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Flash From The Past - 1929

Oconto County Reporter
January 17, 1929

Howard Blaser, local light heavy weight wrestler, will meet Emil Barbola of Wauwautosa at the armory in this city on Friday, Jan. 25.  These two men have met before and Blaser considers him the toughest man for his weight in the wrestling profession today.

Oconto Falls Herald
Thursday, April 11, 1929
contributed by Richard LaBrosse

Mr. and Mrs. Levi Lane celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. They were married April 15, 1879 at the Flatley farm in the town of Oconto Falls. Mr. Lane is a native of Maine. At 8 years of age, in 1852, the family moved to Port Huron, Michigan. He was Postmaster and Chief of Police in Oconto Falls. Mrs. Lane, the former Anna Flatley, was born in town of Oconto Falls. In attendance were her brother John J. Flatley, sister Mrs. Ella Flatley Golden, brother Bernard Flatley, sister Mrs. Jacob Mauer of Green Bay, brother John J. Flatley, and brother William A. Flatley. Mr. and Mrs Lane had six childre, 5 of whom survive. They are William of Green Bay, Floyd and Dollie of Milwaukee, Hudson and Grover of Oconto Falls.

Oconto Falls Herald 
Thursday April 18, 1929
contributed by Richard LaBrosse

Peter Beemster, father of Mrs. Jennie Wendt of this city, died at the home of his daughter-in-law,  Mrs. Katherine Beemster, at De Pere on Monday morning, and was buried from St. Mathew’s Church, Allouiz, yesterday morning.  Mr. Beemster was born in Zwang, Holland, January 29, 1837, and was 92 years old at the time of his death.  He is survived by two sons, John, of Oconto, and August of Allouez; and four daughters, Mrs. Jennie Wendt, Oconto Falls; Mrs. Della McVey, Mrs. William Weber and Mrs. Judson Burdick, all of Chicago. 

Francis Kilmer and Paul Wojner left on Thursday of last week for Buffalo, N.Y., where they boarded a boat on which they will be employed as stewards.  They will sail on the Great Lakes and stop at all the large American ports.  George Humphrey, the name of the boat on which they will sail, is one of the largest and best equipped boats on the Great Lakes, and on April 15th started on its first voyage of this season.  They will make their first stop at Fort Williams, Canada.

Fire completely destroyed the farm dwelling of Hector Belongia in the town of Little River, about six April 12.  The Belongia home is located directly across from the Little River town hall about 10 miles from the city of Oconto.  A defective chimney in the attic is believed to have been the origin of the fire.


Fred Rocque and son Vernon and John Ausloos were guests at the Goodyear Dealers meeting in Green Bay.

Miss Renee Hallett, who is attending High School at Oconto Falls, spent the week end at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Hallett.

Mrs. A.R. Goodell and daughter Coral spent Wednesday and Thursday at Green Bay.

Local Happenings

Miss Edith McCauley of Green Bay is home for an extended visit with her mother, Ms. W.J. McCauley.

H.A. Trudell of Green Bay was in the city Tuesday visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Trudell.


Joseph Jelinski, who had spent several days here visiting his mother, Mrs. Paul Jelinski, returned last week to Chicago, where he is employed.

Mr. and Mrs. Marion Becker of Milwaukee visited at the home of Mrs. Becker’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Flatley, Monday and Tuesday , and on Monday attended the Golden Wedding ceremonies of her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Levi Lane.

Mrs. J.W. Waldron went to Green Bay on Tuesday to visit her daughter, Mrs. Eva Reitbrock.

Miss Annie Volk spent Sunday at the home of her sister, Mrs. C.E. Lee.

Harry Volk of North Branch was a caller at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. E. Volk.

Paul Walske of Degantown is now employed on the Adolph Goltz farm.

Mrs. Adolph Goltz and son Billy, Mrs. Pauline Muenster and Fred Wolske motored to Green Bay tuesday where they spent the afternoon visiting Mrs. Fred Wolske, who is receiving treatment at St. Mary’s hospital.

The Oconto Falls Herald 
Thursday, April 11, 1929
contributed by Richard LaBrosse

Mr. and Mrs. Levi Lane, for many years highly respected residents of this city, will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage—their Golden Wedding—next Monday evening, April 15th.  The celebration will be held in the High School Gymnasium, and will be very largely attended by many friends of the happy couple.

Mr. and Mrs. Lane were married at the Flatley farm in the town of Oconto Falls, on April 15, 1879, and have made their home in this place for forty-five years.  Shortly after their marriage they moved to the City of Oconto, where they resided for about five years, after which they returned to Oconto Falls and this city has been their home since.  Mr. Lane is a native of Maine.  At the age of 8 years, in 1852, the family moved to Michigan, near Port Huron where he grew to manhood and obtained a high school education.  For a number of years he occupied an important position as an employee of the Falls Manufacturing Co. in this city.  This position he resigned in 1915 to accept the position as postmaster for the city of Oconto Falls, which position he retained for about twelve years.  He is now Chief of Police in the city.

Mrs. Lane, whose maiden name was Miss Anna Flatley, was born in the town of Oconto Falls, and with the exception of the five years’ residence in the city of Oconto, has resided here since her birth.  At her marriage to Mr. Lane her brother and sister, John J. Flatley and Miss Ella Flatley, acted as groomsman and bridesmaid.  Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Lane, five of whom survive:  William Lane of Green Bay, Floyd Lane and Dollie land of Milwaukee, Hudson Lane and Grover Lane of this city.  Mrs. Lane has also two sisters and three brothers, as follows:  Mrs. Ella Golden and Mrs. Jacob Maurer of Green Bay, and John J., William A. and Bernard Flatley of Oconto Falls.

Rev. Fr. P.J. Grosnick will celebrate a special Mass at 8:30 Monday morning at St. Anthony’s Church as a commemoration of the Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Town Line

Mrs. Mary Gomber of Gillett spent the past week with her sister, Mrs. G. Young, and returned to her home Saturday.

F. Jones arrived here from Milwaukee last week to make an extended visit with his brother, William Jones.

Mrs. Mary Kesler and grandchildren, Ila and LeRoy Kesler, of Kelly Brook, spent a few days of last week visiting relatives here.

Mr. and Mrs. G. Regert and son of Underhill spent Sunday at the home of Mrs. Regert’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. Lauersdorf.

Woodrow Valley of Clintonville spent Easter with his grandmother, Mrs. A. Young.

Sobieski—O.A. Krause and Norman Walski drove to the former’s farm in Chase, Sunday.

Marrick Brook—Andrew Dolato of Green Valley has purchased the Pete Pederson farm here.  He plans on moving here with his family very soon.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nauman, daughter Mae and son Lyman, visited the Marcus Peterson and C.M. Olson homes Sunday.

Local Happenings

Mrs. Harry Gaertig and little daughter Virginia Lois spent the week end visiting at the home of Mrs. Gaertig’s sister, Mrs. Lawrence Birr in this city.

Mrs. Eva Reitbrock, who has been ailing, went to St. Vincent’s hospital at Green Bay yesterday morning to receive treatment.  She was accompanied by her mother, Mrs. J.W. Waldron.

Lieut. And Mrs. Gustav Gollhardt, who spent two months visiting Mrs. Gollhardt’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emile Renel, left on Wednesday of last week for Monterey, Calif., from which city they will embark for Honolulu.

Miss Gladys Gallagher spent the Easter holidays with her parents Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Gallagher at Oconto Falls, and due to the severe storm she was snowbound in her home city, and could not return to Shawano.

Mrs. F.J. Kilmer and daughters, Misses Irma and Elizabeth, and Mrs. Kenneth Carlson and Mrs. Charles Raymond motored to Green Bay last Monday. 

North Branch

Mrs. Paul Wilke of Mosling was in the city Tuesday visiting her mother, Mrs. Anna Schneider.

Mrs. Charles Biller and children of Green Bay, is visiting at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Lipschutz.

Miss Helen Birr, who is employed at the Fox Valley Tent & Awning Co., at Oshkosh, spent Easter with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Birr.

Mrs. Thomas J. Cleary of Milwaukee arrived in this city Monday and is visiting at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Plain. 

Mrs. C. Wagner returned this week from Milwaukee where she had spent four months visiting at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E.K. Wolfram.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl S. Volk and daughters Etta and Charlotte, of Door County, came over Saturday afternoon and visited at the home of Mrs. Volk’s parents Mr. and Mrs. R.P. Smith.

Eugene and Gaylord Goddard made a business trip to Green Bay on Tuesday.  They were accompanied by their mother who visited at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Vern Bereton, who had been ill.

Eugene Goddard, Mrs. Richard Evans and daughter, Miss Margaret, motored to Milwaukee and spent Easter Sunday in that city visiting Ellas Evans, son of Mrs. Evans. 

Mrs. Mat. Jacobs and three daughters, Mrs. V. Kessler and son, Mrs. Ed. Johnston, and Mrs. Orval Johnston and two children, all of Shiocton, came up the first of the week and visited Mrs. Jacob’s mother, Mrs. Minnie Ama, who is seriously ill at the home of her son, Henry Ama, on Green Bay avenue.


Miss Edna Salefski returned to Menominee, Mich., Monday, after visiting at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Salefski.

Mr. and Mrs. Alerd Simino returned to Green Bay after spending Easter at the home of the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bassine.

Dr. W.F. Albers has returned from Milwaukee after visiting several days at the home of Mrs. Alber’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Ziegler.

Miss Stella Van Vonderen returned to Milwaukee after a brief visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Van Vonderen.

Miss Eleanor Bergeron returned to Marinette to resume her duties at the Northwestern Depot, after visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Bergeron.

Julius Neveu, of Crivitz, spent the week end at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Neveu.

Miss Genevieve Derocher of Two Rivers is visiting at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Medric Derocher.

Mr. and Mrs. Willie Derocher of Two Rivers are visiting at the home of the former’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ovilla Derocher.

Miss Marie Payette of Two Rivers is visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Payette.

Mrs. Olcide Brault of Niagara is visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Medric Derocher.

Geo. Prochaska left on Monday for Marineete, where he is employed at construction work on the new bridge, after visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Prochaska.

Miss Agnes Thibodeau returned to Niagara to resume teaching after a weeks visit with her mother, Mrs. Mary Thibodeau.

Miss Eva Rousse has returned to Evanston after visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. Rousse.


Neighbors helped Wm Delzer celebrate his birthday anniversary last Friday night, April 5th.

Miss Edella Larsen from Green Valley is staying with her sister, Mrs. Amanda Delzer, this week.


Howard Henry of Chicago and Hugh Henry of Oconto Falls spent Sunday with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Henry.

Leonard Birr of Green Bay spent several days with his sister, Mrs. Art Krause.

Mrs. Harry Gaertig and little daughter, Virginia, of Milwaukee, spent several days with her sister, Mrs. Harry Fetterley.

Clarence and Ed. Fetterley of Iron Mountain, Mich., and Allen Fetterley of Oconto spent Saturday and Sunday at the Harry Fetterley home.  (Note—Spelling can be Fetterley or Fetterly) The reason I know, Harry is the person who gave our family haircuts when I was a kid and his old farm can be seen from my patio door.)

Mrs. J.J. Smits, daughters Edna, and son Howard, spent Friday at Marinette.

Mrs. Louise McGuire and son Raymond attended the funeral of Mr. Edward McGuire at Iron Mountain, Wednesday.

Mrs. E. McDonald of Detour, Michigan, is visiting with her brother, Herman Pries.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Leigh and daughter Dorothy of Oconto, spent Monday in Lena.

Norman Anderson of Kenosha, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Anderson of Lena, and Miss Myrle McAllister of Kenosha, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry McAllister of Niagara, were united in marriage at Waukegan, Illinois, Friday, April 5.

Oconto County Reporter
June 6, 1929

Albert Lenz of Underhill was awarded the contract for the painting of the court house roof.

Oconto County Reporter
June 20, 1929

Coroner Investigates Unusual 
Suicide case near Suring Monday 

Turning a pile of stumps into a burning pyre, Joseph Schorejs crawled up on top early Monday morning and blew off the top of his head with a shotgun. A son of one of the neighbors reported to Coroner Clyde M. Davis, who investigated the case, that he had noticed the fire and heard a shot about two o’clock in the morning.

Schorejs was born in Germany on March 20, 1875 and came to this country 22 years ago. He lived in the Town of Breed for the past 20 years on his 120-acre farm. He was well liked and respected by his neighbors and his suicide was a big shock to the community. He left no message for taking his own life.

Schorejs had been in ill health and despondent over a crippled condition caused by a bite of a boar pig a few years ago and it is believed that this might have been the main cause of his suicide. For a number of years he was a mail carrier on the star route between Breed and Logan. This route was discontinued last year.

Sunday morning an argument had developed over the purchase of new shoes for himself and a new dress for his wife but apparently he got over this by night. In the evening he had permitted his son to go to a show in Suring and had kissed his wife good night. At midnight his wife had called over and asked him if his son had returned. At four o’clock he failed to answer when his wife asked him for the time.

Mrs. Schorejs noticed that his clothing was still in the room and after looking about the house and farm was attracted by the burning pile of stumps. She went down to the fire but noticed nothing out of the way. Upon her return she called her son and he also made a search for the missing man. Upon his visit to the fire, he noticed a few bones and called upon his neighbors William Spreeman and Peter Hoerres. They accompanied him to the fire and found the gun and the remains of the body.

Corner Davis and Dr. Dougherty of Suring were summoned and made an investigation. Corner Davis decided that an inquest was not necessary and that the deceased had committed “suicide by shooting self in head with a 12 gauge while temporarily insane,”

The deceased is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Francis Ziereis, Town of Armstrong, and the following children at home, John 17, Joseph, 4 and Anna Marie, 7 months old.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 9:30 o’clock from the St. Michael Catholic church at Suring, Rev. Fr. Ahearn officiating. Internment was made in the Catholic cemetery.

Oconto County Reporter
August 29, 1929

Miss Gertrude Kehl, county nurse will move her office from Oconto Falls to the court house at Oconto.