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the everyday life activities in Oconto County, Wisconsin's, past.
transcribed and contributed by
Richard La Brosse
1964 Green Bay—Dr. and Mrs.
Gerald B. Merline, DePere,
announce the engagement of their daughter Mary Ellen to Dean R. Eslien,
son of Attorney and Mrs. Howard Eslien, Oconto Falls. Mary
is a graduate of St. Joseph Academy, Green Bay and Mercy Hospital
of X-ray and Technology, Oshkosh, and is presently employed at St.
Hospital, Green Bay. Dean is a graduate of Premontre High
Green Bay and attends Marquette University. A late summer
1964 Times-Herald; Oconto Falls
Annie Holl's Christmas
Evelyn Kurz Collection
Santa Makes Annual
Visit - Santa Claus paid his
annual visit recently to Annie Holl's general store at Hayes. He's
shown here with Miss Holl and some of the youngsters who greeted him.
Party a Hayes Tradition
For the 28th year the
Christmas season was. opened by, Miss AnnieHoll at her general
store at Hayes with a Christmas party for the children of the community.
cards, signed by
Santa Claus and postmarked at Santa Claus, Ind.,
invited the children to meet him at Annie's store. Three generations
of youngsters have had the thrill of getting these cards and attending
store is stocked with
all the delights of Christmas and Santa
listens carefully and jots down the little and big wants. Annie's
brother, Bill, takes Polaroid pictures of the youngsters with Santa
Claus and gives them the prints, along with sacks of goodies.
sacks had been prepared prior to the morning of party day
and 200 more were fixed in the afternoon. Ordinarily Annie and her
"hired man" handle the business of the store and its custom meat
cutting service, but eight extras were called in to help on the day of
the Christmas party.
It will be
75 years next June that Annie's father opened the store.
When she was 14 she went into the store and her father I immediately
let her take over the management, buying and merchandising. In
she remodeled the building and the result is a modern store.
Annie has taken the welfare of the children to heart and that is the
motivation for the annual Christmas party, the help she gives the 4-H
Club, the Fourth of July fireworks and the playground equipment on her
An Honorary Member
The Suring Future Farmers of America and the 4-H Club have given her
There have been many changes since the 14-year-old girl started in the
store. These changes can be traced through the evolution of lighting in
the store from kerosene lamps, to acetylene lamps, and finally to
fluorescent lights. But Annie Holl is still youthful and no one was
happier or exuded more good will than the little lady who thanked
everyone for coming to the Christmas party.
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