100 YEARS AGO: William Reichert, a farmer living three-quarters of a mile west of Cream City in the town of Oconto, killed his wife Myra with a club after cutting and gashing her throat with a razor, and then hanged himself from a beam in the barn, which was the scene of the early morning tragedy on Monday. The murder-suicide occurred somewhere about 7 o’clock. Reichert and his wife had gone to the barn to do morning chores. He had called his 10-year-old daughter, Viola, to get up and get ready to go to school. “I’ll never scold you again,” he said to her. It was nearly an hour later when Viola, wondering why her parents did not come in that she went to the barn and passing through the door into the stable, confronted the dead body of her mother, a ghostly, horrible sight. Neighbors had come also and the sheriff was summoned from Oconto. Sheriff Wright had gone away on business and Undersheriff George Hall notified George O. Jones, corner, and with Clarence Van Rossum as a reporter, went to the scene of the tragedy. 

50 YEARS AGO: The Union at the Marinette plant of Scott Paper Company announced today that it is supporting the strike which has been in progress nearly two weeks at the Badger Manufacturing Company plant here. Jack Falk, president of Local 86 of the International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite and Paper Mill workers, announced that $250 ($1731.36 in 2018) has been donated to the strike fund. It was sent to Leonard Curtis and Glen Bregger, president and secretary treasurer of Local 696 of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers with which the strikers are affiliated. It was understood that the check was to be allocated among striking members of the union. The strikers are picketing entrances to Badger’s three locations in Marinette. Negotiations collapsed the following tow sessions last week. Falk said he was assured Local 696 that the union at Scott went on record as pledging financial help to Badger strikers and to give other help whenever possible.

25 YEARS AGO: The day after Thanksgiving. Everyone knows what that means — the biggest shopping day of the year. Shoppers came to Pine Tree Mall in droves today (Nov. 28) for the first day of the Christmas shopping season. Many retailers were opening up three hours earlier than usual and many were offering specials for early shoppers. Pine Tree Mall, which normally opens at 10 a.m. Fridays, had some stores open as early as 7 a.m. today to kick off the holiday shopping season. Younkers department store, which opened up at 7 a.m., had so many shoppers this morning they gave out 650 boxes of Cracker Jack as a promotional item and ran out within the first 15 minutes that the store was open. The store should be getting some more in by Saturday. John Poels, general manager of Younkers, said he had no estimate of how many people would walk through the store today, but it’s by far its largest shopping day of the year. And he expects the big crowds to keep coming throughout the holiday season. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: Patients in the Twin Cities have one more option when seeking health care treatment, especially when dealing with acute care issues. Aurora Health Care, teamed with Bay Area Medical Center, has opened a new Urgent Care Clinic in the Aurora Health Center on Old Peshtigo Road. The center provides services for patients who need medical care after regular business hours, or who have urgent needs that need immediate attention but do not require a visit to a hospital emergency room. The clinic opened Nov. 3 and has a separate entrance on the southwest side of the building. It provides two urgent care examination rooms and one procedure room. The new Urgent Care Clinic is staffed every day with a physician and nurse, and patients have immediate access to X-ray and lab services. Dr. Rachel Chaltry has been hired to work with other rotating physicians in the Urgent Care Clinic. Chaltry has special training in urgent care and worked previously in Green Bay before moving to the area to join the NorthReach After Hours Clinic this year. The urgent care concept is not a new one, she said, but it fills a necessary and cost-efficient niche.