50 Years Ago: 1963
? The law was called to disperse a crowd of about 150 persons in Baileys Harbor when a team of Illinois divers raised an antique anchor from the harbor there. Feeling ran high among the local residents and teenagers, some of whom supported the divers and others who felt the anchor belonged to them personally or to the community.
? The five grade district schools of the Gibraltar High School area all voted to hold a meeting on merging the grade schools with the high school.
? The roof beams are currently being set in place on the new city swimming pool. The pool is a gift to the residents of Sturgeon Bay from Fred J. Peterson.
? For the past two days the Door County jail has not had a single occupant, which is unusual.
? The Old Peninsula Days parade at Fish Creek attracted a crowd despite a violent rain squall. Many of the floats were flattened in the wind and the rain, but judges gave them credit for what might have been.
? Lightning Friday night ripped into the roof of Louis LaCrosse's barn in Sevastopol, knocking it out of line and ripping out barn wiring. There was no fire. Mrs. LaCrosse was in the barn when the bolt hit.
? The walls are going up on the new Door County Memorial Hospital in Sturgeon Bay, which is expected to open to patients next year.
? At the movies: "A Gathering of Eagles" starring Rock Hudson, and "Donovan's Reef" starring John Wayne.
? At the Drive-In: "The Spiral Road" starring Rock Hudson and Burl Ives and "Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation" with James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara.
? Deaths: Myron Jensen, 45, Washington Island; Richard Davis, 72, Milwaukee, a summer resident of Ephraim; Mrs. Martin Leys, 69, Sheboygan; Ellsworth Gilbert, 74, Dayton, Ohio, a summer resident of Sister Bay.
? Births: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Heimbecher, July 24; daughters to Mr. and Mrs. Uvaldo Ruiz, Brownsville, Texas, July 23; M/M Anthony Jennerjohn, Sturgeon Bay, July 24.
? License to wed: Clyde Pluff and Jane Reimer, both of Baileys Harbor, July 20; Michael Hanson, Fish Creek, and Janice Orsted, Baileys Harbor, July 27.
25 Years Ago: 1988
? The drought that has plagued Door County is finally over as the area received an official 2.58 inches of rain last week. Storms hit Door County Friday, dumping an inch and a quarter of rain and creating some minor flooding around the area.
? The drought of '88 is sending lake levels down faster than anticipated according to reports from Army engineers. From all-time highs in 1986, Lake Michigan has fallen to at or below average height. By the end of the year it could be 5 inches below average. The all-time record low was 575.9 feet in 1964. The current level is 578.8 feet.
? Mrs. Lucile Owen will celebrate her 30th year of volunteer work for the Peninsula Music Festival.
? The old Witalison homestead on Peninsula Players Road was the scene of a recent family reunion commemorating the 90th anniversary since the property was purchased by Charles and Emma Witalison. The Witalisons were immigrants from Sweden when they chose to settle in the county in 1898.
? At the movies: "Big" starring Tom Hanks and "Coming to America" with Eddie Murphy.
? Deaths: William L. Mosgaller, 72, Sturgeon Bay; Carol J. Bertuca, 46, Burbank, Ill.; Caroline C. Niemiec, 75, Chicago; Milton T. (Mickey) Anderson, 79, Sturgeon Bay; Herman Schoblocher, 72, Oak Creek; John M. Ferron, 80, Beloit; Ellouise Heumann, 75, Sunland, Calif.; Helen A. Brady, 58, former Door County resident, at Fort Wayne, Ind.
? Births: sons to Shane and Laurie Baker, Sturgeon Bay, July 17; Bob and Kim Oldenburg, Baileys Harbor, July 14; John and Mary Koehler, Fish Creek, July 16; Douglas and Lynee Farrell, St. Francis, July 14; daughters to Steve and Cheryl Graf, Sturgeon Bay, July 19; Anne Lampert, Sturgeon Bay, July 15; Thomas Benzshawel and Vickie Lynn, Sturgeon Bay, July 16.
? Licensed to wed: Peter L. Bell and Nancy L. Witkowski, both of Hanover Park, July 11; Robert W. Wilson Jr. and Kathryn J. Dykeman, both of Chicago, July 11; Scott J. Michaelson and Elli Dudley Smith, both of Chicago, July 15; Eric V. Delawell and Michele A. Conard, both of Forestville, July 23; John A. Rosenthal and Laurel L. Dietzo, both of Nasewaupee, July 23; Richard D. Bergwin and Donna D, Johnson, both of Liberty Grove, July 30; William R. Huettl and Catherine E. Worachek, both of Sturgeon Bay, Aug. 6; Daniel L. Malvitz and Suzanne M. La Combe, both of Gardner, July 29.
10 Years Ago: 2003
? The president of Horseshoe Bay Farms and Golf Club managed to put the kibosh on a conversation about a proposed 210-slip marina next to Frank E. Murphy County Park when the issue was raised at the town of Egg Harbor's July 21 board meeting.
? Judy Herlache and her husband, Ralph, are only the third couple in Rotary International history to have both served as district governors for the service club. Judy began her term as governor of District 6220 this month while Ralph served as district governor in 1980-81.
? Births: a son to Autumn Duerst, Algoma, July 16; a daughter to Joshua Dietel and Christine Matzke, Sturgeon Bay, July 15.