Memories from the Star-News archives
1 Year Ago: 2015
Crescent Beach in Algoma and Selner Park Beach in Kewaunee have become the first beaches in the state to use a colored flag system to indicate safety levels for visitors. A yellow flag indicates caution – the beach waters contain higher than normal amounts of E. coli – a red flag indicates beaches are closed due to high risk, and the green flag lets swimmers know the water is safe.
Grace LeGrave, Kewaunee County Junior Fairest of the Fair, and Rebecca Steinhorst, Kewaunee County Fairest of the Fair, presented a plaque to Warren Bluhm, Kewaunee County Star-News editor, in appreciation of the paper’s sponsorship of the Crown & Sash 5K Run at the County Fair.
The new Kewaunee County Director of Promotions & Recreation is David Myers. Born in Menomonie, Mich., Myers moved to Kewaunee in 2007, after marrying Amy Bauer, who grew up in Kewaunee. He will be taking care of all recreational activities available at the county’s 12 county parks, five inland lakes and 34 miles of the Ahnapee State Trail.
10 Years Ago: 2006
Eben and Mildred (Estel) Vandeveld recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They were married on June 10, 1941, at St. Mary’s Church in Luxemburg.
The Luxemburg-Casco School Board is seeking more information from nearby school districts regarding early entrance into kindergarten programs.
The Black Ash Gun Club’s recent Poultry Shoot was a fun event for the Winge Family of Maple Grove, Minn. In the paddle drawing, Lucas, age 4, won two turkeys, a chicken and a five-pound ham. His brother, Evan, age 8, won four chickens. Their father, Rob, won the $1,000 raffle grand prize.
25 Years Ago: 1991
A committee is being formed to conduct a study on the feasibility building a new covered grandstand at the County Fairgrounds in Luxemburg.
Thirty-one speeders, paying $2,408 in fines, made up the bulk of the number of defendants who appeared before Kewaunee County Judge S. Dean Pies, at the end of June.
A 4 percent raise was given to all union and non-union county personnel by the Kewaunee County Board of Supervisors, during their meeting on July 16. This affects 42 first-time and three part-time workers in the courthouse and 45 workers in the highway department.
40 Years Ago: 1976
Len and Dotty Seidl won the coveted low net championship trophy at the recent NEWGA “Mr. and Mrs.” tournament held at South Hills in Fond du Lac. They had a winning total of 134.
Algoma’s good fishing was enjoyed by part of the Green Bay Packers coaching staff and guests on private boats for the fourth consecutive year.
Kewaunee will host its fourth annual Trout Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25, sponsored by the Kewaunee Chamber of Commerce. Highlighting the weekend’s activities will be a parade on Sunday.
50 Years Ago: 1966
The new parsonage of Immanuel Ev. Lutheran congregation in Kewaunee will be dedicated at 10 a.m. church services on Sunday. The Rev. A.W. Tiefel will officiate.
Fair officials are optimistically expecting all attendance records will be shattered on July 31, which is designated as Polka Day. Several of the most popular bands in the area have been engaged to furnish continuous music all afternoon and early evening, plus a free gate.
Work began this week on a 120 by 160 foot addition to the Plumbers Woodwork Company plant in Algoma. The addition will be used to store raw materials and finished products.
60 Years Ago: 1956
Exactly 1,000 graduates and teachers of the Luxemburg High School and their guests gathered for the king-size reunion banquet in the new exhibition building of the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds in the village. Three members of the first graduating class, organized in 1928, were present.
Three girls from this area will graduate from the school of nursing at Holy Family Hospital in Manitowoc. They are Joyce Tlachac, Kodan; Susan Stade, Algoma; and Carol Bosman, formerly of Algoma and now living in Sturgeon Bay.
Two Algoma Boy Scouts, Tom Laurent of Troop 127 and Jerry Lowney of Troop 19, were honored at the final campfire program on Saturday. They were called out for the “Order of the Arrow”.
75 Years Ago: 1941
Your nickel buys a real taste treat, when you swap it for a Pepsi-Cola. Each bottle holds 12 full ounces. Buy six big bottles in the Home Carton for a quarter!
On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17, old graduates of Kewaunee High School are going to rally around to hear the Old School Bell and pay tribute to the memory of “Old Mac,” Principal McMahon, principal of the school for 40 years.
The July draft quota is now in training. They left last Wednesday morning from the Courthouse to the Milwaukee Induction Center. They are: Frank Shaw, Leander Paul and Erwin W. Prust of Algoma; Stanley Shemenkosky and Edgar Dellemann from Kewaunee; Alois Seidl, Clement Dorner and Arnie Salzsieder of Luxemburg; and Sylvan Seidl, Casco.
90 Years Ago: 1926
There will be opposition for but two county offices in Kewaunee County primaries. Both are in Republican primaries – Henry J. Steinhorst and Joseph Mleziva for county treasurer and Julius Cahn and Anton G. Schauer for members of the Assembly.
Two new business telephones and five new residence phones were installed in the city during the month of July. The Algoma Mfg. Co. and Standard Oil were the new businesses and the private phones went to Clarence Schmeling, Alfred Cepek, Mel E. Piettner, Matt Strutz and Julius Busch Jr.
Mr. Sticka, who moved to Casco from Kewaunee a couple of weeks ago, opened a tailor shop in the John Bost & Son store. He is now ready to serve people with repair work and new suits.
100 Years Ago: 1916
Sunday was the hottest day residents of Algoma have seen for years. The thermometer registered 104 degrees in the shade and upwards of 300 people took advantage of the bathing beach.
Charles Uecker, one of the prosperous farmers of the town of Forestville, has tired of milking his herd of dairy cows the old way. He recently purchased an Empire milking machine from the Perry Hardware Co. It will be installed soon.
The Montmorency cherries are at their best in Kodan at present. They far surpass the Early Richmonds at Cherry Dale. The standard price this season is $1.65 a crate.
110 Years Ago: 1906
Last Wednesday night, lightning struck and set fire to the large stable on the farm of Anton Brey in Forestville. The building was destroyed, with a loss estimated at between $2,500 and $3,000.
The census of school-aged children in the Joint Districts 1 and 2 in the city and town of Ahnapee for 1906, shows a slight increase over last year – a total of 697 over 695.
A valuable cow, owned by Michael Devins in the town of Pierce, was killed by lightning while feeding in a pasture on the farm.
120 Years Ago: 1896
John Bucholz of Forestville has completed the erection of his new cheese factory. He began operation there last Monday.
David Desart was returning to Lincoln from Green Bay last Tuesday when the tire on his wagon became loose. He got off to adjust it, but while climbing back up, his leg slipped between the spokes. At that point the frightened horses began to run. They were checked, but not before David’s leg was broken.
Among the arrivals in the Algoma harbor this past week were the Lady Ellen, J.H. Stevens, Ole Olson, Tempest, B.F. Wade, Lettie May, Conquest, Industry and Clara.
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press Gazette: Memories from the Star-News archives