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Longest Held Properties

Robert and Catherine Laurie sit in front of their home on Bay Shore Drive with their family.

Harry Dankoler, curator of the Door County Historical Museum, asked residents to help him determine what families, in 1949, held property the longest in Door County.

More than one of these homes/properties still stand today, though with different owners. The Thorp Hotel operates under the same name and the Robert Laurie House does not look too different than it once did. At least one of the properties is still owned by descendants.

Since the museum is short of photos of these homes and their owners, they are looking for people that do have them that would be willing to bring them in to be scanned.

The properties in Door County that were held longest in one family are the Ray Weldon property in Little Sturgeon, Earle & Nora Jacobs property on S Neenah Ave, Mr. & Mrs. Emil Hanson property on N Bay Shore Dr, Mr. & Mrs. Cedric Dreutzer property on N Bay Shore Dr, the Thorp Hotel property, John LaVassor’s property in Sturgeon Bay, Warren McKnight property in Circle Ridge, Jule Fabry property in Union, Fred Berger property in West Sturgeon Bay, and Mrs. Rose Manney Wilson property in Egg Harbor.

All photos received will be used for a 75-anniversary display. The celebration begins on July 26 and the display will remain set up through August. For more information call 920.743.5809, email [email protected], or stop in at 18 N 4th Ave any day between 10 am and 4:30 pm.