space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* State Wrestling at Kohl Center Thur. Feb. 22-24
* Wolverines Win Conference Title; First Since ඤ
* Freezing Rain Ices Area Games; M&O Race to be Decided Saturday
* Thunder on a Roll; Claim Four More Wins
* Coleman Wins D3 Regional; Advance 12 to Sectional

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space
082714frontdiploma.jpg

LOST AND FOUND--In 1911, Mary (Lindquist) Miller graduated from Peshtigo High School, and the event was formalized with diplomas signed by then-Principal George Michael Murphy. In 2001, the diplomas were found by in a dumpster when the Steenberg Homes office in Marinette was being moved. On Aug. 18, Lindquist’s nieces, Mary R. (Lindquist) Wolcanski, left, of Schacht Road, Peshtigo, and her sister, Alice (Lindquist) McDonald mailed the diplomas to Miller’s daughter, Jean (Miller) Mays, in Fort Smith, Ark.

Epic Journey Ends For Old Diplomas

Diplomas earned by Edna Lindquist in Peshtigo over 100 years ago are finally back with her descendants, thanks to a bit of dumpster diving and some old fashioned sleuthing started by Ruby Griffin in 2001. The saga of the diplomas ended on Monday, Aug. 18, when Lindquist relatives Mary (Lindquist) Wolcanski and her sister Alice (Lindquist) McDonald packed them carefully and sent them to Edna’s daughter, Jean (Miller) Mays, in Fort Smith, Ark.

Modern technology like e-mails, computers and cell phones entered the education, but in the end it was good old fashioned print communication and one-on-one helpfulness that got the job done.

It all started when Edna Lindquist graduated from Peshtigo Elementary School in 1907, and Peshtigo High School in 1911. The high school diploma was signed by George Michael Murphy, Peshtigo High School Principal, on June 1, 1911.

Edna Lindquist, who had been born and raised in Peshtigo, went on to become a certified teacher. In 1915 she became the second teacher ever at Shanebrook School, which at the time was located across from the old Steininger Farm in rural Middle Inlet. There were eight grades in the one-room school. According to old reunion accounts, some of the pupils in that first year were bigger than Edna, and she wasn’t much older than some of them. She taught there many years and eventually married George Miller and raised a family. After retiring they moved to Irving, Tex.

The Shanebrook School building was moved to downtown Middle Inlet in 1953 and burned in the spring of 1958.

What happened to the diplomas in between remains a mystery, but they were next seen in February of 2001 by Griffin and her friend , Wanda Watkins, previous manager of Steenberg Homes. Steenberg Homes was moving out of its office in Marinette, and the duo made a stop at the office to clear out some things before it closed down.

The women noticed numerous items in a dumpster behind the office. Griffin says being of a frugal nature and coming from a poor family, she decided to check the dumpster contents out of curiosity. There might be something useful. She noticed a cardboard roll, similar to one that blueprints would be stored in. With Watkins assisting, Griffin managed to retrieve the cardboard container. Inside, rolled up, were the then-90 year old diplomas.

Griffin said she has always been interested in genealogy, family history, memorabilia, etc., and decided to keep them. She felt someone had to be missing them, or at least there would be family members who would like them back someday.

Fast forward 13 years. Griffin went through many moves herself during that interim, and now lives in Black River Falls. But she kept the diplomas safe. On July 12, 2014 she went to Tomah for her own class reunion. There she met her old friend, Annie Rehberg, now of Peshtigo, and told her about the find. She had taken the diplomas with her to show Rehberg and see if she could help find members of the Lindquist family.

Rehberg started her own quest to find Lindquist family members. Among her efforts was sending a letter to the editor to the Peshtigo Times asking if anyone knew an Edna Lindquist or members of her family.

Mary R. (Lindquist) Wolcanski of Schacht Road, Marinette, responded. She had what we were looking for, Wolcanski said. Edna was her aunt. Mary hasn’t e-mail or computer access, and there was no phone number to contact in the letter. With the help of Peshtigo Times receptionist Lynette Brosig, she managed to advise Rehberg and Griffin that Edna was an aunt of hers and her sister, Alice McDonald, who lives in Park Manor in Peshtigo. They contacted Edna’s daughter, Jean (Miller) Mays, now 93. She was indeed interested in the diplomas, and on Monday, Aug. 18, Wolcanski sent the documents to her home in Fort Smith, Ark. After 103 years, the diplomas are back in the family of the lady who earned them.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
02-21-2018Obituaries
Jon R. Delany

02-21-2018Obituaries
Elmer Germait Jr.

02-21-2018Obituaries
Maria Heger

02-21-2018Obituaries
Sherry Kamps

02-21-2018Obituaries
Jeffrey L. LaCombe

02-21-2018Obituaries
Mary S. Myers

02-21-2018Obituaries
Diane Stelflug

02-21-2018Obituaries
Lorraine P. Teske

02-21-2018Obituaries
Lucille M. Bell

02-21-2018Obituaries
Doris M. Boucher

02-21-2018Obituaries
Patricia A. Burman

02-21-2018Obituaries
Karen Dumas

02-21-2018Obituaries
Audrey G. Elsner

02-21-2018Obituaries
Richard Gordon

02-21-2018Obituaries
Jerry Kirt

02-21-2018Obituaries
Jeffrey L. LaCombe

02-21-2018Obituaries
Emory S. LaRue

02-21-2018Obituaries
Kenneth Marquardt

02-21-2018Obituaries
Joseph R. Rebman

02-21-2018Obituaries
Florence Tanguay

02-21-2018Obituaries
Ervin J. Wery

02-21-2018Obituaries
Kenneth L. Zempel 

02-21-2018Obituaries
Helen R. Zimmerman

02-21-2018Sports
State Wrestling at Kohl Center Thur. Feb. 22-24

02-21-2018Sports
Wolverines Win Conference Title; First Since ඤ

02-21-2018Sports
Freezing Rain Ices Area Games; M&O Race to be Decided Saturday

02-21-2018Perspectives
Country Cousin

02-21-2018Perspectives
From our readers

02-21-2018Perspectives
From My Window

02-21-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Lion's Club 9-Pin Bowling Tournament

02-21-2018Community - Wausaukee
St. Augustine Fish Fries Fridays During Lent

02-21-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Ice Fishing Team to Host Tournament

02-21-2018Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Clean-Up Days are May 5-6

02-21-2018Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff Cards List Winners

02-21-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Area Woman's Club Offers Scholarships

02-21-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Public Works & Utilities Discuss Recycling

02-21-2018Community - Crivitz
High Falls Radar Run Saturday

02-21-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Elementary, WPTO To Sponsor Family Night

02-21-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board Meets Feb. 27

02-21-2018Community - Coleman
Referendum Open House at Coleman Schools Mar. 7

02-21-2018Community - Coleman
Meat Raffle For Little League

02-21-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman School District Board Meeting Rescheduled

02-21-2018Front Page
Crivitz to Host all-New Larger The Wall That Heals

02-21-2018Front Page
County Board To Air Coroner Post Feb. 27

02-21-2018Front Page
Town of Peshtigo Residents Question Chairperson On Contaminated Water

02-21-2018Front Page
Marinette Marine To Lay Keel of LCS 21

02-21-2018Front Page
Marinette School Board Adopts New Set Of Value Statements

02-14-2018Sports
Thunder on a Roll; Claim Four More Wins

02-14-2018Sports
Coleman Wins D3 Regional; Advance 12 to Sectional

02-14-2018Sports
Crivitz Takes Half Game Lead Into Final Week

02-14-2018Obituaries
Helen M. Yunke

02-14-2018Obituaries
Steven C. Wirtz

02-14-2018Obituaries
Robert Stevens

02-14-2018Obituaries
Kent W. Smith

02-14-2018Obituaries
Leo Schmidt

02-14-2018Obituaries
Lorraine T. Saltz

02-14-2018Obituaries
Edward Saltz

02-14-2018Obituaries
Sonja R. Ruechel

02-14-2018Obituaries
Elsward L. Guseck

02-14-2018Obituaries
Magdalen A. Giese

02-14-2018Obituaries
Jon Comeaux

02-14-2018Obituaries
Frances L. Bieber

02-14-2018Obituaries
Arlene J. Borchardt

02-14-2018Obituaries
Jean F. Angus

02-14-2018Obituaries
Henry J.Welsch

02-14-2018Obituaries
Helen M. Lynch

02-14-2018Sports
Bulldog Defense Upsets Clippers

02-14-2018Obituaries
Wayne R. Bender

02-14-2018Obituaries
Dorothy A. Sopkowicz-Tackes

02-14-2018Obituaries
June M. Prefontaine

02-14-2018Obituaries
Joanne Makowiecki

02-14-2018Obituaries
Elizabeth J. Kinsella

02-14-2018Obituaries
Michael J. Homa, Jr.

02-14-2018Obituaries
Douglas G. Elsner

02-14-2018Front Page
Arbor Village, Community Based Facility Now Open In Peshtigo

02-14-2018Perspectives
Country Cousin

02-14-2018Perspectives
From our readers

02-14-2018Perspectives
From My Window

02-14-2018Front Page
County Looks At Abolishing Position of Elected Coroner

02-14-2018Front Page
Neumann Retiring After 32 Years As Track Coach

02-14-2018Front Page
Dept. Of Public Works Lists Equipment Needs

02-14-2018Community - Wausaukee
Lions Club Flower Sale Coming Soon

02-14-2018Community - Wausaukee
St. Augustine Lenten Fish Fries

02-14-2018Front Page
Voters To Choose Candidates For Supreme Court On Feb. 20

02-14-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Lion's Club to Host 9-Pin Bowling Tourney

02-14-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive Set For February 19th

02-14-2018Community - Crivitz
Lake Noquebay Fish O Rama Feb. 24

02-14-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz To Host 3 on 3 Tournament

02-14-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Area Woman's Club Offers Scholarships

02-14-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Lions Host Wausaukee Lions

02-14-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman Student Elected Region 3 FBLA Vice President

02-14-2018Community - Coleman
Foreigner Tribute Band at Equity Hall Feb. 16-17

02-14-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman K.C. Fish Fry Feb. 16

02-14-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman School District Child Development Days

02-07-2018Sports
Bay Area Youth Rugby Expanding

02-07-2018Sports
Frederickson's 3 Pointer Pushes Peshtigo Past Algoma

02-07-2018Sports
Crivitz Keeps One Game Lead; Marinette Upset by Lux-Casco

02-07-2018Perspectives
Country Cousin

02-07-2018Perspectives
From our readers

02-07-2018Perspectives
From My Window

02-07-2018Obituaries
James H. Albrecht

02-07-2018Obituaries
Spencer Bichel

02-07-2018Obituaries
Merle D. Bishop

02-07-2018Obituaries
Helen M. Borths

02-07-2018Obituaries
Richard B. Burns

02-07-2018Obituaries
Thomas R. Dasko

02-07-2018Obituaries
Janet E. Dubey

02-07-2018Obituaries
Jody L. Enderby

02-07-2018Obituaries
Betty J. Engler

02-07-2018Obituaries
Dr. Gregory L. Evensen

02-07-2018Obituaries
Alvina B. Foley

02-07-2018Obituaries
Helen M. Lynch

02-07-2018Obituaries
Marie J. Motiff,

02-07-2018Obituaries
Judith A. Ondik

02-07-2018Obituaries
Sue A. Paro

02-07-2018Obituaries
Elmer H. Polzin

02-07-2018Obituaries
Ransom Rhode

02-07-2018Obituaries
Sarah A. Rust

02-07-2018Obituaries
Jeanette M. Snyder

02-07-2018Obituaries
Emmi L. Stratton

02-07-2018Obituaries
Donald Van Pay

02-07-2018Obituaries
Karen E. Bechtold

02-07-2018Obituaries
Floyd B. DeBauch

02-07-2018Obituaries
Dorothy L. Ferguson

02-07-2018Obituaries
Roger G. Gretzon

02-07-2018Obituaries
Sheila K. LaFortune

02-07-2018Obituaries
John E. Lemire

02-07-2018Obituaries
Michael J. Nelson

02-07-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Library Holds Fruit Sale

02-07-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Lions To Sell Flowers

02-07-2018Community - Wausaukee
St. Jude Bowl-A-Thon at Wausaukee Feb. 11

02-07-2018Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Jr/Sr High List 2nd Quarter Honor Roll

02-07-2018Community - Crivitz
Craft-O-Rama at Crivitz Feb. 10

02-07-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Legion To Meet Feb. 21

02-07-2018Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Ares Woman's Club Offers Scholarships

02-07-2018Community - Coleman
Coleman Utility Board Feb. 12

02-07-2018
Cougar Business Assoc. Annual Dinner Feb. 26th

02-07-2018Community - Coleman
Craft Show at Pound Feb. 10

02-07-2018Community - Coleman
Kickers Have Valentine Dance at Equity Hall

02-07-2018Front Page
Best of Cities

02-07-2018Front Page
Gov. Walker Joins Marinette Officials for WMCOE Opening

02-07-2018Front Page
Pound Village Board Hears School Referendum Report

02-07-2018Front Page
Village of Coleman President Praises Public Work Employees

02-07-2018Front Page
Peshtigo School Board Meets Monday, Feb. 12

01-31-2018Sports
UW-Marinette Finishes Busy Week With 2-1 Readout

01-31-2018Sports
Cougars Lead Area Teams at Pulaski Invite

01-31-2018Sports
Crivitz Falls to Oneida; M&O Lead Reduced to one half Game

01-31-2018Perspectives
Country Cousin

01-31-2018Sports
Wolverines Cage Cougars; Take Sole Possession of First

01-31-2018Perspectives
From our readers


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Should President Trump cut back on the amount of tweets he makes?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2018
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites