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10:53 AM, Aug. 14, 2013  |  Comments
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5 YEARS AGO - Aug. 13, 2008

Karen Riegert of Suring, the 2008 Oconto County Fairest of the Fair, is the official hostess of the Fair. Look for Karen throughout the Fair as she visits various venues greeting Fair visitors, assisting with ribbon presentations during judging, and participating in various Fair events. Karen is the daughter of Alan and Dawn Riegert of Suring and a 2005 graduate of Suring High School.

The Mountain Fire Lookout Tower in the town of Riverview in Oconto County, has been added to the State Register of Historic Places, according to an announcement from the Wisconsin Historical Society. The designation came at the July meeting of the Historical Society's Historic Preservation Review Board.

The end of an era as workmen removed the sign from the former Bond Pickle Factory. After over 100 years the factory which closed in 2004, is scheduled for demolition in early September. Plans for the property, which is owned by the City of Oconto are for future development of retail and commercial applications. The city is in talks with different developers as which will be in the best interests of the City. An open meeting is set for later this month when different ideas will be considered from the citizens of Oconto as how to best use the former Bond Pickle site.

Walleye tournament was held in Oconto on Aug. 2. Teams from all over the Midwest competed for a top prize of $6,500 which was won by Mike Lewis of Seymour, his partner was Allen West. The big walleye for the tournament was caught by James Moser Jr. and weighed 9 lb. 14 oz.

Some 350 high school choir and band members of the Wisconsin Ambassadors of Music recently returned to the United States from a 17-day concert tour of Europe. The tour included stops in England, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy and Germany. Representing Oconto High School were Breanna Casper, Zach Feldt, Danialle Bowen and Alex Pecor.

10 YEARS AGO - Aug. 13, 2003

The 100th Anniversary of the Oconto Woman's Club - believed to be the oldest service organization in Oconto County and one of the most prestigious for its involvement in community activities in the past century - is being observed. The service club has continued to serve the public throughout the years, but a century ago education was stressed as well as gathering clothing for the poor. Present membership is 33 with Sue Cross as president; Barb Hollihan, vice president; Lorraine Garvey, secretary; Waneta Reinhart, treasurer; Marilyn Gering, press correspondent; Jean Davidson, Margret Drewry and Jeanette Schroeder serving as directors. Virginia Plier, a member for 62 years, and Delores Saucier are honorary members.

Bart Eyler is the new manager of Oconto Sports & Cycle in downtown Oconto, succeeding, Roger Samsa, who is retiring.

Byron C. Nolde has been selected by the Oconto Electric Cooperative Board of Directors as its new General Manager. With over 14 years cooperative experience, Nolde has the experience and leadership skills necessary to lead Oconto Electric Cooperative.

The name of the late J. Douglas Bake of Oconto, was enshrined on the EAA Memorial Wall at ceremonies at the giant EAA show on Aug. 3. Members of Bake's family attended the ceremony. Among others whose names will appear on the wall are retired Air Force colonels and other aviation pioneers.

25 YEARS AGO - Aug. 10, 1988

Becky Pagel became the new assistant at Farnsworth Library in Oconto on Aug. 3. A confirmed book lover, Becky is right in her element. Her other interest besides her family is gardening.

Holly Hollon, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Matravers, a 1988 graduate of Oconto high school, was named Miss American Coed Hostess at the annual state pageant. She will represent Wisconsin until the 1989 pageant. Her grand prize was an all expense paid trip to Hawaii for national activities.

New arrivals: A daughter to Dennis and Louise Ludwig of Oconto on Aug. 5; a daughter to David and Penny Bodart of Little Suamico on Aug. 6; a boy to Mark and Vickie Kirchner of Oconto Falls on July 31.

Julie Konitzer of Oconto Falls won a new 1988 Eagle Premier during Second Chance Sweepstakes sponsored by Piggly Wiggly stores of Wisconsin. She entered at Witt's in Oconto Falls.

Glenn Nicklaus, Wisconsin Public Service's Wabeno district manager, retired Aug. 1 after 41 years with the company. Replacing Nicklaus will be Stan Semmerling from the utility's Minocqua office.

The new West Allen Creek Impoundment, designed to benefit eagles, osprey, waterfowl and other wildlife, officially opened last week when a Nicolet National Forest inspection team gave their stamp of approval.

50 YEARS AGO - Aug. 15, 1963

A crowd of about 4,000 was on hand Sunday afternoon to witness the dedication of the improved Oconto County and City airport and the thrilling air show.

Fire of unknown origin destroyed a barn on the Ray Windey farm, R2-Oconto, Saturday night about 6:30.

Alger L. Schuettpelz, 24, of R1-Suring, recently completed practical studies in electronics at DeVry Technical Institute, Chicago.

75 YEARS AGO - Aug. 16, 1938

Elliot Elfe received a deep gash on his right arm near the elbow, Tuesday evening while cranking a Model T Ford car. His hand slipped, with his arm striking the license plate.

Twelve cases of sleeping sickness among horses in the Oconto County area were reported. County agent J.I. Ethridge is outlining the history of the disease and suggested method of care.

Cream City won the Southern Oconto County baseball league championship Sunday with a 27 to 15 victory over Brookside.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Erieau are the parents of a new baby born Thursday morning.

100 YEARS AGO - Aug. 14, 1913

D. H. Mooney left Friday for Denver, Colorado, to attend the triennial conclave of Knights Templar.

Grover Couillard was injured at the Oconto company mill Tuesday night by a cant hook penetrating his leg near the knee joint.

Mrs. Peter Albert won the Reporter missing word advertising contest.

Bradley Edmunds of Owensville, Ind. joined the Reporter force last week as solicitor and reporter.

Henry Bunker died at his home in the town of Stiles Monday morning. He was 47 years old.

A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. George DeCloux of School Section this morning.

Miss Eva MacQueen is filling Miss Helen Cole's position as stenographer at the Oconto Company while Miss Cole is on vacation.

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