100 YEARS AGO: The census takers in Marinette have completed their work. They have filed their reports at Green Bay with the district supervisor, but there is still opportunity to correct omissions that may have been made. The Eagle-Star from reports received is certain that quite a few people have been missed and Marinette needs every individual in this decennial count. With this idea in view, The Eagle-Star today publishes a census form which can be filled in by anyone and mailed to the district supervisor in Green Bay, free of postage. It now becomes the duty of every resident in this city to make sure he and every member of his household is upon the census schedule. Those who have not been enumerated should fill out the coupon or form, containing all the questions asked by the enumerator, which appears in this issue of The Eagle-Star and mail the same supervisor of census in the federal building. 

50 YEARS AGO: Menominee councilmen, pursuing plans for the possibility of constructing a new city hall, will now turn to the Menominee Industrial Fund for financial assistance. This was determined at a council meeting of the whole prior to an official council session Tuesday night in the city hall council chambers. Carl Pogrant, seventh ward alderman, was acting chairman of the city hall planning committee conducting last night’s meeting. Pogrant was substituting for chairman Joseph Banach who was absent. The special city hall planning committee has been exploring ways and means to establish new quarters for the city. An earlier proposal was to renovate the old Washington School building on 2nd Street has been abandoned and the prospects of financing a new city hall have run into numerous snags because of the lack of revenue. The Menominee Industrial fund was previously organized to aid and lure new industry into the community. The fund offices will now be approached to determine if they can provide some assistance to the city.

25 YEARS AGO: More than 150 years ago, the Menominee Indian Tribe fished and gathered wild rice at the mouth of the Menominee River, in its ancestral home of Marinette. The filing of a suit by the tribe claiming ancestral hunting, fishing and gathering rights on land that stretches over 9 million acres, including the City of Marinette, has fueled speculation on the part of at least one academic that the Menominee’s suit, if won, would allow the tribe to practice their own natural resource management on that territory. Could that mean sturgeon fisheries in the mouth of the Menominee? “In the 1820s to 1840s, there was a fishery-and-a-half up there,” said David Wrone, a professor of history at UW-Stevens Point. Wrone teaches a course in Menominee tribal history and is an expert on treaty rights, both those of the Chippewa and the Menominee. “The suit is self-evident,” Wrone said. “(The tribe) is suing for property rights wrongly denied them. I think that’s rather clear.”

FIVE YEARS AGO: Water rates for Marinette residents, on average, will increase by about 31 percent. The Water and Wastewater Utilities Commission Tuesday discussed the approval of the revenue requirements suggested by the Public Service Commission (PSC). “Basically the packet you received is what the PSC feels that the water utility needs to operate,” said business manager Dana Weber. “That covers paying for the filters, going forward and paying the city back, and our services. Overall, they feel that we’re looking at a 31 percent increase.” Because the PSC has different customer classes, some people may see different rates. “That rate structure may be different for each class,” Weber said. “Like the commercial, industrial and residential on how they divide it up, so to speak. Overall the revenue, bottom line, looks like 31 percent.” Weber said that the revenue rate hasn’t changed too much since the PSC visited the Water and Wastewater Utility. The first step of the revenue requirement process is that the commission is aware of the total expenses that are being used by the utility.