100 YEARS AGO: A well known Marinette Girl, for merely employed as a maid by one of the prominent families in this city, was caught this morning in Menominee in an attempt to cash a check to the amount of $95 ($1397.91 in 2018) drawn on her former employer of this city and was turned over to the police. The young woman entered the First National Bank in Menominee and attempted to cash the check. For lack of identification, the bank refused to cash the check and the young women then entered the Wilson-Henes Department store. The amount of the check and the name of the Marinette woman on whom the check was drawn, was familiar to Wilson-Henes officials which caused suspicion, and the girl was turned over to the police. She was not arranged before Judge George Barstow, because no complaint was made against the girl and she was released. On Thursday of last week, she cashed a check to the amount of $18.50 ($272.22 in 2018) also drawn on the same Marinette woman. She cashed the check at Lauerman’s in this city, but was caught later when the check was presented at the bank.

50 YEARS AGO: The Mystery Ship is even more mysterious now that it is buttoned up for the winter in its berth at Marinette Marine Corp. Enclosed with wood and plastic, the ship is in the process of being kiln dried. According to Lyle Nelson, one of the divers which helped salvage the two masted schooner from 110 feet of water in the Green Bay, it should take 90 days before the water content in the wood reaches 15 percent, which is ideal. The process is being accomplished by a pre-set steam generator and furnace which regulates humidity inside the structure. Upon completion of this phase this coming spring, the entire ship will be treated with turpentine and linseed oil. “The craft is in such good shape,” Nelson said, “that nothing more will be needed to preserve it.” This is because at the depth at which the ship rested. There was little bacteria to current to deteriorate the wood. At present, Nelson said, the crew is working to fix plywood around the vessel below the water line which is expected to help in the curing process. 

25 YEARS AGO: A former Menominee County couple celebrated a special event in their lives Thursday, with the help of some friends from a county veteran’s group. Chester “Chet” and Dora DeVoe, residents of Luther Manor and the Luther Home, respectively, had celebrated their 74-year wedding anniversary Aug. 20. Members of the Menominee County Chapter No. 25 of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) honored the group’s first commander and its last surviving member of the chapter who served in World War I with a party at Luther Manor Thursday. Chet DeVoe and the former Dora Vogltans were wed at St. Anne’s church in Menominee Aug. 20, 1920. Chet had just returned from duty in Europe July 23. The two 97-year-olds have spent there entire lives in Menominee and have resided for nine years in separate residences, Chet has an apartment at Luther Manor and Dora at the Luther Home. Each day, Dora is brought to Chet’s residence to spend part of the day together. According to Erv Mouriteen, the present commander of the DAV post, the two are still “very much in love.”

FIVE YEARS AGO: People driving through the newly opened Main Street may notice a few differences, mainly the new bike lanes and colored sidewalks. The first phase of the Main Street reconstruction project ended earlier this month and traffic was finally allowed to flow through the majority of the street. Along with the street reconstruction, the project also included new landscaping on tree lawns. Pete Kolaszewski, the project manager from Ayres Associates, said he has not yet heard anything negative about the new street improvements. “I think now that the majority of the Phase I areas are open to traffic, people seem to be happier than they were,” he said. “Things seem to be pretty good.” The project isn’t quite finished yet, however.