100 YEARS AGO: One engineer escaped possible death but received injuries and several other trainmen received minor injuries yesterday afternoon (Sept. 23) a quarter of a mile from Crivitz when passenger train number 95 and freight train number 96 on the St. Paul line, came together in a head on collision wrecking both engines and damaging the cars considerably. The facts of the case are few because no definite information having been received from Crivitz today (Sept. 24). As near as can be determined from a local man who was on the passenger at the time, the freight train was supposed to wait on a siding for the passenger to pass on the clear track. Instead of doing this, the report says the freight started toward Crivitz and was going at a high rate of speed when the passenger approached from the opposite direction.

50 YEARS AGO: Construction of housing facilities for low income families plus additional dwelling units for the elderly moved a step nearer reality as the result of a special Monday night meeting of Marinette City Council. Aldermen approved an agreement with Marinette Housing Authority under which 100 housing units will be erected. Forty will be efficiency or one-bedroom apartments for senior citizens. The remaining 60 will provide homes for low income families. The low-rent facilities will be in addition to the 110 housing units for the elderly now being constructed on Ludington Street. Public Facilities Associates, developers of the project already under construction, also will be the developers for the new project.

25 YEARS AGO: With crime and violence sweeping across the nation, many citizens are increasingly concerned about their personal safety. The Wisconsin Legislature responded to this by legalizing pepper spray late last year, a measure which takes effect statewide Oct. 1. Under the new law, people can use pepper spray to defend themselves or their property. Law enforcement officers and postal workers have been carrying it for years under an exemption in the law. Marinette County Sheriff James Kanikula said pepper spray temporarily disables the victim, targeting the eyes to bother mucous membranes. It also causes breathing trouble and a burning sensation. “It brings you to your knees,” he said. However, it causes no permanent damage. While act 91 legalizes pepper spray statewide, Mace — a chemical compound — remains illegal in Wisconsin. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: A national outbreak of the enterovirus D68 since late summer has many health officials and parents concerned — especially considering children are among those being affected. But Tanya Malek, infection prevention specialist at Bay Area Medical Center, said recently that the hospital is always prepared to protect patients and visitors from the spread of infectious diseases. EV-D68, as it is referred to by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been confirmed in 30 states as of Tuesday, including Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Minnesota. It has not yet been confirmed in Wisconsin. The CDC update, available on its website, lists a total of 213 confirmed cases since mid-August. Malek said EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962, but has not been commonly reported in the United States.