100 YEARS AGO: The $5,000 damage suit of Mrs. Anna Wachal against the N. Ludington company for the death of her husband who died of injuries sustained on June 5, 1918, while crossing though the yards of the company in search of work was brought to a close yesterday (April 7) when both parties came to a settlement, the company agreeing to pay the widow $3,500. The action started last fall some time after the death of Mr. Wachal. On June 5, 1918, the “Syndey O. Neff,” a lumber barge owned at the time by Olson-Finn company, came to the city to take a cargo of lumber from here to points south. It is customary when barges come to docks to get their cargo to place a red flag at the highest point which is a signal that men are wanted to load the vessel. The flag was raised on that day and Mr. Warchal being a vessel loader started to make his way to the dock. 

50 YEARS AGO: Tom Bluitt, of Green Bay, director of pupil personnel services for Cooperative Education Services Agency Number Three of which the Peshtigo School district is a participant, was a guest speaker Monday night (April 7) at the meeting of the Peshtigo Board of Education. He explained the function of the agency informing the members that is made up of 20 school districts from Florence, Forest, Marinette, Langlade, Menominee and Shawno counties. He commented on the “difficult job it is to keep the children of today learning because they know so much more when they come to school. Bluitt informed the board that Wisconsin was the first state in the nation to create such an agency as the Cooperative Educational Service. 

25 YEARS AGO: At least one local industry has already felt the effects of the Teamsters strike. Depending on how long it lasts, the strike’s impact could spread to other area businesses that receive deliveries by truck. Cindy Peterson, traffic coordinator for Menominee Paper, said Thursday (April 7) some shipping has been affected. A shipment sent out last week never arrived, according to Peterson. The delivery usually takes seven days and is thought to be stranded somewhere due to the strike. The walkout of approximately 75,000 drivers, dock workers and mechanics began Wednesday over a plan of 22 of the nations’s biggest trucking companies to increase their use of low-paid, part-time workers and deliver more shipments by train. Fairway Foods Vice President, Ben Stewart said it’s too early to tell whether the strike will affect that operation. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: Just off the beaten path in the 1700 block of 11th Avenue in Menominee sits one of the most prosperous businesses in town, R.W. Fernstrum and Company. It’s been in business since 1949 and in recent years has been physically on the grow. Early next week the company will break ground on a $1 million, 8,000-square-foot expansion. “We’ve been planning this for a while and now we’re finally moving ahead with it,” said company president Sean Fernstrum. “We’ve been working with U.P. Engineers and Architects on and off for a couple years.” After experimenting with a couple different draft designs, the plans and the timing are now in perfect sync. Fernstrum said they’ve already inked an agreement with Smet Construction to build. “We’re going to better than double the size of the current office space,” he said. “It’s going to be huge for us. We’ll definitely be looking at picking up a handful of people. It’s going to give us the space that we need to be a lot more productive, a bigger conference room so we can get this expanded group of people together around one or two tables in the same room and get business done. It’s also going to mean additional space for our shop people.”