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INTERESTING FACTS

The Early Years

The Hamilton Company bankrupted due to speculating on the price of ice they had cut during the winter. They held the ice in storage too long, causing it to melt as their business dissolved.

The Early Years

Horseshoe Bay Settlement (Cooperstown) hosted the first prize fight in Door County in the 1880’s, a very controversial event for it’s time.

United Fruit Growers Company

It took 50 men almost 2 years to clear the shorefront property for development, put in roads and perfect a bathing beach.

United Fruit Growers Company

Horseshoe Bay Golf Course was designed by Tom Bendilow, the ‘Johnny Appleseed’ of golf course construction in the first half of the 20th century. Mr. Bendilow designed and constructed more golf courses then any other architect in history (over 600). He laid out the first 9 holes, below the bluff in the field north of the barns.

United Fruit Growers Company

Frank E. Murphy’s summer home was constructed in 1916 at a cost of $10,000 and was one of the finest homes in Door County at the time. Descendants of Frank Murphy still use the home as a seasonal residence.

United Fruit Growers Company

The Membership Fee of $100 for the original Horseshoe Bay Golf Club  … ‘covered unrestricted use of the Club for all timefor Member and family’.

Murphy Farm

Shortly after the opening of the farm, a news item in the Door County Democrat stated that the Murphys had offered the Town of Egg Harbor an interest free 3 year loan of $10,000 to defray the cost of building a new 3 mile long Horseshoe Bay Road parallel to the shoreline of their property. Construction was of Macadam (crushed limestone and a binding agent).

Murphy Farm

Several of the houses from the original Horseshoe Bay Settlement were dragged by horses on a sleigh up the bluff and became part of the Farm II employee housing.

Murphy Farm

By 1924, the Holstein cattle herd was large enough to justify its own veterinary surgeon, Lloyd Gross.

Murphy Farm

After the closing of the breeding operations in 1925, there was a local newspaper article speculating that the Farm might be sold to the state of Wisconsin as a prison farm.

Horseshoe Bay Farms

Frank Cowles was an avid pilot and owned his own plane. He flew often from Green Bay to Horseshoe Bay with family and friends, landing in the farm field north of the barns, affectionately known as Horseshoe Bay Airfield.

Horseshoe Bay Farms

In 1949, Glenn Timmerman was delivered by Dr. Robert Cowles at St. Vincent’s hospital in Green Bay. Three days later, Barbara was delivered by Dr. Robert Cowles – same hospital. Glenn & Barb were in the maternity ward together. Fifty-eight years later they own the farm Dr. Cowles loved so dearly.

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