Glimpses of the Past: April 4

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100 years ago - 1913

? Florence Smits, 7-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Smits, was killed in front of her home when a streetcar struck her.

? Many benefit parties were being held throughout the country to raise funds for victims of floods in Ohio. Five thousand were reported dead in a flood at Dayton, where 75,000 were left homeless.

? Henry Graass of Sturgeon Bay was elected judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit, succeeding S.D. Hastings. In De Pere's election, results were as follows: First Ward, supervisor, Fred Altmayer, and alderman, Frank Smits; Second Ward, supervisor, W.S. Klaus; alderman, Will Desmond; and justice of the peace, J.M. Whitley; Third Ward, supervisor, Paul Scheuring; alderman, Gust Van Susteren; and justice of the peace, John Murphy; Fourth Ward, supervisor, Will Counihan, and alderman, John Vercauteren. About 700 votes were cast. Twenty-five women availed themselves of the privilege to vote for state superintendent.

? Deaths - Mrs. W. Van Veghel; Mrs. Anna Berken; Miss Jennie Jacobsen; Mrs. Margaret Schunk, Wayside.

95 years ago - 1918

? Preparations were being made throughout the United States for the $3 billion Liberty Loan Drive.

? Joseph Wenzel sold his interest in the De Pere Bottling Works by Jacob Roffers.

? Deaths - Mrs. Peter Peters, Little Chute, mother of the Rev. F.J. Peters; Mrs. John Wassenberg.

90 years ago - 1923

? March was one of the coldest spring months on record, and more snow fell during the month than in any March on record. On April 1, 6 inches of snow fell.

? E.A. Seymour was re-elected county superintendent of schools.

? A.G. Zimmerman sold his general store in Greenleaf to the Greenleaf Warehouse Co.

? Death - Michael Summers Sr., pioneer Askeaton resident.

85 years ago - 1928

? Deaths - Mrs. Mary Manders; Mrs. Sarah Stewart Kellogg; Michael Garbey; Mrs. Johanna Schneider, at Ladysmith.

? Marriage - Harry Frappier and Rose Dulhateau.

80 years ago - 1933

? The bridge-dedication date was set for Sunday, July 2. Plans were being made for a three-day celebration.

? A big farmers meeting was held at Green Bay under the auspices of the National Farm Holiday group.

? The repeal of the 18th Amendment is to be voted on in the April election.

? Joe Schumerth and George George, local bowlers, rolled in the national tournament in Columbus, Ohio.

? Deaths - Mrs. John Vanden Heuval; Theodore Vanden Heuval; Mrs. Albert Berken; William Doherty, formerly of Glenmore, at Wrightstown.

75 years ago - 1938

? A petition was being circulated by the city beautiful committee of the De Pere Woman's Club asking that a swimming pool be constructed.

? Tuesday's election resulted in Rudolph Rupiper being re-elected mayor, Ben Meeuwsen as Second Ward alderman and Art Van Sistine as Third Ward alderman.

? A Milwaukee road engine was derailed near the Osen Milling Company.

? Deaths - Hubert Zegers; Miss Emma Helwig, Wrightstown.

70 years ago - 1943

? The Rev. J.G. DeVries, pastor of St. Mary parish, was transferred to St. Francis parish in Hollandtown. The Rev. Cornelius Raymakers was named pastor of St. Mary church.

? The local schools announced cancellation of the formal junior proms because of the war.

? Twenty-two city employees joined the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union affiliated with the AFL. Hubert Vaessen was elected president.

? Deaths - William P. De Noble; Miss Harriet K. Davis, formerly of De Pere, at Chicago; Mrs. Clifton Coffey, Freedom; Patrick Randerson.

? Marriage - Earl LaViolette, Sawyer, and Marcella Paape.

65 years ago - 1948

? De Pere residents were discussing the referendum in the April election, which would decide whether to construct a swimming pool. The estimated cost was $125,000 and would include an indoor and outdoor pool and recreation room.

? Deaths - John A. Klister, Wrightstown; Bernard Bolda; Anton Vander Zanden; Miss Catherine Ryan.

? Marriages - Lee Schultz and Sylvia Peters; Chester Novitski and Lorraine Van Duyse.

60 years ago - 1953

? Easter services were announced by the De Pere parishes.

? The National Standard Scouting Award was presented to Air Scout Squadron 700 of De Pere.

? Jean Vande Hei and Francis DeBroux had the leading parts in the West De Pere High School class play, "Sing for Your Supper," which was being readied for presentation in May.

? Deaths - Albert Schwahn, Morrison; Frank Smits; Charles Joyce, formerly of Wrightstown, at Green Bay; Mrs. Albert Baeten, Wrightstown.

55 years ago - 1958

? Specials advertised at Baeten's store at the corner of George and Superior streets include sirloin and T-bone steaks, 69 cents per pound; pot roast, 49 cents per pound; fresh coconuts, 19 cents each; grapefruit, 12 for 59 cents; and apples, $1.98 to $3.98 per bushel.

? Beaver's advertised Easter bonnets priced from $2.95 to $8 and up.

50 years ago - 1963

? A building permit was issued for the new De Pere post office on the west side.

? Two Green Bay teenagers - Jacobus Gietman, 18, and Ruth Beyer, 17 - were killed when the car in which they were riding crashed into a 55-foot power pole on Chicago Street. Parts of De Pere and Allouez were without electric power because of the accident.

? The local grocery store advertised asparagus at 29 cents per pound; potatoes, 5 pounds for 29 cents; center-cut pork chops, 49 cents per pound; whole frying chicken, 27 cents per pound; and oranges, two dozen for 89 cents.

? Deaths - Mrs. William Toebe, the former Flora Prochnow of Rockland; Luanne Lynn Schultz, 10-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schultz, Morrison; Mrs. Lorriane Jensen; Mrs. Ben Sanders; Fred Hendricksen; Joseph Villiesse; Mrs. Dorinda Turriff; Mrs. Martha De Cleene Blankert, at South Bend, Ind.; Mrs. Mary Puyleart; Frank Lasecki.

45 years ago - 1968

? The De Pere Youth Council was incorporated, and a stock drive was planned.

? The De Pere Woman's Club hosted the Eighth District meeting at its 53rd annual convention.

? The seniors at West De Pere High School presented "The Stuck Pot," featuring Chris Goffard, Janice Blean, Joanne Elef, Harry Schartz, Faye Hietpas, Sharon Loehlein, Barb Boyea, Gail Hudson, Sue Wehausen, Lynn Coenen, Barb Van Den Berg, Mike Pichette, Scott Hill, Ed Rivet, Pat Bos, Mike Staszak, Bart Janz, Mike Willems, Bob Feiro, Bob Kocken, Glenn Vande Hei, Henry Rueden, Carleen Unsin, Kathy Hannon, Chris Dorn and Sherry Vande Ven.

? Deaths - Charles F. Martindale; Larry Steinfeldt, 6-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Steinfeldt; Sgt. Leon M. Phillips; Arnold Krull; Leo P. O'Brien, former state senator for 12 years; Susan Bowers, infant.

40 years ago - 1973

? St. Boniface congregation was placed in the care of the Norbertine fathers, with the change to become effective June 1.

? Members of the De Pere chapter of Future Farmers of America were collecting oats from area farmers and selling them to raise funds for the Easter Seal Society.

? East-side voters were being asked to decide whether to have an elective or appointed school board in the De Pere School District.

? Wisconsin voters were being asked to ballot on two state referenda questions, one dealing with legalizing bingo games and the other to prohibit the denial or abridgement of rights and protection under the law on the basis of sex.

? Deaths - Kurt Lemke, Morrison; Gilbert Nohr, Morrison; Mrs. Henry Jones, the former Jane Vanda Huvel, at Bossier City, La.; Mrs. Frank Hoenslaar; Orville H. Smits; David Ausloos; Edward M. Goemans; Mrs. John Manders; Frank Aland; Arnold Vanden Wymelenberg, at Green Bay.

35 years ago - 1978

? Two juvenile girls were apprehended and charged with arson in a fire that caused an estimated $7,000 damage to Dickinson school.

? Deaths - Roy Rickaby; Aubrey (Bob) Hay; W.H. Paulsen; Dudley Duvall Sr.; Walter Duckart, Greenleaf.

30 years ago - 1983

? Wisconsin Department of Transportation reported 323 people died in accidents caused by drunk drivers in 1982.

? More than 50 residents of South Sixth Street, between Grant and Lande streets, objected to the widening of the street at an informational meeting held by the city.

? Deaths - Shawn Van Zeeland, 15-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Terrance Van Zeeland, rural Kaukauna; Randall W. Blazek; Mrs. Elwood Gibson; Frank O. Mikle; Frank P. Matzke; Mrs. Howard Clark, Greenleaf.

? Marriage - Andrew Vande Walle and Louise Del Marcelle.

25 years ago - 1988

? Carol Willems received the St. Norbert College Silver Knight Award for outstanding community service.

? The city was notified it would soon be required to provide recycling centers for collecting and separating newsprint, glass, aluminum and plastic under regulations approved by Department of Natural Resources.

? Easter hams were selling for 99 cents per pound. Lettuce was 39 cents per head and celery 39 cents per stalk.

? Deaths - Viola Beckman; Mrs. John Roen; Mrs. George Laabs, Greenleaf.

20 years ago - 1993

? Geneva Cieslewicz, a De Pere homemaker, became the 26th Civis Princeps Silver Knight Award recipient for community service at the annual De Pere Community Night sponsored by St. Norbert College.

? West De Pere High School students will present William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Cast members include Sally Sosnouski, Sean Day, Jenny Tarkowski, Brad Desch, Jolene Bain, Todd Tomashek, Moira Sinocher, Dan Harrigan, Jeff Swenty, Jacob Valenta, Erica Aanonsen, Heather Sabo, Natalie Freese, Rob Rach, Crystal Wanek, Brigitt Petersen, Jackie De France and Sallie Puckett. Jane Johnson is the director.

? 50th wedding anniversary - Ralph and Romaine (Miller) Nelson.

? Deaths - Mrs. Harold (Regina) Vercauteren; William J. Reynders; James E. Van Straten; Kenneth P. Van Beckum; Gerhardt E. Kiekhaefer, Greenleaf; Mrs. Donald (Bernice) Van Abel, Hollandtown.

15 years ago - 1998

? Ron Van Dyck was named the 31st annual Civis Princeps Silver Knight Award winner for outstanding community service.

? De Pere Mayor Mike Walsh and West De Pere School District Superintendent Lanny Tibaldo responded to a recent announcement that 95 town of Lawrence residents may want to be annexed to the village of Ashwaubenon. The Lawrence property owners, located north of Grant Street adjacent to Ashwaubenon, announced they may be interested in annexing to the village for municipal sewer and water services. In a joint announcement, Walsh and Tibaldo stated the city of De Pere can provide the sewer and water services the Lawrence residents need. Walsh and Tibaldo explained, "The town of Lawrence property owners residing in this area have strong historical, social and emotional ties to the De Pere community."

? Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the new Baylake Bank, which will be constructed at 1395 S. Broadway.

? Schematic drawings for new branch libraries in De Pere and Howard were given unanimous approval by the members of the Brown County Library board Friday, March 20. No revisions were made to the preliminary plans approved and displayed throughout De Pere last fall. County library director Pat LaViolette noted County Executive Nancy Nusbaum has moved the library to a "high priority" and that she, too, has seen and approved the preliminary drawings. The architect and the library building committee will meet bi-weekly to plan and consult on details for the building, interior design, floor plan, furnishings and mechanical systems during the design phase. They are expected to present their plans to the full board the week of June 1. The new De Pere branch will be built on property the county owns at Broadway and Cass streets downtown, next to White Pillars Museum. The two-story, 20,000-square-foot library will face Broadway on the upper level and Voyageur Park and the Fox River on the lower level. Entrances and parking are planned on each level. When completed, the new De Pere branch will replace the 5,000-square-foot library at 380 Main Ave. The new site will include meeting rooms, a children's-story area, a children's garden, a formal garden and a porch overlooking the river.

? Deaths - Lucille C. Quatsoe, formerly of De Pere, at Green Bay; Marie G. Jones, formerly of De Pere, at Sturgeon Bay; Jerome "Jerry" H. Vande Hey, Wrightstown.

? Marriages - John F. Quinette and Sheila L. Weisenberger, at Whitefish Bay; Keith Cunningham and Joie J. Matzke, at Brillion.

10 years ago - 2003

? The De Pere Police and Fire Commission last week appointed Bob Kiser the city's new fire chief. Kiser had been serving as acting chief since former chief Steve Servais' retirement Jan. 15. Kiser was hired by the department in April 2001 as assistant fire chief in charge of safety and training. Before arriving in De Pere, Kiser worked for nine years as a fire-safety consultant with Wisconsin Department of Commerce. He also was fire chief in Rice Lake. "We feel De Pere is getting a chief who has the ability to lead the department to a new level," said Ted Penn, president of the police and fire commission. "He brings a varied fire management background and has the talents needed to deal with the ever changing and increasingly complex field of fire service." Kiser was chosen over three other finalists who aren't from the De Pere area.

? A Ledgeview resident who has never held political office was elected town chairman in an upset vote Tuesday, April 1. Jeff Van Straten, 37, received 54.7 percent of the more than 940 votes cast and ousted longtime incumbent Steve Corrigan, 46. Corrigan, who has been the town chairman since 1997, lost by an outcome of 515-426 to Van Straten.

? De Pere High School graduate Nancy Hayes and Jim Growt secured the most votes in a four-candidate race for two seats on the school board of the De Pere School District. In a tight race, Hayes received 1,679 votes, and Growt had 1,651 votes to edge incumbent and board president Jon Paque, who received 1,644. Libby Ogard was fourth with 1,361, as all four candidates each received more than 21 percent of the nearly 6,350 votes cast.

? Deaths - Elenore K. Bast, formerly of Escanaba, Mich.; Kenneth P. Hannan, a former De Pere resident, at Sun City, Ariz.; Ross C. Meade, 91, De Pere; John Stoffel; Donald R. Whetung, Greenleaf.

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