News From This Week’s Past: Sept. 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, September 11, 1874

Are you going to the Black Hills after gold? If so, don’t start until you have called on I.B. Scott, at his jewelry store for one of his first class revolvers with a supply of cartridges. His supply of cutlery is also very full and all of best quality.


The Independent, September 10, 1886

During the month of July a Prof. Whalen, with a little boy between 6 and 7 years of age, was traveling through the northern part of the county giving a light entertainment at the different towns. One night he stopped at the hotel of E.S. Hammond at Egg Harbor and in the morning disappeared leaving the boy in the hotel. Since that time nothing has been heard from the alleged professor and the boy is still under the care of Mr. Hammond. From our informant we learn that it is Mr. Hammond’s intention to bring a bill against the county for the care of the boy. Such being the case it would be well for our officials to look into the matter and, if possible, find out where the boy is from and have him sent to his friends. It may save the county considerable expense.


Door County Democrat, September 11, 1897

Capt. H. Erickson, of Baileys Harbor this week sold to liverymen Anderson & Son a thoroughbred registered Morgan mare. The beast is one of the finest animals ever placed in a livery stable anywhere. She is kind, gentle, and very speedy. Capt. Erickson says he has driven her between Baileys Harbor and this city in two hours and ten minutes, and as the Capt. expresses it, “without turning a hair.”


Door County Democrat, September 14, 1907

Silas Smith, better known as “Uncle Silas,” who lives at the canal, captured a live badger last week. This is the second one that has been captured at the canal within the past few years. Mr. Smith sold the animal to M.E. Lawrence who will keep it to amuse the guests at the “Cove.”


Door County News, September 14, 1917


After Sixteen Months Work Contractor Reaches Depth of 1,179 Feet.

After sixteen months of work the city well in Sawyer, sunk from one of the highest hills in that part of the city, has been completed. The well is a twelve-inch hole and depth of 1,178 feet was reached, where solid rock was encountered, after going through 90 feet of sand stone. There is every indication that the water will be exceptionally good, and sufficient to supply that section of the city. When operations ceased the water was up to within 71 feet of the surface of the ground on the hill, and 27 feet above bay level.

The contractor, F.B. Wilson of Green Bay, encountered many difficulties in sinking the well and lost money on the job. He received $4 per foot for the first $150 feet; $3 per foot for the next 350 feet, and $3.50 for the balance. The total cost of the well amounts to about $3,900.


Door County News, September 14, 1922


Work on the cement highway on the Egg Harbor road is being rushed along as rapidly as possible. Fifteen trucks have been on the job hauling cement and this week four more were added, it being found that the mixers could not be kept busy.

At the present rate of progress it is certain that the road will be finished before the cold weather sets in. The big cement mixer put on the job is capable of turning out more than 800 feet a day if it is kept busy.


Door County News, Sept. 11, 1936


Words fail the writer in attempting to express his contempt for a human being (if they are human) who will set out poison for the purport of getting rid of a dog.

Within the past few months owners of canines in one section of the city of Sturgeon Bay have had not less than ten or a dozen of their pets poisoned. In each instance strychnine was used by the poisoner, and many of the animals were caused intense suffering before they died.

Every person has a distinct privilege of liking or disliking dogs, but whether or not one likes or dislikes them does not matter, there is no excuse why a dog hater should take the law in his own hands and attempt to rid the community of his neighbor’s pet.

The state law of Wisconsin very specifically provides a penalty for dog poisoning, and The News would be pleased to learn that the local citizen, whoever he may be, had run afoul of the law and faced payment of the penalty.

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