Once Upon Our Peninsula: Feb. 17, 2017

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.

                                               Weekly Expositor Independent, Feb. 18, 1881

On Thursday morning of last week, it was announced that the Treasurer’s office of Kewaunee county had been robbed of $8,000. As there were no signs of violence about the safe, and the further fact that $2,000 were left in it, the belief is that that the robbery was committed by some one connected with the Treasurer’s office. Which is doubtless correct.

                                                    Door County Democrat, Feb. 15, 1902

Capt. E.B. Graham, of Fish Creek, died Friday afternoon at the hospital in Marinette. His death was due to abcess of the brain and was rather unexpected. He had been ailing for some time and last week the abcess on his brain broke and he became unconscious and remained so until his death. There was a rather pathetic side to the fatality. The captain was the owner of the steamer Rumbull, which sunk in the Menominee river a short time ago. He had been engaged all winter in preparations to raise the craft and only succeeded last Sunday and was soon thereafter stricken with fatal illness. He was fifty-one years old and is survived by a wife and family at Fish Creek.

                                                       Door County News, Feb. 21, 1917

It will require several hundred outside pickers to help harvest the 1917 cherry crop. With the securing of these pickers comes the proposition of caring for them. The Sturgeon Bay Orchard & Nursery Co. has come to the front to help solve the problem and secure accommodations for the Y.M.C.A. boys. This concern has decided to erect a spacious dining hall at the Fair grounds, which will be headquarters for the Y.M.C.A. The structure will be 36×80 feet which will be spacious enough to accommodate many of the young pickers during meal hours. The building will be erected on a suitable site within the fair grounds and will be ready for use when the cherry season opens.

                                                       Door County News, Feb. 18, 1926

John Draeb has taken over the jewelry store in the Shimmel building formerly conducted by George Bubnik. He is having the interior remodeled and will carry a full stock of all the latest merchandise in this line as well as novelties of various kinds. Mr. Draeb has for a number of years been identified with his brother George in the jewelry business and is experienced in the wants of the public in this particular line. He is also an expert watch and clock repairer.

                                                        Door County News, Feb. 16, 1939

Otto Pelke, 38, Fish Creek – one of two men who sawed their way out of the Door county jail Monday evening, was back in custody Tuesday night, and Sheriff Walter C. Olson, his deputy Don Lavassor, and County Officer Paul Roble were running down some hot clues Wednesday noon, on the trail of the other, Clarence Engels, 28, of Green Bay.

After effecting their escape, according to Pelke, the men attempted first to steal the sheriff’s car, and then others parked along the street, finally taking the 1936 Chevrolet sedan belonging to Jim LaPage. They left the city driving at a high rate of speed and due to the icy roads hit the ditch and rolled over then near Herman Tagge’s place on County Trunk “S.” They then continued on foot. Pelke was found in a haystack on the John Helmholz farm, but his cohort had made his escape into a woods.