5 years ago - April 9, 2008
? With nearly 50 percent of registered voters casting ballots, Oconto Mayor Don Nerenhausen was re-elected to his second two-year term last Tuesday. Nerenhausen had 628 votes to 284 for challenger Susan Exworthy, a City Council member. Re-elected without opposition were City Attorney Robert Mraz, Municipal Judge Michael Bake and four unopposed ward Council members: Lloyd Heier in wards 1 and 2, John Wittkopf in wards 3 and 4, Al Schreiber in wards 5 and 6 and Joseph Stiloski in wards 7 and 8.
? Wyoming head wrestling coach Steven Suder announced Thursday the hiring of former volunteer assistant coach Travis Shufelt of Oconto to full-time assistant coach.
? In an Oconto School Board race for a city seat, incumbent Jennifer Hollihan defeated challenger Eddie Looney, 830-399.
10 years ago - April 9, 2003
? At its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 1, Bay Area Medical Center's board of directors approved a transition plan for Oconto Memorial Hospital that will eliminate inpatient care and emergency room services effective July 1, 2003.
? Oconto businessman Don Nerenhausen and former council member Ed Young were elected to two of the six at-large posts on the Oconto City Council in last Tuesday's election. They were the only newcomers elected. They will join four incumbents: Council President Duane LeBreck, Jack Maas, Patricia Leuman and Terri Berth, each of whom was re-elected.
? Jim Nerenhausen, president of the Oconto Area Humane Society and Animal Shelter Inc. has announced that the Humane Society has purchased the former Schroeder Oil Building in the Oconto Industrial Park.
25 years ago - April 6, 1988
? The Oconto Retail Association awarded four free Easter hams at a drawing held last Saturday. The winners were Yvonne Tiegs, Casey Sutrick, Margaret Hornick and John Blahnik. The hams were awarded by Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, LaFortune Auction & Real Estate, Dick's Red Owl and Thompson Foods.
? Carolyn Friese of Oconto Memorial hospital accepted a check for $300 from Julie Routheau and Skip Mayhofer in the name of the Oconto Trail Buster Motor sports club to be used for equipment and improvements.
? A $21,000 grant has been awarded to Oconto County to develop a new boat launch facility on the Oconto River on North River Road, which is about one mile downstream from the County J Bridge. The project will be known as Steier Landing. The land is presently owned by the DNR but steps are under way to transfer title of the land to Oconto County.
? A meeting of Oconto County's Skiing Patriots was held Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gallagher. Officers elected were Kathy Frease, president; Kristin LeTourneau, vice president; Heidi Olsen, co-vice president; and Helen Patenaude as secretary/treasurer. Board members are Pat DeWitt, Don DeWitt, Cathy Augustine, Pat Heimerman, Paula Gallagher and Rick Nerenhausen.
50 years ago - April 11, 1963
? Daniel Grosse, a St. Norbert College senior, Little Suamico, has been named winner of a National Defense Education Act Fellowship worth an estimated $10,000.
? A fire completely destroyed Immanuel Lutheran Church, Thursday afternoon.
? Miss Alice Viestenz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Viestenz, R1-Oconto, left Tuesday en route to Germany, where she will spend seven months as an International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) representative.
? Mr. and Mrs. Frank DeWindt celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home on Saturday.
75 years ago - April 12, 1938
? Mrs. Theodore Christensen, 92, died Saturday, morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Albert Knaus at Oconto Falls after an illness of only a short time.
? Oconto County highways claimed their first victim of 1938 Sunday morning, when Frank Valenta, 38, bled to death on county trunk line A, two miles east of Spruce after being struck by an automobile as he was walking home.
? A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Fabry of Kelly Lake last week.
? The 1938 fish planting program of the Wisconsin conservation department got under way in Oconto streams.
? Over 50 friends and relatives of Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Stengel surprised them at their home last Thursday evening in honor of their silver wedding anniversary.
? Mrs. Robert Augustine and daughter Eleanor returned from a week's visit with friends and relatives in Chicago and Milwaukee.
? About fifty ladies of the Presbyterian church pleasantly surprised Mrs. Starr H. Lloyd Friday afternoon at the church house in honor of her birthday anniversary.
100 years ago - April 10, 1913
? H.L. Reeves was seriously injured near the Catholic cemetery while driving with load of wood from the city to his home in the town of Oconto Tuesday afternoon. He was thrown from the wagon, found by James Herald and taken to Oconto Hospital.
? At St. Joseph Catholic Church Tuesday morning, at the 8 o'clock mass, Rev. Fr. Selbach pronounced the words that united Miss Fannie Kucera and Frank DeWindt in matrimony.
? John Rosera and Albert Allie, who had been running a camp up north, returned to their home in Lena Saturday.
? Mrs. Earl Krake and children Iona and Arvilla of Townsend accompanied Miss Hazel Russel to Bolandville recently.
? James Makholm, who spent the winter at Prince Albert, Sask. returned to his home at Suring-R2 Monday.