Glimpses of the Past: March 7

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100 years ago - 1913

? The county board voted to hold a referendum on whether a small tax should be levied to erect a soldiers' memorial monument.

? Wallace Hager was appointed postmaster on De Pere's west side.

? Dr. H.N. Cohen of Wellsberg, Iowa, opened a practice in Greenleaf.

? Woodrow Wilson became the 28th president of the United States. Thomas Marshall was inaugurated as vice president.

? 50th wedding anniversary - Mr. and Mrs. Godfred Zittlow, Wrightstown.

? Deaths - Mrs. Sophia Tilley; Charles Wilson.

? Marriage - Fred Meyer and May Daniels.

95 years ago - 1918

? The Catholic diocese of Green Bay celebrated its golden anniversary. It was created March 3, 1868.

? Because of the prohibition by the food administration of the killing of hens in the wake of an egg scarcity, the price of eggs dropped from 50 cents to 38 cents per dozen.

? An appeal to eat more potatoes and save wheat was sent out by the state food administration.

? The council increased the city treasurer's salary to $600 per year.

? The West De Pere school board voted to discontinue teaching German in the school.

? Sheldon Stowe sold his 142-acre farm in Lawrence to John Miller for $14,500.

? The first American-built battle plans equipped with Liberty motors were shipped to France.

? Deaths - Ben Carpenter, killed by a snow plow on the interurban line near Wrightstown; Robert Nolan, 22, son of Mrs. L.J. McAbee, killed in a gravel pit cave-in in the town of Lawrence; Peter Lamers, a former resident, at Rudolph; Peter J. Janssen, Lawrence.

90 years ago - 1923

? On the last day to pay taxes without the 2 percent penalty, city treasurer William Klaus received $35,000. Of this, $20,000 was paid by American Writing Paper Co.

? De Pere's west side had a branch of the Kansas City Nighthawks. Members are Max Franc Jr., Celene Joslin, Vernal Hart, George Alger, Armond Collette and Eddie Goemans of the east side. The radio fever was spreading rapidly among west-side residents.

? Hugo Wells and C.P. Jackson attended a lake level conference at Manitowoc.

? A successful farmers institute was held at Wrightstown.

? Deaths - Joseph Chosa; Mrs. W. Hendricks; the Rev. J.A. Geisler.

85 years ago - 1928

? Eighty-eight boys were enrolled in Boy Scouts.

? The previous Saturday, the thermometer dropped to 23 degrees below zero.

? Public Service Corp. announced plans to spend $38,000 in improvements in De Pere.

? George Van Dyck was appointed assistant postmaster.

? Deaths - John Sullivan, formerly of Morrison, at Eau Claire; William Bopry; George E. Martin; Alphonse Duchateau.

? Marriages - John A. Koltz and Gertrude Hockers; Gust Welhouse and Mildred Van Straten; Robert Tochterman and Johanna Vaessen; Norbert Daul and Rachael Manders.

80 years ago - 1933

? A big meeting and parade were staged by farmers in celebration of the end of the milk strike.

? Large quantities of free milk were distributed to the needy of the city. About 250 were supplied.

? Deaths - Albert Ebben; Mrs. Johanna Hurkmans.

? Marriage - John Manion and Catherine Heyrman, at Whitewater.

75 years ago - 1938

? The Chamber of Commerce and the Journal-Democrat were sponsoring a contest to find the best possible pictures and scenes in the De Pere area for a C of C booklet.

? Deaths - Richard Powers; August Becker, Rockland.

? Marriages - Alfred Mallette and Beatrice Stengel; William Kutschenreuter and Shirley Mace; LeRoy Krueger and Marguerite Van Susteren; Harvey Gossen and Geraldine Planert.

70 years ago - 1943

? The Green Bay diocese didn't observe its diamond jubilee because of the war.

? Lenten fasting regulations were modified because of food rationing.

? St. Norbert College suspended summer-school sessions because of the war.

? Deaths - Mrs. Henry Biese, Wrightstown; Mrs. Edward Ryan, Greenleaf; Mrs. Theresa Koerner, Hollandtown; Francis Kiley; Mrs. Isabelle Andre; Lynn, six-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Van Enkenvoort.

? Marriages - Edward Kocken and Margaret Lens; Clarence Gullickson and Esther Van Remortel.

65 years ago - 1948

? Mayor A.H. Voelker announced he would seek re-election in the April 6 election.

? A total of $999.96 was donated to the March of Dimes drive in De Pere.

? A.S. Vanden Heuvel received his degree in law from Marquette University.

? Deaths - Mrs. Horace J. Smith; George Roder; Mrs. Charles Van Remortal; Mrs. Minnie Baeten; Mrs. Mary Shalhoub; Sister Mary Consuella Kempen, formerly of Hollandtown; Max Beerman, a former Greenleaf mail carrier, at Portland, Ore.

60 years ago - 1953

? Senators Gerald Flynn, Bernhard Gettleman, Paul Rogan and Mark Catlin debated the coming reapportionment referendum here. Mayor Edward Seymour was the moderator.

? WBAY-TV in Green Bay announced plans to begin telecasting March 17.

? Claude Langenfeld speared a 106-pound sturgeon on Lake Winnebago.

? Deaths - Joseph H. Ley; Mrs. Elizabeth Duckett; William DeBoth; Mrs. Joseph P. Roeckel; Joseph LeClair; Mrs. Polone Valk; Clyde Van Vuren, publisher of the Seymour Press; Susan Cornelissen, seven-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Cornelissen; Norbert Murphy; George Zentmeyer, Milwaukee; Wilhelm Umnus, Morrison; Bernard C. Bacon, formerly of Greenleaf, at Milwaukee; Joseph McVey, Wrightstown; Mrs. Henry Egan, Milwaukee.

55 years ago - 1958

? The City Council let bids totaling $113,000 for a swimming pool to be constructed at VFW Park.

? Sixteen teams were entered in the seventh annual Brown County Grade School Basketball Tournament.

? Michael Todd's "Around the World in 80 Days" was playing at a Green Bay theater.

? Local stores featured chuck roast for 49 cents per pound; oranges, three dozen for $1; wieners, 55 cents per pound; and cooked crabs, 2 pounds for 39 cents.

? Deaths - Edgar A. Krug, First Ward supervisor; Richard J. Belongia, 17-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Belongia, Freedom; Mrs. John Neuman; Leo P. Milhaupt; Dale Remington; Mrs. Harry Dollar; Mrs. Joseph Berg; W.P. Van Beckum; Edmund Hill; Miss Kathryn Goemans; Miss Johanna Dundon, 90; Miss Mae McCarthy; Mrs. P.T. Finnegan, Askeaton; Sylvester McDaniel, Wrightstown; Thomas E. Gleason, formerly of Wrightstown, at Green Bay; Frank W. Zirbel, Morrison.

50 years ago - 1963

? A farewell dinner was held in honor of I.A. Smits, who retired after serving as city clerk for 16 years.

? The novitiate wing of St. Norbert Abbey was blessed at special ceremonies.

? Deaths - Leland A. Wells; Napoleon Thielke, 100; Mrs. Frank Dhooge, the former Alice Smith of De Pere, at Ashland; Charles Klaus, formerly of De Pere, at Evanston, Ill.; Miss Nellie Keating, formerly of Askeaton, at Los Angeles.

? Marriages - Daniel O'Connor and Elizabeth Rolf; Ralph Szprejda and Bonnie Rupiper.

45 years ago - 1968

? The De Pere swimming pools ended last season with a deficit of $8,723.

? Members of the West De Pere High School Future Farmers of America baked 60 batches of cookies to be sent to soldiers in Vietnam.

? Deaths - Richard B. Boeder, Wayside; Fred J. Heimerl, a native of Glenmore, at Wakefield, Mich.; Mill Lamberdina (Dinah) Van Boxtel; the Rev. Charles H. Evans, who served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church from 1929 to '37, at Orlando, Fla.; Antone Vande Ven; Miss Delores Drewieske.

? Marriages - Clark Steinhardt and Kathryn Aerts; Michael J. Vande Loo and Lois Ann Strebel; Steven Geise and Mary Ann Eiting; Michael Geurts, Greenleaf, and Louise Haen; Howard Klug, Morrison, and Leona Phillips; Thomas Strenn, Greenleaf, and Irene Kersten.

40 years ago - 1973

? The De Pere High School Redbirds beat Oconto 74-70 in a come-from-behind game to win the Bay Conference boys basketball title. De Pere and Oconto started the game in a 15-3 tie for the conference lead.

? Local banks offered 6 percent interest on two-year certificates of deposit.

? Deaths - John Victory; Raymond Hibbert; Mrs. Philip Laeser, the former Hermione Beauregard of De Pere, at Hubertus.

35 years ago - 1978

? Philip Smith was presented the Eagle Scout Award, highest scouting honor.

? Deaths - James E. Misco; Paul J. Tilkens; Edward I. Haskins; Edward Heesaker; Edward W. Forkin; Albert C. Enders; Mrs. Edward A. Lee, 100; Helen Gnewuch; Mrs. Katherine Peterson, formerly of De Pere, at Burlington; Joseph Beimborn, Wayside; Peter Benzschawel, Greenleaf.

? Marriages - Timothy J. Vanden Heuvel and Kathleen Calaway; Brian Bandow and Mary Mineau.

30 years ago - 1983

? Dr. Thomas Manion was named president of St. Norbert College, succeeding Neil Webb, who retired.

? Martin Krach was named president of State Bank of De Pere, succeeding E.L. Pouwels, who retired.

? Maple syrup was running.

? February building permits totaled $7,500, compared to $10,500 a year ago.

? Deaths - Mrs. Idella Aubinger; Margaret Coniff, formerly of Morrison; Adolph W. Meyer, Greenleaf.

25 years ago - 1988

? Neil Richtman, who was the superintendent of the West De Pere School District for 37 years, announced he would retire at the end of the school year.

? C.A. Lawton Co. received a $743,000 loan from the Wisconsin Development Fund to assist it in building a new facility in the east-side industrial park.

? February building permits totaled $447,850, a slight increase from a year ago.

? Deaths - Earl Hudson; Brother Willefrord Beemster.

20 years ago - 1993

? With no debate, all eight members of the Common Council voted in favor of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation plan to widen 1.5 miles of North Broadway to four lanes.

? The city of De Pere grew by nearly 75 acres when the Common Council voted to annex Leo and Eileen Danen's property from the town of De Pere.

? One hundred thirty-seven single-family homes were started in De Pere in 1992, an increase of 43 percent from 1991 and setting another record, according to the annual report from city building inspector David Hongisto.

? A local store was advertising bananas, 29 cents per pound; fresh strawberries, $1.49 per pound; three-legged frying chickens, 59 cents per pound; Hawaiian pineapple, $1.99 each; and spare ribs, $1.39 per pound.

? Deaths - Mrs. Narcissus R. Danen; Edward E. Fairbrother, formerly of De Pere, at Boca Raton, Fla.; Robert (Bob) Bergmann; Mrs. Harry (Lillian) Liebergen; Mrs. Raymond "Bud" (Doris) Smits; Mrs. Robert (Elizabeth) Berg; Harold Van Deurzen.

15 years ago - 1998

? Transportation engineers from Rust Environment & Infrastructure of Madison and Sheboygan expect to recommend a location for a four-lane bridge downtown across the Fox River by the end of August. A new river crossing is tentatively scheduled for construction in 2006 by the state Department of Transportation. The existing bridge is part of Wisconsin 32.

? Two large wind turbines stand tall on farmland in southern Brown County. The turbines are producing electricity and being monitored closely as the state's largest wind research project begins. Research from the project will help determine the future of wind-powered electricity in the state. Wisconsin Public Service is one of the sponsors of the project.

? The West De Pere School District web page is available to Internet users after several months of work. The page was created by Rita McArt and four students: seniors Mollie Vissers, Gabe Diederich and Nate Hathaway and junior Britta Vande Hei.

? West De Pere High School senior Andy Kazik earned second place at 189 pounds in the WIAA Division 2 wrestling state tournament at Madison. Kazik was the Division 2 171-pound state champion last year.

? WIAA executive director Doug Chickering said Monday, March 2, that he "is inclined to leave East De Pere and West De Pere in the Bay Conference." Chickering proposed Feb. 12 that the Redbirds and the Phantoms be moved into a new conference. The realignment was suggested because Clintonville, one of the smallest high schools in the Bay with 643 students, asked to be moved to another conference with six schools outside Brown County. West De Pere, with 623 students, considered asking to be moved from the Bay, but the school board voted last fall to stay in the conference. De Pere High School, on the east side, has 816 students. De Pere School District board members agreed Feb. 18 they prefer to stay in the Bay Conference and asked Superintendent Richard Yenchesky to forward their request to the WIAA.

? Deaths - William J. "Bill" Robertson, a former De Pere building inspector; La Verne Van Camp; Estelle A. Van Dreel Tragos Thiem.

10 years ago - 2003

? The issue of a new church in downtown De Pere has been resurrected. A group representing New Life Christian Fellowship says the city had no right to deny a request to rezone property to make way for a church and issued a strong letter urging the mayor and Common Council to reconsider. The council voted two weeks ago to deny a request to rezone 113 N. Wisconsin St., the site of the former Steckart's furniture store. Business owners and De Pere Business Alliance backed that decision, saying they would prefer a retail business at the site. New Life Christian Fellowship already had made an offer on the property that had tentatively been accepted by the Steckarts. On Tuesday, March 4, Mayor Mike Walsh and each Common Council member received a letter from The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty warning the denial could violate the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA).

? Deaths - Karen A. Burns, Greenleaf; Harry K. Dally, Oneida; Joan French; Roger Geurts; Annette (Metoxen) Thomas, Oneida.

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