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A LOOK Back FROM THE FILES OF THE STANLEY REPUBLICAN COMPILED BY JOSEPH BACK

10 Years Ago December 29, 2011

Strong Free throw shooting not enough for Stanley- Boyd boys The Stanley-Boyd varsity basketball team hosted the Medford Raiders Tuesday, falling 41-48 in non-conference action.

The Oriole's first score come on an inbound pass from Phil Janisewski to Jeremiah Reit for a quick two, with 6:30 on the clock. S-B took advantage of two Medford turnovers with another assist from Janisewski for a perimeter shot by Nichols to go up 5-0 with just over four left in the first. Bits and Pieces aside: A Letter to Santa From Mom Dear Santa, I’ve been a good mom all year. I’ve fed, cleaned and cuddled my two children on demand, visited the doctor’s office more than my doctor, sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school play- ground and figured out how to attach nine patches onto my daughter’s Girl Scout sash with staples and a glue gun.

I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son’s red crayon, on the back of a reciept in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find any more free time, in the next 18 years.

Here are my Christmas wishes: I’d like a pair of legs that don’t ache after a day of chasing kids (in any color except purple, which I already have), and arms that don't flap in the breeze but are strong enough to carry a screaming toddler out of the candy aisle in the grocery store.

I’d also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of my last pregnancy. If you’re hauling big ticket items this year I’d like a car with fingerprint re sistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music; a televisions that doesn’t broadcast any programs that contain talking animals; and a refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide to talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking daughter doll that says “Yes, Mommy” to boost my parental confi dence, along with one potty- trained toddler, two kids who don't fight and a pair of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power tools. I could use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting “don’t eat in the living room” and “Take your hands off your brother,” because my voice seems to be just out of my children’s hearing range and can only be heard by the dog. And please don’t forget the Playdoh Travel Pack, the hottest stocking stuffer this year for mothers of preschoolers. It comes in three flourescent colors and is guar anteed to crumble on the carpet making the in-laws house seem just like mine. If it’s too late to find any of these products, I’d settle for time to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a Styrofoam container. If you don’t mind I could use a few Christmas miracles to brighten the holiday season. Would it be too much to declare ketchup a vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely. It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized crime family; or if my toddler didn’t look so cute sneaking downstairs to eat contraband ice cream in his pajamas at midnight.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my son saw my feet under the laundry room drawer. I think he wants his crayon back. Have a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the chimney and come in and dry off by the fire so you don't catch a cold. Help yourself to cookies on the table but don’t eat too many or leave crumbs on the carpet.

Yours Always…Mom.

20 Years Ago January 3, 2002 Open House At Wolf River Realty Saturday To Introduce New Owner Wolf River Realty, 204 E. Maple St., will be holding an open house this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The open house is being held to introduce the new owner/broker, Bryan Raven. Refreshment will be served.

If you are unable to attend the open house and have questions for Bryan, you can always stop in or contact him at the office at 644-0889. Highlights of 2001: Har old “Chainsaw Harry” Capek of Arkansaw carves bears out of damaged trees at Chapman Park; Homecoming Court includes Stephanie Lodahl, Tessa Setzer, Rachel Hazuga, Erin Peterson and Shannon Schuebel; along with Farron Schesel, Joe Cox, Brad LaMarche, Brian Wirth and Sam Goettl.

30 Years Ago December 26, 1991 S-BHS Announcees Students selected as Oriole Award Winners: Wendi Par rot; Bryan Coilkosz;, Stacy Ebert; Bob Mahr; Nitra LaGrander, Paul Reith; Kari Johnson; and Shawn Hakes.

Sarah Van De Loo Wins Christmas Essay Contest from Knights of Columbus 40 Years Ago December 24, 1981 Christmas Greetings “From the Youngsters…” Christmas One thing about Christmas is Santa Claus and Rudolph. And it is Jesus’ Birthday. He was born in Bethlehem. I wish I was there.

Stacy Fazendin, Grade 3 Dodge School I Like Christmas Christmas is a special time. When Jesus was born. It all began one night when two people were walking to a hotel. Then they went to known on the door the man that owned the hotel said, you can’t come in. I’m sorry it is full. You’ll have to sleep in the stable. So they went to the stable to sleep. There was a cow., a horse, a sheep and a dove. That night Mary had a baby and if you looked on top of the stable you’d see a shining star. The Shepherds saw the atar and went to see what had happened. There was a little baby laying in a manger. That star must have been a little bright angel. That’s why I like Christmas Tara LaGrander, Gr. 2 Dodge School 50 Years Ago December 23, 1971 Weddings: Linda Derks to Bernard Slowiak at Holy Family on November 27 and La Vonne Dzienkoski to Micharke on December 11 at Sacred Heart, Edson.

Last rites for John Schesel, ago 90. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Born March 27, 1881 in Manitowoc County to Anton and Anne Schesel. He came to the area when 18 years old. Married on November 10, 1903 to Elizabeth Endvick at Sacred Heart and farmed in Edson for 30 years. Survived by wife, three sons (John Jr. of Chippewa Falls; Carl of Stanley, and Robert of Thorp), one daughter Mrs. Christa Shakal of Stanley; ten grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Christmas dinner at Rich and Bunny’s.

Christmas dance at the R & G Tavern, with music by the Polka Masters.

New police chief Dave Elver sworn in and snowmobile ordinance passed. DNR requests city to abandon dump site for new landfill. Christmas Greetings, “From the Youngsters…” OH HANG UPTHE HOLLY!

Oh hang up the holly, So fresh and green, To show your glory For Christ our King. Robin Westaby, (grade 5) Dodge School CHRISTMAS Christmas is fun. Christmas is a holiday. Santa is nice. He gives gifts. We go to church. Jesus was born on Christmas.

Susan Marie Boehm Grade 2, Edson I like Christmas because we can have snowball fights. We can go sleigh riding and toboggan riding. And there are Christmas programs on T.V. I can go snowmobiling. But the best thing I like about Christmas is the presents.

David Hennes Grade 3, Edson Christmas means Jesus Church service Mary and Joseph Santa Joy bells. Dennis Shilts Grade 2, Edson Christmas is fun. On Christmas the three kings come.

On Christmas Jesus is born in a manger.

Mary and Joseph are happy.

The lamb and the cow and the donkey and three kings adored Him.

Deborah Chirhart Grade 2, Edson Christmas is fun. We go to church We have lots of decorations.

Santa comes to your house.

Santa gives you gifts. Do you like Santa? I do. Christmas is a holiday But most of all I like the decorations and toys.

I think Christmas is nice. Do you? Becky Mahr Edson JESUS J is for Jesus, born in Bethlehem,* E is for Eucharist, we receive with love S is for Saviour who saved us from sin.

U is for union between Christ and God’s people, S is for Saints who live now with Christ.

Donna Mahal, (Grade 7) Holy Family School BELLS At Christmas When Bells ring Birds wake up, And sing. Monte Mitchell St. Joseph’s School WINTER Winter is a time for snow, All the old folks say, Oh, No! Winter is a time for fun, Skiiing, skating for everyone, Winter is Christmas time, Happy Birthday, Lord Divine.

Sue Stangl, (Grade 5) Holy Family School SANTA CLAUS Santa Claus comes on a sleigh on Christmas eve. I like Christmas and I like to see other people get gifts.

Jim Schneider CHRISTMAS We should remember that Christmas is a Holy Day. On Christmas everyone is excited. You know what I like? I like the big feast. With turkey and other things. Then it’s bed time. But before bed time we tell Christmas stories, what fun it is to tell of Christmas. So each one tells a story. Then we wake up in the morning and what do we see? Some presents under the Christmas Tree. We start opening and when we see it we thank the other person that gave it to us. Then after that we go to church to praise the Lord. Well, I hope you all have a Merry, Merry Christmas. I love you al. Please give to the poor, please.

Desiree Shock, (Grade 3) Holy Family School 60 Years Ago December 28, 1961 News from the Boyd Community Obits for Joseph Lict, 83, and Joseph Marian, 78. Both buried in the Sacred Heart cemetery, at Edson.

Roman Bourget of Boscobel takes charge of the Boyd Oil and Garage Co, planning to move with his family as soon as he can find a house at Boyd.

Pvt. Bennie J. Sebranek, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Sebranek, Boyd, completes a clerk-typist course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and a transportation movement control course at Fort Eustis, Virginia, then being stationed to Camp LeRoy Johnson at Louisiana.

70 Years Ago December 27, 1951

Chief of Police Carl Halmstad Ends 21 Years of Service Sunday; Thanks Youth Monday, December 31, is Chief of Police Carl Halmstad’s regular day off, and this Monday will be special, for it will mark the beginning of his retirement after 21 years of service to the community as Stanley’s Chief of Police. On Sunday, December 30, Halmstad will be on duty for his last day in his official capac ity. Fred Valley will assume Halmstad's duties at the first of the year.

80 Years Ago January 2, 1942

STANLEY COUNTRY FARMER TO BE HEARD ON RADIO Gus Western, well-known dairy farmer of the Stanley Country, has been asked by J. M. Bolon, State Dairy Inspector, to appear on the radio program of the State Department of Agriculture at station WLBL, at Stevens Point, to- morrow Saturday, at 12:20 p.m. This will be in connection with the quality milk program which is broadcast regularly. In his letter, Mr. Bolon pays a high compliment to Mr. Western for his record as a quality milk producer and asks him to give the farms of the state the benefit of his knowledge. Mr. Bolon travels about the state inspecting dairies and he is much impressed with the way Mr. Western conducts his business. Tune in Saturday at 12:20 p.m.

90 Years Ago December 25, 1931

Rib Hill, near Wausau, widely advertised as the highest point in Wisconsin (1,940 feet above sea level) and duly inscribed for such prominence by a tablet authorized by the state legislature, may have to fight for its distinction. A member of the conservation commission, surveying promontories in Lincoln county as sites for lookout towers, report that south of Jeffris Junction is an unnamed hill which is 40 feet higher than “Old Rib.”

The discovery has caused consternation in the state department and efforts are being made to keep the matter quiet. Lack of money to make competent observations may serve to quiet Lincoln County boosters who clamor for recognition, according to E. S. Bean, state geologist.

100 Years Ago December 30, 1921 Church Notes CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. International Lesson—“ The Revolt of Je- roboam." Officers and teachers will convene at the parsonage this Friday night, 7:00 p.m. Public Worship at 11:00. Sermon—“One Thing To Do This 1922.”

Christian Workers’ meet- ing in the evening at 7:00. The new president is Ray Flora.

METHODIST CHURCH First—Let us begin and keep the year right, by His Grace.

BOYD (?) News Howard Cummins is taking a census of the village to determine the exact population for use in connection with application with a city charter.

110 Years Ago December 23, 1911 THE SONG THE ANGELS SANG. This is one season of the year in which all mankind belongs to the same church, the same political party, the same family. Whatever have been our differences of opinion during the year now drawing to a close, there are certain ties which draw the whole human race together. There are certain indefinable influenc es in the atmostphere of the event which is now commemorated which soften the hearts of men, help them to forget their animosities. Unconsciously we cease magnifying the faults of our neighbor. Unknowingly, almost, we begin to marvel at the goodness and broadness of humanity and at the increasing number of real Christian people there are in this world. From year to year, this softening influence of the Christmas spirit extends its sway. It has been doing that for many years and eventually it will include all mankind.

January 5, 2022