75 Years Ago: 1938
? By a margin of 874 to 355, Sturgeon Bay voters carried the $35,000 bond issue authorized by the city council for the paving of four blocks of Cedar Street, two blocks on Union Street, and widening Cedar Street 21/2 feet on each side by cutting down the width of the sidewalks.
? Ted Paulsen, 20, Washington Island, died a few hours after having his skull crushed between a fishing boat and a protruding portion of the dock as the boat was being backed out of a slip.
? A.W. Lawrence has resigned as general manager of the Fruit Growers Cooperative.
? Well over 500 acres of cherries will be planted in Door County this year. Among the largest purchasers of trees from the Door County Fruit Growers Union are Sawyer Farms (Win Stephenson) 2,500 trees; Reinhard Larson, Sister Bay, 1,000; Dr. R.A. Woerfel, Sawyer, 950, and John Boler, Sawyer, 750 trees.
? The auction at Olaf Severson's of Clay Banks brought a large crowd, and all the cattle were sold at good prices.
? Door County was visited by a heavy snowstorm last week Saturday, which piled drifts more than four feet high in places and blocked traffic for 24 hours.
? Nelson P. Peterson, veteran Sturgeon Bay fisherman known as "Big Pete," died of a hemorrhage at Kenosha Wednesday.
? Deaths: Father Maximillian Oswald, 56, pastor at St. Mary's of Maplewood; Mrs. Martha Christenson, 74, Sturgeon Bay; Theodore Carlson, 64, Ellison Bay; Ole Larson, 93, Hainesville; Mrs. J.C. Dana, 72, Sturgeon Bay.
? Births: sons to Mr. and Mrs. Fred Erskine, Jacksonport; M/M Eli Herlache, Sturgeon Bay, April 17; M/M Charles Burlo, Baileys Harbor, April 14; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Werkheiser, Sturgeon Bay, April 18.
? Wed: Dewey Maples, Sawyer and Amanda Miller, Forestville; William Koepsel, Milwaukee, and Helen Olson, Sturgeon Bay; Reuben Johnson and Irene Austad Tufts, Sturgeon Bay.
? Licensed to wed: Wilfred Rass and Grace Vandertie, Brussels, April 27; Leslie Long, Sturgeon Bay and Janette Tallman, Sawyer, April 22
100 Years Ago: 1913
? The local railroad company has a large quantity of railroad ties and posts banked on their grounds which were purchased from our farmers during the past winter.
? Repairs to the east side of the bridge were finished Saturday evening, of which day the electric lights were lit along the new walk also. With this repair there is nothing left of the old structure. Bridge receipts now average about $22 per day.
? The swamp at the foot of Union Street on the west side is still in existence, notwithstanding that efforts have been made to get rid of it by due process of law. The owner defies the council and anyone else to drain this mosquito-breeding and health-destroying hole.
? A back-stop has been erected on the playground square. This consists of several posts across which are stretched woven wire to keep the baseballs from getting out of the grounds.
? Fred Erskine, who is of a mechanical turn of mind, dropped into the Lakeside Cheese Factory at Jacksonport the other day and, after being unable to start a gasoline engine by priming, fixed the igniter, saying, "I'll bet she will explode now." She did explode like one of the 15-inch guns at Sandy Hook Proving Ground. Several horses were frightened out of their wits as the muffler on the exhaust pipe was blown to smithereens.
? Members of the Library Board are making preparations to give a May ball for the benefit of the new library.
? The steamer Uganda sank in the straits of Mackinac Sunday. It is the first victim of the season.
? Bob Cosme, West Side, was injured in a dynamite explosion at the quarry Monday.
? Sam O. Hanson and Edwin Casperson, Sister Bay, have the distinction of being the first ones to land at this point in Sister Bay with a boat this season. This took place on Saturday when the two came over from Chambers Island.
? Ludwig Nelson, Ephraim, having come to the conclusion that it is not good for a man to be alone, stole a march on his friends Thursday, slipped up to Sturgeon Bay, where he took unto himself a wife.
? Deaths: Barney Miller, 41, Baileys Harbor; Mrs. James Maples Sr., 70, Sturgeon Bay.
? Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Lockhart, Detroit Harbor; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Guy Stephenson, Sevastopol.
? Wed: Nels N. Nelson, Ephraim, and Agnes Erickson, Sister Bay.
? Licensed to wed: Fred M. Hanson and Fannie Hagen, Ephraim.
125 Years Ago: 1888
? A load of trees was brought here from Menominee Saturday, which had come direct from France and consigned to George Pinney.
? A heavy snowstorm set in about midnight Saturday, and on the following day the ground was covered with fleecy whiteness.
? The large frame barn of Paul Tesmer, situated near Tornado, was destroyed by fire Monday evening with all of its contents, including several tons of hay and the implements. The livestock was saved by hard work on the part of the family.
? Last week five telephone instruments were placed in a many different places, one in the flouring mill at Bay View, another on the bridge, a third in Graef's meat market and the other two in the residences at Dr. Sibree and Henry Overbeck.
? John Goettlemen and Barnhardt Goerler will each take out saloon licenses again, thereby placing another cool thousand into the town treasury.
? The main bridge over Anger's Creek in Little Sturgeon was carried away Thursday afternoon by high waters, forcing the travelers two miles out of their way to John G. Weber's or Anton F. Schulze's crossings.
? Mr. and Mrs. August Offeson, Clay Bank, mourn the loss of their youngest child, a little boy of 8 months.
150 Years Ago: 1863
? The brig Hampton, G.B. Wells of Chicago, arrived last Sunday and is loading lumber at Bradley's mill.
? The bridge to connect Green Bay and Fort Howard in the holy bonds of commercial friendship is in progress and will be finished early this summer. We also understand a bridge is to be built at Wrightstown to take the place of the old ferry.
? In this issue of the paper is a lengthy account of the attack on Charleston.
? Our son Joe writes that he reached his regiment and found the boys all well.
? The season for maple sugar is about over, and we hear it has been favorable for our farmers engaged in it. Ephraim Daniels made over 1,000 pounds on his farm in the town of Sevastopol.