75 Years Ago
April 7, 1939
? Door County lost its most prominent pioneer merchant Monday with the death of L.M. Washburn, 92. Born in Maine, Washburn was a teacher before coming to Sturgeon Bay in 1870. He served on the school board and was elected to the Assembly in 1875-76. Washburn worked as a clerk at the A.W. Lawrence general store and eventually purchased an interest in the business. Washburn selected his successor, the H.C. Prange Co., in 1930, continuing in business as the Prange-Washburn Co. until a few years ago. He also had a half-interest with his brother N.S. Washburn in the Washburn Co. He married Ruth E. Lawrence, daughter of A.W. Lawrence, in 1875.
? Dona Stradling was named valedictorian of Sturgeon High School with a 95.8 average. Salutatorian honors went to Martha Slavik with a 95.4.
? Veteran Town Chairman H.J. Teske was defeated for re-election in Forestville by Wendelin Rose, who has been prominent in soil conservation work. Rose won 295 votes to 263 for Teske.
? Door County's 35 delegates joined about 1,500 dairymen at the dairy meeting in Madison. Views were presented on making dairy products a basic commodity with parity payment to farmers on the basis of the difference between the market price and the parity price.
? A bill passed by the Legislature and awaiting the governor's signature would allow one tavern for every 500 inhabitants. The law would mean 10 rather than 20 taverns in Sturgeon Bay, and 37 taverns rather than the 90 already existing in the county. The bill allows existing taverns to continue until the license is revoked for some cause or someone drops out voluntarily.
? Deaths: Earl A. Stroh, 39, Sturgeon Bay; Capt. Henry DeVine, 66, Sturgeon Bay; Nancy Iverson, 2, rural Sturgeon Bay; Elda Tischler, 27, Jacksonport; Mrs. Fredericka Sophia Hansen, 82, Sister Bay; John Johnson, 70, Sturgeon Bay; Grant Haskell, 75, Sturgeon Bay; Mrs. Odile Devorce, 65, Rosiere.
? Births: sons to Mr. and Mrs. Andy Wolfert, Jacksonport; M/M Wilmer Jenquin, Brussels; M/M Eldon Carmody, Sturgeon Bay; M/M Clarence Paul, Maplewood; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Frea, Granville.
? Licensed to wed: Raymond Miller, Sturgeon Bay town, and Bertha Galembfskie, Sturgeon Bay, April 12; Arthur Bongle and Marie Lassee, Sturgeon Bay, April 15.
100 Years Ago
April 9, 1914
? N.C. Garland was elected mayor of Sturgeon Bay over James C. Pinney Tuesday, 356-300.
? One by one we are called upon to chronicle the death of old settlers. This week our old and true friend, Alex Meikle, having received the final summons. The 74-year-old Meikle held many public offices, commencing with that of justice of the peace in the town of Gardner. He was one of the first county supervisors and has lived in the same place since 1866.
? Wisconsin ranks first in the production of canning dry peas, and Door County heads the list with the last figures showing 397,739 bushels from 21,845 acres.
? That a saloon keeper is mortally bound to care for a customer who becomes intoxicated and helpless in his saloon, and that his failure to do so constitutes grounds for a damage suit, is the contention of Judge Henry Graass, who filed a decision with the clerk of circuit court Saturday.
? Poulos Bros. have installed a beautiful soda fountain in their candy kitchen.
? Martin Dehos has received a threatening letter through the mail, warning him to discontinue giving his picture shows on penalty of having the building blown up. He treated the matter as a joke.
? When the clerks in the Washburn grocery department unpacked a crate of bananas Monday, they were surprised to find a couple of tarantulas in one of the bunches. The big spiders were captured and placed in a jar, where they were kept alive for a couple of days.
? Another newspaper is to be established in Sturgeon Bay. County Clerk Earl M. LaPlant is to be the editor and manager. The city has two papers, the Democrat and Advocate, which rank among the best weekly newspapers in the state, but those back of the new project feel the rapid development of the county within the past few years makes the field large enough for another.
? Deaths: Emma, the 13-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Grandgagnage, Forestville; Mrs. Martha Robertson, 98, Sturgeon Bay; Albert Mathias, 23, Sheboygan; Verda, the 1-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac N. Ferguson; Mrs. Wenzel, 32, Sister Bay.
? Births: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. John Paul, Sevastopol.
125 Years Ago
April 6, 1889
? Fred Schuyler in Sevastopol received a dehorning outfit from Chicago and proceeded to relieve his cattle of their horns. While the animals "squirmed some during the operation," they withstood the ordeal and soon returned to chewing their cud. Schuyler then dehorned some of George Pinney's stock and expects to be "pretty busy for some days" performing the operations in the area.
? Fire damaged the boiler and engine room of the Bay View flouring mills Monday night, but the prompt arrival prevented the destruction of the mill itself. A couple of boys were fighting in the neighborhood, and the one who got licked saw the fire and went to complain of the scrap to his dad.
? Water in Sturgeon Bay is low, with a number of docks ending two or feet from the water's edge. The water in the draw of the bridge was measured at 12 feet, down from 18 feet there when it was constructed.
? H. Porter Hendricks disposed of his interest in the hardware store of Scofield & Hendricks and has accepted the position of cashier in the banking house of Nelson & Spear.
50 Years Ago
April 7, 1864
? The boys from Door County of the 12th Regiment have all re-enlisted and are home on a furlough of 30 days. Nearly all of them are looking finely, as though their severe campaigns and hard fatigue had done them good. Some of them, however, are poorly and look sickly and worn out. They will enjoy their visit as only those can who have passed through the dangers of the battlefield and returned to the embrace of their family, friends and a grateful people.
? As predicted, a call for 200,000 more volunteers for the draft is to take place on April 15.
? Senator Harris introduced a bill for a grant of state land to meet the grant from Washington to build the bridge across the Menominee River.
? It seems that many of the leading business men all over the country are interested in the construction of the Sturgeon Bay canal.