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Kewaunee Enterprise June 29, 1859

PHELAN..........Estate of John Phelan, dec., of the town of Coryville.  Last will & testament ,
                          dated 4 July 1859. (Kewaunee County Court)

Manitowoc County Chronicle July 16, 1872
Removed to Manitowoc.-
The Ahnepee correspondent, of  the Kewaunee Enterprise writes as follows concerning our old friend F.W. BORCHERDT:
F.W. BORCHERDT has resigned the position assistant post master and S.C. PALMER has been appointed to fill the vacancy.  The office will be hereafter in Mr. Young's building (Mr. Boldt's old store) near the pier.  The fortunes of life (and we hope they will prove glorious fortunes in his case) have induced Mr. BORCHERDT to change his place of residence, and he is preparing to leave Ahnepee and to settle in Manitowoc.  By this change Ahnepee will lose one of its best citizens; one esteemed and loved by all who know him, and loved and esteemed themost by those who know him most intimately.  In the future journey inlife we wish that all his ills may be little ones.

Wedding- Manitowoc County Chronicle, Tuesday, August 20, 1872

At the residence of the brides father in Kewaunee on Saturday, Aug. 10 by Rev. L. Nietmann, John M. READ and Miss Caroline W. JOHANNES all of Kewaunee

The Ahnapee Record, April 24, 1884

--A notice of the time and place at which the republican convention for
Kewaunee county will be held, is published on the second page of the
RECORD this week.

--There are several sidwalks in this city which are sadly in need of
repair.  The attention of the officials whose duty it is to have repairs
made, is called to the matter.

--A term of the circuit court for this county will be held at the court
house in Kewaunee, commencing on Tuesday, May 5, 1884.  The calendar
will probably be a short one.

--Leopold Meyer is doing quite a flouishing business in the stove and
tinware line.  He has recently ordered a new lot of cooking stoves which
he expects will arrive at an early day.

--A young lady aged 0 years, 0 months and 0 days, arrived at Jos.
Dudajack's house on Saturday evening.  She proposes to stay and boss
things for a while and Joseph appears to be happy.

--Joseph Dudajack, who has been in business here the past few years,
contemplates selling out and removing to some western state.  He expects
to leave here sometime the coming summer.

--Sturgeon Bay has a real live poet, and his compositions are published
in the Door County Advocate.  All neighboring journals will please doff
their hats--so to speak to the fortunate Advocate.

--William Dalziel, formerly a resident of Carlton, Kewaunee county, died
at his home in Pukwana, Da., on Sunday, April 13, 1884, aged 37 years.
His death resulted from the kick from a vicious mule.

--The board of supervisors of the town of Ahnapee will hold a meeting at
the office of William Fagg, town clerk, May 1st.  Considerable business
of importance will be up for consideration by the board.

--The gutters in several of the principal streets, and a number of the
alleys, sadly need cleaning up and the appearance of the town and the
health of the people demand that the work should be done.

--The farmers in the western part of the county are busily engaged with
their spring's work.  In several towns farmers have already begun
putting in seed grain, the season, though backward, is still some weeks
ahead of last year.

--Tifft & Hay have their new hardware store in Sturgeon Bay in almost
complete running order, and it is safe to say that it is one of the most
comprehensive establishments of its kind in this section of the state.
So says the Advocate.

--Hon. D.W. Stebbins, of this city, and Hon. J.E. Darbellay, of
Kewaunee, started to day for Milwaukee where they will be joined by L.M.
Sherman, Esq, of Sturgeon Bay, when a conference will be held with F.W.
Rhinelander, Esq., president of the Milwaukee, Lake Shore and Western
railroad, relative to the proposed extension of the railroad from Two
Rivers north to Sturgeon Bay.

--From Henry Haegele, who called at this office Tuesday, we learn that
Leopold Seiler lost a heifer the other day in a singular manner.  It
appears that the heifer stood near a horse in the barn, and that while
eating, the horse accidentally or intentionally got hold of the heifer's
tongue and bit off a piece several inches in length.  Being thus
disabled from eating, the heifer had to be killed.  It was a singular occurrence.

--The roof of Leopold Meyer's residence, on 4th street, caught fire last
Tuesday, but the flames were discovered and extinguished before much
damage had resulted.  The fire originated, probably, from sparks lodging
between the shingles.  An alarm was sounded from the Engine House bell
and the fire brigade responded promptly to the summons, but it was found
unnecessary to place and operate the engine.  The damage in the building
is slight and is fully covered by insurance.

--A running race took place here yesterday forenoon between a horse
owned by Charles McDonald and another owned by Mr. Frochlich.   The race
which was one heat and the distance one mile, was won by Mr. McDonald's
horse.  The parties had put up a forfeit of ten dollars to run their
horses a straight five mile heat, the winner to take both horses, but
when the hour came for starting, Mr. Frochlich declined to let his horse
run and forfeited the money.  The mile race was then arranged and
resulted as above stated.

--The Kewaunee Enterprise last week contained the following:  Matthias
Forst, of Montpelier, was brought before County Judge Miller yesterday
at the instigation of Miss Filomena Jicha, of the same town, who claimed
that Matthias was the father of her prospective child.  Believing
"discretion the best part of valor" the defendant agreed to marry the
plaintiff then and there, which ceremony was performed by the Judge in
his usual pleasant and dignified manner at the conclusion of the trial,
after which the young couple took their departure.

9 May 1890, Ahnapee Record.

While fishing off of the breakwater last Sunday afternoon, Mr. Henry Qualman lost his balance and fell into the lake. Mrs.
Qualman who was with her husband succeeded in handing him the end of a fish pole which aided him in getting to the dock where he was helped back to "dryness" by Louis Wiese. The conditions which exist on the breakwater are such as would have made it hard for Mr. Qualman to have helped himself, there being no place where a party in the water can gain a foothold even though he should succeed in getting to the dock. It is therefore extremely fortunate for him that people were near to lend him a hand.

19 Feb 1891 Ahnapee Record

John Wiedowart [Wedewart] of Ahnapee town, has been granted a pension of ten dollars per month, to date from June 1890. Mr. Wiedowart's many friends will be pleased to learn that Uncle Sam has dealt with him so generously.

Algoma Record,  Thursday, June 25, 1891


         FRED MATEJU has sold the business which he has been conducting here under the name of the Ahnapee City Bakery to John Decanter of Sturgeon Bay and Joseph Richmond of this place.  The transfer took place last
Monday.  The purchases are refitting the premises and will be ready to open the business within a few days.  A restaurant will be run in connection with the bakery.

Algoma Record Thursday, January 21, 1892

        The RECORD IS INFORMED that Gottlieb Wiesner has leased the front room on the second floor of the G. R. Wilbur building on Steele street and will open a tailoring establishment therein within a few days.

The Ahnapee Record, Thursday, Jan. 28, 1897

Georgia has passed a stringent anti-trust law and appropriated $1,000,000 for the support of her public schools.  No other state that
voted for Bryan has manifested so much inclination to do better in the future.

Canadian farmers need not sit up all night to learn whether President McKinley will sign the Republican Protective Tariff of 1897.  It is a
foregone conclusion that he will do all he can to keep their products out of our markets.

The legislature met in joint convention at Madison Tuesday, and elected John C. Spooner U.S. senator to succeed Wm. F. Vilas.  Every republican and one gold democrat voted for Mr. Spooner, the vote being as follows:
Spooner, 118; Silverthorn, 7; Bragg, 2.

According to the returns, as convassed by the legislature, the plurality of the Democratic candidate for Governor of Tennessee is 15,959.  It
seems strange that the experts who had charge of the counting did not make it an even 16000 while they were at it.

News of the World

An Iowa man will establish, in Texas the largest dairy in the world.

Gov. Smith of Montana swears that Corbett and Fitz shall not fight in that state.

After a bitter fight, the tenth Virginia district Senatorship was settled last Friday.   The seat was given to Mr. Tucker over Mr. Yost by
a vote of 127 to 119.

At Madison, after a brief session, ex-Senator John C. Spooner was nominated for U.S. Senator from Wisconsin by acclamation.  Aspirants for
that position do not seem to have such an easy time of it in other states.  Here is the result of it in other states.  Here is the result
of the third ballot in the state of Washington; fifty seven votes being necessary to a choice:  Turner, 24; Cline 16; Winsor 9; Squire 4; Baker
3; Rader 4; Denny 25; Witt 1; Crow 1; Daniels 14; H.I. Forest 4; Davis and Andrews 2.

County Board
Proceedings of the Adjourned Annual meeting of the co. Board of Supervisors County Clerk's Office, Kewaunee, Wis., Jan. 4, 1897

The indigent Soldier's relief commissioners presented the following report.

The adoption of the report was moved by Mr. Haney and carried:

Kewaunee, Wis., January 5th, 1897.
to the Honorable County Board of Supervisors of Kewaunee County.

Gentlemen:--We hereby submit for your consideration the amounts allowed by us for the ensuing year to different indigent Soldiers and Soldier's widows of Kewaunee county as follows:

Names Amt

Mrs. Eunice Henry of Ahnapee $4.00
Max Jadin of Kewaunee 3.50
Edward Carl of Kewaunee 4.50
Samuel Decker of Casco 5.00
Mrs. Mary Sullivan of Pierce 5.00
Mrs. Frank White of Red River 9.00
Thomas G. Chapman of West Kewaunee 3.00
Mrs. Peter Lenert of Kewaunee 5.00
Henry Bregger of Luxemburg 7.00
Frank Haushire of Carlton 5.00
Mrs. Mary Hallam of Ahnapee 5.00

Total $56.00

We would respectfully recommend that the county clerk be instructed to draw county orders on the treasurer for the several amounts above
mentioned quarterly in advance.

John Ihlenfeldt
Joseph Paider
Alfred Vibber
Indigent Soldiers Relief Commissioners

The committee on printing and stationery to whom was referred all bills for expenses of printing and stationery having had the same under
consideration presented the following report on said file of claims, on motion said several claims were disposed of according to the
recommendations of the committee as follows:

To the Honorable County Board of Kewaunee County,

Gentlemen:--We the committee on printing and stationery beg leave to report we have examined all bills brought before us and recommend that
they be allowed in full and that the items of $1.50 in bill No. 829 for publishing teachers institute notice be charged to the account of W.W.
Williams late superintendent of schools all of which is respectfully submitted.

John B. Gigot
John Busch
Michael Arendt

No. Name and nature of claim Am'tAl'd

809 H.G. Razall Co. county order book $14.00
910      "           sundries for the court house 19.56
812 William Rogers expenses for the county   1.45
821 Thomas Kiawacek fees for clerk of circuit court    .80
821 O.H. Martin, M.D. returns of births and deaths   3.30
823 Math. Ericksen board of L.C. Outzen and others 13.25
825 Annie Zelinsky washing for county jail 11.60
828 Frank Kohlbeck expenses for the county 30.50
830 Town of West Kewaunee expenses for a non resident 30.50
836 Anton Hlansky watching L.C. Outzen   5.00
837 Bach, Kieweg & Poser co., sundries for the court
house and jail   2.70
843 E.A. Taylor et al returns of births 40.55
844 John Ihlenfeldt per diem and mileage on the S.R.C.   4.44
845 Joseph Paider per diem and mileage on the S.R.C.   3.12
346 Alfred Vibber per diem and mileage on the S.R.C.   3.18
748 Wm. Trudell teams hire etc. 10.00

The committee on poor to whom was referred all claims against the poor house and poor farm presented the following report on the same.  The
adoption of the report was moved by Mr. Adams and carried.

To the Hon. the County Board of Kewaunee County:

We the committee on poor would respectfully report that we examined all bills laid before us and compared same with the vouchers of Supt. on
poor.  We would recommend that the bills be allowed as by us recommended all of which is respectfully submitted.

John L. Hanfy
Aug. Detloff
Wm. Hobus
John Busch
John B. Gigot

No. Names and Nature of claim Am'tAl'd

897 Tim madden meat for the poor farm $ 3.75
808 Frank Gosiein white washing at poor house   4.00
814 Ernest Heck threshing grain on poor farm 13.00
827 H. Bruemmer & Sons flour for the poor house   6.72
838 Bach Kieweg & Poser Co. sundries for the poor house 41.43
839 A.W. Teske sundries for the poor house 28.73
840 Pete L. Donovan seventy-five lbs. clover seed
for poor farm   6.00
841 Frank Chmeyla sundries for the poor house 11.00
842 Jes Erichsen belt for the poor farm   4.20
851 Jilas Doyen medicine for horses on the poor farm   6.25

On motion of Mr. Adams the board resumed committee work.

At 12 o'clock the board assembled. (cont)

23 November 1900 Ahnapee Record

Miss Anna Barnhart, who for a number of years was employed as cook in the Hotel Algoma of this city, lost all of her clothing in the burning of the Hotel French at Sturgeon Bay Sunday night. She was employed as cook in thehotel at the time of the fire, but did not sleep there that night, so wasunable to save anything.

21 November 1902 Algoma Record

John and James Hilton disposed of the Hilton farm located on thee North side of the river this week, Charles Krause being the purchaser. The boys received $5,000 for the bare farm and John retains the privilege of living
on the place for a period of one year. The Hilton farm is considered to be one of the best farms in this part of the county and Mr. Krause is to be congratulated on securing so valuable a piece of property.

 Wedding - 7 May 1912, The Algoma Record

       Charles Schmitt and Miss Anna Netzer of School Hill, Manitowoc County, Married Tuesday.   Mr. Charles Schmitt, manager of the Farrell Lumber Company's plant here and Miss Anna Netzer of School Hill, Manitowoc County, were united in marriage at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning at the Catholic Church at School Hill.  The bride was attended by Miss Mary Schmitt of Two Rivers, a sister of the groom, and Mr. Albert
Holson, of Manitowoc acted as best man.  After the ceremony, a reception was held at the home of the bride's parents, the happy pair leaving in the afternoon for Two Rivers, where they will spend a short time as the guests of the groom's mother, Mrs. John Schmitt, and will take a honeymoon trip through the southern part of this state and Michigan.
        On Tuesday evening Messrs. John Schmitt, Otto Keneitz, Dr. H.N. Leete and Arthur Johnson of this city left for Two Rivers in an auto, and spent the evening with the Schmitt family at that place.  Mr. and Mrs. Schmitt will arrive in this city the forepart of next week, and will take up their residence on Fourth Street where they will be at home to friends after Saturday, May 25th.
        During the past two years that Mr. Schmitt has made his home in this city he has made a host of friends among our readers who heartily join the Record in extending congratulations.

Wedding- 18 May 1912, The Reporter, Two Rivers, Wis.

        The wedding bells rang merrily this past week.  Chas. Schmitt, manager of the Farrell Lumber Company of Algoma and Miss Anna Netzer of School Hill, this county, were married last week Tuesday.

Crescent Beach Echoes 1920 Board of Education for Algoma High School:

Board of Education 1920 E.A. Klatt, Secretary, J.H. McGowan, President, and W.A. Neseman, Treasurer. Much of the success of an institution is due to the efficiency of the administrative body who guide its affairs.  The Board of Education is to the school system what the board of directors is to a business corporation.  Upon their judgement depends the selection of good teachers and their management arranges for the school equipment without which the works of the teachers could not succeed. We are especially fortunate in having a school board that takes a keen interest in the affairs of the school and encourages cooperation with us by practising it. Mr. McGowan, recenlty elected president of the Board, is not new to its duties, having been an active member for many years.  being a successful alwyer and practical business man he is prculiarily fitted for the educational duties he has again assumed.  We have greatly appreciated his many visits and helpful tasks to us inthe general assembly and in our class rooms. Mr. E.A.Klatt is now serving his sixth term as a member of the Board.  he is one of the A.H.S. Alumni, having been a member of the class of 1896 and since graduation has completed a business college course. This, with the practical experience as one of Algoma's progresive business men, makes him an able and valued public servant. Mr. W. A. Neseman, treasurer, is also an Alumnus, a member of the Class of 1905.  he is a bookkeeper for the Plumbers' Woodwork Company, and is now serving his fifth year of the Board of Education.  Mr. Neseman has always taken and active interest in school matters and is rendering the community excellent service as custodian of the school funds.

Wedding-  Algoma Record, Friday, August 19, 1921

        THURSDAY MORNING at the hour of nine o'clock, Miss Nell Biese, Wrightstown, and Leo Melchior, of this city, were married at St. Paul's church of Wrightstown.  The young couple was attended by Elmer Melchior,
brother of the bridegroom, and Miss Agnes Biese, sister of the bride.  Following the ceremony at the church a wedding dinner was served at the home of the bride's parents after which a reception was held in honor of
the newlyweds.  The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Biese, Wrightstown, and is well known to a number of people here.  She is held in high esteem by all who know her.  The bridegroom is one of the progressive young businessmen of this city.  He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Melchior, sr., and holds a position in the Melchior Brothers store.

 Algoma Record, Friday, August 19, 1921

        CLIFFORD WENNIGER has purchased the Third ward park property from the Wenzel Wenniger estate.  He also purchases a five-acre tract of land from John Groessel which will be used for an athletic field.
Considerable work in the way of improving the property is contemplated by Mr. Wenniger.

 Algoma Record, Friday, August 19, 1921

        EARLY TUESDAY MORNING while returning from Sturgeon Bay the Lee McLaughlin taxi struck a culvert near the county line on the River road about a mile on this side of Forestville.  The car struck loose gravel and skidded in such a manner that the obstruction could not be avoided in time to avert the accident.  The car was damaged considerably but none of the passengers were seriously injured, although all were thrown free of the machine.

 Wedding- Algoma Record, Friday, August 19, 1921

        WEDNESDAY EVENING  at the hour of seven o'clock, Miss Sara Moeller and Frank Lohrey were united in marriage at the home of the bride's parents, Rev. A. F. Schlei of St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran church tying the nuptial
knot.  The young couple was attended by Miss Leone Lohrey and Erwin Lohrey.

 Algoma Record, Friday, August 19, 1921

        MISSES CATHERINE AND FELICIA Reinhart, Carrie Wochos, Etta Clorn, Evangeline Meyer, Isabel Fenske and Messrs. Richard Wochos, Robert Zastrow, Clarence Zastrow, Alvin Kraus, "Bill" Moore and Lester Heidmann motored to Lilly Bay Sunday.  Dinner and supper were served by the ladies in the Mrs. Barnhart cottage.

 Wedding- 21 November 1922

Miss Mayme Cherveny of Carlton becomes happy Bride of Julius Sinkula

    The St. Joseph’s Catholic church at Norman was the scene of a pretty wedding on Tuesday morning at eight o'clock, when Miss Mayme Chervny of the town of Carlton and Julius Sinkula of this city pledged their marriage vows.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Shimek, pastor of the congregation. A number of friends and relatives of the bride and groom were present at the ceremony.
    Miss Viola Sinkula, a sister of the groom, was the maid of honor and Edward Cherveny, a brother of the bride, acted as best man.
    Following the ceremony at the church the bridal party repaired to the home of the bride's parents, where a sumptuous wedding dinner was partaken of.  In the afternoon and evening a reception was given in their honor at which a number of friends and close relatives were present to take part in the festivities.  The rooms were prettily decorated and gave a most charming effect.
    The bride is one of the most popular and well liked young ladies of her home community and in this city, where she was employed.  After having graduated from the public schools in Carlton, she entered the local High school from which she was graduated with honors with the Class of 1920.  In the fall following, she enrolled in the Green Bay Business College, where she completed a stenographic course and became employed in the office of the Kewaunee Mfg. Co., where she remained until her marriage.  Possessing a charming personality she has a host of friends and acquaintances who wish her every joy in her new life.  Mrs. Sinkula is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Cherveny of Carlton.
    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sinkula of the town of Carlton, with whom he has made his home with the exception of the past three years.  One year was spent at Green bay and for the past two years he has been employed as salesman in the grocery department of the Duvall Co. store.  Julius possesses a genial disposition which has made him many acquaintances and friends in this city while here.
     Mr. and Mrs. Sinkula will make their future home in this city, the groom having a home all in readiness for his bride.
     The press takes this method in extending its congratulations and best wishes to the happy

8 November 1929, Algoma Record Herald

Schlosser Car Hits Qualman. Louis Qualman was struck by a car driven by F. F. Schlosser on Highway 17 near Forestville Sunday evening at about eight o'clock. Qualman was quite badly bruised and suffered a dislocated shoulder. The injured man was taken to a physician's office at Forestville and later to the Algoma hospital where he is convalescing.

According to Mr. Schlosser the accident occurred just as an approaching car passed and he did not see Qualman in the road until too late to avoid hitting him. It appears that Qualman was walking in the center of the Highway and stepped to the right to avoid the car approaching from the north into the path of the Schlosser machine. The driver of the other car, a Manitowoc man, sensed that the man would be hit and stopped his machine after passing. It is reported that the Schlosser car was stopped within its own length.

Mr. and Mrs. George Schmelzer were riding with Mr. and Mrs. Schlosser and the party were on their way to Maplewood.

June 29, 1934.  Algoma Press Gazette.

Excerpt Tells Story of Early Pioneer Trials

The following is one of the priceless recordings of early pioneer experiences in the Algoma community taken from the manuscript of the proposed historical work "Wolf River, Ahnapee, Algoma" which is being prepared by G. I. McDonald, assisted by F. I. Elliott. It briefly sketches, in the author's homely way, the coming of one of the pioneer families with interesting sidelights on the hopes and ambitions of those early settlers.
This paragraph is just a sample of the many references to the early empire builders along the Wolf:

"After the death of a couple of their children in their home in Germany, August KRAUSE and his good wife decided to leave the Fatherland for America, so with their one remaining child, a daughter, Bertha, they came to Wisconsin in the summer of 1856, landing at Manitowoc.  It was during raspberry time and the mother and daughter picked berries and earned their keep while the father took the beach for Wolf River where he had been informed that good land for farming could be easily procured and a living assured by a sale of the forest products taken off while clearing.  Krause picked his homestead and put up a shanty and returned to Manitowoc to accompany his wife and daughter to their new home. The land thus entered has been in the Krause family ever since, from August to Charles, and from the latter to Martin, who with his family live on one of the finest farms in thetown of Ahnapee, the "August Krause Homestead." Bertha married Robert BERNHARDT, a pioneer in this section."

Algoma Herald- 1941

One of the friendly farmers of the Ryan vicinity in West Kewaunee town is LODDIE MAHACEK, a farmer-musician, who although getting on in age still appears with the orchestra bearing his name now and then, but he confesses that his stamina is nothing like it was in the old days when with the vitality of youth on his side he regularly played until the weehours of the morning at country dances, and after each came home and
often with hardly any sleep put in a full day of hard farm labor.

Mr. Mahacek was born in West Kewaunee Mar. 31, 1883, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mahacek, his father coming from Bohemia and settling on Loddie's present farm.

Except for nine years when he rented the Ryan cheese factory from his father, Mr. Mahacek centered his life about farming, gaining his formal education in the common school of his district.  He married Miss Emma Pawlitzki at Kewauanee Nov. 26, 1905.

The man who is known quite widely in this vicinity for his interest in oldtime dance orchestra work, operates his 80-acre farm with care and a feature on his farm is his home-made corn husker, the third and best one
he built.


        When he got it into his head to build his first husker, he had never seen a commercially made one, but heard about them, of course.  Thefirst one didn't work, but his luck was better on his second try.  This
machine worked very well, but did not stand up as well as it might have because it was equipped with wood rollers.

        Having learned much in building the first two, the third was a superior product, featuring sturdy steel rollers.  With good ripe cobs to workon, he said that last year three men and the machine husked 92 bushels
of corn in one hour.  He got 336 bushels in two cribs last year.

        So far as Mr. Mahacek's interest in music goes, he began at the age of 16, being taught by Wenz Wiesner, Algoma, and he played with other bands, such as Novaks, Scarboro, before forming a Brass band of his
own.  He plays the concertina in the orchestra, but started on the cornet and violin.  Quite often his orchestra goes to Nadeau, Mich., to play engagements, but because its members are getting older, they are no
longer as active as in former year.

        "But in those days it wasn't as hard as is now," said Loddie in summing up the late hours demanded of those men who supply the music for dances,especially when most of them put in a full day's work besides.  But
actually it was only easier years ago because he was younger.

(Note:  There is no masthead with this article, but the neighboring articles are from the 1941 Algoma Herald.)

Algoma Record-Herald, 1941


        In an article appearing recently in the Cicero, Ill, Life, H.R.Drobnik, faculty member of the commercial department in the High school there, was quick to give Algoma as his home town. The article read:
        "Algoma, Wis., can proudly claim as her own native son, H.R.Drobnik, faculty member of the commercial department for the past 19 years. "Mr. Drobnik's higher education was received at the Whitewater State
Teacher's college and at Northwestrn university.  When his degree was obtained, he taught for one year in a rural school and for one year in the Wakefield (Mich.) High school and then joined the faculty at Morton.
        "Mr. Drobnik has the honor of being the treasurer of the Morton Faculty Mutual Insurance association, and he has an active interest in the development of the commercial department.
        "Music occupies much of his leisure time and he greatly enjoys the pleasures to be derived from piano playing."

Algoma Record-Herald-1941


Publice Health Service Work Carried Him to All Sections of Country and  to Alaska

        A native of Algoma, Dr. Frank S. Fellows, son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Fellows, Agoma, whose work as a United States public health officer has carried himself and his family to almost every section of the United
States and to Alaska as well, was singled out for a long article in the May issue of one of America's finest magazines, Fortune.  Only 41 years of age, Dr. Fellows is now located in North Carolina, to
which state the United States lent him as consultant on venereal disease control.  In this capacity he spends abaout one-quarter of his time in the Raleigh office and three-fourths of it in the field. The Fortune
article said that that his days were long, beginning at daylight and dragging into the evening.

        He has been in North Carolina four years, the article reveals, and when he came there were but 47 clinics in the state, compared to 285 today.

                        Work with Negroes

        Much of his work in this southern state is with the negroes, there being about 1,300,000 of them there.  About 15 per cent have syphilis.  Incidence of syphilis among the white population is estimated at between
three and four per cent, or 80,000 cases, the Fortune story states.

        The negroes seem to have no shame about having "bad blood," Fortune relates, but some fear the treatment and hesitate at coming once a week for the 18 months it takes to cure them.

        A summary of dr. Fellows' life concludes the article, telling how he worked his way throught the University of Wisconsin, where he attendedmedical school two years and then transferred to the University of
Pennsylvania, marrying Miss Clarice Lemmer, registered nurse, before leaving.  Hie received his M.D. from Pennsylvania in 1925 and was introduced to the work of the U.S. Public Health service at the St.
Agnes hospital in Philadelphia.

                        Moves About Rapidly

        In the summer of 1926 he took the health service examinations, which altogether lasted a week, and was one of the 5 out of 250 to pass. First he was made assistant surgeon of the U.S. Public Health service at
$2,300 annually, with allowanceas for rent, light and heat.  He was assigned to routine medical work at the Chicago Marine hospital and two months later he was ordered to the Norfolk, Va., Marine hospital.
        After a year he was transferred to quarantine station at Rosebank, Staten Island.  Later he went to Seattle, Wash., where medicine andsurgery were added to quarantine station duties.  Next was similar work
at Portland, Ore. In 1930, after four years in the service he was eligible for promotion, wrote another successful exam and became a Passed Assistant Surgeon with a pay increase of $1,000 a year. Next he was ordered to Juneau, Alaska, where he was to be on loan to the office of Indian affairs in charge of the entire Alaska health program.

                        Back to the States
        In the fall of 1934 he was ordered to Albuqueque, N.M. to be Indian medical director of the southwestern district, but after being there only a month was transferred to New Orleans, where he was at the Marine
hospital two years, where he became interested in the venereal disease problem.
        In 1936 the State of Tennessee asked for the loan of an officer, and he went to Nashville, and during the 1937 flood at Memphis he served inthat city for a month.  He went to Carolina in June, 1937.
        After being in the service 12 years, he took his third examination and was promoted to the rank of surgeon with another $1,000 rise in pay andnow he gets $5,200 a year in salary and allowances.  The article in
Fortune says:  "It is less than most good private physicians make but it's enough to live on, in a big comfortable house with a colored girl to help Mrs. Fellows with the work."

Feature Article, Record Herald, Algoma, WI (About 1944)

        When you call at the Farrell Lumber company office these days, if Manager Charles Schmitt isn't out in the back shop helping the "boys", you'll likely as not find him busy shaking off the sawdust that he gathered while on an excursion out there the last minute or two.  The Farrell Lumber company like every other business organization has felt the pinch of the labor shortage and Manager Charles many times during
the course of the day is called out to fill in the gaps.
        Call on Mr. Schmitt at the family residence at the corner of Fourth and Washington streets though, and it would be an unusual evening if he wasn't relaxing in his favorite chair by the radio, puffing on his preferred brand of cigars, and ready to discuss the latest in war maneuvers or give you first hand information on the raising of poultry.  The raising of poultry, more especially chickens, has absorbed a good
deal of the Schmitt attention since spring and has gone far in stretching the scarce stamps in the ration books of the family.
        Mr. Schmitt, son of a lumberman, John Schmitt, sr., was born in Two Rivers Mar. 5, 1889, and lived in that community until 33 years ago when the Farrell Lumber company was organized and young Schmitt, at that time a 21 year-old, was sent to Algoma as the company's manager.  Before coming to Algoma, he had been running a saw mill for the Mann Brothers of Two Rivers for about three years.  The concern in Algoma which was to operate under the firm name of Farrell Lumber company was purchased from Henry Grimm in 1910 and was selling lumber
and making and selling cheese boxes at the time it changed hands.  Five years later the Farrell Lumber company added the selling of fuel - coal and wood - and has continued at this combination lumber and fuel business to the present time.
        In 1931 the company began an expansion program by taking over the Casco yard from the Fuller-Goodman company and six years later the Fuller-Goodman yards at Maplewood and Forestville were also purchased.
        Besides serving the company as general manager, Mr. Schmitt is also president.  Other officers are F.W. Dicke, Two Rivers, vice president and John Schmitt, Two Rivers, secretary-treasurer.
        May 7, 1912, Mr. Schmitt married Anna Netzer at St. Nazianz and the Schmitt family circle includes eight children, one of whom is serving overseas with the army in Africa, Pfc. Charles Schmitt, and another, Mark, who is studying for the Catholic priesthood at Collegeville, Minn.  The other children are John and Katherine, both employed at the Farrell Lumber company's Algoma office; Mrs. William (Elizabeth)
Eickelberg, Sturgeon Bay; Anne, Margie and Jimmie, at home.
        Mr. Schmitt takes an active interest in church affairs and two years ago he completed a quarter century's service to the Immaculate Conception church as treasurer.  He has been active in the Knights of Columbus organization since its beginning in Algoma and is also a member of the Holy Name.
        His hobbies?  Well, you might take those chickens that have been roosting in the Schmitt back yard and put them down as No. 1 on the list, but the cottage at Braunsdorf's beach which is equipped with numerous conveniences unexpected at a cottage, runs a close second.  Then, too, when Mr. Schmitt is rocking back and forth on that favorite rocker he may be deep in hobby No. 3, and in his mind is toying with some
new folding table that his imagination has rigged up for him.

Feature Article, Record Herald, Algoma, WI, about 1960

Veteran Lumberman, Firm Round Out 50 Years Together

        Charles Schmitt, sr., veteran Algoma lumber dealer, long ago lost track of the number of homes erected under his supervision, but there's no doubt that if all clustered together they would form a sizable community.
        Big homes, small homes, simple abodes and grand dwellings - all have come off the drawing board of Mr. Schmitt and out of the lumber sheds of the Farrell Lumber company, and with the homes have been, of course, a variety of other construction.
        Recently, Mr. Schmitt observed his 50th anniversary with the firm, which he continues to serve as president.  Although officially retired since 1958, he still has a steering hand on the Farrell business and now and then shows up at the office.
        The Farrell company also observed its 50th anniversary in recent weeks.  Mr. Schmitt has been with it from the day it was organized.  With the exception of M.F. Kohlbeck, Algoma clothier, probably no other Algoma man has had longer business association here than Mr. Schmitt.
        As a testimonial of his 50 years with the Farrell Lumber company, the directors recently presented him with an onyx ring set with a diamond.  Presentation was made at a family gathering in the Schmitt cottage at Braunsdorf beach.

Family Tradition
        The senior Charles Schmitt represents the second generation of the family to go into the lumber business and the tradition is being carried on by the third and fourth.  His father, John, was a Two Rivers lumberman.  His son, also named John, now manages the Algoma yard of the Farrell Lumber company and another son, Charles, jr., is manager of Farrell's branch at Kewaunee.  John's son, Charles, is in charge
at Casco.  It was a favorable day 50 years ago when Mr. Schmitt, at that time a young man, was called into the office of Dr. A.M. Farrell at Two Rivers.
        Why don't you get into the lumber business? the doctor asked after putting his young visitor at ease.
        With what? was the frank retort.
        I'll help finance you along with your brother, Henry.
        That was the first conversation that Charles Schmitt, sr., had with Dr. Farrell.  It was the start of the Farrell Lumber company in Algoma and its branches.
        Young Schmitt had attracted the attention of Dr. Farrell through his work at the Mann Brothers sawmills in Two Rivers.  Although only 21, Schmitt had been put in charge of mill operations and had 165 men working under him.

Comes to Algoma
        The suggestion that he should leave a promising future at the Two Rivers sawmills came unexpectedly, but with the promise of financial backing from Dr. Farrell and an older brother, Henry Schmitt, who six months earlier had gone into the lumber business with the doctor, Charlie decided to give Algoma a try.
        As a result, the Farrell Lumber company was organized and young Schmitt was sent to Algoma to manage the business purchased from Henry Grimm.  At that time cheese boxes were made, doors and windows were manufactured and a retail lumber business was conducted.
        I had never seen Algoma before we came here and bought out Henry Grimm, Schmitt recalled.  I can remember walking down fourth street as though it were yesterday and saying to myself, “This is a beautiful town,'"
        Qualities of this city which impressed the newcomer were its cleanliness and friendliness, and another important asset was its electricity, although it wasn't until two years later that day current as well as night current was provided and the Farrell company introduced electric motors.  Before that it operated with gas and steam.
        In addition to noting upon his arrival that Algoma was clean and friendly, Mr. Schmitt observed that the city's 1800 souls were amply provided with homes, a fact not particularly encouraging to one going into the lumber business.  But Algoma's population was to more than double during the next 50 years and with it the need for dwellings.

Real Nice Arrangement
        It was a real nice arrangement in those days, Mr. Schmitt recalled through the customary cloud of cigar smoke.  There were two meat markets, two shoe stores, two drug stores, two department stores and two each of most other lines of business.  Everyone kept to his own line and all did a nice trade.
        We had the nicest bunch of business men any community ever had, he continued, picking out at random the names of Lidral, Melchlor, Reinhart, Boedecker, Kohlbeck and others.  They were all such grand people.
        Not long after the start of the Farrell Lumber company in Algoma, expansion began.  In May, 1914, it purchased the Sawyer-Goodman yard on the north side of the river, and in July, 1931, Fuller-Goodman company offered for sale its yard at Casco.
 Six years later Farrell took over the Forestville and Maplewood yards of Fuller-Goodman, later discontinuing these two branches, and in 1959 opened a branch in Kewaunee in the Albrecht Manufacturing company building.
        Also some years ago the Farrell Lumber company put up an oil station east of its Algoma office, leasing it to Cities Service.
        Lumber has been the big line through the years but fuel - coal and wood - was added about 1915.

Likes Today's Homes
        Mr. Schmitt expresses approval of today's popular one-story home.  In fact, he so approved it that in 1951, he built one for himself and his wife, Ann.  It's located on Adams street and is a popular gathering place for the couple's seven children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  All the children live within a reasonable driving distance of Algoma, including the Rev. Mark Schmitt, recently named head of the Catholic parish at Weyauwega.
        Born in Two Rivers Mar. 5, 1889, Mr. Schmitt was one of 10 children.  Coming to Algoma as a young bachelor, he made his home the first couple of years with the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gaulke, who operated a boarding house at the corner of Fourth and Fremont.  As many as 13 were around the bounteous dinner table at one time, Mr. Schmitt recalls.
        He married Ann Netzer at School Hill in Manitowoc county May 7, 1912, and the couple established a home in Algoma.
        Throughout his Algoma residence, Mr. Schmitt has been active in church affairs and served as trustee of St. Mary's parish about 30 years.  He is a charter member of the Algoma Knights of Columbus council and earlier was affiliated with a Green Bay council.

Newspaper Insert --
To Serve Coffee
        In recognition of 50 years in the lumber business on  he part of Charles Schmitt, Farrell yards at Algoma, Casco and Kewaunee will be serving up free coffee and doughnuts Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22, in honor of the occasion.


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