Bayfield County Journal
Bayfield County Journal Yesteryear Column
Zoe von Ende Lappin, granddaughter of P.J. Savage, editor of the Iron River
PIONEER from 1898 to 1952, has obtained permission for us to post the
Memories and Yesteryear columns that are printed weekly in the Bayfield
COUNTY JOURNAL, successor to the PIONEER and other newspapers in the
county. The COUNTY JOURNAL announced the upcoming Web postings in its Dec.
3O, 1999, edition with the headline, "Genealogy columns to appear on the
County Journal, Dec. 9, 1999
I would like to thank Eric Sharp, Editor of the Bayfield County Journal for his willingness to work with us in our genealogical search. We look forward to the wonderful articles that will appear here. Thank you also to Zoe von Ende Lappin for all her work and the hours of typing.
Taken from the Washburn Bee, April 4, 1885
The following officials of the C.St.P.M. & O. Ry. came up the line
on Wednesday. E.W. Winter, Asst. Pres.; J.M. Whitman, Gen. Supt.
F.B. Clark, Gen. Traffic; and E. M. Saunders, Pres. Northwestern Fuel
Co. Mrs. J.R. Hill, P.L. Boyden, Miss Sarah K. Amsden and Lini Mayo
visited Ashland on Monday. Prof. Dennison was in town working in the
interests of the illustrated edition of the Bayfield County Press. One
noticeable thing last season was the number of peddlers and auction
stores that flocked from Ashland like ‘birds of prey,” whose passage
was marked by the golden inducements of “pay day” on the road. As far
as we know, not one red cent of revenue was paid to the town by these
“vultures” preying on our home merchants. What makes our merchants
mad is this: a man comes into Washburn with a bankrupted stock of
goods and he sells them at an auction. A home dealer steps in and
observes parties who have been owing him for goods for some time
past, who were buying goods from this “peddler.” Capt. N.D. Moore of
Ashland and Joseph L. Colby of the Wisconsin Central drove over from
Ashland and returned on the business car on Wednesday. J.D.
McDonald left for Bruce to take charge of some railroad work for
Messrs. Henry and Balch.
50 Years Ago
Taken from the Washburn Times Dec. 1, 1949
Vic Merila retires from DuPont after 25 years. On Dec. 3rd, Mrs. Herman
Melstrand of Benoit gives the name “The Swan” to Mr. and
Mrs. Erick Swanson’s new eating establishment on West Bayfield
Street. (The Swan is now home to the County Journal.) Deaths: Andrew
Hughes, 72, early Washburn pioneer and a member of Company K,
Washburn’s Spanish-American war outfit. Company K didn’t actually
get to fight in the war, but they did win many honors at Camp Shippe
in Anniston, Ala. Theyl ost two men to typhoid fever. They were called
the Wing Guards after Bayfield’s Col. Issac (sic) Wing, who Port Wing
is named after. They even had a mascot, an eagle, which they named
Wing. Charles Sheridan takes photos of the herring run at Bayfield.
Some successful deer hunters in 1949: Maurice Haugen, Art
Soderstrom, Bert LaHai, Lawrence Guski, LeRoy Stock, Madore Begin,
Mellie Moe, Elmer Bodin, “Spike” Oberts. N.O. Stephenson, Ora Brink,
George Mager Sr., Gene Stauffer, Harry Mattson and Frank Bednarski.
25 Years Ago
Taken from the Washburn Times December 5, 1974
WHS nips the Aggies from Ondossagon 43-41 in basketball
behind Scott Sneed’s 13 points and Scott Foss’ 8 points. Steve Siroin, a
second grader, won $10 in a contest sponsored by Schweigert Meat
Company of Minneapolis. Bayfield Band Director Gary Holman led his
band in a concert held at St. Louis School. Bill Doucette recalls his
early days in Washburn.
10 Years Ago
Taken from the County Journal December 7, 1989
Pictured on the front page of the County Journal were some of
Mary Bondeson’s violin students: Nica Christensen, Brent St. Germain,
Ethan Cole, Maureen Anderson and Claire Regnier. Steve Swedberg is
in William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” play at UW-Eau
Claire. Born: A son to Mr. and Mrs. Brad Lundmark on Nov. 29. A
baby shower was held at Flavia’s Italian Restaurant for Lisa Greenwood.
Some lucky deer hunters of 1980 (must mean 1989): Tammy DeMars,
James Ogilvie, Jim Parks, Randy Zifko, Lenny Conklin, Cindy
Landraint, Alvin Bratley, Bob Follis, Reuben Guski, Janet Carlson, John
Nyara, Ben Potter, Greg Warren, Larrry Blakeley and Ed Nourse.