Once Upon Our Peninsula: News from this week’s past, Jan. 9-12

Here’s a collection of news items from defunct Door County newspapers from this week in our county’s history. 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, Jan. 9, 1874

Mr. Cochem’s team broke through the ice, near Wead’s shingle mill last Monday evening just after dark, and were rescued with difficulty.


The Expositor, Jan. 8, 1875

The side-walks are now in such a condition as to be an inducement for a man to go home sober.


The Independent, Jan. 13, 1888

A new village has sprung up within the last week extending from Horseshoe Bay to here and is located on the ice. The houses are generally white made of cotton cloth and inhabited by fishermen. Off Horseshoe Bay are two men from Lily Bay, G.C. and H.H. Rathburn, Wm. Graham and J.W. Brooks, A.J. and W. LeRoy, Hans Larson and Louis Colomb. Off here are Jay Barker, John Stillwagen and Ole Anderson. The ice is reported to be from 6 to 14 inches thick. The catch is light being mostly blue-fins.


Door County News, Jan. 12, 1922

The members of Henry S. Baird Lodge, F. & A.M., are considering the question of building a lodge room some time in the future. The matter is to be discussed at a meeting of the members this Thursday evening. It is not expected that their ambitions will be realized before several years, but it is hoped to make a beginning, if it is only to obtain a site on which to erect the proposed building. Several locations are under consideration on which prices have been submitted and it is likely that one may be selected.


Door County News, Jan. 12, 1922

Peter VanDycke of Baileys Harbor was in the city the first of the week, having come here to have his hand dressed at the Egeland hospital. Mr. VanDycke was the victim of a most peculiar mishap. He was engaged in killing a pig and supposing that the animal was dead, prepared to scald it. Getting old [sic] of its head, he was considerably surprised when the pig made a snap and bit off the end of one of his fingers. He has had the member cared for at the hospital ever since.


Door County News, Jan. 10, 1929

Exactly 69,379 more cars passed over the Sturgeon Bay toll bridge in 1928 than 1927, according to the figures given out yesterday by the Utility Commission. In 1928 there were 324,044 cars crossed the bridge, the report shows. Figuring an average of four persons to a car, the number of people to cross the bridge the past year would total 1,296,176, irregardless of the other vehicles and the pedestrians. The record made in 1928 surpasses that of 1926 which was considered an excellent year by nearly 23,000 cars.


Door County News, Jan. 12, 1939

FISH CREEK–A ski meet on Sunday, Jan. 22, and a winter sports carnival on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19, are planned by the Door County Winter Spirts club, according to announcement this week from the president, Clarence Brodd. Ski riders from all sections of the country will come to Peninsula State Park on Jan. 22 at the invitation of the club, to participate in the first large ski meet to be held in the county. Anton Martinson has been appointed as general chairman of the meet, and he has indicated that every well – known rider in this section of the country will be asked to be here.



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