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75 YEARS AGO TODAY
October 30, 1938
Stockholders of the Chicago & Northwestern and the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific railroads have approved a merger plan which will create a massive system north and west of Chicago with more than 20,000 miles of rail. If the deal is signed and sealed, the savings of the combined line will be huge.
No impact is expected in the Antigo area.
A picture on the front page shows Gov. Phillip La Follette, who is spending most of his day in Antigo. He will be honored at a dinner at the McMillion Hotel at 6:30 p.m. and after that is to speak at a political event at the Eagles Club at 8:15 p.m. The public is invited to attend the 8:15 p.m. event, sponsored by the Progressive Club of Langlade County. He spoke last night in Clintonville.
The United States is moving toward a wartime footing today with President Roosevelt warning the Japanese that they must stop interfering with U.S. rights in China.
He made the rare foreign policy statements and suggested that the United States must arm itself against outside forces, with an indication this nation would concentrate on the machinery war.
The doctor who spent a term in Leavenworth prison for a face-lift surgery on John Dillinger back in the days when he was “most wanted” by the feds, is heading to prison again, this time for providing an abortion that claimed the life of a young woman. His nursing assistant will also be sentenced for her part in the illegal surgery and death.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
October 30, 1963
Authorities are again hoping for a safe Halloween in Antigo this year as programs are planned for the young people Thursday evening. From third grade through high school, hundreds and hundreds of young people are invited to parties sponsored by the Kiwanis and Business and Professional Women’s clubs.
A parade for the partiers will start at Lincoln Street and Fifth Avenue and go to the high school campus. The youngest students will party starting at 6:30 and the older students, with dancing being featured, at 7 p.m. Both of the school gymnasiums will be used.
But just in case, Police Chief Peter Krosnicki says that the entire force of men will be at his disposal and be out and about looking for vandals and other troublemakers.
Two rather grim pictures are printed on the local page today showing the site of the discovery of eight deer carcasses in the town of Vilas. Conservation Department personnel are thinking that they were killed elsewhere, butchered and then dumped in the field. Wardens Carl Miersch and Earl Piper are investigating.
The Gambles Store in Antigo has some real bargains offered in an ad today. The electronics include a Coronado 19-inch television set for $139.95, your choice of a transistor or table model radio for $9.88 and a portable stereo sound record player for $79.88.
The records to play on that machine, the popular 45 RPMs, are being offered for 9 cents each.
A nice picture is printed today on the sports page of an Antigonian making a difference on the Iowa football team. Jim Bullis, who was a sports standout at the high school here, is a stalwart on the defense for the team.
Orson Wells choked back a chuckle today, saying he had no regrets about a radio drama about an invasion of Earth from Mars. That show aired 25 years ago tonight and caused panic.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
October 30, 1988
A front page headline today hints that St. Nick may be hiding in Ackley — or at least St. Nick’s helper. A new business started by Brenda Bula of Antigo is offering a personal shopper service for those unable or unwilling to make the trek on their own. She says she got the idea from a “Kate and Allie” television show last year but has been practicing the process with family members for the past decade.
The Hyland Lakes Lions Club of Deerbrook is playing host this year to the eighth annual district convention. The event will include a “Hospitality Night” on Friday at the Cutlass Royale followed by activities and seminars at various area locations including a speech by former Lions International Director Joseph Camarda. All Lioness members, their wives and guests can also attend a fashion show at the Hoffman House.
Guy and Elaine Kryshak have moved their jewelry business into expanded quarters, taking up residency in the former Rogman TV building at 727 Fifth Ave. A grand opening sale is planned for November.
10 YEARS AGO TODAY
October 30, 2003
It appears that the end has come to a longtime saga which has battled on for decades in the nearby town of Nashville. The Forest County Potawatomi and the Sokaogon Chippewa Mole Lake Band paid $16.5 million yesterday for the Nicolet Minerals Co. and more than 5,000 acres in land. The land will be split equally and the Sokaogon group will keep ownership of the mining firm.
The fight was over proposed mining for zinc and copper ore, sparking a major controversy between those who believed it could have provided hundreds of family-sustaining jobs and prosperity for the northwoods and those who believed the operation would harm the Wolf River, surrounding wetlands and a hill where more than 500 American Indians were buried more than 200 years ago.
A first reunion of the Polar Blazers Snowmobile Club attracted 33 people last week to the Polar Town Hall. A steak cookout was held to continue a tradition 35 years ago when steaks were $1.35 a pound. Among the attendees were Ken and Rita Boettcher, Bob and Jan Gress, Gene and Candy Gress, Milton and Gloria Kolpack and Phil and Peg Thomae, to name a few.
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