By Paul Schmitt
The Door County Historical Society will be opening for the season on May 1 and a project started last fall will continue this year. The Archive staff at the museum is working to identify and photograph as many of Sturgeon Bay’s remaining corner blocks that have the old street names incised in the cement sidewalks. Assistant Curator Ginny Haen explains the confusing pre-1943 system of naming streets.
Haen says after this summer, some 75 years after the street name changes, a display of photos of named blocks with the current street names of the older homes that may still stand on the corner near them. The Door County Historical Museum is asking anyone with information on any stones with street names to contact them. You can see a picture of an existing incised sidewalk in Sturgeon Bay below
(photos compliments of Door County Historical Museum)
Frank Stroh (1872-1939) had a painting and decorating business at his home on Cottage Street (now Louisiana). Like several other businessmen, he had his name incised on the sidewalk in front of his business between the present 4th and 5th Avenues. In addition to the decorating business, Frank was the Fire Chief for 40 years. In the museum, you can visit the fire station to see three fire trucks, historical photos and displays of old firefighting equipment.