Once Upon Our Peninsula: Sept. 20-27

News from this week’s past

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 18, 1874

Republicans of Door County. Here is your county committee, the head of the party in the county. Look at them! H. Harris, J. Colignon and M. E. Lyman. One look is sufficient.

The Independent

September 15, 1887

The family of Jugde R. M. Wright have not heard from him since the 13th of May. The last time he wrote he was in Washington territory. Since that time it has been reported that he was seen in New Orleans. The family at Fish Creek are considerably worried.

Door County Democrat

September 19, 1896

The south half of what was once the “little Lake” is now completely dry. A few years ago there was sufficient water in that part of the lake to float large sized sail boats.

Door County Democrat

September 19, 1908

The fog whistle at canal has broken all previous records for continued service this week and up to Thursday had been in operation eight days and nights without a stop.

Door County News

September 18, 1919


Miss Norma Gauerke of Sevastopol is suing Walter Kiley of Green Bay for breach of promise and is asking for $15,000 damages.

Kiley is alleged to have promised to marry Miss Gauerke in September 1917. He denies the contention.

The sum for which the plaintiff sues is the highest that can be awarded in the municipal court. Miss Gauerke is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Gauerke, the former being the president of the Door County Society of Equity.

  Door County News

September 20, 1928



Free Service Calls To

Be Limited

A meeting of radio dealers of east and west SturgeonBay was held at the Harry C. Lau radio display parlor Monday evening. Every radio dealer in the city was present, 12 representatives being in attendance some firms of whom were represented by two. The purpose of the meeting was to establish a flat price for services and everyone of the ten dealers in the city agreed to the prices determined.

It was agreed that a charge of $5.00 be made for the aerial and that three free service calls be given each set sold. After the three free calls a $1,00 minimum charge will be made for each service call. It was also decided that a flat charge of 75 cents be made for recharging radio batteries at a charge of 25 cents per day for rental on batteries after the first 24 hours. No free trials will be given on tubes or batteries.

It was also decided that a flat rate of $1.25 per hour be made for radio repair work.

Radio dealers in this city complain that they have been bothered with innumerable calls from people stating that their radios were not in working condition, when the fact of the matter was that the trouble was not in the set but due to the atmospheric conditions. So numerous have been the calls that selling radios was a losing proposition. It is though that with the service charge of $1.00 it will do away with a great deal of unnecessary calls. 

Door County News

September 18, 1936




Thought to have been the victim of accidental drowning, the body of Joseph Marin, 50, was recovered from the lake above the dam at Forestville last Thursday morning.

Although unable to swim, Marin had frequently gone to the lake to bathe during the summer. Marin had roomer at the Joseph Cumber home in Forestville for some time, and members of the Cumber family stated that he had been inapparent good spirits when he left the house about 6:30 o’clock Wednesday.