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, November 25, 1999


Tony Woiak

100 years ago

Taken from the Washburn Times July 5, 1899

Washburn defeated Ashland in Baseball 19-12 in  the July 4th game held in Washburn. Coffee and Lee were the battery for the home team, while Irish proved too much for the visitors. Some winners of the 4th of July games: Lena Tetzner won the first place prize of $5 for thebike race and coming in second was Millie Miller, who took  home $2. William LaVoy won the potato race along with $3, while C. Roscoe came in second and received $2 for his  fine effort. Washburn in 1899 had 20 saloons and some of them were John Wollum, John Sundell, Matt Brunner, August Geisert, the Geisert Brothers, John Overby, Nels Sundquist, Hogan & Heyes, Theodore Durocher, Gust Anderson, E.A. Holt, Napoleon Patient, Holte & Arneson, J.W. Twiggs and Octave Uppey. Uppey’s Last Chance Saloon was located right were Joe’s Conoco was in Washburn’s West End. Dickie Thoreson told me that the house that he lived in, across the street from Joe’s, was built when Uppey’s Saloon was torn down.

50 years ago

Taken from the Washburn Times November 17, 1949

Iron River Defeated the WHS Castle Guards in Basketball 55-43. Playing for Washburn were Gierzak, Warren Bellile, Rodkewich, Lukaskaweca, Anderson, Bratley, Arnson and Raarup. (I would like to say hi to a loyal reader of this column, Billy Goslin, out in the state of Washington. Billy is the fellow who gave the WHS their colorful nickname of the Castle Guards when he was writing sports for the Ashland Daily Press in 1935.)  Fire destroys Joe Badura’s house, four miles northwest of Washburn. Rev. Harold Farseth is the new Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church. Corp. Leo Swanson is home on leave from Okinawa. Before Leo arrived home,  he was in a terrible typhoon in the Pacific. He was  Joyce (Rode), Mable (Brunea) and Monroe Swanson’s brother, who was killed in an exposition at DuPont. (Sic) Picture in the Times: Mrs. Oscar Dahl, chairman of the Sister Kerry (must mean Kenny) drive, and she was assisted by Bernice Begin.

25 years ago

Taken from the Washburn Times November 21, 1974

The tug Lake Superior and barge Col. D.D. Gailland pulled into Washburn due to bad weather conditions. WHS All-Conference football players: Russ Leino, Ken Leino, Mike Jouppi and John Pickert. Clarence Jouppi resigns from Ashland’s MMC. Some Cub Scout winners in the soap carving contest: Erick Olson and Mike Swedberg. Washburn nipped the Mercer Tigers 65-60 in basketball behind Scott Foss’ 22 points. He was followed by Scott Sneed with 15 and Alan Copperud’s 10 points.

10 years ago

Taken from the County Journal November 22, 1989

All-Conference WHS football players: Kurt and Kyle Kick, A.J. Siroin and Dan Hay. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gildersleeve celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 4. Hazel Maki is honored for her many years with the Bayfield County Nursing Service. (This column is dedicated in memory of Hazel’s husband, Hugo, who was always fun to be around. Hugo and Jimmy Dibbell had a small band and were quite popular.)  Brandon St. Germain and Jesse Kroll, 8th grade students, were selected as part of the UMD (University of Minnesota at Duluth) Junior High Honors Band. In the Duluth News Tribune’s Best Athletes of the 80s, Basketball Hall-of-Famer Hibbing’s Kevin McHale, who played for the Minnesota Gophers and the NBA’s Boston Celtics, finished first with 331 votes. Two Washburn athletes were  also mentioned. Sandy Eilertsen had 44 votes and tied for 33rd place, while Dean Cook gathered in 41 votes and finished in 42nd place. Some lucky deer hunters of 1989: Gary Bitzer, Don Bush, Tom Williamson, Don jack, Leonard Stroymeyer, Brian and Joe Amrein, Roger Zifko, Tim Smith, Jason Roy, Mark Smolen and the brothers Then, Jon and Jerome.

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