A Sample of Peeps at Our Past|
75 YEARS AGO TODAY
September 25, 1938
John McHale, of Mt. Pleasant, Mich. is in Antigo visiting his old home grounds. Known as the “Judas Priest” McHale, he is recognized as one of the best road machinery salesmen in the state of Michigan. He graduated from Antigo High School way back in 1892, taught school in the county for some time and then went to Michigan to sell machines. His brothers and sisters are all deceased.
He is as good natured and jolly as ever and his Irish wit certainly has not failed.
Local voters went to the polls yesterday and by a three-to-one margin approved a large addition to the existing Junior High School. It won by substantial margins in all of the city’s six wards, opening way for construction of the new building.
Fire officials have been called to Viroqua to investigate fires in two of the local lumber yards in a matter of about four weeks. The sheriff asked for help with the strange case.
George Svendsen, the Antigo High School football coach, visited the Second Guessers Club meeting last night at the Elks with pictures of what the well-dressed football player is wearing this fall. His presentation was just part of a busy evening in which the Packer-Bear game films were shown from last year.
Two young men asked for time to hire an attorney in a counterfeit case, which was heard in federal court in Shawano. They reportedly passed a fake quarter at the White Owl tavern Saturday night. They will be in court again in Milwaukee Sept. 27.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
September 25, 1963
Peter Krosnicki, chief of the Antigo Police Department, has been selected as president of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association. He has been head of the department here since 1941 and an officer prior getting that position.
The Antigo Co-op Credit Union has an ad in the paper today showing rates on new car loans. If you are going to do a budget deal, the monthly payment over 36 months for a $50 loan is $1.67. More realistically, at the high end of the scale, a car that needs $3,000 financing will demand a monthly payment of $116.25 for 30 months and for 36, $99.65.
A front-page picture and story detail the work going on by Rev. Carl Nagel, who a number of years ago served as pastor of the United Church of Christ - Evangelical Reformed in Antigo. He has been here for the past few days working on the final drafts of the book of his poems, and is shown in a picture working at a desk in the bindery at the Berner Brother Publishing Co. He has written them over nearly 80 years. He is now a resident of Wausau.
On his trip to Ashland, President John Kennedy vowed to work for the advancement of Wisconsin resources in an address in that city. He was just returning from a trip by helicopter to the Apostle Islands, an area proposed to be included in the National Park system.
When the Chicago Cubs beat the Cardinals last night, the Dodgers secured the pennant in the National League.
Red Turney and Aletta Berndt were rolling hot games last night at Gold Coast Lanes. Turney opened with a sparkling 240. Berndt shot a 227.
The Antigo track team downed Merrill at an event held at Riverview Country Club yesterday. Among the locals who did well were Dale Roe, Eugene Boettcher, Dennis Kramer, Jim Thomas and Tom Schroepfer.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
September 25, 1988
Jamie Wagnes has been selected to reign as queen over Antigo High School’s homecoming festivities. Joining her on the court are Sue Matuszewski, Margie Hubatch, Ann Ingram and Stacy Liederbach.
The Antigo High School Class of 1938 marked its 50th reunion earlier this month at the Riverview Country Club and 90 of the total 206 members were in attendance. Among those in attendance were John Avery, the class president, as well as Lloyd McCann, Jerry Benishek, Erv Vandehei, Esther Rasmussen Reed, Ann Sikora Fleischman, Leon Kalkofen, Ken Anderson, Dick Mullen, Marion Boil Teske and Betty Berg Hanley to name a few. In its junior year, the class was recognized by “Life” magazine which covered its spring prom and again for its 20th year reunion.
The residents of the town of Wolf River held a special meeting earlier this week with the main agenda item being honoring one of its own. Roger Maas served as chairman of the town board for 16 years and before that a town supervisor, before retiring last month. He was given a gold watch in recognition of the service by fellow townspeople including new chairman Frank Antoniewicz.
Members of the Langlade County Historical Society are considering plans for the future, particularly whether it should maintain their headquarters at the St. John Convent on Fulton Street. Other options being considered include acquisition of the former Methodist Church property on Clermont Street or constructing a new metal building and purchasing lands in the rail corridor to locate a new museum near the Fifth Avenue-Clermont Street intersection.
10 YEARS AGO TODAY
September 25, 2003
Antigo’s longtime policy of curbside garbage pick-up is most likely in its final days as aldermen are considering nixing the service. In a matter of months, the city is expected to shut down its landfill in the town of Antigo — and if approved, residents will need to hire a private hauler service to pick up the trash.
Dan Godfread has been hired to serve as head basketball coach of the Elcho High School boys program. School officials say Godfread comes with impressive credentials with experience as a professional basketball player.
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