April 6, 1955
The home construction business seems to have become brisk as Kaukauna is experiencing a building boom according to assistant engineer Luther Kemp. January had no permits, February had one and March had nine building permits.
The Wisconsin Telephone Company increased the number it serves by 41,600 to reach a total of 835,000. The system receives an average of 3,750,000 calls a day. The phone company spends on average $2,000,000 a month on construction and improvements.
Named Co-Editors for the 1955 edition of the “Alumni News” are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kindler, both KHS graduates. They are pictured with their daughter Christine Ann.
April 8, 1955
John Deno, 83-year-old retired Kaukauna businessman, has not missed going to an election day but only once since he reached voting age.
April 13, 1955
Elmer Vandenberg with a 248 game and 560 series topped the members of the KC bowling league on April 6 at the S&B.
According to word received by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lappen, Bill Lappen who helped to pitch the Kaukauna Galloping Ghost baseball team to a State Championship in 1953 has been signed with a class “D” ball club in the south, the Donalsonville Indians. The team is a subsidiary of the Chicago White Sox.
Kaukauna High School journalism society paused outside of the offices of the Kaukauna Times for a photo. Left to right front row are Charles Lieding, Mike Walsh, Sue Berens, Belle Golden, Judy Kiffe, Jean Sachs, Sue Lewandowski, Cecelia Bouche, Lucille Gerig, Donna Wyro, Lois Van De Loo, Naomi Carnot, Judy Ditter and Sarah Brenzel; second row Tom Hennes, Nancy Mathis, Jim Rausch, Janice Chevalier, Jerry Schubring, Tom Trettin, Janice Welter, Joan McGinnis, Janice Woelz, Margaret Ludvigsen, Jane Wouters, Dorothy Ferrige, Rosalie Powell, Sue Skibba, Sonia Voet, Elizabeth Kessler and Mary Bachhuber; Third row, Tom Kerscher, Alicia Hennes and Marie Bauer, back row David Ludke and Gretchen Rohlf.
With the announcement Tuesday morning of the 80 to 90 percent effectiveness of the new Salk polio vaccine, interest was increased. City nurse, Mrs. Thomas Pearman announced that of the 568 forms sent to parents of first and second graders 459 have been signed and returned to receive the Salk serum.
April 15, 1955
Sam Dubow, Kaukauna High School’s head football coach, Wednesday afternoon announced his resignation effective at the end of the current school term. Dubow has been head coach since 1952.
Boy Scouts from Troop 31 under the direction of Scout Master Jack Verbeten worked with a volunteer group of Fox Valley golf club in the transplanting of fifty evergreen trees on the course Saturday.
April 20, 1955
Keith Head, Kaukauna’s favorite young boxer, Saturday night took his eight-straight win in as many starts when he fought Robert Waite of Waukesha at Fond du Lac at the YMCA sponsored event. Fred Barribeau, former coach at KHS, was in Head’s corner during the bout. Another Kaukauna lad, Bobby Lamers, fighting at 131 pounds, took his match in a decision over Don Oneson of Sheboygan. The upset of the evening came when Russ Bishop, a former Kaukaunan, took a decision over Carl Schwendler of Appleton who won the 175-pound novice boxing crown earlier this year.
April 22, 1955
Dave “Hawg” Hanner, veteran defensive tackle, has signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers. Coach Lisle Blackbourn disclosed that Hanner who has soared to 280 pounds must prune his weight to 250 by the time he reports to Stevens Point training camp.
April 27, 1955
The Tennessen brothers, Bill and Louis paused temporarily in the cleaning out operations at the Farm Equipment Company on Second street to pose in front of the building where they maintained their blacksmith shop and farm equipment building for more than 30 years. The building was recently sold to Henry Carstens and Son who operate the grain elevator to the rear of the building.
April 27, 1955
Class representatives for the Junior Prom were chosen last week. Paul Sager and Ida Peterson for the senior class; King and Queen Joe De Bruin and Joan McGinnis for the junior class; Karl Frank and Mary Lou Berens for the sophomore class and John Rogers and Darlene Vandenbroek will represent the freshmen class.
The swearing in of four new lady police officers for Kaukauna took place at city hall with Karl Marzahl administrating the oath, while chief of police Harold Engerson looks on. Left to right are Engerson Mrs. William Weyenberg, Mrs. Melvin Skalmusky, Mrs. Joseph Mayerl, Mrs. Dan Van Linn and Marzahl. The ladies assumed their duties as crossing guards.
The Brownies inside of the entrance of the Times Office left to right, front row, Rosemarie Pieters, Mary Zarter, Susan Garvey, Pat May and Sharon Stecker; second row, Janice Nussbaum, Lynn Heindel, Pamala Hartzhein, Betty Boyd, Mary Jane Vande Hey and Mary Lee Oliva; third row Frieda Jeske, Linda Morgan, Susan Patterson, Karen Van Dyke and Shirley Van Vonderen and standing behind the girls is Mrs. Victor Pieters, the troop leader.
Sergeant and Mrs. James J. Wagnitz were witnesses of an accident in which a soldier and his wife were killed at a trailer park near Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri Monday. The couple, friends of the Wagnitz, were flying a kite when the string touched a high power electric line. The couple were enveloped in a ball of flame. The Wagnitz’s, in an effort to help the couple, suffered burns and shock.
Staff Sgt. Robert Strom, Kaukauna, received a gold wrist watch from Brigadier General Augustus M. Minton, deputy base commander, in recognition for being named “Chanute’s Airman of the Month” Sergeant Strom was honored for his fine work in the hospital Neuropsychiatric Department of the 3345th Chanute USAF, Ill.
Donald Van Wychen, Kaukauna, is completing his Air Force basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He will be now leave for an Air Force base in Illinois to attend an engineer’s school.
Ronald W. Jakl, Kaukauna, is completing Air Force military training at Lackland Air Force base, San Antonia, Texas.
A/B Kenneth C. Schumann is home on furlough and will leave for Chanute Field, Ill.
2nd Lt. William O. Glaff, Kaukauna, is among 26,000 soldiers slated to participate in Exercise Apple Jack in May at Yakima Firing Center, Washington.
Pvt. Leroy W. Romenesko of Kaukauna has arrived in Germany. He left the states from Camp Kilmer, N. J. on March 17.
Staff Sergeant Jerome Kaufman, stationed at Francis Warren Air Force base at Cheyenne, Wyo., is home for a two week leave.
Army Pvt. David J. Gatz, Kaukauna, is a member of the 507th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion at Honshu, Japan.
Eugene Miller, Kaukauna, enlisted in the Army Ordnance Corps five years.
William J. Flynn, aviation electronics technician third class USN reported to duty with the Air Transportation Squadron at Alameda, California.
Pvt. David A. Ristau, Kaukauna, arrived in Germany on March 30. He is stationed as a clerk-typist in the personnel section of the U, S. Army Hospital at Land Stu Hl, Germany.