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5 YEARS AGO - Oct. 15, 2008

Oconto grad Dan Feldt, who graduated here in 1971 and now resides in Menomonee Falls, said there is a Wisconsin history book on the web site authored by Oconto native Jim (Chopper) Draeger, who was raised on First Street here. The web site is www.wisconsinhistory.org/whspress/books/book.asp?bookid._321.

Bruce Parkovich stepped down this school year as Suring High School athletic director and was succeeded by Greg Lechleitner. But Bruce hasn't retired. He is acting assistant principal at Suring - but not in a full-time post. He does work three days a week.

Cliff Bailey owner of Bailey's Garage in Lakewood the past 30 years is retiring from the business. He announced recently he had sold his business to Patrick Schmitt. Cliff thanks all of his customers for their business these past three decades.

1858-2008. The First Presbyterian Church at 133 Jackson St. is celebrating its sesquicentennial - 150 years of continuing the ministry of Jesus Christ in the City of Oconto. Sunday, Oct. 26, worship celebration will be at 10:15 a.m., Rev. Lucy Rupe from Winnebago Presbytery leading. Former pastors, Rev. Newton Roberts with his two sons, Rev. Kevin Tarvid and Rev. Tom Beck plan to attend. Meet our now pastor, Rev. Craig Aiwin.

The Suring Public School District welcomes Karl Morrin as their new principal. Mr. Morrin is a graduate of UW-Superior and Marian University.

The usual flood of toilet paper decorated our homes and streets this season as the students enjoyed the dry, but rather cold weather during the week. This year's theme for homecoming was Viva Las Vegas. The 2008 Homecoming King is Alex Pecor and Queen Natalie Ruechel.

10 YEARS AGO - Oct. 15, 2003

Wisconsin Public Service Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Oconto High School to the SolarWise® for Schools family. In August, the school received a 2-kilowatt. solar-electric system on the rooftop. Dedication ceremonies for the solar-electric system will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 9 a.m. in the high school gymnasium. Oconto High School joins 22 other SolarWise schools in northeastern Wisconsin that are generating some of their own electricity using the power of the sun.

Dud and Sue Ragen celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with family and friends Aug. 3 at Oconto City Park. The couple was married Aug. 29, 1953 at St. Joseph Church in Oconto.

Terry Beining recently received an award from WIAA for his 30 years of service in officiating volleyball. We at Wabeno High School are very proud of Terry's accomplishments and his continued service in helping out at home events. Congratulations. Terry was one of the first officials to do volleyball in our conference when it as started back in the early 1970's.

25 YEARS AGO - Oct. 12, 1988

Farmers State Bank with offices in Pound and Coleman will be opening a new full service bank in Oconto located on Hwy. 22, west of Hwy. 41.

Irene and Harold Matravers celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

The Edgewood Golf Club has been completely remodeled on both the exterior and interior. The new dining area is the Calico Room and the new bar is the Windjammer Saloon.

Barb Tanski fired a sparkling round of 49 to pace the Oconto high girls golf team in a triangular match Oct. 3.

The Oconto freshmen lost a thriller, 6-0, to the Sturgeon Bay Clippers.

New gas station islands are among the recent improvements made at Jerry's Service station in downtown Oconto.

50 YEARS AGO - Oct. 17, 1963

A faulty gasoline engine started a raging fire, which completely destroyed Connor's Bass Point Lodge on the upper Reservoir flowage at Townsend Sunday night.

Kenneth Paulson, cashier of the Suring State Bank, was named this week by Gov. John Reynolds as a member of the consumer review board, a division of the state banking credit department.

Sister Mary Zenaide of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the former Celanire Belanger of Oconto, celebrated her diamond jubilee Tuesday after 60 years in the order. The event was held at St. Peter's convent here.

Richard McDowell, 88, native of Oconto county, died Monday afternoon at his R1-Oconto home.

The Christy Brook convalescent home in Gillett will hold open house Sunday.

Leslie Gehring of Kingsford, Mich., formerly of Oconto, has been elected to receive the 33rd degree to the masons. He will receive the honor in Detroit in September.

Mrs. Leon (Barbara) DeWindt, R1-Oconto, checkout girl at Chet's Red Owl store has been named Oconto Harvest of Values Sales Clerk of the Week.

75 YEARS AGO - Oct. 18, 1938

Miss Eunice McAllister of Spruce won a first in the Weekly Payroll campaign sponsored by the Oconto County Reporter, receiving the grand award of a new Nash, Pontiac or Plymouth. She chose the

Nash and second award of $500 was won by Mrs. Roy Shores.

Miss Elsie Burke has retired from duty as operator and chief operator at the local office of the Wisconsin Telephone Co. after 30 years of service.

The first hunting casualty to be reported in the county during the current season occurred late Sunday afternoon when Millard Gerndt, 18, town of How, received a charge of fine shot in his left hand and arm, which required the amputation of his thumb.

Bronchial pneumonia caused the death of 62 year old Frank Bartz, town of How, who died Saturday morning.

Miss Elsie Reilly, 50, employed in the state legislative department the past 20 years, died in Madison on Sunday of a heart ailment. She was brought to Oconto for burial.

Oconto automobile dealers George Bake, Lee Telford, Robert Augustine and Andy Rietz were in attendance Thursday at a state auto dealers' convention held in the city of Wausau.

A husking bee was held at the Fred Cisar farm Saturday night with many enjoying the fun.

Phil Lingelbach, 85, prominent resident of the city and former industrialist, died at his home on Main-st after a lingering illness.

100 YEARS AGO - Oct. 16, 1913

A severe wind swept over the county at the beginning of last Friday's rain.

Frank Peshek passed away Saturday at the age of seventy-eight years.

W. T. Anderson, superintendent of our city schools, tendered his resignation to the board of education last Friday to accept a civil service position of inspector of graded schools.

The little son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Allie died Friday morning.

Mrs. Emma Ruelle, 75, who resided in Oconto county the past 34 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Andrew Martineau, Kelly Brook, Sunday evening.

Rev. H. Eisenbach united in marriage, Miss Minnie Draeger and William Hayes, both of the town of Oconto, Wednesday afternoon.

The barn of Peter Holt Hintz, was struck by lightning Friday afternoon and completely destroyed by the fire.

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