100 YEARS AGO: Injuries resulting from an accident at the Pike River Granite company of this city necessitated the amputating of the right hand of Carl McDonald, 537 Terrace Ave., at the M&M hospital on Saturday (Dec. 21). McDonald was working in the factory at the time and was called by one of his fellow workmen to bring a can of oil up to the crane which was stationed a short distance from where McDonald was working. He complied with the request and went up the ladder leading to the engineers cabin of the crane. He then went back down the ladder but had been informed they would not work in the afternoon due to it being Saturday. McDonald then went back up the ladder to give the information to the crane master; he placed his right hand upon the rack while talking to the engineer. Just at the same time, the foreman summoned the crane man to the other end of the building. 

50 YEARS AGO: Hero’s aren’t necessarily persons who stand 6’4”, weighs 200 pounds and have muscles bulging from their bodies — heroes come in all size, shapes and ages. Todd Vanidestine, age seven, of 603 Water St. can be classified as a hero — for he probably saved the life of a playmate. According to Lloyd Meyers of Water Street, Todd and a companion, Laurie Lemery of 613 Water St., who is also seven years old, were playing on the ice on the Menominee River behind the gasoline tanks on Water Street at about 2:30 p.m., Saturday (Dec. 21) when the ice gave way and Laurie fell in. Todd didn’t panic but laid on the ice and inched forward until he got a hold of Laurie’s scarf and pulled her out. Meyer sighted the pair scooting across the street with water dripping from the young girl’s clothing. Neither youngster knows how to swim. 

25 YEARS AGO: Tis the season of giving for most people, but not for Lorraine Knowlton. her yuletide spirit lasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more than 12 years, she has been passing along messages of sympathy, speedy recovery and birthday greetings to area hospital patients and nursing home residents,as well as her own personal friends and family, through birthday cards and other cards. Knowlton sends out thousands of various cards to shut-ins, friends and strangers each year through Menominee Care Center, Heartland Manor, Luther Home, Rennes Health Center and Whispering Oaks. She mailed out 850 Christmas cards across the country last year alone. The pastime began in 1944 when she was sent to a Madison hospital with polio at the age of 13, Knowlton said. She was there alone for a year and half, her first time away from home in Lena. “Dad came twice, and I received only a half-dozen letters,” she said. “I vowed when I got on my own I’d send cards to everyone.”  

FIVE YEARS AGO: Working during the holidays can sometimes mean missing out on family traditions and parties, but emergency personnel, such as firefighters, police officers and emergency rescue workers, in the area make up for that with their own traditions. “Sometimes somebody will volunteer to make a dinner or everybody will bring something and they’ll cook it together,” said Marinette Assistant Fire Chief Jay Heckel. “Sometimes the wives and the kids will come down and everybody pitches in to have a nice meal.” Aside from that, Heckel said that those working during holidays basically have a “working day off.”