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From past files of The Star News


December 31, 2009

A game Owen Schmitt certainly looked forward to when the 2009 NFL schedule came out in April didn’t go the way he and his Seattle Seahawk teammates hoped Sunday.

The 24-year-old Gilman native made his first career appearance at Lambeau Field and saw sporadic action on offense and put in some special team duty, including a plethora of kickoff returns because the Green Bay Packers were busy scoring at will in a 4810 blowout win. Schmitt played before several family members and friends, more than 60 of whom rode to Green Bay on a charter bus Sunday morning. A few close friends saw Schmitt at the Seahawks’ hotel in Appleton Saturday night and some family and friends caught up with him after the game before the team flew back to Seattle.


January 4, 1995

Bootzin’s Inc. of Medford and Stetsonville, which has been in business in this area for nearly three quarters of a century, has been sold to Domain, Inc. of New Richmond. The sale, which was effective January 1, includes Bootzin’s feed mill in Medford and the feed mill and supermarket in Stetsonville.

Domain, Inc. will continue to operate the business as a full-time Doboy dealership under the name of Doboy Nutrition Center.

According to Domain Executive Vice President Bill Buell, the sale of the feed mills has allowed former owner Ivan Bootzin to retire. Steve Brost of Medford has been named general manager, while Laura Ching will continue as manager of the grocery store in Stetsonville.


January 1, 1970

The city of Medford moved into position last week for launching its low cost for the aged and low income families. Congressman David Obey, Wausau, Democrat, announced Wednesday, Dec. 24, that approval of a workable program for community improvement in Medford had been given.

Certification was made by the department of housing and urban development (HUD) and it is a prerequisite to federal assistance for urban renewal low rent public housing and certain FHA-insured loans for housing in urban areas for low and moderate income families.


December 28, 1944

John Parkin, secretary and treasurer of the Parkin Ice Cream Company in Marshfield, announced the purchase of the Ed McCarron Ice Cream Company this week.

McCarron has had the company and business, which is located in the village of Englewood, town of Little Black, for the past 11 years, having started in March, 1933.

The purchase included the plant, the manufacturing and delivery equipment, and the ice cream cabinets in use out in McCarron’s territory. Postwar plans of the Parkin Company consist of a new plant and office to be established in the city of Medford.


December 31, 1919

Walter Peterson, Nathan DeWette, and Frank Chaloner were bound over to the Circuit Court by Justice M. W. Ryan yesterday on the charge of grand larceny.

It is alleged that about December 8th, the three started from Perkinstown on a camping trip and while passing the Louis Fessenden place near Sacket’s Lake, which they found without a tenant, they went in and stayed there several days.

But this is not what the owner objected to. He also alleges that goods to the amount of about $45.00 were taken when they left.

Remember When — Dec. 2009


December 29, 1894

The terrible earthquakes reported from the southern extremity of Italy are no novelty to the people of that portion of the peninsula. For over 1,000 years the southern coast of Italy has been subject to recurring seismic convulsions, and their frequency has been so great during the last three centuries that they have practically made a desert of the whole coast of Naples on to the south, following the toe of the giant foot around to the heel. For over a century a curious periodicity has been observed in the eruptions of Vesuvius and Etna. When one is active the other is quiescent, and vice versa.