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, Washburn, WI, February 10, 2000
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 Times February 4, 1937
Billy Bryan caught 10 trout while bobbing on Chequamegon Bay.
Other lucky fishermen were Melvin Freeman, Clarence Zanto, Gust
Wickstrom and "Bud" Christiansen. (This column is dedicated in
memory of my friend, "Bud" Christiansen.) Mr. J.E. Overby and Mrs.
Edna Christofferson were captains of the local Girl Scouts, which
included Beatrice Bourgo, Rae Idell Hanson, Dorothy Cudmore, Marion
Wilhelm, Joan Holvenstot, Shirley Moe, Marguerite Randall, Betty
Watters, Laverne Fortier, Naomi Thompson, Lynette Larson and Grace
Wroblewski. Valentine Rummel, 47, who came to Washburn in 1890,
passed away. More contributors to the Red Cross for the bad flood in
the Ohio and Mississippi Valley: Billy Burns, Elvira Lowe, Verna
Swanson, S.H. Nevers, Adah Soshea, Mrs. Joe Pallage, C.L. Willey,
Rev. E.B. Swenson and Peter Oie. (Billy Burns was here in Washburn
in 1893. He was the town's first historian, along with John A. Jacobs.)
50 Years Ago
Taken from the Washburn Times February 2, 1950
Some of the people who helped put out a fire at Lloyd's Clothing Store
were: Carl Ungrodt, Clarence Peterson, Vince Smith and Jack Welton. (Later
in the week there was a "fire sale" at the store.) Married
on Jan. 27, Jean Rose and Ed Sirois. Born: A son to Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Day on Feb. 2. Some members of the 1950 Washburn Rifle
Team: P. Hanson. O. Dahl, L. Vienneau, A. Hovey and A. Stone. Wages
from 1950 for some Washburn officials: Mayor $360, clerk $1,560,
treasurer, $700, assessor $500, sexton $780, police chief, $1,740,
attorney $600, street commissioner $2,000, truck driver 90 cents an
hour, laborer 75 cents an hour. You could buy a 1936 Olds 4-door sedan
with a fine radio for only $100 from Roffers Chevrolet.
25 Years Ago
Taken from the Washburn Times Feb. 6, 1975
Mrs. Walter Larson entertained friends at a Bridge Club at her
house, which included Catheryn Johnson, Flora Mattson, Elsie Mager,
Lydia Kasmarek, Ellen Blais, Sig Holter and Mildred Schwabe. St.
Louis School celebrated Catholic Schools Week. The faculty at St.
Louis in 1975: Fr. Vincent Bromley, Mrs. James Fleig. Mrs. Kabasa,
Mrs. Roy Roberts, Sisters Mary Peter, Mary DeLourdes and Mary
Rosemary. Terrance Arseneau, 74, WWI vet passed away. (Terry was
sheriff and undersheriff for Bayfield County, plus for a time he was also
10 Years Ago
Taken from the County Journal
Becky Seidel Clark was the recipient of the first annual Washburn
Education Association Scholarship. Dawn Johnson and Matt McQueen
were selected to the Wisconsin All-Sate Band. St. Louis students
Patrick Beeksma and Kevin Korpela finished in second place in an
old-fashioned spelling bee. Brad Marcouiller won a ski meet at
Blackjack Mountain. Dennis Ekholm was honored for his 25 years of
service at James River. The Washburn Castle Guards were officially
inducted into ESPN's Nickname Hall of Fame. Billy Goslin gave the
team the nickname in 1935 when he was writing sports for the Ashland
Daily Press. Before that they were called the Crimson Tide.