It was good to see Gene Schram the other day; he came up to the Door County Advocate newsroom in Sturgeon Bay to share a story idea. Gene was the advertising director for many years; here he is from his previous life as a linotype operator for the Advocate in the 1960s. Gene still lives in Sturgeon Bay at 88.
10 Years Ago: 2003
? Lena Negley, who studied history and humanistic studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, is the new curator of the William S. Fairfield Public Gallery in Sturgeon Bay.
? Write-in candidates often thought of as long shots stunned incumbents in Door County races when three last-minute candidates proved that incumbents can be successfully challenged. In the town of Gardner write-in candidate Paul DeWitt beat out incumbent Town Chairman Bill Berglund, and retired Door County deputy sheriff Al Birnschein grabbed 192 votes away from Supervisor J.R. Jarosh for Jacksonport's top spot. Alderman Bill Goettelman was denied a second two-year term on a write-in by Daniel Wiegand.
? The American Folklore Theatre will have a new look for the 2003 season as their new and larger stage is revealed this summer.
? The Liberty Grove Planning Commission received a positive response last week when it asked if Ephraim/Gibraltar Airport would be willing to admit more members in its partnership. Ephraim and Gibraltar have co-owned and operated the airport since they jointly bought the land in 1944.
? Andy Coffou plays Harry Williams, a soldier of the Spanish-American War, among other characters in Sevastopol's annual play. "Spoon River Anthology" is a theatrical adaption of Edgar Lee Masters' epic poem. The work was first serialized 1914 and 1915 and later appeared as a book. For six of the high school seniors, the performance is a blend of exciting and sadness as they perform in their last play as students.
? At the movies: "Phone Booth" with Colin Farrell and Kiefer Sutherland and "A Man Apart" with Vin Diesel.
? Deaths: Charles E. "Bucky" Stauber, 76, Green Bay; Sarah J. McCoy, 69, Sturgeon Bay; Kimberly Kay Geise, 35, Brussels; Hattie A. Bhirdo, 93, Sister Bay; Darlene Fredrickson, 74, Sturgeon Bay; John Olson, 74, no location listed; Richard O. Knuth, 71, Homewood, Ill.
? Births: Sons to Ryan and Mandy Beyer, Sturgeon Bay, March 5; Joseph and Anne Quail, Sturgeon Bay, March 14; Brent and Camilla Hitzeman, Ellison Bay, March 19; daughters to Shannon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay, Feb. 27; Scott and Carrie Penovich, Fond du Lac, March 1; Sara Dettman, Sturgeon Bay, March 6; Chad and Holly Retzlaff, Sturgeon Bay, March 13; Michael and Jenny Stults, Washington Island, Feb. 23; Ronen and Jennifer Eliyha, Sturgeon Bay, March 19; America Rodriguez, Sturgeon Bay, March 22; Bruce and Jill Alexander, Baileys Harbor, March 23.
25 Years Ago: 1988
? More than 1,400 employees are laid off at Bay Shipbuilding Co. as the company decides to no longer pursue new ship construction due to the cost of operating a shipbuilding facility with the low volume of potential work in the marketplace.
? Ten races for County Board positions are featured in next Tuesday's spring election.
? The announcement that Peterson Builders Inc. has been awarded a $4,374,800 contract to supply parts to U.S. Navy shipbuilders and vessel purchasers means an additional 16 jobs at the Door County firm.
? Sturgeon Bay as well as the rest of the peninsula is taking a good look at ways to secure a better balance of retail and service jobs as well as more light industry. Diversification and planning are two keys words to survival in these hard economic times.
? Door County hasn't seen a new circuit judge in 20 years. Come Tuesday, the successor to retiring Edwin C. Stephan will be decided by the voters as they choose between Peter C. Diltz and John D. Koehn.
? In one of the shortest but most significant meetings in some time the Southern Door School Board hired the new district administrator, 38-year old Joseph Innis, in a unanimous vote during a 45-minute open meeting session.
? At the movies: "Biloxi Blues" with Matthew Broderick and "Vice Versa" with Judge Reinhold.
? Deaths: Solveig Roen, 81, wife of the late Captain John Roen founder and owner of Roen Steamship Co., Sturgeon Bay; Ernest F. Magle, 84, Sturgeon Bay; Edward W. Hilander, 78, Ellison Bay; Regina Nelson, 64, Orlando, Fla.; Myrtle Koehne, 90, Sturgeon Bay; Holland Engle, 80, formerly of Washington Island, Oakland, Calif.; Charles F. Lodl, 80, Sturgeon Bay; Doris A. Duncan, 82, Trego.
? Births: Sons to Thomas and Celia Weckler, Sturgeon Bay, March 25; Kim and Jeanne Gendron, Sturgeon Bay, March 29; daughters to Scott and Marsha Jordt, Baileys Harbor, March 24; David and Sarah Koelling, Sturgeon Bay, March 28; Chuck and Marla Sternard, Sturgeon Bay, March 24; John and Laurie Haberli, Egg Harbor, March 29.
50 Years Ago: 1963
? Sheriff Hollis Bridenhagen acquired two more prisoners while bringing one back from Shawano. On his return from Shawano, where he picked up a youth who allegedly stole two cars in Door County over the weekend, Bridenhagen encountered a wrecked car and a boy and girl walking along the highway. He stopped to give the pair a ride and found out that they had stolen the car from the bowling alley parking lot in Zion, Ill., on Sunday night.
? A heat wave, with temperatures in the 70s drove away any reminders of the near-record cold winter of 1963.
? A windstorm with southwesterly gusts of up to 70 mph howled across the county Wednesday, causing many thousands of dollars in damage. An entire concrete block wall of the new Palmer Johnson warehouse was toppled.
? A firm proposal for an incinerator for the city of Sturgeon Bay is expected to be made in the next two weeks.
? By a vote of 6-2, the City Council approved Fred Peterson's proposal to build and operate a weed-cutting device on the waters of Sturgeon Bay.
? At the movies: "Jumbo" starring Doris Day and Stephen Boyd and "The Wild Westerners" with James Philbrook
? Deaths: Emma Hawkey, 90, Sturgeon Bay; Charlotte Ostram, 64, Sturgeon Bay; Alma Benedict, 77, Sturgeon Bay; Nettie Shields, 79, Egg Harbor; Louis Raynier, 58, Sturgeon Bay; Albert Paasch, 83, Sturgeon Bay; Eric Wikan, 8 days old, Kansas City, Mo.; Annie DeBroux, 72, Sturgeon Bay.
? Births: Sons Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schaffer, Sturgeon Bay, March 28; M/M William Stamp, Sturgeon Bay, March 31; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hilburger, Brussels, March 30.
75 Years Ago: 1938
? Unusually warm weather during March has advanced conditions in the orchards so that spring work will start earlier than usual and indications are that employment will be given to a large number of men.
? Valiant work by a large group of volunteers in a bucket brigade resulted last week Thursday in saving from destruction the large farm home of Henry Gerlach in Sevastopol.
? Peterson Boat Works has received orders for two sail yachts, assuring the plant top speed until late in the summer.
? Two local men were arrested after the Scofield store was burglarized Friday night.
? A new high average for a season's bowling has been set by Clarence "Shorty" Sorenson who averaged 195-32 for 84 games in the Major League.
? Four Door County men have entered the state chess tournament. They are Stanley Greene, Hugh Maclean, Lougee Stedman, and the Rev. J.R. Hoesman.
? The F.J. Pies Co. of Sawyer announces that Harold Wagener will be in charge of its paint shop at Pies Auto Shop.
? Herman and Clarence Krause of South Sturgeon Bay Town have announced that they have dissolved their partnership.
? Work has begun on the new lumber yard being put up in Brussels by the Rio Creek Veneer Co.
? Harold May of Nasewaupee had the misfortune of getting his hand caught in a saw and suffering several badly cut fingers.
? Births: Sons to Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wiesner, Sawyer, March 30; M/M Harold Roble, Sawyer, March 29; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Merton Crass, Sturgeon Bay, March 23.
? Wed: District Attorney Herbert W. Johnson and Kathryn Pleck.
100 Years Ago: 1913
? Henry Graass has been elected circuit judge over Victor Minahan and Sol Hunington.
? Scofield and Co. have added an auto truck to their delivery in place of the horses that were used heretofore.
? A watering trough for horses will be installed at the intersection of St. John and Cedar streets, the Women's club having offered to donate a trough if the city would keep it filled with water.
? The barn and silo of Arthur Meyers, Baileys Harbor, was destroyed by fire last Thursday night along with four horses, 13 head of cattle and large quantities of hay and grain.
? John Larson came very near losing his team on Friday. While a short distance from the shore, the horses fell through. A crowd soon gathered and with some difficulty soon had the team out and headed for home. However, had the water been a foot or two deeper, it is doubtful that the outfit would have been gotten out.
? Abe Jessen has purchased the schooner Arrow from Capt. Peter Goodlet and will operate the craft during the ensuing season. Capt. Jessen has resigned his position of keeper of the Poverty Island lighthouse.
? Henry Bavry, keeper of Pilot Island lighthouse, has been transferred to Wind Point lighthouse near Racine.
? George Larson has commenced operation of his Ephraim sawmill.
? Adam Rose has moved into his new residence, which he built during the past fall and winter.
? Mrs. Ole Thompson, 93, one of the oldest residents in Sturgeon Bay died Thursday.
? Deaths: Charles Elwell, no age listed, Boston.
? Wed: Sydney Nelson, Sturgeon Bay, Ruth Roberts, San Diego, March 31; Earl P. Vant, Chicago, and Louise Leonhardt, Sturgeon Bay.
? Licensed to wed: Gustav Jadin and Ida Mallien, both of Brussels.
125 Years Ago: 1888
? The cry for more houseroom is already being raised, there not being a vacant building to be had at this early date.
? Charles Stokes has decided to build a cheese factory in the Nasewaupee area.
? Amund Oleson has purchased from Hans Eliason 60 acres of the Alex. Smith farm in the Nasewaupee area for $750.
? The post office at Namur, town of Union, which was discontinued about a year ago, has been re-established by the postmaster general and Clement Genlesse appointed as postmaster.
? Measles is the tornado area has just about completed their ravages, the last victim having recovered.
? During the past several days last week the weather was so cold that the carpenters employed on the new sawmill of Cook & VanDerVeen in Sturgeon Bay were compelled to suspend operations.
? Noll's team of ponies took a load of 21 people out to a sociable at Zettel's Tuesday evening.
? A horse trot is advertised to take place on the ice at Bailey's Harbor next Wednesday afternoon, April 4.
? The corn feast given Wednesday evening by the Ladies Aid Society of Hope Congregation was largely attended.
? A gentlemen residing in California, in writing to have his address changed, closed with "Please see to it that my copy of The Advocate is mailed regularly as we value it more highly than gold."
? Deaths: David C. McIntosh, no aged listed, a former resident of Sturgeon Bay, Englewood, Ill.; Mrs. Ferdinand Charles, no age listed, Union; Anton Vogt, no age listed, Maplewood; Daniel Culnan, 52, Sturgeon Bay; Mrs. Peter Berenson, no age listed, Bay View; Anna Eva Fidler, 73, Sevastopol.
150 Years Ago: 1863
? We are much pleased to hear that Albert Claflin, of the 32d Regiment, reported dead in the February list from Mrs. Harvey, is alive and well.
? For the information of our Belgian citizens in the town of Brussels, we would state that at the town election next Tuesday living in Town 26, Range 23, and Town 26 Range 24 should vote in the old place of polling in Brussels. Those living in Town 27, Range 23 and Town 27, Range 21 should vote at the schoolhouse of School District No. 1, in the new town of Gardner, near Little Sturgeon Bay.
? The governor has recommended that the state aid of $5 per month to families be continued for six months after the death of a volunteer or until the commencement of payment of the government pension.
? The Door County Advocate celebrates 52 weeks of publication.
? Mr. David Rice, owner of the steam sawmill property on Chambers Island, is in town on his way north. This mill, which was built in 1857, has never been in operation except when lumber was needed to build the mill but Mr. Rice expects a need for quality grade lumber will cause him to "fire up."
? Joseph Harris has been elected president of the newly organized Door County Union Club.