100 YEARS AGO: Ten of Marinette’s young men entrained for Madison this noon on the 1:03 train to enter the service of the United States. They will take a course at the University, after which they will be sent to different camps where they are needed. The men will take the prescribed courses in mechanical branches. The following men made up the contingent: Vital Payant, John Milosky, Edward Pinegar, William Huebner, Edward Lindquist, Alvin Jenson, Irving Shailman, Robert Lucia, Carl Steininger and Joe Dory (leaves from Kenosha).

50 YEARS AGO: An architect’s drawing of the new Badger Manufacturing Company plant — published in the Eagle-Star in October of 1968 — which will be constructed in Marinette Industrial Park. The plant will be used for the manufacture of pistons and will contain 50,000 square feet or space. The new plant, scheduled to be completed in February for spring occupancy, will add 50 persons to the firm’s payroll. Badger Manufacturing Company is a member of the industrial products group of Safeguard Industries Inc. E. R. Barggren, vice president and general manager of the local firm, reported the new facility will permit the company to continue its increase in yearly volume and accelerate its growth.

25 YEARS AGO: Which came first, the big chicken or the restaurant? If you guessed the big chicken, you’re right. Dick Ellis and his older brother, Elmer, purchased an 11-foot high chicken from an Escanaba restaurant in 1966. At that time a restaurant wasn’t even in the planning stages. In 1968, the Ellises moved the chicken to the site of their new restaurant at 1607 Marinette Ave. The chicken replaced a huge pine tree that was cut down to be used as a city Christmas tree.

FIVE YEARS AGO: With budgets tight, grant funding often determines whether a project gets a thumbs up. The dredging of Great Lakes Memorial Marina is being done through a $1.2 million grant from the state of Michigan. Now the Menominee School District is also benefiting from a grant. Menominee Police Chief Brett Botbyl submitted a request in July for security upgrades at Blesch Intermediate School and the high school. The result was made public Monday — funding for $20,000 worth of improvements has been approved for a Byrne JAG grant through the U.S. Department of Justice and administered by the Michigan State Police.