100 years ago - 1913
? The City Council approved concrete paving for Broadway from Lewis Street south to the city limits, a distance of six-tenths of a mile, at a cost of $2,500. New streetlights also were approved for the downtown area.
? Deaths - Mrs. Anna Wellens; George Gossens; Frank Saenger, Lark merchant and postmaster.
? Marriages - Bert O'Keefe and Jennie Hobbins, at Morrison; Godfried Baeten and Petronella Van Lanen, at Cyinook, Mont.; Joseph Mande and Asella Boes; Antone Hendricks and Elizabeth Beckx; Martin Jansen and Mary Lamers; Martin Mathey and Ellia McGuire.
95 years ago - 1918
? Pvt. Rudolph Mikle, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Mikle of De Pere, was killed when the British transport was sunk in the English Channel by a German submarine. Fifty-six men lost their lives.
? Joseph Daley, 54, a well-known town of Rockland resident, was killed when struck by a Milwaukee road train.
? A tornado did damage to the extent of nearly $100,000 in and around Green Bay.
? Nearly 500 selected men of Brown, Door and Kewaunee counties left for Camp Grant. Thirteen De Pere boys were given a rousing sendoff by a great crowd.
? George Crabb, Willis Saul, George Burkle, James Daley, Ray Terrien, Wesley Roels, William Sanders and J.J. Verheyen left for war service.
? R.H. Lauson retired from the Lauson-Lawton firm, disposing of his interest to E.W. Lawton and E.O. Gutknecht.
? W.C. Schaar retired as principal of De Pere High School to engage in life insurance work.
? Pigs sold for $3 to $10 each at the monthly stock fair.
? Deaths - Thomas Fox, a Brown County pioneer; Leo P. Roeckel, west De Pere.
90 years ago - 1923
? Deaths - Capt. Joseph Martell; Edgar F. Campbell; Mrs. John Johnson; Miss Mathilda Hooyman; Theodore Demro, at Dania, Fla.; Francis Roeckel, 17-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Roeckel; Mrs. Emil Hidde, Wrightstown.
? Marriages - Norbert Selissen and Elsie Bins; Leo Bertrand and Josephine Van Vonderen; Arthur Warnecke and Frances O'Keefe; Joseph Sanders and Myrtle Diedrick; Arthur Otis and Christine Baeten; Alfred Schmidt and Sylvia Ruby; Anton Zimmer and Magdaline Petri, at Greenleaf; Jerome Verhasselt and Josephine Bries, at Wrightstown; Alfred Bohrtz and Minnie Spietz, at Wrightstown.
85 years ago - 1928
? Fred Zirbel was named superintendent of the De Pere Water Commission.
? John Adriansen and Charles Klaus graduated from Marquette University.
? Deaths - Daniel Boyea; Mrs. Mary Verhaag; John Bernard; Mrs. Julius Rupiper; Mrs. Augusta Wegner, mother of the Rev. I. Wegner, at Buffalo, Minn.
? Marriages - Leo N. Verheyen and Florence Franken; Louis Diebels Jr. and Pearl Duquaine; Earl De Nell and Edna Simpson.
80 years ago - 1933
? The local Holy Name societies participated in the diocesan rally, which was held in Green Bay with a huge parade and outdoor Mass.
? Invitations were mailed to many former De Pere residents, inviting them to come to the homecoming celebration and bridge dedication.
? The West De Pere High School band left for Evanston, Ill., to compete in the national band tournament.
? Marriages - William Smith and Arabel Goffard; Robert M. Quigley and Marie H. Goemans.
75 years ago - 1938
? Deaths - Mrs. William Krueger; Peter Roffers; Nic F. Martin; Anthony Vandenberg; Mrs. Juliana Stever, Morrison; Mrs. Josephine Snyder, Morrison; Matthew J. Maes, former city clerk; the Rev. Thomas McDonnell; James Doherty, Shirley; John Bougie, Lawrence.
? Marriages - Alvin Wegner, Shirley, and Mildred Zirbel; Elmer Vande Hei, Wrightstown, and Mildred Vander Heiden; Lawrence J. LaMarre and Lucille Putnam; Richard Wagner and Eileen Krup; Harry Piszczek and Agnes Wellens; Alfred Van Lanen and Fern Seipert; Stanley Danelski and Lucille Manning; Steve Wojkiewicz and Janet Roffers; Stanley Davidson and Dorothy Barlament; Raphael Coenen and Ruby Fuss; Theodore Grahl, Wrightstown, and Grace Bastian; Ervin Ambrosius, Wrightstown, and Gladys Manders; Arnold Meyer, Greenleaf, and Clara Burr; George Phillip and Viola Fiel, at Shirley; Robert Churchill and Pearl Schneider, at Lark; Marvin Saenger, Lark, and Anna Henschel; Guy A. Theeke and Ethel Jackson; Jules Adams and Viola Bassine; Arthur Van Erem and Caroline Hager.
70 years ago - 1943
? A large dairy barn on the farm of William Joyce, town of Wrightstown, and a large hip roof barn on the farm of Anthony Feldkamp, town of Wrightstown, were destroyed by fire.
? The Rev. Charles Fulcomer, new Presbyterian pastor, arrived with his family from Muncie, Ind.
? Deaths - Bartholomew Brennan, Morrison; Mrs. Caroline Falck, formerly of Morrison, at Seymour; Mrs. Richard Zieman; Harold Strenn, Greenleaf; Harvey Ellis, formerly of Greenleaf, at Arpin.
? Marriages - John Zelten and Dorothy Nackers; Ralph Moede and Florence Peper, at Lark; Reuben Vande Hey, Wrightstown, and Magdalen Siebers; Stanley Kabat, Morrison, and Florence Nies.
65 years ago - 1948
? Ninety-seven graduated from St. Norbert High School.
? Deaths - Mrs. John Fitzpatrick, formerly of Greenleaf, at Oshkosh; Emil Stuht, at Milwaukee; Bernard McCabe, formerly of Wrightstown, at Manitowoc; Mrs. Louis Diebels; Peter Janssen, 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Janssen.
? Marriages - Joseph Francken and Beverly Muck; Charles Paulack and Rita Calaway; Bernard Vissers and Lillian Van Camp; Robert Collaer and Adele Albers; Robert Vanden Branden and LaVerne Mierch; Wilbert Hoes and Betty Christian; Arthur Zeamer, Shirley, and LaVerne Ossman; Chester Hansen, Wayside, and Gladys Hafemann; Marvin Cootway, Wrightstown, and Theresa Baeten; Donald Angrabright and Helen Guntlisberger.
60 years ago - 1953
? A special hearing was set on the closing of several crossings over the Northwestern railroad tracks on the west side.
? Charles A. Lawton Chapter 270 of the Eastern Star observed its 25th anniversary.
? Fire behind the U.S. Paper Mill plant caused damages estimated at $4,000.
? Deaths - George Minten; Alfred Cavil; William P. Campshure.
? Marriages - Richard Vanden Wymelenberg and Bernice Brittnacher, at Wrightstown; Richard G. Legener and Marian Deering.
55 years ago - 1958
? The Rev. Leland Rubesh was installed as pastor of First Presbyterian Church.
? John Creviere and Dr. R.B. Lenz were honored at the annual St. Norbert College publications banquet. Creviere received the third annual St. Norbert College Achievement Award. The 1958 "Des Peres," college yearbook, was dedicated to Lenz.
? Deaths - Mrs. Henrietta Klister, Wrightstown; Thomas Farrell; Mrs. Josephine Mullins; Mrs. Bernard Kempen; Arthur W. Joannes; James W. Coonen, Hollandtown.
? Marriages - Gerald Habeck, Greenleaf, and Yvonne White; Kenneth Kleuskens and Yvonne Verber; Roger Janssen and Joan Pritzl; John Van Gheem and Mary Ann Peterson; James Pischke and Jeanne Tomashek; Marlin Ambrosius and Marilyn Vander Bloomen; Lloyd Beyer, Wrightstown, and Karen Tetzlaff.
50 years ago - 1963
? Twenty De Pereans were among the 134 students who received degrees from St. Norbert College at its 65th commencement exercises.
? May building hit a record of $865,800 and included a $307,000 addition to the faculty residence at St. Norbert College.
? Local stores advertised cantaloupe, three for 89 cents; fryers, 26 cents per pound; bacon, 79 cents for a 2-pound package; wieners, 69 cents per pound; round steak, 67 cents per pound; and boneless rump roast, 89 cents per pound.
? Deaths - Mrs. Anna Hubbard, formerly of Wrightstown, at Green Bay; William Witbro; Mrs. Henry Holterman; Miss Marie Bloemers, formerly of De Pere, at Denver; Mrs. Dorothy Lambert Heimerl; Raymond Hauser, Morrison; Edward McSorley, son of Mrs. Rose McSorley of Wrightstown; Miss Augusta Koch, Morrison; George W. Stammer; Glendon Clabots; Mrs. Laurie Reif Worth.
? Marriages - Ronald Albers and Carol Seifert; Gerald Borman and Jo Ann Moudry; Ralph Matuszak and Anna Mae Vanden Langenberg; Donald Van Lanen and Mary Jane Peters; James Fox and Janice Van Gheem; Frederick Koltz Jr. and Jeanne Jarvis; Ronald Campbell and Carol Kussow; Gerald Van Grool and Janice Albers; Lewis James Knuth and Mary Jane Geurts; James Biese and Diane De Cleene; Richard LeComte and Mary Ellen Zelten; Edward Keberlein and Janice Pagel, at Wrightstown; Donald Tennessen and Mary Rose Theunis, at Wrightstown.
45 years ago - 1968
? William Morris received the first Silver Knight Award, presented by St. Norbert College for outstanding community service.
? Rep. John Byrnes designated the St. Norbert College library as a U.S. depository library.
? West De Pere High School graduated 113 seniors.
? Building permits during May totaled $116,550 and included permits for five new homes.
? Deaths - Fred J. Desmond; Max D. Strand; George E. Algers; Charles H. Sleight; Mrs. Clara Schwarting, formerly of De Pere, at Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Elmer Geyso, Wrightstown.
? Marriages - John Manders, Freedom, and Betty Ann Vanden Hoogen; Donald Bougie, Freedom, and Alice Schuh; Raphael Rozmarynowski, Greenleaf, and Theresa Leibergen; Frank Slama and Mary Patricia Bushmaker.
40 years ago - 1973
? George Watson resigned as fire chief, a position he held since January 1970.
? West De Pere High School graduated 177 seniors.
? Building permits issued during May totaled $1,363,400, including a $1.25 million permit for the new Howard Johnson motor lodge and restaurant. Permits also were issued for two new homes and two duplexes.
? The first of several long beams to be used in the construction of the Mason Street bridge in Green Bay was trucked through De Pere. The beams were more than 60 feet long and taken to Leicht's dock and then floated down the river to the bridge site.
? Deaths - Mrs. Arthur (Evelyn Theunis) Vercauteren; Walter Gauthier; Mrs. Peter Gonnering.
? Marriages - Michael Dubkoski and Catherine Ladowski; Dennis Pansier and Luann Vanden Langenberg; Patrick Mulva and Eileen Dugan, at South Bend, Ind.; Gary Schomberg and Arleen Scheibe, at Wrightstown.
35 years ago - 1978
? Joan's Bar, 129 S. Broadway, closed its doors, marking the end of one of the city's oldest taverns. Previous owners included Marvin Smits, William Bos, Mike Moran, John Wallschlaeger, Hockey Dillon, Jake Roffers, Matt Liebergen, Mel Desmond, Frank Hermsen and the original owner, Martin Haanen.
? Sue Blechl assumed the duties of head librarian at the De Pere library.
? Equipment was being moved to the new De Pere High School building.
? Building permits issued during May totaled $404,605, including a $65,000 addition to Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, 108 S. Michigan St.
? Deaths - Elmer Geurts; Romain Bangert; Louis Du Chateau.
? Marriages - Bruce Watruba and Sharon Wood; John David Schmitt and Susan Trinkner.
30 years ago - 1983
? The former Community Bank and other members of the former First National Corporation changed their names to Firstar Bank.
? Building permits totaling $927,850 were issued during May and included 11 single-family residence permits.
? Deaths - Catherine Danen; Harold J. Renier; Mrs. George Simon; John Verhagen; Hubert Huempfner; Mrs. Robert Garot; Salem Laflin.
? Marriages - Joseph Boehm and Laura Cavil; Douglas Scott and Renata Nichols; Carl Ambrosius and Mary Aschenbrenner; Terry Liebergen, Wrightstown, and Kristine Klister.
25 years ago - 1988
? Because of the dry weather, a sprinkling ban was put in effect in the city.
? About 100 members of St. Mary parish rejected spending approximately $122,000 to repair the church building.
? Peoples Marine Bank officially changed its name to Bank One.
? Neal Richtman was honored at a retirement dinner to mark the end of his 37-year career at the West De Pere public schools.
? May building permits totaled more than $1 million and included $1.2 million for the Selmer Company's office building on North Broadway.
? Deaths - Philip Frederick; Francis Donovan Jr.
? Marriage - James White and Diane Diny.
20 years ago - 1993
? 50th wedding anniversaries - Anthony and Dorothy Macco Cappelle, De Pere; Randolph and Esther Krueger, Wayside.
? Death - Cornelius (C.M.) Peeters.
? Marriages - James Fridland II and Teresa Golden; Michael La Plante and Lynn Rottier, at Freedom.
15 years ago - 1998
? The state of Wisconsin and communities along the Fox River, including De Pere, may finally be able to take over the locks system. The Army Corps of Engineers, owner and operator of the 126-year-old, 17-locks system, has been working on abandoning the locks since 1988. A tentative agreement reached June 9 between the state Department of Natural Resources and the Army Corps of Engineers could be finalized by the end of this year, according to Harlan Kiesow of the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. Under the terms of the proposal, the Army Corps will transfer the ownership, operation and maintenance of the locks to the state and affected communities. The federal government will pay $14.8 million of the $19.2 million price tag for transferring the locks. The Fox River Management Commission currently leases the three navigable Fox River locks in De Pere, Little Kaukauna and Menasha from the Army Corps.
? De Pere resident Kim Nishimoto, who specializes in making corn-husk dolls, will be one of 150 Wisconsin artists taking part in the Wisconsin 150th anniversary celebration at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., from June 24-July 5.
? Dick Koltz of Greenleaf drove the lead wagon Saturday, June 13, as the Military Road Wagon Train arrived in De Pere. The wagon train started in Prairie du Chien on May 20, and 30 wagons with 40 outriders and 40 walkers in historic costume have taken part in the 234-mile trip to commemorate Wisconsin's sesquicentennial. Gov. Tommy Thompson, riding a horse, led the parade. De Pere's activities included an old-fashioned picnic at Brown County Fairgrounds, a military demonstration and a wagon branding ceremony. Bishop Robert Banks offered a historic Mass attended by nearly 1,000 people at the fairgrounds. The day concluded with an old-fashioned barn dance.
? Members of the Wrightstown School Board will break ground on the site of the new Wrightstown High School building Wednesday night, June 24.
? 50th wedding anniversary - Roland and Carol (Denissen) Vanden Langenberg, De Pere.
? Deaths - Bertha G. Van Straten, 96; Andrew J. Hoffman, 100; Barbara E. Holder; Ingebor M. Gnewuch.
10 years ago - 2003
? It looks as though the De Pere Common Council will have a few more months to mull the fate of the aging Claude Allouez Bridge. The state Department of Transportation had expected to have environmental studies back this spring, which would allow the Common Council to move forward on its debate on whether one four-lane or two two-lane replacement bridges would best serve the city. The council voted in October to support a curved replacement span. The archaeological and historical studies of certain buildings that could be affected by a new bridge took longer than expected. Consultants expect to have the studies completed in late June or early July. The state then has a month to review the reports before turning them over to the federal government.
? 50th wedding anniversary - Roland and Geneviere (Peeters) Smits, De Pere.
? Death - Jerome Kane; Nellie M. Calaway; Kyle Leiterman, Wrightstown.