Glimpses of the Past

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100 years ago - 1913

? Mrs. John Deuster, 30, and Vernilda Wellems, 10, drowned at Wrightstown when the boat on which they were riding hit a rock and they were thrown into the Fox River.

? Promoters of Urbandale park addition extended the addition into the grove adjoining on the east and began laying out streets because of the great demand for lots in the area.

? The City Council voted unanimously in favor of paving Fourth, Fifth and Grant streets, rather than use asphalt.

? Deaths - Mrs. Catherine McDonough; John Swamp.

? Marriage - Floyd Reed and Madeline Bohm.

95 years ago - 1918

? The Journal-Democrat printed a list of 244 names of De Pere young men who had thus far enlisted in the U.S. Army or Navy.

? The West De Pere School Board voted to introduce a commercial course.

? Only one meat meal a day was allowed by the food administration.

? Death - John Derks.

90 years ago - 1923

? A special edition of the Journal-Democrat announced the death of President Warren Harding. Calvin Coolidge became president.

? The Brown County board voted to concrete the upper De Pere-Green Bay road.

? The board of education of School District No. 1 requested the state department of education to examine the grade-school building on George Street since the brick veneer was in such weakened condition that it was feared the wall may collapse.

? Deaths - Theodore Schnitzler; William Manders; John Steckart Sr.

? Marriages - Francis Janssen and Myrtle Landry; George Snyder and Marie Kellerman.

85 years ago - 1928

? Death - John Baeten.

? Marriages - Newell Lawton Tanner and Elizabeth Lawton; Christ G. Baeten and Viola Hockers; Adolph Janssen and Margaret DeBoth.

80 years ago - 1933

? An economy order from Washington ended air-mail service.

? President Roosevelt's National Recovery Act was in full swing, and many men were returning to work. Several local businesses added employees to help handle the extra business.

? Deaths - Mrs. Joseph Bercham; Mrs. Philip Schaus; Phyliss Jane Cayo, 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Cayo; Theodore Bressers, at Holland; Edward K. Riek.

75 years ago - 1938

? Deaths - Mrs. Joel Aho, the former Lydia Lemke of Morrison; Mrs. Thomas Duffy, Hollandtown; John Nelson Young, Lawrence; Frank Doms; Carol Joan Bastian, 3-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Bastian, Greenleaf.

? Marriages - Ambrose Vande Hei and Clara Dietzen, at Wrightstown; Dr. Maurice O'Connor and Kathryn Goemans.

70 years ago - 1943

? Richard Hazen, 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Hazen, drowned when he fell into the Fox River while playing on the bank.

? All De Pere women 18 and older were being asked to register as USO hostesses.

? Deaths - Mrs. Anna Baeten; Barbara Ann Malewiske, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Malewiske.

? Marriages - Donald W. Martin and Bernice Corry; Raymond Zirbel and Kathleen Wetak; Raymond Boeder and Erna Schwahn, at Morrison; Gerald Leanna and Janette Van Rite.

65 years ago - 1948

? Funeral services were held for Sgt. Edward J. Mankowski, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Antone Mankowski, who was killed in an airplane crash in Ireland while en route to the U.S. from England.

? Funeral services were held for Sgt. James J. Francken, 23, killed in action in the Phillippines in 1945.

? Funeral services were held in Springfield, Ill., for Pvt. Clarence Vande Voort, Wrightstown, who was killed in action in France on Aug. 27, 1944.

? Forty-one students graduated from the annual St. Norbert College summer-school session, marking the largest class in the history of the summer school.

? Drilling of the new municipal well in Wells Park began.

? Death - Henry Rupiper.

? Marriage - Roland Mommaerts and Mary Rose Strutz.

60 years ago - 1953

? Mrs. Jacques Beaupre received word that her husband, who had been held prisoner in North Korea for almost two years, was to be released as the result of the signing of the truce and official ceasefire that halted the Korean War.

? Deaths - Peter W. Shea; Corrine Fuss, 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fuss; Ludwig Krueger, Morrison.

? Marriages - Jerome Vande Castle and Eileen Jehn; Darold Wishart and Doris Mae Mommaerts.

55 years ago - 1958

? The total assessed valuation for land, improvements and personal property in the city of De Pere increased $190,650 from the previous total.

? St. Norbert College graduated 36 students during summer-session commencement ceremonies.

? Jacobs supermarket opened its doors to the public.

? Death - Mrs. Walter Kieffer.

? Marriages - Mark Golden and Frances Brick; Michael Manci and Judith Hermsen; Elroy Coffey and Gloria Pinkerts.

50 years ago - 1963

? Bids for the new fire station were opened. The lowest bid was $76,474.

? More than 30 records were broken in the fifth annual Journal swimming meet.

? The De Pere Gardens Club and Kiwanis Club installed a fountain in the courtyard at De Pere Public Library.

? Advertisements offered the following: homegrown sweet corn at 33 cents per dozen; tomatoes, 19 cents per pound; tomato soup, 11 cans for $1; ground beef, 39 cents per pound; pork sausages, 59 cents per pound; canned hams, 5-pound tin for $3.29; Milwaukee beers, $3.19 per case; brandy, $2.98 a fifth; and interest rates on certificates of deposit, 4 percent.

? Deaths - Patrick Summers, Greenleaf; Mrs. Elizabeth Manders; Mrs. Chester Borchardt; Sylvester Van Remortel.

? Marriages - Ron Heuvelman and Janis Vander Kelen; Richard Turriff and Diane Berg; John Tetzlaff, Wrightstown, and Barbara Feller.

45 years ago - 1968

? The Purple Heart and four other medals were awarded posthumously to Sgt. Leon Phillips, 21, who was killed in action in Vietnam on March 9.

? Building permits issued during July totaled $409,500.

? De Pere Chamber of Commerce held its annual picnic, which was attended by more than 125 businessmen and associates.

? Broadway Garage took the championship of the Little League conference with a 12-2 record for the season.

? Deaths - Robert St. John; Benjamin Bacon.

? Marriages - Ronald Bangert and Barbara Van Handel; John Schlag and Donna Reoh; Harvey Rottier and Alice Vercauteren.

40 years ago - 1973

? Donald Vissers was appointed chief of the De Pere Fire Department, succeeding George Watson, who resigned in June.

? Roy Clark and The Association, a rock group, were to be featured at the annual Brown County Fair.

? Building permits for 15 houses for low-income families and housing for the elderly were issued during July, bringing the total construction for the month to $1,247,200.

? A new teletype machine was installed at the De Pere Police Department, giving the city immediate access to information from the National Crime Information Bureau in Washington, D.C., the Crime Information Bureau and Division of Transportation in Madison.

? The Abbot Pennings High School Alumni Association was organized.

? Deaths - Mrs. William (Theresa) Vander Kamp, Wrightstown; Reinhold Nohr, Morrison; Otto H. Zeamer, Morrison; Carlton Eisch; Anton Lambert.

? Marriages - Kim Kidney and Sharon Beaupre; Daniel Bloechl and Lynn Schmitz; Thomas C. Albers and Mary Ellen Heffron; Robert Boerschinger and Fay Lemke, at Morrison; James Fiel and Joyce Boyea; Randy Van Vonderen and Mary Lee Kiekhaefer, at Wayside.

35 years ago - 1978

? De Pere building permits issued during July hit a record of $790,245. The largest permit went to St. Norbert College for a new physical education building.

? Conway Twitty and the Twitty Birds were signed to appear at the Brown County Fair.

? Deaths - Carl R. Zirbel; Mrs. Mary E. Fischer.

? Marriages - Robert Janda, Greenleaf, and Catherine Kabat; Glenn Laabs and Mary Ann Lemke.

30 years ago - 1983

? Permits issued in July included 10 new single-family residences and totaled $657,800.

? The City Council set Sept. 20 for a special election on the $9.5 million bond issue for the TIF program. A group named PRIDE In De Pere was organized to promote a "yes" issue, and Jack Riopelle of the Redevelopment Authority and Mayor Richard Switzer were speaking on the project at area service-club meetings.

? Deaths - Bertram J. Layde, formerly of De Pere, at Chicago; Preston L. Janssen Sr.; Mrs. John L. Kitslaar Sr.; Edwin Roeske, Wayside.

? Marriages - David Angst and Barbara Blank, at Milwaukee; David Batten and Tammy Muesbeck; Robert Cuene and Gail Van Straten; Steve Gerke and Robin McAlister, at Casco Bay, Maine; Daniel Novitski, Greenleaf, and Julie Bosetski; John Ring and Cynthia Baumgartener, at Wrightstown.

25 years ago - 1988

? The Brown County Recreation and Education Committee discussed the suggestion that the Brown County Fair be moved to the arena but voted to make the necessary repairs to buildings and keep it at the fairgrounds in De Pere.

? Contaminated soil was being removed from the side of the former Riverside Shell gas station at 201 S. Broadway.

? Advertised food prices included 10 pounds of hamburger patties for $13; bacon, $1.59 per pound; T-bone steak, $3.18 per pound; homegrown sweet corn, $1.49 per dozen; and lobster tails, $4.99 each.

? Deaths - Jeffrey Holl, 9-year-old son of Michael and Susan Van Remortel Holl; John R. Meyer.

20 years ago - 1993

? Deaths - Mrs. Bill (Lorraine A.) Verheyen; Kathleen A. Arvey; Roland Brochtrup, Hollandtown, at Appleton.

? Marriage - Paul Jacobsen and Denise Weyker.

15 years ago - 1998

? The De Pere Christian Outreach Corp. store and offices will soon move from their location at 522 George St. into the former St. Mary's rectory at 121 S. Superior St.

? There should be a public trail along the abandoned railroad tracks through De Pere, between Greenleaf and Green Bay, according to the Brown County education and recreation committee. Members of the committee unanimously approved a resolution, without discussion, to develop the trail through a cooperative agreement with the state's Department of Natural Resources. The vote was taken after more than 2 hours of testimony - for and against the project - at a public hearing held by the committee. Most of those opposing the plan were property owners, including several with Broadway addresses in De Pere, whose land is adjacent to the railway property or would be bisected by the trail. Most of those favoring the project, including De Pere residents, are bicyclists who want an alternate route for pleasure trips or commuting.

? 50th wedding anniversary - Dr. Bernard and Louise Waldkirch.

? Deaths - Hartley W. Nelson; Vernon Brusky, a former Pulaski resident; Ruth V. Smith, Montello; Roland "Rollie" Strenn, formerly of Greenleaf, in California.

? Marriage - Michael J. Lee and Marla J. Bradley.

10 years ago - 2003

? The De Pere Common Council on Tuesday, Aug. 5, meekly agreed churches should be included in - or at least not banished from - downtown business districting. Fearing a federal lawsuit, the council amended its business zoning ordinance to include churches as an acceptable use. The 5-2 vote reverses earlier decisions - the council in February and again in June denied requests from New Life Christian Fellowship for a conditional zoning change that would allow the church to move into the former Steckart's furniture store at 113 N. Wisconsin St. The church responded by hiring a lawyer and joining forces with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

? St. Anne's Episcopal Church at 347 S. Libal St. soon will become the first church in Northeastern Wisconsin - and only the second Episcopal Church in the state - to use solar power to supplement its energy supply. The church applied for a Focus on Energy Renewable Energy Demonstration Grant last year through Wisconsin Public Service and is in the process of setting up solar panels and wiring to use sunshine power.

? Deaths - Donald "Cal" Calaway, Lawrence; Gordon Sawyer.

? Marriages - Mark Hartmann and Kay Lynn Teske, at Minocqua; Chad Vande Hey and Rhonda Gasch, at Wrightstown.

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