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Oconto County, Wisconsin
Mountain Memories
Pages 66 - 67

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.In 1922 Thomas Rasmussen served as the Treasurer of the Town of Armstrong in 1922, his brother Martin was on the Board of Directors for the Inter-Township Fair. William Greene served as Chairman.for the Town of Armstrong, Peter Johnson and Adolph Saffran served as the Supervisors, Lars Stromberg as the Clerk, Daniel Cole was the Justice of the Peace, and Marinus Larsen was the Towns Constable. (Much later in our history a fellow by the name of Bill Lazansky would be elected as Chairman for the Town of Armstrong in 1955. Bill has ':. held that seat in our local town government with his wife Gerrnaine at his side, ever since !)
Officers in the Town of Doty upon forming their own local government in 1922 were S-W. Doty elected to the Chairman's seat,  H.J. Hamlin and Sidney Fergusen to serve as Supervisors, R.T. Davis as Clerk, Albert Zit-sKe as Treasurer, and Henry Zitske to serve as the Assessor. When this Town separated from the Town of Armstrong that year there were two country schools in Townships 31 and 32 of Range 15, some of the best agricultural land in the area, and numerous lakes and trout, streams throughout the Town.
The first officers elected to hold positions in the newly formed Town of Riverview, which consisted of township 32 Range 16 E and township 32 Range 17 E, were Fred Davis as Chairman, Philip Wanner and Frederick Wiles as Supervisors, Kenneth Farrar as Weed Commissioner, Sam Wanner and Edith Way as Justices of the Peace, Ernest Clark as Clerk, George Kennedy as Treasurer, Frank Grindle as Road Superintendent, and Harry Close and Stanley Kennedy as Town Constables.
The Tar Dam School, the Holt Spur School, and the Crooked Lake School, which in that year was carried on in two locations, served the children of the fam-ies living in the Town, the route of State Higway 32 passed directly through the township to bring many visitors and resorters to the lakes and streams of the area, and for the fishermen an abundance of bass could be found at Paya Lake while Chain Lake abounded in pickeral. For those looking for wild blackberries and raspberries, the soil yielded a bumper crop year after year. Corn, wheat, oats, potatoes, and clover were the agricultutal crops of the area.
In 1922 the Board of Directors for the Inter-Township Fair were Edward Saffran as President, Arthur Thompson as Secretary, Martin Rasmussen as Treasurer, and Stuart Pettingill and W.A. Cooley as Directors.
The town of Mountain was described as consisting of 3 general stores; Herbert Baldwin's General Merchandise Store, the Mountain Exchange Store owned and operated by Ray and Bert Piepenberg, and the Olson and Company Store of Martin and Axel Olson.
Since Highway 32 ran through the center of town there were 2 garages in business; the Mountain Motor Car Co. of Harry Edmark and the Mountain Garage with Christ Jen-sen as manager and Barney Jensen as the mechanic. The Mountain Motor Car Garage was located on the property presently owned by Les Forrest along what we call 'Old Highway 32' today, and the services of the Jensen boys was found just to the south. The road that had been built and entitled the Langlade Road was now known as State Highway 64, and crossed Highway 32 between the Depot and the Blue Mountain Hotel. Today this route is known as Country W East or West, depending on which way you leave Mountain!
Many visitors came through Mountain in those years in search of the bountiful harvest of wild berries from these woodlands. Others came to fish the lakes and the many streams and the Crooked Lake Summer Resort invited an affluent society to the scenic beauty of the Crooked Lake area.
That year Mountain boasted of 3 hotels; the Blue Mountain Hotel with Harry Pues as proprietor, the Hunting & Fishing Hotel the owned by Cliff Elkey and Gordon Cady, and the Fisherman's Hotel owned by Bill Carlson. The Fisherman's Hotel was lost in a fire during the mid 20's.
There were 5 Ice Cream Parlors in the town, one wonders how such a small community could support so many ice cream establishments ? Let Rusty remind us that the Nineteenth Amendment forbid the sale of alcoholic beverages. . .let that suffice !
There was a Barber shop adjoining the Elkey-Cady Hunting and Fishing Hotel where Gordon Cady was then the Barber. A Blacksmith Shop stood just south of the Olson & Company Store , and the Shoe & Harness Shop was owned by Dan Cole. Fred Boetcher operated the cream station in