News From This Week’s Past

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, July 31, 1874

Mr. Dill Kimber’s twin daughters, whose birth we announced some four or five weeks ago, both died last Friday morning. Both were buried on Saturday, in one coffin.


Weekly Expositor Independent, July 31, 1885

Two men claiming to come from Minnekaune appeared in this city Wednesday, and stated they were the proprietors of a mammoth boarding house at that place and were desirous of securing three or four girls to assist in the work of running the same, offering as an inducement four dollars wages per week. Marshal Stephenson inquired into the matter, and from what he learned concluded that they were a brace of rascals, and promptly took charge of the two young girls who they had induced to prepare for a trip across the bay, at the same time informing the proprietors of the alleged boarding house that they had better return home on the first boat, which they reluctantly did, but the girls, who are rather unsophisticated and also of tender age, did not accompany them.


Door County Democrat, July 31, 1897

A Ghost Story.

There is a sensational ghost story that comes from a settlement of farmers east of Egg Harbor. Like all other ghost stories this one is of course true and the ghost makes its appearance every night. It is a harmless ghost, does not make any threats, but demands that certain unpaid funeral expenses be settled without delay, because, as the ghost says, it cannot rest in peace until that worldly matter is settled. This is not an undertaker’s advertisement though it may possibly serve as a gentle reminder in some instances.


Door County Democrat, July 29, 1905

Hereafter no barbed wire fences will be allowed to be constructed along or within four feet of any of the public streets, walks or alleys within the city.


Door County Democrat, July 27, 1917


Twelve per cent of the pack of peas of The Reynolds Preserving Company of this city must be turned over to the government in accordance with orders sent out from Washington. The government is taking over for their own use twelve per cent of the pack of caned peas in the United States, the price being about the average market price at the present time.

Twelve per cent of the Reynolds’ pack represents about 120,000 cans. Sixty per cent of this must be standard grade and forty per cent fancy.

As Wisconsin is the great pea caning state of the Union, a large part of the government’s supply will come from this state.


Door County News, July 29, 1926

Door County To Have Women Serve On Jury

There is a possibility that women of Door county will be called upon to serve as jurors at the next term of the circuit court. Clerk of the Court Frank Wellever has sent out notices to the various town clerks asking them to submit a list of eligible women in their towns who would be suitable for jury service.

A large majority of the counties of the state have placed women on an equal footing with men in this respect and there is no reason why the women of this county should not be permitted or obliged rather to serve on the jury.


Door County News, July 27, 1939

Park Willed to City

The late A.W. Lawrence, according to the terms of his will which were disclosed the latter part of the week, authorized the distribution of his estate through a number of cash bequests, together with a portion of his property.

The grove property known as Lawrence’s bluff was willed to the City of Sturgeon Bay for use for park purposes, and to be known and designated as “Lawrence’s Big Hill Park” under the following conditions:  “Provided that such property is not be used for the erection of a public utility plant or plants thereon or for municipal or private income producing enterprises except such as are incident to the use of the property for park or benevolent purposes.”

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