Antigo Cemetery marker dates back 108 years|
Memorial Day observances set in area
|There will be a few visitors this weekend to the Grand Army of the Republic statue at the Antigo Cemetery, but the bulk of the Memorial Day festivities have been shifted to the Langlade County Courthouse campus, where there are two markers, one for World War II and the other for Vietnam..|
But for decades the statue at the center of the circle at the cemetery was home for reflective Decoration Day and Memorial Day programs before the shift to the more accessible courthouse facilities.
The cemetery marker still stands as a stately reminder of earlier wars and the sacrifices men made.
Soldiers Circle is guarded by a fine sentinel, a statue erected in 1905 as a tribute to the Grand Army of the Republic. A plaque was added some 24 years later listing the Civil War veterans of Langlade County.
For a time, Antigo was home to the John A. Kellogg Post No. 78, G.A.R., named in honor of Gen. John A. Kellogg of Wausau. But by 1921 membership had dwindled to just 15, and in the 1930s the last Civil War veteran, John Newberry, died. Newberry, who had served with Co. G, 169th New York Infantry from August, 1864 to July, 1865, is not buried in Soldiers Circle, but n
Soldier's Circle at Antigo Cemetery, with flags marking veterans' graves for Memorial Day.
Rep. Mary Czaja will offer remarks at Antigo’s traditional ceremony and there will be a special service inaugurating the new LeRoyer Walkway and World War I Memorial at Langlade Hospital to mark Memorial Day on Monday.
The day to honor the nation’s war casualties will be marked throughout the region with parades and special observances.
Antigo Disabled American Veterans will host Memorial Day activities on Monday, beginning with a ceremony to honor those who died at sea at the Hudson Street bridge at 8 a.m.
There will be a prayer, Pledge of Allegiance led by members of Boy Scout Troop No. 644, and a gun salute with Taps featuring members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans.
A similar ceremony will follow at 8:45 a.m. at Kindred Care—Eastview complex.
At 9 a.m. units will form for the parade stretching from Eastview to the Langade County Courthouse. Units, escorted by law enforcement, will include a color guard, veterans organizations, National Guard soldiers, Antigo High School and Middle School marching bands, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, 4-H clubs, and fire and rescue squads.
A Sample of Peeps at Our Past
75 YEARS AGO TODAY
May 24, 1938
William Asher, director of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, spoke to members of the Antigo association last night at the Quigley, and spoke about job opportunities that exist in Wisconsin with a touch of politics mixed in.
Following the death of Walter Gallon, Fred L. Berner was selected as president of the association. Berner, who presided at the meeting, convinced Walter Chilsen, editor of the Merrill Herald, to attend and tell a few amusing stories.
Rose Marie Koeppen, 10, was the girl who hooked a wall-eyed pike in front of the Three Oaks Resort at Post Lake. On display at the Olsen Hardware Store, it is the largest fish of that species caught this year.
Frederick Hillman, the only surviving veteran of the Civil War in Langlade County, will travel to Gettysburg, Pa. June 29 to attend a special program marking the 75th anniversary of the battle there. His son, Frank, who is a resident of Gays Mills, will accompany his father.
The 89-year-old recently received an invitation to attend from the federal government and is in good health to make the rather long trip. His service record shows he is 93
Appreciation shown at banquet
County jobless unchanged
|The Antigo school district honored retirees and 25-year employees Wednesday, mixing some serious appreciation with light-hearted roasts in an evening that drew an overflow crowd to Swartzendruber’s Supper Club.|
“It’s great to see a turnout like this to recognize some very important people,” Pete Lewandowski, who served as master of ceremonies, said.
Lewandowski thanked former board members Sally Cahak, Roseann Hoffman and Andy Merry for their service, noting that “we really appreciate what you’ve done for kids,” and launched into recognition for the 29 retirees, who included a mix of veteran teachers and support staff.
“In a way, it’s heart-breaking to see a list this big,” Lewandowski said, stressing the enormous number of years and teaching experience the retirees represented.
“They will all be greatly missed,” he added. “While your positions may be filled, your places will never be taken.”
Then, lightening the mood, he noted “we always need subs.”
Among the retirees was Doug Knol, who is leaving at the conclusion of the school year after serving as Antigo Middle School principal for 21 years.
Knol, known throughout the dis
Middle School Principal Doug Knol accepts an appreciation award from Denise Madison at Wednesday’s recognition social.
Langlade County’s unemployment rate remained unchanged between March and April, while figures improved across much of the state.
The state Department of Workforce Development said Wednesday that unemployment got worse in April in Calumet, Menominee and Price counties, and stayed the same in Iron and Langlade counties. Unemployment rates improved in the other 67 counties.
Statewide, the rate was unchanged at 7.1 percent, up from 6.9 percent a year ago.
Langlade’s rate of 9.6 percent remains well ahead of the state average, and is also above the 8.9 percent rate reported in April, 2012.
But the county remains ahead of much of the northwoods, with rates of 10.9 percent in Forest County; 9.7 percent in Lincoln; 10.3 percent in Oneida; and 12.3 percent in Vilas.
Shawano reported an employment rate of 8.2 percent
The highest unemployment rate was in Menominee County, at 15.6 percent. That’s almost a full percentage point worse than in March, when the unemployment rate was 14.7 percent.
Unemployment was lowest in Dane County, at 4.9 percent. That’s down from 5.1 percent last month.
The data are based on monthly claims for un
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