100 YEARS AGO: There were a delightful lot of boys in Company I near Coblenz, Germany, one day not long ago. They were visited by Miss Anna Swenson, The Salvation Army worker and former visiting nurse of Marinette. Miss Swenson has been in Germany with the army of occupation but had not been given the opportunity to visit Marinette soldiers. The permission finally came and she made the trip with a truck and here are some of the things she carried to the lads of Company I. A pound can of chocolate for each man, one-half pound of cocoa, five hundred doughnuts for the company and lot of fudge and coffee. The army it is said has not been getting coffee for some time. Miss Swenson was given a great welcome and one of the boys writing home says it was “some party.”

50 YEARS AGO: The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra delighted the twin city area audience with its versatility and charm in the final concert of the Marinette and Menominee Community Concert Association series at Blesch Auditorium in Menominee Monday night (March 31). Music for listening was produced by eight violins, two cellos, bass and harpsichord in the hands of accomplished performers. There were additional several soloists, including two on violin and one on cello, French horn and timpani. The conductor was Leopold Sipe, who contends that some of the greatest expressions of musical composition are chamber music. About 900; turned out out for the concert and responded with pleasure to a program which included Handel, Vivaldi, Rogers, Geminiani, Krenek and Mozart. 

25 YEARS AGO: A handful of citizens saw one of the city’s new voting machines in action Wednesday (March 30) at Marinette City Hall. City Clerk/Treasurer Fred Westphal gave a demonstration and answered questions about the machine in the city council chambers. Citizens were given the opportunity to fill out sample ballots and feed them into the machine. Most seemed impressed. In October, the council unanimously approved the purchase of 10 voting machines from Business Records Corp., a company based in Berkeley, Calif. Cost for the machines, and 50 individual voting booths is $81,000. The machines cost about $7,200 each and the booths cost about $175 apiece. The new machines replace the old voting booths that had lever controls. Instead, a voter will fill out a paper ballet and then feed it into the machine. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: Lightning struck the Menominee County Courthouse Monday evening, causing all kinds of problems with the computer system in county offices. The only elevator in the building is also out of commission, according to County Administrator Brian Bousley, but he said he does not know if that is because of the lightning strike or another issue. Bousley said Wednesday court employees were not aware of any problems until Tuesday morning, when computer glitches started to show up. “We’re not sure where it hit, there’s no physical damage,” said Bousley. “We have three switches for the server out, some computers and equipment problems, but we’re working on it.” Bousley said UES Computers sent over technical help right away Tuesday morning, and work continued Wednesday. The county’s Internet connection was out, “so there were no emails or (links to) state agencies,” he said.