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.

The County Journal, Washburn, WI, March 2, 2000


Tony Woiak

Taken from the Washburn Times February 5, 1937

The Swanson Bros. Chicken Farm earned four first place awards in six years in the R.O.P. contest. Tom Pratt's ice men were putting up 700 tons of ice this year. (When they cut and measured the ice on the bay, I was told, that for light, people would drive down on the frozen lake and turn their car headlights on so they could see. The ice was packed in sawdust to help preserve it longer.) Deaths: Cedric O'Hara Hawkes, who was born in 1897 (he was Liz Hawkes' brother); Mrs. Hattie Sprague, 80, wife of Milton A. Sprague. (The Spragues had a bank in town and they also built Club Lido out on Highway 13, on the way to Bayfield.) Bayfield County District Attorney Robert Nixon was appointed to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission by Gov. LaFollette. (Mr. Nixon was once a secretary to Congressman H.H. Peavy.)

50 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times March 2, 1950

The "Barksdale Works" plant manager F.N. Hendon reported that DuPont put more than $722,000 into the area's economy in 1949. Lloyd Olson, 50, passed away. A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Arno Dittbtenner on Feb. 20. Robert Anderson was one of Gov. Rennebohm's guests recently in Madison. The big game between the Washburn Lions and Washburn VFW will be played soon. Some of the folks able to suit up for the Lions include: Dr. C.O. Beebe, Joe Garland, Allen White, Carl Ungrodt, Emil Branzell, "Kid" Wedin, George Bratley, Jack Hordner, Eric Swanson, Al Wicklund, Robert Spears, V.E. Brubaker, D. Montgomery, Paulie Robinson, Earl Pederson, "Sonny" Nelson, Dick Olson, Karl Henze, Harold Anderson, Walter Karker, Stanley Oberts, Phil Cleary, Clarence Senzig, Alvin Bratley and Roger Bodin. The starting five for the VFW in the back court were: Elmer Dagsgard, Terry Welty and "Buzz" Buzard, with guards Norlin and Schmallenberg.

25 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times February 27, 1975

Fire destroys the Modern Shoe Repair Shop, next to Laverne Anderson's. (They lived as you round the corner while coming into town from Ashland, or between Thompson's Creek and the old Red Barn. (This column is dedicated in memory of Laverne and Vivian Anderson.) Married: Jack Olson and Patty Westerlund. (Congratulations and happy 25th wedding anniversary to Jack and Patty.) Tom Foltz and Cathy Carlos became engaged. Carol and Steve Szafarz were on the Dean's List at UW-Superior. Some prices of cars from Tervo Motors in 1975: 1968 Dodge $648; 1969 Chevrolet Corvair $696; 1973 Dodge Dart $2,396, and you could get a 1969 Chevrolet Impala for only $1,196.

10 Years Ago

Taken from the County Journal

Brian Marcouiller takes second place in a National Ski Meet in Welch Valley, Minn. (Brian's little brother, Brad, is also a very good skier. They are among the best skiers ever in Washburn's history. In doing research for this column, I was surprised to see that our longtime mayor, Hans Thompson, also was pretty good on the slopes.) UW-Eau Claire graduate Michelle Ross passes her CPA exam for the state of Wisconsin. Air Force Sgt. Mike Niska was in England. Story about Dr. Robert Sneed was in the Journal. (The paper said that he started in this area in 1962, built his house in 1964, and that his very successful Ashland Clinic handled over 7,000 patients a year.)

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