100 YEARS AGO: Mrs. H. A. Vennema of the D.A.R., addressed the city council of Menominee last night (May 5) and petitioned them to enforce the state law prohibiting the use of slot machines, punch boards and all other gambling devices which have been allowed to operate in pool rooms and other places where young men congregate during their spare moments. Mrs. Vennema stated that she had noticed many times in one instance in particular, where a young man had been brought to ruin through acquiring the habit of playing those various gambling devices, a habit which is more easily acquired because of the small amount involved, which itself tends to lure and attract the boy onward until he finds himself in debt to such an amount that he cannot meet with his earnings. This leads him to temptation to steal in order to make good the amount he has gone into debt. 

50 YEARS AGO: A curfew law has been adopted by the City Council at Menominee. The action was taken at Monday nights (May 5) meeting and the curfew ordinance will become effective May 26. The proposal to inaugurate the curfew regulation has been under study for several weeks by the council’s public safety committee and the city attorney. The curfew regulation will prohibit minors under the age of 12 to loiter, idle or congregate in or on any public street. highway, alley, park or other public place between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless the minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian or some adult over the age of 21 delegated by the parent or guardian to accompany the minor. It will also prohibit a minor under the age of 17 to loiter, idle or congregate in any public place between midnight and 6 a.m. except when the minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian or some adult delegated ti to accompany the minor. 

25 YEARS AGO: Ed Anderson started quirking for Culligan in Green Bay as a route driver looking to get ahead. Today, Anderson and his wife Pat own one of the top Culligan franchises in the state and with a brand new building located just off U.S. 41 in Peshtigo’s Industrial Park, the family-run operation is ready to accommodate a booming bottled water trade. “I started right from the bottom,” said Ed Anderson, who bought the Marinette franchise in 1983 after managing it for three years. “Culligan is a good company, there;s a lot of room for growth. I saw an opportunity and I went for it.” The local Culligan franchise, which used to be located in the Menekaunee area of Marinette at the corner of Hosmer and Main streets, has been in business for more than 40 years. The growth of the bottled water business precipitated Culligan’s move from Menekaunee to Peshtigo, where its been since Labor Day last fall.

FIVE YEARS AGO: The Diggers Show is planning on exploring the dirt in the city of Peshtigo. Peshtigo Mayor Cathi Malke said at Tuesday’s city council meeting she was contacted by representatives of the Diggers Show last Monday. “I was so excited for the city. I had a million questions and I couldn’t think of one,” she said. Malke thought about it and came up with a list of questions and called the show representatives back the next day. “They are very enjoyable people to talk with,” she said. “This will make Peshtigo a destination.” A group of six volunteers — local historians Robert Couvillion and Ron Strojny, Mary Hahn from the Peshtigo Historical Society, Pat Roland, chair of the Chamber of Commerce, Stan Nogalski, retired DNR warden, and Mike Behnke, alderman, formed a committee to explore the show visiting the city. Malke said the Diggers Show will look for items from the Great Peshtigo Fire of Oct. 8, 1871, the same day as the Chicago fire.