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Feb. 7 in history

10:31 AM, Feb. 7, 2013  |  Comments
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Feb. 7, 1963 - Smile tells happiness of Mrs. Ruth Tobey, now 100: A tiny, gray-haired lady met a milestone of the onrushing years Wednesday, and she did it with a pert smile and the full knowledge that she is now 100 years old.

Born in Green Bay when it was a hinterland hamlet, her arrival in the world which was then troubled by the Civil War, stretched the community's population to 2,266.

Mrs. Tobey was the daughter W.J. Abrams, a three time mayor of Green Bay and also a Wisconsin State senator, source of the name of the village of Abrams, Oconto County.

Often active in local affairs and in the organization of the Kellogg Library and the foundation of the Antiquarian Society, Mrs. Tobey was industrious, too, in helping to preserve the now-valuable furniture of the Tank Cottage.

Mrs. Tobey's brother, Wilford, as his father before him, served as mayor of Green Bay, from 1908 to 1915.

- Compiled by the Brown County Library.

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