News From This Week’s Past: Dec. 1 – 7

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,

December 3, 1875

The schooner Mary Ann Scott of Bailey’s Harbor ran on the beach near Two Rivers last Saturday. She was scuttled to prevent her pounding to pieces. She was still lying there at our latest advices. Mr. Scott lost several hundred dollars worth of provisions and supplies.


The Weekly Expositor Independent,

November 27, 1885

By a typographical blunder the Expositor last week stated that a cancerous growth had been removed from the hip of Mr. W.H. Warren. It should have read lip. However, we presume Mr. W. will care but little so long as the obnoxious growth is removed. The mistake was not discovered until our edition was partly printed, when the proper correction was made.


Door County Democrat,

November 30, 1895

Hamacek has placed a twelve hundred candle power arc light at the Vendome corner, that the council may inspect it and compare with the two thousand candle power lights in use in the rest of the city, and as an idea to them in arranging the new lighting contract that needs to made prior to the first of next June. The council contemplated contracting for more lights of a smaller candle power, and to burn all night.


Door County Democrat,

December 2, 1905

Laying of the Wisconsin Telephone Co.’s cables across the bay is expected to be completed today. The two cables, weighing ten and eight tons, have been placed on a scow, and the work of laying them will not require more than a few hours. The channel in which they are to be laid had been dredged to a depth of twenty-eight feet.


Door County Democrat,

November 30, 1917

No Danger of Fuel Famine.

If the people of Sturgeon Bay are willing to use a good grade of soft coal, there will be no need of any one going cold during the present winter. The steamer Wyandotte arrived in port Sunday and discharged 1,300 tons of soft coal for Leathem & Smith, 500 tons for the Hart Transportation Co; and 1,000 tons for the city. The city has about 4,000 tons of soft coal on its dock at the present time, which is more than sufficient to run the municipal plant all winter, unless the weather is unusually cold. The hard coal supply, however, is about exhausted, and dealers cannot get the promise of a sufficient amount in the future. The famers are holding their wood, and but little of it is coming to town, and the price is $9 and $10 per cord.


Door County News,

November 28, 1928

Turkey Gobbler In Background On Thanksgiving

From all indications it appears that the people of Sturgeon Bay and vicinity favor chicken for Thanksgiving dinner. A survey of meat markets discloses chickens to be much more in demand than any other fowl. There are, perhaps, several reasons for this – the major complaint being that people with smaller families do not care to purchase a Thanksgiving bird and pick over a lot of left overs from now until almost time for the next feast of the season – Christmas dinner.

The price of other fowl compared to chicken can hardly be considered in the demand this year for a general run of the local prices quote chicken between 25c and 30c a pound while geese are selling at 29c. There is a general scarcity of ducks and the average price per pound at local markets is 32c. Turkeys are selling for 42c.

Probably one of the largest turkey gobblers on sale this season in the city was shown in the windows of the Lawrence Market, weighing slightly less than 22 pounds.


Door County News,

December 2, 1937

Small Percentage of Hunters Get Bucks

As far as can be ascertained by The News only a very small percentage of the almost four hundred deer hunters from Door county who made the trip to the north woods last week were successful in getting a buck. The returned hunters are unanimous in the opinion that does were plentiful but bucks rather scarce.

Vic Londo failed to get a buck but brought back a large black bear.

J. Noren was the only hunter in the whole north woods permitted to “shoot” doe, and he is said to have had more “shooting” than all the other local men. The reason was that he took all his “shots” with a movie camera rather than a rifle.

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