100 YEARS AGO:  Saturday, about 2 o’clock, Peshtigo Harbor had one of the worst floods ever known to the Peshtigo River. The big ice jams held back the water and flooded everything for miles around. Two big gasoline boats went out of the river and were smashed to pieces. A third gill net boat went out in the bay so far it is afloat. Capt. John Surk is owner of the boat that made its way out successfully. The other two are owned by Topel Brothers and Martin Knutson of Marinette. The fish house of Mr. Dura which had about 500 half barrels of fish and about twenty-five barrels of salt was flooded. The great weight of the fish held the building. The building stood in about two feet of water with ice hammering at all times on it. 

50 YEARS AGO: Taxpayers of Marinette Public School District may realize a saving of more than a quarter-million dollars in interest payments if the proposed school bond issue is approved in Tuesday’s referendum, election. That was the opinion of Harry Kivell, representative of First Wisconsin National Bank if Milwaukee, in an interview Monday with the Eagle-Star. The financial consultant for the proposed bond issue based his prediction on the recent reduction in prime interest rates and current trends in the bond market. “Basically, we figure that June or July will be the best month of the year to proceed with this bond sale,” Kivell concluded. 

25 YEARS AGO: A petition in circulation since Monday calls for the termination of Marinette County’s office of county administrator and its replacement with an administrative coordinator. According to the petition, started by former county board member Richard Berth of Coleman, the administrative coordinator would be responsible to the county board. Berth said an exact amount of signatures isn’t yet known because several people are circulating the petition. Berth started the petition because he noted the board had no authority when he attended the March 14 special meeting of the board and highway department workers. “All they’re doing is rubber-stamping what (the administer) says,” Berth stressed. “he tells them in no uncertain terms that his word is law.”

FIVE YEARS AGO: Eva Schloss, Holocaust survivor and stepsister to Anne Frank, captured the hearts of more than a thousand people Tuesday night at the Herbert L. Williams Theatre. Schloss spoke to an audience of 350 in the theater and more than 1,000 people live streaming online. “I have been blessed to study with some of the most brilliant Holocaust scholars in the world,” said Darryle Clott, facilitator for the Eva Schloss presentation. “They fill our heads with important facts, but survivors fill our hearts. Survivors teach us much more about history than any textbook, they are living documents. Eva is a remarkable human being.”