100 YEARS AGO: Dr. Emma Boose Tucker, sister of the Rev. John H. Boose, pastor of the Pioneer Presbyterian church, occupied the pulpit of the church Sunday morning, and spoke of her experiences as a medical missionary for 16 years in North China. Her address was listened to with rapt attention for nearly an hour. She also spoke to the students of a the high school at the assembly period this morning. “When my husband, Dr. Francis Tucker and I, went as medical missionaries to China 16 years ago, it was to a country far different from the China of today, so many and so great and so rapid are the changes taking place now. A nation that proudly traces continuous history back for over 4,000 years, possessing a far-advanced civilization when our forefathers were rude barbarians has somewhat of a boast of and yet China, for the past hundreds of years, has been in a state of arrested development.”

50 YEARS AGO: Marinette Public School District has a new superintendent. The board of Education through its president, Howard Olson, announced today (April 28) that David S. Ludvigson, superintendent of Waterloo, Wis., public schools, has been named to the post. He will become administrator of the local school system on July 1 after the retirement of William C. Godson who has held the superintendent position post here since 1953. Ludvigson, who is 36 years old, married and is the father of two daughters, is a native of Eau Claire, Wis. He completed his high school training there in 1950. After studying at Milwaukee Technical School, the future school administrator enlisted in the Navy. Upon completion of his four-year enlistment, he studied for a year at Luther College in Iowa and another year at Superior State University. 

25 YEARS AGO: Marinette County, along with law enforcement officials from around the state, will soon have a new tool at its disposal with the development of DNA testing. Marinette County Sheriff James Kanikula was one of six sheriffs from around the state who worked with he attorney general’s office to put the forensic test into place. Kanikula believes it will prove to be very useful. “It’s a useful tool that law enforcement can use in investigating a number of different crimes, especially sexual assault crimes,” he said. “In time it will be a very valuable resource. It’s a long time in coming.” As soon as the county receives the DNA collection kits from the state, it will begin collecting samples from individuals, including juveniles, convicted of a sexual assault. The samples will be used to put together a data bank of known sex offenders. Once the DNA data bank has been established, it will be much easier to identify suspects. Each person’s DNA is unique. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: Unseasonably cool weather hasn’t exactly been a boon to spring projects. But when it comes to business, time waits for no one. That’s why hammers, paint brushes and saws have been working overtime at the Prickly Pear Studio and Ceramic Cafe in Menominee. The business is still about a month-and-a-half from opening its doors but when it does, area residents and visitors will have a one-of-a-kind shop to frequent in the heart of Menominee’s Historic Downtown District. Studio owners Heather Dickinson and Julie Huebner are moving into the former Aurora Book Store at 625 1st St. The inside is currently gutted with new plumbing, fresh paint and a brand new floor. “People are excited about having something to do down here,” said Dickinson. “This is going to be a paint-your-own pottery studio with an art gallery up front featuring regional artists. We’ll have a little cafe in here with coffee and muffins and cupcakes from Sassy Little Cupcakes.”