Fotos from the Past
Researched by Michael J. Caylor, Jr.
A new study shows a discrepancy among salaries of local officials when it comes to the City and school system. On the City side, Charles Pierotti wears several hats as he fills the roles of Engineer, Building Inspector, Manager of the Water and Sewer, and Head of the Solid Waste Department. In 1971, he is slated to draw a salary of $14,835 (in today’s money $97,023), making him the highest paid City employee. The second highest paid employee is Ramon Hernandez, newly appointed Library Director who will draw $13,650 ($89,273). Other department head salaries are Gerald Plautz, Chief of Police $10,006 ($65,440), Fire Chief Ray Priebe, $9,700 ($63,439), City Clerk and Comptroller Robert Klug, $11,058 ($72,321), Kermit Meyer, Street Commissioner, $8,939 ($58,462), Alvin Saeger, City Treasurer, $8,408 ($54,949), and Parks Director Andy Olivotti, $7,755 ($50,719). On the school side, School Superintendent Roger Lowney leads the salary range with a 1971 contract calling for $20,181 ($131,987), high school Principal James Boettcher $14,740 ($96,402), Glenn Walters, Director of Special Services $13,200 ($86,330), and high school Guidance Director Roy Hull $14,259 ($93,256).
Colonel Frederic Mumma has formally presented the Bronze Star to his son, Michael. The medal was awarded for the young Mumma’s service to this country as a member of the 517th Military Intelligence Detachment at Quang Tri, South Vietnam. The unit supported the First Infantry Brigade of the 5th Infantry Division. Col. Mumma has a combination of nearly 30 years of military service between his active and reserve duty. For the past six years, he has been Battalion Commander of the 632nd Armor, headquartered at Wausau. The younger Mumma is a graduate of MHS and is now a junior at the UW of Wisconsin – Stevens Point majoring in history. He served in Vietnam from April of 1969 to January of 1970 and attained the rank of Sergeant in the US Army.
Sheriff Al Giese is assuring residents of Gleason they will be protected, as anxious residents are still worried about a possible invasion of students next weekend. Giese and his Chief Deputy Harvey Woodward met with residents Sunday at a special town meeting. Chair of Russell, Ernest Townsend spoke of the coordination that has gone into plans to keep the village safe with even Governor Patrick Lucey and Attorney General Robert Warren being involved in the planning. Woodward admitted the spontaneous visit last year caught even law enforcement off guard and eventually 250 officers descended to the area to restore peace. University officials have identified one organizer on campus for what has been termed “Goin’ to Gleason ’71.”
Little change was found at the reorganizational meeting of the Lincoln County Board yesterday. A resolution to limit the use of County owned “take home” vehicles was defeated. A small number of board members tried to limit those who could drive vehicles, thought only to be the Sheriff, Chief Deputy and Highway Superintendent, but recently found to include highway supervisors and nurses from the Health Department. The board did vote unanimously to continue studying space needs and to use the parking lot adjoining the new safety building as the location of any such building.
The Lincoln County Nursing Service wants to get a head start on offering services to the growing number of unwed mothers in the County. Greta Rusch, supervisor of the nursing service, presented plans this last week to start engaging the mothers shortly after they give birth. Education on a variety of topics, home visits, immunizations, and childcare are all included. The services will be paid for with money from a federal program.
Highway Commissioner Mike Hemp has good news for those who travel County Rd. E over the Copper River. Plans to replace the bridge here will call for a new bridge to be built just west of the existing bridge, allowing it to remain open during construction. The present bridge is only 22 feet wide and on a sharp curve, a curve notorious for injury accidents over the last few years, many of them serious. The County is hoping federal funds will help pay for the planned 28-foot-wide span.
Stueber’s Country Inn (Club 64) has a great deal this week for seniors. On Tuesdays seniors will receive 10% off their meals. Specials next Tuesday include tenderloin tips for $3.25 or a hot beef with fries for $1.95.
County Clerk Ken Oldenburg is happy to provide the service but reports the money isn’t what it seems. The Wisconsin DNR reported they sold $305,801 worth of sports-related licenses in the past year in Lincoln County, with the biggest number of those licenses being for hunting, with 4,376 gun deer, 3,085 sportsman, 1,995 small game, 1,768 archery, 371 trapping, and 179 bear licenses being sold. On the fishing side, 8,312 residents bought fishing licenses, while the County saw another 6,671 sold to non-residents. Another popular license was a joint husband/wife license, of which 1,662 were sold. In all, the County collected $5,735 in revenue for all these sales; the problem, according to Oldenburg,is that his office incurred $9,000 in expenses selling them.
Merrill Senior High students received a unique presentation this past week on the dangers of poor choices related to alcohol. CARE, or Cancel-Alcohol-Related-Emergencies coordinators Sarajane Jones and Cindy Sorenson, nurses in the emergency room at Wausau Hospital, presented the program, which included gruesome pictures of the aftermath of alcohol related crashes. The program is usually presented to students before major school events, such as homecoming or prom and also focuses on other risky things, such as snowmobile and ATV use. (Still happening today but on a much bigger scale.)
A popular Merrill teacher has died. Scott Nocco, 40, died yesterday at his home. Nocco taught at the Merrill Junior High School for the last 18 years. He was award the Junior High’s Teacher of the Year award for 1991. Nocco is survived by his wife, Karen, along with his daughter, Gina, and son, Alec.