Mrs. Glenn (Lois Runnoe) Grahl, Greenleaf.
20 years ago - 1993
? West De Pere High School students Kim Dart and Jennifer Kohnen were chosen to entertain at the Super Bowl XXVII pregame show in California. They were among 50 members of the American All Star Dance/Drill Team selected from a field of more than 10,000 dancers from across the United States.
? Deaths - Wilbert Goffard; Wilburt J. Leiterman; Myrtle Beaupre, the former Myrtle Krug of De Pere, at Philadelphia; William J. Titus; Mrs. Maurice (Mary) Daul; Mrs. A.J. Ambrosius, formerly of De Pere; Ervin H. Lindsley; Mrs. Joseph A. (Mary Kettenhofen) Novitski, formerly of Wrightstown, at Green Bay.
? Marriages - Raymond Bildings and Paula Wilmet; Kim Lasecki and Cynthia Berner.
15 years ago - 1998
? Brown County residents will get to decide in November whether they want to have the Ten Commandments displayed outside the Brown County Courthouse in downtown Green Bay. The county board voted 20-3 on Wednesday, Jan. 21, to put the issue on the Nov. 3 ballot as a nonbinding referendum. The board previously rejected a request from the Christian Family Association to post the commandments in the courthouse. After that was denied in September, the association mounted a petition drive asking for a referendum on posting the commandments on the courthouse lawn. Dean Young, founder and executive director of the association, said his group is conducting similar efforts in other Wisconsin counties as well as in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Idaho and South Carolina. He said Brown County would be the first county to put the matter to a referendum and that it would be "watched nationally."
? De Pere Energy LLC announced that construction of its gas-fired co-generation plant on the Nicolet Paper Co. property will begin in April. The first phase should be operational by June 1999. The 179-megawatt plant will supply electricity to Wisconsin Public Service Corp.
? Deaths - Milton W. Doehler, a former De Pere resident; Robert H. Kroll, formerly of De Pere, at Rhinelander; Grace Bell Carlson, 91, a lifelong De Pere resident; Jewell A. Cooley, 94; Mrs. Joe (Jean) Linnane; Norbert A. Gauthier, a De Pere native, at Milwaukee; Roy Fagan Sr.; Mrs. Gustav P. (Tracy) Reinhold, 93, a lifelong De Pere resident.
? Marriage - Mark E. Capomaccio and Tracy K. Van De Yacht (listing for 1997 wedding).
10 years ago - 2003
? The West De Pere High School pom and dance team scored more points than 14 other teams to earn first place in Division 3 pom in the state competition at Oshkosh on Saturday, Jan. 25. West De Pere also won a state title in high kick. This is the third straight year West De Pere has won a state title in Division 3.
? The Rev. Xavier Colavechio became the new director of Norbertine Center for Spirituality in De Pere on Wednesday, Jan. 29, succeeding the Rev. John Bostwick. Colavechio, who holds a degree in philosophy from St. Norbert College in De Pere, taught at St. Norbert from 1959 to '85 and served as chairman of its humanities division. Before returning to De Pere, Colavechio was an administrator and a pastor in Jackson, Miss.
? When remodeling was done at West De Pere High School, the intention was to open its new fitness center and field house to the public that helps pay for it. The public access will start Monday morning, Feb. 3. According to school athletics director Bill Turnquist, visitors will be able to use aerobic fitness equipment, weight-lifting equipment and the track for jogging, running or walking.
? A grand opening was held for Landwehr Vision Clinic at 1017 Main Ave.
? Frank Wood announced this week he will be stepping down at the end of this month as chief executive officer of Brown County Publishing Co. Inc., which publishes The De Pere Journal. Wood has held that post since the company was founded in 1960. Wood moved to Brown County in 1953, when he purchased Denmark Publishing Co. That company was combined with Brown County Publishing in 1963, and the firm presently employs more than 400 people. Three of Wood's sons are involved in the business and collectively will assume the office of CEO. Wood will continue as chairman of the company's board of directors.
? Deaths - Bryan W. Wulf, 7, Howard, after a three-year battle with cancer; Francis J. Dupuis, 91.
? Marriage - Nicholas Bowers and Jolene Van Den Heuvel (listing for 2002 wedding).