News From This Week’s Past: Dec. 15 – 22

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 12, 1873

TAYLOR, the man who is preparing to build a pier at Horse Shoe Bay, was in town last Tuesday. He informs us that he will put a stave mill in operation next spring and work up some of the oak timber which abounds in that section. He also contemplates the erection of a shingle mill. Mr. T. now employs about fifteen men, and will get out and ship several thousand cords of wood the coming season.


Weekly Expositor Independent,

December 12, 1884

It looks as though some of our people may receive some direct benefit from free trade after all Congress removed last winter the 20 per cent duty on importations of seeds and plants, now France reciprocates and admits such goods duty free. Mr. Geo. Pinney is in receipt of a letter from a large nursery firm at Orleans, France, asking for an interview in January at the World’s Fair in New Orleans with a view of negotiating for one million arbor vitae (cedar) seedlings to be shipped there from this place next spring.


The Democrat,

December 13, 1894

The Reynolds Lumber company have bought a saw mill at Duluth, which they will rebuild, using the band mill and large boiler and perhaps some more of the machinery from their mill here, which is now dismantled. Its too bad that our city could not keep the firm here, but as the timber tributary to this point is about exhausted, it would be necessary for them to engage in other pursuits, which might not be as congenial to them as lumbering. During their few years residence here this firm have been very successful both from the social and business standpoint, and they will leave many warm friends who wish them increased success in their new home.


Door County Democrat,

December 16, 1905

No Winter Boat.

The Goodrich Transportation Co. has seen fit to abandon their winter schedule to Kewaunee, Algoma, and Sturgeon Bay canal, and make Manitowoc their northern terminus during the present winter.

This announcement being made by the company at a time of the year when the merchants at the aforementioned ports had depended upon winter service, and after such a successful season’s business from these ports, meets with much dissatisfaction from the business men, and a vigorous protest is being made of such treatment from the Goodrich Co.

A move is under way to petition the company to reconsider their action, and if it is not considered, it is up to the business men of the west shore cities north of Manitowoc to secure another line of boats in competition with the Goodrich Co. without delay.


Door County Democrat,

December 14, 1917


Adjutant General Will Recommend Military Instructor if School Board Sets Sufficient Salary.

If military training is to be established in the Sturgeon Bay high school, the school board must engage an instructor for a reasonable length of time at a salary that would be an inducement for an experienced instructor to accept the position.

In reply to the letter addressed to Adjutant General Holway by City Clerk J.C. Langemak, the following reply was received:

If you will inform this office the length of time you would desire such instructor and the compensation the school authorities would allow, this office would endeavor to put you in touch with some men who would probably be able to meet your requirements.


Door County News,

December 10, 1925


The merchants of the city, on both sides of the bay, have decided to keep their places of business open three evenings of Christmas week – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 21, 22 and 23. On Thursday evening the stores will close at 6 o’clock, to give their employees an opportunity to spend Christmas eve at home.


Door County News,

December 16, 1937

To Start Dredging Little Lake Shortly

Equipment for dredging Little Lake in Sturgeon Bay, a project which was contracted for by the State Conservation department, arrived here Friday of last week and is being assembled and put in shape to begin operations as soon as possible. The dredge, a mammoth affair, weighs approximately 22 tons, and it was stated if weather permits three-hour shifts will be employed in carrying out operations.

Men seeking employment on the dredge are being registered at the Chamber of Commerce office. Ferd. Roder of Burlington, Wis., has the contract from the conservation department for initial removal of 44,000 yards from the lake bed.

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