Once Upon Our Peninsula: Old News May 19 – 26

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, May 21, 1875

People from the other side of the bay tell exciting stories about a ghost in Nasewaupee.

The Republican, May 21, 1891

The bear family is not yet extinct in our vicinity. One day last week Henry Gueblstorf came across one walking in the path before him. Henry determined not to enter into a dispute with him about the road so he took another direction. There was another seen at Fred Stubbent’s place. When first seen he was trotting away with a good sized pig, but upon being frightened he dropped the pig and disappeared.

Door County Democrat, May 18, 1901

The two little islands in Sawyer’s harbor, Idlewild, have been sold to Capt. James Easson, who recently took up his residence here, to remain permanently. The islands are beauty spots. They were owned by Moses L. Scudder, of New York, the sale having been made through C.M. Whiteside at a consideration of $250. The two islands combined contain a little over seven acres. A summer cottage will be erected on each island, work on the same to commence at once.

Door County News, May 20, 1920

The regular monthly meeting of the Utility Commission was held on Monday evening. Among other things it was decided to purchase a supply of coal and the best figure obtainable was $8.37 a ton delivered by boat. This is the highest price ever paid for fuel by the city that was brought here by boat.

Door County News, May 21, 1936


While there may be a few blossoms in cherry orchards in the northern part of the county and on the Lake Michigan side of the peninsula next Sunday, it was pointed out by local orchard men Monday that practically all the bloom was out last Sunday. Because of the extreme weather conditions during the winter only a few blossoms came out on the lower limbs of the trees, and there was an entire absence of bloom in many orchards.

This was the first time in the history of the cherry industry in Door county that Blossom Sunday was a complete failure and it was disappointing to many outside visitors.

No statement was available this week as to what the apple bloom might be, but it is expected trees in more favorable locations will by out by Sunday and visitors will not be deprived of seeing at least a portion of the county in bridal effect.

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