100 YEARS AGO: The coroner’s jury of Pembine determined the death of the unknown man whose body was found in a swamp south of the village on Sunday (Dec. 29) was brought about by his own hand. The fact that the belt of the man was found around his neck was enough to convince any jury that the deed was performed by himself. The man appeared to be about 55 years of age, weighed about 150 pounds, had a small sandy-gray mustache, was bald, had a grey sweater, checkered shirt, carried a nickle-plated watch of New Era make, corduroy trousers and tan shoes. The jury determined the body had been hanging in the swamp for the past six weeks. 

50 YEARS AGO: Optimism is nourished by community growth and on this basis the Twin City area can gaze with confidence on the arrival of 1969 at midnight tonight. Its vision should not be focused only on the New Year, however, because the favorable vista of the future stretches far beyond that. Area residents should be mindful of the promise opening for their young people in new educational facilities with some nearing completion and others projected for the immediate future. Marinette County is completing an ambitious addition to the University of Wisconsin facilities on the bay shore campus and has ordered further expansion immediately at the cost of $1,046,692. 

25 YEARS AGO: It looks like lawsuits stemming from the former city landfill will be around for a while after Circuit Judge John D. Payant denied a motion for consolidations of lawsuits already filed with a new suit filed against Giddings & Lewis Foundry, 1610 15th St. The original lawsuit filed against the Twin County Airport Commission, Marinette County, Menominee County, City of Menominee, Emerson Electric of Missouri and Vernco Corp. of Tennessee and which involve about 50 plaintiffs, allege that materials buried in the landfill caused area groundwater contamination. The Giddings & Lewis suit alleges that air emissions from the foundry created additional pollution. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: Talking to others or writing down a New Year’s resolution may just be the key to losing weight, eating healthy, exercising more or quitting a bad habit in 2014. Jenni Campbell, mission director (formerly the health and well-being coordinator) at the Greater Marinette-Menominee YMCA, said to keep it simple and think of it as a lifestyle change. “Make small changes to the things you do daily,” she said. “If you are a soda drinker, try to cut back on the amount you do drink and substitute water until you are only drinking water.” Campbell said healthy living is about keeping it as a lifestyle versus I want to see immediate results.