Memories from the archives: April 8
1 year ago: 2016
The Algoma School District is moving forward with a $4.86 million referendum on the April 5 ballot, asking voters to approve funds to upgrade its elementary school and other school facilities.
After a public hearing on March 24, the Algoma Plan Commission approved a proposed site plan for a new GrandStay hotel in Algoma and sent its recommendation to the City Council.
Three of Kewaunee County’s most prominent dairy farmers have said they believe large-scale agriculture is part of the reason for groundwater contamination, but Kinnard Farms, Inc., Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy and Dairy Dreams LLC owners also believe the industry is in the best position to provide a solution.
10 years ago: 2007
The youngest of Jacob’s twelve sons will headline “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on the Kewaunee High School stage and, as always, command an eager audience.
Bren Sibilsky, an Algoma sculptor, has been chosen as one of the finalists in the 2066 ARC Salon competition, out of 1,600 entries received from around the world.
A late winter has put an end to the lack of white. Estimates are piles of white may get to 8-10 inches and it’s still snowing.
25 years ago: 1992
St. Mary’s Hospital in Kewaunee was presented with a check for $7,500 from the Masonic Medical Foundation of Wisconsin, Inc. Some of the 95 Masons throughout Kewaunee County contributed for the purchase of an analyzer for measuring sodium and potassium levels in blood.
Luminated address lights can be purchases from Algoma firefighters, to be attached to the front of homes and make it easier find from the street at night. Profits from the sale will go to update the “Jaws for Life” for the Algoma Rescue Squad.
The Luxemburg-Casco variety show at the high school over the weekend had near capacity audiences for each of their three performances, coordinated by a large cast of students from the L-C school district.
40 years ago: 1977
Charity Ball preparations have been underway for several weeks, as a fundraising event for the Algoma Memorial Hospital and Long Term Care Unit. This year’s event will be held at the Forest Villa in Forestville.
Deer are once again making their appearance on Kewaunee County traffic accident reports. Three recent reports note collisions with deer on Cty. Trunk J, Highway 96 and a Red River town road.
Congressman Robert J. Cornell recently praised the study by the Joint Economic Committee, which revealed that solar energy is most practical in the northern part of the United States, including Wisconsin.
50 years ago: 1967
Four graduates of Luxemburg High School will appear with the St. Norbert College band at the Band-O-Rama at Luxemburg on Sunday. They are Brad Liebl, Judy Peot, Terri Seidl and Michael Arendt.
Top seniors at Casco High School are Helen Nemetz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Nemetz, Rte. 3, Kewaunee, valedictorian, and Marie Kaye, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Archel Kaye, salutatorian.
Scholarship leaders of Algoma High School Class of 1967 are Dennis Olson, valedictorian, and Candy Krause, salutatorian.
60 years ago: 1957
Mr. and Mrs. Marcel Dionne had their infant daughter christened at St. Mary’s church in Maplewood. They named the child Mary Ann.
Ralph Scherer took over operation of the Cities Service station on Fourth Street in Algoma on Monday. George Brey had operated the station for many years, but has now entered the insurance business.
Warren Andre announced this week he plans to open a shoe store on Fourth Street in the building once occupied by the Wendricks ice cream parlor. He expects to be open for business on April 10.
75 years ago: 1942
The Lorraine Beauty Shoppe is advertising a “Feather Bob Permanent” for Easter. It’s short, 3 to 5 inches in length, and can be molded into styles of fluffy loveliness, in the easy to comb perm.
The Junior Prom is scheduled for Friday, April 15, in the Kewaunee High School gym. Freddie Malcome’s Orchestra will play at 9 p.m.
After April 30, no more vacuum cleaners can be manufactured in this country, and most popular electrical appliances cannot be manufactured after May 31.
90 years ago: 1927
The City Council of Algoma decided on Monday evening that electric rates will be reduced and there will be no further sounds of the 8:30 curfew siren.
Two new members of the Kewaunee Board of Supervisors, when the board convenes in May, will be Ernie Maedtke of Ahnapee and H.J. Steinhorst of West Kewaunee.
In wrestling action at Casco, a father and son were on the bill. George Sigl Jr. won his match with “Young” Bero of Green Bay, but the elder Sigl found the going a little harder against Rus LaFrambois.
100 years ago: 1917
Algoma’s new depot will be brick and concrete. When completed, it will be one of the most modern on the Green Bay & Western lines.
Joseph Stika, who owned and operated the Stika Iron Works. is partnering with Capt. Frank Chapek, in a business to be known hereafter as the Stika-Chapek Iron Works.
Heavy flood and ice floe seriously damaged the steel wagon bridge across the Kewaunee River, just south of Casco. It went out with the flood on Sunday afternoon and fell into the river.
110 years ago: 1907
While operating on a horse, Dr. Hunter had the misfortune to sprain his ankle, when a horse fell on him. Although the sprain was quite severe, he continued to make house calls.
After April 1, the Bank of Algoma is now located in the Busch building on the south side of Steele Street, between Third and Fourth streets.
An indication of the continuance of prosperity among local farmers is the start of building new frame barns on their property this coming summer.
120 years ago: 1897
Leander Meverden has recently added a new refrigerator to his restaurant, built by A. Bennet.
The maple sugar season is now in full blast. Cold nights and sunshiny days provided the proper weather for maple sap.
Work on the Fourth Street bridge will begin in a few days. The bridge is pretty badly warped, but when straightened, it will be as strong as ever.
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press Gazette: Memories from the archives: April 8