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|"Our History" articles appear in a monthly supplement to the Antigo Daily Journal called "Family Prime Time" which began March 1993. These articles provide area historical and genealogical information on some area families. Older years can be found on microfilm at the Antigo Public Library but the Library has stopped having them microfilmed in recent years. The only remaining copies can be found either at the Antigo Daily Journal Office or perhaps on the microfilm copies found at the Univ. of Wis. Madison Library.|
|March 8, 1993||No historical article this first issue.|
|April 12, 1993||Hilbert Anderson recalls early years on farm...|
|May 10, 1993||A look at Glen Wilson's life.|
|June 14, 1993||Early days of Upham recalled.|
|July 19, 1993||(Pickerel) School article sparks many memories.|
|August 9, 1993||Old-timers share similar memories.|
|September 13, 1993||A soldier's tale of World War II (Paul Braun).|
|October 11, 1993||Memories of Tuckerville and more.|
|November 8, 1993||Carlie Artz was early auctioneer, ...|
|December 6, 1993||The Teal family moved into a "green" industry.|
|January 3, 1994||Way back when, in the Pioneer days (Vaughan family).|
|February 7, 1994||Woman recalls decades... and decades of change (Hazel Clark).|
|March 7, 1994||H & R Furniture, location has rich history.|
|April 4, 1994||Hardy pioneer ancestors (Stimson & Shanks families).|
|May 1994||No Prime Time copied (published?) this month.|
|June 6, 1994||Traveling the Dust Bowl in a roadster (Sheldon, Petters, & Dakin boys).|
|July 5, 1994||Good Memories from long ago (Koepenick area).|
|August 1, 1994||Front porch was center of activities (Wilkins, Bement families).|
|September 6, 1994||An odyssey from Czechoslovakia (Solin & Mallo families).|
|October 3, 1994||Rasmussen family tied to area history.|
|November 7, 1994||A wedding in the midst of wartime (Butch & Faith Schremp).|
|December 5, 1994||Colorful Kempster history linked to logging.|
|January 3, 1995||A look at prospering days of Ormsby.|
|February 6, 1995||Growing up in Pearson in the '20s.|
|March 6, 1995||A look at Dan Gagen, his township.|
|April 3, 1995||Memorable experiences as Navy WAVE.|
|May 1, 1995||Four generations on the Besse homestead.|
|June 5, 1995||Elmhurst was once a thriving village.|
|July 3, 1995||The history of the Norwood Township.|
|August 7, 1995||A look at a county logging pioneer (David Edick)|
|September 1995||No Prime Time copied (published?) this month.|
|October 2, 1995||Apple Grove had pleasant name, interesting families.|
|November 6, 1995||Schultz roots are in Morris ghost town.|
|December 4, 1995||Paine Lumber Co. operated major railway.|
|January 2, 1996||Town of Rolling... opened first school... 115 years ago.|
|February 5, 1996||Willard Ackley was very early settler.|
|March 4, 1996||Once-busy Pratt Junction now just a memory.|
|April 1, 1996||Pioneers settled in Ackley, Jennings.|
|May 6, 1996||Mueller family came to Polar area in 1877.|
|June 3, 1996||Heineman Mill was early county employer.|
|July 1, 1996||"Dad's" shanty was early meeting place (William Harvey).|
|August 5, 1996||County's namesake was adventurous man.|
|September 3, 1996||Charles Larzelere a picturesque figure.|
|October 7, 1996||County has rich moonshine tradition.|
|November 4, 1996||Dams controlled water flow along the Eau Claire.|
|December 2, 1996||Estonian settlers had a colorful past.|
|January 6, 1997||Times changed for Bloomville Estonian Church.|
|February 3, 1997||Maple Syrup Season is almost upon us (Kakes, Klement, Neigenfind).|
|March 3, 1997||County hermit Cyril Langer had very unusual life.|
|April 7, 1997||Swarthy Jack Sharkey's on the road again..|
|May 5, 1997||Consolidated (Papers Co.) rafted logs across Superior.|
|June 2, 1997||Early fishing tales from northwoods.|
|July 7, 1997||Dr. Kate Newcomb great northwoods pioneer.|
|August 4, 1997||Dr. Kate's northwoods life was difficult..|
|September 2, 1997||Kate Newcomb finally returns to medicine.|
|October 6, 1997||A lookback at the Schremp family homestead.|
|November 3, 1997||Peshtigo was a booming, tragic community.|
|December 1, 1997||Lookback at the horrifying Peshtigo fire.|
|January 5, 1998||A look at the history of Strassburg.|
|February 2, 1998||Evergreen history dates to the late 1880s.|
|March 2, 1998||Charles Ferguston arrived in northwoods in 1903.|
|April 6, 1998||Charles Ferguston was early county innovator.|
|May 4, 1998||Turner area of Upham lively years ago.|
|June 1, 1998||Frank Borth was early Kempster pioneer.|
|July 6, 1998||Kempster beaten by Deleglise for rail hub.|
|August 3, 1998||Elcho has exceptionally colorful past.|
|September 8, 1998||Remembering log cabins along Military Road.|
|October 5, 1998||Colorful C.W. Fish and his Elcho dream.|
|November 2, 1998||Mattoon has rich lumbering, rail history.|
|December 7, 1998||Kennedy clan left Antigo in sleighs 114 years ago.|
|January 4, 1999||Harold Mattmiller a colorful character.|
|February 1, 1999||Growing up with the Mattmillers.|
|March 1, 1999||Tannery Town among early rural settlements.|
|April 5, 1999||Boomers settled in the Jennings area.|
|May 3, 1999||Recollections of people, events in the north.|
|June 7, 1999||Memories of the Liberty Bell school.|
|July 12, 1999||Remembering pioneer days of Norwood, Phlox.|
|August 2, 1999||Phlox thrived despite lack of rail line.|
|September 7, 1999||Post Lake long been a favorite destination.|
|October 4, 1999||Queen Marinette gave her name to a city (Marie Antoinette Chevalier).|
|November 1, 1999||(John) Mortenson remembered as fine craftsman.|
|December 6, 1999||Now a ghost town, Van Ostrand once thirved..|
|January 3, 2000||Logging Langlade County's eastern sections.|
|February 7, 2000||Bustling Rock Island once history's backwater.|
|March 6, 2000||Forgotten Kent once a thriving mill village.|
|April 3, 2000||Rail trip (early 1900s) ... presented interesting challenge.|
|May 1, 2000||John Dillinger's life has ties to the northwoods.|
|June 5, 2000||Great Depression brought C.C.C. camps to north.|
|July 10, 2000||The brutal tale of the Donner Wagon train.|
|August 7, 2000||The tragic tale of the Donner Lake wagon train.|
|September 5, 2000||Brown Bear School has colorful history.|
|October 2, 2000||"Mystery ship" offers a tale of the Great Lakes.|
|November 6, 2000||The search continues for the mystery ship.|
|December 4, 2000||Spring bear hunt created long-lasting memories.|
|January 2, 2001||Ainsworth township named for a single family.|
|February 5, 2001||Miletus & Emma York were Harrison pioneers.|
|March 5, 2001||Early northwoods roads often muddy wrecks.|
|April 2, 2001||Doering: A look back at the people, place.|
|May 7, 2001||Forest fire detection... five towers...|
|June 4, 2001||A lyrical look at the Snag Lake Camp cook.|
|July 2, 2001||Community of Star Neva had its start as Melnik|
|August 6, 2001||Neva, Deerbrook areas date to the 1870s.|
|September 4, 2001||Salvaging log "shrinkage" from the riverbed.|
|October 1, 2001||Community named for pioneer John Hogarty.|
|November 5, 2001||1. The real story of the legendary "Casey" Jones.
2. Community named in honor of George B. Mattoon.
|December 3, 2001||Marsh district dates to 1894, now part of Ackley.|
|January 7, 2002||Parrish was at the heart of lumbering region.
(On microfilm roll with Dec. 31, 2001 paper.)
|February 4, 2002||A look at pioneer lumbermen along Military Road.|
|March 4, 2002||Moonshine recipes as individual as still operators.|
|April 1, 2002||Diercks recalls days with Patton's Third Army.|
|May 6, 2002||Lyman Diecks recalls World War II experiences.|
|June 3, 2002||Lyman Diecks concludes his wartime tale.|
|July 1, 2002||White Lake mill has a long, storied history.|
|August 5, 2002||White Lake mill has a rich and coloful history.|
|September 3, 2002||Recollections from the Dymczenski, Bell families.|
|October 7, 2002||Recollections continue with the Gambles, Grimes.|
|November 4, 2002||White Lake families included Juettens, Larzeleres.|
|December 2, 2002||McCambridge, Murray families settled White Lake.|
|January 6, 2003||Families of White Lake include Notbohms, Ramers.|
|February 3, 2003||A sign of the times, Elton post office closes its doors.|
|March 3, 2003||Credit Union history spans half a century.|
|April 7, 2003||Antigo became home to Civil War veterans.|
|May 5, 2003||William Ladwig mixed barbering, broadcasting.|
|June 2, 2003||First newspaper details a thriving Antigo in 1882.|
|July 7, 2003||Antigo... marking its 50th 75 years ago.|
|August 4, 2003||George Eckart among Antigo's founding fathers.|
|September 2, 2003||Bob Hope, Antigo hardwareman had a link in '40s.|
|October 6, 2003||Langlade County potato fields... latest technology... early days were tough.|
|November 3, 2003||Recollections of the Stone, Wheeler families.|
|December 8, 2003||Street names offer glimpse of Antigo's origins.|
|January 5, 2004||Unity Evangelical Church among Antigo's earliest congregations.|
|February 2, 2004||Fast sleds are a Langlade County tradition.|
|March 1, 2004||Kellogg's Pond... many tons of ice... harvested.|
|April 5, 2004||Local Society preserves colorful White Lake lore.|
|May 3, 2004||Late 1880s brought growth along Military Road.|
|June 7, 2004||1880-1915: White Lake enters logging, farming heyday.|
|July 6, 2004||1. White Lake pioneers struggle, but surviving.
2. Antigo Public Library/Historical Society Building nears 100th year.
|August 2, 2004||The years were 1920 to 1930 in White Lake.|
|September 7, 2004||The years were 1930 to 1940 in White Lake.|
|October 4, 2004||White Lake (1940-1950) series concludes with sawmill fire.|
|November 1, 2004||Deleglise family kept busy before arriving in Antigo.|
|December 6, 2004||Deleglise came to northwoods as a timber cruiser.|
|January 3, 2005||German POW's brought in the crops, worked in area factories after war.|
|February 7, 2005||Antigo wasn't obvious choice for county seat.|
|March 7, 2005||...First car got to Antigo during '03, big things followed.|
|April 4, 2005||Eva Jewell was a gem, and even rode racehorses.|
|May 2, 2005||1. Post office celebrating Antigo airmail delivery anniversary.
2. Kraftwood Gardens were a county showplace.
|June 6, 2005||George Latta, First Lawyer and First District Attorney in Langlade County.|
|July 5, 2005||CCC workers helped create some of the north's top attractions|
|August 1, 2005||Opera House has had many uses in its long history|
|September 6, 2005||1. Springbrook School still educating public at 100
2. Baseball's history here is recalled
|October 3, 2005||Langlade County has great history of aircraft fly-ins|
|November 7, 2005||The 107th Trench Mortar Battery Company|
|December 5, 2005||1918 Spanish flu pandemic hit Antigo with a vengeance|
|January 3, 2006||"Crash at Crush," Early railroad promotion had tragic conclusion.|
|February 6, 2006||Numerous spur lines fed Antigo's major rail hub.|
|March 6, 2006||Spectacular 1945 train crash heard all 'round Antigo.|
|April 3, 2006||Elcho, once a fairy tale village, had grand depot.|
|May 1, 2006||1. The Arrival of the first automobile in Antigo.
2. VFW honors namesake, Leland Tollefson
|June 5, 2006||Thomas Murphy parlays memories in memoirs.|
|July 3, 2006||The State questioned abilities of the frugal farmers of Eastern Langlade County to save investment money. James Conn explained in letter to the tax man how he earned the funds he saved in a fruit jar. Explanation was accepted.|
|August 7, 2006||John Kolb, ex-Chicago 1920's gang member & owner of Nomad Trading Post, was intriguing northwoods character.|
|September 5, 2006||1. Some of Antigo's fine homes arrived here in kit form from Sears.
2. Over a century ago, Antigo was the home of a circus.
|October 2, 2006||Last Railroad Steam Engine rolled through Antigo in fall of 1957, marking end of an era.|
|November 6, 2006||Antigo Theater production based on a true tale of Christmas ship (the Rouse Simmons) tragedy.|
|December 4, 2006||War Bonds replace toys at Christmas 62 years ago.|
|January 2, 2007||Squire A. Taylor led marketing efforts to promote county in 1879.|
|February 5, 2007||Residents embraced winter on Kellogg's Pond.|
|March 5, 2007||Journal's Dog Derby was once a fan-favorite 1929-1931.|
|April 2, 2007||A look at some of Antigo's "ward" elementary schools.|
|May 7, 2007||1. Trench Mortar Battery recalled 90 years later.
2. 107th returned home to a thunderous ovation.
|June 4, 2007||As dedication nears, railroad engine 440's history is remembered.|
|July 2, 2007||Marketing Antigo and Langlade County's virtues started in 1884 with brochure written by Francis Deleglise and W.W. Hutchinson.|
|August, 6, 2007||Part Two: Brochure written by Francis Deleglise and W.W. Hutchinson.|
|September 3, 2007||Part Three: Brochure written by Francis Deleglise and W.W. Hutchinson.|
|October 1, 2007||At one time, Antigo nearly became a two-railroad town.|
|November 5, 2007||Gene Now's collection broadcasts love of old-time radios.|
|December 3, 2007||In April 1932, there were 556 rail employees in Antigo, in a matter of a mere 75 years, zilch.|
|January 7, 2008||Early rural mail carriers were a hearty breed. (part 1)|
|February 4, 2008||Early rural mail carriers were a hearty breed. (part 2)|
|March 3, 2008||1. Northwoods was once a presidential playground.
2. Kennedy visit was political highlight for Antigo.
|April 7, 2008||Couple (Joseph & Helen Zaitz) fled booming Leadtown, Colorado in 1917 for healthier home in Town of Vilas.|
|May 5, 2008||Pioneer Edgar Neff remembered here by building names and 4-H Club.|
|June 2, 2008||1. Langlade County enjoys a rich musical heritage, Part 1
2. After decades, Messers are still making music
|July 7, 2008||Langlade County enjoys a rich musical heritage, Part 2|
|August 4, 2008||Remembering CCC camps that dotted the north, including Camp 657 at Summit Lake and later Otter Lake.|
|September 2, 2008||Loraine (Green) Servi recalls her student days in Joe Bauschka's high school band with Nick Salm, who is coordinating efforts to restore the City Park bandstand.|
|October 6, 2008||Langlade County court has long, interesting history.|
|November 3, 2008||Langlade County has a history of colorful presidential campaigns.|
|December 1, 2008||Survivor recalls deadly failure of Gardner Dam.|
|January 5, 2009||Hard Liquor began flowing, again, 75 years ago.|
|February 2, 2009||County bears the name of a honorable explorer: Charles De Langlade.|
|March 2, 2009||B'gosh, it's perfect time to share story of Irish. A compilation prepared by Dorothy O'Donnell and presented to the members of the Langlade County Historical Society in 1972.|
|April 6, 2009||On eve of vote, remembering city's first mayor, Thomas W. Lynch.|
|May 4, 2009||Far from bluegrass, northwoods staged own Derby.|
|June 1, 2009||New city park bandstand, stage is namesake of beloved directors, Josef "JB" Bauschka and Jim "JT" Traut.|
|July 6, 2009||1. Early postal route of Frank Ferdon offered lesson in perseverance.
2. Local woman, Elaine Duchac, recalls her terror at age 7 when the Little Bohemia Lodge shoot-out with John Dillinger took place next door from her home.
|August 3, 2009||Once-bustling feed Mill (Farmers Elevator) victim of changing times (razed).|
|September 8, 2009||Fur trappers helped open up the northwoods.|
|October 5, 2009||Picture tells a tale of railroad history, workers.|
|November 2, 2009||1. County surveyors left behind a hidden history
2. U.P. relic (Wakefield Memorial Building) faces resurrection as modern landmark.
|December 7, 2009||Local children book author Ruth Lucia's life reads something like a fairy tale|
|January 4, 2010||1. Once-booming Pequaming (Michigan) tied to timber, and Ford Co.
2. Rev. A. Grimm left several legacies to community.
|February 1, 2010||Badger band is coming here, has storied history.|
|March 1, 2010||1. UW band visit here sparks questions about "On, Wisconsin!"
2. Court adjourned: Vicky Adamski caps 42-year Clerk of Court career.
|April 5, 2010||Peace Lutheran School evolved with community.|
|May 3, 2010||Growing up in Antigo (by former resident Tom Murphy) linked to city's rail history.|
|June 7, 2010||From one graduate to 273, a look at Antigo High School commencements.|
|July 6, 2010||White Lake area has tradition of great baseball.|
|August 2, 2010||1. White Lake, Hollister were hotbeds of baseball.
2. Pickerel Lake's Bud McBain observed, help report WW II in Europe.
|September 7, 2010||White Lake was a center of softball team activity.|
|October 4, 2010||Almost century ago, region already a farm hotbed. Dessureau book.|
|November 1, 2010||Gentle Catholic brother (Andre Bessette) now honored as saint.|
|December 6, 2010||Powell's Nite Club was the place to go for the holidays.|
|January 3, 2011||In days of wood and wool, winter was really something.|
|February 7, 2011||"New" Elcho rose from ashes 88 years ago.|
|March 7, 2011||Bowling arrived here soon after Francis Deleglise|
|April 4, 2011||City founder played role in Civil War 150 years ago.|
|May 2, 2011||C.W. Fish used glowing words to promote Elcho.|
|June 6, 2011||Helen Benishek Tradewell a pioneer in park design.|
|July 5, 2011||At 125 years, County Fair grounded in tradition.|
|August 1, 2001||1. Recalling the days of horse-drawn fire engines
2. Antigo's once-lost American LaFrance Metropolitan Fire steamer finds home at the Liberty Hall Museum Firehouse in Union, NJ.
|September 6, 2011||Aviation history made 100 years ago in Antigo by John Schwister.|
|October 3, 2011||River Town (Alma, Wis.) was focus for eugenics campaign in 1913.|
|November 7, 2011||Early four-wheel-drive tractors tied to Clintonville|
|December 5, 2011||Daily Bros Circus train "Pie Car" was busted in Antigo for secret gambling equipment. Part 1 of 3|
|January 2, 2012||Investigators quiz circus owners after Pie Car raid. Part 2 of 3|
|February 6, 2012||Sexual Intrigue, booze sales were common on "Pie Car." Part 3 of 3
Emil "Pete" Gleich, Amtracers finally cited for WWII heroism.
|March 5, 2012||New museum project offers "windows" to the past.|
|April 2, 2012||DNR celebrates 100 years of Wisconsin Forestry|
|May 7, 2012||1. UW-Extension celebrates 100 years of services
2. A.J. Kingsbury featured in classy new book
|June 4, 2012||Deleglise cabin part 1: Eighty years ago, pioneers gathered at Deleglise cabin dedication on library grounds.|
|July 2, 2012||Deleglise cabin part 2: Father St. Louis led first Mass in Deleglise cabin.|
|August 6, 2012||Deleglise cabin part 3: Deleglise daughter offered history of the cabin|
|September 4, 2012||1. Deleglise cabin part 4: Recalling Deleglise, at dedication of his cabin
2. If These Walls Could Speak, imagine the stories. History of Langlade Hospital by Sister Dolores Demulling, Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph
|October 1, 2012||Antigo School District's Superintendet P.A. Tipler's 1936 report reflected glowingly on its schools.|
|November 5, 2012||Then Mayor C.O. Miller reported 1936 was a banner year for city public works projects (now landmarks).|
|December 3, 2012||The forming of "New" county written by P.T. Gillette in 1936, Part 1|
|January 7, 2013||Springbrook became county seat through well-laid plot by P.T. Gillette, Part 2|
|February 4, 2013||Early Newspaper was key supporter of New County by P.T. Gillette, Part 3|
|March 4, 2013||1. Pickerel Lake had key role in Carl Becker dynasty
2. New County voters faced dilemma in election of 1880 by P.T. Gillette, Part 4
|April 1, 2013||Lily seen as the hub of the North's "New" county by P.T. Gillette, Part 5|
|May 6, 2013||Saga of New County continues with a look at Wolf River handicaps, and concerns of "swindle," by P.T. Gillette, Part 6|
|June 3, 2013||Shawano board raises a fuss over portions of "New" County by P.T Gillette, Part 7|
|July 1, 2013||Twin Valley House fire sparked first county meeting by P.T. Gillette, Part 8|
|August 5, 2013||As county formed, questions arose over "Lost Nation" by P.T. Gillette, Part 9|
|September 3, 2013||As story concludes, harmony returns to county by P.T. Gillete, Part 10|
|October 7, 2013||Village of Mattoon named for Civil War hero, entrepreneur.|
|November 4, 2013||1. In 38 years, Eagle Harbor Station saved many lives.
2. Thomas Bennetts remembered as Lake Superior hero.
|December 2, 2013||1. Fascinating story about the Gettysburg Address by the Associated Press
2. Antigo's Edward Fischer, WW II crew member of the USS Pope, shares capture story of the German submarine U-505.
|January 6, 2014||A stroll back in time along Fifth Avenue|
|February 3, 2014||On-the-scene report from early Yawkey-Bissell camps.|
|March 3, 2014||1. Betty Bricco continues rich artistic heritage started by her mother.
2. Langlade County: The County of Trails...and artists.
|April 7, 2014||Early White Lake Area schools linked with history of the county.|
|May 5, 2014||Region has long history of meeting health care needs.|
|June 2, 2014||Wolf River tied to history of the northwoods|
|July 7, 2014||1. "River Pigs" played key role in Wolf's log drives
2. On 100th anniversary, Estonian Lutheran Church near Bloomville reclaimed from brush.
|August 4, 2014||Recalling the Wolf River log drives and the river men.|
|September 2, 2014||County residents had key roles in World War I and the Trench Mortar Battery, Part 1|
|October 6, 2014||The Trench Mortar Battery in battle, and at home, Part 2|
|November 3, 2014||Conservation, Recreation key to Wolf River's History.|
|December 1, 2014||Antigo Fire department refines equipment, skills over the years.|
|January 5, 2015||Lumbermen enjoyed "stopping places" along the Wolf River.|
|February 2, 2015||1. Hospital prepares for future without the sisters.
2. Remembering Antigo's Armistice-era flue outbreak.
|March 2, 2015||Van Ostrand once heralded as "town with a future."|
|April 6, 2015||Village of Van Ostrand came to a sudden demise.|
|May 4, 2015||Van Ostrand a ghost town, but memories very real.|
|June 1, 2015||Langlade County was the home of several Grange Halls. Formal name: The National Grange of the Patrons of Animal Husbandry.|
|July 6, 2015||Fishing is a key part of Langlade County History: Kingsbury's postcards, Suick's Muskie Thriller Lure, Shelton's Mepps Lures,
and a special railroad car that delivered fish fingerlings to area lakes.
|August 3, 2015||Steam Locomotives key to early logging operations in Langlade County.|
|September 7, 2015||Normal Schools taught generations of teachers.
The Langlade County Normal School started in 1906 and closed in 1971.
The Webmaster of this website graduated from this school in 1964.
|October, 5, 2015||1. Antigo's newest K9 officer, Natscho, mixes charm with a bite.
2. Now gone, White Lake bank had an interesting tale.
|November 2, 2015||Elcho CCC Camp provided assistance to many during the Great Depression.|
|December 7, 2015||Connecting the dots of a community's history: A handwritten booklet named "History of Langlade." One of the authors was Mable Wood Spencer.|
|January 4, 2016||1. Antigo's Vulcan bowling pins once ruled the nations's lanes.
2. Far from ocean, White Lakes's Roger Wilder designs U.S. Navy ship systems.
|February 1, 2016||1. White Lake kicking off its centennial year.
2. Army Veteran Fred Zimmel of Pickerel honored for over seven decades of service.
|March 7, 2016|
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