The Door County Historical Society’s next program in the Yesteryear series will be “Vintage Day” on Saturday, September 2. Vintage Day at the Heritage Village at Big Creek features the Cherryland Model A’s Car Club and an historical agriculture program. The model A’s will decorate the Village from 10-3:00 pm. Joining the Ford Model A’s will be a Studebaker “Izzer” carriage, and the Society’s first exhibit “Chenille Bedspreads.” And of course, what is a Sunday picnic without fried chicken, root beer floats and sundaes?
Model A’s represented the Ford Motor Company’s second success following the Model T’s. Prices for the Model A ranged from $385 for a roadster to $1400 for the top-of-the-line Town Car. Features included a 4-cylinder water-cooled engine that could hit around 65 mph…quite zippy for 1927! Some versions, had fuel gauges, rear-view mirrors, and an aftermarket unit that provided heat to the cab. The Model A was the first car to have a windshield made of safety glass. The Model A came in a wide variety of styles and you will be able to see styles displayed by the Cherryland A’s Car Club including a 1929 Model A pickup truck and a 1930 Model A roadster.
Besides viewing the Model A’s and the Izzer, guests may attend a program about the early days of agriculture. Bob Lohrey will share his experiences: “Farming with Horses – A Trip Down Memory Lane.” With today’s use of hi-tech agricultural methods, to find someone who still farms with horses is a treasure indeed! The memories of the old ways of farming and equipment are quickly being lost. The stories are from his experiences on his Brother Dan’s farm in Rio Creek. At this farm they continue to use horses for a major part of the field work. Much of the machinery used once belonged to their father and grandfather! Bob shares that the work is done in a “quiet and relaxing style.” Bob was born and raised on the horse-powered farm. He and his brother grew up with draft horses and “wouldn’t want it any other way!” The presentations will be given at 11 and 1:30.
On display will be the largest artifact in the Society’s collection, a Studebaker Izzer buggy with an auto seat. From 1890-1915, Izzer buggies were one of the most successful Studebaker designs, producing about 10,000 a year; they could have sold more if they had the plant capacity. The name Izzer came from the story of a farmer who wanted to buy a new horse. Fed up with the nags that were paraded before him, the farmer said, “I don’t want a Wuzzer, I want a Izzer.”
Additionally, a docent will give tours of the Hanson Norwegian Homestead on East Utah Street from 10 until noon. Guests mayexplore the nine buildings at the Heritage Village on Saturday, September 2, from 10:00 until 3:00. The Heritage Village is located at 2041 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay. Admission to the Village’s historic buildings, viewing of the Ford model A’s, Studebaker Izzer carriage, “Farming with Horses – A Trip down Memory Lane”, the “Chenille Bedspreads” exhibit, Madden Tool Museum, and blacksmith demonstrations is $6 for adults 18 years and older; no admission fee is charged for children, but donations are appreciated. Chicken dinners, ice cream floats and sundaes are available for purchase. To pre-order chicken dinners (pre-orders are not required, but are appreciated) or for further information, contact the Society at (920) 421-2332 or Director.DCHistoricalSociety@gmail.com