By: Jay Zahn
Here it is August already! Where is our summer going? I’m sure many of you can relate, as we get older, the time flies. We had another good crowd for our July dinner meeting. Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief Tim Dietman did a fine job of telling us the history of the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department. We sure are lucky to live in this day and age when you look at the equipment that they used in the 1800s and early 1900s. Once again, we had a program topic’s granddaughter in the audience, the first Fire Chief Frank Stroh, Marian Schlise. It was neat to meet in the former fire station where much of the history of the department occurred.
Be sure to check out the schedule for the Historic Village this month. We look forward to the Wisconsin State Historical Society’s exhibit “Wisconsin’s John Muir” that will be on display. We are fortunate to be chosen to host this outstanding exhibit. Look for further details on the calendar and in news releases.
This month’s meeting will be “Warriors of the Storm—History of the U.S. Life Saving Service” by USCG Captain Robert Desh, retired. Bob has a wealth of maritime knowledge and is a popular program speaker. Please note that the venue has changed from the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club to the Lodge at Leathem Smith.
Another Historic Tavern Tour is scheduled for September 24. Those who attended the first one had a great time. The bus fills up fast so sign up early, before the public is invited to attend. And, you will learn some Door County history, too. As always things are still busy at the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. Be sure to take advantage of your membership to make a visit there before the summer is over.
I hope to meet our newest members and greet our old members at one of our upcoming events! How does the song go? “Make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver and the other’s gold!”
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
By: Linda Faust, Manager
What’s new at the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse? I often hear comments that changes do not take place at the lighthouse. Well, they may be right. We still don’t have electricity or running water, but continue to follow the traditions of providing quality tours, sharing the stories of the Duclon family, and helping to support the DCHS. These are proud traditions the Museum has been keeping for the last 53 years.
Our dedicated Eagle Bluff staff provides tours seven days a week from 10:00-3:30 rain or shine. By the end of July, about 6000 guests toured our museum, including 39 bus tours for 39 (as compared to 22 last year) and 32 trolley tours. Attendance for 2016 continues to exceed last year.
DCHS members are encouraged to tour Eagle Bluff free of charge by presenting your membership card. Also, please mark your calendars for September 30th, October 1st, 7th, and 8th with Twilight Tours, Tunes & Tales, special evening tours. The tours run from 6:30 until 8:00 and in the past have been quite popular. Please spread the word! I am quite surprised by how few Society members and the local community have never visited the lighthouse. If you love history, you would really enjoy this tour! Hope to see you soon!
Thoughts from the Director…Whew!
By: Trudy Herbst
The programming efforts are paying off at the Heritage Village and the volunteers continue to step up to the plate with many new members joining the volunteer ranks. First of all, the open hours have almost doubled from 14 to 27 weekly; the Village is now open from 10-3 Tues. through Sat. and Sun. from 1-3 (closed Mon.). The Blacksmiths are giving three weekly demonstrations instead of two. July saw two special events: the Root Beer Festival, sponsored by Sprecher Root Beer and Main Street Market, and Belgian Heritage Day, sponsored by Tadych Econo Foods. Events are not only increased sources of revenue, but also an opportunity to share the story with guests. The image is from Laundry Day.
The Program Committee planned two Sunday afternoon programs in the Collins Learning Center at 2:00 pm, both feature presentations by long time members of the Historical Society. On August 14, Virginia Feld Johnson will tell us about “A Home for Amelia,” the story of her Great-grandmother, Amelia Baumann Haucke, who came from the Kingdom of Saxony, Germany, to settle in Maplewood in 1853. On August 21, Marlene will give an engaging presentation on the “Life of Peter Custis.” Peter was the first black citizen of Sturgeon Bay and had an interesting life: born into slavery, a slave for the Confederacy during the Civil War, a servant for the Union, possible employment by Abraham Lincoln, and his migration to Wisconsin.
For three years, Michaela Kraft has volunteered and worked at the Heritage Village as a docent and as Miss Greene. Michaela represents the best of a history-loving young person—caring for the buildings and artifacts and sharing the Village stories a few days each week. We wish Michaela well as she begins her studies at UW Stevens Point, majoring in Arts Administration and Drama, with a minor in History!
The Village has a new exciting artifact—a Studebaker Carriage in the Peterson Granery; if you haven’t visited for awhile, come see what is new!
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Welcome, New Members!
Sandie Ott—Sturgeon Bay
Mike & Dorothy Dybas
Stan & Sandra Johnson—Sturgeon Bay
Jill & Tom Herlache—Sturgeon Bay
Don & Pam Richmond—Sturgeon Bay
Jonathan & Cindy Wargo—Sturgeon Bay
Linda Nicholsen—Sturgeon Bay
Bernice Tiesling Ehlers—Sturgeon Bay
Charlene Viste—Sturgeon Bay
By DCHS Member Jean Smejkal
Who was Grandma Catherine Jordan? Let me introduce my Grandma Jordan to you; she was the third child of Peter Joseph Simon. Peter Joseph was the man that suggested the name “Sevastopol” for their township. They were some of the early pioneers that came to Door County. She was only five years old when they arrived with their oxen and cart full of possessions in March of 1856 on the old steamer Ogontz. Later in life she married Lothar Jordan in November of 1870. Great-grandpa Peter Joseph Simon gave them 40 acres of land for a wedding gift. This land is located on what is now Ripp Road, where they farmed, built their barn and home with the cellar I shall never forget.
Grandma’s Supermarket of Yesteryear
A Visit to Grandma and Grandpa Jordan’s House and Tour of Their Cellar
Being a young inquisitive little girl of six, I would accompany Grandma when she made a trip to the cellar before preparing a meal. That cellar is a scene that I shall never forget; seeing the many shelves laden with all sizes of containers; blue mason jars sealed with rubber gaskets and tightly screwed on lids; some filled with tantalizing red ripe raspberries, others filled with mouth-watering apple sauce stored so neatly in rows just waiting a turn to be selected for the dinner table. The many jars of red ripe tomatoes so plump and juicy, a fruit she used in preparation of the many soups and casseroles she made.
Observing the next shelf down we find her large assortment of smaller jars of jams and jellies; cherry so tart, tasty strawberry, the distinctive tang of rhubarb and wild blackberry, surely a treat to spread on a slice of Grandma’s home-made bread. Resting next on the shelf we find a collection of bottles of her home-made dandelion wine which she served only on special occasions. Next to the wine on that shelf, we find a large air tight container, filled with the winter’s supply of dry navy beans for baking.
Crocks too large for the shelves dominated space on the floor. These crocks were filled with summer’s bounty including a 20-gallon crock filled with shredded cabbage becomes aromatic sauerkraut. After she removed the amount of kraut needed for a meal, she replaced the porcelain plate on top of the remaining kraut, then replaced the field stone on top of the plate, and finally covered it with a clean white dish towel. We must not dismiss summer’s generous bounty of cucumbers and dill now being preserved in brine, the pungent odor of these dill pickles filling the room. This crock was also covered in the same manner as the kraut. Next to the pickles, came a large crock of salt pork; when Grandma removed the large piece of salt pork out from that crock it was all white, covered with salt which had to be rinsed off with water before using. Lastly, also located on the floor, was a large crock of rendered lard, which Grandma used in her baking. Everything was kept neatly covered.
Two large bags filled with dried onions hung from the ceiling in the cellar. The winter supply of apples was stored in hogsheads (a large cask or barrel), as was the winter cache of potatoes. The hogsheads were hand made by Grandpa Jordan. He was a cooper by trade back in Germany before he came to America in 1869 and became a farmer. A cooper learns to cut the tree trunk so that the rays remain unbroken thus making liquid-tight staves.
Grandma’s cellar was truly a good example of the early pioneer supermarket. I shall never forget the awe-inspiring site as long as I live; I am now 86 years old.
On a visit to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, we were always treated to her special home-made German Crackling cookies. She always kept a large jar of them in her cupboard. They were really large cookies and I will never forget them; they were oh so good. The following is the recipe for her cookies, revised for us and our measuring cups, spoons and evens.
Crackling Cookies Ingredients: 2 cups brown sugar, 2 cups flour, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 2 teaspoons soda, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ½ cup milk, ½ ground raisins and a pinch of mace. Mix cracklings, brown sugar and eggs stir well. Mix flour, spices, soda and baking powder together and then add this mixture alternately with milk to the crackling mixture. Drop by a large spoonful on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until done.
Let’s Tip our Hats to our Volunteers
Root Beer Festival
Ginnie & Norm Johnson
Jerry & Nan Krause
Tom Mather & Mary Silver
Joe St. Dennis
In the Village
Nan & Jerry Krause
Mike, Pat, & Steve Madden
Carol Jensen & Rolf Olson
Joe St. Dennis
David Ward & Crew
Belgian Pie Making
Belgian Heritage Day
Bill & Cheryl Chaudoir
Barb Englebert Chisholm
Mike & Barb Madden
Joe St. Dennis
Sewing & Quilting
Please join our growing list of 2016 Program Sponsors:
Eddy & Mary Lou Allen
Linda Bliss—Bliss Charities
Mary & Ronn Gilbert
Trudy & Jay Herbst
Pete & Jelaine Horton
Main Street Market
Tony & Barbara Schmeltz
Sprecher Root Beer
Tadych’s Econo Foods
There’s a Tavern in the Town—Saturday, September 24
Back by popular demand! Each rural crossroads had three things in common: a church, a school and a tavern. Within a stone’s throw, you could get education, salvation, and…damnation! We will board a luxury coach provided by Babler Bus for a narrated tour of Door County’s historic taverns. We will stop at five old time saloons, explore Wisconsin’s tavern history as featured in author Jim Draeger’s “Bottom’s Up!” and have a wonderful lunch, too.
This is a history mystery tour; you’ll be surprised by the stories of the places you visit as well as those that we drive past. The bus departs from the Crossroads parking lot at 10:00 am and will return about 3:00 pm. Guests will enjoy a family style baked chicken and ham luncheon with mashed potatoes, coleslaw, salad, dressing, bread, coffee and dessert. You will have two beverage tickets for sampling. Register today; seating is limited! Be aware that these are historic buildings and most have stair access. Member fee is $60; guest fee is $65.
Wisconsin’s John Muir
In celebration of the National Parks Service Centennial, join us to kick off the first exhibit to be hosted by the DCHS: Wisconsin Historical Society’s “Wisconsin’s John Muir” on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 7:00 pm. The local presentation is a collaboration with DCHS, Crossroads at Big Creek and Door County Library. The exhibit will begin at the Heritage Vil-lage’s Vignes School and finish at the lower level of the Collins Learning Center, and will be open from Aug. 30 through Sept.11 during the Heritage Village hours. Activities include a book discussion on Sept. 1 at 2:00 in the Collins Learning Center, the opening reception and an illustrated talk about John Muir, one of the nation’s most important environ-mental activists and writers on Sunday, September 11 in the Collins Learning Center at 2:00. A limited supply of John Muir’s “Boyhood & Youth” are available at the Door County Library.
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The Door County Historical Society Endowment Fund invests in keeping history alive for future generations. Your donation today secures the Society’s tomorrow. Endowment funds are held with the Door County Community Foundation. Mail your donation to DC Historical Society Endowment Fund, P. O. Box 71, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235.
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DATE & TIME: August 22, 6 PM. Please plan to arrive early, as dinner will be served at 6 PM.
PROGRAM: “Warriors of the Storm—History of the U.S. Life Saving Service” The regulations say you have to go out, they don’t say anything about coming back.” The selfless service of the men of the U.S. Life-Saving Service is truly the thing of legend. Join USCG Captain Bob Desh (retired), former Executive Director of the Door County Maritime Museum, as he explores the history of these “storm warriors” from the fits and starts of the Service’s birth in the 1850s to its merging with the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service to form the Coast Guard in 1915.
FAMILY STYLE DINNER: Broasted chicken and beef stroganoff, garlic mashed potatoes, cole slaw, fresh vegetables, dessert bars, rolls, butter and coffee. VEGETARIAN OPTION: Triple Layer Vegetarian Lasagna
LOCATION: Lodge at Leathem Smith Banquet Room (please note change of venue), 1640 Memorial Drive, Sturgeon Bay.
Trudy Herbst (920) 421-2332
President: Jay Zahn (920) 743-4327
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Site Manager:
Linda Faust (920) 421-3636
Program Activities & Monthly Dinner Programs
Heritage Village at Big Creek (HV), 2041 Michigan—Village Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-3:00 & Sundays 1-3:00;
Blacksmith Demonstrations: Tues., Wed., & Thurs. 1-3:00; Madden Tool Museum Construction—Thurs. 9-3
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse (EB), Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek—Open Daily 10-4:00; last tour 3:30
Hanson Norwegian Homestead (HNH), Utah Street, Open on 8/6 2-4:00, and by advance appointment
Collins Learning Center (CLC), Crossroads at Big Creek
8/1 Mon. 9:00 Book distribution at Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay: John Muir’s “The Story of My Boyhood & Youth”
for the book discussion to be held on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 2 pm at CLC.
8/3, 16, 23 1-3:00 HV Children of all ages will join the schoolmarm and learn to read, write script and cipher.
8/6 Norfesk by Sons of Norway at Bayview Lutheran Church
8/10, 24 1-3:00 HV Meet Grandma Warren in the farmhouse built just after the Civil War. Then visit the neighbors at the Schopf
House and Madden Tool Museum.
8/2, 9, 17, 24 1-3:00 HV Meet the Greene General Store keeper, see 1890s merchandise, shop for penny candy, and learn about
new inventions. Explore the Heritage Garden and see what is growing.
8/14 Sun. 2:00 CLC “A Home for Amelia” by Virginia Feld Johnson
8/21 Sun. 2:00 CLC “Peter Custis, the first black citizen of Sturgeon Bay” by Marlene Allen
8/22 Mon. 6:00 Dinner Program “Warriors of the Storm—History of the U.S. Life Saving Service” by Capt. Robert Desh, USCG
retired, at Lodge at Leathem Smith Lodge; reservation deadline 8/15
8/30 Tues. 7:00 HV & CLC Member’s Only—Exhibit Opening: “Wisconsin’s John Muir”
9/1 Thurs. 2:00 CLC Book Discussion: John Muir’s “The Story of My Boyhood & Youth” Registration at Door County Library
in Sturgeon Bay
9/4 Sun. 11-3:00 HV Cherryland A’s—Model A Ford Club & Farm Engines; Chicken Dinner & Ice Cream Social
9/11 Sun. 2:00 CLC “John Muir Illustrated” by curator Michael Edmonds of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Exhibit closes.