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 web".

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.

Tony Woiak

Taken from the Washburn Times Aug. 4, 1910

H.D. LIEN was in charge of the fence going around the baseball field. (The field was right around where the Bayfield County garage is today. They also had a small grandstand. H.H. PEAVEY was manager of the team.) H.H. PEAVEY buys 160 acres west of Washburn and 460 acres south of Lenawee. Alice DeMARS won the Baby Contest with Loretta BOMEY coming in second and Edith McDONALD taking third. George LEMIEUX has a patent for mail delivery. The PALM boys were busy putting in new sidewalks at the Norwegian Lutheran Church. Deaths: The infant girl of Mr. and Mrs. H.J. MOODY; Jake HETZEL, an old Washburn resident. Weekly excursions around the Apostle Islands on the steamer Skater are getting popular. There was a fire at the brick factory. Capt. William O’NEAL of Cass Lake, Minn., was in town. (He once was Washburn’s chairman and was in both the Civil War -- barely 13 -- and was the leader of Company K, Washburn’s Spanish-American War outfit.)

50 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times Aug. 3, 1950

On the front page of the Times was the Washburn Theatre, Rainbow Grill and Cleary’s Apparel Shop. (The paper said the building project began in 1941 by H.A. STUBFERS, manager of the Lake Theatre. The Times reported that the Washburn Theatre opened on March 25, 1949, and it was run by Frank EISENBERG and seated over 300. This building is still standing and is where Odd Balls, Brokedown Palace, Anthony’s Spirits, Aces Over Eights, Amber Glow Fish House, Pier One were all located. This historic building was Amos HANSEN’s old Undertaking and Furniture Store.) Second Lt. Ralph ANDERSON (WHS 1946) was in Korea. Washburn’s city baseball team defeated Sanborn 10-0 behind George MAGER’s pitching and "Red" WARREN’s six RBIs. Some prices from HAROLD’s Food Market in 1950: bananas, 2 pounds for 35 cents; liver, 89 cents a pound; bacon half-pound, 29 cents; jumbo cantaloupes, two for 39 cents. Deaths: Oscar JOHNSON, 48; Anna TAST, 74.

25 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times Aug. 7, 1975

Mr. and Mrs. Joe ZINSKI hosted a family reunion. Some in attendance were: Mrs. Ed, Ken and Jerry SYMBOL, Mr. and Mrs. Tom, Shawn and Lori ZINSKI, Mr. and Mrs. Ron, Patti PETTIS. The CHMIELEWSKI Brothers will ply at the Bayfield County Fair in Iron River. On the Bayfield County Fair Board: Walter BARNINGHAM, H.A. BROMBERG, Ernie HEGLUND, Harry LOWE, Art MEIEROTTO and Steve BARRY. Born: A girl to Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy ROBERTS on July 24. Pictured, some Friendly Times 4-H students, Annette PETRASKO, Beth NORLIN, Chris SEIDEL, Mark MINGUS, Marion SIMONSON, Dawn ROSE, Kim JONAS, Terry and Tracy FRECHETTE, Chris KORSEBERG, Kathy KOLB, Mary RAPPS and Micki KEDROWSKI. (This column is dedicated in memory of Harry LOWE, who not only did good deeds for Washburn, but for Bayfield County as well.)

10 Years Ago

Taken from the County Journal, Aug. 9, 1990

The liquor license of Pier One was transferred to Brokedown Palace Inc. The Washburn Swing Choir performed a the Fountain. Greg MERCER earns his masters (degree) in science and chemistry at Washington State University. Deaths: Barb HITCHCOCK, 25, 1986 Northland College graduate; Rinaldo BONACCI. (Mr. BONACCI was head of WITI in Ashland from 1947-75.) (This column is dedicated in memory of my friends, Dennis SIMPSON and Lloyd NEVEAUX.)

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