updated 14 Nov 2009
See: HISTORY OF DOOR COUNTY for more History of Door County including early settlers.
POTTAWATTAMIE - from the tribe of Native Americans that lived there.
John A. BOONE, James McNEIL, George LOVEJOY, David E. CORBIN, Jack ARNOLD, Louis LEBUE from St. Helena Straights of Mackinac 1835-1836. Occupations: Fisherman, Trappers on Rock Island.
Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Scotch.
Resort Industry, Fishing, Retail.
(1) Volney GARRETT-Cooper’s Shop-1853-made barrels.
(2) Amos SAUNDERS-Store-1849-storekeeper.
(3) Louis JOHNSON - Shoemaker- 1869-made shoes.
SOME FAMILIES ASSOCIATED WITH TWP:
BOONE, MCNEIL, LOVEJOY, CORBIN, ARNOLD, LEBUE, MINER, CORNELL, SEVERS, MCDONALD, GARRETT, GOODLETSON, KALMBACH, COFFEY, JOHNSON, JACOBSON, YOUNG and others.
Once had rural schools near Detroit Harbor, Schoolhouse Beach, Jackson Harbor and now has one K-12 School near Detroit Harbor.
(1) Baptist Church-1895-not in existence today and no records kept.
(2) Danish Norwegian Baptist- 1896-Early 1920's.
(3) Methodist Church -“Little Brown Church” - -1906-no records kept.
(4) Bethel Evangelical Free Church of America- address: Route 1- Box 45, Washington Island, WI 54246.
(5) Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church -ELCA - address: Townline Road, Washington Island, WI 54246.
The Town of Washington was the first Civil Town to be formed in the County of Door. There have been a few different settlements early on in the mid 1800's which included an Icelandic Settlement, an Irish Settlement, a Black Settlement, and Scandinavian Settlements.
This area was visited very early in the history of French exploration which included Marquette and Joliet and LaSalle. There are historical accounts of LaSalle’s ship “Griffin” landing on Washington Island and its subsequent shipwreck nearby.
Main Road, Washington Island, WI 54246.
TOWN RECORDS ARE LOCATED:
At the Washington Island Archives located at the Town Hall which in Detroit Harbor-Community Center- address: Washington Island Archives, Town of Washington, Washington Island, WI 54246. Records have been microfilmed and are available through at LDS Family History Centers.
(1) Detroit Harbor (1892-1926).
(2) Fagerwick (1881-1882).
(3) Washington Harbor (1854-1916).
(4) Washington Island (1926-present). Henry D. MINER acted as Postmaster after he arrived in 1849 or 1850.