space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* WIAA Crowns Five Champions at Boys State Hoops Tourney
* Bulldog Baseball Team Ready to Defend Packerland Title
* Area Teams Compete at Oshkosh Indoor Invitational
* WIAA Boys State Basketball to Tip-Off at Kohl Center
* Five Girls Basketball State Titles Decided Saturday at Resch Center

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

Fire Commemorative Ceremony at Peshtigo City Hall Oct. 8th

Issue Date: October 4, 2018

Remembering the 147th Anniversary of the deadliest fire in our Nation's history doesn't take much when you're living in the very same town that was ravaged by the flames. That town was Peshtigo, Wisconsin.  Peshtigo has become synonymous with the word "fire" and for good reason.  The deadly night of October 8, 1871 in two hours a horrific fire destroyed a swath of forest 10 miles wide and 40 miles long and obliterated the town of Peshtigo killing almost all of its inhabitants, as well as almost every living thing for miles around it, stated Beverly Doucette, program director for the Remembering Ceremony.

 The commemoration ceremony will take place at Peshtigo City Hall on Monday, Oct. 8 at 1 P.M. It is dedicated to the memory of all who perished in the fire, and to honor those who survived immense pain and hardships yet found the endurance and stamina to rebuild Peshtigo from the ashes.

 Though the human death toll will never be known, when you consider the number of Euro Americans alongside their Native American contemporaries who lived here, it is probable the number could easily be in the range of 1,500 dead.  Many more were seriously injured and some reports say at least 3,000 were made homeless. Temperatures reaching 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit obliterated the entire village including the Menominee Indian settlements and farming families of the Sugar Bush areas. Like the ashes of victims blown away in the wind, the numbers of lives lost no one will ever know.

Every year memorials are held in remembrance of the tragedy and the loss of thousands of lives that day will not be lost in this year's remembrance ceremony. The fire also produced countless stories of heroics and courage and it is fitting that this year tribute be paid to those who found the strength and determination not to give up through the worst of times a human being could encounter.

On the night of Oct. 8, 1871 people fled in terror down the streets of Peshtigo seeking to escape death by jumping into the Peshtigo River. Somehow some survived to rebuild Peshtigo. On the night of Oct. 8, 2018 people walk leisurely down the streets of Peshtigo and sit along the banks of the Peshtigo River enjoying its beauty. It has been said that you're not truly dead until no one utters your name or you are simply forgotten. Peshtigo remembers, Peshtigo will always remember.

Program Schedule for the Remembrance Ceremony of the 蕣th Anniversary of the "Great Peshtigo Fire," Monday, Oct. 8th Peshtigo City Hall (public should bring chairs for the outside program): Starts at

*1 P.M. with presentation of colors, by Peshtigo American Legion 312 under Commander Bill Warren;

*Peshtigo Police and Fire Personnel will stand honor guard at the flag raising;

*"National Anthem" by the Peshtigo High School Choir with Director Jacob Hickey; "Pledge of Allegiance" will be read by a member of the Peshtigo High School Rho-Kappa history class, teacher Amy Shields;

*Invocation by:  Rev. Archer Leupp of Faith Church, Peshtigo;

*Mayor Cathi Malke will read the message from Congressman Mike Gallagher about the significance of the flag now flying over Peshtigo City Hall.

The flag was flown over the US Capital in honor of the Peshtigo Fire.)

 Mayor Malke will introduce the representatives who will be presenting various proclamations to the City of Peshtigo, as well as other invited guests. They include:

Representatives for US Congressman Gallagher, US Senator Tammy Baldwin, and US Ron Senator Johnson, Rep. John Nygren for Governor Scott Walker,Senator Dave Hanson - Wisconsin State Senate District 30, Rep. John Nygren - Wisconsin State Assembly District 89, Rep. Jeff Mursau - Wisconsin State Assembly District 36, Representatives of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin will also be present.

Bev Doucette will read the essay about the Menominee Indians.

Mayor Malke, Rep. Jeff Mursau along with representatives from the various Wisconsin government offices will pay special tribute to the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin recognizing the Menominee Native Americans who died and suffered in the Peshtigo Fire. The Menominee Indians are credited for saving many lives of the European Americans during and after the fire. The Menominee Indians also saved the home of Indian agent Abram Place and his Menominee wife, Elizabeth from burning and that house was the only one standing after the fire and became the only field hospital in the area. The Europeans and Menominee went out into areas around the Place residence and aided the dying and injured to the house where the Menominee Indians continued to offer care to all who showed up.

 The "Memorial" program continues,

*Bev Doucette will share a brief history covering the day before the fire, the day of the fire and the day after the fire.

*Rev. Leupp will ask for a Moment of Silence and say a prayer".with comment and the band will play a selection.

*Peshtigo High School Band under the direction of Alex Sheffield will present a "Memorial Tribute" in remembrance of those who lost their lives.

 Invitation only for the program inside City Hall. After the 20 minute ceremony the public will be allowed in.

The program will then adjourn into City Hall Council Chambers for the unveiling and presentation of a "Peshtigo Fire Memorial Quilt."

Bob and Vicky Hermans of Combined Locks spent the past year traveling to Peshtigo numerous times doing research with the assistance of Bev Doucette, Kathy Crabtree and Mayor Malke to secure pictures, stories, and other material about the fire to create a pictorial compilation of the "Great Peshtigo Fire." Many of the pictures and stories on the quilt have never been made public in 147 years. The quilt will remain on display in City Hall for visitors to see it.

Stories of Peshtigo Fire victims will be read by the Peshtigo High School Rho-Kappa History Club following the unveiling. (*Victims include both European Americans and Native Americans who perished in the fire, and the victims who escaped death but little of the effects the fire that remained a part of their lives.")

After the ceremony the Mayor will have a private tour of the Peshtigo Fire Museum and Cemetery for invited guests.

 Participants in the ceremony include: Beverly Doucette and Kathy Crabtree - Co-Organizers; Mayor Cathi Malke; Peshtigo Legion Post 312; Peshtigo City Police Department; Peshtigo Fire Department; Town of Peshtigo Fire Department; Rev. Archer Leupp - Faith Church, Peshtigo; PHS Rho-Kappa: Amy Shields; PHS Band: Alex Shuffield; PHS Choir: Jacob Hickey; Vicki and Robert Hermans; Lyle Lange " Sound System; Tracy Mangold " Photography/Public Relations; Peshtigo Times - Media; and Kris Karpowicz " Grounds, logistics and seating.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
03-21-2019Obituaries
Becky S. Butterfield

03-21-2019Obituaries
Shirley A. Farley

03-21-2019Obituaries
Michael C. Frewerd

03-21-2019Obituaries
Martha Harth

03-21-2019Obituaries
Milton C. Heiden

03-21-2019Obituaries
Kathy J. Hopp

03-21-2019Obituaries
Mary C. Huempfner

03-21-2019Obituaries
Justina A. Johanek

03-21-2019Obituaries
Jane L. Kipp

03-21-2019Obituaries
Ilene I. Koebach

03-21-2019Obituaries
Rebecca J. Konyn

03-21-2019Obituaries
William J. Legault

03-21-2019Obituaries
Robert S. Ondik

03-21-2019Obituaries
Dennis G. Schroeder

03-21-2019Obituaries
Gerald K. Stoltenow

03-21-2019Obituaries
Edna Thorpe

03-21-2019Front Page
Magdalene Tisch

03-21-2019Obituaries
Nancy A. Tisler

03-21-2019Obituaries
Richard F. Versailles

03-21-2019Obituaries
Dorothea J. Wunderlich

03-21-2019Obituaries
Carol J. Yuenger

03-21-2019Sports
WIAA Crowns Five Champions at Boys State Hoops Tourney

03-21-2019
M&M Thunder Cap Season With 3rd Place State Finish

03-21-2019Sports
Bulldog Baseball Team Ready to Defend Packerland Title

03-21-2019Sports
Area Teams Compete at Oshkosh Indoor Invitational

03-21-2019Perspectives
Country Cousin

03-21-2019Perspectives
From My Window

03-21-2019Perspectives
From our readers

03-21-2019Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee School "Bring Parents Day" March 29

03-21-2019Community - Wausaukee
Easter Egg Hunt Is April 20th

03-21-2019Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Lion's Host Bowl Tourney

03-21-2019Community - Wausaukee
Lions Annual Flower Sale

03-21-2019Community - Crivitz
Drawdown at Caldron Falls Dam For Spring Thaw

03-21-2019Community - Crivitz
Sip For a Cause, Quilt Show Apr. 4

03-21-2019Community - Crivitz
Mental Health Wellness Conference at Crivitz Apr. 13

03-21-2019Community - Crivitz
Loomis Historical Meets April 4

03-21-2019Community - Coleman
Coleman High School Wins Academic Bowl

03-21-2019Community - Coleman
Coleman DAR Award Recipient

03-21-2019Community - Coleman
Easter Event at Coleman April 20

03-21-2019Community - Coleman
Ribbon Cutting for New coleman Business

03-21-2019Front Page
Suspect Jailed For 1976 McClintock Park Murders

03-21-2019Front Page
Body Found In Menominee River Identified, Arrest Made

03-21-2019Front Page
Town Of Peshtigo Hires Consultant

03-21-2019Front Page
Goldschmidt, Meyhoff Are Not Candidates For Wagner Board

03-21-2019Front Page
County Board Expected To OK Laura Frea For Dist. 14

03-15-2019Community - Wausaukee
Beecher Board Hears Reports and Variance

03-15-2019
Lions Annual Flower Sale

03-15-2019Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Lion's Host Bowl Tourney

03-15-2019Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Ski Cats Host Crivitz Classic

03-15-2019Community - Crivitz
CPR Class at Bellin in Crivitz Mar. 27

03-15-2019Community - Coleman
Pound Assembly Sponsors Wellness Conference Mar. 23

03-15-2019Community - Coleman
Craft, Vendor Show at Equity Hall Mar. 30

03-15-2019Community - Coleman
Coleman School Gets $3500 Grant

03-15-2019Sports
WIAA Boys State Basketball to Tip-Off at Kohl Center

03-15-2019Sports
Five Girls Basketball State Titles Decided Saturday at Resch Center

03-15-2019Sports
Peshtigo River Bowhunters Hold Annual Awards Banquet

03-15-2019Sports
Maroon Girls Stand Strong With 3 Post Season Wins

03-15-2019Perspectives
From our readers

03-15-2019Perspectives
Country Cousin National Pi Day"

03-15-2019Perspectives
From My Window Shelter Friends

03-15-2019Obituaries
Patricia A. Zimmerman

03-15-2019Obituaries
Richard Versailles

03-15-2019Obituaries
William B. Reabe

03-15-2019Obituaries
Martin Lake

03-15-2019Obituaries
Donald C. Kuffel

03-15-2019Obituaries
Russell A. Kanerva

03-15-2019Obituaries
Eugene R. Hudson

03-15-2019Obituaries
Brian F. Hafeman

03-15-2019Obituaries
Ron Dembroski

03-15-2019Obituaries
Pamela M. Bramschreiber

03-15-2019Obituaries
Susan L. Boettcher

03-15-2019Obituaries
Jeffery J. Anglehart

03-15-2019Obituaries
Gerald V. Walk

03-15-2019Obituaries
Virginia Mae Tackmier

03-15-2019Obituaries
Raymond D. Sparr

03-15-2019Obituaries
Michael F. Prokash

03-15-2019Obituaries
Grace L. Phillips

03-15-2019Obituaries
Betty D. Devine

03-15-2019Obituaries
Richard L. Tebo

03-15-2019Obituaries
Jeffrey S. Reitz

03-15-2019Obituaries
Dolores Mary Pfeiff  

03-15-2019Obituaries
Helen M. Peters

03-15-2019Obituaries
Jewel M. Pennington

03-15-2019Obituaries
Janice L. Millering

03-15-2019Obituaries
John M. Miller

03-15-2019Obituaries
A. Beverly Kaatz

03-15-2019
Marion G. Hutson

03-15-2019Obituaries
Audrey M. Cleary

03-15-2019Front Page
Wagner Has Two New Write In Candidates

03-15-2019Front Page
Peshtigo School District Hires Howick Associates

03-15-2019Front Page
Middle Inlet May Sell Pines Road Fire Station

03-15-2019Front Page
Sump Pumps Must Not Drain Into Sanitary Sewers

03-07-2019Obituaries
Gerald F. Beyer

03-07-2019Obituaries
Thomas M. Bourgeois

03-07-2019Obituaries
Tracy L. Brendemihl

03-07-2019Obituaries
Gwen Lynn Broeder

03-07-2019Obituaries
Katherine M. Buchner

03-07-2019Obituaries
James E. Buelteman 

03-07-2019Obituaries
Verona M. Carlson

03-07-2019Obituaries
Andrew Chiesa

03-07-2019Obituaries
Ethel Fredrick

03-07-2019Obituaries
Rodney J. Glover

03-07-2019
Michele M. Harris

03-07-2019Obituaries
Alyce G. Hinz

03-07-2019Obituaries
Les Jones

03-07-2019Obituaries
Lynn A. Kitzinger

03-07-2019Obituaries
Sharon L. Kowalkowski

03-07-2019Obituaries
Elmer J. Magnuson

03-07-2019Obituaries
Thomas Malke

03-07-2019Obituaries
Glen E. Malloy

03-07-2019Obituaries
Joan E. Miller

03-07-2019Obituaries
Linda L. Nerat

03-07-2019Obituaries
Gerald D. Paris

03-07-2019Obituaries
Gerald J. Payette.

03-07-2019Obituaries
Edward Roeder

03-07-2019Obituaries
JaRon D. Scearce

03-07-2019Obituaries
Corrine C. Schroeder

03-07-2019Obituaries
Joyce L. Schroeder

03-07-2019Obituaries
Patricia A. Shatusky

03-07-2019Obituaries
Joyce Steinbrecher

03-07-2019Obituaries
Katharine Trinkl

03-07-2019
Sharon Weed

03-07-2019
Susan J. Wetthuhn

03-07-2019Obituaries
Roger G. Wickman

03-07-2019Obituaries
Mary A. Wills

03-07-2019Sports
Bulldog Boys Bowling Team Takes Bronze at State Tourney

03-07-2019Sports
Thunder Skate to Silver in WCHSHL Tournament

03-07-2019Sports
Rangers Defeat Tigers/Fall To Newman in Sectionals

03-07-2019Sports
Peshtigo/Suring Lose Regional Final Heartbreakers

03-07-2019Perspectives
Country Cousin

03-07-2019Perspectives
From My Window

03-07-2019Perspectives
From our readers

03-07-2019Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Town Board Gets "State of the School"

03-07-2019Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Lion's 9 Pin Tournament

03-07-2019Community - Wausaukee
St. Augustine Lenten Fish Fries

03-07-2019Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff Lists Card Party Winners

03-07-2019Community - Crivitz
Legion Plans for June 29 Run

03-07-2019Community - Crivitz
Middle Inlet Fire Department Officially Joins MABAS

03-07-2019Community - Crivitz
NewCare Topic of Mar. 11 Talk

03-07-2019Community - Crivitz
Sip For a Cause, Quilt Show Apr. 4

03-07-2019Community - Coleman
Broderick Seeks Pound Town Supervisor Post

03-07-2019Community - Coleman
Coleman School District to Meet March 11th

03-07-2019Community - Coleman
Coleman Water Sewer Committee to Meet

03-07-2019Community - Coleman
Wellness Conference At Pound Hillside

03-07-2019Front Page
Peshtigo City Council Puts Plans For Fish Viewing Platform Back On Track

03-07-2019Front Page
Tyco Hosting Open House On Groundwater Issues

03-07-2019Front Page
Marinette Public Works Rejects Street Bids

03-07-2019Front Page
Pound Seeks Volunteers For Parade Committee

03-07-2019Front Page
Coleman Welcomes New Businesses

02-28-2019Obituaries
Eugene R. Bellow


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do you think Nancy Pelosi is doing a good job as Speaker of the House?
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
© 2000-2019
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites