100 YEARS AGO: The committee in charge of the 1919 New Settler’s picnic are able today to announce what they believe is the greatest attraction ever arranged for any Wisconsin resident north of Milwaukee. Two and possibly three seaplanes from the Great Lakes U.S. naval Station will put on a two-day flying program off the lake shore on Aug. 15 and 16, the dates if the New Settlers’ picnic. The program will be carried out by the government as a recruiting feature and Uncle Sam will in all probability have a recruiting headquarters on the ground. The picnic association will for this purpose provide the visitors with suitable tents, etc. The official order of the two-day flying event at Marinette has already been used by the Great Lakes Station. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the event will take place without fail. 

50 YEARS AGO: A Menominee alderman encouraged stronger action against railroad companies which have not complied with a city request to improve their crossings. the proposal was made Monday night at a council session by Aid Jerome Nesbitt. Nesbitt recommended that the judiciary committee serve notice on the railroad companies within 30 days and that a penalty be imposed of this is possible. “We’ve wasted enough time on this,” charged Nesbitt. He won the unanimous support of the council for his proposal. City alderman have been critical of the railroad crossings in the city for a number of years. Heaver criticisms arose in recent months and city officials were directed to write letters to the railroad companies asking them to improve the situation. The requests however, failed to get satisfactory response and Nesbitt now proposes stronger action.  

25 YEARS AGO: A recent state study shows that nearly 20 percent of workers who reside in Marinette County find employment in other counties. However, an even greater number pf employees are commuting to Marinette County to work. The study, entitled Wisconsin’s Commuting Patterns, was prepared earlier this year by the Department of Industry, Labor and Human relations. It used population figures from the 1990 Census. There are roughly 42,000 residents in Marinette County and 16,822 are workers age 16 and older. Of that total, 3,324 find employment in other counties. About 2,300 go to Menominee County, 400 to Oconto County and 260 to Brown County. In contrast, the county has 3,988 workers who reside in other counties. Nearly 3,050 come from Menominee County and about 560 come from Oconto County. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: The proposed Riverside Avenue Historic District passed another leg on its journey to becoming reality. Daniel Kallgren, chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission, presented the proposed district to the Marinette Plan Commission Thursday afternoon. He said the commission chose Riverside Avenue because it was named in a study from the 1990s as being historically and architecturally significant to the City of Marinette. The study also named several other districts, but many have fallen victim to time and modernization. “The Riverside Avenue district is one that is still intact and the Historic Preservation Commission thought it wise for us to propose this historic district to preserve the integrity of that string of houses,” Kallgren said. The members of the Plan Commission had few objections to the proposal, one of which stemmed from past objections from Linda Shaw, a resident whose property would fall within the new historic district.