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SURING SCHOOL DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY
1979
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.1905-1910 (con't)
The building was at one time divided by a stairway in the center, with a furniture store on the right hand side. The front portion on the other side was used as Suring's first funeral home, with Mr. Nelson's cigar factory in the rear. The upstairs contained a small dressmaking shop and living quarters.
The Suring State Bank opened for business in February of 1909. The first officers were P.J. Martin, president; Harry Serier, vice president; and W.J. Thielke, cashier.
An Opera House, with store space below, was added to the Groninger Hotel in 1909.
August Giese built the Suring Creamery in 1906.
1910-1920
Henry Johnson, prominent politician and early settler in the Town of How, was state treasurer of Wisconsin from 1912 to 1922.
Delivery of Standard Oil Products began in Suring in 1910.
Herman Oestreich built a new harness shop next to Clara Gerndt's millinery shop and John Dieck built a brick garage next to his hardware store in 1913.
In December of 1914, the residents of Suring applied to the Circuit Court of Oconto County for an order of incorporation as a village. The electors accepted and approved the incorporation order on January 19,1915.
The Colburn Lumber and Fuel Company was organized in 1917, and a lumber shed and office building were constructed on the present Muehl-Ehlinger Lumber Company site.
In 1917, H.P. Sorenson put up a brick automobile garage next to his blacksmith shop.
A Delco lighting system was installed in the village hall in 1919.
The first paper, the Oconto County Chronicle, was printed in Suring in 1912.
The village secured a hard-surfaced pavement for main street in 1912. *
1920-1930 >
Schuster & Mathy's meat market was built in 1922.
Peter Ehlinger and Harold Muehl built a sawmill in 1926. In 1927 they bought out the lumber shed and office of the Barker Lumber and Fuel Company near the depot.
Fred Reisner opened a gasoline station in 1926 next to the Sorenson garage.
Harvey Arveson and Herman Dieck opened the present Bob's Mobile station in 1926.
In 1924 Bill Detert opened the "Dew Drop Inn" dining room.
For the inauguration of President Herbert Hoover in 1929, the Suring Hardware set up an Atwater Kent radio so that students could hear, for the first time, the voice of a president.
In 1929 Professor George Glass opened a music store in the present Stengel warehouse building.
In 1922 the American Legion Post at Suring started an annual fall harvest festival that later grew into Suring's Labor Day Parade.
1930's
The railroad section house was destroyed by fire in 1931. The Gehling-Munson filling station opened in 1936. Arno Moede began showing free weekly Wednesday night movies in the village hall in 1937.
I940's
Walter Papeopened a sausage manufacturing plant and butchershop in 1940.
The Suring Bank enlarged its quarters in 1941.
John Bogsted started his electric shop in 1941.
The Zingler Funeral Home and Furniture Store was taken over by Albert Soulek in 1941.
The lumber shed and other outbuildings of the Muehl-Ehlinger Lumber Company were destroyed by fire in 1942. The new lumber shed was built in 1948 and the new office was built in 1949.
The tennis court, donated by the Suring Farmers Mercantile Company, was constructed in 1945. The band shell in the park was built the same year.
Jerry Valentine built an up-to-date bowling alley on main street in 1945. This building was destroyed by fire a few years ago.
G,E. Bertch built the theatre in 1948.
1950's
In 1950, the railroad company discontinued passenger service into Suring.
Walter and Arlene McDermid started a restaurant business in 1951.
The old village hall and fire house, on the east end of town, were dismantled in 1956. A new village hall and fire house was erected across from the post office.
1960's
The Memline Corporation came to Suring in 1960 and provides jobs for many people throughout the area.
In 1962 the General Telephone Company installed the dial system in Suring and the surrounding communities.
The Suring depot was dismantled in 1964.
Radio Station WRVM went on the air on September 15, 1967.
1970's
Many changes have taken place in the village of Surine during the 70's.  Many new homes have been built. primarily thru the annexation of land on the north east corner of the village.
Suring now has a new health clinic, two housing projects, a new municipal building, and bathroom facilities at the park.
New businesses include: Larry's Bowling Lanes on Peshtigo Brook Road, Johnson's Mobil Court on the former site of the Muehl-Ehlinger Lumber Company sawmill. Barber's Package Goods Market on east Main Street, Polies Diner on west Main Street. Near North Homes, and the Golden Razor.
March 31, 1973 is an important date in Suring's history. After a 50-car motorcade from Austin Straubel Field to the Suring city limits. Captain Gerald Gerndt and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Gerndt, were transferred to a convertible for a ride down Main Street. Over 1,000 persons lined the street to welcome Captain Gerndt home and present him with POW bracelets engraved with his name. Captain Gerndt had boon a Prisoner of War in North Viet Nam for five and one half years.