America’s First Flying Air Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America was a transformative organization aimed at teaching boys life-long skills that would prove to be the foundational component in a life exemplified by skill, good citizenship, and courteous behavior. Many boys did exceptionally well in the program, however by the age of 14 or 15 years, their interest waned considerably. This occurred from the earliest days of scouting and was titled the "older boy problem." Over the years, the BSA implemented numerous programs in an attempt to prevent dwindling participation from the older scouts but many were unsuccessful. However, in 1912, the first Sea Scout troops were founded.

Stephen King and the Tree Street Crossings

It’s 1959 in Castlerock, Oregon when Gordie La Chance and his three friends – Chris, Teddy and Vern go looking for adventure. After learning the general location of a body that may belong to Ray Brower, a young boy who has been missing for several days, the inquisitive bunch set off on a bold quest to find answers. Assuming Ray Brower met his untimely death by being tragically struck by a train, the boys hike along the railroad tracks in search of the ultimate discovery. However, on this fateful expedition, the intrepid foursome find themselves confronting not only their own fears and personal struggles, but they also come face to face with death as they finally locate the lifeless body of the young boy. This is the synopsis of the film, Stand By Me, directed by Rob Reiner. The 1986 movie was adapted from the novella The Body, written by famous horror author Stephen King. Since the movie was not classified as a horror film, King's famous moniker was only mentioned in the closing credits. Because King’s contributions were not promoted, most people are not aware the movie was based on his fictional story and by further extension of his life.

I Spy…Pizza Pize

If you find yourself driving down Main Avenue make sure to look at Baba Louies. The local sports bar and night club, on De Pere’s west side, is currently remodeling the front of their building and in the process uncovered an old sign from De Pere’s past.

The Starr Home

The story of the Starr family home on Summer Range Road in De Pere. Green Bay Packer Quarterback and Head Coach Bart Starr lived here with his wife Cherry and their sons.

The Boy Soldier

The story of De Pere's boy soldier. Enlisted at the age of 15, Henry Cady fought for the Wisconsin 14th, Company F. His story was thought to be lost to time, but is retold here.

Forever a Rookie

Meet Gale Staley, the De Pere born ballplayer, who played second base for the Chicago Cubs. Although his career was extremely brief he hit the cover off the ball in the late summer of 1925.

Stebbing’s Sweet Tooth

The curious case of Stuart Messenger Stebbings, a lumberman by trade but an inventor at heart. He created a new kind of candy combining chocolate and cheese. He also developed a patent for a cheese filter cigarette. Both inventions, sought to help the Wisconsin dairy industry.

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