The  Oconto County WIGenWeb Project 
Collected and posted by RITA
This site is exclusively for the FREE access of individual researchers.
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out of appreciation for those who have so willingly shared their heritage.


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DECEMBER  2013

May Your Heart
 Be Filled With
Peace, Joy and Love

This Holiday Season
and Throughout the Year!
  RITA 

NOVEMBER  2013

Please click on the photo for a larger view. 

Kelly Brook 1908

November
NEW

Family Page!

 Researched and contributed by: Pat Drees

In 2008 One of the Zingler family from Suring celebrated his 100th birthday. This event was the basis for the reprinted interview that includes history if the village and family. A researched family tree has been added

Zingler Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page

November

NEW
Obituaries
Old ones, many with researched notes:

1920 George J. URWAN

1874 Worthington SMITH

1889 George H.  MINER

1885 Florence M. COON

Louis M. BERGEVAIN Sr. 1911

Emilia O. Bergevain GREETAN 1934

Frances (Fannie) Brabzeon McKEEVER 1911

Antoine Corriveau CARRIVEAU  1897

William "Willis" COLSON 1914

Obituary Main Page

November
NEW

Family Page!

 Researched and contributed by:  AnnEllen Barr

Extensively resourced research and notes as well as photographs over 100 years old are included on this new Family Page. Alec Russell was the first person born in the U.S. after his parents immigrated from Canada to Oconto County in 1863. The family is traced back to England and Ireland before settling in Canada and descendants born in Oconto County settled all over the U.S.
Also
There are several photographs of family members from this extended family's photo album that could use help identifying.
Are you related?

(Alexander) Russell Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page

November

NEW
Obituaries
 more recent:

Reuben R. BELONGIA

James B. BERGERON

Merle J. Moore ROSENBERG

Patricia Leicht  WILDE

Elizabeth (Betty) Heiser CARAMEHAS

Nora Kufner WILLES

S. Howard LUNDGREN

Obituary Main Page

November

NEW Additions
photos taken 2013
 contributed by
:
Jill Gondek
Photos of Stiles Junction Town Hall,
built in 1888
and
Old Auto Repair Garage

Historic Stiles Junction Photo Page

Historic Towns and Villages Page

November

NEW
Obituaries

November and December 2012 Obituaries

With old Oconto County family connections. 
Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Photos and maiden names included when available.

Connie SYLVESTER (Weber Malueg)

Thomas L. DUROCHER

Richard Henry WORTH

Brenda SHEPHERD

Shirley M. Hodder McKEE

James "Jimmy" PETERSON

Tammie L. Johnson TACHICK

Janice Rae MILLER

George Edward LeBRECK

Donna Tessier Meyer DeKEYSER

Walter O. PETERS

Helen Leisner HANSON

Agatha Ann Kosmal  MARTENS

Marvin L.  McGREGOR 

Virginaia R. Anderson Hejduk SAURBEIR

Ronald C. "Ron" WHITING

Quinn KONITZER

Fern Kathryn Bostedt PETRASEK

Bonnie Mae VandenBush CLOSE

Daphne (Dolly) Kennicott SCHMECKPEPER

William "Bill" E.  COOK

Loren Louis BEGOLKE

Harold GIESE

Catherine Stapleton JAHNKE

Colette M. "Dia"  BALDWIN 

Waltraud "Trudy" von BREVERN
Obituary Main Page

OCTOBER  2013

Please click on the photo for a larger view. 

  Spruce Stores c: 1910

October

NEW
School Page!

West Side School
On Schoolhouse Road in Sobieski
Built in 1909 
An article about the memories of a 2000 school reunion celebration!

written by: Jamie Liss
contributed by: Pat Drees

West Side School Page

also

HIckory School is no more; so take a look and remember. - news from Jill Gondeck

Hickory School Page

Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page

 Historic Oconto County Township Schools Photo Page

October

NEW Additions

Newspaper Transcription
Flash From The Past
1901

Researched, transcribed and contributed by: Rita

Like a letter from home, 112 YEARS AGO!.  
Included are many articles regarding Oconto County residents from other city papers!

Family connections are revealed in the visits and events that are reported
from the small communities
and tell the family history of who and where.

1901 Individual & Family News

FLASH FROM THE PAST HOME PAGE

1901 Marriages in the News

NEWSPAPER  MARRIAGES - Main Page

 

Newspaper Birth Reports 1901

Births Main Page

  

1901 Newspaper Deaths

Newspaper Records of old Oconto County Deaths 

October

NEW Additions
to School Pages
contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Do you have family members in these??

Breed Central School

A 1952 photo of the entire school body
with the identities of each student
(40 students and 1 teacher)
has been added!

Breed Central School Page

Mountain Graded School

A 1956 photo of grades 2 & 3
and
A 1957 photo of 3rd grade
with the identities of each student
has been added!

Mountain Graded School Page


Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page

 Historic Oconto County Township Schools Photo Page

October

NEW
Obituaries
2008 and earlier

George V. and Eileen DeLaire BATHKE

Walter Louis BEHNKE

Lorraine M. WENZEL

Lillian E. Giessel GRENKE

Ann Margaret Markiewicz SOBECK

Marion June Truckey BENEDUM

Gladys A. Olson VAN HOFF 

Rose Mary Boulac Behling PETERSON

Thomas L. KOLAKOWSKI

Martin J. KOSMAL

Mary H. Behnke PHILIPPI

Martha A. Alsteen PELISHEK

Eva Margaret Rich  COMINS

Edna E. Oshefsky PILLATH

Herbert G. LOBERGER

Sylvan F. HALVERSON

Ruth I. Behling  KUSSOW

Jacqueline M. LaCourt  EPARVIER

Emiline A. WILLS

Norene L. OTRADOVEC

Stanley "Stan" K. LAPACZ

Dana Ann BRABANT-EVANS

John A. HAGER

Saba Ausloos ROSERA

Esther H. Bedora  HENNEMAN

Lillian Begolke NEUMAN

Vernon A. BARKE

Loretta "Retz" Bast  LEMIRANDE

Irene Mae Berna THOMPSON

old

John N. BASSETT

Edward James BIGELOW Sr.

Victor BELONGIA

Alvina Popp DREES

October

NEW

October 2012 Obituaries

With Oconto County family connections. 
Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Photos and maiden names included when available.

Kay Harvey HINKFUS

Anthony "Tony" J. LANSER

George F. LENTZ

Lucille M. RUSCH

Dolores Hermann  THIELKE

Albert B  MAYERNIK

Howard Lee VALLEY

Alvin BIRR

Marie Lade MILLER

Leonard P. BELONGIA

Della I. Kersten DEAU

Leatrice "Lea" Mae Vincent  LOTTER  

Lois Plain  JOHNSTON

John Morton MELLAND

Nicholas L. TOLZMAN

Lyle "Mike" RICE

Obituary Main Page

SEPTEMBER  2013

Please click on the photo for a larger view. 

Residential section of Mountain 1913

September

NEW
MOUNTAINEER
Yearbook

1947

researched, scanned and contributed by: 
Bill Fonferek   

This is a real treat! 

Would War II was over just one year when this book was begun by high school students. Military had come home; there was no more rationing of foods and good; new family owned businesses were started and growing as the county was finally out from under the 5 year shadow of world disaster.

  The scanned pages of this fun yearbook contain not only the individual photos and identities of Mountain High School students, it also has the individual photos and names (and smiles) of the 7th and 8th graders and the three Mountain elementary school students (and their hard working teachers). It also has hand drawn advertisements for almost 50 local businesses, many family named and owned.

Enjoy!

1947 Mountaineer Yearbook

 
Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page

 Historic Oconto County Township Schools Photo Page

September

NEW

Old Obituaries 

  Many have added research notes to connect them to other family members in Oconto County.

Beginning in the second half of the 1800's, while many folks were migrating into the county, members of Oconto County settler families 
began to travel and resettle in other parts of the this country and Canada. 
Jobs were often a reason that took them to what was then territories and are not states. 
Lumbering took people northwest to Minnesota and Washington states. 
Fruit trees for crops and nursery sales brought them to Oregon and northern California. 
Railroad work brought them to the remote territories of Oklahoma and Kansas where they stayed to develop ranch farms and to Alaska. 
Mining took them to Colorado and the California mountains.

You will find these sometimes lost family members in the obituaries of their local newspapers and enrich your family history with their life's stories. 
Some of the following old obituaries are from other places, while others are from "home.".

Amanda Trecartin PORTER  research and Photo

Taylor A. GRISMER

Frank J. MAREK

Daniel ARMSTRONG early settler and name sakeof the former town of Armstrong (now Mountain)

Oliver F. TRUDELL

Caroline and John WARSCO

James BEDORE

Dorothy Badora MURSAU

Augusta Bagley DONEY

George CLASSON

Henry FELLMER

Mrs. Fred HARMS Jr.

Irving GRANT

Obituary Main Page

September

NEW Addition

2011 Photos of Stiles Junction Railroad Station

Photo by Wendy Kendrick

A sad last look at the old station where families met and parted, business owners started and ended their travels, hunters and fishing enthusiasts came and went and old memories still cling.

Stiles Junction Railroad Station

Scenes From Oconto County Past

September

NEW

2012 Obituaries

With Oconto County family connections. 
Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Photos and maiden names included when available.


Ethel LeMay SNYDER 

Madeline Virginia Poradek SHEPHERD

Rose Eva Eckert BARANOWSKI

Laurice Fae Madison GILBERTSON

Martha Depner MUENSTER

George FORAL

Clara B. Forsberg. OLSON 

Mary "Molly" Werth MLNARNIK

Esther SOBECK

Randell Scott BOUCHER

William E. HEINZ

Harold C. LOBERGER

Michael H. BELKE

Arlene Olson Retzlaff Ferris BRIDGER

Audrey Ella Matheys PHILLIPS

John A. WATTERICH

Lorraine J. Johnson LEMORANDE

Terry Lee DENNY

Chester "Chub" SHALLOW

Walter H. PRIES


Ruby Kostreva STANK

William "Bill" W. BALDWIN

"Dottie" Beatrice Veronica Thums RICE

Linda M. Pillsbury CURZON

Chester J. WIRTZ

Myrtle Rose Brown SCHMIDT

 Audrey Kindschi O'HARROW

Scott COURCHAINE

Robert "Bob" H.  KLAWITTER

Obituary Main Page

AUGUST  2013

  Turner Opera House in Oconto

built 1884

August

NEW
 Obituaries
From recent years with ties to Oconto County families

Carl G. CARLSON

Frederick "Rick" BROWN

Vivian Nellie "Viv" Lucas DURAND

Vicki Zima SCHMOLINSKE

Glen "Ike" Arnold SCHAAL

Chester STYCZYNSKI

Linda O. Wesner ZAHN

Clyde D. ANDREWS

Maria "Mary" Atterstein LADE

Obituary Main Page

August
NEW

Updated Family Pages!

 Photographs contributed by descendant contact by: Mary Beth Noonan Jensen

Many Ancestor Photographs of These Well Known Old Oconto County Residents
and
Research Updates

Herald Family Page

Noonan Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page

August

NEW

2012 Obituaries

With Oconto County family connections. Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Photos and maiden names included when available.

Myrl "J.R." W. LAMBRECHT

Adolph SCHINDEL

Marvin R. YUNKE

David M. MOEGENBURG

Doris Schroeder HERMS 

Yvonne A. Surprise BODE

Eugene Theodore MILLER

Alice Pockat LOTTO

Marshall John DEMEUSE

Jerome Joseph WALSKE 

Bruce Roger JENSEN 

Francis Peter OTRADOVEC

Manfred H. WEISE

Kelly MONDLOCH

Cletus Harold "Clete" CONARD

Helen E. Windey CROOKS

William R. MURPHY

Jeanette K. Janssen SPICE

Viola M. Brennan EARLEY

Francis J. GILLES Jr.

Jamie Lee BIALOZYNSKI

Eleanor I. Walske WIRTZ

Dolores "Ditty" BOURASSA

Alvin H. RUDOLPH

Ronnie GRAHAM

Alvin "Al" J. NICKELS  Jr.

Louis Michael BYNG Jr.

Burton Ray BOLTON

Jule M. Engle WENZEL

Yvonne A. Brunette TIMM

Donna May Durant WEIGELT

Orville A. LADWIG

Joyce Trepanier LIGHTNER

Robert J. MESSINGER

Rosalie Mae VanCaster BAHRKE

Carrie A. KNUTSON






Obituary Main Page

August

NEW
  Joseph Grafton Perkins

Civil War Veteran

Organizer and Director of the Oconto Concert Band

Music Instructor

Men of Oconto County

JULY  2013

Please click on the photo for a larger view. 

courtesy of: The University of Wisconsin - Madison
College of Agriculture

Sobieski Farm Family

This successful, hard working, young Polish farm family was originally photographed near Sobieski, Oconto County, Wisconsin, by Professor Henry of the University of Wisconsin (Madison) School of  Agriculture. He compiled his personal collection while enjoying his love of photography in the late 1800s early 1900s. The photograph above was taken in 1896. Dr. Henry toured the state documenting the largest specimens and abundances of crops for use in his classes. 

Sadly, he did not identify the individuals photographed, focusing only on the actual location and types of crops displayed. This image became very popular, soon being used in crop seed advertisements, post cards and Real estate promotions both in the US and in Europe (especially Poland and Germany) for land sales encouraging immigration, since more farms meant more produce which lead to a better local economy. This image is also seen in modern day posters. Neither the family nor the late Dr. Henry received any monetary funds for the use of the photo over the years.

July

NEW

Early Oconto County, Wisconsin 
Photographers


The years they took photographs in Oconto County,
along with some examples of their work when available,
to help researchers in identifying antique family pictures
by putting them into a time frame.

Arthur Charles Cato was an early professional photographer in town of How, setting up his first studio in 1896.

A.C. Cato

Early Oconto County Photographers

July

NEW
Memoirs of Oconto County

Memoirs:

Researched and contributed by: Greg Anderson

Written by Anna Jenny Margreta Friedlund in the later 1900s. 

This is a colorfully described, factual, very interesting, first hand account of the Frielund family
who came from Sweden
to settle in Mountain, Oconto County, Wisconsin,
beginning in 1900.

There was happiness, hard work and heartbreak;
all part of the life the family chose in the "New World" that they were so proud to become citizens of.
Other related early Mountain families included are:
 Sandberg, Anderson, Nelson, Asplund, Jensen, Lundquist, Stromberg, Bloomberg and Lund.

Childhood Memories

Memoirs Main Page

July

Newspaper Transcription
June 25
, 1914

Researched and contributed by: Cathe Ziereis
Transcribed by: Janet McNeil

Like a letter from home, 99 YEARS AGO!.  
Family connections are revealed in the many visits and events that are reported from the small communities
tell the family history.

1914 Individual & Family News

FLASH FROM THE PAST HOME PAGE

1914 Marriages in the News

NEWSPAPER  MARRIAGES - Main Page

 

Newspaper Birth Reports 1914

Births Main Page

  

1914 Newspaper Deaths

Newspaper Records of old Oconto County Deaths 

JUNE  2013

Cheese Factory

June

NEW
Additions
Flash From The Past 1877 - in Oconto County
What Happened in Oconto?

The Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin)

There was much unrest on both sides of the issue!

Strong Fight Over the Divison
 of
Oconto County

It was a stormy time for almost everyone. There was much at stake and the battle went on and on. There were important repercussions
 for family owned businesses such as farms, shoppes and small factories as well as those hired to work for them.
Individuals and families from all over the county were stirred into action using petitions drives, attending meetings and going to the Madison legislature. The names of many key player on both sides of the drama are given. Powerful Milwaukee and other counties in the state pressured for interests on both sides.
What happened in 1877?


Oconto County 1877

Oconto County Today

The Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin)
January 24 - 27, 1877
February 7, 1877
 March 1 & 2 , 1877
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Other Oconto County Residents' news
The Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin)

January 11, 1877 - County guests invited to a wedding (newspapers published names from the hotel registers!)
February 13, 1877 - Logging by Oconto Families
May 1, 1877 - City of Oconto fire
September 26, 1877 -
Serious Accident - An Elopement - Religious Revival.
November 6, 1877 - Quite a Disastrous Blaze in Oconto.
November 9, 1877 - Local man's "claim to fame" 

1877 News

FLASH FROM THE PAST HOME PAGE

June

NEW Additions

St. Joseph School - Oconto

Photographs and Research 
with lots of local names.

 from 1892 and 1910!

photos contributed by: AnnEllen Barr

St. Joseph School - Oconto Page

Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page

 Historic Oconto County Township Schools Photo Page

June

NEW

Obituaries

Lyle BERGLUND

John N. BASSETT

June

NEW Page 

Quarterline School 

Students and their names in this 1936 photo!

Information researched and contributed by:
 Beth Burk

Quarterline School Page

 For other historic county school photos and history pages,
please
also see:

Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page

 Historic Oconto County Township Schools Photo Page

June

NEW

2012 Obituaries

With Oconto County family connections. Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Photos and maiden names included when available.


Herman MAEDE

Ruby M. MOCK

Agnes Marie Boyd JONES

John Richard Ihde

Harold ELFE

Bruno A. RICHERT Jr 

John Timothy "Tim" MURPHY

Thomas "Tom" COOK Sr. 

Elmer J. KULHANEK

Lottie Louise Timm GIESE

Mary Elizabeth Gardipee BABCOCK

Jenneda Herning ANDREWS

Yvonne (Puts) Heimke DAMP

Ruth C. McDowell  BELAIRE

Robert Carl (Bob) EGGERS

Gary A. DRAFZ 

Wilfred "Toby" MINEAU

Craig SCHAUMBERG

Jonathan "Jonnie" MAYER

Joanne Marie Follett DERRY




















Obituary Main Page

MAY  2013

Please click on the photo for a larger view. 

Milwaukee Journal - courtesy of  The  Wisconsin State Historical Society

Selling real estate in Oconto County!
J. J. Hof, seated, whose original name was Jan Hofhaug when he immigrated, was from Domaas, Norway. He personally owned large areas of land in Oconto County by 1898 and was responsible for much of the Polish immigration in and around Sobieski , which he established in 1892, as well as other Polish "colonies" in the 3 county area. With persistant and aggressive advertising to new Polish immigrants and in Poland, the total population of Hof's Polish communities grew from four families in 1877 to 650 families in 1900, owning almost 160,000 total acres of land used primarily for farming.

May
NEW

Family Page!

 Photographs contributed by descendant contact by:  LindaLL

See a dramatic, professional portrait of Edward Fitzgerald in later life in Oconto County and read the many memories in his eyes; a touchingly beautiful, 142 year old, Oconto taken tintype photograph of his lovely young bride Catherine Crane; also a very interesting costumed tintype of the same period, of Catherine's mother, Mary Thomson Crane.

Edward Fitzgerald left New Brunswick (now part of Canada) and immigrated in 1863 becoming one of the pioneers of Oconto County. Catherine Crane, along with her parents and siblings, left New Brunswick in 1867, settling in city of Oconto. Edward and Catherine were married in 1871. Their lives represent so many who found their way to the county in the early years of settlement.
Also Crane, Bitters and Hall family information.

Fitzgerald Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page

May

NEW

2012 Obituaries

With Oconto County family connections. Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Suzanne " Sue" Stevens WENDT

Thomas G. BLAKE

Robert (Bob) L. DELZER

Ervin WALLS

LaVernne M. Degeneffe ZIPPEL

Bernice M. Blank KIRSCH

George R. RUSCH

Lawrence "Hector" J.  WASCHBISCH

James W. HERMSEN

Dwayne "Cowboy"  VAN WYCHEN 

John "Jack" AHLGRIM

Leland ALSTEEN

Fern Christensen DREWS

Joseph "Melvin" McMAHON

Lorraine Cole SCHUETTPELZ

Cynthia Moede HALVERSON

Majorie Blahnik BAKE

Edward J. SLEMPKES

Florence Goodearle ZANTOW
Wilbur Albert FALK

Bonnie L. Kratz CLAUSEN

Ray C. BAUMSCHREIBER

Marvin  SCHUTT

Ila M. Bell  SELNER

Robert "Bob" SEAMON

Gerlie Verda Robbins WILSON

Archie R.  KUNKEL

Authur Herman Karl ADAM

Obituary Main Page

May

NEW Addition 

Meet the students, by name, in the 1896 photo 

and the newly posted 1911 photo of Mountain Graded School.

Information researched and contributed by:
Jill Gondek

Mountain Graded School Page

 For other historic county school photos and history pages,
please
also see:

Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page

 Historic Oconto County Township Schools Photo Page

May
NEW addition 

Family Page

contributed by: Kristi Fogtman

A 1910 photograph of three daring young boys Edmond E. Foral, James Prausa, Willon Eldon Foral has been added!

Foral Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page

APRIL  2013

Please click on the photo for a larger view. 

Train Wreck at Suring
contributed by:

Richard Larson
 The family album postcard date appears to be August 1907 postmarked Clintonville.
Searches have not found information more on this incident.WEEDING OUT AT CAPITOL

 MadisonM

Can you help us? RITA

April

NEW Addition 

Sunny Slope School is sold and the old bell takes a long trip.

Information researched and contributed by:
Jill Gondek

Sunny Slope School Page

 also please see

Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page

 Historic Oconto County Township Schools Photo Page


April

NEW 

contributed by:

Great Grand Daughter Yvonne Cinquepalmi
and Great Great Grand Daughter
Gina Nelson

Albert Glass was 9 years old when he, his father James, 2 brother and 1 sister were awakened on Sunday night, October 8, 1871, in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, by the horror of the Peshtigo Fire. Their compelling life stories and the Glass Family genealogy are offered by two descendants. Also included are a photo of Albert Glass and his obituary.

The Glass Family of Peshtigo  

The Peshtigo Fire Home Page

April

NEW

2012 Obituaries

With Oconto County family connections. Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Thomas "Tom" KOWALCZYK

Donald "Chief" J. LARMAY

Adia Elizabeth ROUER

Connie J. Schomaker BEHLING 

Alice Drella BIEDA

Virginia Elaine Elbe  STREHLOW

Wilma F. VALENTA

Melvin "Mel" WAKEFIELD

Margaret Pinkerton  ERZINGER

Sanda Ann Pinkerton OTTO

Jerry (Gerald) STREHLOW

Clayton "Duffy"  RAGEN

Barbara Meyer SMITH 

Lawrence "Larry" P. BERTON

Gary L. HESS

Barbara Hauser KORTH

Doug K. DUROCHER

Gerald D. GIBEAULT

Kenneth Robert BOWMAN

Catherine Zubko BRAZEAU

Obituary Main Page

April

NEW
Additions
Flash From The Past 1907 - in Oconto County
What Happened in Oconto?
The Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin)
June 15, 1907

CECIL MURDER CASE
(Murder in Oconto - Court Held In Green Bay)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin)
June 18, 1907

Jury in Cecil Murder Case Retire at
 Noon Today.

1907 News

FLASH FROM THE PAST HOME PAGE

April

NEW
Additions

Flash From The Past - 1916 in Oconto County
Young Oconto Woman Falls Into Unwakable Sleep.
What Happened?
Sheboygan Press (By Associated Press)
February 15, 1916

1916 News

FLASH FROM THE PAST HOME PAGE

April

NEW
Additions


Newspaper Reported Deaths - 1907 in Oconto County

The Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin)
March 29, 1907

Mattie Yourd, age 13, is shot.

1907 Newspaper Deaths

Newspaper Records of old Oconto County Deaths 

MARCH  2013

  Street Scene in Hayes

The old joke in Oconto County 100 years ago was:
 "There are only 3 kinds of seasons to the year,
Winter being the longest, then July
and two seasons of mud."

March

NEW School Pages

Jefferson School Photos and History
Oconto Falls West
Photos contributed by:
Jill Gondek

Photos of the first Oconto Falls Jefferson Graded School
built in 1882 and
the Jefferson Elementery School built in 1922 to replace it!
Both are now gone.

Jefferson School Page
~~~~~~~~~~~~

Lincoln School Photos and History
Oconto Falls South
Idenification and information provided by:
Jill Gondek

In 1958, when Oconto Falls Lincoln school was being demolished, 
local historian Joe Plane wrote this published, fascinating, 101 year account of Oconto Falls schools,
and Oconto Falls people. It is a heartfelt article at the loss of the old Lincoln School building 
and ends with a vivid description of the many things that building witnessed in the village.
It is posted with the images of the original Lincoln school building.

Lincoln School Page
~~~~~~~~~~~~

Townline School Photos
Breed Schools
town of How

Photo contributed by:
Jill Gondek

Except for old memories, and a few photos, it is now gone.

Townline School Page
~~~~~~~~~~~~

St. Anthony School Photos and History
Oconto Falls

Information contributed by:
Jill Gondek

St. Anthony School Page

 also please see

Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page

 Historic Oconto County Township Schools Photo Page

March

NEW Additions!

1876 Newspaper Reports

The United States was 100 years old!

Articles regarding Oconto County news from Oshkosh, Green Bay and Marinette papers have been added to the page.
Logging was king and the late thaw was causing problems for the river drives bring winter logs to the mills.
Damage to farms, bridges and roads resulted from sudden thaw and rapid flooding.
A "hurricane" tornado in Oconto County was reported in different ways from other places.
And more.

This was before there were photographs in newspapers. 
Come see what was used to illustrate the exciting New York Circus coming to town on June 2 !!

1876 News

FLASH FROM THE PAST HOME PAGE

March

NEW Additions!

Teacher and student body photographs
identified and with names listed
from 1950 and 1956!!
Lots of families, are they yours?
Researched, identified and contributed by descendant:
Dick La Brosse

North Morgan School Page

 Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page

 Historic Oconto County Township Schools Photo Page

March

NEW

Jab Switch

Old City of Oconto had the nickname "Jab Switch" 
and there are several theories as to what it means. 
Here is a very old story, passed down many generations from pioneer ancestors, 
as to what it means and how it came to be, along with example photos to explain. 
Enjoy! Rita

Jab Switch Page

 Scenes from Oconto County Past Page

March

NEW Additions!

Mysteries solved and student names added:

Researched, transcribed and contributed by descendant:
Kristi Fogtman

The Male teacher's name and year from the 1904-1905 old program (with 82 student names now transcribed also) and
1912students transcribed names, identified from a news clipping in the collection of former student and grandmother Mildred Kershek (later Prausa). There are many founding families represented in these generations. The surnames are on the history, family, news, obituary and other pages on the site.
Add your ancestors info and photos to your own research.
Also
A spiffy 1945 photograph of the teacher and student body in front of the school!
And additions to the school history in a 1992 centenial article.

Kadlec School Page

 Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page

 Historic Oconto County Township Schools Photo Page

March

NEW

Messenger Creek School Photos 
from 1920
Five photos of students at the school ground.
contributed by:
Kristi Fogtman

Messenger Creek School Page

 Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page

 Historic Oconto County Township Schools Photo Page

March

NEW

Old Family Obituaries

. Researched and contributed by descendant:  Kristi Fogtman

Adam TISHER

Joseph TISHER

Barbara Teteak TISHER

Albert TETEAK

Emil KERSHEK

Joseph PRAUSA

Charles G. PRAUSA

Marjorie Parker PRAUSA
Mae Prausa TETEAK

Rose Prausa BACCUS

Charles PRAUSA

Emma Tisher PRAUSA
Joseph Paul PRAUSA

George J. PRAUSA

Obituary Main Page

FEBRUARY 2013

Please label ALL Old and New Family Photos with first & last names and even the year, 

(especially young children)

to help those who care in the future!

February

NEW additions

Hayes Photo Page

Photos and Information

The village of Hayes was once a thriving community of businesses, churches and homes.
Come see some of what gave it life!

Historic Hayes Photo Page

Historic Towns and Villages Page

February

NEW addition

Claywood School Building and Contents Sale
Newspaper Ad
contributed by:
Jill Gondek

Dates from when the schools were consolidated and the rural school houses were closed and liquidated.

Claywood School Page

 Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page

 Historic Oconto County Township Schools Photo Page

February

NEW

Two 2010 Historic County School Photos Have Been Identified
School Building Identified by: Kitty at the Oconto County Historical Society

Louisville School Page

Doty School Page

Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page

 Historic Oconto County Township Schools Photo Page

February

NEW Additions

Survivors of the 1871 Great Peshtigo Fire

(Contributed by : Gina Nelson)

James Glass and two sons, Albert and Thomas.  Daughter Florabell and son William were died.

The Peshtigo Fire Suvivors Page

The Peshtigo Fire Home Page

February

NEW

Morgan Central School Photo
from the 1950's
contributed by: Sharon Van Ark -
former student

Morgan Central School Page

 Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page

 Historic Oconto County Township Schools Photo Page

February

NEW

2012 Obituaries

With old Oconto County family connections. Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Mark E. WILLAME 

Cleo Longard COLSON

Rita A. O'Neil ROBENHORST

Marilyn  BOURASSA-SCHUH

Olga Jashinsky PUSICH

Norma Lorang KRAMER

Edward R. SUCHAN

Marilyn Quast McDONALD

Lucille Podebradsky DeLANEY

Mary Shallow PECHA

Obituary Main Page

February

NEW

Bayshore "Frogpond" School 

This charming and descriptive article tells about a little one room Oconto School.
It contains original photos of the school and one year of students, with their names identified.

Bayshore School Page

By Kay Stewart
 Oconto County Reporter
November 18, 2009

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Oconto Falls High School School 

This page is dedicated to heritage photographs of the school.

Oconto Falls High School Page

 Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page

 Historic Oconto County Township Schools Photo Page

JANUARY  2013

  Loading Logs With A Jammer

January
NEW 

Family Page

The first of this branch of the Steere Family came to the American Colonies in 1663! This well documented family respresents the history of our country's settlement, all the way to Oconto County. 

STEERE - STEER Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page

January

NEW Additions!

The original log school, built in town of Morgan, stood in the farm field it had been moved to many years ago, until recently, when it was distroyed. Fortunately, a second old photograph, from the 1980's has surfaced and is now added to the page.

Morgan Log School Page

Early photo views of the school, teachers and student bodies are added to the top of the page!

Logan School Page

 Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page

 Historic Oconto County Township Schools Photo Page

January

NEW

Older Obituaries

With old Oconto County family connections.

researched and contributed by: Pat Drees

Joseph R. WARRICHAIET

Rev. Anselm Maynard KEEFE

Alfred  D. BAILEY

Ervin AHLSWEDE

 Elvira Bailey O'HERRIN

Joyce E. Ball COLSON

Obituary Main Page

January

NEW Photo Addition

A photo of Sunny Slope School has been found to add to the history article on that page!

Sunny Slope School Page

Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page

 Historic Oconto County Township Schools Photo Page

January

NEW

2013 Obituaries

With old Oconto County family connections.

researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Ella B. RASMUSSEN

Alvis J. PRAUSA

Lawrence E. MAUITZ

Robert J. "Jay, Chief" PYATSKOWIT

Anthony "Tony" Louis MERCIER

Phyllis E. Wanner HATFIELD

Leona F. Barbian KOVNESKY

Lorraine Poquette LOBERGER

Arthur M. GULBRANDSEN

Sandra Giese HOFFMAN

George E. LEHN

Robert J. OLSON 

Richard L. WARRICHAIET

Connie A. Buelow KRAMER

Leila Mathews OLSON

Richard GERDES

Edward "Ed" J. WILDE

Audrey J. Nemecek BAILEY

Tom "Tima" YOGERST

Gladys Greenwood MICOLEY

Edward Patrick YOUNG

Ted JURGILANIS

Eudoria Hazen BEEKMAN

Elda Seich  MITTAG  

Obituary Main Page