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Richard La Brosse
Oconto Falls—Word has
been received by Beatrice A. Renel
that he was chosen by the editors to be listed in the
of Contemporary Poets”, a forthcoming publication by the Avon
House of New York. The editors have informed her that she
double space in this volume, an honor which is not ordinarily allotted
to an author. Her poem “The Simons” which
was published in the Herald
last year was selected as representative of her work. The
will sell for ten dollars a copy. That the poetical work of
worthy young women is really outstanding has long been recognized by
local editors and others in the city, and all who know her are
with her in this triumph. The Herald has been proud to
from the pen of Beatrice A. Renel and very happy to have been a medium
of expressing her art to its readers.
Oconto Falls—Mr. and
Mrs. Louis Fonder of Oconto Falls,
recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. All of
children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were present.
were married in Green Bay Aug 22, 1866. Mr. Fonder is 73 and
Fonder 68. Their children are Mrs. Reynold (Exzina)
Mrs. Harry (Della) Edmark, Grafton, wis; Mrs. Martin (Mabel) Rusch,
Falls; Mrs. Mat (Deloris) Steffens, Oconto Falls, and Martin Fonder,
Oconto Falls—Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Vollmer will quietly
celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary at their home today.
of thanksgiving was said this morning at St. Anthony’s
by the Ref. F. J. Melchiors and breakfast was served for the children
are home for the celebration. The wedding that took place 54
ago was a double one; mr. Vollmer’s sister, Louise, being
married to Theodore
Schmitz at the same time. These two couples celebrated their
weddings together, but death claimed the other bride five years
Mr. Vollmer was born on May 24, 1859 in Calumet county while Mrs.
formerly Annie Mary Gronis was born August 23, 1861 in Fond du Lac
Following their marriage they took up residence on a farm in Calumet
and lived there for 21 years. The family then moved to a farm
Lena where they resided until 1911, at which time they took up
in Oconto Falls. For eight years, Mr. Vollmer was employed in
paper mill and for three in the power plant. In recent years
been in the employ of the city. Their eldes son, John is in
Ore., as is their third daughter, Mrs. Nora Cooped. Their
daughter, Mrs. Catherine Holmes is deceased, and the second, Tillie Ann
is in Lexington, Ky. Fred is in California; Mr.s Theresa
of Chicago is deceased as is Mrs. Lean Uhlembrauch of
Louise entered the Holy Family Convent at Manitowox about 20 years ago,
and is now known as Sister Mary Paul, located at Mingo Junction,
Sister Mary Paul is an accomplished musician. Aurelia, Mrs.
Nelson, is a resident of San Francisco. The youngest son,
passed away five years ago, at Madison. Mr.s R. Nelson,
was the former Madella Vollmer and Margaret is now Mrs. Homer Moore of
Chester Konitzer was Miss Barbara
Ann DeCloux before her recent marriage. Both bride and groom
from the Oconto Falls area and are now living in that city.
services were conducted for Mrs.
A.J. Peterson at the Methodist Church here Monday afternoon by the Rev.
Huntley C. Lewis. Pallbearers were Benson Schaub, C.W.
Benninghaus, A.J. Luth, Wilton Johnson and Leo Marquardt.
was in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Falls lost a fine citizen, Grace
and St. John’s Lutheran churches lost their adored pastor, a
is bereft of husband and father, and many feel the loss of a personl
in the sudden death of the Rev. Wilbur C. Lindsley. The young
who was 39, had suffered a heart attack on Saturday and was taken to
hospital. Oxygen and treatment improved his condition, and on
he seemed much better. A little before eight Monday morning
visited by his doctor and a nurse and he was apparently feeling well as
he was propped up on his pillows. When the nurse returned a
later he did not respond when she spoke to him. In that brief
the tired heart ceased to beat, and Rev. Lindsley left for a better
Rev. Lindsley had been pastor of the Lutheran churches here and at
and also of St. Mark’s church of Spruce for several years,
He was a tireless worker and even though he had curtailed his
somewhat since being ill about two years ago, the work of the church
on. His crowning achievement was the building of the new
now housing the Grace church plant. Ground was broken last
and about a year ago the conerstone was laid, and on Ash Wednesday, the
first worship service was held. This new church will always
memorial to Rev. Lindsley in the hearts of the congregation now
He was born in Green Bay and graduated from East High, after which he
the University of Wisconsin for two years. He then went to
and later to the Theological Seminary there. After a year of
at Grace Lutheran church in Green Bay, he was ordained in 1948, in his
home church in Green Bay. He served the church at Fairport,
until coming to Oconto Falls in 1951, following the Rev. Alfred
Mrs. Lindsley is the former Lola Inloes of Ohio, and they were married
September 5, 1944. There are four children, Stephen 14, Wren
Michael 7 and 2 year old Robin. He is further survived by his
Mrs. F. L. Lindsley, of Green Bay; a brother, Warren, and a sister,
Paul Purnell, both of Milwaukee. The remains were in state at
Soulek Funeral Home from noon Tuesday until 11 o’clock
when they were taken to the church. Dr. Theodore Ohlrogge of
officiated at the last rites at two o’clock. Burial
took place in
Woodlawn cemetery, Green Bay and the remains were in state at the
chapel for Green Bay friends before interment. The casket was
by W.D. Larsen, Joseph VandenBush, Otto Garbrecht, Henry Wolfe, Herbert
Bramschreiber and Herbert Erickson, and member of the church councils
citizen this week is Irving Miller,
druggist here since March 1927. Irv, as nearly everyone calls
was born in Shawano on October 18, 1887. He is married and
children, John, his son, is associated with his father since his
from the University of Wisconsin in July 1951. His daughter,
is employed in Los Angeles. Irv, one of the pillars of our
is a charter member of the Krause-Simpson American Legion post, a
member of the Gillett Civic Club and a member of the Gillett Masonic
an officer in the infantry, having three years in the service and 14
overseas. Besides being interested in the growth of our
Irv likes to bowl and fish. It is with pride that we feature
I.H. Miller as our citizen of the week for it is such men as him that
our community progress.
Falls was a tiny cluster of log
cabins when Mrs. Camille Lhotte who will be 92 Oct. 3 arrived here with
her parents from France 78 years ago. Mrs. Lhotte remembers
her parents, Roman and Clara Waymel, were disgusted with the new world
when they landed at Little Suamico and were introduced to mosquitoes
after a visit with relatives, they moved on to Oconto Falls where a
home was built. Other early memories of Mrs. Lhotte include
jams above the Oconto Falls dam. She recalls once a
loose the key log that was causing the Jam. The jam broke up
that he could not get out of the way. He was swept down the
over the dam with the swirling logs, and given up for dead.
down river for his body ended happily when they found him sitting on
bank at Bagely’s Flats, very much alive. Another
event in the history
of the Falls which also concerned the river was the day when the class
from the Oconto High school visited the paper mill, about
had been warned not to go on the bridge in a group, but did not
Nearly all the class were on the bridge when it began to
breaking of the wooden structure also fractured the pipe which carried
the hot pulp across the river. There were a couple of deaths
nearly all were burned or injured. The village became a vast
as the injured were cared for in various homes. Camille
Mrs. Fred Lhotte at St. Patrick’s church at Stiles on
November 4, 1892.
Soon after their marriage plans for the new church at Oconto Falls were
begun. Mr. Lhotte hauled the first load of bricks for the new
Their son Raymond was the first infant to be baptized in St.
Church. They had five children, two of whom were killed in
accidents. Raymond had been married only four years when his
occurred. Their daughter Bertha, Mrs. Louis Kinziger of
Mich., was killed in Marinette about 10 years ago on icy roads as she
coming to visit her mother. Lucille is Mrs. Ray Molitor of
and is a teacher. Vivian is Mrs. Elmer Johnston and Evelyn is
Henry Thomson, both of the Falls.
Oconto Falls—Mr. and
Mrs. Plier were married at Advance
on May 29, 1901, and the date was also the groom’s 25th
Mrs. Plier is the former Helena Koliath and she is 68. They
two sons, Arnold and C. Norvan of Wausau and a daughter Verene, Mrs.
Krueger of Oconto. A son Frank died in 1945. There
grandchildren. Arnold Plier was the toastmaster at the dinner
he gave the history of his parents in a very interesting
Mr. Plier’s father settled in what is now known as Advance,
after he returned from the Civil War. The Kollath family were
settlers of Black Creek, and Frank Kollath, a lad of sixteen began his
career by taking over a tract of land near the Pliers, to clear and
a homestead. When his sister came over to help him the couple
and the marriage took place in 1901. The couples
Meredith Plier Clark of Norfolk, Virginia, Billy and Peggy, the
of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Plier, and Nancy and Charles 111, the children
the C. Norvan Pliers. All were present except Mrs.
many relatives and friends of Mr. and Mrs. Plier enjoyed the happy
with them and are wishing them many more years of happiness, peace and
contentment. Although they have resided in Wausau for the
years, they have many friends in Oconto Falls for they will always be
as good neighbors and friends and very worthy citizens. Mrs.
will be recalled as a Royal Neighbor, having served the local group as
Oracle for many years. She was active in the Order of the
Star and Methodist Church Circles.
Oconto Falls—Not since
the days when Alfred Lumt was
a sophomore at Carroll College, Waukesha, has Shakespeare been popular
on the pioneer stage. But this year Miss Margaret Constance,
of dramatics, is reviving interest in that immortal playwright by
as the sprin play “As You Like It.” The
cast includes an Oconto Falls
girl who is new to the Carroll stage. She took the leading
the Senior class and was a student active in all school
Miss Lorain Krahn, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. G.W. Krahn, is to play the
part of Celia. Miss Krahn is a member of Beta Chi Theta,
and has been prominent in campus activity during her two years at
Oconto Falls—The staff
of the “Pantherette,” Oconto
Falls high school yearbook, which is headed by Bill Krahn as editor,
Plauf as assistant editor and Mildred Helmrath, final typist, is at
to make the publication a still greater success than last years
The “Pantherette” will be ready for delivery to the
students about the
middle of May. It is published by representatives of the
body, including business manager, Eileen Massard; sales manager, Agnes
Pelegrin; organizations, Charlotte Krumery and Irene Kain; athletics,
Leonard Jones, Basketball, Bob Shellman; classes, juniors, Jean Kadlec,
sophomores, Donald Wirtz, freshman, Grant Peterson; prophecy, Frances
will, Loretta Bast; artists, Malinda Walters and Betty Cross;
Mae Larson; typists, Arlene Miller, Norma Jabes; photography, Ralph
Jack Kurtz, Lorraine Gauthier and Myrtle Morrow.
Oconto Falls—Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas Carroll, Oconto Falls,
announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter
to Joseph Porter of Green Bay. The wedding will take place at
Anthony’s church at Oconto Falls on Sept 22.
Suring—A quiet marriage
ceremony was performed Saturday,
August 7, at the Mr. Olive Lutheran church parsonage at Suring when
Lucy Gidney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gidney, Kelly Lake, and
Benson said the meaningful marriage vows before the Rev. H. Paul
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sorenson of Swedetown were the
Sorenson is a sister of the groom. Mrs. Benson is a graduate
Oconto Falls high school and teachers training department.
taught at Swedetown for ten years. Mr. Benson owns a farm at
where the young couple will reside upon their return from a wedding
to Iron Mountain, Mich.
Oconto Falls—The novel
position of being a “soldier
for a day” was the recent experience of John T. Murphy,
seaman, USN, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Murphy of route 2, Oconto Falls, who is a sailor
attached to Naval Amphibious Group 3 in Korea.
Falls folks were delighted recently
to hear a tape recorded interview over WJPG, Green Bay, in which Marine
Pfc. James Wojner and Cpl. Layton of Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Calif.,
partictpated. Most happy of all, of course, were Mr. and Mrs.
Wojner, to whom the interview was a rare surprise. The Oconto
Marine told of the hunting and fishing around his home town, and stated
that he likes Marine life. He has been in service since Feb.
is considering the possibility of making it a career. If he
his mind about that, he plans to come back to the Falls and go into
with his father.
Hayes—Miss Betty Jane
Strehlow, the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. William Strehlow of Hayes is the bride of Pvt. Norman Saffran,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Saffran of Mountain. The ceremony
performed by the Rev. E. Antrim at the Hayes Evangelical United
Church Saturday afternoon.
Lutz has been selected to represent
Oconto Falls High School at Badger Girls State on the University of
campus June 19 to 26. Joyce Lartz is the alternate.
Legion Auxiliary at Oconto Falls is the sponsor.
Oconto Falls—A member
of the graduating class at Misericordia
Hospital School of Nursing in Milwaukee, August 13 was Miss Donna
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Murphy of Oconto Falls. She
second in her class. She graduated from the Oconto Falls High
with the class of 1952.
evening, Quiren Hostak and Jack
Ellis will be pitted against each other in a bitterly contested murder
trial. This trial, which is given as the class play of the
Falls Seniors, is concerned with the question of whether Karen Audre
by Phyllis Peterson) is guilty of the murder of Bjorne
Auiren Hostak, as the district attorney will be attempting to prove her
guilty while Jack Ellis as the defense attorney works for her
A jury selected from the audience will give the verdict.
son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hostak has been active in athletics, forensics
D and is president of the senior
son of mr. and Mrs. Jack Ellis, has been active in class activities and
Oconto Falls—Allan T.
Walker, after four years as
teacher of mathematics and science in the Oconto Falls High school, has
resigned to accept a position in the Longfellow Junior High at
He was graduated from the State Teachers College at River Falls and
summer schools at the University of Minnesota. His family
him during the Easter Holidays.
Davis will represent the Oconto
Falls high school at the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Forensic
at Madison Saturday, when he will present the humorous declamation
Show Talent Performs.”
Oconto Falls—Miss Helen
Gillis, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Albert Gillis of this city, has accepted the position of
teacher in the Oconto Falls High school for the ensuing school
Miss Gillis is a graduate of Oconto Falls High school, a Milwaukee
college and of Whitewater state Teachers college. She worked
the Salvation Army for eight years and had charge of the young peoples
summer camp in the Milwaukee division. She had charge of the
Scouts at Whitewater and the girl guards in the Salvation Army and
to take up scout work in Oconto Falls.
Oconto Falls—Notice has
been received from the registrar
of the University of Wisconsin announcing the excellent scholastic
established by George E. Magnin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Magnin.,
his first semester. George was the valedictorian of the
high school class of 1940. Out of a possible perfect record
grade points, he has earned 42, making him eleigible to election to the
freshman honorary scholastic society, Phi Eta Sigma. Freshmen
normal class schedules and achieving a grade-point average of 2.5 or
are eligible for automatic election to membership in the honorary
Magnin succeeded in establishing the enviable record of a 2.8 average.
Lehner of Oconto Falls plays forward
on the Lawrence college freshman basketball team in Appleton.
graduated from Washington High school in 1936.
“Howie” played forward
on the high school team and won one letter. Howard has also
appointed to the staff of the Lawrentian, student newspaper at Lawrence
College. He is a pledged member of Delta Tau Delta
He is at present spending the holiday vacation with his parents,
and Mr. A.P. Lehner.
Oconto Falls March
8—Some 500 students arrived for
classes Friday to find 60 firemen fighting a $ 100,000 blaze at Oconto
Falls High School. The fire all but destroyed the old portion
the school, but did not damage the addition erected in 1955 and the
Classes at the school, which handles grades 7 through 12, were
due to the fire. William Delzer, a janitor, told Fire Chief
Malcomsen, he was dusting desks on the third floor of the old addition,
built in 1903, when he smelled smoke. Delzer said he went to
attic to investigate after flicking a light switch that
didn’t work but
could not enter because of flames. Before the slate roof
a small army of volunteers crried stoves, sewing machines, office
desks and othe equipment from the 2 classrooms in the old
The helpers, including some pupils and workmen from the Oconto Falls
& Power Co., also took out books from the library in the new
The local volunteer fire department was aided by firefighters from
Lena, Gillett and the Towns of Morgan, Green Valley, Gillett and
The loss was estimated at more than $ 100,000 by an insurance adjuster,
who said it was sully covered by insurance. The School Board
a public meeting Friday night to discuss solutions for the problem and
how to find classrooms space for some of the students. Ten of
20 classrooms in the old section are beyond use. Junior high
students, quartered in the undamaged new addition, will report for
Monday. School authorities hoped that classes could be
Wednesday in the old section rooms not affected by the fire.
board has received several offers which, if accepted, would turn
of a church and homes into temporary classrooms for those students
by the fire.
recipient of a legislative scholarship,
Joyce Van Haren, is enrolled at the Wisconsin State College, La
Miss Van Haren, Route 2, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Van
and she is majoring in physical education. Legislative
are provided by the board of State College Regents in two classes;
for rank in the high school class and those for leadership and need.
the variety show to be presented
by the faculty at Oconto Falls High School at 8 o’clock this
be a play, “Her Husband’s First
Wife.” Cast members appearing in
one scene are, Russ Shannon, Frank Kremer Jr., Ruth Peterson and Joyce
Kilmer. Money raised by the teachers will go into the
Oconto — At a recent
reunion, all the members of the
family of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Hermsen
present at their home on Superior ave. The arrival of the
son Edward, and family from San Francisco prompted the
were, Mr. and Mrs. Hermsen; Marjorie, Oconto; Ruth (Mrs. Donald LeBreck),
Oconto; Lita (Mrs. David Twells ),
Roger, at home; Howard, Green Bay; James, Suring; Patrick, at home;
Green Bay; Leon, Kenosha; Gordon Green Bay, and Edward. Mr.
Hermsen observed their 41st wedding anniversary May 4.
word of the death of a close friend, Frank Hanby,
a resident of this community until 1918, when he moved to Tacoma
Mr. Hanby passed away in his western home on August 18. This
be sad news to all who knew him.
Mrs. Earl Rymer has returned
from Chicago where she was called by the death of her brother, Louis N.
She also visited in Berwyn and Milwaukee before returning home.
Mr. Richards was born in
Oconto on November 19, 1869
and left for Chicago as a very young man. He died in a
on January 23 following a short illness. Funeral rites were
in Our Lady of Victory church, with burial in Chicago. He is
by his wife, two sons. Louis Jr. and John, both of Chicago; five
three brothers, Frank of Berwyn, Fred of Green Bay and Gilbert of
Falls, and one sister, Lillian, Mrs. Rymer of this city. Mr.
who was best known to his Oconto county friends as "Poly", was a barber.
Oconto Falls-Glenda Mae McDougal,
infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glen McDougal, born Tuesday was too
for the rigors of this life and passed away about an hour after
Burial took place on Wednesday.
25, died at the Sisters of Notre Dame home, St. Joseph's Catholic
here, at 4:30 yesterday afternoon of pneumonia. The body was
to the Gagnon funeral home where it will remain pending arrival of
from Chicago. Sister Mary Rene was born in Chicago August 13,
and had been at the St. Joseph parochial school here since
She is survived by her parents, eight sisters and one brother.
One of the twin boys of Dr. and
died at 11 o'clock Jan. 8th. The child was exactly one year
having been born at 11 o'clock January 8, 1905. Dr. Goggins
have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.
A man who gave his name as Henry Smith,
a transient about 65 years old, died Friday afternoon as he was being
to the Oconto Falls hospital after he became violently ill from
denatured alcohol. Smith had spent the week in Suring,
during the day and spending the nights in the Suring jail.
afternoon he became ill. A physician was called and on
Smith what he had been drinking, gave him first aid. The man
rushed to Oconto Falls by Deputy Sheriff T. H. Pasterski, but died
reaching the hospital. Before dying he told questioners that
no relatives. His body was shipped to Milwaukee for burial.
Mr. and Mrs.
are the parents of a son born Friday.
Lena-Funeral services for J. N. Bassett,
prominent retired business man of Lena were held at a solemn requiem
mass at St. Charles Catholic church Thursday morning. The
of the mass assisted by the Rev. M. Fetko of Stiles and the Rev. Edward
Horyza, Pound. Interment was in the church
houses of the village were closed during the services.
are his widow; five children, nine grandchildren and two sisters.
Oconto Falls- Miss Clara Adamski,
R.N. has again resumed her duties as superintendent of the Oconto Falls
hospital. Mis Adamski is a graduate of the nurses training
of St. Mary's hospital, Green Bay, with the class of 1919.
the hospital at Antigo as surgical nurse and later came to open up the
hospital here when it was organized in 1921. She had charge
until 1926, and then took charge of the Oconto hospital for three
Miss Adamski came here from Hickory Grove, West DePere. She
Miss Christine Pemberton,
R.N., who was in
charge for the last seven years.
Born to Mr. and Mrs.
of Coleman a baby girl Sunday.
Mrs. Ed. Pope, Abrams,
had a birthday surprise Saturday, Oct. 7, when relatives and friends
to remind her that she was 73 years old.
Fred Laasch of Breed purchased
what was formerly known as the Gisch
Mr. Laasch expects to conduct
a hotel and soft drink parlor.
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