100 YEARS AGO: Among the new features that will mark the 1919 graduation exercises at the high school Thursday evening of this week will be the unveiling and dedication of a fine, new, permanent service flag. The flag was designed and made of red and white felt by a committee of senior girls consisting of Mildred Miller, Mildred Rivett, Elsie Johnson, Myrtle Ruberg and Gladys Powers, working under the direction of Mrs. Reinke Peterson as a faculty chairman. In the center white field there is a large gold star with the numeral 5, also in gold, under it to designated our fallen heroes. Below the gold star is a blue star of the same size with the number 336 in blue felt under it to designate the number of former students and graduates of Marinette High School who were in war service of their country. 

50 YEARS AGO: More than 300 employees of Marinette Marine Corporation failed to report to their jobs today in a protest move, it was reported by Ken Vieth, spokesman for idle workers. Vieth told an Eagle-Star reporter that the walkout was unsanctioned by the union, was prompted by an incident which occurred Monday involving the supplying of what he defined “as small hand tools.” Vieth reported that seven employees of the firm were suspended by management Monday when they failed to supply their own hand tools. He said employees went on a “sitdown” strike Monday and at 7 a.m. today assembled at the gates of the plant, refusing to enter the plant grounds. The workers are members of the local 696, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Ship builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and helpers.

25 YEARS AGO: On straight time, Marinette County corrections officers are paid $11.03 per hour. For overtime, the cost goes up to $16.54 per hour. These officers are used to haul juveniles to and from secure detention facilities as management tries to cut costs by utilizing the lowest-paid personnel available. A recent transport to Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison generated 24 hours of straight time and 16 overtime hours. Why so many hours? The officers had to make a double trip in one day — one to make the mental commitment at Mendota and the second to bring a juvenile back to Marinette County for a court appearance to ensure jurisdiction in the case. The total cost of the transport was $780, which Sheriff Jim Kanikula admits is high compared to most excursions the department must make to bring juvenile offenders to secure detention facilities. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: The construction on Main and Stanton streets is moving right along, according to the project manager Pete Kolaszewski. “Paving of the Main Street and Wells Street intersection is complete and the intersection is now open to traffic,” he said in a recent update. “The traffic signals and street lighting will be installed later on in the summer.” However, he came to the council Wednesday night to ask for some direction in which light poles to plan for along Main Street.