News From This Week’s Past: June 30 – July 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, June 25, 1875

The crop of mosquitoes promises to be good in this county. From present indications the average yield throughout the county will be about twenty-two bushels to the acre.

Weekly Expositor Independent, June 27, 1884

Mill Burned. – From Mr. John Fetzer, via telephone, we learn that Henry Geier’s saw and grist mill, town of Forestville, burned to the ground, yesterday afternoon. The fire originated in the saw mill, and in fifteen minutes after discovery, the whole building was enwrapped in uncontrollable flames. Besides the mill, four wagons and sheds, 200,000 feet of lumber belonging to farmers and Geier & Co. were totally destroyed. Geier’s private residence was also damaged. No insurance.

The Republican, June 30, 1892

Notice to Mariners.

Notice is hereby given that, on and after July 1, 1892, during thick or foggy weather, a bell will be sounded from the bell tower recently erected at Sherwood Point light station, south side of the entrance from Green Bay into Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The tower is a square pyramidal structure about 25 feet high, the lower part painted white, the upper buff, shingled with bright red roof, and is situated about 18 feet N.N.E. of light tower. The bell will be struck by machinery a single blow every 12 seconds. By Order of the Lighthouse Board.

Door County Democrat, June 30, 1900

Myriads of Green Bay flies swarmed the city Sunday night in such countless thousands that it was a relief to know that they were harmless. The electric lights attracted the swarms in such large numbers that the streets were completely carpeted with them to the depth of several inches in some places, and underneath the lights could be seen heaps averaging six inches or more in height. By sunrise the flies were nearly all dead and when the sun came out the stench emited made it necessary for the street commissioner to gather up and cart them away.

Door County Democrat, June 28, 1918

Value of Community Singing.

There is a Nation-wide movement to organize Liberty Choruses in every town and village in the United States. In time of war the strain on the nerves of the people is terrific and something must be done to relieve this tension. War arouses emotions which must find expression if we are to remain healthy and normal. Community singing affords the opportunity for expression and an outlet for emotions. In the singing of Patriotic songs we find a common meeting ground. Whatever may divide us in other ways there is in the songs of a nation a sentiment that is common to all and so, by the gathering of singing groups in each town, we get together and encourage and cheer each other, while at the same time keeping up the spirit of the people. All this is required is someone to take the lead in each town and appoint the time for rehearsals. Mrs. Edward Reynolds is chairman for the county and a letter will bring the information as to how to get started. The goal is a Liberty Chorus in every town and village in the county. Start NOW.

Door County News, June 27, 1935


Paul Zimm and his dance orchestra, a former Keith vaudeville headliner, will appear at Fernwood Gardens Sunday, June 30. Joe Kesser, formerly with Paul Whiteman, Louis Rigley, formerly with Clyde McCoy, a five girl revue, specializing in Hawaiian and Rhumba dance numbers are some of the featured artists and novelties carried by Paul Zimm’s orchestra.

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