space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Niagara Comes Up Short Against West DePere in Tournament Championship
* Hunt, Trap, Spear Deadline Is Aug.1
* Predators Fall to Redbirds, Take Two from Tri-Cities
* Marinette Struggles, Holds Off Oconto
* Predators Win Double Header Over Crivitz

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Tales from the old-timer

Peshtigo Harbor

By Jane Thibodeau Martin,

daughter of the Old-Timer



**********



Peshtigo Harbor is a marshy area where the Peshtigo River empties into Green Bay. Years ago, it was accessible to cars via a rickety wooden bridge across a drainage canal, but now, to visit the ghosts of Peshtigo Harbor, you need a boat -because the bridge is gone. The wildlife enjoys peace, and the area looks much like it probably did more than a century ago.

Long ago, a small community was sited here. In the 60’s there were still visible remnants of that village, including the pilings where docks were located on the river, a few dilapidated buildings and a single remaining uninhabited home. There were a few wooden commercial fishing tugs still using the docks early on, but finally only one old wooden tug was left abandoned and continually tethered to the shore.

My parents don’t live far from the Harbor, and it was a frequent playground for our family when I was young. Some years there’d be low water and good beaches, some years the water would be so high it would intrude into the shoreline vegetation. When that happened, we would search for the items the water threw up for us to find among the brush. In those days there was no formal garbage collection, and we found old bottles and metal fragments, the trash of the settlers. The family dog would enjoy his freedom, and we’d clamber onto the old wooden fishing tug and explore it.

I have searched my memory repeatedly and can’t remember the name on bow and stern of that tug, although at one time it was as familiar as the name of our road. We’d clamber inside and out, marveling at the utilitarian design. Those old wooden tugs sat seemingly high over the water with a long front end decked over and a slightly higher pilothouse at the stern. From a distance they had the shape of a high-top work boot, and were just as practical. No foolishness like fancy paint or luxury fixtures. The open stern and opening side ports allowed for the manual setting and hauling of fishing nets. Backbreaking, dangerous work - commercial fishing is still very dangerous, but imagine those days with no way to call for help - no survival suits - no rescue helicopters.

Finally one day when I was maybe ten years old (in the mid to late sixties) we heard the old tug was to be hauled out into the bay and sunk. We made what we thought would be our final trip to see her and as I looked out the windshield of the tug from the wheel, I noticed for the very first time a silver horseshoe, nailed up above the pilothouse window. It was properly hung, like a “U” to hold the luck. I imagined the fisherman looking at that horseshoe and uttering a prayer as well, as he fought a sudden storm, watched ice building on his deck in the late fall, or struggled to find his way back to the harbor on a dark and windy night. I wanted it before the tug was sunk, but we had no tool to remove it. So sneaking a screwdriver with me, I begged to go back to the harbor again later in the week - to take the horseshoe.

A bit of vandalism it would have been, or outright theft, but I thought no one knew the horseshoe was there, or cared about it, and I wanted it as a keepsake of the old ship. Alas, when we returned after supper a few nights later with my tool, the tug was gone, for good. The spot along the pilings was empty.

I hope the story that she was deliberately scuttled in the bay is true. It would have been tragic for this workhorse of the water to have been burned on shore. Somewhere, at the bottom of the bay, I like to picture her sheltering fish in a sort of “payback” for the harvest she helped her fisherman gather for years. And up above the windshield, still holding up luck, is the horseshoe. The only more fitting place for that horseshoe would have been with the family of the hardworking fisherman who hung it there.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
07-22-2015Sports
Niagara Comes Up Short Against West DePere in Tournament Championship

07-22-2015Sports
Hunt, Trap, Spear Deadline Is Aug.1

07-22-2015Sports
Predators Fall to Redbirds, Take Two from Tri-Cities

07-22-2015Sports
Marinette Struggles, Holds Off Oconto

07-22-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

07-22-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

07-22-2015Obituaries
Josephine E. Wood

07-22-2015Obituaries
Ronald Thome

07-22-2015Obituaries
Howard R. Stillman

07-22-2015Obituaries
Raymond J. Smith

07-22-2015Obituaries
Dorothy A. Revall

07-22-2015Obituaries
James P. Powell

07-22-2015Obituaries
Jerome Engebos

07-22-2015Obituaries
Clara M. Gibson

07-22-2015Obituaries
Mary J. Delfosse

07-22-2015Obituaries
Kathryn M. Gauthier

07-22-2015Obituaries
Lyla Perkins

07-22-2015Obituaries
Julie A. Bayerl

07-22-2015Obituaries
Raeburn Williams

07-22-2015Obituaries
Carolyn G. Wiandt

07-22-2015Obituaries
Jon Joseph Nielson

07-22-2015Obituaries
Alvin C. Krueger

07-22-2015Obituaries
Laurine Klaver

07-22-2015Obituaries
Stefanie Kanack

07-22-2015Obituaries
Helen L. Johnson

07-22-2015Obituaries
Raymond F. Clements

07-22-2015Obituaries
John H. Bertoldi

07-22-2015Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Fire Department Fundraiser Picnic July 25

07-22-2015Community - Wausaukee
Dessert Walk at Wagner Picnic

07-22-2015Community - Wausaukee
Benefit Bake Sale at Wausaukee

07-22-2015Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Activities Code Meeting, Talk on Nutrition

07-22-2015Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Weekly Movies in Park

07-22-2015Community - Crivitz
Ride for Rescue at Crivitz July 25

07-22-2015Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Parish Picnic Aug. 9

07-22-2015Community - Crivitz
Big Loomis Legion Fun Day July 25

07-22-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman 1970 Reunion Aug. 22

07-22-2015Community - Coleman
List Winners in Coleman Fireman’s Picnic Activities

07-22-2015Community - Coleman
Library Program Picnic July 28

07-22-2015Community - Coleman
275 Students Attend Coleman Summer Classes

07-22-2015News
St. Mary Festival at Badger Park Aug. 2

07-22-2015News
Seek Volunteers To Take Donations

07-22-2015News
Polar Plunge at Badger Park July 25

07-22-2015News
Lake Noquebay Topic of Meeting

07-22-2015Front Page
Wausaukee School District Receives New Outdoor Sign

07-22-2015Front Page
Dedicate Korean War Memorial At Peshtigo Cemetery July 27

07-22-2015Front Page
Marinette School Board to Negotiate Land with City

07-22-2015Front Page
Peshtigo Board Okays Referendum for New School

07-22-2015Front Page
Hundreds Watch Launch Of LCS Little Rock At Marinette

07-15-2015Sports
Predators Win Double Header Over Crivitz

07-15-2015Sports
UPIR Blast From the Past July 18

07-15-2015Sports
Marinette Boys Win Two; Eliminated by Dodgeville

07-15-2015Sports
Peshtigo Girls Fight Their Way to Championship Game in Allouez

07-15-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

07-15-2015Perspectives
From our readers

07-15-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

07-15-2015Obituaries
Caroline Zahn-Henningsen

07-15-2015Obituaries
Jeanine C. Wojakowski

07-15-2015Obituaries
Davis G. Whittier

07-15-2015Obituaries
Andrea Stevenson

07-15-2015Obituaries
Darryl C. St. John

07-15-2015Obituaries
G. Ross Popkey

07-15-2015Obituaries
Henry P. Paque

07-15-2015Obituaries
Raymond L. Outcelt

07-15-2015Obituaries
Marlene R. McGowan

07-15-2015Obituaries
Robert Johnson

07-15-2015Obituaries
Helen L. Johnson

07-15-2015Obituaries
Marlene E. Hansen

07-15-2015Obituaries
Kathryn M. Gauthier

07-15-2015Obituaries
Jennifer M. Brabant

07-15-2015Obituaries
Dale R. Witak

07-15-2015Obituaries
Karin C. Wanholm

07-15-2015Obituaries
Joyce H. Timm-Witthuhn

07-15-2015Obituaries
Robert D. Spencer

07-15-2015Obituaries
Ann R. Ruus

07-15-2015Obituaries
Joseph V. Ruatti

07-15-2015Obituaries
LaVonne C. Pagel

07-15-2015Obituaries
Jon J. Nielson

07-15-2015Obituaries
Nevaeh M. Moore

07-15-2015Obituaries
Marie E. Miller

07-15-2015Obituaries
Judith A. Mason 

07-15-2015Obituaries
Louis C. Hellermann

07-15-2015Obituaries
Dardanella A. Gremban

07-15-2015Obituaries
Dominic C. Godfrey

07-15-2015Obituaries
Myron L. Erickson

07-15-2015Obituaries
John G. Ellison

07-15-2015Obituaries
Roger Devroy

07-15-2015Obituaries
Lucille Carroll-Skarban

07-15-2015Obituaries
Audrey D. Busch

07-15-2015Community - Wausaukee
10 Wausaukee Students, 2 Teachers Help Build School in Ecuador

07-15-2015Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Fire Dept. Big Fundraiser Picnic July 25

07-15-2015Community - Wausaukee
Dessert Walk at Wagner Picnic

07-15-2015Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff Fire Rescue Picnic, Parade is Aug. 8

07-15-2015Community - Crivitz
Lake Noquebay Topic of Historical Society Meeting

07-15-2015Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Legion Gun, Knife Show Aug. 1

07-15-2015Community - Crivitz
Stephenson Acts On Bids, Driveway Plowing, Parking

07-15-2015Community - Crivitz
Big Loomis Legion Fun Day July 25

07-15-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman Area Firemen’s Parade, Picnic July 17

07-15-2015Community - Coleman
Over 200 Entries In Village of Pound Car Show

07-15-2015Community - Coleman
Children, Adult VBS at Coleman

07-15-2015Community - Coleman
Brazeau Emergency Services Fundraiser/Picnic July 25th

07-15-2015Front Page
Navy Secretary To Attend Launch Of USS Little Rock

07-15-2015Front Page
Armstrong Creek Polish Heritage Days July 24-26

07-15-2015Front Page
Peshtigo Polar Plunge in Park July 25th

07-15-2015Front Page
Marinette Logging Fest Huge Success

07-15-2015Front Page
Peshtigo School Okays Tentative 2015-16 Budget

07-08-2015Sports
Friends of Mike Golf Outing at Little River CC July 31

07-08-2015Sports
Rules Changes Approved for High School Baseball, Softball

07-08-2015Sports
Legion Baseball

07-08-2015Sports
Osterberg K's 11 in Shutout

07-08-2015Perspectives
Country Cousin

07-08-2015Perspectives
From our readers

07-08-2015Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

07-08-2015Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Fire Dept. Big Fundraiser Picnic July 25

07-08-2015Community - Wausaukee
Pain Physician To Speak at Wausaukee

07-08-2015Community - Wausaukee
Oginski Speaker at Library July 15

07-08-2015Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Parade, Picnic July 11th

07-08-2015Obituaries
John H. Ziech

07-08-2015Obituaries
Antoinette P. (Auger) Pratt

07-08-2015Obituaries
Jean E. Peterson

07-08-2015Obituaries
Alan J. Osten

07-08-2015Obituaries
Leona M. Mlados

07-08-2015Obituaries
Patricia A. Kunya

07-08-2015Obituaries
Lois M. Doran

07-08-2015Obituaries
Rita M. Carey

07-08-2015Obituaries
Dorothy A. Anderson

07-08-2015Obituaries
Evert J. Wayrynen

07-08-2015Obituaries
Veronica Szalkiewicz

07-08-2015Obituaries
Mary Sebstad

07-08-2015Obituaries
David A. Knickelbein

07-08-2015Obituaries
Kenneth E. Gunderson

07-08-2015Obituaries
Mitchell Gappa

07-08-2015Obituaries
Carol A. Fairchild

07-08-2015Obituaries
Arthur R. Dumais

07-08-2015Obituaries
Charles Drewry Jr.

07-08-2015Obituaries
Gordon W. Carlson

07-08-2015Obituaries
Lila F. Bintz

07-08-2015Community - Crivitz
Thunder River Hatchery Now Marking 75 Years

07-08-2015Community - Crivitz
Free Movies in Park at Crivitz

07-08-2015Community - Crivitz
Over 7500 Line Streets of Crivitz for Big July 4 Parade

07-08-2015Community - Crivitz
Summer Classes at Crivitz School

07-08-2015Community - Coleman
Big Coleman Fireman’s Annual Parade July 18

07-08-2015Community - Coleman
Brazeau Emergency Services Fundraiser/Picnic July 25th

07-08-2015Community - Coleman
Coleman Board Airs School Rule Changes

07-08-2015Community - Coleman
Big Firemen’s Picnic, Parade in Coleman

07-08-2015Front Page
Honor America

07-08-2015Front Page
Peshtigo New School Group To Meet July 15

07-08-2015Front Page
Peshtigo Getting Returns On Investments In Badger Park

07-08-2015Front Page
Marinette Logging Heritage Fest on Stephenson Island

07-08-2015Front Page
County Choice: Repair Or Eliminate River Cities Pool?

07-02-2015News
10 at Active Seniors Meeting


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do you think the deal with Iran will be bad for America?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2015
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites