By Paul Schmitt
The only Door County man ever elected to Congress will be featured at a presentation next Saturday in Sturgeon Bay. Edward S. Minor served in the Wisconsin Assembly and State Senate in the late 1800’s. Joe Knaapen, a member of the Door County Historical Society, will be in character and costume as Minor during the Civil War in the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry and his time in Congress. Knaapen, who was editor of the Door County Advocate for many years where he learned about the Civil War while compiling the Traveling Back section, shares some of the more interesting history that will be at the presentation.
Knaapen, who also does civil war reenactments, will be presenting “Congressman Minor” at 1 pm Saturday, August 25 at Vignes School in the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.
(Photo submitted) Retired newspaper reporter Joe Knaapen portrays Edward S. Minor, the only Door County man ever elected to Congress. As Minor, he greets visitors on a tour of historic homes at house Minor built in 1885. Minor’s wife bequeathed the home to the Christian Science church upon her death. The church remains active.