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.

County Journal, Washburn, WI, February 10, 2000


Tony Woiak

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 Washburn's postmaster.)

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.

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