100 YEARS AGO: “The lost has been found.” Railroad men breathed a sigh of relief this morning when the much-searched-for carload TNT, which had been lost since last Wednesday, showed up unexpectedly on the C. & N. W. line at Peshtigo and later at Marinette. The distribution of this explosive is now going on rapidly and will be entirely completed in about two days. The shipments for Peshtigo were unloaded early this morning at the C. & N. W. depot in that city. Those to whom shipments were made at Peshtigo are John Nesberg, Authur Peters, Charles Peters, Isiah Bush, William Fetterly, Harry Race and Harry J. Berman. To accommodate people getting the TNT at Peshtigo, Superintendent Smith of the Asylum farm was asked to call for it and take care of it at the Peshtigo farm until those who ordered it call for it. Mr. Smith paid the freight and parties who get the TNTY from him must reimburse him for freight charges. 

50 YEARS AGO: One of Menominee County’s most renowned servicemen has retired. He is Col. Francis J. Vetort, who will operate the F.J. Vetort ranch on Cedar River. Col. Vetort has the distinction of being one of the pilots who escorted the bomber which dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. he was a fighter pilot flying a P-47 at the time. The colonel, who entered the service on Nov. 3, 194, as an aviation cadet following his graduation from Northern University at Marquette, was awarded the silver medal for aerial combat and the downing of a Japanese aircraft over New Guinea during World War II. While at NMU, he captained the football and track teams. As a jet fighter pilot, he has over 4,500 jet hours and over 5,500 hours of flying time. Col. Vetort has crossed the Atlantic Ocean 17 times and the Pacific 10 times. He has visited every country where the United States has military personnel stationed. 

25 YEARS AGO: In what is considered to be the largest combined drug raid in Marinette and Menominee counties, 36 people are in jail today and more arrests are pending. “It’s a great day in the community and a great day for law enforcement,” Menominee County Prosecutor Dan Hass said today at a press conference. “It’s a bad day to be a drug dealer in our community.” More than 60 officers from the Menominee and Marinette police departments, the Michigan State Police and the Wisconsin Army National Guard Drug Task Force participated in the raids that took place on both sides of the river. The Menominee Police Department, led by Chief Joe Posephny, was the lead agency. He, along with Investigator Steve Erdman of the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department, began the intense investigation in June. Investigators from Marinette sheriff and police departments got involved in July. Endless hours of undercover work and surveillance was required. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: A site assessment grant has been awarded to the City of Marinette for its work on the Menekaunee Harbor. The Marinette City Council approved a contract May 6 with the engineering firm Ayres Associates Inc., Green Bay. The assortment of grants was related to the former Jozaitis Distributing property on Ogden Street in affiliation with the council’s approval of the master plan for Menekaunee Harbor. “The grants relate to acquisition of the property, environmental assessment and remediation, demolition of the building, and the creation of a public boat launch and public pavilion with amenities,” said Mayor Denise Ruleau at Tuesday’s council meeting. The council’s decision to move forward with applying for the grants has resulted in Marinette receiving a Site Assessment Grant of up to $150,000 from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. This grant will aid the city to pay for environmental work on the property.