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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


Mrs. Nettie Gilke, 88, a former resident of the Town of Maple Valley, died Tuesday at the home of her daughter Mrs. F.C. Pfunder in Minneapolis.  The body will be at the Soulek funeral home here where friends may call from 2 pm Thursday.  The last rites will be held at the funeral home at 2 pm Friday with the Rev. Albert Worl officiating.  Burial will be in the Hickory Cemetery.  Besides Mrs. Pfunder, she is survived by three other daughters.  They are Mrs. Lucilee Fitzgerald, Minneapolis, and Mrs. Eva Anderson and Henrietta Gilke, both of Shawano.  Further survivors include a son Roy, Savannah, Ga.; a sister, Mrs. Rose Briggs; 10 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.


Joseph C. Kuehl, Sr., was born November 14, 1879 at Kewaunee, Wis.  The son of Joachim C. and Dora Kuehl.  He attended school there and learned the cabinet making trade from his father.  In 1899, at the age of 20 years he went to Chicago, Ill., where he worked 2 years as a carpenter and millright for the Illinois Steel Corporation.  From Illinois he went to Indiana Harbor, Indiana where he helped build the Inland Steel Co.  Joe worked there about 6 years.  Then he took a vacation from November 1907 to April 1908.  Joe came to Gillett on April 15, 1908.  He bought the furniture and undertaking business from John Wranosky.  In those days he went on all calls with a horse and buggy or in the winter with a horse and cutter.  All furniture was delivered by horse and wagon.  The old time hearse was horse drawn.  Otto Heimke was always Joe’s faithful helper and still lends a helping hand to his son when he needs it.  There was also a work shop next to the furniture store where Joe repaired furniture and did picture framing.  In 1920 the furniture store was remodeled and enlarged from a 13 by 60 ft. to a 50 by 60 ft. building.  In 1925 the first auto funeral hearse was bought.  On October 1, 1908 Joe was married to Hulda Foelker, they raised 6 children, Mrs. George (Ethel) Hidde, Gillett; Frank, Gillett; Mrs. Helen Valentine who passed away in 1942; Mrs. Jeanette Olson, Florence, Wis.; Mrs. Grace Landin and Joseph, Jr., of Sheboygan, Wis.  In 1942 he sold the business to his son Frank, and Joe retired.  He spends his time fishing and hunting and in his workshop in the basement of his home making and repairing things.  Joe was always interested in public affairs and served on the Village Board for 8 years from 1909 to 1917.  He also was Health Officer.  In 1914 he managed the Gillett baseball team.  The team started with $ 150 in the red, bought new uniforms during the year and finished the season with money in the bank.  The club played 28 games that season winning 24 of them.  Many of the games were against crack teams and some went 14 innings or more.  Mrs. Kuehl, has been a faithful helpmate of Joe’s.  She, like Joe, has always been active in Gillett community affairs and both with scores of other old timers helped to lay the foundation which has made Gillett the substantial and progressive community that it is today.
Oconto Falls—Competing in the subdistrict contest at De Pere on Tuesday, Ethelyne Bahcall again won first place in the humorous declamation division.  Ten contestants from schools in this section all winners in their respective leagues took part in the contest.  Ethelyne had previously won first place in the league contest at Marinette.  She will now compete in the district contest at Menasha.  The winner of that contest going to the state contest at Madison.

Oconto Falls—Edwin Gauthier of Oconto Falls will teach science in the South Shore High School in Port Wing this fall.  He has a B.A. degree from ST. Norbert’s college in DePere, a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado A. and M. and is now working on his Master’s degree in Education at the Wisconsin State College in Superior.  He will teach physics, chemistry, health and general science.

Oconto Falls—A really splendid play “The Late Christopher Bean” was presented at the high school on Wednesday and thrusday of this week by the faculty.  Proceeds of the play will be used to add to the properties of the high school dramatic club.  Exceedingly heavy parts were carred by the splendidly cast Dr. Haggett (C.E. Wright) and the maid, Abbie (Joyce Bergseng).  However they performed admirably and in the face of their heavy school work, one wonders where they found time to learn the lines and cues so important to a good play.  Mr. Wright and Miss Bergseng gave superb performances the former reminding one of the “country doctor” with his Will Rogerish characterization.  The girls of the Haggett family were excellently portrayed by Ann Westman as Ada and Thelma Sanden as Susan, while their ambitious mother was none other than the pleasant commercial teacher, Dorothy McKeever.  Susan’s courtship with Warren Creamer (otherwise known as Gordon Schuler) delighted the audience especially the school group.  Romantic spots, usually hard for an amateur cast, were presented with professional al aplomb.  Robert Johnson, a newcomer to the faculty, gave a good performance as one of the villains.  In the search for art treasures, one saw Supt. Otto H. Richter as the German art collecor and his impersonation delighted the audience.  Frank McClone as the true artist and true friend of the Late Christopher Bean was well cast for the part of the Englishman, and his kindness to Abby brought the play to a surpriseing climax as she reveals herself as the widow of the dead artist.  We congratulate the cast and the coach, Miss Margaret Hecht, on this splendid production.  We regret that economic conditions of this time prevented so many from seeing this really good play.

Oconto Falls—John P. Anderson, agriculture instructor in the high school here since 1926, has resigned his position to become director of the Oconto county branch of the Rural Resettlement program.  Anderson started in the Smith-Hughes agricultural department here after a year’s experience in the work in Ithaca, Wis.  His course was instrumental in building up a large enrollment of tuition students and in his nine years at the school he has built up one of the finest departments of the kind in the state.  He was awarded a gold charm by the Wisconsin Instructors Vocational association at the conference last summer in recognition of his 10 years of service.  His headquarters will be in Oconto, although he will maintain his residence here.  Despite his new work, he will continue as head of the Corn-Hog program in the county.

Oconto Falls—Miss Nathalie Peterson is carrying one of the juvenile leads in the fourth annual Thespian Dramatic club play, “Growing Pains,” which will be presented at the high school auditorium tonight and Tuesday evening.  Miss Peterson is a senior and has been prominent in dramatic activities.  She was a member of the cast of the play which won the state dramatic championship last year.  The play is under the direction of K.J. Kjer.

Oconto Falls—There has been a lot of activity at the high school lately, and the cause of it, as we recently discovered is “Growing Pains.”  While these pains are always evident in a group of students, these particular ones are being staged for the benefit of the public.  “Growing Pains” by Aurania Rouverol is a 3-act comedy of adolescence and will be presented at the H.S. auditorium Monday and Tuesday evening.  Be sure to see this play, it will probably help you to understand your growing boys and girls.  Cast of Characters:  George McIntyre, Bruce Dobbertin; Terry McIntyre, Nathalie Peterson; Mrs. McIntyre, Ethelyne Bahcall; Professor McIntyre, Walter Schultheiss; Sophie, Elizabeth Marquardt; Mrs. Patterson, Betty Gerhard; Elsie Patterson, Fern Benninghaus; Traffic Officer, Curtiss Caldwell; Dutch, Dean Barnlund; Brian, Howard Lehner; Omar, Jack Ellis; Hal, Bill Thielke; Pete, Robert Lemirande; Prudence, Anita Saunders; Patty, Joyce Wright; Jane, Phyllis Peterson; Miriam, Eunice McAllister; Vivian, Sylvia Renier.  The scene of the play is laid in the living room of the McIntyre residence in a university town in northern California.

Oconto Falls—The only honorary member of the common council in the history of our city was unable to attend Monday night’s session.  Harold Bahcall, who by his interest in city affairs and his constant attendance at meetings of the council, has been elevated to this position.  Harold, or Hal as he is better known, is now attending the University at Madison and consequently his studies and affairs of state at the capitol prevent his presence here.  We are sure the city officials appreciate Hal’s interest.

Oconto Falls—On Tuesday, October 8th, the training class observed Miss Brandon’s first grade reading class in the Jefferson building.  They found what they learned about the pre-priner stage being put into practice very nicely by Miss Brandon.  Misses Ruth Erdman, Edith Suppanz and Blanche Carriveau planned the following Columbus Day program for Friday October 11:  Song- “America”—all; Poem—Dorothy Peterson. Life of Columbus, Blanche Carriveau. Poem, Columbus, Gertrude Hodgins.

Oconto Falls—Listed with the graduates of the Marquette Dental College of Milwaukee this year is a name of great interest to Oconto Falls.  Alton K. Fisher, son of Mrs. Edith Fisher of this city, not only received his D.D.S. degree but was one of the five highest of the class of forty.  This high scholastic achievement elected him to the national honorary fraternity known as the Omereron Kappa Upsilon.  He was presented with a gold key which he is privileged to wear all his live.  Dr. Fisher has accepted an internship at the Milwaukee Children’s Hospital beginning July 1.  This will continue a year and will give him a wonderful training.  At the end of this period he will be exceptionally well qualified for the practice of dentistry.  However Dr. Fisher plans to open his private office in September and will begin building his private practice.  Congratulations, Dr. Alton, we are sure your friends in Oconto Falls and Oconto County are rejoicing with you.  It is also realized that these achievements are earned by your own efforts and pluck.  May the success you so richly deserve come to you without blemish.

Oconto Falls—Allen T. Walker who has been a member of the public school faculty for the past several years has gone to Wauwatosa where he received a fine teaching position.  Mr. Walker’s post on the local faculty has been filled by Robert R. J. Johnson of Cedarburg, a graduate of the Milwaukee State Teachers College.

Oconto Falls—Miss Nathalie Peterson entertained the Nimble Fingers Circle at the regular meeting and in honor of Miss Ethel McDougal who is leaving for Milwaukee Thursday.  Sewing was the order of the evening, and the hostess served a delicious luncheon.

Oconto Falls—An example of faithful attendance at all church school affairs has been given by William R. Temple, who has not missed a Sunday school session in seven years.  Mr. Temple, who lives about a mile from the church, has walked many of those Sundays through blizzards and deep snow.  In later years, he has had a car, but very frequently it has snowed during the night and there was no time to dig the driveway clear, so the faithful Sunday school secretary walked.

Oconto Falls—Elder A. Moede, superintendent of schools here for the past 20 and one half years, was honored at a retirement dinner in the high school gymnasium last week.  Moede is retiring after 43 years as an educator.  Former faculty members and those who have served on the school board during Moede’s tenure, were among the 250 persons who attended.  The stage setting was a one-room school at Eland where Moede taught early in his career.  Mayor Herbert Bramschreiber and Herbert Braun, president of the school board commended Moede for his contributions in the development of education in the Oconto Falls area.  A biography of Moede, “Portrait of an Educator” was read by Mrs. E.J. Shellman.  The speaker was H.C. Weinlick of the Wisconsin Education Association of Madison.  Moede’s 43-year career as a teacher and administrator began after a fifth year of study at Shawano during which he took teacher training courses.  His first assignment was at a rural school near Bonduel.  After two years, he began two years of study at what then was known as Oshkosh Normal School.  His teaching profession was renewed with a post at Eland in Shawano County.  Moede recalls that he taught in the upper department and was building principal in what was called First Class State Graded School.  He continued to attend night classes, summer school, and Saturday courses.  He also took correspondence courses, all in the effort to earn a bachelor degree from Stevens Point State University.  In all, he attended 11 consecutive summer sessions; the first seven at Stevens Point and the remainder at the Madison campus of University of Wisconsin.  Moede became English teacher at Wittenberg.  It was then that he became interested in administrative work and began studying for a master degree.  His first assignment as an administrator was as principal at Bowler.  Next he served in the same capacity at Sevastopol.  Those were the World War 11 years when manpower was scarce.  Moede also coached basketball and baseball.  He came to Oconto Falls in 1949 as principal.  There were 354 high school students and 254 in the elementary grades.  Today, the Falls district has grown to include 1799 pupils.  There are 560 enrolled at the new high school.  Moede’s present professional staff numbers 71.  He became the superintendent in 1953.  Fire destroyed a major portion of the building in 1957.  Although an L-shaped wing was added after the fire, it also marked the start of eventual plans for a new high school.  Growing enrollments and the need to expand school services resulted in construction of the new high school, dedicated last month.

Oconto Falls—A large crowd attended the potluck supper tendered the Rev. Raymond L. Greene and family at the Methodist Church on Wednesday evening.  Following the supper, “Parson” led in the group singing, with Mrs. E.W. Behling at the piano.  Bob Shellman played a trombone solo and Miss Elaine Sinrud sang two vocal selections.  Miss Sinrud and Rev. Greene rendered a vocal duet; Mrs. Beholing played all the accompaniments.  Mrs. Green gave a reading, “The Mustard Plaster.”  All members were greatly enjoyed.  Mrs. Ralph Elver, president of the Woman’s Society of Christian Service, presented the pastor, who leaves March 1st  for service in the Army, with an individual communion set.  The five circles also presented him with a gift of money.  Mesdames R.M. Putnam, Edw. Kane, E.A. Seelman and James Volk made a fine Khaki sweater and mittens which was given to him at this time.  Very well chosen remarks which came from a heart full of appreciation for his people were expressed by the guest of honor.  Mrs. Greene and sons will remain here, having taken residence in the Hugo Boldt home on Franklin Street, so Oconto Falls is home to them.
Oconto Falls—The R.G. Baughn family and the M. R. Fisher family are moving to Oakland, California.  Mr. R.G. Baughn, Morris Baughn and Mr. Fisher are driving through, while Mary Baughn Fisher, the two girls and Mrs. Baughn took the steamer “Emma Alexandra” down the coast Saturday evening.

Oconto Falls—Lee Gerhard, a senior at the Agriculture Education branch of the University of Idaho, instructed the agriculture classes during the past two weeks at Twin Falls, Idaho.  He taught several subjects to the different classes, which included; freshmen, disease of swine and sanitation; sophomores, poultry rations and soils; juniors and seniors, electrical work on the farm, forge work and saw filing.  Mr. Gerhard, who is entering the field of vocation education, returned to Moscow November 17.  Lee is the son of Mrs. Ed. Gerhard, of this city.  He is a 1944 graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
Oconto Falls—Miss Ann Westman, Homemaking instructor and Mr. Orrin Berge, agricultural instructor, attended a conference for over 80 rural homemaking and 140 agricultural teachers in the state at Madison. Wisconsin from June 14 to June 17.  The conference consisted of talks, group meetings, and group conferences.  It was educational as well as interesting.  At a joint session, Mr. Hambrecht, director of Vocation education and our state superintendent of schools, Mr. John Callahan spoke.

Oconto Falls—Dr. Aubrey B. Larsen, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.T. Larsen, Oconto Falls, has been home for a week’s vacation with his parents here.  Dr. Larsen is employed by the Federal Bureau of Animal Industry and is now in charge of the state veterinary laboratory at Atlanta, Ga.  He is a graduate of Oconto Falls high school, the teachers training department here and from Michigan State College, with a degree as doctor of veterinary medicine and was one of four students out of the class of 58 to receive an honor diploma.
Oconto Falls—Most colorful social function of the spring term at the University of Wisconsin was the 1939 Military Ball, March 31, to which Betty M. Gerhard of this city, was escorted by Norman H. Jacobson, of Milwaukee.  Miss Gerhard is a junior in the school of education, while her escort was graduated from the school of Journalism last year.  Betty is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Gerhard of this city.

Oconto Falls—Mr. and Mrs. Earl S. Kjer, who have both been very prominent in the city schools for a number of years, leaves soon for Eue Claire, where mar. Kjer has accepted a position in the speech department.  He will have charge of public speaking.  Mr. Kjer first came to Oconto Falls in 1927 after several years experience as principal of state graded school in Door and Waupaca counties.  Except for a brief interlude, when he was in business, mar. Kjer has been connected with the local schools.  He has been very active in sponsoring speech tournament work.  Mrs. Kjer has also been active in educational work, having been economics teacher and dean of girls for some time.  She has also directed the Girls’ Glee club and the Boys’ Quartet and has produced several cantatas and operettas.  Mr. and Mrs. Kjer were married in July, 1936.

Oconto Falls—The Most Reverend, Bishop John J. Grellinger of Oconto will conduct services at St. Anthony’s Catholic church on Thursday evening at seven thirty when the Rev. Joseph A. Labno will be canonically installed as pastor of the Oconto Falls parish.  The Bishop will be assisted by the Revs. Jerome Watry, A.J. Schneider and B.B. Bellanger of Oconto, Leo Przybylski of Spruce, Mathias Alt of Suring, Richard Keller of Gillett, E.J. Lamal, O. Praem, Central Catholic High School of Green Bay, Abner Lacque of Coleman, Anthony Betley of Suamico, Thadeus Koszared of Sobieski, Edwin Ocwieja, and Jerome Fabianski of Wabeno, Michael Wasniewski of Pine Grove, Harry Schueller of Isaar, John Monarsky of Stiles and D.L. Krembs of Waupaca.  A supper will be served to the clergy and guests at the parish hall at five thirty.  The services will be as follows; “Ecce Sacerdos” as the Processional March, The Canonical Installation by Bishop Grellinger, sermon by the Bishop, Hymn to the Blessed Virgin, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  The hymn “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name” as the recessional march.  All vocal number will be sung by the members of St. Anthon’s senior choir under the direction of Mrs. Harry Rusch, organist.  The Rev. Fr. Labno was recently appointed to the Oconto Falls parish, and has been getting acquainted here and making a fine impression on the folks in this community.

Oconto Falls—Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gauthier, Oconto Falls, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently.  They have one son, Edward, who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Oconto Falls—St. Jacob’s Lutheran church was filled to capacity to attend the lst farewell message of the Rev. Lorenz Schultheiss on Sunday morning.  The departure of Rev. Schultheiss from Oconto Falls is causing much sadness as was shown by the tears and sorrow in evidence at the service.  Nine years of friendly Christian ministry as broadcast by this kindly, sincere man have sown the seed for many true friendships—ties that will not be broken, thought distances and partings be lengthy.  In his last message to his people, Rev. Schultheiss admonished them to be faithful in spite of obstacles or barriers.  He used as his text a quotation by the Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Romans “Rejoicing in Hope; Patient in Tribulation, Continuing Instant in Prayer.”  His message was one of faith and hope and was very inspirational.  Rev. Schultheiss was presented with a farewell gift by a large number of the city’s business and professional men and women on Monday.  The presentation of these tokens of high esteem was made by Harry Bauman and E.J. Shellman.  On Monday evening at seven o’clock, Rev. Schultheiss performed the ceremony, which united in marriage, mar. Huber Zarling of Gillett and Miss Alice Wagner of Spruce.  Just prior to the family’s departure on Wednesday forenoon, the pastor married Miss Bertha Wetzel of Gillett and Mr. Oris H. Mork of Antigo.  Both were church weddings.  The good wishes of the entire community of which Rev. and Mrs. Schultheiss, Anna Marie, Esther and Walther have been a part of for more than nine years will follow them to the new parish at Random Lake.  Their leaving will make a large vacancy in our church and civic life, but we wish them Godspeed and hope for many “Auf Weder Zehns.”

Oconto Falls—Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Magnin spent the week at Marshfield with their grandsons, George, David and Daniel, while their parents, Dr. and Mrs. George Magnin attended a session of the American College of Physicians in San Francisco, California.  Dr. Magnin became a Physician Fellow at this time.

Oconto Falls—The opening day for the Oconto County State Bank will be next Monday, May 21.  Edd Speaker will be the cashier and his assistants will be Chas. Morrisey and Ila Foster.  The receiving station at Lena will be managed by Earl Dionne and the Abrams station by Frank Just.

Oconto Falls—Dr. and Mrs. R.J. Goggins and Mrs. Irving Vincent attended the funeral of the doctor’s sister, Mrs. Katherine Kersten, in Milwaukee Monday.  Mrs. Kersten was well known in Oconto Falls and sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved.

Oconto Falls—Edwin Gibson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Gibson, who has been studying modern and interpretative dancing, is appearing this week in the Graff Ballet at the Goodman Memorial Theater, Chicago.  Mr. Gibson is a graduate of the Oconto Falls high school and was featured in the 37th annual production of the Haresfoot club at the University of Wisconsin in 1935 when he was a junior.  He also appeared with the club in 1934.

Oconto Falls—Carroll College, Waukesha, has changed the old custom of a Prom King and this year inaugurates a new method of placing the promenade plans and their fulfillment in the hands of two co-chairmen.  Oconto Falls is happy to learn that her own male representative at the Waukesha College, James Plier has been chosen by his classmates to fill one of these important posts of all collegiate life.  James, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Plier, has been social chairman of his fraternity, Beta Pi Epsilon, during his three years of college life, and is active in intramural sports.  During his high school career here he was co-captain of the football team with James Lane.

Oconto—Mrs. Agnes Elver, Oconto Falls, and Mrs. Clara DonLevy and Gus Wohik of Oconto were reelected directors of the Oconto County Historical Society Tuesday night when the group held its annual meeting at the home of Mrs. William Flynn here.  The society made plans for a May opening of its museum here for the benefit of school children from throughout the county.  Also discussed were plans for a centennial observance of the 100th anniversary of the first Oconto board meeting in July.  Mrs. Ethelyn Beorgeon is chairman of the committee to arrange the event.  Miss Kathryn Herald told the 40 members who were there of her interesting trip to France, Switzerland and Italy last year as a program feature.  Mrs. Minerva Reynolds gave a brief history of the old Lincoln school which for the past 45 years has been St. Joseph parish hall.  The building was recently torn down after nearly a half century of use after it was condemned for use as a school and sold to the St. Joseph parish in 1907.  Refreshments were served by Mrs. DonLevy and Mrs. Flynn.

Oconto Falls—Miss Ann Westman attended the 10th annual summer conference for homemaking instructors in rural vocational homemaking at Madison on June 10 to 14.

Oconto county—Gwynne Smith, Gillett and Morris Rymer, Oconto Falls, vice chairman and chairman of the county board respectively.  Rymer was re-elected to his chairmanship Tuesday without formal opposition, winning 38-3 while Smith beat out Don Bartels of Lakewood 21-19.  Harold Bartz, last years vice chairman is now the county clerk.

Oconto Falls—The engagement of Miss Edith Clare Ama, to Sgt. Edward Schuster has been announced by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ama of Oconto Falls.  Sgt. Schuster, who is stationed at Camp Pickett, Va., is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herb Schuster of Peshtigo.  Miss Ama is on the Oconto Falls hospital nursing staff.  No date has been set for the ceremony.

June 1964 Oconto Falls—Diplomas were awarded and new members installed at the third annual Confraternity of Christian Doctrine spring meeting held on May 24 in St. Anthony’s parish.  Father Joseph Tomczyk, pastor, conducted the ceremonies held in the church, and was celebrant for the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  A program followed in the school hall.  Mrs. William Jarvey, parish CCD chairman, welcomed the members present, gave a brief history of Parish CCD activities, and told of the recent formation of religion classes for high school students.  Mrs. William Herman, Oconto County Deanery Green Bay Diocesan Council of Catholic Women CCD chairman, of Coleman, spoke on the theme, “To Know God is to Love Him,” and recommended the reading of Catholic literature.  Reports were given by the presidents of the eight parish study clubs.  Two teachers of high school religion classes, Mrs. Frank Waschbisch and Glen Meverden, reported on the progress made in the classes since their inception in January.  Special awards went to Robert Skarban, Loy Zambrowicz, Mrs. John Wranosky, Mrs. Karl Martin and Mrs. Walter Tisch.  Members of the committee were Mrs. Jarvey, chairman; Mrs. Wes Wranosky, co-chairman; Mrs. Harry Rusch, music; Mrs. Marie Maclean and Mrs. Gerald Streffect, Typing.  Mrs. Carl Lemirande, Mrs. Ray VanHoff, and Mrs. William Kane, lunch; and Mrs. Wranosky and Mrs. Edward Gewont, flowers.

Gillett—The Gillett Civic Club, at its Monday meeting, paid tribute to one of its charter members, Irving H. Miller.  In recognizing Mr. Miller for his outstanding contribution to the club and the community, Kenneth Club, said it was a great pleasure to present Mr. Miller with a life membership in the organization.  Following the recognition, Carl Husman led the group in singing “For He Is A Jolly Good Fellows.”  Irv said that he has enjoyed working with members of the club, and thanked everyone.  Miller added, “I’m torn between moving to Lake Villa, Illinois, to live with my daughter, Mrs. Ernest (Mary) Coe and remaining here in Gillett with all my old friends!  It’s not an easy decision to make”.  Irv Miller has been a progressive merchant of the community for over 37 years and is a charter member of the Krause-Simpson American Legion Post and a member of the Masonic Lodge.  He served in World War 1 as an officer in the infantry, having three years in the service and 14 months overseas.

Oconto Falls—Mrs. Clarence Van Haren holds her youngest son, Patrick, who was baptized Sunday and was the 12th boy in the family.  Nick is 20, Jesse 2, Tim 4, Mike 9, Gene 5, Tom 7, Bruce 3, Steve 8, Jerry 10, Bill 14 and   Richard is 13.  Besides operating the farm at Oconto Falls, Mr. Van Haren works a daily shift at the Oconto Falls paper mill.

Oconto Falls—Mr. and Mrs. James Moynihan Sr., of Oconto Falls, are announcing the engagement of their daughter, Margaret Ann to Cpl. Ronald K Workman of Barrington, R.I.  Miss Moynihan was graduated from Washington High School, Oconto Falls, and is presently employed at the Fort Howard Paper co.  Her fiancé was graduated from St. Andrews Preparatory School, West Barrington, R. I. And is presently serving with the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed in Green Bay.

Oconto Falls—The Rev. Charles Dobbertin, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dobbertin, will be ordained elder Sunday at a Methodist Episcopal conference at Albion, Mich. This week.  The Rev. Dobbertin is now preaching at New Buffalo, Mich and has been asked to return for this coming year.  He served two years at Edwardsburg, Mich. And while attending Lawrence College served the Stockbridge and Brother town churches.

Oconto Falls—St. Anthony Catholic Church here was the setting for the wedding Saturday morning of Miss Donna Murphy and Douglas S. Turini.  The ceremony was read by the Rev. Edward Haessly at 10 o’clock.  The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Murphy of Oconto Falls.  The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Turini of Vulcan, Mich.  The bride is a graduate of the Oconto Falls High School and Misericordia School of Nursing in Milwaukee and has been employed at Community Memorial Hospital here.

Oconto Falls—Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wittmann, residents of this city for the past 42 years, quietly celebrated their fifty-fifth wedding anniversary at their home on Sunday April 14.  Their daughters, Mrs. W. E. Wilson, and Mrs. Ed. Williams, came up from Milwaukee and spent the weekend with them.  Besides these two daughters they have two sons, Lloyd of Oconto Falls and Norman of North Bergen, New Jersey.Mrs. Wittman was born at Freedom March 2, 1872, while Mr. Wittmann was born at Smithtown, Ill., December 10, 1869.  They lived at Kaukauna before coming to the Falls.  Both have led active, busy lives, contributing much to the development of the community.

Oconto Falls—The Rev. Edward Haessly officiated at the nuptial mass Saturday morning when Miss Yvonne M. Murphy became the bride of Eugene J. Murphy at St. Anthony Catholic Church.  The bride who is the daughter of Mrs. Bertha Murphy was given in marriage by her uncle, Edward Gasall.  The groom is the son of Mrs. William Murphy of Oconto Falls.  Mrs. Casey Wawiorka of Oconto Falls was her sister’s matron of honor, while Misses Joan meyer and Lorna Fuller, friends of the bride, were bridesmaids.

Oconto Falls—Last week’s transaction between the O’Neill Furniture and Funeral Service and the Soulek’s marked the end of over 50 years of operation of the O’Neill organization.  Shortly after the turn of the century the business was established by the late James O’Neill.  Gene Desreumaux, owner of the business establishment until last week’s sale has been associated with the business since 1922 when he became a mortician.  Gene, a native of Oconto Falls, graduated from Oconto Falls High school in 1915.  He was a World War 1 veteran and served with the AEF in France.  Gene became sole owner after the death of his father.  He will continue to be active with Soulek’s.  Gene and his wife Emma have always been active in community and civic affairs.  They have two children, Dan and Doris.  Merging this firm with Soulek’s organization brings a wealth of experience to this area.  The Soulek’s are originally from Nebraska.  After studying mortuary science, Albert Sr. worked in the Chicago area for 17 years before coming to Oconto County in 1942.  By hard work and diligent planning the Suring purchase was possible.  Since that time he has built a modern funeral home and furniture establishment and has been most active in the civic and community affairs of Suring and Oconto County.  His wife  Ruth is a lady assistant with the business.  Bud, of the Oconto Falls establishment has only been here since June of 1955 but since that time has not only made great strides in his business but has made his mark in community affairs.


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