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Glimpses of the Past

10:16 PM, Jul. 1, 2013  |  Comments
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100 years ago - 1913

? The Civic Association was protesting the construction of a farm station, which was planned by the Chicago and Northwestern railway company. The group requested a brick building.

? Classified ad: For Sale - Good small house on Main ave., modern improvements, good barn, $900. Small cash payment, balance to suit purchaser at 5 percent.

? Deaths - Roscoe Wishart, 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wishart, drowned in the Fox River; Mathias Leick, Greenleaf; Mrs. Arthur W. Mattes, Greenleaf.

? Marriages - Herbert A. Mc Pherson and Hortense Joannes; Louis Sanders and Theresa Golueke; George Albers and Harriet Denessen; Charles Granger and Flora Woodward; Frank Griepentrog, Morrison, and Mary Treichel.

95 years ago - 1918

? Pvt. William Allcox was severely wounded in action in France.

? John Coenen sold his 30-acre farm in Rockland to John Peters for $11,000.

? Merville Martin, Ed Haanen, Harold Jensen, Charles Patterson, Ernest Collette Jr., Percy LaFond, Wesley Roels and Joseph Biersteker enlisted in the Army. Clarence Haskins enlisted in the Navy.

90 years ago - 1923

? A census on Highway 15 (Old Highway 41) revealed about 4,500 vehicles used it between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 1923. This included 130 light trucks, 49 heavy trucks and 20 motorcycles, as well as cars. Five horse-drawn vehicles were counted.

? Marriages - Lyman E. Brennan and Alma Van Grunsven; John Van Kilsdonk and Dorothy Hiting; Arthur L. Frederick and Edyth Grohndorff; Martin Scray and Mary Bloemers; E.W. Sauvey and Mrs. Bessie Mathison; Carlton Roels and Marion Cardle; Francis D. Crowley and Anna Albers; Ervin W.J. Nies, East Wrightstown, and Lillian Stedl; Clarence Baetz, Greenleaf, and Alma Kerwitz; John Netz, Glenmore, and Adolphine Maternoski; Anton Aschenbrenner, Glenmore, and Anna Leiterman.

85 years ago - 1928

? Ivan Cahoon was hired as athletic director by the West De Pere School Board.

? Deaths - Mrs. Kate Haanen; William Coenen; Miss Helen Foxgrover; Henry Ossefort; Louis Hutjens, 9-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Hutjens; Mrs. Kieo Johnson.

? Marriages - Prof. John Gysbers and Lucile Berendsen; Carl Treml and Marlena Vanden Heuvel; Fred Caaryn and Winifred Campbell; Bernard Van Grunsven and Martha Schadrie; James Breth and Louise Gross; Henry Calaway and Elizabeth Vande Loop; Ferdinand Van Dyck and Mary Janssen.

80 years ago - 1933

? The board of health recommended to the Common Council that it make arrangements to have the city collect the garbage.

? E.V. Walsh and Mrs. Nellie Bertrand completed work on assessments of the east and west sides. Reports showed no increased in valuation.

? All heat and rainfall records for June up to date since 1929 were broken during the past week. On June 20, the thermometer registered 98.

? De Pere was making plans for the dedication of the new bridge over the Fox River.

? Three children - Edna Bowers, 14; Agnes Bowers, 14; and Gordon Anderson, 15 - drowned in the Fox River.

? Chicago and Northwestern Railroad advertised a round-trip ticket to the Chicago World's Fair for $3.85. Chicago hotels were advertising rooms for $2.50.

? Deaths - William Ristow, Wrightstown; Mrs. Alice Bowring; Mrs. Catherine Verheyen; Vernon Wishart; Mrs. Henrietta Alears.

? Marriages - William Desmond and Jennie Matzke; John Harbridge and Evelyn Schiller; Rynold Rosera and Stella Mathey; Arthur DeGroot and Eugenia Duquaine; Herbert Berken and Loretta Vannieuwenhoven; Clarence Zastrow, Lark, and Ethel Lueke.

75 years ago - 1938

? James Hughes joined the law firm of Alk, Kresky and Cohen following his graduation from University of Wisconsin law school.

? Deaths - James Cywinski, Shirley; Michael Monahan, formerly of Wayside, at Idylwild, Calif.; Mrs. Mary Longdin Harbridge.

? Marriages - George Renkins and Marie Bushmaker; Jules Timmers and Jessie St. George; Joseph Carpiaux and Marie Albers; Leon Anderson and Lorraine Johnson; Robert Coopmans and Helen Picyor; Elmer De Groot and Lucille Smits; Karl Bornick and Serena Utke; Carlyn Grafmeier and Ida Kerkhoff, at Wrightstown.

70 years ago - 1943

? An honor roll of servicemen, listing 651 names, was erected at the west end of the bridge in the small park in front of Nicolet Paper company.

? Marriages - Hilbert Luepke and Mary Ellen Mann; Adolph Van Gheem and Viola Garsow; Joseph Vercauteren and Catherine Patton; Norbert Peters and Kathleen Joyce; Delbert Busch and Edith Einfeldt.

65 years ago - 1948

? The utility commission purchased land from the Nicolet Paper corporation as the site for a new well.

? Deaths - Frank LeRoy; Mrs. Mary Ann Bidwell; Dr. Raphael Shea; Mrs. Michael Tierney.

? Marriages - John Francois and June Ann Van Remortel; Dan Janssen and Dorothy Lavey; Patrick Dugan and Myrtle Healy; Herbert Van Hout and Jean Bellin; Henry Heezen and Blanche Cleven; Norbert Griesbach and Marie Josephs; Armon Schroeder and Beverly Harner; John Rieth and Denese Clancy; Paul Lamers and Irene Baeten, at Wrightstown; Donald J. Byers and Betty Lou Van Oss; Robert Benzschawel, Greenleaf, and Florence Lukaszewski; Elzer Van De Hey, Wrightstown, and Dorothy Kettenhofen; Robert Kempen and Felicia Thill.

60 years ago - 1953

? Dr. R.B. Lenz moved into the former Bank of West De Pere building on Main Avenue.

? Marine Capt. Harold L. Sharkey completed 100 combat missions in Korea.

? Death - Mrs. Gilbert Jones.

? Marriages - Leland Knudtson and Marian Kavanaugh; Richard Fruzen and Bernice Daul; Kenwood John Collard and Carolyn Garrity; Edward J. Flynn Jr. and Joan Find; Edward Wallschlaeger and Margaret Patton; Luke Verbeten and Eunice Buechler, at Wrightstown; Donald Batey and Genevieve Vande Wettering.

55 years ago - 1958

? A crowd of 20,000 people witnessed the Alice in Dairyland parade as the state finals were held in De Pere. Four hundred people were guests at the closing banquet, at which four young women were named princesses after three days of judging.

? Deaths - W.W. Walsh; Dennis J. Donahue; Mrs. Philip Dwyer; Vernon A. Lambie; Mrs. John Peters.

? Marriages - Ernest Gussert, Greenleaf, and Shirley Van Gheem; Lyle Mangin and Rose Mary Smits; Vito "Babe" Parilli and Priscilla Mary Perkins; James Euclide and Dorothy Le Brun; Carly Vander Linden and Ann Calaway; Thomas Roseberry and Jacqueline Clark.

50 years ago - 1963

? De Pere was one of 20 Wisconsin communities that were required to install voting machines before the September 1966 election under a bill signed into law by Gov. John Reynolds.

? Mayor William Gross appointed a committee to study the pros and cons of the consolidation of De Pere's two school districts.

? Deaths - John P. Martin; Lawrence Phillips; Fred Cornelius.

? Marriages - Thomas Parins and Sally Ann Stowe; Harold Kurtz and Grace Jahn; David Wordell and Marlys Schmidt, at Morrison; Sylvester Giesen Jr., Wrightstown, and Charlene Wymelenberg.

45 years ago - 1968

? Carl F. Brandenburg, 24, and his wife, Judith, 24, Route 2, were killed in a two-car crash on Wisconsin 96.

? A state law was passed requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets.

? 25th wedding anniversary - Mr. and Mrs. Clem De Wane, Wrightstown.

? Deaths - Mrs. William Stever, Morrison; Edward Marcouiller.

? Marriages - Lawrence Skenandore and Rosemarie Hofacker; James Falck and Linda Lemke, at Morrison.

40 years ago - 1973

? Dr. Robert Christin resigned as president of St. Norbert College, effective July 1, after serving the office for four years.

? Glen Virtues was installed as grand knight of the Abbot Pennings Council of the Knights of Columbus.

? Leland Denis of De Pere was elected president of the Wisconsin Society of Certified Public Accountants.

? Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the $1.5 million housing development for the elderly and low-income families.

? A 5-foot aluminum ladder was on sale for $9.50.

? Deaths - Stanley Skenandore; Mrs. James Johnston; George McKenney; Lynette Van Enkenvoort, 27-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Van Enkenvoort; Mrs. Laura Rathe.

? Marriages - Scott Berken and Jo Ann Borman; Dan Amenson and Diane Ness; Chester Nielsen III and Maribeth Nellen; Michael Bonfigt and Marilyn Hockers; David Frechette and Bonita Jirovetz; Lawrence J. Lasee and Carolyn George.

35 years ago - 1978

? A mysterious fire destroyed the home of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Hayes at 448 N. Broadway. Arson was suspected in the blaze, which caused more than $100,000 in damage.

? Kathy Blanchfield, Miss De Pere, was named first runner-up at the Miss Wisconsin pageant.

? Thomson Meats opened in its new retail store after fire destroyed the old plant seven months earlier.

? Deaths - Michael Wobosel; Merlin R. Counihan; Peter Smits; Mrs. Cora Treichel.

? Marriages - Charles Steeno and Sheila Loll, at East Tawas, Mich.; Kenneth J. Schuster, Wrightstown, and Dorene Diedrick.

30 years ago - 1983

? Officers elected by the De Pere Rotary Club included Ken Glowacki, president; Bill Komski, vice president; Bob Cook, secretary; and Max Frost, treasurer.

? Don La Violette, football and basketball coach at Abbot Pennings High School, was named football coach at St. Norbert College, succeeding Howie Kolstad, who retired.

? Deaths - Arthur E. Norgaard; Mrs. William J. Sweeney; Mrs. Joseph Stradel, Wayside.

? Marriages - Robert Arvey and Victoria De Cleene; Danny Van De Hey and Susan Goffard; Bruce Clarksen and Lori McDonough; James Michels and Kristin Grade.

25 years ago - 1988

? Plans were announced to turn the former Lee Store building into a mini-mall with 28,000 rentable square feet and room for 15 to 20 small retailers on three floors.

? Richard Dietz, De Pere city attorney since 1979, was appointed Brown County judge by Gov. Tommy Thompson, succeeding Judge John Jaekels, who retired.

? The fine for drunken driving was to increase to $376 for the first offense, effective July 1. In addition, people convicted were required to pay for their alcohol/drug-use assessment, costing $75 to $100 plus the cost of group dynamics.

? Deaths - Peter C. Lamers, Wrightstown; Willibrord E. Bruegge, Lark; Bill Liebergen, Wrightstown; Mrs. Martin Hauser.

? Marriages - Scott Ehlers and Beth Anne Schneider; Rodney Rukamp and Jenny Cabak; Thomas Rodgers and Michelle Roffers.

20 years ago - 1993

? Water skier Robert Uttermohlen of Green Bay was swept over the spillway on the east side of the De Pere dam after his tow rope broke. He was rescued by a boater, treated by the De Pere rescue squad for bumps and bruises and released. "Real lucky" is the way De Pere Police Capt. Ed Janz described Uttermohlen in commenting on the dangers of the dam and the strong current because of high water in the Fox River.

? Laura Kolar, a student at West De Pere Middle School, earned the highest all-around score with a 34.0 out of 76 girls competing in unsanctioned levels for gymnastics at the Badger State Games in Madison. All competitors were 8 to 14 years old. Laura scored 8.7 on beam, 9.0 on bars, 8.4 on floor and 7.9 on vault. She received a gold medal in all around and beam, silver medals for bars and floor and a bronze medal for vault.

? Deaths - Jerome C. (Jerry) Pfluger; Donald Doeren, a native of De Pere, at Overland Park, Mo.; Dr. Durward C. Layde, a native of De Pere, at Whitefish Bay; Elmer H. Juedes, Greenleaf; Herbert R. Johns, formerly of Wrightstown, at Seymour; Germaine Verhoven, formerly of Greenleaf.

? Marriages - Kevin Burt and Brenda Rybicki; Dennis J. Winter and Amy Denis; Jeffrey J. Piette and Heidi M. Penasa.

15 years ago - 1998

? Tornado-like winds that ripped through De Pere in the early morning of June 28 caused heavy damage to trees at Legion Park. At least three of the trees in the park were toppled, and many others had branches blown off. Piles of debris from the storm appeared at the curb of almost every home in De Pere, and many areas were without power that morning.

? Wisconsin Public Service technicians began final installation of a 4-kilowatt solar electric system on the rooftop of De Pere High School. The system is part of WPS' Solar-Wise for Schools program. De Pere High School is one of six high schools in Northeastern Wisconsin to have a small solar electric system installed.

? Donations raised to purchase portable defibrillators for the city of De Pere to be placed in all emergency vehicles were presented to the De Pere Police Department by the various organizations that made contributions.

? 60th wedding anniversary - Alvin and Mildred (Zirbel) Wegner.

? Deaths - Harold S. (Harry) Van Rite; Richard F. "Dickie" Allcox; Barbara "Barb" J. Klika, 43, Glenmore, in a farming accident; Clarice J. Brandt, at Verona.

? Marriages - George B. Black Jr. and Susan L. Jenks, at Kohler; James R. Heuvelmans and Barbara Boyea O'Connell, at Green Bay.

10 years ago - 2003

? The De Pere Common Council adopted a six-month moratorium on annexation from the town of Rockland. The delay is meant to give the city and the town time to work on a border agreement.

? Following one of the most successful Celebrate De Pere weekends, organizer Amy Arndt has decided to resign from her duties as director of special events and promotions at the De Pere Business Alliance to focus full time on the city's Memorial Day weekend festival.

? The West De Pere School District announced the hiring of Greg Smith for the new position of activities director. The job will encompass the scheduling, coordinating and administration of not only high school athletics events but all co-curricular activities from grades kindergarten through 12 in the district. Smith most recently served as the activities director for the Hermiston (Ore.) School District.

? Death - Mark C. Rasmussen.

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