History

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Charles Klaeser is pictured with his pet raccoon.

William Hermanson and John Kolb are newly elected school board members. They join Wilmer Graf who was re-elected.

New teachers in Kiel this year include Jim Trottier, Sue Wettstein and William Moede.

70 years ago

The Kiel Theatre is featuring Casablanca this week.

Kiel Boy Scouts Eugene Reineck, Bill Lettenberger, Roger Greve, Peter Klauck and Robert Hennings, along with boys from New Holstein, won championships in softball, water carnival and track at Camp Rokilio.

Roeck’s Bakery announces it will discontinue house-to-house deliveries.

M. A. Rowdon hired as new Kiel High principal.

Fish sandwiches are to be served on the Friday of the Kiel Picnic in place of famed Kiel bratwurst due to the shortage of meat.

Tech. Sgt. Harold Kraft received an oak cluster for his efforts in bombing targets in Germany, including the port city of Kiel.

Ilagene Mertens is the first young Kiel woman to join the WAVES, the women’s Naval corps.

10 years ago

In its second year of using the New

Holstein Municipal Airport as home

base during EAA Airventure, the international

Super Cubs organization saw its

numbers increase from 11 planes the first

year to as many as 20 planes this year.

New Holstein High School’s baseball team used a potent offense to win 27 games this season, but it found its offensive match at State as Oak Creek won a rain-shortened quarterfinal game 12-7.

CRW Insurance Services in New Holstein moved into the former and now renovated Piggly Wiggly building.

A total of 37 teams took part in the American Cancer Society’s Calumet County Relay for Life held at New Holstein High School.

Tom Dechant was hired as the new associate principal at New Holstein High School.

A new shelter along the Solomon Trail—built as an Eagle Scout project by Kenny Kohlman of New Holstein—was dedicated.

25 years ago

A band from Kiel, West Germany visited the area and performed at the annual Calumet Homestead ice cream social.

The Wisconsin Avenue Beautification Committee in New Holstein took a look at streetlighting in advance of the renovation project.

New Holstein youths Jeni Eltink and Jason Schroeder took part in a summer Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.

The Ralph Horsch Farm is the recipient of the Century Farm and Home Award.

A resolution to borrow $60,000 was adopted by the Town of New Holstein Board for road rebuilding expenses and for construction costs of a joint salt shed with the City of New Holstein.

New Holstein

Mud volleyball was an activity played in St. Cloud.

A mock airplane crash exercise took place at the New Holstein Municipal Airport.

The New Holstein School Board got its first look at a proposal to expand New Holstein Elementary School.

30 years ago

A total of 156 electors attended the annual meeting of the New Holstein School District and the annual budget was approved by the narrow margin of 78 to 74.

Deteriorating conditions at the New Holstein Municipal Pool were called “scary” by Recreation Director Rich Rollins.

A public hearing to discuss proposed rate increases for cable TV in New Holstein was scheduled.

Members of the New Holstein Industrial Development Committee toured sites for possible future development.

Don Spletter was installed as the new fire chief of the New Holstein Fire Department.

Hundreds of people filled out employment applications at Tecumseh Products Company in New Holstein even though the company was not hiring at the time. It was, however, preparing for expected future growth.

40 years ago

State Senator Thomas Petri presented New Holstein Mayor Jerome Wink with a citation for being a progressive community on the occasion of New Holstein’s 125th anniversary.

The New Holstein Common Council approved the sale of land to Tecumseh Products Company at a cost of $450 per acre. The company purchaed 14.66 acres.

Officials of M-B Company announced that it had received its largest single sale order in company history—27 Cruiser street sweepers for the City of Los Angeles. The sale totaled about half a million dollars.

Howards and Rosemary Gernette, stars of WISN-TV’s Dialing for Dollars in Milwaukee, were scheduled to appear at the Arts Fair in New Holstein’s Civic Park.

A 45-member choir under the direction of Edgar Thiessen provided music for a community worship service held in the High School auditorium as part of the city’s 125th anniversary celebration.

A total of 28 Holstein dairy cows were killed when lightning struck a tree under which they were standing at the James Wiskerchen farm near New Holstein.

A mini-computer was installed at New Holstein City Hall to handle utility bills, payroll and taxes.

60 years ago

The annual pea pack by A. T. Hipke and Sons, Inc. was completed and the plant shut down to get ready for the lima bean canning.

“Never before in the history of New Holstein has there been such a demonstration of mass migration as the one staged last Sunday when 1,150 residents of the city and vicinity went to Milwaukee, despite adverse weather conditions, to see the double header baseball game at the big stadium between the Braves and Phillies.”

Henry Halbach of New Holstein had a narrow escape from death while at work with the New Holstein Utility Department when he came in contact with 4,160 volts. He was knocked unconscious and taken by ambulance to St. Nicholas Hospital.

Construction of the new Peoples State Bank in New Holstein is progressing at the anticipated rate.

Ronald Hoerth, John Langenfeld, Robert and William Hallada Jr. and Kenneth Meyer returned from a three-week trip to California where they were among the 50,000 Boy Scouts to convene at Irvine Ranch near Santa Ana for the annual National Jamboree.

65 years ago

The banner headline across the front page of the Aug. 5, 1948 New Holstein Reporter said, “Athletics win state championship.” The Athletic Club baseball team qualified for the national semi-pro tournament in Kansas City by winning the state crown at Borchert Field in Milwaukee. They beat the Kenosha Red Sox 7-0 as Claire Hackbarth held the losers to four hits.

Area sportsmen were fighting to stop commercial fishing in Lake Winnebago.

Work of remodeling the retail department at the New Holstein Creamery has been completed, proprietor Walter Bartel reported in announcing the official opening of the new soda fountain and service.

A car with Illinois license plates found parked along STH 57 about four miles north of New Holstein sparked rumors which included mentions of gangs and the finding of a body, but it was just a car which had broken down.