10 Years Ago
May 20-23, 2003
? Sturgeon Bay downtown businesses disagree with the plan to change Third and Fourth avenues to two-way traffic from one-way traffic, which has been the standard traffic flow for the downtown streets since 1972.
? Therma-Tron-X has taken innovative action to preserve jobs during the downturn in the economy and the increasing unemployment and feels it has weathered the economic storm. The Sturgeon Bay business located on South Neenah Avenue now employs 110 workers, down from 165 just two years ago.
? Stone's Throw Winery made a commitment to donate all of the proceeds from its Pinot Nero estate wine to the Door County Land Trust, which resulted in $7,000 going to the land protection efforts on the peninsula.
? While the curtain may have gone down, the enthusiasm remains as the "Sound of Music" production held at the Door County Auditorium in Fish Creek is declared a success following seven almost totally sold out shows.
? Door County cemeteries receive flags and a dressing up as they are prepared to honor America's fallen heroes in the national observance of Memorial Day.
? The Door County Advocate announces that it will now have a Saturday/ Sunday edition and will be published three times a week. The change will take effect on May 31, with the paper being published Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
? The Door County Library Board sent a strong message to state and congressional leaders that provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act tread much too heavily on individual privacy rights in regards to the usage of the library.
? At the movies: "Bruce Almighty" with Jim Carrey and Morgan Freeman and "The In-Laws" starring Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks.
? Deaths: Ethel B. Brauer, 85, Green Bay; Virginia B. Booth, 89, Ellison Bay; Leland R. Krueger, 87, former owner of Krueger Implement, Sturgeon Bay; Justin D. Nesbitt, 20, Sturgeon Bay: Irene M. Zielinski, 89, Baileys Harbor.
? Births: sons to Tyler and Beth Hubbard, Sturgeon Bay, May 11; daughters to Laimontas Zukauskas and Asta Zukauskiene, Sister Bay, May 6; Brian and Michelle Fiore, Sturgeon Bay, May 14; Jason and Gina Hocevar, Sturgeon Bay, May 15; Paul and Jen Wiesner, Sturgeon Bay, May 18.
25 Years Ago
May 18-20, 1988
? A review of the university of Wisconsin-Extension program in Door County has revealed a need for a full-time community resource development agent. Now, Norbert Schachtner is both agricultural and community resources agent. But statistics show a greater need here for an economic development agent to work in community revitalization, land-use, planning, and resource management.
? Seven condominiums were added in 1987 to bring the total of recoded condominiums in Door County to 84, according to the annual report of Register of deeds Marilyn Jadin.
? Door County Clerk Robert Papke has announced he will seek the Republican nomination for state representative in the 1st Assembly District.
? Kenneth Bond, 52, will become the new Sevastopol School district administrator July 1, replacing Carl Scholz, who will retire after 34 years as superintendent.
? A twister-type wind that sounded like a freight train to the neighbors, snapped off a large spruce tree near the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church. Fortunately the tree fell in such a way that no damage was done to the church.
? Ben Olson will be the grand marshal of the Jacksonport Maifest parade.
? Steve Ellenbecker and Shannon Balzan are prom king and queen at Sturgeon Bay High School.
? Nancy Bemmann, 42, is a candidate for the office of county clerk. In 1985, she was hired as a deputy county clerk to replace retiring Marian Lienau.
? At the movies: "Good Morning Vietnam" with Robin Williams and "DOA" with Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan.
? Deaths: Earl I. Miller, 67, Sturgeon Bay; Kenneth F. Meyer, 82, Chicago; John Ackerman Sr. 69, formerly of Sister Bay, Green Valley, Ariz.; Marvel E. Weitermann, 93, Sturgeon Bay; Richard P. Dalebroux, 64, Mishicot; Anna Hildebrand, 95, Sarasota, FL; George A. Wautlet, 82, Forestville; Elsie A. Eatough, 90, Ephraim; Elsie H. Schiemann, 60, Park Ridge, Ill.
? Births: a son to Duane and Susan Spiegle, Eden Prairie, Minn., May 16; daughters to Arnie and Mary Lindauer, Sturgeon Bay, May 12; Alan and Wendy Meister, Sturgeon Bay, May 13; Kenneth and Linda Wautier, Brussels, May 13.
? Licensed to wed: James G. Panek and Deborah J. Trojanwski, both of Sturgeon Bay, May 12; Terry A. Christiansen Jr. and Mary Lou Murphy, both of Antioch, Ill., May 13; Harvey J. Littler, Forest Lake, MN, and Jody A. Hill, Sister Bay, May 14; Daniel W. Petersilka and Carey A. Vandertie, both of Sturgeon Bay, May 21; Scott D. Kahn, Urbana, Ill., and Marcia L. Lewis, Mahomet, Ill., May 21; Thomas M. Van Den Bogart and Mary T. Wiesner, both of Sturgeon Bay, May 28.
50 Years Ago
May 21-23, 1963
? Billy Donald Grun, 14, rural Sturgeon Bay, became Door County's second traffic fatality of the year when he died of his injuries suffered in a single-car crash north of Valmy Saturday afternoon.
? Officers of the State Traffic Patrol checked 111 vehicles in a safety check in Sturgeon Bay. Tickets were issued to 39 vehicles, covering 64 violations. Only 24 vehicles were equipped with seat belts and 18 of those were not in use.
? A Sturgeon Bay man was meted the stiff fine of $75 and $6 court costs after pleading guilty to a charge of setting gill nets within a quarter mile of the shore.
? The new Blossom Queen is Sonja Ters, a junior at Gibraltar High School. She also received the A.L. Hatch Trophy from Frank Ullsperger. Hatch, a pioneer fruit grower, was Ullsperber's grandfather.
? Chief of Police Romain Londo thanked city garages for supplying mechanics to conduct 384 automobile and 78 truck safety checks in the city. City Mechanic Victor Delarwell, also helped.
? Two Door County farm couples were recognized Tuesday evening in Green Bay. Receiving recognition as part of an area-wide program were Mr. and Mrs. Alric Erickson, Egg Harbor, and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Larson, rural Algoma. Selection was based on farming and orchard enterprise, soil conservation practice, church and community participation plus other activities.
? With Door County strawberries and cherries blooming and apples ready to burst into blossom frost or freezing temperatures for the last two nights have undoubtedly taken another bite out of the 1963 fruit crop.
? At the movies: Academy award winner, "To Kill a Mockingbird" starring Gregory Peck.
? Deaths: Katherine Olson, 93, Kalispell, Mont.; Eli Schumacher, 72, Sturgeon Bay; Mary Magle, 85, Sevastopol; William DeFaut, 88, Sturgeon Bay.
? Births: daughters to Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hoeft, Baileys Harbor, May 16; M/M Daniel Lautenbach, Egg Harbor, May 19; M/M Franklin Bley, Egg Harbor, May 20; M/M Billy Lakins, rural Sturgeon Bay, May 22.
? Licensed to wed: Dale Ploor, Milwaukee, and Arlene Kipp, Green Bay, May 25; Lyndahl Metoxen, Sturgeon Bay, and Esther Smith, Wittenburg, May 30; Robert Pluff, Baileys Harbor, and Sharon Burmeister, Sturgeon Bay, May 25.