News From This Week’s Past: Attention, Sons of Boys in Blue!

All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors.

The Expositor

April 10, 1874

FORTY dollars will pay the passage of an emigrant from Hamburg to Sturgeon Bay, via Milwaukee and Goodrich’s Steamers, Deck Passage. That is cheap enough in all conscience.

The Independent

April 9, 1886

Attention, Sons of Boys in Blue!

As the result of a consultation with different parties throughout the county it has been decided to call a convention of the sons of union soldiers, and all others favorably disposed, especially members of the G.A.R., to meet at Bailey’s Harbor April 11, 1886, at one o’clock P.M., for the purpose of organizing an encampment of the Sons of Veterans, that the honors due the “Boys in Blue” and the patriotism of our fathers may be perpetuated.

Door County Democrat

April 8, 1899

The hotel Vendome will be opened for business about May 1st. The property has not been leased nor sold and unless a transaction to that end takes place between now and that time it will be opened under the old management. However, it is pretty safe to say that a change will be made early in the season at least.

Door County Democrat

April 13, 1907

The company organized to build and operate the roller toboggan or “chutes” across the bay are not decided as to what will be done with the slide and bathhouses. It would seem that an amusement park on a limited scale would be paying an investment if located on this side of the bay and properly managed. There are a  number of ideal places for such an enterprise and if run in an orderly manner, would doubtless meet with a good patronage with the “chutes”, bath houses, boats and other clean amusement devices.

Door County News

April 10, 1919


Meeting of all Co. F men who have returned from service in the army will be held at the city hall in this city on Friday evening at 6 o’clock.

It is their intention to go to the train in a body to meet Capt. Edward Reynolds, who will return home at that time. The members of his old company are to be a reception committee and escort to his home.

After this has been done a luncheon will be served to the members of the company at the Hotel Swoboda and the part the returned soldiers are to take in the coming Liberty Loan Drive discussed.

Door County News

April 8, 1926


If the city expects to have its parks patronized it should provide them with caretakers.

Preparations are now being made to erect a comfort station in Garland Park, which is used extensively during the summer months by camping parties. Unless someone is delegated to take care of the place it will be practically useless. This has been demonstrated in Martin Park, where there was erected a comfort station and band stand. The place has been mutilated by boys to such an extent that it has been found necessary to close the place to the public while repairs are made.

Bingham Park had to be abandoned for the same reason. With no one to look after it the place was being destroyed. Campers would be willing to pay for the privilege of using a place where there are some conveniences. If the parks are to be kept for the benefit of the public, arrangements should be made to have them properly taken care of by placing someone in charge of them.

Door County News

April 13, 1939


Is Subject to Fine For Unlicensed Broadcasts

Sturgeon Bay’s own radio station, owned and operated by Gabriel Robert Egeland, manager of Egeland’s Radio Service, will broadcast no more as the result of action taken Tuesday of this week by the Federal Communications commission, according to a report made to the commission today by C. W. Loeber, representative of the commission of St. Paul, Minn.

Egeland had been broadcasting recordings and announcements from a small power radio station he had built in his radio repair shop on St. John street, and according to Mr. Loeber, could be heard as far as Algoma and Marinette.

Failure to have the proper licenses and to engage in such broadcasting is a federal offense, punishable by payment of a fine of $10,000 or two years imprisonment in a federal penitentiary, or both. Mr. Loeber indicated that Egeland’s case had not been decided, for the report had just been sent into Washington. The Federal Communications Commision may do as it sees fit, and will make a decision within the next week.