Glimpses of the Past: March 14

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100 years ago - 1913

? The qualification of full citizenship was demanded of electors in Wisconsin for the first time for the coming April election.

? The annual novena in honor of St. Joseph was being held at St. Joseph church.

? The state Senate passed an anti-treating bill, which forbids giving any person a free drink in a saloon. The penalty for violations is a fine of $50 to $100. The bill forbids the acceptance of free drinks in saloons, and people guilty would be subject to fines of $5 to $10. The bill's fate in the Assembly was doubtful.

? Deaths - Thomas Joyce; Mrs. J. Peeters Sr.; George Knowlton; Martin Peeters; John Willems, Hollandtown.

95 years ago - 1918

? The City Council voted $100 toward a fund to maintain the De Pere city band.

? A service flag in honor of 18 young men of St. Francis congregation was raised in the church.

? Death - Mrs. Charles Adelbusch.

90 years ago - 1923

? Thirty people heard Joseph Martin of Green Bay speak on the advantages of a central high school for De Pere. A series of mass meetings to discuss a central high school was planned.

? The City Council took its first vote on the request of the De Pere school board for a $100,000 bond issue for a new grade school.

? The second big blizzard in a month hit the De Pere area.

? St. George's Store was offering boys suits for $8 and high school suits for $20. Coffee was 39 cents per pound; beef pot roast, 16 cents per pound; pork loin chops, 22 cents per pound; and smoked ham, 23 cents per pound.

? Deaths - John Reiff, a Civil War veteran; Mrs. Katherine Konshak; Agnes Brittnacher, Wrightstown.

85 years ago - 1928

? J.C. Stengel was elected president of the West De Pere Advancement Association. Louis Hansen was elected vice president, Sylvester Smits secretary and Chris Baeten treasurer.

? The American Legion post announced plans to improve Legion Park.

? Howard Kuehl left for Annapolis, Md., to attend the U.S. Naval Academy.

? Deaths - Francis Derouin; Mrs. Rose Beaupre.

80 years ago - 1933

? The American Legion announced plans for a parade and other festivities in connection with the dedication of the new bridge.

? "Shooting" for oil in the vicinity of Hollandtown was sensational news of the day.

? Both De Pere basketball teams played in the district tournament.

? Zero-degree weather prevailed after several days of spring-like conditions.

? Deaths - Samuel B. Armstrong; Joseph L. Klonda; Fred Harriman, Appleton.

75 years ago - 1938

? A seven-passenger Chrysler limousine was purchased for Vincent Cardinal LaPuma of Vatican City from the Art Denesen garage here. The car was on display for several weeks before being shipped to Rome.

? School District No. 2 celebrated the final payment of $2,000 on a total indebtedness of $177,000 for the high school. A bond-burning celebration was held.

? Deaths - B.H. Bangert, a De Pere tailor and a county supervisor; William J. Peep; Mary Pardy Thompson, formerly of Wrightstown, at Antigo; Rose Edgar Mallman, formerly of Wrightstown, at Sheboygan; Dr. W.W. Earles, formerly of Greenleaf, at Seattle.

70 years ago - 1943

? Mr. and Mrs. Mose Beaupre received notification of the death of their son, Pfc. John Beaupre, 25, in the South Pacific war zone.

? The City Council adopted a recommendation from the police and fire commission that two city policemen walk night beats.

? Rupiper Lumber Co. burned in the city's most disastrous fire in several years. The loss was estimated at $19,000.

? The first tin pickup was scheduled in De Pere. Homeowners were asked to save tin cans for the collection.

? Columbus Court observed its 50th anniversary.

? Death - Henry Gerbers.

? Marriages - Barry Ballard Beach and Betty Guyon, at San Diego; Clayton Smith, Wrightstown, and Lucille Leeser.

65 years ago - 1948

? Frank Martin was appointed chief of police, succeeding Leslie Putnam, who resigned. Hubert Vaessen was appointed assistant police chief.

? A.A. Porath described plans for a $125,000 swimming pool, which is the subject of a referendum in the April 6 election.

? West De Pere High School students presented the Strauss operetta "A Waltz Dream."

? Deaths - Fred Bos; Fred E. Colburn; Frank Keyser; Mrs. Minnie Baeten.

60 years ago - 1953

? The Lee Brothers store was sold to Dr. R.M. Waldkirch, who announced plans for a shopping center in the downtown De Pere area.

? Plans were being made to erect a new grandstand before the 1953 Northeastern Wisconsin Fair.

? The ice went out of the Fox River on March 11.

? Deaths - John Seitz; Mrs. Eleanor McEachron.

55 years ago - 1958

? The collegiate players presented "Sifted Wheat," directed by the Rev. A.M. Keefe.

? Charter members of the Urban Klister post of the American Legion were honored in Wrightstown at the 10th anniversary banquet of the auxiliary.

? Sixteen teams were entered in the seventh annual Brown County grade-school basketball tournament.

? Deaths - Edmund Hill; Cynthia Vanden Langenberg, 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Vanden Langenberg; Miss Kathryn Goemans; Miss Johanna Dundon; Miss Mae McCarthy; Mrs. P.T. Finnegan, formerly of Greenleaf, at Milwaukee; Frank W. Zirbel; Thomas E. Gleason, formerly of Wrightstown, at Green Bay; Sylvester McDaniel, Wrightstown.

50 years ago - 1963

? The City Council, after holding two public hearings, voted to rezone property on Reid Street for a parking area for the bank.

? C.A. Lawton was elected president of De Pere Federal Savings and Loan Association, succeeding the late Leland Wells. Herb Cuene was elected president of Bank of West De Pere, succeeding Wells.

? Deaths - Robert E. Bacon, Greenleaf; William Carufel.

45 years ago - 1968

? The De Pere High School senior class presented the play "1984."

? The temperature on March 7 was 45 degrees.

? Deaths - Henry Vande Walle; Miss Anna McGill; C.W. Gregory; Martin Francken; Henry Linders; Mrs. Arnold Vanden Berg; Daniel P. Geiger Sr.

40 years ago - 1973

? Only 10.7 percent of the registered voters turned out for the spring primary election to nominate candidates for the state superintendent of schools position.

? The unemployment rate in Brown County was set at 6 percent of the civilian workforce.

? Residents of the Wrightstown School District petitioned for a special meeting to discuss the non-renewal of five teachers' contracts and the administrator's contract.

? Golden Agers and seniors marked the first anniversary of their weekly afternoon gatherings for cards. The group met at the VFW-KC club rooms.

? Building permits issued in February totaled $854,000, including a $760,000 permit issued to James Van Lanen for a two-unit apartment, two four-unit apartment buildings, two six-unit apartments, one eight-unit apartment complex and one 16-unit apartment building at 800 Cook St.

? Deaths - Miss Anna Ambrosius; Mrs. Minnie Ruby, the former Minnie Janssen of De Pere, at Cedarburg; Herman A. Vande Hei.

? Marriages - Ronald Nowak and Sherry Maurer; Thomas Spang and Barbara Ambrosius.

35 years ago - 1978

? "Continuing financial difficulties have made it necessary for Rothe Foundry Co. to temporarily discontinue operations," it was announced by president C.A. Lawton III.

? Eleven girls were entered in the Miss De Pere Pageant.

? Building permits issued in February totaled $502,500, setting a record. The largest permit was for the new McDonald's restaurant for $100,000.

? Vice President Walter Mondale announced he would attend a "Salute to Congressman Robert Cornell," scheduled in March.

? Deaths - Mrs. Sullivan Stanelle, Forest Junction; Henry Liebergen, Greenleaf; Francis Rottier; Mrs. Cornelius Van Hoogen; William Cootway, formerly of Wrightstown, at Ashwaubenon.

? Marriage - Roy Pansier and Joan Van De Hei.

30 years ago - 1983

? The De Pere High School Redbirds girls and boys basketball teams were to play in the WIAA state tournaments in Madison.

? Mike Blahnik and Megan Bittner were king and queen of the Abbot Pennings High School senior ball.

? Deaths - Roger Roznoski, at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois; Sylvester Hockers; Mrs. James Manning; Mrs. Earl Prust, Lark; William Clancy Jr., infant son of William and Shirley Steinfeldt Clancy, Askeaton.

? Marriage - David Buchberger and Lorraine Bertz.

25 years ago - 1988

? Nominations were being sought for the annual Silver Knight Award, to be presented by St. Norbert College for outstanding community service.

? Deaths - Alfred (Dusty) Rose II; Merle A. Emond; Mrs. Harvey Pagel, Greenleaf.

? Marriage - Jay Nowak and Rhonda Clark.

20 years ago - 1993

? Deaths - Elisabeth Witte; Harry C. Srenaski; Robert E. Schroeder; Mrs. Charles L. Bohrtz, Wrightstown; Bernard J. Van Eperen, Greenleaf; Jerry R. Quandt, Wayside; Mrs. Bernard G. Kampke, formerly of Hollandtown, at Appleton.

? Marriage - Paul Farrell and Shana Van Zeeland, at Wrightstown.

15 years ago - 1998

? The sports world is in mourning this week after the death of former Green Bay Packers middle linebacker Ray Nitschke, one of the greatest football players of all time. Nitschke, who was 61, died in Florida of a heart attack March 8.

? "Without a doubt, the single most important development of 1997 was the annexation of 546 acres of land to provide for the future and industrial growth of the city," De Pere Mayor Mike Walsh said March 3 in his second "State of the City" address to the Common Council.

? Inspections of De Pere properties for revaluation purposes are more than 90 percent complete with only 600 of the city's 6,400 properties left, according to city assessor William Williquette. Data collectors, employed by Associated Appraisal of Appleton, are going door to door to single- and two-family residences to measure the exterior of the buildings and look inside for special design or architectural features that could affect the market value.

? Although generally in favor of the $2.2 million, two-story community center building design shown to them Thursday, March 5, the De Pere Park Board members delayed voting on the plan until they have had time to study the details. Architect Mike McMahon of Performa presented preliminary drawings of interior and exterior designs that could fit into the VFW Park setting, where the park board intends to have the building constructed. Plans call for the east end of the west-side park to be developed for the 16,220-square-foot brick facility.

? Deaths - Pete F. Hannon, in an automobile accident near Crivitz; Claude J. Le Duc Sr., a former De Pere businessman; Mrs. Patrick (Becky) Ehlen; Milton "Bud" Coel, formerly of De Pere; Grace (Cook) Behling; Beverly J. Wenck; Marie A. Reedy, Wrightstown; Anna Marie Fritsch, Greenleaf.

10 years ago - 2003

? De Pere leaders say they hope the Green Bay suburbs still will be able to work out an agreement to purchase water from Green Bay despite a recommendation from that city's water commission to build a second pipe large enough to serve just Green Bay. The city of Green Bay has one pipeline to Lake Michigan and has been working with the nine suburbs that make up the Central Brown County Water Commission to create a deal to sell water to them.

? The town of Ledgeview stands to lose 97 percent of the funding it receives from the state based on a recent proposal by Gov. Jim Doyle, but town officials aren't too worried - yet. Doyle and state legislators are looking at ways to cure the state's huge budget deficits, and one program that is likely to take a hit is shared revenues, in which local municipalities receive state aid. Under a formula presented by Doyle, Ledgeview's slice of the pie would all but disappear - it would lose $46,658 and receive just $1,244. The formula is based on, among other factors, per-capita income. "Bellevue would lose 30 percent or about $180,000, while the city of De Pere would lose $296,000 or 14 percent," said Kathy Ambrosius, Ledgeview town clerk/zoning administrator. "Because we receive such a small amount, the percentage seems really high."

? 50th wedding anniversary - Fabian and Audrey (Van Handel) Van Camp.

? Death - Mary R. Collins.

? Marriage - John J. Ambrosius and Teresa L. Ritchie, at Washington, D.C. (listing for 2002 wedding).

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