Door County Advocate, July 25, 1919
At Sister Bay, beginning tomorrow will be held the first Chautauqua program ever attempted in the county north of Sturgeon Bay. The program will continue until August 3 – a nine-day program more interesting than anything similar ever held in the county.
The Chautauqua is put on by the Wiard agency under the auspice of the Upper Door County Chautauqua association formed for the purpose of engaging a Chautauqua each summer for the north county, providing it is found that the program this season is supported sufficiently to warrant future chautauqua’s. Officers of the organization are John R. Seaquist, president; J. Hass, secretary; W.C. Powers, treasurer.
Among the special attractions is “The Conquest of Crime,” detailing the experiences and victories of Detective Owen O. Wiard in his battle of years again lawbreakers, including scenes at Sturgeon Bay where he led the fight when the city was voted dry. There are also scenes of his invasion of Sturgeon Bay after the town was dry and his arrest and conviction of numerous parties who were engaged in the illicit sale of liquor. Mr. Wiard had rather exciting times in Sturgeon Bay for a few months and any scenes referring to the events that occurred here will undoubtedly be of great interest, as a probability of a recurrence here of similar adventures, not that prohibition is in effect, is not at all remote.
Tomorrow evening the program will open with “The Pageant of War and of Peace,” a great military production with armies in action based on actual experiences of the speakers who were representatives of the National War Work Council. The scenes are official governmental pictures.
Each evening’s program is interesting, and the subjects are of a nature which appeals to all. The Gambler and His Game; Passion Play; Capture of Black Hand Bandits; Playing with Death; Mormonism; Perils of the Age, or Whom to Marry; Black Traffic in White Girls; Ben Hur are some of the numbers. There will also be views of Palestine as it appeared under the occupancy of the allies.
Sister Bay is an ideal place for a Chautauqua program at this season of the year and it is expected that many people will spend a week or more there enjoying the program and taking an outing at the same time. It is understood that the members of the Chautauqua association have made arrangements for accommodations for people who wish to spend the week there.
Sturgeon Bay people are urged to attend. Residents of the north county have always liberally supported this city in its undertakings of an amusing and educational character, and this is an opportunity for the city to reciprocate, now that the north county is offered a high-class entertainment.