Turnovers were the difference as the Merrill Blue Jay football team lost their homecoming game to Marshfield Saturday by the score of 18-7. This, despite the fact that Merrill gained more yards than the Tigers, with 179 to 153. The Jays’ lone touchdown came on a 14 yard aerial from Brad Saunders to split end Bruce Muschinske. The Jays will take on Wausau East Friday night at 8 p.m. at Thom Field. The queen for this year’s homecoming was Sue Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Anderson of Merrill.
Several donations were made to Holy Cross Hospital and a new member has been appointed to its board of directors. Robert Tesch, president of Merrill Manufacturing, and Richard Taylor, vice president of Merrill Manufacturing and Taylor Insulation, are pictured with Antoinette Rene, head of the respiratory department. The two companies recently donated $1,500 for a machine that detects respiratory disease. Through the years, the two companies have combined to donate close to $25,000 to the hospital for equipment. Mrs. Vera Block is pictured with Sister Jeanne Marie Braun, the hospital administrator, as she presents a check from the Holy Cross Hospital Auxiliary for $1,500 to help purchase televisions for the hospital. Helen Kolka is pictured on the same page as she presents a check from the Merrill Jaycettes to nurse Grace Meacher to cover two rocking chairs for the pediatric playroom. And Joseph Jackelen, executive director of the Merrill Housing Authority, has been named to the Governing Board of Holy Cross. Jackelen joins Harry Sidell and Dr. E. O. Ravn on the board. The vacancy was created by the resignation of R. W. Koepke.
August Braatz assumed the office as the state’s president of the Optimist’s International at a ceremony held Monday. Braatz is pictured with other state officers including Jack Fitze, Merrill, publicity chairman; Mylin Schroeder, Sheboygan, retiring state president; Mark Schroeder, Ripon, membership chairman; Kenneth Oldenberg, Gleason, finance chairman; and Steve Blake of Merrill, secretary -treasurer. Local officers elected Monday include: Gerald Plantz, president; Ted Schnagel, secretary-treasurer; Frank Saal and Melvin Alft vice-presidents; and members of the board of director: Fitze, Jim Alft, Glen Thistle, Ralph Neinow, Bill Wulf, and Blake.
Issues with stolen vehicles have kept authorities puzzled this past week. A pickup truck was stolen in Tomahawk Sunday from the area of Roberts Road north of Tomahawk, but later recovered. Then, a station wagon was stolen Sunday evening from the Tomahawk area and recovered west of Mosinee. Then, on Monday afternoon, a 1977 Monte Carlo owned by George LeSage was stolen from the Northern Auto parking lot and recovered in Green Bay on Tuesday morning.
Two Merrill businesses have undergone changes. Westside TV and Radio Shack at 1009 E. Main St. is under new management. Matt and Pete Wood are re-stocking the shelves with an emphasis on developing a complete electronics hardware store. Items in stock include stereos, radios, and electronic equipment, with an installation service for CB radios and car stereos. Carol and Jory Gremler have assumed ownership of the Johnson Paint and Wallpaper Store at 1000 W. Main St. The new store will be renamed C&J Decorating Service.
Approximately 250 people attended a reunion of the former LaFollette grade school last Sunday. Several former teachers and students delivered messages to those assembled including Mildred Jahnke Rusch, who is pictured. The LaFollette School was named after former Senator Bob LaFollette and operated from 1880 to 1958 in the Hamburg area.
Mulligan’s Supper Club is now open. Formerly the Fairway, Mulligan’s is located at the Merrill Golf Club. According to an ad on page 14, specials include: tenderloin steak $9.50; French fried lobster $9.95; roast duck $10.95; prime rib $10.25, and broasted chicken for $7.50.
This week in Cosmo One it is Striking Distance starring Bruce Willis. In Cosmo Two Harrison Ford is The Fugitive.
In his weekly column, Norm Heideman raises the question on where Father Menard met his demise. A monument on State Rd 107 north of Merrill notes where the missionary priest was last known to be seen but Larry Zipp of Niagara, WI sends a photo of a sign on Hwy 69 just north of Iron Mountain, MI that reads “July 4, 1661 as a matter of conjecture Father Menard somewhere along this river either died or was murdered while on his way southward to visit the Menominee Indians.”