News From This Week’s Past: Nov. 9 – 17

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,

November 7, 1873

The storm of Monday night of last week at Little Sturgeon was the most fearful ever seen at that place. The Dock at the Mill was built of solid timbers, bolted together and tied by cross timbers very securely, and filled to the very top with stone. Yet such was the terrific force of the storm a portion of the middle was torn out piling stone and timber far up on the land. The pier at the Lime Kiln was made in the same manner and had a pile of stone on its top, four feet high yet the ell part was entirely washed away.


The Independent,

November 5, 1886

A very disgraceful row occurred on our streets Saturday night in which several parties figured. Too much poor whiskey was the cause.


Door County Democrat,

November 10, 1894

Articles of incorporation have been filed at Madison, and a Company will be formed to take up the work of advertising this city as a summer resort. The Company will also have as a part of its business, the increasing of the hotel accommodation for summer guests. As fast as matters assume definite shape, we shall give our readers full particulars.


Door County Democrat,

November 10, 1906


The state railway commission have rendered a decision in the case of Samuel Perry Vs. the A&W Railway Co., in regard to the building of a depot at Forestville. The text of the decision is that the company build a depot within ninety days at the village of Forestville, same to contain a waiting room 12×15, or its equivalent, to be heated at least one-half hour before trains. Building also to have ticket office and freight room, and have an agent stationed therein. It is hoped that the railway people will see for to comply at once to the decision, and if they do they can be assured of the hearty assistance and co-operation of the public in general for the betterment of all concerned.


Door County Democrat,

November 9, 1917


Next Monday evening a meeting will be held at the city hall for the purpose of organizing a Loyalty Legion, A.N. Dier being the instigator of this latest patriotic movement.

The Wisconsin Loyalty Legion is an organization the object of which is to unite the people of Wisconsin in loyal, active and efficient support of the government….To bring traitors to punishment, hold up slackers to public contempt, and oppose disloyalty and dissension where it may appear, and however disguised.


Door County News,

November 6, 1924


Dorothy Wagener, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Wagener, is among the heroes listed by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission in their last report, and is awarded a bronze medal, which she will hereafter proudly exhibit to her friends.

The award is made to her for saving the lives of the two Starr children – Ethel and Virgil on August 5th, 1922.

Some of her friends who appreciated the heroic act decided that they would at least make it known to the Carnegie commissioners, bringing the facts of the case to their attention a short time after the deed was performed.

The heroic deed of heroism was performed two years ago on the bay shore on south Cedar street. At the time Dorothy was only 13 years old, which makes the deed all the more remarkable.


Door County News,

November 5, 1936

Seek Ideas for WPA Projects in County

C.E. Fuller, district WPA supervisor of conservation projects, and E.A. Gilling, county project inspector, are this week investigating various conservation projects proposed in Door county for inclusion in a $48,000 federal county-wide project recently approved by WPA officials in Washington.

Any interested sportsmen who have any ideas on conservation work worthy of undertaking in Door county, are invited to contact Mr. Gilling at the city hall in Sturgeon Bay or Mr. Fuller at the District 2 WPA headquarters in Green Bay. All suggestions will be investigated thoroughly to determine their value and feasibility.

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