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On June 12, 1883 Barney Polar shot and killed Henry Still. Polar hid in the forests and was protected by Indians who befriended him. Years passed and he came from his seclusion frequently. He was never caught by the authorities and died at an advanced age in the spring of 1914. He is buried in the Polar Cemetery in Ainsworth Township near Pearson.
Source: Dessureau's History of Langlade County, page 59.
Mrs. Mary Chadek of Reeve (Deerbrook) was charged with killing her husband on November 30, 1885. Mrs. Chadek claimed he committed suicide. The trial was moved to Milwaukee County. She was acquitted.
Source: Dessureau's History of Langlade County, page 58.
Hugo Pleschner killed Carl Hammer for tresspassing on his property and for throwing rocks at him. Hammer was going to Parrish for supplies. Hugo was acquitted, but his lawyer cheated him out of his home and property. Ten years later Pleschner was able to help get the lawyer disbarred. Pleschner was known as an eccentric who hated and distrusted everyone. He also was a miser who operated a harness shop in Antigo and starved himself to save money. When he died in 1918 at age 65 he had saved several thousand dollars. He wanted the money to benefit ophans in Germany because he had been an ophan. But because of WW I the money was sent to the custodian of alien property in Washington D.C. Pleschner is buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Source: Oshkosh Northwester, April 16, 1912, page 6. Eau Claire Leader, Jun 10, 1937, page 5. Waupaca Republician, May 7, 1897.
Lowell A. Winn was charged with murdering Thomas Coats on October 23, 1889 in an Antigo saloon. Winn was acquitted on the murder charges but was then charged with assault with intent to kill and was declared guilty. He was sentenced to seven years at Waupun, but released before his full time was served.
Source: Dessureau's History of Langlade County, page 58.
William Nonenmacher Family
wife age 32
son Willie age 9
son Joseph age 5
daughter Emma age 1
William Nonenmacher murdered his wife, daughter and two sons. Then he attempted suicide which resulted in his paralysis.
Source: Weekly News Item, August 5, 26, and September 2, 1893
Sam Leslie's dog was murdered by poisoning by unknow person.
Source: Weekly News Item, November 11, 1893.
Infant girl found in pasteboard box in Antigo Catholic cemetery April 11th.
Source: Weekly News Item April 18, 1896.
On December 1, 1901, Phillip Ryan shot and killed Frank O'Brien in an Antigo saloon. He was convicted of manslaughter in the fourth degree and sentenced to Waupun prison for two years. Ryan appealed and his sentence was reversed.
Source: Northwestern Reporter, Volume 92, West Publishing Co, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1903.
On June 18th the body of an infant wrapped in old newspapers was found lying just inside the Antigo cemetery fence.
Source: Weekly News Item June 25, 1904; The Antigo Journal Jun 21, 1904; The Antigo Republican June 23, 1904.
On May 30 the corpse of an infant was found by railroad workers by Weed's Pond.
Source: Weekly News Item May 31, 1907; The Daily Journal May 31, 1907; The Antigo Republican May 30, 1907.
On June 4, 1907 the body of an infant was found in a weighted gunny sack under three feet of water near the veneer mill dam.
Source: The Daily Journal June 4, 1907; The Antigo Republican June 6, 1907.
On July 1, 1907 Jerry, the Scotch Collie, who was the pet of the young boy Hugh Lewis was murdered by poisoning.
Source: The Daily Journal July 1, 1907.
On September 30th the body of John Pingston was found near the banks of the Eau Claire River 1 1/2 miles from Deerbrook.
Source: The Daily Journal September 30, 1907; The Antigo Republican Oct 30, 1907
On July 4, 1912 Bud Stanley killed Frank Crist with a knife. Bud Stanley was convicted of manslaughter in the second degree on May 12, 1913 and sentenced to Waupun for seven years. His sentence was communted on May 10, 1916 because of his failing health and because his aged mother needed someone to support her.
Source: Waunakee Index (Waunakee, WI), Jan 13, 1913, page 2.
On March 26 John Kurz and John Marook burned to death in a railroad car at Deerbrook.
Source: Weekly News Item April 2, 1915; The Farmers Journal March 30, 1915.
On February 26, 1918 a body of an infant was found in a ladies toilet in the Antigo Railroad Depot building.
Source: Weekly News Item March 1, 1918; The Antigo Daily Journal February 26, 1918.
The body of an unknown man about age 45 was found at an Elton Lumber Camp.
Source: Weekly News Item December 2, 1921.
The body of an unknown man was found 1/2 mile north of Hwy 64 and 1 1/2 miles east of Lincoln County line. It was believed he was a "wanderer" and froze to death last winter.
Source: Weekly News Item November 24, 1922; The Farmers Journal November 21, 1922.
A skeleton was found during Hwy 64 roadwork on property once owned by W.L. Ackley. It was though to be an Indian because Mr. Ackley's wife was a full blood Chipewa Indian and many Indians visited and camped there in past years.
Source: Weekly News Item December 5, 1924; The Antigo Daily Journal December 1, 1924; Antigo Daily Journal Primetime Supplement August 7, 2017.
aka John Smith
aka Begger John
aka Miser John
aka Ax Handle Johnny
The body of John Smith (aka William Worniak) was found in his shack northeast of Lily on June 8, 1939. He had been dead for about a week. He had worked at many of the area logging camps and was known as "eccentric" and a "character." At a coroner's inquest it was determined he had been hit on the back of his head by a blunt instrument by person or persons unknown. His shack had been ransacked. It was well known that he saved all the money he ever earned and it was believed he had a large amount of money hidden somewhere. On July 17, 1939 the Langlade County sheriff said that 18 year old William Bernell Wilkerson of Sikeston, Missouri had confessed to being an accomplice to John Smith's murder. Wilkerson told the sheriff that he and William Cook (aka Willie Poland), age 31, of Keith's Siding which was 15 miles north of Lily on May 30th went to Smith's shack to rob Smith and that Cook hit Smith on the back of the head with a baseball bat. The only loot they could find was a watch. A week later they both fled to Missouri. Cook was married and had two small children. The sheriff started a nation-wide search for Cook. He was caught November 15 in Chicago at a relative's house. He was found guilty of third degree murder and sentenced by Judge Joseph McCarthy to 7-14 years in prison. Wilkerson was sentenced to 18 months in the Green Bay Reformatory but Judge McCarthy decided prison would serve no purpose so he placed him on probation for 18 months instead.
Source: Antigo Daily Journal, June 8, 14, 15, 17, 19; August 18, 1939; February 5, 1940 Sikeston Herald, February 15, 1940, page 1
James Skidmore a 56 year old farmer of Pearson shot to death Orville Nass a 21 year old lumberjack of Mole Lake by the back door of the Suick's Dance Hall near Pearson on November 5, 1939. The Skidmore family was at the dance hall after the wedding of one of Skidmore's sons. Skidmore objected to Nass associating with his 20-year-old daughter. After the shooting Skidmore with his wife and one of his sons drove to Antigo and turned himself in to the Sheriff. Skidmore was found guilty of 1st degree murder and given a life sentence in prison.
Source: Antigo Daily Journal, January 29, 30, 31; February 1, 2, 5, 1940
Phlox area farmer
On the night of August 13, 1943 Raymond Kandler, Art Ingalls and Jay West were involved in an altercation in the parking lot of the Club Rolling tavern. Kandler and Ingalls were going from tavern to tavern drinking on a Saturday night. When they didn't come home their wives went looking for them. The met Jay West and he offered to drive them to look for their husbands. Finding Kandler and Ingalls in the parking lot of the Club Rolling tavern West pulled Ingalls from the car he was sitting in and began beating him. During this altercation Kandler intervened and was pushed to the ground by West. After Kandler fell to the ground he started bleeding from the nose and mouth. He was taken home and a doctor was called but he died soon after. It was reported that Kandler had a history of heart problems. On Aug 16, 1943 a coronor's inquest ruled Kandler died of heart failure when he was pushed to the ground. On August 18, 1943 Ingalls paid a fine of $15 and costs for driving while intoxicated. West paid a $10 and costs fine on an old charge of reckless driving. Case closed. It seems this was not considered a murder in 1943.
Source: Antigo Daily Journal August 14, 1943, page 1; August 16, 1943, page 5; August 18, 1943, page 5.
A women was charged with second degree murder for killing her husband with a knife May 27, 1943 on a farm north of Phlox. Julius Guenthner, the Langlade County district attorney prosecuted the case. It was a sensational trial as the colorful defense attorney, Vernon McHale, questioned the evidence and testimony of those who testified against the defendant. On Oct 8, 1943 after about four hours of deliberation the women was acquitted. The death of the man was blamed on a domestic accident.
Source: Antigo Daily Journal, October 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 2018.
|Mrs. June "Jerry" Netzel||
On November 6, 1955, Wilma "Toni" Therrien used a knife and blackjack during a fight to kill June "Jerry" Netzel at the Gypsy Inn which was located on Highway 45 just north of the Langlade/Shawano County line. The fight was over a Tigerton logger. "Toni" was found guilty of a manslaughter in the third degree charge and sentenced to two-four years in prison. "Jerry" is buried in the Antigo City Cemetery in an unmarked grave.
Source: Antigo Daily Journal, November 7, 1955, page 1; Antigo Daily Journal, Hidden Places Series, Jun 9, 2007, page 1.
On September 1, 1975, Paul Sage, age 16, killed William Bartel, age 80. After meeting in a Pickerel tavern the two went to Bartel's home where Sage killed Bartel with a shovel. Sage was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Source: Justia US Law website ; Casemine website
|?||Blue Rock Saloon murder in Pearson|
On May 26, 1979, James Stawicki rammed his truck into the back of Esser's car on Highway 45 north of Antigo He pulled a knife, forced her into his vehicle, drove onto a logging road where he raped and then stabbed her at least 19 times. Stawicki was sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison.
Justia US Law website The Journal Times website, April 21, 1993
On August 12, 1991, Anthony Rindahl killed his step-father, who he blamed for his mother's death in a logging truck accident 12 days before on July 31, 1991. He was convicted of second-degree murder. A friend, William Cousland, who stood guard at the door of Rindal's house and prevented a relative from entering during the murder was sentenced to a mental institution.
Source: Wisconsin State Journal, Aug 13, 1991, page 1
On October 24 Bret Carley was shot by a hunting companion in the Town of Rolling. The hunting companion was charged with first degree reckless homicide and homicide by intoxicated use of a firearm.
Source: Antigo Daily Journal: Peeps at our past, October 22, 2018.
On September 5, 1994 David Spanbauer kidnapped, raped and killed 12 year old Cora Jones. He also was found guilty of killing 10 year Ronelle Eichstedt and 21 year old Trudi Jeschke in other Wisconsin counties. Spanbauer was sentenced to three life terms plus 403 years imprisonment. He died in prison on July 29, 2002.
Source: Waupaca County News website
Appleton area gang members called the D-Mac Crew killed Jermaine Gray in Langlade County on May 2, 1995. They burned and buried his body in a farm silo. Three of the gang members, Danny J. Gregurich, Mitchell Weller and Shane Gray committed suicide. Two others Derek Barnstable and Jonathan Kinney were charged as adults with first-degree intentional homicide.
Source: Chicago Tribune website, July 6, 1995.
Katherine Nameth was stabbed to death several times on October 12, 2001 at her parents cabin on Loon Lake southeast of Elcho. She called for help on her EMS portable radio reporting a scruffy haired man with a trench coat before she died. This remains a cold case committed by person or persons unknown.
Source: WAOW TV website. Loon Lake Unresolved Murder
|Jesus Manuel Quirios Castillo||
On Jul 18, 2007 Stephen VanVleit, while drunk, drove his vehicle through a wall of the Good Nite Inn killing Jesus Manuel Quirios Castillo where he was sleeping. VanVleit was convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison. VanVleit also agreed to pay $190,000 to the dead man's family.
Source: Twin Cities Pioneer Press website.
On Aug 11, 2009 Kayla Berg, a 15 year old girl, was given a ride to a house in Wausau by a friend of her brother. It was reportedly to see an ex-boyfriend. But Kayla's friends said the ex-boyfriend had moved, and Kayla knew that. She remains missing.
Source: WSAW TV website.
On July 28, 2017 Kevin Harris was hit and run over twice by a car next to an Antigo tavern. A 22 year old woman was charged with his death but the charges were later dropped by the district attorney when new evidence "came to light." Video surveillance footage from the night showed the woman as a passenger not the driver in a car. She reportedly told officers a different vehicle had struck Harris and left the scene. Case remains unsolved.
Source: Antigo Times website, August 5, 2017.
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