Bio: Suzuki, Naoko – Exchange Student to O-W High School (Sep 1978)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Suzuki

----Source: Owen Enterprise (06 Sep 1978)

An International Fellowship Exchange Student from Japan is due to arrive in the Owen-Withee area today, Thursday, September 7, 1978, to attend school at Owen-Withee, and become acquainted with students from the United States.

The exchange student is Naoko Suzuki, a 17-year-old woman from Tokyo, Japan. She attended Tachikawa Senior High School in Japan. Her father is the Manager of a Tokyo Sales Department of the Mitsubishi Motor Sales Company. Her mother is Masaka Suzuki, a house wife. She has one brother, Ken-Ichiro, who is 19.


Bio: Sillampa, Carleen – Joins Nursing Facility (Sep 1978)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Sillampa

----Source: Owen Enterprise (06 Sep 1978)

Carleen Sillampa has joined the Associate Degree Faculty at Grayson College this fall semester. Miss Sillampa comes to Grayson from Springfield, Missouri, where she was a member of the Burge School of Nursing facility the past two years. She received her Registered Nurse’s diploma from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Marshfield, Wisconsin, and her Bachelor of Science degree from Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri.

Miss Sillampa graduated from Owen Withee Senior High School in 1969. She currently is enrolled at Texas Woman’s Univerity and plans to complete her Master’s degree in nursing there next year.

Miss Sillampa lives in Denison, Texas.


Bio: Cattanach, Nina – A Tribute to Her (Sep 1978)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Cattanach

----Source: Owen Enterprise (06 Sep 1978)

Those who knew Nina Cattanach through the years knew a wonderful person.

Those of us who met her in later years were often too busy to take time to know her better. She had so much knowledge, talent and goodness by which other could profit.

When the time arose to do something for posterity, Nina took up her pen as secretary of the Clark County Historical Society. The records prior to that were non-existent. She was past her 70th birthday and “senior citizen” was not a prevailing term then, but she did not hide behind her age to let someone else take up the cause. She did a magnificent job of recording the meetings for quite a few years.

The Society was organized in 1965 with a goal to preserve the 1897 Jail for historical purposes. By a quirk of Fate, her time ran out just a few weeks short of seeing that dream realized.

According to the lease, on September 15, 1978, the Society will have the opportunity to begin carrying out the plans.


Bio: Jankee – Family Reunion (2 Sep 1978)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Jankee, Galorowicz

----Source: Owen Enterprise (06 Sep 1978)

After years of hearing the wish expressed that they could get together on an occasion other than funerals, several families who are cousins decided to do just that.

Curtiss Hall on Saturday, September 2, 1978 was the scene of this joyous reunion of descendants of five basic families. Approximately 200 people were in attendance for the afternoon and evening festivities, which began at 2:00 p.m. with a potluck supper being served at 4:00, picture taking sessions, and a dance at 8:00, with Lenny Galorowicz supplying the music.


BioM: Neubauer, Theresa D. (1978)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Neubauer, Yeager, Green, Krug, Mertens, Fritz, Jari, Lentz

----Source: Owen Enterprise (06 Sep 1978)

Neubauer, Theresa D. (19 Aug 1978)

Miss Theresa D. Neubauer, daughter of Christian Neubauer, Route 1, Medford, and Mrs. Violet Yeager, was given in marriage by her father to Mark A. Krug, son of Mrs. Adeline Mertens of Route 1, Withee, on August 19, 1978.

The Rev. William Green performed the 2 p.m. ceremony in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford. Following their wedding the Krugs left on a wedding trip to Colorado, and n their return their address will be 320 Spruce Street, Medford.

Attired in a white organza and Venice lace empire bridal gown with train and an elbow length veil affixed to a Juliet headpiece, the bride entered church carrying a double cascade arrangement of yellow roses, white carnations and baby’s breath with streamers.

Preceding her into the church were her aides, Mrs. Wayne Krug of Marshfield in the role of matron of honor, and Mrs. Robert Neubauer of Route 2, Medford, Mrs. Gary Fritz, Route 2, Owen, and Miss Debbie Jari, Medford, the bridesmaids.

They donned blue frocks of fabric with cluny lace and shoulder capes, and each had a long stemmed yellow rose enhanced with yellow streamers.

Completing the wedding entourage were Wayne Krug of Marshfield, best man, Robert Neubauer of Medford, Gary Fritz, Owen, and Randy Lentz, Downers Grove, Illinois, groomsmen; and Theodore Neubauer and Ricky Krug were ushers.

Wedding day festivities included dinner a VFW Clubhouse and dance at Old Corners.

The bride was educated in Medford area schools and both she and her husband work for Marathon Cheese Company.


Obit: Stonestreet, Pearl (1912 – 1978)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Stonestreet, Swanson, McConaha, Braithwait

----Source: Owen Enterprise (06 Sep 1978)

Stonestreet, Pearl (13 Aug 1912 – 30 Aug 1978)

Mrs. Fred (Pearl) Stonestreet, age 66, of Route 1, Owen, died at 4:50 p.m. on Wednesday evening, August 30, 1978, at Great Lakes Regional Naval Hospital, at Great Lakes, Illinois.

Funeral services were held in her memory at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 2, 1978 at the Maurina Funeral Home, with the Rev. Loren Swanson, pastor of the Congregational Church in Owen, officiating. Burial services followed in Riverside Cemetery.

The former Pearl McConaha was born on August 13, 1912 in Richey, Montana. After her marriage to Fred Stonestreet on June 26, 1956, she lived in Montana and work for Pan American Air Services as a Food Service Supervisor, traveling throughout the United States.

They moved from Winlock, Washington to a farm in the Township of Longwood in 1976.

She is survived by her husband; one brother, Tom McConaha of Boulder, Colorado; and one sister, Mrs. Ross (Maude) Braithwait of Owen.


Church: Withee – St. John’s Lutheran 75th Anniversary (17 Sep 1978)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: None

----Source: Owen Enterprise (12 Sep 1978)

This coming Sunday, September 17, 1978, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Withee will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the congregation; the 10th anniversary of the present church and educational facility, and the dedication of their new organ.

It was in 1890 that the early German settlers in the area began to hold regular Sunday services, served by visiting pastors. In 1903 they met to create an official congregation to carry on the work of their Lord. First services were held in what is presently the Methodist Church in Withee, and rent was $1.00 per services. In 1914 the first church building of this congregation was erected. The building cost was $3,000, half of which had to be borrowed at 3 percent interest. This building now serves the Gospel Tabernacle in Withee.

The present membership is over 680, with over 100 children enrolled in Sunday School, which is a far cry from the few families who gathered to create St. John’s Congregation in 1903.


School: Owen – Holy Rosary Has 95 Students This Year (Aug 1978)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Fliss, Schmidt, Eloranta, Lyczak, Gay, Skora, Cichosz

----Source: Owen Enterprise (12 Sep 1978)

The faculty of Holy Rosary School, Owen, welcomed 95 students as they began their 1978-79 school term on August 23, 1978. It is the twenty-fifth year of the school’s operation. The entire student body, parents and fellow parishioners participated in celebrating the event with an 11:00 a.m. liturgy on the first day.

The members of the teaching staff for the school years are: Rev. Richard Fliss, Pastor; Sister Rita Schmidt, Principal and first and second grade teacher; Mrs. James Eloranta, third grade teacher; Sister Ruth Lyczak, fourth grade teacher; Presently, Mrs. Ernest Gay is substituting for Sister Ruth while she is recovering from surgery; Sister Cornelia Skora, fifth and sixth grade teacher; Sister Methodia Cichosz, tutor and teacher aide.

Enrollment statistics are: Grade 1 – 13, Grade 2 – 11, Grade 3 – 21, Grade 4 – 20, Grade 5 – 15, and Grade 6 – 14.


News: Withee – New Postmaster (Sep 1978)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: McCredden, Michaels, Fritz, Keyzer, Chowaniec, Kitowski

----Source: Owen Enterprise (12 Sep 1978)

Daniel J. McCredden was sworn in as the new postmaster of the Withee Post Office at 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 8, 1978 in a ceremony performed by Richard C. Michaels, Manager, Postmaster from the Wausau 544 office.

Since Lorraine (Boots) Fritz retired last year, the Withee Post Office has had three different officers in charge, Larry Keyzer, John Chowaniec, and the most recent one, Norbert Kitowski, of the Wausau oofice, who served the last five months.


School: Owen H.S. – Class of 1938 Holds 40th Reunion (3 Sep 1978)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Schulz, Hughes, Griebenow, Schelhorn, Frey, Haemer

----Source: Owen Enterprise (12 Sep 1978)

The Owen High School Class of 1938 journeyed through nostalgia land on September 3, 1978 with forty six people, including spouses, guests and one teacher, Mr. Al Schulz, with Esther his wife, in attendance.

The festivities began at 3:30 p.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hughes. Ellen is the sister of one of our classmates, Milly Griebenow Schelhorn of Memphis, Tennessee. We had a coffee hour there and enjoyed recognizing old familiar faces. We revived and sang “The Purple and the Gold,” our old school song – used for many years and written by Molly. Thank you Ellen and Dick for you hospitality.

Recognition and thanks were extended to Harriet Frey and Norman Haemer for doing the work connected with organizing this, our first reunion.





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