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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

Oconto Falls—“Every year we are surprised that we are both here to celebrate our wedding anniversary.”  That is the sentiment of Joseph and Mary (Carriveau) Sounier who have lived all of their 71 years of wedded life in this community.  They do not have any formula or special secret for their longevity, but the simple pure faith which blends into their every day living.  When this reporter dropped in on them Good Friday afternoon, they were having their own observance of day.  Mary was reading from her yellowed little book “The Way of the Cross” and Joe was giving the responses.  Still living on their little farm in the little gray house on Lena, Route 1, the Souniers have proven that modern conveniences are not necessary to health.  While Joe has some problems, he does not worry about them as he says “Mary can take good care of Mr.”  And she does!  Last fall they were urged to move into town but Joe wants to live out his allotted time in the little house that has been their home for so many years.  He was born in Eastern Canada and came to this country as a young man and met the pretty French girl who would be his companion through the years.  He will be 96 in May.  Mary was a member of a large family, and still has two sisters, but she is the spryest of them all.  She will be 89 in June but she is as quick on her feet as she ever was.  In Fact, she says, “Better, because as a girl I was sickly”.  In 1924, she and Joe went to Quebec to visit his family, and they also went to the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre.  She went there with great faith and has not been ill since.  The Souniers do not plan any celebration, but their nieces and nephews and friends always manage to remind them that the date April 10th is important.  They were married in Oconto Falls, in the first structure known as St. Anthony’s Catholic mission.  The priest from St. Patrick’s at Stiles officiated at the nuptial mass.  Last year Mary’s project was pickling fish, and this year she was cooking meat for headcheese.  She still carried in the wood and water, and does all the necessary chores.  She gets to church and still enjoys a card party.  Their many friends are wishing them a very pleasant summer and more health and happiness.

Oconto Falls—Rupert H. Storzer, Green Bay, has accepted the position of station agent for the North Western railroad and took over his duties here Friday.  Storzer has worked for the North Western for 28 years.  He has been stationed at Sheboygan, Two Rivers, Cleveland, Belgium, Mountain and Green Bay.  N.W. Peterson, who has been the agent here for the past 24 years, accepted a position as agent at Shawano and took over his duties there Friday and expects to move his family there soon.  Storzer will move his family here the first part of September.

Oconto Falls—Dr. Richard R. Ross passed his examination with the State Board of Medical Examiners of Milwaukee on July 11th.  Doctor Ross is now associated with Doctor T.N. Robinson in the Robinson-Ross Clinic here in Oconto Falls.  He is married and has three children, Richard, 6, Ralph, 5, and Ronald, 3.  They are vacationing in Montana with Mrs. Ross.  Doctor Ross, 35, is a native of Deer Lodge, Montana.  He went to Harvard in 1934 with a Conant scholarship and graduated in 1938.  He went to Medical school at Marquette University and received his M.D. in 1942.  It was while here he became acquainted with Dr. Robinson.  (They exturned together at St. Luke’s Hospital, Racine).  From 1942 to 1947 he was in the US Navy.  Two years of this was as a battalion surgeon in the Second Marines.  He made two beachheads and saw considerable action in the Marinas and Saipan.  From 1947 to May of this year he operated a 20-bed city hospital in Lake Preston, S.D.  It was the only hospital in a radius of 50 miles.  Dr. Ross will make his home in Oconto Falls and the Herald and its reader’s welcomes him.

Oconto Falls—Miss Nancy A. Desreumaux of Oconto Falls became the bride Saturday of John E. Robaidek at 10 am nuptials at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.  The bride is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Desreumaux.  The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Robaidek of Sobieski.  White roses and rust mums adorned the altar as the Rev. Joseph A. Tomczyk officiated.  The bride was given in marriage by her brother, James O. Desreaumaux.  Mrs. Herbert E. Pritzlaff of Brookfield was the honor attendant.  Miss Kathy Becker of Milwaukee was her cousin’s aide.  Eugene Robaidek was best man for his brother.  Robert Jankowski and Jerrold O’Neill ushered.

Oconto Falls—
Miss Loretta Deterville, R.N., will be a June bride, her engagement and approaching marriage to Cletus Lambert, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lambert, Oconto Falls, having been announced by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Deterville, Oconto.  The marriage will take place at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Oconto June 7.  Miss Deterville is a nurse at the Oconto Falls Hospital.  Mr. Lambert is employed at the local paper.

Oconto Falls—

Benson Schaub, who has been carrying the mail to rural folks of this community since April 16, 1919, formally retired from this very important branch of government service on November 30th of this years.  He is only retiring from the service, but expects to keep actively engaged in farming after a good rest and learning how to enjoy a little more sleep in the morning after so many years of early rising.

He was appointed to carry mail on rural route 2, on the retirement of the late Frank O’Neill, out of Oconto Falls in 1919 and served this route for seven years.  During these early years he had to drive horses and “used up” twelve of this kind of motivation before he got his first Model T Ford.  It would be interesting to compare this first automobile with Benson’s twentieth horseless carriage he has owned.  His first route was 27 miles long with 120 patrons, and his last route 62 miles with 320 families to serve.  Even after he had a car, it took some time before the roads were plowed out and it still called for horses and an enclosed mail rig in the winter months—Schaub had two of them—one on runners and one on wheels.  The latter was for the muddy seasons.

The life of a mail carrier as Schaub knew them was made up of long hard days.  Up long before daylight and often it was impossible to get home before dark.  Many days he would have to leave his rig and horses with some farmer, then hire the farmer with a bobsled and a team of heavy draft horses to bring him home.  Then the next morning, they would pick up the mail, go back to the farmers place and from there his rested team would take him the rest of the route.

By way of celebrating a sixty fourth wedding anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. E. Volk, Sr., entertained their children and grandchildren at a six o’clock dinner on Tuesday evening, Dec. 22nd.  The ceremony that united in marriage this very worthy couple was performed by Justice Minnick in 1872.  Mr. and Mrs. Volk were both born in Kewaunee, Mr. Volk being the first white child born there.  He will be 90 next May 17th and Mrs. Volk will be 85 on the 5th of that month.  They still enjoy living and maintain a mental clarity that makes visiting with them a real joy.

In October they were the honored guests of the city of Kewaunee at its annual homecoming festival.  They enjoyed every minute of the trip.  Mr. Volk spoke to the assembled folks over a microphone, and this fact calls to mind the progress these folks have been privileged to witness during their lives.  Both came to this community when Oconto Falls was just a group of shacks at the Falls on the Oconto River and have seen it grow to a modern city.

They have come to know the wonders of radio, air mail and travel, transportation from the oxcart to the new model cars, lighting from tallow candles to electricity and so on and on down the list that is too long to print.  However, the Volks have played an important part in the life of the community and should feel an honest pride in its best features.  Except for a three-year sojourn in Kansas, they have lived here continuously.  Anyone interested in the history of the community, should visit with the Volks, as they are the holders of many incidents of true historical value.  The seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Volk are all living.  Wm. E. Fr., Harry, Miss Ina and Ruth, Mrs. E.C. Lee, are all of this vicinity, but their other son and two daughters are residents of California.  They are Edwin Volk, Mrs. Mary Lindstrom and Mrs. Bertha Gower.

Oconto Falls—
Mrs. Daisy B. Wilson, 81, of Pulaski, died in Oconto Falls Community Hospital Monday afternoon.  A former Oconto Falls resident, she had been ill for the past year with a heart condition.  She was born in the Town of Lessor, Shawano County, February 28, 1878.  Her marriage to John A. Wilson took place December 11, 1895.  He died November 23, 1914 and she then married Henry Wilson September 1, 1942.  He died February 25, 1956 and she then went to Pulaski to live with her son, Loren.  Mrs. Wilson was a charter member of the Angelica Methodist Church, and later belonged to the Oconto Falls Methodist Church while she lived in this community.  Friends may call at the Soulek Funeral Home here after 7 o’clock this evening and until 10 o’clock Wednesday evening.  The body then will be in state at the Angelica Methodist Church from 9 am Thursday until the time of the rites at 2 pm.  The Rev. Walter Hagen will officiate, and burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, Angelica.  Surviving Mrs. Wilson are four daughters, Mrs. Leonard Hansted, Appleton; Mrs. Louis Lepak, Milwaukee; Mrs. Joseph Plain, Oconto Falls and Mrs. Harry Ruhe, Saynor, Wis.; three sons, Loren, Pulaski; Harold and Archie, Gillett; two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Kvaley, Pulaski, and Mrs. Hans Kvaley, Navarino.

Oconto Falls—

We are in receipt of the following news item from Mark H. Hansen of Manly, Iowa.  Mark is the son of H.P. Hansen, a resident of Oconto Falls from 1902 to 1916.  The senior Mr. Hansen worked in the paper mill and was well known for his baseball ability in this area.  Mr. Hansen was a faithful subscriber to the Times-Herald until the time of his death and his friends in this area mourn his passing.  Manly, Iowa—Funeral services for H.P. Hansen, 81, who died Saturday at the Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, were held Tuesday, June 26 at 9 am at Sacred Heart Church here.  The Rev. Leo E. Derga officiated.  Burial was at Sacred Heart Cemetery with Bride’s Funeral Home of Manly, in charge.  Mr. Hansen was born at Falster, Denmark, and came to the United States with his parents when a small child.  The family settled at Oconto, Wis.  He was married in 1902 to Annie Ryan at Oconto Falls.  The family moved to Manly in 1916.  He had been in bridge construction work for the Milwaukee road in Wisconsin.  He was a carpenter and served for 11 years a custodian of the Manly Public School.  He was preceded in death by his wife and two daughters.  Surviving are three sons, Mark, Manly; Kenneth, Des Moines and Eugene, Tacoma, Wash.; three daughters, Ms. Arnold (Dorothy) Hanson; Mrs. Richard (Jean) Geissinger and Loretta Bowman, all of Des Moines; two brothers, Charles, Tuczon, Ariz. And William, Milwaukee.

Oconto Falls—

Mrs. Ellen Howland, 100 year-old pioneer of Oconto Falls, but now a resident of Prichard, La. And born during the time when “Old Hickory” Jackson was president, has taken a deep interest in each of the 25 presidents who have served during her lifetime and she has not yet seen anybody, unless it is this Mr. Roosevelt, with the makings of a Lincoln.  I’ve seen three presidents personally in my time and could have seen more if I’d wanted to, but I wasn’t impressed by any of them but Mr. Lincoln.  He was a powerful man.  I saw him in Brandon, Vt., long after I was a grown woman.  “He was truly a great man.  I only wish we had him in the White House today.  This Mr. Roosevelt might get us out of the crisis—I only hope he will—but, so far, Mr. Lincoln is the only man I’ve seen would could do it.  It’s the most difficult period the country’s been through in my lifetime. “  “I can tell you, even the Civil war doesn’t seem as bad, as I look at it now.”  Mrs. Howland celebrated her 100th birthday last June 11, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Temple here, and she has every intention of celebrating her 101st birthday and a number of others.  There are far too many interesting things to occupy her time for Mrs. Howland to contemplate giving them up.  She has a little white cottage in Prichard, where she lives with her grandson, Evan Schaal, to keep her pets and flowers, the world news to keep up with through the newspapers and the radio, her church work, and innumerable friends who call on her all afternoon long.  “Of course I do all my own housework,” she laughed at the question.  

“There’s just us two and the work is almost nothing to do.  I cook our meals and take care of our clothes and would do all my own washing and ironing.  But my grandson insists on having a darkie come in once a week to do that and the heavy cleaning.  He says white women in the south don’t do their washing, and I guess they don’t.  “They’re such a friendly lot,” she declared.  “ I sat down this afternoon to catch u with my patching and darning and I’ve just had more callers.  They’re lovely to me, inviting me about and all.  “My two kittens, Maggie and Baby, were given to me by one of my neighbors,”she went on, pointing out two playful calico cats who frisked together in the shrubbery.  Mrs. Howland scoffed at the idea of being ill.  “I haven’t really been sick for five years.” She declared. “In fact, I don’t think I’ve felt better in my life than I do right now.  This is such a good climate.”  When her work is done in the evening, Mrs. Howland enjoys reading the newspapers, and discussing the happenings of the day with her grandson. She also enjoys her radio.  “You know,” she said, “I’ve never heard a better speaker than President Roosevelt.

  I’ve had a little trouble hearing, but I could hear every work of his speech the other night, and I thought it was wonderful.  He certainly sounds like a fine young man to me.”  Mrs. Howland has three children living.  Mrs. Lucy Schall, Negaunee, Mich; Mrs. May Schaal, Oconto Falls; Mrs. John Temple, Oconto Falls; 15 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren.


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