100 years ago - 1913
? State Bank of Greenleaf opened for business Feb. 4. J.B. Flatley of Chilton was cashier and A.G. Zimmerman assistant cashier.
? The mean temperature for January was 18 degrees, as compared with 14.6 for the past 27 years.
? Death - Frank Boyea.
95 years ago - 1918
? The thermometer registered 24 degrees below zero.
? It was the second "heatless Monday." Only the boiler works working on a government contract was permitted to run.
? Eighteen transports with United States troops arrived in France.
? Death - Martin J. (Mike) Smet.
? Marriage - Herman Lemmen and Isabel De Beukelaer Dhooge.
90 years ago - 1923
? A.J. Vanden Heuvel was elected president of the De Pere local chapter of the American Society of Equity.
? Prohibition officers tried to clean up Brown County, making a number of arrests.
? Deaths - Peter John Janssen; William Albers; John Fox, at Askeaton; John Brooks, Hollandtown.
85 years ago - 1928
? An attractive new vestibule and portico in front of the main entrance of St. Joseph church was completed.
? The annual Christmas seal sale netted $702.10.
? Deaths - Andrew Jackson Reightly; Fred G. Brenner, at Shawano.
? Marriage - Wilbur Wright and Vitulas Nelson.
80 years ago - 1933
? The county made plans to buy the Blesch property for an airport.
? Three Green Bay fishermen drowned when their truck broke through ice on the bay and sank. Victims were Lester Stievo, 37; Edwin Miller, 46; and Paul Counard, 62.
? Tests were made on new bridge channel spans.
? The De Pere High School senior class planned the presentation of "Yellow Shadow," a mystery drama.
? Deaths - Thomas Edward Roe; Emil C. Duval; George Peterson; George H. Mogan; Alex Besaw; Henry A. Huber, former lieutenant governor of Wisconsin.
? Marriage - Marvin Williamson and Ruth Verber.
75 years ago - 1938
? The new De Pere theater opened. The first program featured Eddie Cantor in "Ali Baba Goes to Town" and "Heidi."
? Neil Willems was elected president of De Pere Chamber of Commerce at the annual meeting.
? The auditorium at Wrightstown High School was dedicated at special ceremonies.
? Deaths - Henry Albers; Russell Salater, at Chicago; Mrs. Dan La Fond; John Kaster; Mrs. Arnold Helf; Mrs. Alex Hermes; Judith De Tennis, 5-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul De Tennis; Denis Carroll, Askeaton; Mrs. Ole Olsen, Shirley.
? Marriage - Raymond Bellin and Clara Van Rens.
70 years ago - 1943
? Fifty-eight men from this area were accepted for military services. Two Journal-Democrat employees, John Lee and Ellsworth Longlais, were in the group.
? Approximately 600 De Pere citizens were enrolled in some branch of civilian defense.
? Deaths - Charles Fleck; Martin J. Malloy; Mrs. Paul Belleau, the former Dorothy McGrath of Greenleaf; Frank Bries, formerly of Wrightstown, at Milwaukee.
65 years ago - 1948
? Ila Peterson, Catherine Brittnacher and Rita Baeten were winners in the county 4-H cherry-pie baking contest held at De Pere High School.
? West De Pere High School students were rehearsing Oscar Straus' operetta "Waltz Dream."
? Deaths - Mrs. John Ossefort; Mrs. P.H. Martin, formerly of De Pere, at Hollywood, Calif.; Wallace Vieau; Albert E. Gibbert; Joseph Raymaker.
? Marriages - Jacob G. Achten Jr. and Jacqueline LaFave; Patrick Kelly and Bernice Burgoyne.
60 years ago - 1953
? More than $3,000 was donated to the polio fund drive in De Pere.
? Carl Carlson was elected president of State Bank of De Pere, succeeding R.C. French, who resigned because of illness.
? Mathew Schadrie, Anthony De France and Lester Van Vonderen were honored by Hudson Manufacturing Co. and awarded 25-year pins.
? Deaths - Mrs. Ferdinand Kersten, Wrightstown; Mrs. Herman Raduechel, Morrison; Mrs. Johanna Marcellis; Mrs. Katie Stikl, Little Rapids; Raymond Patterson, at Oshkosh; Rinehart LeNoble; Albert J. McLoughlin, well-known De Pere baker.
? Marriage - Robert Beimborn and Janice Bordensen.
55 years ago - 1958
? The De Pere Junior Chamber of Commerce held its charter night at the prom.
? Local stores advertised grapefruit, 10 for 53 cents; apples, 4 pounds for 39 cents; veal chops, 69 cents per pound; veal leg roast, 59 cents per pound; veal shoulder roast, 45 cents per pound; liver sausage, 49 cents per pound; and Florida juice oranges, 29 cents per dozen.
? Deaths - Mrs. Henry L. Everson; Mrs. Amelia Schmechel, 99; Msgr. John J. Loerke; Hugh Brogan, Milwaukee; Mrs. James Fitzgerald, formerly of Greenleaf.
50 years ago - 1963
? A primary election was called by the City Council when four candidates filed nomination papers for the office of city clerk. The four were Jerry Smits, Lee Roffers, Melvin Martin and Thomas Basche.
? The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance reported De Pere paid $3.40 per capita for fire protection during 1961.
? Deaths - Dr. John A. Cox, formerly of Askeaton, at Milwaukee; Mrs. Lena Nienhaus, formerly of Greenleaf, at Green Bay; Arnold Wagner, Morrison; Ray Hockers, secretary of the Hockers Brothers Brick and Tile Co.; Henry J. Verber; Sister M. Harriet Ebben; Fred A. (Fritz) Nachtwey; Henry Smet; Mrs. Frances Lotto.
? Marriages - Henry Burkel and Mary Carter; Richard Egan and Mary Anne Witteborg.
45 years ago - 1968
? The De Pere Fire Department received delivery on a new aerial fire truck with an 85-foot ladder, tall enough to reach the top of any building in the city. The cost was $53,621.
? January building permits totaled $57,300, including permits for two new homes valued at $20,000 and $15,000. Another permit was for a two-family duplex for $20,000.
? Marlene Lamers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Lamers, was named DAR winner at Wrightstown High School.
? Deaths - Edward E. Theunis, Wrightstown; Bernard (Bud) Geurts; Dr. Hugo M. Kersten, formerly of De Pere, at Los Angeles; Mrs. Cecilia Morrissy; E.L. (Les) Biselx, at Appleton.
? Marriages - Dennis Bricker and Melinda Michalske; Gary Gordon and Mary Kathleen Schadrie; Gordon Haberland, Freedom, and Karen Fehrman.
40 years ago - 1973
? Police reported thieves took more than 200 pounds of meat from the freezer at St. Joseph priory. Missing were 200 pounds of steak, four turkeys, 22 cornish game hens, 60 pounds of beef roast and four packages of wieners.
? West De Pere High School music students Carla Luedeman, Debbie Cortright and David Kazik were among 11 Wisconsin pupils selected to play concerts in each of 16 cities in Holland, Luxembourg, Germany, France and England.
? John Kafka advertised a nine-day "Spanish fiesta" tour to Madrid, Granada and Costa Del Sol for $398 per person, leaving from Milwaukee.
? Mr. and Mrs. Robert Natzke of Wayside were named campaign chairmen of the Easter Seal society of Wisconsin.
? Deaths - Mrs. Esther Le Roy, Wrightstown; E.A. Quinnette, Morrison, president of the Wayside telephone company; Marie Pfeffer, former Wayside postmistress; Arthur Pahl, formerly of Greenleaf, at Iron Mountain, Mich.; Mrs. John Kersten.
? Marriages - Donald Hartl and Sandra Simurdiak; David Nackers, Wrightstown, and Sandra Furcho.
35 years ago - 1978
? Eight inches of snow, driven by heavy winds, brought activities in De Pere to a screeching halt. Schools were closed for two days, and most meetings and other activities were closed.
? The weekly column "Susie's Mommy Says" marked its 30th consecutive year in The De Pere Journal.
? Wisconsin Public Service Corp. announced plans for its 18th annual farm material handling exposition.
? Deaths - Mrs. Leonard Martin, Greenleaf; Miss Sophia Michiels; Clement Coenen; William L. Klug; Mrs. William Van Sustern; Edward H. Beckers, formerly of De Pere, at San Marcoff, Calif.
30 years ago - 1983
? Jon Le Duc received a permit to begin construction of an FM stereo radio station in De Pere.
? The Rev. Sheldon Warner retired as pastor of the First Congregational United Church of Christ.
? West De Pere High School senior ball court members were Matt Gannon, Beth Goral, Lynn Marcinkowski, Margaret Kocken, Tammy Van De Hei, Chuck Willems, Joe Pischke, Kevin Perock, Kurt Linsen and Jenni Barron.
? Death - Raymond Wierschke, Greenleaf.
? Marriage - David Ross and Deborah Baeten.
25 years ago - 1988
? The De Pere School Board approved the sale of the Irwin school property to Franklin Investments Inc. for $65,000.
? Thirty-eight people were charged with underage consumption of alcoholic beverages after De Pere police raided a west-side tavern.
? A Students Against Drunk Driving chapter was formed at West De Pere High School.
? A forum was scheduled on the future of the Brown County Fairgrounds.
? Deaths - Randall J. Phillips, in a house fire on St. Bernard Drive; Fred Van Grunsven; Mrs. William J. (Helen) Seymour; Clayton Kraft; Clifford Beining, Greenleaf; Alvin Pittner, at Reedsville; Nicholas Valdez, 3, Wrightstown.
20 years ago - 1993
? Work will begin shortly to convert the former Osen Milling building into a 30-unit, bed-and-breakfast inn near the Fox River and Voyageur Park. The project has been named the James Street Inn.
? Donald Pierce, De Pere High School principal for the past 16 years, announced to the Unified School District of De Pere School Board on Jan. 27 that he intends to retire Dec. 31.
? Ten students from Notre Dame Middle School attended the inauguration of President Bill Clinton last month and toured Washington, D.C. The travel party included students B.J. Nuss, Brad Maynard, Casey Quinn, Amy Dassler, Erin McGinn, Nicole Moenssens, Kari Jaeckel, Cherry Sigl, Amy Vercauteren and Katie Vercauteren; and chaperones Sally Metz and Mike Taylor.
? 50th wedding anniversary - Joseph and Ethelyn Van De Walle.
? Deaths - George Garrity, formerly of De Pere, at Seymour; Herbert Van Dreel; Joseph H. (Joe) Janssen; Joseph "Joey" Margraf, formerly of De Pere, at Howard; Leila Rietz, formerly of Morrison, at Oconto; Edward P. Baeten, formerly of Wrightstown, at Kaukauna.
? Marriage - Andrew N. Nicholson and Eileen M. Matzke, at Green Bay.
15 years ago - 1998
? De Pere Mayor Mike Walsh wore a Denver Broncos sweatshirt and pin at the De Pere Common Council meeting Feb. 3, as he read a proclamation that the Denver Broncos were the best team in Super Bowl XXXII after beating the Green Bay Packers and, as a result, are "the best football team in the nation." The action was part of the wager Walsh had with Mayor La Vern Nelson of Greeley, Colo. Both cities are the sites of the training camps for the two teams. Walsh sent Nelson a variety of local products, including bratwurst and chocolates as his part of the wager.
? A 33-ton wind turbine was lifted atop a 200-foot tower in the town of Glenmore as part of the Wisconsin Public Service wind research project. Each propeller blade is 75 feet long. Two wind turbines will be erected as part of a five-year wind energy research project being conducted by four Wisconsin utilities.
? Deaths - Alvin M. Berns; Emma "Elizabeth" Enderby, 94; Thomas J. Garsow, formerly of De Pere, at Marshfield; Chester J. (Chet) Klimas, Allouez; Mrs. Kenneth Laird, the former Betty Coller of De Pere, at Milwaukee; Mark R. (Leb) Liebergen, formerly of De Pere, at Brookfield; Elaine M. Peters.
10 years ago - 2003
? Ledgeview's new water reservoir has been up and running since December, and the town has been busy extending water mains along Hawthorne Heights to subdivisions on its north side. However, the state Department of Natural Resources still hasn't sent word about whether the town also can provide sewer service to future subdivisions. The Brown County Planning Commission has approved a Sewer Service Update for the entire county, but the DNR must give the final OK.
? The De Pere Common Council voted again to put an end to all-you-can-drink specials, but members must decide the best way to do it. By a 6-2 vote at its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 4, the council approved the second reading of an ordinance that would make De Pere the first city in Wisconsin to ban all-you-can-drink specials at local taverns. However, Alderman Kathy Van Vonderen suggested that rather than ban specials outright the council should amend the law so bars that want to offer specials could ask the city for a permit to do so.
? 50th wedding anniversary - Ed and Betty (Smith) Seeman.
? Deaths - Lt. Col. Earl B. Doeren; Helen M. (Matthews) Davis, 90; Vione Jacqmin; Fabian J. Reince; Leonard A. Sorenson.