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Glimpses of the Past

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100 years ago - 1913

? Little pigs sold for $3 at the monthly stock fair.

? A.G. Wells, president of the civic association, asked that the streetcar tracks run down the center of Ridgeway Boulevard.

? A half-day holiday was proclaimed in De Pere so business people could participate in the Perry Centennial celebration being held in Green Bay on Aug. 14.

? W.C. Schilling was selling lots in Urbandale Park at prices ranging from $98 to $206. Payments could be made on a $2-down, $1-a-week basis.

? Deaths - J.S. Chase; Cyrus Welch.

? Marriages - Edward F. Clark and Louise Roffers; William Counihan and Emma Keller; Walter Mancoskey and Henrietta Marcellis; George Gussert, Greenleaf, and Miss Cootway.

95 years ago - 1918

? Fred Polzin, 18, drowned while swimming at the west-side park.

? August Hildebrand was appointed police officer for the west side in place of M. McCarthy, who had been on temporary duty.

? Light frosts were reported.

? Pigs sold for $5 and $8 apiece at the monthly stock fair.

? Martin Aerts sold his 34-acre farm on the west side to F.J. Gasall for $7,500.

? The assessment of the east side was fixed at $2,141,172 and at $1,794,943 on the west side by the board of review.

? Deaths - Mrs. Laura Herrmann; Mrs. Charles Dhooge.

90 years ago - 1923

? Lloyd Rasmussen, 25, of Green Bay died when he fell from the arch of St. Boniface church while working on a redecorating project.

? The state superintendent of schools notified the board of District No. 1 that a new building would have to be built to replace the old one on George Street.

? The Brown County Board of Supervisors ruled that all dance halls must pay a $4 license fee.

? The new Nash Four Carriole was being advertised at $1,275, with fours and sixes ranging from $915 to $2,190.

? Marriage - Dr. E.J. Bolinski and Hyacinth Krautkramer, at Wrightstown.

85 years ago - 1928

? 25th wedding anniversary - Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Secor.

? Deaths - Frank J. Messing; Miss Margaret Wolske; Andrew Meulemans, Wrightstown.

80 years ago - 1933

? Paul Anderson won the all-expenses trip to the World's Fair in a contest sponsored by the Journal-Democrat.

? The City Council voted to employ four city physicians at $100 per year each to care for poor families. A total of $1,640 was spent for relief during July.

? The barn on the Jack Wright farm just outside the city limits was burned.

? Deaths - P.E. Bailey, Little Rapids; Dr. John S. Fox, at Los Angeles; William Heller, former West De Pere High School coach.

? Marriages - Earl Hannon and Evelyn Doherty; Marvin Saenger and Edna Baumann.

75 years ago - 1938

? The City Council voted against a new city hall and turned down a PWA grant of $20,000 toward the building.

? The Brown County Fair opened for five days.

? Work was progressing on the new J.R. Minahan memorial stadium.

? Deaths - Mrs. Mary Wilcox; Mrs. Martina Smith; Ruth Schreiber Bischoff, formerly of Lawrence.

? Marriages - Andrew Albers and Orilla Geurts; Armond Collette and Christine Joyner.

70 years ago - 1943

? Deaths - Frank J. Nickolai; Lt. Harold J. DeKeyser, 22, killed in action in the Middle East; Mrs. Edward J. Vande Castle; Joseph Thirion; Harry J. Cannon; John Sprangers.

? Marriages - Howard H. Bond and Frances M. Coniff; Merlin Bittner and Delores Bielinski; Chester Dollar and Marie Abts.

65 years ago - 1948

? The Board of Health began a program of rat extermination in the city.

? Fifteen new homes were begun in De Pere during July.

? Deaths - The Rev. A.L. Buytaert, former pastor of St. Paul church, Wrightstown, at Green Bay; Mrs. Frank Bressinck.

? Marriages - David Goetsch and Marguerite Mann; Robert Gilson, Greenleaf, and Patricia Clark.

60 years ago - 1953

? J.B. Layde resigned after serving as West De Pere school superintendent for 30 years.

? Work was progressing on the $122,000 widening and resurfacing of Broadway between Charles and James streets.

? Deaths - George DeGroot; Mrs. Peter Micke; John Mancosky; Harry DeTennis; Louis Bartline.

? Marriages - Adrian Aerts and Shirley Greatens; John Lanz and Joan Gilsdorf; Carl Newhouse, Wrightstown, and Dorothy Buechler.

55 years ago - 1958

? A new supercalendar installed at Nicolet Paper Corporation was believed to be the largest in the world.

? Deaths - Mrs. John Nelessen, Kaukauna; Lawrence H. Erdmann, Kaukauna, at Green Bay.

? Marriages - Orville Jahnke and Dora Ann Larson; Kenneth Green and Betty Jane Beckers; Dan Lee Polley and Rose Ann Kempen.

50 years ago - 1963

? Stables at the Brown County Fairgrounds were destroyed by fire, started by burning garbage.

? Local stores advertised potatoes, 10 pounds for $1; catsup, six bottles for $1; peaches, 17 pounds for $1.79; lamb chops, 79 cents per pound; bacon, 49 cents per pound; smoked picnics, 29 cents per pound; cantaloupe, three for 50 cents; and homegrown corn, two dozen for 49 cents.

? Deaths - Mrs. Lena Brittnacher, Greenleaf; Dave Schneider, Lark; Mrs. Elizabeth Manders; Querence Duca; Mrs. Fred Baeten; Peter Van Heeswyk.

? Marriages - James Janssen and Carolyn Bos; Charles Garot and Judith Joly; James Parins and Eileen Hentz.

45 years ago - 1968

? Dedication services were held at the new chapel at the Wisconsin State Reformatory.

? Anita Bryant was starring at the Brown County Fair.

? Dollar-day sales featured flannel diapers at 4 yards for $1; bathroom tissue, 16 rolls for 99 cents; whole fryers, 28 cents per pound; ground beef, 49 cents per pound; ice cream, $1.09 per gallon; bacon, 49 cents per pound; 20-inch color console television, $499; cantaloupe, three for 98 cents; seedless grapes, 2 pounds for 59 cents; and wieners, 79 cents per pound.

? Deaths - Gerald (Tiny) Clark, formerly of Little Rapids, at Appleton; Joseph Patterson, Askeaton; Mrs. Anne Kuri, Hollandtown; Mrs. Fred Schink; James Grady; Mrs. Estella Proctor.

? Marriages - Donald George and Jo Ann Greensdale; William Martin and Marsha Berken; Dean Sperle and Ann Switzer; Michael Krause and Linda Bartels; David Wegner and Phyllis Boerst.

40 years ago - 1973

? The old Jim Hasseler mink ranch in the town of De Pere was destroyed by fire of unknown origin.

? An increase in the population of the city of De Pere was expected to result in the city's receiving larger revenue-sharing funds than previously anticipated.

? An ordinance that would require sump pumps in all homes was referred back to the Board of Public Works for further study.

? Deaths - John H. Jacobs II; Mrs. John Cavil; Francis Van Remortel, formerly of De Pere, at Toledo, Ohio; Miss Elma Grohndorff; Theodore Gerrits, Hollandtown; Frank Thiesefeldt, Morrison; August Pflueger, Wrightstown; Reuben Miller, formerly of Wrightstown, at Green Bay.

? Marriages - Patrick Kane and Nancy Cormier; M. Tyler McCormack and Katherine Bekearis.

35 years ago - 1978

? A hearing was scheduled on the creation of a tax-increment district within the central business area north of George Street.

? Local financial institutions were paying 8 percent interest on eight-year certificates of deposit with a yield of 8.45 percent. Regular passport savings paid 5 percent interest.

? Lee Dreyfus, independent Republican candidate for governor in the September primary, was scheduled to visit De Pere aboard his "Red Vest Whistle Stop Special," a 1962 school bus redesigned with smoke stack, cow catcher and rear-end platform.

? The Brown County clerk's office was moved to the fourth floor of the Northern Building in Green Bay.

? Deaths - David J. Renard Sr.; Mrs. Jules Parmentier; Frank W. Kremer Sr.; Mrs. Earl McVey, formerly of Greenleaf, at Marinette; Peter Huss, Wrightstown.

? Marriage - Gary Rentmeester and Sharon Matzke.

30 years ago - 1983

? Open house was advertised for a three-bedroom, colonial-style home at 234 Nob Hill. The property included a two-stall garage, financing by the owner and was selling for $75,000.

? Opening dates for De Pere schools were being announced.

? Deaths - Mrs. James Burns, Askeaton; Sylvester Mecikalski.

? Marriages - Michael A. Morgan and Leslie Ann Troup; Timothy Duckett and Betty Mleziva; Mark Seiltz and Diane Van Beek, at Greenleaf.

25 years ago - 1988

? Building permits issued during July totaled $1,399,643. The largest permit, for $298,000, was for an addition to First United Presbyterian Church, 605 N. Webster Ave.

? Ground was broken for the new Lawton company plant in the De Pere industrial park.

? Deaths - John H. Freeman; Harold Schumerth; Hazel Olson; Harry Rhodes; Alice Schinke; Mrs. Lyle Hunt; Clara Yaeger.

? Marriages - Richard Gasaway and Julie Janssen; John Danen and Mary Jo Baeten; Ricky Smits and Darla Welhouse; Len Fredrickson and Laura Schumacher, at Wrightstown.

20 years ago - 1993

? Vandalism to the football field at De Pere High School, 1700 Chicago St., was reported to the De Pere Police Department. The letter "W" was burned into a 30-foot-by-30-foot area of the grass by a propane-type fluid, causing $300 in damage, according to the report.

? Deaths - John I. Kralovec; Mrs. Douglas (Wilma) Gutheil; Joseph E. Matzke; Susan Heitzke; Mrs. Hugh (Emily) Burt; Mary Du Bois; Mildred Miller, Wrightstown; Ida A. Guse, Greenleaf.

? Marriages - John Heyrman and Kathy Thyssen; William T. Turriff and Cynthia A. Kallstrom.

15 years ago - 1998

? Two De Pere-area teenagers and high-school sweethearts - Emily R. Jansen, 16, and Steven Wilson, 18 - were killed when the car in which they were riding crashed head-on with a van on County GV.

? A day curfew ordinance, recommended to the Common Council by the Finance/Personnel Committee, will require school-age children to be in school or at home during regular school hours. Police chief David Tellock explained the proposal is part of a countywide plan to help keep students in school. The purpose of the proposal is to enhance the students' development and welfare as well as to prevent truancy and other violations that sometimes result from truancy. The proposal includes a penalty for parents/guardians and students who are away from school or home without permission.

? Construction of the new Our Lady of Lourdes church at the corner of Suburban Drive and Lourdes Avenue is under way and on schedule. The church will replace St. Boniface church and the former St. Joseph church on the site and is scheduled for dedication in 1999. Bells from the old St. Boniface church as well as two new bells currently being cast in Europe will be installed in the bell tower in the near future.

? Park board commissioners voted at their meeting last week to name the new park in the Waterview Estates subdivision in the southwest area of the city Kiwanis Park. De Pere Kiwanis Club has agreed to adopt the park and assist with future improvements.

? 60th wedding anniversary - Andrew and Orilla Albers.

? Deaths - Joseph (Joe) S. Felten; Michael A. Pohlod, husband of the former Kathleen M. Brennan of De Pere, at Marshfield; Earl F. Poquette; Mrs. Clayton (Mary Lou) Smits; Robert M. (Bob) Vande Velden; Edward J. Wicker, Rockland.

? Marriages - Jeffrey B. Critser and Karyn R. (Baeten) Karbon, at Green Bay; Eric J. Trousil and Lisa M. Vander Missen.

10 years ago - 2003

? The nearly 20 De Pere residents still battling with the city over a mess caused by a broken sewer pipe three years ago met with lawyers this week to see if a deal can be made before heading to trial. The plaintiffs met with representatives for the city for 9 hours Monday, Aug. 11, in mediation and will meet at least three more times. The mediation process is required by Wisconsin law before a civil case can go to trial. A three-week jury trial has been scheduled for the end of October if mediation fails. The dispute stems from a July 8, 2000, incident when the city continued pumping sewage around a broken sewer pipe, subsequently flooding more than 50 homes with raw sewage in the areas of Charles Street and Webster Avenue.

? De Pere's top-ranked American Legion varsity baseball team won the second state title in the history of the program, beating Plover 4-2 in the championship of the Class AAA state tournament at Stevens Point. The Panthers advance to the Central Plains Regional in New Ulm, Minn.

? The town of Ledgeview could stand to receive $110,000 from the state Department of Natural Resources to extend its East River Trail system. The grant would come from the state's 2003 Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund, which Gov. Jim Doyle reinstated after it was cut by the state Legislature. The East River Trail begins in Bellevue and continues through Allouez to De Pere. In Ledgeview, it runs on both sides of the East River between Dickinson and Ledgeview roads. The proposed extension would be approximately 1 miles from the trail's border with De Pere into a planned 48-acre park being built along the river at the De Pere-Ledgeview border.

? The new St. Mark Lutheran Church in De Pere will be dedicated with multiple services this weekend. The new worship house for St. Mark, which expanded its church from Green Bay because of what church pastor the Rev. John Parlow called "hyper growth" with the congregation, is located on De Pere's west side on Lawrence Drive. The facility features seating for 750 in a fan-type design.

? The Walmart Super Center, located on Lawrence Drive north of Scheuring Road in De Pere, is expected to open Wednesday, Aug. 20. Construction was well under way in July.

? Deaths - Kenneth N. Hendricks; Lillian G. Marrick; Don E. Todt.

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