DOOR COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
1926 – 2016 November News
90 YEARS PRESERVING DOOR COUNTY HISTORY
Our Mission: The Door County Historical Society
strives to collect, maintain and share the history and
heritage of Door County through preservation,
education and programming.
Our Vision: We envision a Door County Historical
Society that is committed to keeping history alive for
future generations through collection, preservation
and sharing of the heritage of Door County.
By: Jay Zahn
It doesn’t seem possible, but November marks the last of this year’s monthly dinner programs. We had a great
lineup of programs and some delicious meals. Attendance increased and we learned a lot about Door County history
and history in general.
As we approach the end of the year, this is a good time to consider a gift to the Door County Historical Society for
your annual charitable giving. Maintaining our buildings at the Heritage Village and Eagle Bluff Lighthouse costs a lot.
Your gifts for the annual fund, special projects, and to the newly-established endowment fund will help preserve Door
County history long after we all have become history!
Congratulations to Linda Faust and the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse crew for a record-breaking season. Bus tours were
considerably up this year. This was the first time that we accepted credit cards for payment of admission fees. It is hard
to imagine that a facility with no electricity can process payments. I’m sure the lighthouse keepers of the past would
shake their heads in amazement!
November is our annual meeting. The meeting will begin 15 minutes early at 5:45 to elect board members and
review activities of the past year. In addition to those seeking re-election, we look forward to welcoming Bob Papke,
Mel Hendricks and Mark Kochanski as new board members. We wish Steve Berger, Glenna Stephenson and Cindy
Weber well as they leave the board and we thank them for their service!
This month’s dinner meeting will be special. We will celebrate “Musical Notes Through History” with
entertainment by James Valcq and Third Avenue Playhouse talent. Scaturo’s will cater a delicious meal to the Prince of Peace Church.
We look forward to seeing you and will soon be filling you in on our winter and dinner programming plans.
Membership, Donation, and
Volunteer Interest Form
I am committed to keep history alive for
future generations through the collection,
preservation and sharing of Door County
State, Zip: ____________________________
Membership Levels (Circle One)
Family (one household: two adults
& children ages 17 & under) $40
Business or Organization $75
Nonprofit Organization $25
Individual Life Membership ($200 is
placed in the Endowment Fund) $250
Donation—Annual Fund $_________
___ Volunteer: Please contact me about
The Door County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3)
charitable organization; your gifts are tax deductible!
P. O. Box 71, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Thoughts from the Director…A Season of Thanksgiving
By: Trudy Herbst
Each encounter with the amazing volunteers and staff is invigorating. Their enthusiasm for the Heritage Village
and Eagle Bluff Lighthouse keeps me driven to give my best effort. How empty this organization would be without their
leadership! During the past months I have tried to recognize each committee and group for their contributions and this
month is no different. A friend once said, “A nonprofit organization can never reach its full potential without a caring
staff and a cadre of volunteers empowered to fulfill its mission.” As our membership grows, so does the volunteer roll
and I hope that they feel empowerment.
My right hand and cheerleader at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse is Linda Faust. Her enthusiasm is catchy; just listen to the
Eagle Bluff staff and their desire to make the tours better and improve the lighthouse facilities. On the home fronts are
Linda’s husband Mark and my husband Jay; they get drafted for lots of “behind the scenes” tasks that never make a list.
Two more behind the scenes people are volunteers Jackie Bagley and Jean Cookle. Every Monday for five months,
Jackie comes into the office and types, tallies Econo receipts, files, goes to the post office, empties trash, prepares
nametags for the monthly meetings, etc. On Tuesdays throughout the year, Jean performs all the payable, receivables,
balances the checkbook, and provides monthly reports.
Without the Heritage Village docents, blacksmiths and tool museum construction crew, the Village would not be
open for tours and looking its very best. Whether sweeping flies out of the Schopf House or the privies, or engaging
guests in the Village stories, they greet everyone with warm smiles and quickly tuck a dust rag in their aprons.
Such incredible volunteers and staff; they show up week after week, month after month with little or no direction
and accomplish amazing things! I am very grateful for your service! Happy Thanksgiving!
Board of Directors
Joe St. Dennis
Personnel & Finance Committee
Hanson Norwegian Homestead
Sons of Norway Ladies
Marketing & Publicity
Jerry & Nan Krause
Joe St. Dennis
Nan & Jerry Krause
Pam & Don Richmond
Madden Tool Museum
Mike & Barb Madden
Pat & Joann Madden
Steve & Teri Madden
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse
By: Linda Faust, Manager
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Museum closed for the 2016 season on October 21. Our amazing Eagle Bluff staff provided
guided tours for 14,267 guests. Although this season was two weeks shorter than the 2015 season, we managed
to come out ahead of last year’s attendance. This season we hosted 91 bus groups compared to 63 last year.
As we get into the month of November, many of us start to reflect on all our thanksgiving. With the closing of
the lighthouse for the 2016 season, I have finally had some time to do just that. Let me start by saying I am very grateful
for all the wonderful people that I get to work with at Eagle Bluff and the Door County Historical Society office.
Trudy has been so inspirational. I can’t say enough how I appreciate all the time, training, guidance, support,
patience, and kindness that she has shown me. She is such an excellent role model for all of us who get to work with
The Eagle Bluff staff is truly remarkable. It has been such a blessing to work with people that share the same
passion as I do for the lighthouse. I am so thankful and appreciative of their extraordinary dedication and hard work
that they have displayed throughout the entire season. They are always willing to go above and beyond their job expectations.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve the Door County Historical Society as manager of the Eagle
Bluff Lighthouse Museum. It has been a very busy, but rewarding experience for me. We had a very successful 2016
season at Eagle Bluff, but I am looking forward to a better one in 2017. Thank you for your continual support of the
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse!
Meet the Board of Director Nominees…Elect eight for two-year terms
Jean Cookle is a fifth generation Door County native. Even though she has lived here all of her life, Jean still enjoys
learning new things about the county so that is why she joined the society. She currently works at the Sevastopol
School District as an administrative secretary. Sevastopol School has a rich heritage, as it was one of the first
consolidated schools in Wisconsin. Jean’s other work experience includes the City of Sturgeon Bay and the Door County
YMCA. Jean has been happily married to Kevin for 31 years, and they have two children and two grandchildren. They
both enjoy classic cars and showing their 1969 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible. She has a passion for history and
recently began researching ancestors. In January, Jean began volunteering as the society’s bookkeeper.
Lyman Elliott was born in Elkhorn and schooled at Root River School in Franklin, one of the last one-room school
houses. He graduated from Franklin High School – the first class from the new school and studied various courses at
Milwaukee Technical College. Lyman worked at Allis Chalmers Tractor Shop, the “original” Schlitz Container Plant, and
American Hardware and Millwork as a delivery truck driver. He is presently the proprietor of “Elliott’s Mercantile” on
Jefferson Street, Sturgeon Bay. Lyman began Civil War re-enacting in 1982. Primarily, he tries to re-create the lifestyle
of a regular army artilleryman with the 4th US Army, Company A, Cushing’s Battery. Lyman visited many historical sites
and battle fields. Civil War history and lifestyle are his passions.
Patricia Elliott was born and raised in West Allis. Her love for Door County started when her husband brought her
here 20 years ago. However her love for historic places stems from childhood. Her mother’s family lived in the country
on a historic farmstead and visited places like Old World Wisconsin frequently. Although aware that life 100 years ago
was harder, she still feels that it was a simpler life that had many family benefits. Paddy works full time for N.E.W.
Industries as a Quality Analyst and she and her husband run a small shop on Jefferson St. in Sturgeon Bay. Her mother
and grandmother were very much involved in handiwork; she enjoys, spinning wool and making felted hats and
mittens. Paddy is part of the Door County Arachne Spinners and local knitting groups, which keep her grounded in the
community, much like social events were back in the 1800s.
Mark Kochanski is a resident of the Town of Jacksonport. Mark grew up in Historic Greendale Wisconsin which
was one the three government sponsored “greenbelt” communities built during the Great Depression as part of the
Resettlement Administration under Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration. Mark is a graduate of the University of
Wisconsin Madison and is currently a Vice President at BMO Harris Bank. Mark has served and on the Racine
Renaissance School Board and the Risk Management Association, and has been an active member of the Turn Around
Management Association and the UW- Real Estate Club. Mark enjoys spending time with his wife and three young
Mel Henrichs grew up on a farm near Ripon, Wisconsin, and received his first seven years of education in oneroom
schools. Following graduation from UWSP and a denominational seminary in the Chicago area, Mel pastored
United Methodist churches in various places around Wisconsin for 39 years. The final six years were spent at the
Methodist churches in Sturgeon Bay and Jacksonport, before his retirement in 2009. Soon after retirement, he was
recruited by Al Briggs to join the village blacksmiths, and has spent seven summers making noise in the shop. In
addition, Mel enjoys playing the mountain dulcimer. He has volunteered with various non-profits since retirement,
including Habitat and United Way. He and his wife, Ruthi, have five children and five grandchildren and enjoy travelling
in their mini-RV.
Tom Mather and his wife, Mary, moved to Door County about eight years ago. Tom and Mary own the Tornado
Tavern Gallery in Brussels off Highway 57. Tom also operates a Substance Abuse Clinic in Sturgeon Bay located in the
Starr Building. Tom participates in a number of local nonprofits and as a director in several of them. Tom enjoys
working with groups and prefers the collaborative process for solving problems. Tom joined the DCHS board one year
ago and presently is the chair of the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Committee. Tom became interested in world history during
his college years, which led to participating in living history events. Tom initially focused on the late colonial period just
prior to the War of Independence. Later, after marrying Mary, a fellow re-enactor, he moved to the American Fur Trade
era. Tom frequently demonstrates knapping but doesn’t see himself as a knapper, but as a historian who knapps.
Bob Papke is a resident of the Town of Sevastopol. Bob was born and raised in Sturgeon Bay and is a graduate of
Sturgeon Bay High School, veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a graduate of NWTC. Bob has two adult children and two
grandchildren. Bob is a partner with his daughter Amber in Pine Crest Village Assisted Living. In the past, he was a
former manager at Marine Travelift, County Clerk/Administrator Coordinator, and former Sturgeon Bay Police Officer. In
addition Bob is the youngest person to win election to the County Board at the age of 24. He has been involved with
several community activities, including: Bayside Cemetery Board of Trustees, Door County Economic Development
Corp., Wisconsin Judicial Commission, Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church Trustee, and Highway Safety Commission.
Nyla Small, a Door County native, has lived in DC for all but about 12 years of her life. She was raised in Ellison
Bay, where her parents owned the Viking Grill and were the founders of the Viking Fish Boil in the early 1960s. She has
worked as a hair dresser, an office administrator of Bay View Lutheran Church and, since 2010, is an assistant curator at
the Door County Historical Museum and Archives. Volunteer positions include: Sunday school teaching, Girl Scout
leader and board member of the Lac Baie Girl Scout Council, Friends of the Door County Historical Museum and
Archives since 1984, helping with displays etc., a life member of the Door County Hospital Auxiliary where she was
manager and buyer of the gift shop for about 10 years and helps with the House and Garden walk each year. Her
interests include spending time with family, researching family history and recording it for the future, golfing,
decorative painting, knitting and doing Norwegian hardanger.
DOOR COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWS NOVEMBER 2016
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DATE & TIME: November 28. Please plan to arrive early to check in; the Annual Meeting begins at 5:45; dinner will be
served at 6 PM.
PROGRAM: “Musical Notes through History” will be presented by James Valcq and Third Avenue Playhouse.
BUFFET DINNER: Catered by Scaturo’s Baking Co.: Tossed Garden Salad, Baked Chicken, Stuffed Shells, Mashed
Potatoes, Gravy, Bread & Butter; Dessert – Cookies & Bars ; Beverages – Water, Iced Tea & Coffee
LOCATION: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1756 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay; parking lot on 18th Avenue
Trudy Herbst (920) 421-2332
President: Jay Zahn (920) 743-4327
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Manager:
Linda Faust (920) 421-3636
Celebrate Your Lasting Legacy
Celebrate our 90th year of preserving Door County history! 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. Please consider a legacy gift through your
estate or mail your donation to DC Historical Society Endowment Fund, P. O. Box 71, Sturgeon Bay WI 54235-0071.
Welcome New Members:
Charles & Rita Doyle—Glen Ellyn, IL
Your Name Here!!
Jim Birger—Egg Harbor
Karen Cowan—Green Bay
Janet Thomasser—Sierra Madre, CA
Heritage Village at Big Creek (HV), 2041 Michigan—Closed for the season; Madden Tool Museum
Construction—Thurs. 8-3:00 as weather permits
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse (EB), Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek—Closed for the season
Hanson Norwegian Homestead (HNH), Utah Street, Open by advance appointment.
11/28 Mon. 5:45 Annual Meeting & “Musical Notes Through History” at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church catered by
Scaturo’s Baking Co. & Café. Please note the earlier start time: annual meeting 5:45, dinner 6:00.
Need a Ride or Give a Ride!
Are you no longer able to drive? Please call George Evenson (920) 495-0639 or Trudy at (920) 421-2332 if you need a
ride or are willing to provide a ride to our members for any of our programs!
Society’s Peninsula Publications
Do you have copies of the Society’s publications “Peninsula?” We have copies from 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963,
1969 and originals from 2003, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, and 2008-2009. If you would like to either let us
borrow your copies (to make copies) or if you are willing to donate copies, please call Trudy at (920) 421-2332.
Would you like to receive the newsletter at your winter home? Just send us your winter address and we will gladly
send you our newsletter while you are away.