100 YEARS AGO: The Phil Sheridan chapter of the Friends of the Irish Freedom was organized last night in Marinette. With over 150 ardent supporters of the Irish cause present a program and organization meeting was held which ended in the perfection of the chapter with eighty-four members and several more applicants who have signed their willingness to become members of the association. The meeting opened with the singing of America by the crowd, followed with a short talk by the Rev. Father Poicheca of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of this city. 

50 YEARS AGO: A mayor and six councilmen, elected recently, have officially assumed the responsibility of the operation of municipal affairs for the newly crowned City of Stephenson. For many years the mid-county community in Menominee County functioned as a village. But no longer. The people earlier this month overwhelmingly approved a change to city status and home rule form of government. Mayor Herbert W. Corey and six councilmen conducted their first public meeting here Monday night. Future meetings have been established for the first Thursday of each month. 

25 YEARS AGO: Area merchants are poised for the last-minute panic that usually accompanies holiday shoppers the day before Christmas. Ron Seguin, of Seguin’s House of Cheese on U.S. 41, said the last days before Christmas are always busy for Seguin’s. “Traditionally, the last three or four days are the busiest of the year,” Seguin said. Cheese and sausage gift packs are the biggest sellers, with 80 percent shipped elsewhere in the state and 20 percent picked up in person by shoppers, he said. Other big-selling items at Seguin’s include western boots, moccasins and candy, he said. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: Students in the National Honor Society at Stephenson Middle and High School collected 1,337 canned goods and non-perishable items for the local food pantry in four days. Kristin Day, National Honor Societies adviser, said the holiday can drive from Dec. 15-18 was a success. “During that time, the students of Stephenson Middle and High School collected 1,337 cans for the local food pantry run by the St. Stephen Lutheran Church,” she said. “As there were not church officers available to receive delivery before school ended on Friday, Dec. 19, the cans were delivered to the Stephenson branch of the MSU extension office or delivery Saturday (Dec. 20) to the food pantry.”