75 Years Ago: 1938
? William Jess Sr., prominent Washington Island pioneer, died last week in Green Bay and was buried there in a funeral well attended by County Board members, county and town officials, members of the Masonic Lodge, and other mourners too numerous to list. Jess, active in varied business interests, was first elected the Island's county board member in 1898 and served continuously until 1912, when he retired to become the Island's postmaster. He went back to the board in 1926 and served another 10 years.
? Fire of undetermined origin gutted the palatial passenger steamer City of Benton Harbor at its mooring off Sunset Park last Wednesday night.
? A WPA project directed by Lawrence Iverson put several county men to work transplanting several hundred trees from Potawatomi Park. Fair secretary John H. Miles and County Agent Mullendore will direct a number of plantings on the fairground property.
? The County Board will investigate several sites before deciding on the location for the proposed county airport. More definite information will be reviewed at the May meeting.
? Births: A son to Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Goodlet, Sturgeon Bay, Nov. 28; daughters to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Junion, Sevastopol, Nov. 30; M/M Joseph Koessel, Sister Bay, Nov. 25; M/M Leo Goss, Sturgeon Bay, Nov. 24.
? Wed: Leon Parent and Audrey Bergman, Egg Harbor, Thanksgiving Day; Thobald Drexler, Sturgeon Bay, and Myrtle Kuehn, Egg Harbor, Thanksgiving Day; Harold Kramer and Lucille Johnson, Forestville, Nov. 16; Hubert Orthober and Marian Corbisier, Fish Creek; Sylvan Baudhuin and Rose Tebon, Union.
100 Years Ago: 1913
? Otto Karnitz, Nasewaupee, leased the Gus Lineau farm which he will hereafter operate, having moved from the John May place.
? The schooner Glen Cuyler is wind bound to Little Sturgeon. She is loaded with hay for delivery at Marinette.
? Alfred Graham and Herman Wittig have entered a homestead claim on Hog Island.
? George Lando has erected a brick blacksmith shop adjoining the premises of Barney Haen.
? Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lau of Sturgeon Bay marked their 50th wedding anniversary Friday.
? Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Slater recently purchased the P.G. Swan residence in the third ward.
? Nothing has yet been done looking to the release of the barge Halsted, which went on the beach at Washington Harbor during the November storm. The Leathem & Smith Company made several offers, but none were accepted.
? The life-saving station at the canal has as yet received no official notice relative to when they will be expected to suspend operations for the season.
? The Honorable Charles A. Maase, 74, holder of many county offices and once an assemblyman, died on Tuesday.
? Deaths: John Christianson, 83, Clay Banks; Mrs. Sarah Bagnall, 81, Menominee; Marie Leona, 4-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Hansen, Detroit Harbor; Mrs. Hegeland, wife of the Rev. Hegland of Menominee, no age given, Menominee.
? Births: Sons to Mr. and Mrs. William Clark, Fish Creek; M/M Charles Soyer, Sturgeon Bay; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Gust Johnson, Ellison Bay.
? Wed: Frank Letty and Josephine Manson, Ellison Bay, Nov. 26; Otto Borck and Ella Kasten, Forestville; Otto Konrad and Dorothy Henschel, Nasewaupee; Gulbran Olsen, 80, Detroit Harbor.
? Licensed to wed: August Corbisier, Gardner, and Eva Herlache, Brussels; Robert W. Christman, Clinton, and Mabel Reuther, Forestville; Samuel M. Stephenson, Marinette, and Exilda Desjardine, Jacksonport.
125 Years Ago: 1888
? A large barn belonging to Peter Zettel Jr., Nasewaupee was destroyed by fire. The barn held nearly everything he had grown on 60 acres during the year.
? Hundreds and hundreds of rabbits are slaughtered every day, and still the supply does not seem to diminish.
? Andrew Roeser returned to Sister Bay from Milwaukee last week on the schooner Arctic with a complete sawmill on board. The building is now being erected, and it is expected that the mill will be ready by the close of navigation if the present weather continues for a week or so longer.
? On her return from Pilot Island, the tug Nelson ran into Garrett Bay to inspect the wreck of the schooner Fleetwing, which went ashore at that point last September. Capt. Cox states that the hull is split in two in the middle, and that the only thing of value about is the old iron. The tug Nelson, with Thomas H. Smith and Capt. John Walker on board, then went into Pilot Island to inspect the schooner Northwest, ashore at that point. The schooner is lying in an exposed condition and is questionable as to whether she can be moved at all until spring.
? There is nearly 3.5 million feet of lumber piled in the yard of the upper mill at this time. Of this about 2.5 million is owned by Ross & Co. of Quebec, Calif., 750,000 by the Two Rivers Manufacturing Co., and the remainder by other parties.
? Jim Crow, Little Sturgeon, will receive a pension of $4 a month for being a member of the 41st Wisconsin Infantry, a troop organized in the closing days of the war who were enlisted to serve a hundred days.
? Deaths: Jacob Crass, 64, Sevastopol; Henry Hallam, no age listed, Ahnapee.
? Wed: Jacob Jacobs and Emma Arle, both of Sturgeon Bay, Nov. 23.
150 Years Ago: 1863
? We have only time for a word of congratulations on the glorious achievements of Gens. Grant, Sherman, Hooker and Thomas. Bragg is again whipped; Longstreet is withdrawn from Knoxville; Meade is in pursuit of Lee, with the prospect of an immediate and general engagement, and Gilmore is still pegging away at Charleston.
? The Cedar Street House in the village has changed hands. Mr. D.H. Rice of Washington Island has bought out the place, and is running it in tip-top shape.