News From This Week’s Past: Oct. 13 – 20

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,

October 10, 1874

The talk on the streets seems to indicate that it is now definitely settled that work will commence on the canal in a few days and continue through the winter.


The Independent,

October 13, 1882

Clay Banks has one of the neatest country school houses in the county. The building referred to has just been finished by contractor James Tuft; is brick veneered, with green window blinds, and a job done up in honor, from peak in roof to last course of stone in foundation. F.F. Eames, is the lucky teacher to first start the young ideas to shoot correctly, in the model school house.


The Democrat,

October 11, 1894

Mike Donovan brought a potato to this office Tuesday which weighs 1¾ pounds. Mike is one of the progressive farmers of Sevastopol, and everything he raises is always first class.


Door County Democrat,

October 12, 1907


At a well attended and enthusiastic meeting held at John Bertschinger’s hall, Egg Harbor, last Sunday afternoon, Door County fishermen organized an association for the protection of their mutual interests, their special purpose being to work against the new license law, which they unanimously denounce as unjust and uncalled for.

Steps were taken to co-operate with the fishermen throughout the Green Bay region in an attempt to have a test law brought under this act for the purpose of testing its legality.

The following were nominated and elected to lead the Door County Fishermen’s Association:  John Peltier, president; John Bertschinger, vice president; Delos McCummins, secretary; Chas. Helgason, treasurer.


Door County News,

October 11, 1917

Liquor Prices Advance – It is getting to a stage of the game that a man with a “jag” will be classed as a plutocrat. An advance of 50 per cent was on Saturday made by the saloonkeepers for a drink of whiskey. Where it cost a dime to bend his elbow heretofore he will now have to dig up 15 cents. Since September 8th no alcoholic beverages have been manufactured and if the supply is to be conserved until the end of the war, something must be done to curtail the consumption. The wholesalers advanced the price and this forced the retailers to do likewise. The price of beer has also taken a jump of another dollar a barrel and while the saloonkeepers have not raised the price we are informed that they have reduced the size of the glass.


Door County News,

October 11, 1928


In a heavy fog Thursday afternoon the freighter J.M. Bartelme, a 352-foot boat, was grounded about 300 feet off the southeast point of Cana Island. She carried a crew of 29 men at the time of the accident.

So dense was the fog when the ship grounded at one o’clock that it was about two hours later before the boat could be discerned by the keeper of the lighthouse. The Baileys Harbor coast guards went to the scene and stood by, and the tug L.D. Smith, of this city, was called to give assistance. The tug Favorite of St. Ignace was also called but returned Monday.


Door County News, October 10, 1935

Barge Transport Believed Total Loss in Lake Superior

The barge Transport owned by the Roen Steamship Co. of Sturgeon Bay is believed a total wreck, having been driven on the outer bar near Whitefish Point in Lake Superior during the severe gale last Thursday. Capt. John Roen, president of the Roen Steamship Co., returned to the scene of the wreck Monday evening in company with officials of the company carrying insurance on the barge.

Capt. Froyan was in charge of the Transport, carrying a crew of 12 men, and Capt. Leon Taylor was skipper on the tug Lamont when it became separated from its tow in seas that ran mountain high. One man was reported swept overboard but was rescued.

The Transport was purchased in 1933 by the Roen Steamship Co. and was remodeled at the Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding & Dry Dock, being transformed from a river car-ferry into a self-unloading barge. At the time she was beached she carried almost a full load of pulp wood.

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