100 YEARS AGO: The unwinding of a mystery which has the authorities completely puzzled was started in county court this morning (Aug. 5) with district attorney Murphy and Judge Davis acting for the state in the case of three little children, with the oldest being eight years of age. They are Anna, Clara and Mary Schmoksler of Wausaukee. The children are being detained on a delinquency charge which if committed by elders would be considered larceny. On July 28 A. W. Stewart and Henry Tahlier, two Wausaukee residents, were walking down a road in that town when they neared the home of Mrs. Percy Cayou who at the time was away from town on a visit. They saw that the children have been ransacking the house and taken several bottles of preserves and other minor articles from the house.

50 YEARS AGO: Mayor John W. Reindl and the Menominee City Council are interested in a mystery ship that has captured the fancy of the nation since it was lifted from its watery grave off Chambers Island in Door County. Council, with 12 of the 14 members on hand Monday night (Aug. 4), authorized the mayor and a special committee of the council to confer immediately with the Great Lakes Memorial Marian Authority and Frank Hoffman, head of the corporation that owns the mystery ship, relative to the future of the historic sailing schooner. Hoffman and his crew members are cleaning up the mystery ship at the Marinette Marine Corporation yards while looking at offers from various cities.

25 YEARS AGO: Reconstructing a 100-year-old log cabin is just like playing with a large set of Lincoln Logs, says Jim Hayward, the man who is supervising the restoration project on Stephenson Island. Except it takes a lot more painstaking work to carefully document and stack the 32 logs, which are being held together by their own weight to create a 16-by-20-foot structure. Hayward is in the midst of moving a cabin from its original Town of Porterfield site to the Marinette County Logging Museum in Marinette. When furnished, the cabin will be a part of the county museum and will portray the living conditions of Marinette County farmsteading families in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

FIVE YEARS AGO: A new fad, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), is taking place among the newest nicotine products and is promoted as a safe way to kick a cigarette-smoking habit. However, despite marketing efforts to show e-cigarettes in a favorable light, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has declined to approve the devices. “Public Health is advocating for clean indoor air,” said Mary Rosner, health officer with Marinette County Public Health. “No e-cigarettes or traditional cigarettes inside businesses, we simply don’t know enough about what is contained in the vapor that is released into the air.” E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that turn nicotine and other chemicals into an aerosol for the user to breathe in. According to www.fda.gov, the devices have not been fully studied yet and data about the benefits, risks and even specific ingredients are currently inconclusive. The U.S. Food and Drug Association has not approved the use of e-cigarettes.