100 YEARS AGO: In a card this morning by his former employer, Nels Paulsen, 909 Pierce Ave., Sergeant H. R. Wallace of Co. I, 127th Inf. 32nd Div., reported dead twice by the war department, writes that he is “pretty much alive.” He adds that although wounded twice he is back again but on the front line in Germany this time. Sergeant Wallace resided in Marinette for over two years and when the war broke out joined Company I of this city. He wedded a Chicago girl in Marinette. He went overseas with the Marinette unit and last July his wife, who now resides in Chicago, received an official statement that he had died of his wounds. Nothing more was heard from him until a second notice was received by Mrs. Wallace, reporting him dead again of wounds. 

50 YEARS AGO: Like the grass biding its time under the snow to turn green at the proper time, Theatre On The Bay is preparing at the Marinette County University Campus for its third summer season. Use of the new campus theater will provided air conditioned space for an audience of 400 confronting an open, thrust-type stage. The purpose of this endeavor, as it has been from the beginning, will be to provide live theater of professional quality for public entertainment. A correlated goal is to give an added attraction to vacationers who come here to enjoy the natural attributes of the area. 

25 YEARS AGO: Marinette native organizes Vietnam bike tour. A group of 55 sweaty American cyclists ended a 1,200-mile trip through Vietnam Tuesday when it rolled into Ho Chi Minh City and was greeted with firecrackers, flower necklaces and cold towels. “Probably the thing that was most appreciated were the cold towels,” and organized Rick Bauman, 43, a Marinette native who lives in Portland, Ore. The 18-day journey was the first American bike tour of Vietnam, a country once considered enemy territory.  

FIVE YEARS AGO: Another day, another 24 hours in the deep freeze. At 8:30 a.m. Monday (Jan. 30), the National Weather Service reported a temperature in Marinette/Menominee of minus 15 degrees with a wind speed of 10 mph, making the windchill -35 — our coldest moment thus far during the Polar Vortex. The dangerous conditions have forced area schools to cancel classes for a second straight day and even prompted some local business and companies to close. The DAR Boys & Girls Club in Menominee experienced boiler problems Monday but said the doors would reopen at noon today. When it comes to closing schools, the main concern is safety. “It’s going to dip to minus 44 tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7 a.m. with the windchill, that’s too dangerous,” said Menominee school superintendent Mike Catanni.