Five years ago - April 2, 2008
? Since the Lena Lions Club was organized in 1971, Jack Duame and Ken Linzmeyer have had a perfect club meeting attendance record. Not only have they accomplished this but they both have contributed a lot of time and energy to the Lena Lions Club activities.
? Kohler School District Superintendent and former Oconto Superintendent, Jeffrey Dickert, will replace Carol Conway-Gerhardt as administrator of the Ashwaubenon-based Cooperative Education Service Agency 7, which serves school districts in Northeastern Wisconsin.
? Phil Hartman of Maiden Lake bowled yet another perfect 300 game at The North Star Lanes in Antigo Tuesday night. Five-weeks ago he bowled his first of the season during league. He bowls for the Nicolet Plastics team of Mountain. This is his third lifetime 300 game. The first was during league at Wabeno Bowl back in 1997. It was also the first official perfect game ever bowled there.
? 6th grade Oconto Blue Devils girls basketball team are Corey James (coach), Laken James, Carli Meyer, Samantha Beekman, Abby Rehberg, Lindsey Carey, Tim Tyczkowski (coach); Kayla Metzler, Brianna Lade, Katie Courtois, Amber Westphal, Guinna Dickinson, Camille Sowle, Sam Eppler, Jenny Tyczkowski, Carrie Stamsta, Maggie Henning and Jaelyn Jicha.
? Oconto Blue Devils 7th grade girls basketball team finished an outstanding season with a record of 10 wins and 2 losses. Team members are Manager Faith VerBruggen, Macey Ellman, Hannah Miller, Carla Kobus, Coach Julie Routheau, Sarah Woodworth, Samantha Smith, Sara DePouw, Selena Clark, Gabrielle Brill, Danielle Schilawski, Andrea Cisar, Kylie Bellin, Morgan Welch and Brook Dreshek.
? The Oconto 8th grade girls Blue Devil basketball team completed their 2008 season with a final record of 11-1. This was the best win-loss record for 8th grade girls basketball since the 2000 team - Selena Dickinson, Casey Peterson, Kylee Slough, Ashley Tousey, Jordan Bostwick Alexis Luedeman, Kelly Loberger, Coach Andrew Bucheger, Kailey Brennan, Kelsey Bodart, Heather. Peterson, Halie Viestenz and Amberly Scott.
10 years ago - April 2, 2003
? Chester (Chub) and Joyce (Garrigan) Shallow celebrated their 50 years of marriage Jan. 24. after celebrating Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lena where they were married. They enjoyed dinner and dancing. They have five children, Mrs. Dennis (Judy) Allan of Kelly Lake, Keith (Lynn) Shallow of Kelly Lake, Mrs. Stanley (Janet) Cook of Lena, Mrs. Bill (Peggy) Belongia of Fond du Lac and Kevin (Sherrie) Shallow of Lena. They have 18 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
? The Wisconsin Wrestling Federation 2003 Folk Style Youth State Tournament was held Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Abrams took 13 to the state with 5 wrestlers winning medals. The team had 2 state champs, Ben Samsa weight class 115 lbs., Ben won 10-2, 8-0 and in the championship match won 6-4 in overtime. Brad VanKauwenberg at 85 lbs. weight class also won 1st. The last time Abrams had two state champs was 1996, Travis Shufelt and Cody Steffenhagen. Second place was won by Matt Samsa, weight class 120 lbs.
? The Oconto High School math team held its annual awards and pizza lunch on March 27. This year's team had the following members: seniors Mallory Dieck, Kristin Heroux, Tiffany Hugo, Erica Jeske, Jayme Merline, Mike Orth, Jeremy Stumpf and Lexi Wallace; juniors Nathaniel Bohlman, Nicole Cisar, Kashea Lovaj, Erin Leege, Kavita Kanwar, Amy Matravers, Ashley Pecha, Samantha Todd and Helen Watts; sophomores Alex Lane, Kevin Tiegs, Ed Wallace and James Webber; freshmen Matt Baranczyk, Melanie Bradshaw, Tria Dickinson, Angela Dieck and Jon Hull. Oconto finished third in the Packerland Conference Math League.
25 years ago - March 30, 1988
? New officers of the Oconto Retail Association are Bill Borneman, president; Don LaFortune, vice president; Arlene Stockwell, secretary and Vicki Grunow, treasurer. Jerry Finn is the outgoing president.
? Preliminary construction work began this week on the new 31,000 sq. ft. addition to the Cruisers Inc. facility in Oconto. The new building should be completed by late July.
? The new Matravers TV, Stereo, Appliance and Power Center opened in downtown Oconto this week at Main and Superior in the former Daul Chrysler building. John Matravers is owner. Working for John will be Bill Peshek in sales, Jim Shallow in sales and TV service, Brian DeHut in sales and appliance repair and Doug Heim in small engine repair.
? Kirby E. Jeske of Route 2, Lena has been promoted in the U.S. Air Force to the rank of Master Sergeant. He is a 1966 graduate of Oconto Falls high school.
? Hardee's Restaurants of Northeastern Wisconsin contributed $31,101.25 to this year's Cerebral Palsy, Inc. Telethon.
? Twin sons were born to Steven and Janette Woodworth of Oconto on March 16. They were given the names of Scott Joseph and Michael Oren.
? The cost of mailing a First Class letter will rise to 25 cents beginning Sunday, April 3.
50 years ago - April 4, 1963
? Rev. Harold Bode was ordained Sunday in services at Zion Lutheran church here and was installed as pastor of St. John Lutheran church, Gillett.
? In a two car collision, seven miles west of Oconto, three persons were killed at the scene of the accident. They were Mrs. Marvin Black, 36, Oconto Falls; Miss Betty Wasurick and Miss Mary Lee, Oconto. The five month old son of Mrs. Black died three hours later. Five others were hospitalized with severe injuries.
? Leo R. Merline, 65, died at Oconto Hospital, Wednesday morning, following an illness of several months.
? Airman First Class Leroy A. Rudie, Gillett, received a certificate and a $25 cash award for his military improvement suggestion which has been accepted at Andrews AFB, Maryland.
75 years ago - April 5-8, 1938
? Plans have been completed and work will start Monday, April 11 on the new $57,000 addition to the Suring high school and grade school of Dist. 3, located in the village of Suring.
? Supt. L. W. Fulton announced names of valedictorian and salutatorian of the senior class. With scholastic average for four years of 93.06, Patricia Noonan, is valedictorian followed by Margaret Stensing who is salutatorian with an average of 91.94.
? A supposedly quiet mayor's race suddenly turns into a political when Mayor John B. Chase defeated Carl Riggins by a vote of 1258 to 1012.
? Mr. and Mrs. Walter Groninger and children arrived home Thursday from a few months vacation in California.
? Miss Mabel Watkins of Appleton will arrive here this evening to spend a weeks Easter vacation at the home of Dr. and Mrs. W.C. Watkins.
? Funeral services were held Friday from St. Joseph's Catholic church with Fr. L. C. Becker officiating, for Mrs. Katherine Mulvaney, who passed away Tuesday, April 5, at St. Mary's hospital, Milwaukee.
? Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Degeneffe, Oconto R1, are the parents of a baby boy born Friday morning.
? Mr. and Mrs. R. M: Stengel, Suring, had the pleasure of observing their 25th wedding anniversary Thursday.
? A fire, which is believed to have been caused by sparks from a chimney, completely destroyed, early Tuesday morning, the farm of James Van Enkenvort, R3, Lena.
100 years ago - April 3, 1913
? Mrs. George Ansorge was hostess at a towel shower for Miss Maude Herald Tuesday evening at the Pierce Hotel.
? Lena - The Misses Libbie and Rose Wondrash entertained a few lady and gentlemen friends Sunday evening in honor of their guest Miss Agnes Noack.
? Lena - Mr. and Mrs. George Schlosser, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schlosser and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Graef went to Oconto Sunday to help Mr. Scheffen celebrate his birthday anniversary.
? The Misses Glenor Ward and Claudine Armstrong, who are attending Grafton Hall at Fond du Lac, are home to spend their vacation. Miss Galloway accompanied Miss Armstrong home.
? Mrs. Claude Menkee went to Shawano last evening or a few days visit with Mrs. H. M. Sanderson.
? Dr. D.E. Wilcox has returned from a three weeks' visit to the coast.
? W. C. Watkins has purchased the J. W. Hume residence opposite the high school and Wm. Pry, the Lawrence Bell residence on Madison street, this week.
? Joseph Witeck, 18 years of age, was severely beaten and robbed by two ruffians Saturday night on his way home.