City of Oconto celebrates 150th anniversary

OCONTO, Wis. (WBAY) -- The City of Oconto celebrates a historic milestone on Monday. The small community officially became a Wisconsin city 150 years ago.

"The City of Oconto was incorporated on March 11, 1869," said Oconto Mayor Lloyd Heier as part of a proclamation.

It is a celebration of a city much older than any person currently living in the small northeast Wisconsin community.

""Today is actually the 150th birthday of the City of Oconto," said Sara Perizzo, Oconto City Administrator.

Residents gathered together in the Oconto Municipal Building on Monday night to recognize the historic day for the place they call home.

"We can honor our ancestors and the efforts that they made in the past to make this a great community," said Wendy Spice, a life-long community member.

A video of old footage played on a loop as people took time to reminisce and reflect.

"We were a logging industry. The Oconto River, they'd bring the logs from up north to run them down here. They were manufactured here, put on ships, and gone," said Heier. "Everything was basically wood-related."

Some people used the milestone to look to the future.

"I think we actively need to recognize the importance of history and realize we are part of history in the making here," said Spice. "It's up to us to make this an even better community."

The celebration kicks off commemorative events planned throughout the rest of the year. For a full list of those events, visit the City of Oconto website.