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Oconto County, Wisconsin
Mountain Memories
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.This photo is courtesy of Norman Alien and one can see the 'dash' that was evidently painted in the word Blue for a reason, but what that reason was, no one seems to recall!
Norman sent his memories of the Blue Mountain House, a lovely letter of recollections of his days while growing up in Mountain. Norman told about the barn his father built, the reason being that many of the farmers would take their teams of horses to the lumbering camps and Mountain was the half way point, and so they would stay and room at Henry Aliens.  In 1916 his Dad bought a brand new Buick and soon built a nice garage for it. Just when completed Norman's sister Dorothy came down with scarlet f.ever. His mother and Dorothy were quaren-teened for 21 days, living in the newly built garage.
The day before prohibition was to be made final, a big party was held for the men of the town in the Bar Room. The party lasted all day. (Men only, at this time women were not allowed in a Saloon!)
Another memory of Norman's recalled the day World War I ended. The freight train came around the bend toward Mountain with the whistle blowing and kept on blowing all the way into town!
This Hotel built by Henry Alien saw quite a number of occupants before Al Haase bought it. A Mr. Miller once owned it, followed by Harry Pues, Myron Palmer, Browne and McDonald, Gordon Cady and Clyde Flynn, and so has had many titles, but it will long be remembered as the Bl-ue Mountain House.
During the First World War parades were held to raise money for the war effort. The Church of Christ, and the homes built for the Railroad Section Boss and the Depot Agent can also be seen on these photos courtesy of Norman Alien. The first Depot Agent I recall was Adam Strohm, to be followed by Art Storzer and then Art Nelson. Some of the settlers who worked for the Railroad were Tom Newland, Mike Lowery, Clarence Way, Reynold Lambrecht, Henry Gagnon, Gus Lambrecht, and Myron Palmer as Section Boss.
These 'ladies' may have been a part of the parade that year, since Women were soon to be granted their right to Vote in 1920. Rudy Saffran recognized the second 'woman' from left as Oliver Baldwin!