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Flash From The Past - 1939

Oconto Falls
April 21, 1939—
researched and contributed by Richard La Brosse

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cota announce the engagement of their daughter Miss Carole Ann Cota to Vernon Wickstrom, Neenah.  The wedding will take place in May.   

Oconto County Reporter
July 4, 1939
researched and contributed by Richard La Brosse

Mrs. J.C. Crawford, Mrs. Martha Porterfield, Dr. M.M. Hopkins, Mrs. Bertie Doty and Mrs. Spenser Crane attended a W.C.T.U. meeting at the home of Mrs. Fred Fisher at Oconto Falls, Friday afternoon.  

Oconto Falls
September 25, 1939
Members of Older Generation Still active at Oconto Falls.  

A number of older residents of Oconto Falls and vicinity who have watched and helped this section of the state grow and develop are still quite active in the affairs of this community.  Following are thumbnail sketches of some of the better-known members of Oconto Falls elder generation. 

Mr. and Mrs. William Volk, pioneer settlers of this city, are the oldest married couple living in this vicinity, having been married 67 years.  Mr. Volk, 92 years of age, was the first white child born in Kewaunee, May 17, 1847.  He came to Oconto Falls with his parents when 10 years of age and resided here continuously with the exception of three years spent with his parents in Kansas.  Mrs. Volk, 87 years of age, was also born in Kewaunee, coming to the Falls when three years old and residing here since.  Mr. Volk is active and does chores and odd jobs about the house, while Mrs. Volk is not so active.  Mr. and Mrs. Volk live with their daughter, Miss Ina Volk.  

August Winter, 93 years old, is the oldest resident in the town of Oconto Falls.  He is making his home with his son, Jesse Winter, and is enjoying good health.  He does odd jobs on the farm and takes care of the chickens.  Mr. Winter was born March 22, 1846, at Adel, Sheboygan county.  He had been mill righting in a sawmill in Oshkosh and later operated his own sawmill on his farm in the town of Washington in Shawano County.  He had held several town offices, serving as clerk of schools 15 ears, town clerk nine years, and chairman of the town for four years.  He retired 15 years ago and came here to live.  Mr. Winter is still very much interested in politics and favors the Progressive party.  S.B. Kiner, 87 years old, is another old resident of Oconto Falls, having lived here 47 years.  He was the oldest man attending the Progressive picnic held at Gillett three years ago when representatives from Brown, Door, Calumet, Kewaunee, Forest, Florence, Lincoln, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Oconto, Oneida, Outagamie, Shawano and Winnebago counties were at the picnic.  

Mr. Kiner was born at Mansfield City, Ohio, February 2, 1852, and came to Oconto County where he has resided since.  He farmed until 12 years ago when he retired and came to line in the city of Oconto Falls.  Mr. Kiner lives in his own home and is enjoying good health.  Joseph Kadlec, 86, pioneer of the town of Spruce, is the organizer of “Bohemian Day” at Kadlec’s park, which has been celebrated for the last 41 years and is regarded as one of the biggest events in this community.  

Mr. Kadlec is fond of music and plays the accordion and in his earlier life was the band in the little community that he started some 60 years ago.  He built the first sawmill in the town of Spruce in 1884 and continued in that business until 26 years ago, when he retired.  Mr. Kadlec makes his home with his son, Antone, in the town of Spruce. 

Dr. Herman Frederick Ohswaldt, 82, one of Oconto Falls’ leading physicians and surgeons despite his advanced age, is very active and enjoying good health.  He still answers all night calls and travels all over the county on relief work.  He has for the last 60 years practiced medicine in and around Oconto Falls.  After the first year of practice in the community he began to perform surgical operations in company with Dr. O’Keefe, one of the most noted surgeons in Oconto County.  These two performed the first operation for appendicitis in this part of the state.  Dr. Ohswaldt is active in fraternal circles, belonging to the Odd Fellows, Woodman and Blue lodge of the F. and A. M. of Crystal Falls, Michigan.  He has been at various times health officer and city physician and is at present county physician.  Dr. Ohswaldt was born April 17, 1857 in New York City.  He came to Green Bay in 1881 and was associated with the elder Dr. W.H. Bartran until May of that year, when he came to Oconto County.  

Alfred Washington Johnson, 73, Oconto Falls, veteran city clerk, has started his 17th term.  Mr. Johnson has been active in Falls official life for many years.  He was first appointed to his present position to succeed the late R.P. Smith in 1922.  He has taken an active interest in construction of the Memorial Library, reorganization of the water and light commission, inauguration of the municipal hospital, and has served as treasurer of the school district, secretary of the board of education, and has been a Masonic member for 33 years.