100 YEARS AGO: This is the anniversary week of the Lauerman Brothers Co., and is being observed by a mammoth sale throughout the big store. Twenty-nine years ago this week the firm modestly started its business career. The store on lower Main street first occupied by the firm contained 2,000 square feet of floor space in which $900 worth of merchandise was displayed. The present retail building contains 130,000 square feet of floor space, with every available space used for display of the immense stock of merchandise and the building occupies an entire block. The wholesale building has 60,000 square feet and has 50 employees. The retail store employs more then 300 employees to take care of the customers who frequent the store. 

50 YEARS AGO: Supt. William C. Godson announced today that Northeast Wisconsin Community Action Agency Inc., has approved an agreement operation of a summer Headstart program by the Marinette public schools. It will mark the first summer program for pre-kindergarten children from low-income families that will be operated by the public school system, Godson stated. He noted that the program will be entirely separate from the other pre-kindergarten and kindergarten summer training offered by the district. A communication from Miss Gertrude Peerenboom, executive director of the Community Action Agency, set a maximum budget of $6,908. The agency administers Office of Economic Opportunity programs in Marinette, Oconto, Forest and Florence counties. 

25 YEARS AGO: Four more layoffs occurred in the Marinette County Highway Department, bringing the 1994 total to 10. Supervisor Roland Baugarten, now the chairman of the highway committee, said Tuesday (April 19) the 10 people laid off probably won’t be called back to work as the department copes with substantial overruns totaling more than $200,000 in 1992. “What is going on in the highway department?” asked Supervisor Shirley Pearce, who ripped into those involved in the highway department operations at Tuesday’s county board meeting. “It’s absolutely asinine that the commissioner and the commission allow this to go on.” Pearce said she was concerned because some of those who have been laid off have medical bills and other expense and haven’t been told when they are going back to work. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: A recent $5 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to dredge the Menekaunee Harbor has given the city the boost it needs to get the project off the ground. The grant comes from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and will be used to restore the Menekaunee Harbor to navigational depths and improve wildlife habitats around the harbor. “I think we will see an immediate impact to the dredging,” City Engineer Brian Miller said Thursday. “The boaters that are using the harbor facility will use the harbor more than they can now because the water will be deeper and the deeper water might attract more boaters to the area.” He said the new depth would allow for better fishing and could even create ice fishing opportunities and skating in the harbor, depending on the ice’s thickness. The harbor is currently a part of the lower Menominee River Area of Concern (AOC) designated by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in 1987. The goal of the AOC program, according to the website dnr.wi.gov, is to clean up and restore these areas so they are comparable to similar areas on the Great Lakes.