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These short articles are posted in the hopes of adding otherwise unknown aspects to family histories. They contain numerous individual names and describe the everyday life activities in Oconto County, Wisconsin's, past.
  Researched, transcribed and contributed by Richard La Brosse

The marriage of Miss Edna Walters and David L. Damkoehler took place at Grace Lutheran church at one Saturday afternoon.  The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Walters of Oconto Falls and the groom is the son of Mrs. L.E. Damkoehler of Oconto.

Oconto Falls—

Miss Dorothy Carriveau, daughter of Mrs. Joseph Carriveau of this city became the bride of Elmer Courtion, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Courtion, Lena, at 8 o’clock Saturday morning.  The marriage was celebrated at St. Anthony’s Catholic church here with the Rev. F.J. Melchiors officiating.

Oconto Falls—

Attorney Howard Eslien was appointed City Attorney by Mayor Thos. Tait at the regular meeting of the City Council held Tuesday evening.  The appointment was confirmed by the Council.

Oconto Falls—

Maurice Aylward, graduate of the Oconto Falls High School and son of Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Aylward.  Maurice has been librarian for the law library of the Field Building in Chicago for a little over a year.  Before that he was assistant librarian.  Maurice has a very full program, for he supplements his working program with a full course of studies at the Kent School of Law.  He will grduate in June 1941.  The Field Building, a 43 story structure built in 1934, has 7000 tenants and maintains the more than 10,000 volume law library for its lawyer tenants.  Maurice’s photo has appeared in the Chicago Times November 22, 1938 and again on October 16, 1940.  He has worked hard to secure his education and training as is deserving of real success in his future.

With their children and grandchildren and Mrs. Lang’s original bridesmaid, Mrs. Sarah Annen, Fond du Lac, sister of Mrs. Lang, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Lang Sr. of this village celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary at their home here Sunday.  Dinner and supper was served to about 37 guests.  Mrs. Lang, the former Lucy Hegner, was born in Fond du Lac county May 15, 1861.  Mr. Lang was born in Washington county April 6, 1858.  They were married at the Holy Trinity church at Kewaskum, on June 30, 1885.  In 1895 they came to Gillett where mr. Lang started a blacksmith and wagon shop.  Mr. Lang held the office of village treasurer for 47 years.  The couple are the parents of seven children.

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Weix celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary here Sunday.  Mrs. Weix, the former Johanna Reindl, was born in Kellnersville, May 16, 1865.  Mr. Weix was born in the town of Center, near Appleton, August 4, 1860.  They were married September 29, 1885 in St. John’s Catholic church, Antigo, and came to Gillett from Antigo with their son, the Rev. George Weix, in 1930, who was then made pastor of St. John’s Catholic church here.  Those present at the dinner at the Weix home were, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Weix and son Billy, Two Rivers; Mrs. John Weix, and daughter Ruth Mary, Catherine Novotny; Mr. and Mrs. J. Weix, all of Antigo; and the Reverends Gabriel Gamasch, De Pere, and Ed Ocweijie, Green Bay.

Oconto Falls—

Richard Henry Haupt, 59, died Saturday noon at the Oconto Falls hospital where he had been a patient since Feb. 8.  A cerebral hemorrhage caused his death.  The body was taken to the Flatley Funeral home and removed to the residence at Lakewood Monday morning.  Mr. Haupt was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Haupt and was born on November 25, 1880 at Sandwich, Ill.  He was married March 30, 1898 at Chicago to Miss Jane Nonal.  Before coming to Lakewood ten years ago and settling on a farm in the town of Lakewood Mr. Haupt had been employed 20 years as bookkeeper for the American Hardware Corporation at Chicago.  He served as town clerk at Lakewood for five years, belonged to the Masonic order and was a charter member of the Sunset lodge.  Besides his wife he is survived by one daughter, Dorothy Haupt, Lakewood; one sister, Mrs. Emma Kelly, Chicago, and one brother, Fred Haupt, of Glendive, Mo.  Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at Congregational Church at Lakewood with the Rev. Neil Martin officiating.  Burial will take place in the Lakewood cemetery.

Oconto Falls
by Byron S. Foster—

Departure via the graduate route will result in almost a wholesale loss for mentors of the various athletic activities in the Oconto Falls high school next year.  One of the most competitive and athletically inclined classes to don the sheepskins made its way from the local education institution this June.  Probably the most outstanding of the dparting seniors is Georgie Magnin, towheaded youngster who has sparkled in nearly every one of the sport teams conducted by the physical education department.  Magnin, an all conference choice this year in both basketball and football, leaves a rcord almost unequaled  in Panther history of all around competitiveness.  A star on the grid squad, equally adept on the hard court, a tennis ace, a track man and baseball star, the youth was also active in forensics, and the only boy to place on the honor list.  Others who take leave include Leon Schultz, an all conference fullback this year, a member of the track and basketball squads, and also one of the student leaders in school.  Lee Gerhard leaves a four sport record behind that includes boxing, football, basketball, and track.  Neil Patterson, active in football, basketball, and boxing was also outstanding in forensic endeavor and rated high scholastically.  Coach Gordon Schuler, faces a drastic upheaval of gridiron material in addition to Gerhard, Schultz, Magnin and Patterson with his tackles, Travinski, Picard, and Woodowiss, his ends, Jabes and Joe Levine; his guards, Leonard Jones, Jack Thielke, and Larry Madsen, together with Kerm Bigelow, Merlin Flowers, and Magnin, Gerhard, and Schultz of the backfield.  Patterson did yeoman service at the center positions.  On the hardcourt it will also be a problem to replace such boys as Magnin and Patterson, an outstanding duo of Northeastern Wisconsin conference guards, Joe Levine a center and Lee Gerhard and Kerm Bigelow, all regulars.  In addition coach Larry Bishop will lose Jabes, and Schultz of the lettermen.  The boxing squad will miss at its opening sessions next spring the hard punching of Joe Dudas, Jack Thielke, Gerhard. Patterson, Bigelow, and Travinski, but probably is the least hit of any of the athletic representatives,  Track and tennis have bot been relegated to minor roles, and although such boys as Magnin, Schultz, and Gerhard will be gone, these two sports have sufficient carryover material to make satisfactory progress.

Oconto Falls—A large appreciative crowd heard the fine concert played by the Oconto Falls High School Band under the direction of C.E. Wright at the city park Wednesday evening.  The numbers were well executed and gretly enjoyed.  The musicians play a fine variety of music, overtures, tone pictures, etc., that speak well for their ability.  “The Three Trees”. A specialty number with Claire Portier doing the reading was well receives.  Mayor Tom Tait gave a short address that was well received, in which he called attention that we Americans should be greatly thankful that our children can run in lighted parks instead of for a bomb proof shelter.

Oconto Falls—

Betty Gerhard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Gerhard of this city, a member of the class of 1936 of the Oconto Falls high school, who is a senior at the University of Wisconsin this year, has received high honors by being elected to Pi Lambda Theta, a national organization for women in education.  The Wisconsin chapter is called Alphia Beta.  There are 42 chapters in the United States and only 18 women were elected to it this year.  Miss Gerhard’s record both in high school and college has been outstanding.  She will have a major in English and a minor in speech upon graduation.


When Fred Halsted of Swatara, Minn., arrived to attend the funeral of his brother, Frank, at Lena this week, he met his brother, Leslie and sister, Mrs. Clara Halsted, for the first time in 23 years.  It was his first meeting with the younger folks of the family, among whom is Mrs. Gaston Garnier of Oconto Falls, the former Miss Eleanor Halsted.

Oconto Falls—

Betty M. Gerhard, 202 N. Main Street, Oconto Falls, student at the University of Wisconsin, was one of the 334 senior students who were publicly honored for outstanding work in their studies at the second all-university honors convocation held at the University of Wisconsin Saturday.  The honors convocation was held Saturday as a part of the annual parent’s weekend program at which the state university each year honors the mothers and fathers of its students.  Presidents Franklyn B. Snuyder of Northwestern University and C.A. Dykstra of the University  of Wisconsin were the speakers at the convocation.  Hundreds of students and their parents witnessed the inspiring event.  Only members of the senior class with an academic record of a 2.25 grade point average in their studies received honors at the convention.  The superiority of this scholastic average is revealed by the fact that a grade point of 3 is perfect and the highest that a student can attain.

Oconto Falls—

The lovely cakes sold by the Cub pack, which is led by Sterling Bauman, were won by the following; Large 3-layer “Cub” cake, by Margaret Ann Le Comte.  Small Mother’s day cakes by Mrs. R. Jelinski and Isabel Beauty shop.  These cakes were lovely and we are sure the lucky folks who received them appreciated them very much.

Oconto Falls—

The board of education has secured the services of Omer Peck, Peshtigo, as head of the agricultural department in the local high school to take the place of Irvin Holzhueter, who resigned to accept a similar position in the West Bend school.  Peck graduated from Peshtigo High school in 1933, and spent the following three years at the home on the farm with his father.  He later attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated June 17, 1940, with honors and a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education.  He has several years of achievement in the 4-H club work to his credit, and has served as treasurer, vice president, and president of the Peshtigo club.  During his four years at the university he took an active part in the university oratorical contests, the last three years placing among five finalists from preliminary contest of about 20 contestants.  He placed third in the finals in his senior year.  The last three semesters he was active a dramatic chairman of the Luther League group, coaching several plays.  He has also taken an active part in Blue Shield, the Country Life club, the college 4-H club, and the Collegiate Chapter of the FFA.  He was also a member of the crew for two years.

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Mrs. Elizabeth Schaub, 77, Oconto Falls, is one of the authors whose poems are included in the Poetic Voice of America, 1940, a 736 page volume just published.  More than 11000 poets living in every part of the United States and Canada competed for a place in this important volume; only a few hundreds of these were found to write poetry of sufficient merit to be accorded a place in the bool.  The volume contains the work of little-known authors as well as that of writer whose poems have been published in magazines and books.  The poems published and written by Mrs. Schaub are, "My Guide," "Communion," and "Violets."  Mrs. Schaub is the widow of the late Rev. A.E. Schaub.  She attended a seminary in Buffalo and is a music teacher.  Her work has appeared mainly in church papers.  Her hobby is music and she enjoys writing and literature.


I saw a bird fly through the sky
This very wintry day.
And as he flew so lightly by
He sang a little lay.

He flew across the trackless waste
Into a summer land.
He did not seem to be in haste;
For God was near at hand.

God guides us through the trackless waste
In every wintry day;
And we should never be in haste;
For he will lead the way.


All along life's highway
It seemed so bright and gay; For I thought I heard you singing
Through the livelong day.

It was the song of love, you see,
And sad I could not be;
For I knew I heard you singing;
Singing on the road to me.


When fields were green and skies serene,
These daintly violets were seen;
They opened wide their starry eyes,
So childlike, full of sweet surprise.

When all around was dark and drear,
I Found these same blue violets here;
When life at once grew wondrous bright,
For nature filled me with delight.

Now dead are all these fragrant flowers
Sweet children of the April showers;
But still within my soul they gleam,
And breathe their song of wood and stream.

1940 Oconto Falls—The marriage of Attorney Howard Eslien of this city and Miss Bernice Warth of Milwaukee was solemnized at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Milwaukee Saturday morning.

1940—The marriage of Miss Velour Schaal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Schaal, and Melvin Coopman, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Coopman, both of this community, took place Saturday afternoon.  The ceremony was performed by W.J. Thielke, justice of the peace, in his office.

1940 The Rev. David Johnson of the Methodist church united in marriage Miss Margaret Birr and Robert Gillis, both of Oconto Falls.  The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Hazel Birr of Morgan and the groom is a son of Archie Gillis.

1940 Oconto Falls—The marriage of Miss Beatrice Birr and Norman Gilbertson took place at Grace Lutheran church on Saturday afternoon.  The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. L. Birr of Morgan and her husband the son of Charles Gilbertson of this city.

1940—The marriage of Miss Louise Flick to Leo Luisier of Lena will take place at the Lena gymnasium at 9 am Saturday morning, July 20.  Miss Flick is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phad Flick of Fairchild and a graduate of the Fairchild high school with the class of 1937 and the teachers training department in Oconto Falls in 1938.

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