Memories from the Kewaunee County news archives
60 years ago: 1958
Algoma: Algoma Plywood and Veneer Co. did much of the experimental work for Evergrain, a new, clean, brilliant finish which shows the beauty of wood to the fullest extent. The finish is far superior to paints, varnishes and lacquers and requires minimal maintenance.
Clyde: The Progress Homemakers Club held its January meeting at the home of Lorraine Kasmerchek who presented “Fix It” with Magdalen Opicka. Roll call was answered with the name of a household tool.
Kewaunee: School Superintendent Arnold Chada reported that 4,729 students are enrolled in county schools over which the county has jurisdiction. Kewaunee, Casco and Luxemburg high schools are union high schools and are included in the total. Algoma city system has a superintendent and, except for special education, Algoma students are not included in the numbers.
75 years ago: 1943
Countywide: Public sale of canned and frozen fruits and vegetables is curtailed as rationing begins March 1. Registration for the ration books begins in the county public grade schools and will be handled by the teachers and school district clerk.
Town of Carlton: Kewaunee County war volunteer homemaker leaders are meeting at the school to learn the latest cookery methods. New meat recipes dealing with meat rationing are being distributed.
Countywide: The County Farm Machinery Rationing Committee issued purchasing permits for new farm machinery. Otto Keup got a manure spreader permit while Joe Annoye and Ed Janda got wire fencing. Edward Ripley, Allen Baumgartner and Fred McCosky got permits for milk cans and covers.
100 years ago: 1918
Bolt: The ladies of the Stangelville branch of the Red Cross Chapter are completing countless articles including wristlets, scarves and socks to be sent to the men in service for World War I.
Casco: The Algoma basketball team was victorious as usual and beat the local boys, 36-26. But, Casco’s junior boys saw to it that the Algoma junior team left with a sadder heart than when they came.
Algoma: Shovel Tag Day was observed at the Algoma school. Each scholar was asked to write an impromptu essay on either why or how to save coal. The program included readings of the best essays, patriotic recitations and songs. Prominent local businessmen brought coal shovels to be tagged by the scholars whose essays were judged best.
125 years ago: 1893
Town of Ahnapee: $4,000, plus interest, was paid on the $7,500 railroad bonds. Within a year, the town expected to pay the balance in full. Being in such a prosperous condition, the town’s farmers think it is best to pay their obligations while basking in the smiles of Dame Fortune.
Bruemmerville: H. Bruemmer & Co., proprietors of the flour mill, recently shipped several carloads of product and have orders for future delivery. Reports are that in spring, the company plans to build a saloon near the mills and Rudolf Bruemmer will run it. The paper, however, is unable to verify these facts.
Kewaunee: An excursion of Green Bay businessmen spent last Monday in the city looking at the mammoth car ferry steamers, and after looking through the boats, the men amused themselves by coasting on Kewaunee’s high hills.
Kewaunee: Kewaunee New Era says a fog signal will be in place on an early date. U.S. Sen. Philetus Sawyer introduced a bill providing such a fog signal not to exceed $5,500. The bill passed the Senate and is now in the House, where it is hoped it will be quickly passed
Zavis: A former resident was arrested at Soldiers’ Home in Milwaukee on a charge of perjury in connection with a land deal in Oklahoma. He was taken before a court commissioner for the purpose of identification
140 years ago: 1878
Kewaunee: Hotel proprietor Wenzel Pohl, whose hotel is at Ellis and Milwaukee streets, says he has long experience in catering to the wants of the traveling public, confident that he will maintain his reputation as a first-class hotel in every respect.
Countywide: Ayres Sarsaparilla offers such skillfully combined ingredients that it is even harmless for children. It is effectual in purging from the system those impurities and corruptions which develop into loathsome disease. Prominent physicians all over the country attest to its usefulness.
Ahnapee: Furniture and harness maker John Klumbalek is advertising the large and assorted coffins he keeps on hand. Satisfaction is always guaranteed. Find Mr. Kumbalek on S. Water, opposite H. Fax.
Pierce: John Riedy was putting basswood logs into the river when he got one leg squeezed between two logs. He is confined to his house.
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press-Gazette: Memories from the Kewaunee County news archives