Hometown USA

2016 Visitor's Guide

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34 www.randomlake.org OOSTBURG Oostburg is anoth- er Sheboygan County community that owes its existence to the rail- road. When the Milwaukee, Lake Shore & Western Railroad was complet- ed in November 1872, there was no settle- ment in the present site of Oostburg. The origi- nal railroad station was an old box car resting on the ground about 1 1/2 miles south of pres- ent day Oostburg. Peter Daane was op- erating a store, erected in 1867, at a small set- tlement called "Oost- burg" on the present Sauk Trail Rd., about two miles southeast of today's village. Advised that the railroad and landown- ers didn't agree upon the price of a permanent depot site, Daane prom- ised to see that a new depot was built and giv- en free to the railroad. In return Daane wanted the railroad to move the depot site about 1 1/2 miles north. The railroad agreed, and with the aid of oth- er businessmen, Daane built the depot, con- taining a freight room, passenger room and telegraph office. Mean- while Daane erected a general store and a grain/produce ware- house near the crossing. Daane soon became "re- markably successful" in business, according to the book "Historic Sheboygan County." Gerald J. Kranendonk 7/12/1923 - 6/21/1944 2nd Lt. Kranendonk was born in Oostburg, but after his fresh- man year at Oostburg High he moved to New York City with his family. He joined the New York Army National Guard at age 16. He was killed in the Battle for Lone Tree Hill at Maffin Bay, New Guinea, while trying to evacuate one of his wounded men. We Honor a Hometown Hero Everybody in Oostburg loves High School Basketball.

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