100 YEARS AGO: Good-bye old man 1919. Welcome 2020. This is the last day of the year. Tomorrow the work will awake to a 1920 with many resolutions having been made by men, women and children. Some will be kept the entire year and some will be broken shortly after they are made. Watch parties and dances will be the feature of the closing of the old year. But, one thing is missing this year which has always been present in the past. This is a “dry” New Year’s even and day Possibly the greatest day for “celebrations” in the year is this day. But the liquor is gone, at least the greater part of it and people who usually went home in the early hours of the morning with a “load” far above their capacity will walk down the street at whatever hour it may be straight and steady and with no “cloudy” feeling in the head. In year’s past, the great questions was whether or not saloons would promptly close at 12 o’clock as required. The question now will anyone be handed over the bar during the evening. 

50 YEARS AGO: Record 1970 gains were predicted today for Marinette manufacturing retail and service establishments by George S. Robbins, manager of the Marinette Area Chamber of Commerce. On basis of steady acceleration in recent years, Robbins predicted that Marinette’s business increases in 1970 will surpass both the state and the national averages. he said that the city’s business activity made a slow start after World War II but has been gathering momentum. He predicted that Marinette business will achieve $40 million in retails sales in 1970 as one tangible forecast for the opening of the new decade. “Marinette business activity really began to catch fire about five years ago and evidenced by record volumes of business and home construction,” Robbins commented. He said that more new homes and apartment buildings have been built in Marinette during the last three years than in the previous 30 years. 

25 YEARS AGO: As the holiday season approaches each year, some people find themselves feeling depressed and wanting to sing along with Elvis’ Presley’s “Blue Christmas,” instead of singing the traditional Christmas carols. The reason behind this, according to local mental health practitioners, is due to people overwhelming themselves with activities, deviating from their normal schedule and partaking in excessive activities — such as eating and drinking. Some people may also feel depressed after they or the holiday season doesn’t measure up to their expectations, according to Sarah E. Moore, a Michigan-licensed, certified social worker at Moore Human Services Clinic. Lynn Chevalier, therapist and director of Lutheran Social Services of Marinette, agreed. “We all place an emphasis on holidays as a magical time of the year, people kind of set themselves up thinking Christmas will be like the Waltons. However, for most, it is not.” 

FIVE YEARS AGO: The Peshtigo Parks and Recreation Committee is looking into a new street pole banner program that would honor the city’s veterans — past and present. Parks and Recreation Director David Zahn said at the committee meeting Tuesday “the idea is to honor the veterans in our community.” He said the city is looking at three different styles of banners: white, red and blue. Red would be for those who are currently serving their country. A blue background would be for those who served or have now retired from the service, and white is for those killed in action. Zahn said the banners would be put up on the street poles and be the same size and of the same quality as the city has now. Alderperson Debbie Sievert asked if they were for all veterans. Zahn said they would be, and the veteran’s name, branch of service or years served and/or dates served would be on the bottom or the banner. The banners would be put up from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July.