HISTORY OF GILLETT 1856 - 1976
Written by Marie Darrow
Compositor - Ben Penkivich, for the Gillett Public Library
Scanned and contributed by Jennifer Bumann
Family Site Researching Oconto County surnames
JOHN, DEADRICH, CAIN and ROSA
GILLETT ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION
After the ball park was leveled and completed, Mr. Zipple arrived to see a fame. He was stopped at the gate and charged an entrance fee. The next day he showed up with a team of horses and plowed up the ball field. It took a great deal of psychology and skill to mollify Mr. Zippel and get the park back for the people.
The Old Timers Day, Harvest Festival, and Homecoming Celebration, sponsored each year by the Advancement Association was the forerunner of the fair. Money made at these celebrations built the dance hall and other early buildings in the park. The center of attraction for many years was the old steam merry-go-round, with its calliope, filling the air with a cacaphony of sound. At two rides for a nickle, the merry-go-round paid for Itself the first summer.
The driving force behind all of the Advancement promotions for many years was Herman Flentje. He kept the floor in the dance hall smooth as glass. He was gruff but basically kind, and provided clean decent recreation for the people of the area for many years.
for the Advancement
a question "is it
replies "Just write the secretary and be
It boasts that
is composed of over
full of "pep"
Officers listed include
President; Roger C.
and Bert Cole,
the following board
of directors: J.M.
Bocher, W.W. Smith,
Gust Bergmen and
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