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Flash From The Past - 1925

Oconto County Reporter
May 21, 1925

Frank "Nick" Fumelle, river foreman of the Oconto Company suffered serious injuries Tuesday while unloading a car of logs when a stay broke. He was struck by a big log and knocked into a hole at the edge of the wharf.

Oconto County Reporter
May 28, 1925

Jack Murphy of Oconto has puchased the soft drink parlor of W. J. Pocquette on Main Street. The deal was closed Friday.

Oconto County Reporter 
June 11, 1925

Two small boys, Harold and Tommy LeMay, sons of Mr and Mrs Thomas LeMay, were saved from drowning by Lincoln DeCloux. The two were playing in the water east of the Brazeau bridge.

A grandmother, a mother and four children are in the local hospital receiving treatment for wounds received from a dog infected with rabies. The Pasteur treatment is being administered. The victims are Susan Machawqua, her daughter, Marie LaFenier and four LeFenier children.

Oconto County Reporter 
June 18, 1925

Robert Marion LaFollette is dead. "Fighting Bob" for 20 years United States senator from Wisconsin, died at his home in Washington, D.C.

Oconto County Reporter
July 23, 1925

The Swanson Toy factory started work this week on the construction of 100 novelty swings for children.  This swing has the same action as rowing a boat and will be called the Oconto Swing.

No interest is taken in tourists passing through Oconto, but a curious crowd gathered this morning when two young men drove a team of Alaska malamutes through the streets.  O.B. Chamberlain, grandson of Mrs. John Caldwell, and Curtis Mann of Grand Marais, Minn., were the owners of the novel outfit.

Oconto County Reporter
August 20, 1925

R.J. Hass, who has been in the furniture business in this city for the past five years, has bought the lot between the Mose Pocquette stand and the VanGall grocery and will there-on erect a modern furniture store.

Herbert Mueller of Hayes was the fortunate one to get the Ford car which was given away at the Hintz dance Wednesday evening.

Oconto County Reporter
August 27, 1925

John Johnson has resigned form the police force and has boughts out the James Johnston livery and taxi line. He will take possession next Monday.

Oconto County Reporter
Sept 1, 1910
researched and contributed by Richard La Brosse

Sept. 3, 1925

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Hanson returned last week from a three-month trip through Denmark, Germany and France.

Mrs. Joseph Pocquette and daughter, Mrs. Lulu Sissons, returned Saturday from a months visit in Chicago, Ill., and Montreal and Ottawa, Canada.

Suring—Earl Waterman left Monday for Hobson, Montana, where he has accepted a position as teacher in the high school at that place.


Rev. and Mrs. Neil Martin and daughters, Ruth and Emily, spent last Monday at the Carl Ahlgrim home.

Mrs. Robert Fisher and sons moved to Antigo last Saturday from Pine Ridge Lodge where they spent the summer.

Mrs. Leo Enouf and son, Leo, Jr., moved to Antigo Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Walz and Miss Clara DePoe motored to Cloquet, Minn. Last Friday.  Mrs. Walz will spend the winter with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. DePoe, while Mr. Walz will return Monday to Boot Lake camp, where he is a forester.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Smith and little son from Milwaukee spent the weekend at the Clifford Young home.

Mrs. Harold Powell spent last Thursday with Mrs. Ed. Rasmussen at Townsend.

Mrs. Wm. Stibbe, Mrs. Fred Herms, Mrs. Earl Krake, Mrs. Frank Walz and Miss Clara DePoe attended the Catholic Ladies Aid at the Joseph Checota home at Townsend last Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray ensen spent the weekend in Wabeno with the latters mother, Mrs. Anna Ashbeck.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Esau Speed Linnel, Miss Elsa Niesson and Lyle Lathrop of Chicago spent the weekend at the Esau cottage.

Norman Pashley returned to his cottage at Oak Park Sunday.

Ted Tonneman and son, Lawrence, have been spending a few days at Pine Ridge Lodge.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ahlgrim and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Keach attended a show at Laona Saturday night.

The Earl Smith Family and Mrs. Clifford Young motored to Mountain Sunday afternoon to call at the Walter Bunn home.

Duffy Hawpetoss and son, Chummy, of Neopit called at the Earl Krake and Clifford Young homes Friday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stibbe and children spent the weekend at the Earl Krake home.  Miss Lannette Stibbe, who has been visiting them the past two weeks, returned with them.

Harold Haynes canvassed this community last Saturday.

Alphonse Watermolen of Dead Mans Lake called at the Irwin Clard home one evening last week.

Oconto County Reporter
Sept, 17, 1925
researched and contributed by Richard La Brosse

Adolph Desjarlais, U.S.N., who spent a week here with his mother, Mrs. Charles Desjarlais, returned to Philadelphia Friday. Mr. Desjarlais will leave for Cuba, Sept. 17.

John Gill of Moscow, Idaho, a former Oconto Resident, is renewing old acquaintances in Oconto this week. Mr. Gill is on his way to Washington, D.C., where he will enter a medical college.

Suring-Rhinehold Schuettpelz of Suring, route 1, caught a 22 1/2 pound pickerel at Shoot Pond Sunday.

A carload of black bass arrived at Lakewood at noon today for distribution in the lakes of that vicinity, according to a telegram received here.

Oconto County Reporter
October 8, 1925
researched and contributed by Richard La Brosse

Ruth Hidde, eighth grade pupil at the Lincoln school, had the misfortune to injure her wrist while at play on the school grounds Monday.

Twenty relatives and friends were guests at a family reunion at the home of Mrs. Mary Kumhala Friday evening.  This was the first time in three years that the Kumhala family had all been together.  Four generations were present and a six o’clock dinner was served.

Oconto County Reporter
October 29, 1925

A $25,000 fire wiped out the Lena Cheese factory, store and home of Art Mallien Saturday night. The Malliens were at their cottage on Kelly Lake.

Oconto Falls

O.M. Saunders, who has been operating the Oconto Falls Hotel for nearly 30 years has sold the property to Walter Kershek of Chicago. Oconto County Reporter
November 5, 1925

A large crowd attended the husking bee at the Albert Pomp home in Little River.

First prize for the most attractive cheese factory premises in Oconto county has been awarded South Chase cheese factory.

Oconto County Reporter
December 17, 1925

Suring—After waiting a couple of years for a passport to this country from Germany, Paul Elfe and William Yagner, cousins of Emil Schuettpelz and Carl Elfe, arrived at Suring Wednesday noon.  They left Germany December 3 and arrived in a record time.

Mrs. Joseph Mlnarik was pleasantly surprised by a number of her friends and neighbors at her home Saturday evening.  It being her birthday anniversary.

Oconto County Reporter
December 24, 1925

The discovery of a new process for the manufacturer of soap from the juice of California lemons promises to make a wealthy man of Clyde B. Ratchford, a former Oconto boy.

Oconto County Reporter
December 31, 1925
researched by Richard LaBrosse

The Case Carrier Company has the honor of securing the first 1926 auto license plate in Oconto.  Last year the company had the smallest number in the city.