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Flash From The Past - 1941



Gillett Times
December 18, 1941
contributed ny: Richard Labrosse

Mr. Lee Ruhlen has been named coach of the Gillett Cage and Track team to replace Mr. Tomm Lindow.

Mrs Sippel Miss Schmidt and Reuben Schmidt were injured in a car accident coming home from Green Bay Friday night.

Dorothy Jean Ehlers was selected as G. A. R. girl for this year.



Newspaper Unknown
April 14, 1941

End Half-Century of Marriage

Wm. Wittmanns To Celebrate Golden Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wittmann, longtime residents of this city, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Easter Sunday.  They will be at home to their many friends all day and will entertain about fifty relatives at dinner at noon.

Thirty seven years of continuing residence in Oconto Falls has resulted in a wealth of warm friends for this splendid pair. They have both contributed much to the development of our
community as they have taken active parts in all progressive activities.

The Wittmanns were married April 14, 1891 in Holy Cross church in Kaukauna by the Rev. Julius Rhode.  Miss Lena Newhouse and Henry Wittmann, the latter a brother of the groom, were the attendants at the wedding.  Mr. Wittmann was born on December 10th, 1869 in Smithtown, Illinois, and Mrs. Wittmann was born March 2nd, 1872 at Freedom, Wisconsin.

Civic responsibilities were carried by Mr. Wittmann when he served the town as treasurer and later as alderman four years from the third ward.  Since coming to Oconto Falls thirty seven years ago, he followed the trade of tinsmith and plumber.

Mrs. Wittmann is an excellent nurse and in the pre-hospital days cared for many a patient through a period of illness. Over eighty citizens born here received their first bath and were dressed in their first garments by the capable hands of Mrs. Wittmann.

She is president of the Woman’s Benefit Association, having held this office for the past 17 years.  She is a charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary, its present sergeant-at-arms and Child Welfare chairman.  Mrs. Wittmann was also president of the now disbanded McKinley Circle of the Ladies of the Grand Army for many years.

This fine couple have raised a family of three daughters and two sons.  Bertha, Mrs. Louis Steckel;  Ann, Mrs. W.E. Wilson; and Grace, Mrs. Ed Williams, all reside in Milwaukee;  Norman in North Bergen, N.J., and Lloyd, here in Oconto Falls.  There are eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, one week old Judith Ann Rohleder.

The Herald takes this opportunity to wish the Wittmanns hearties congratulations and sincere good wishes for many years of happiness and continued health.



 June 5, 1941
Oconto Falls

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Plier celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last Thursday, May 29th.  Their children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters were present for the happy celebration.

Special to Press-Gazette
June 15, 1941

 Married 54 Years

OCONTO FALLS, Wis. – Mr. and Mrs. Napoleon Thielke celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary at their home here Sunday afternoon.  A 5 o’clock dinner was served to 55 guests.

The Thielkes were married June 15, 1887 at Shawano.  Their attendants were Miss Sophia Thielke and John Smith.  The attendants are both deceased.

Mrs. Thielke was formerly Miss Margaret Flannigan and was born at Bear Creek Nov. 15, 1864.  Mr. Thielke was born at Fort Howard, Green Bay, Dec 11, 1863.  They settled on a farm at Bear Creek where they lived for 22 years before coming to this community and buying a farm in the town of Maple Valley where they lived until seven years ago when they retired and came to this city.  They were the parents of nine children.  The living are three sons, Leonard, Coleman; Gilbert, Lakewood, and John, Gillett; and three daughters, Mrs. Charles Mathy, Kewanee, Mrs. Ray Nelson, Oconto Falls, and Mrs. Melvin Broutzman, Kelly Lake; also 1(?) grandchildren.  The children were all present for the celebration, also two sisters of Mrs. Thielke, Mrs. M. Long and Mrs. A Cunningham, Clintonville.

Mr. and Mrs. Thielke are devout members of St. Anthony’s Catholic church where they attend mass and receive holy communion daily.  They are both enjoying good health.



 July 1941
Oconto Falls

City Attorney Howard Eslien was appointed by Mayor T.C. Tait as a member of the Oconto Falls Hospital Board at the regular meeting of the City Council held Tuesday evening.  He succeeds Harry Bauman who in a letter addressed to the Council had stated that he desired to be relieved of further service on this Board.  The appointment was approved by the council.  Mr. Eslien’s term expires on July 31, 1946.  An appropriation of $ 100 as salary for the secretary of the Board of Education was also approved.  The “Cota” house, which has been the property of the city for the past four years was sold for $ 1500.  This offer was made by mr. Eslien in behalf of a client, whose name has not been disclosed at this writing.  The salary of the assistant chief of police, R.B. Hammond was increased to $60 per month.  It was also voted to move the offices of the city treasurer, city clerk, and Water and Light Department to the first floor and the WPA office to the second.



Oconto Falls Times Herald
December 18, 1941
contributed by: Richard Labrosse

Mrs. Frebert Falk 21, (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hammond) passed away at the local hospital on Thursday morning.

Miss Marian Peterson has been selected Good Citizen candidate by the local high school.



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