Digging Up Door County’s Roots
After searching around the website, archives.org, I decided searching for Door County would be neat. I then went to the oldest publication the site had, and came across this book. Published in 1881, “A History of Door County, Wisconsin, Together with Biographies of Nearly Seven Hundred Families and Mention of 4,000 Peoples” was written by Chas. I. Martin, who obviously couldn’t resist giving his book the longest name possible. Right away Martin lists the families from that time, some of which are last names I recognize. He talks about the history of each town, Sturgeon Bay among them.
This picture has to be my favorite from his book. It depicts a poem written by a Washington Island man named Jesse. To me, the poem sounds like a drinking song he and his buddies sang about his “Island Home”. I don’t know why, but as a writer I find it really cool. Now I want to find other writings by Door County authors! Hey, I might even show this poem to my grandma to see if she’s heard of it. For all I know, this could be a local drinking song, or something along those lines. I urge anyone born in Door County to look up this book.