Memories from the Kewaunee County news archives
60 years ago: 1958
Thiry Daems: Father John Righino has announced missions to be held at St. Odile’s and at the church in Champion during March. Each will be a week in length.
Walhain: Former tavern operator Desire (Jerry) Drossart died at Wood Veteran Hospital. A veteran of the Spanish-American War, Drossart operated a resort at Lake Tomahawk for many years. Services were in the chapel at King and burial was in the Veterans Cemetery there.
Countywide: Sheriff Alvin Kuehl reports that dogs have been attacked by skunks in an epidemic of rabies. The cases are not localized but include Pierce, Ahnapee, West Kewaunee and Casco townships. Kuehl also reported a woodchuck coming in contact with a dog.
75 years ago: 1943
Algoma: Town officials in the surrounding area approved a ration board office here. Ration information and materials will be handled through the office, thus sparing inconvenience. Implementation will be delayed until it is determined how the western county townships will set up programs.
Casco: History repeated itself when Lloyd Drossart and Roland Frisque, both 17, left for the Navy. Two years ago their older brothers Perry Drossart and Levi Frisque joined the service.
Rio Creek: Rio Creek Veneer is one of four county plants displaying the Minute Man banner for having 100-percent participation in War Savings Bond sales. Schools with 99-percent participation are also awarded. Hamachek Machine Co., Kewaunee Shipbuilding and Engineering, Algoma Public Service, and LaFollette and Kewaunee Lutheran schools were also honored.
Countywide: Women are buying more low-heeled than high-heeled shoes because they’re filling work positions formerly occupied by men and doing more heavy and tiring work in war industries, where they need comfortable shoes.
100 years ago: 1918
Kewaunee: County Federal Food Administrator J. J. McGowan said residents are returning their excess flour. Many laid in big supplies needed for the war effort and if they do not return the flour, they will be called on the carpet to explain. Government men are around the state finding supplies in attics, cellars and barns where they were thought to be well hidden. McGowan hopes the county will cooperate for the good of all.
Thiry Daems: Col. Wing of the County Loyalty League of the Loyalty Legion spoke to 250 persons at Delebreau’s hall. At the close of the meeting, 75 people organized the Marquette Chapter of the Loyalty Legion.
Woodside: Broncho was enjoyed by all at the card party hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Berg. Mrs. Meunier and Albert Maedke took the honors while Moses Shaw took the booby prize.
Bolt: Patrons of the Bolt Cheese Factory decided to have a whey sterilizer and whey separator installed. Milk and whey will be heated with steam from a newly installed boiler.
125 years ago: 1893
Ahnapee: M.A. Kelsey Fly Net Factory is crowded with work. A large amount of material for the nets have been received and numbers of farm teams are seen daily in front of the factory, delivering knit nets and receiving material for more. The company’s valuable patents give its goods prestige.
Rankin: Mail between the local post office and the railroad stop is now carried by Julius Dettman, who contracted with the government to do the work.
Countywide: Another storm of snow and wind set in and is filling up roads again with drifting snow. The county is accustomed to storms this winter and one more or less does not count.
140 years ago: 1878
Rosiere: Last Thursday the proprietor of a public house caused the arrest of a neighbor in the same business. The neighbor was selling liquor on Sunday. After the suit was settled, the defendant brought a similar charge against the plaintiff. Such difficulties created a division among inhabitants of the area.
Kewaunee: C.W. Dikeman, manufacturer and dealer in shingles, says his are of the best brand and can be bought by the bunch or cargo on the most favorable terms. Dikemann also deals in dry goods, groceries, provisions, hardware and “etc., etc., etc.”
Countywide: Spring 1878 teacher examinations will be held in the schoolhouses in Lincoln, Ahnapee and Kewaunee and in Henry Christman’s home in Montpelier. Applicants are expected to supply their own pens, legal cap paper, ink and blotting paper.
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press-Gazette: Memories from the Kewaunee County news archives