100 YEARS AGO: Auto bandits in an alleged attempt at robbery in Menominee early this morning were foiled by the police before they had time to do any damage. Between 1 and 2 o’clock this morning five men in a limousine drove up to the general store of Blahnik brothers on Bellview Street in Menominee and after looking about the premises attempted to enter by way of a side door. Officer Hornich who was standing on a corner about one block away saw the men and started in their direction. They saw the approaching officer and jumped into their car. He yelled for them to stop and they shouted back that they would not. Before the men entered the car the officer fired a shot but it went wild. He followed by firing four more. However, they got away. The police department was notified and Chief Reidy came to the scene in a police car. It was too late at that time as the men had made their getaway to Marinette. The Blahnik store was broken into several weeks ago and $200 dollars stolen from their safe. 

50 YEARS AGO: Salvage operations have resumed on Green Bay waters for the remains of a sunken schooner apparently lost in a severe gale more than 100 years ago. Frank Hoffman of Egg Harbor, the sparkplug in the salvage project, and members of his diving team recovered three anchors and spinnaker booms from the area of the sunken ship three and one fourth miles off the northwest corner of Chambers Island. Hoffman has stored the historic articles at the Marinette Marine Corporation where they are under guard.

25 YEARS AGO: One would think that memories fade after 50 years, but not when you are involved in the mightiest armada the world has ever known. That’s why Ralph Emmes of Menominee can’t erase the invasion of Normandy from his mind after a half-century has passed. Emmes was only an 18-year-old high school kid when he interrupted his education to enlist in the Navy, May 27, 1942, just five months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and propelled the United States into World War II. Patriotism for his country and a burning desire to be in the navy carried the stocky former paper mill worker to combat in two great oceans against two powerful enemies — Germany and Japan. Like thousands of other Navy recruits, Emmes, now 70, took his boot training at Great Lakes, Ill. He later served on the battle ship USS New York for 18 months. He participated in the invasion of North Africa and also worked on convoy duty in the treacherous North Atlantic escorting American supply and troop ships to England. 

FIVE YEARS AGO:  The Peshtigo City Council on Tuesday approved the appointment of a committee to work on logistics of The Diggers Show visit to the city. Mayor Cathi Malke said committee representatives are two local historians, Robert Couvillion and Ron Strojny, Pat Roland of the Peshtigo Chamber of Commerce, Mary Hahn of the Peshtigo Historical Society and Stanley Nogalski, retired from the Department of Natural Resources. The committee is working on locations for representatives of the show to use metal detectors to find remains from the Great Fire of Peshtigo, which occurred Oct. 8, 1871. Malke said eight locations on private property and city properties have been identified. Those locations have not been disclosed to the public yet. The show will bring 10 to 12 people, along with archaeologists, to Peshtigo. Those people will search properties for remnants of the “City Built From Ashes.” The show airs on National Geographic Channel at 9 p.m. Fridays.