10 Years Ago: 2003
? A dozen disgruntled fishermen pounced on the Sevastopol Town Board July 21 with complaints about conditions at the Whitefish Bay boat launch. The lower lake levels make it almost impossible to launch a boat from the ramps. While the fishermen were hopeful, they were deflated to learn that the Department of Natural Resources permit limits the relief to the situation at the dock.
? Construction is about to begin on JJ and Kristine Johnson's newest endeavor, a waterfront restaurant in Sister Bay, tentatively called "The Waterfront."
? Jesus Mejia, 34, is accused of trying to hire a man to murder his wife. Less than three weeks after Nancy Mejia filed for divorce, the Fish Creek man tried to hire another man to kill her, according to a transaction recorded at the Door County jail.
? Memories of comedian Bob Hope made the rounds throughout the county when he died at the age of 100. Hope had been to both Maxwelton Braes for golf and stayed at Horseshoe Bay in the 1970s.
? At the movies: "Seabiscuit" and "American Wedding."
? Deaths: Thekla K. Bloch, 88, Sturgeon Bay; Marion B. Thorp, 100, Sister Bay; Harriet Ames, 87, Sturgeon Bay; Elayne Egan Schwerin, 61, Sister Bay and Destin, Fla.; John J. "Jack" Notebaart, 97, Appleton; James R. Lehnert, 66, Sturgeon Bay; Raymond Delcorps, 75, Sturgeon Bay; Margaret Fairchild Bonitatibus, 93, Sturgeon Bay; Donald R. Herschleb, 65, Sturgeon Bay.
? Births: Patrick and Suzi Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, July 25; Jeffery Johnson and Amanda Bruhy, Baileys Harbor, July 16; Camilo and Hollie, Montana, Sturgeon Bay, July 19; daughters to Mike and Heidi Chaudoir, Sturgeon Bay, July 21; Eric and Tammy Henkel, Sturgeon Bay, July 10; Joe and Lilly Ellenbecker, Burke, Va., July 22; James and Tracey Ash, Oconto Falls, July 24; Mike and Kristy Kaye, Brussels, July 24; Scott and Lori Venden, Green Bay, July 27; Gerald Blevins and Tammy Kramer, Green Bay, July 28.
25 Years Ago: 1988
? The century-old Plum Island Coast Guard Station, located off the tip of Door County in northern Lake Michigan, will not close. Earlier this summer there had been speculation that the Plum Island facility would be shut down and operations transferred to Escanaba, Mich., where a new search and rescue station would be established.
? Two extensive retail developments are in the works for the Sturgeon Bay area. The 24 acres across 18th Avenue from the Door County Credit Union is the site for an as-yet-undisclosed major retailer, and the 10.8-acre site across from the Nightingale Supper Club is the future home for Wal-Mart.
? The Greenpeace ship Beluga from Hamburg, West Germany, passed through Door County water on July 24 on a portion of its environmental tour through the Great Lakes.
? The Southern Door School Board settled on a 6.06 percent increase in the 1988-89 tax levy in regular session Monday night, which equates to a levy of $3.5 million.
? The American Lung Association's Cross Country Trek ended Friday when a one-legged man, an 82-year-old from Milwaukee, and Jill Kemp pedaled their bikes across the boardwalk and beach at Atlantic City into the Atlantic Ocean. Kemp is the daughter of Sturgeon Bay resident Elnore Kemp and a 1974 graduate of Sturgeon Bay High School.
? At the movies: "License to Drive" with Corey Haim and Corey Feldman and "Bull Durham" with Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon
? At the Drive-In: "Crocodile Dundee II" with Paul Hogan and "Short Circuit 2" with Fisher Stevens.
? Deaths: Helen Sohns, 77, Ephraim; Joseph Benoit Jr., 57, Sturgeon Bay; Mildred Simon, 73, Sturgeon Bay; Betty Laubenstein, 61, Mesa, Ariz., and Sturgeon Bay; Edna Messer, 100, Milwaukee; Howard Jacobsen, 86, Washington Island; Amelia Olson, 94, Ellison Bay; Toni Schrier, 32, Winter Springs, Fla.; Ruth Tweedale, 69, Sturgeon Bay.
? Births: daughters to Brenda Sawdo, Sturgeon Bay, July 23; Ernest and Debra Dart, Sturgeon Bay, July 26; Sharon Stryzewski, Sturgeon Bay, July 27.
? Licensed to wed: William R. Van Der Abe and Catherine A. Powers, both of Wheeling, Ill., July 18; David Kudlik, Madison and Kelly L. Schartner, Sturgeon Bay, July 22; Ted F. Vandermeuse, Lincoln, and Tracy L. Ullman, Brussels, July 30; Robert L. Vogel and Patricia L. Campbell, both of Sturgeon Bay, July 19; Alfred R. Krause and Carole L. Parke, Maysville, Ky., July 27; Steven H. Thoren and Suzanne M. Thompson, both of Evanston, Ill., Aug. 8; Bryan O'Neill III and Martine L. Root, both of Naperville, Ill., July 25.
50 Years Ago: 1963
? Peterson Builders has announced it has received a contract from the U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships to build nine LCVP - 36-foot landing craft. The contract is valued at $180,000.
? The 1963 Peninsula Music Festival will open Saturday night at Gibraltar auditorium with one of its most illustrious groups of soloists assembled in the 11-year history of the event. Conductor Thor Johnson has chosen German pianist Hans Ritcher Hasser as soloist for the first concert and violinist Charles Treger for the Sunday afternoon performance.
? If there is a transient rainmaker in town looking for work, almost any farmer in Door County will hire him. Another period of drought has descended on the county after the copious but brief rain 10 days ago.
? Working with the migrants in the cherry-picking camps have been various church groups from Door County. Among them is the Door County Christian Society for migrant workers, an organization sponsored by 25 county churches of various Protestant denominations, headquartered at the Hope Church in Sturgeon Bay.
? The traditional cold war between taxpayer and assessor saw a skirmish in court last Friday when a Baileys Harbor man was charged with assaulting the town assessor. Stanley Zak, Baileys Harbor assessor, signed a complaint against Ed Zahn, a property owner, charging that Zahn had pushed him in the face at a Board of Review meeting. Zahn was found guilty and charged $25.
? At the movies: "Bye Bye Birdie" starring Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke and Ann Margaret and "Irma La Douce" with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine.
? At the Drive-In: "Six Black Horses" with Audie Murphy and Dan Duryea and "The Man from the Diners' Club" starring Danny Kaye.
? Deaths: Marion Telfer, 46, Ellison Bay; Leonie Delwiche, 77, Sturgeon Bay; George Vertz, 86, Sturgeon Bay; Douglas Zettel, 59, Sturgeon Bay; Mary Thiel, 72, former Egg Harbor resident, Milwaukee; the Rev. Robert Wikowske, 80, Lake Geneva; Anna Van Bramer, 85, Sturgeon Bay.
? Births: sons to Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Heimbecher, rural Sturgeon Bay, July 25; M/M Juan Tello, San Antonio, July 27; M/M Joseph Gracia, San Juan, Texas, July 28; M/M Leonard Ripp, Egg Harbor, July 29; daughters to Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Jennerjohn, Sturgeon Bay, July 25; M/M James Doxtater, rural Sturgeon Bay, July 29.