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Wisconsin Governors escapes to Door County -- Part II

The popularity of Door County brings many prominent people to the area including past governors of the state.  The Jacksonport Historical Society will have a program next month featuring three families connected with past Wisconsin governors.  Molly Reynolds, daughter of John W. Reynolds, Jr.,  who served as governor from 1963 until 1965, will be on a panel with her cousin and relatives of the Patrick Lucey and Jim Doyle families.  Reynolds, who was six years old when her father was the governor, recalls eavesdropping while dignitaries were being entertained at the family “compound” in Jacksonport.



Reynolds says her great-grandfather was one of the founders of Jacksonport and her grandfather, John W. Reynolds, Sr. was actually born on the family farm just off Highway 57.  The “Great Escape for Governors and Their Families” program will be held at the Jacksonport Town Hall starting at 7 pm on Thursday, September 12. 


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