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, Nov. 11, 1999

Yesteryear

Tony Woiak

Taken from the Washburn Itemizer November 6, 1884

Dr. Voorhies of Ashland attended to Reuben Gorman during his severe attack of rheumatic cramps. (Reuben and his wife wrote a nice thank you in the Itemizer to everybody who was worried and concerned about his illness.)  All wool undershirts and drawers were going for 75 cents at Clausen’s. Bayfield Street needed an extension of sidewalks. The public school was closed for its fall term. (Washburn’s Pioneer School, which was built around 1885,  was the original WHS, before the Walker and present WHS. It was located where the present courthouse is. When the Bayfield County seat came to Washburn in the 1890s, the school was moved across the avenue to make more room for the courthouse.)

50 years ago

Taken from the Washburn Times, November 10, 1949

Elmer Dagsgard was wounded in the abdomen with a .22 bullet while out deer hunting east of Iron River near Spider Lake. He was hunting with Jack Welton, Henry Bomey and Ken “Buck” and Walter “hoodlum” Rogers. (his column is dedicated in memory of two neighbors of mine, both (of whom) worked with my father at DuPont, Elmer Dagsgard and Herman Larson.) Deaths: Jack Hanson, Oscar Johnson, Otto Christofferson, Mrs. Sofie Stone, Mrs. Mary Heggan. Vernie Butler will spend the winter on Rocky Island. Some of his supplies included 50 pounds of sugar, 20 pounds of coffee, 25 pounds of salt. The 72-year-old former bartender and lumberjack said, “If I die, they’ll find me in the spring.” (This reminds me of the legendary wolf trapper, John Campbell, who lived near the Cranberry. He was found a couple of months after he passed away out at his cabin. One of his horses, who was tied in the barn, died of starvation, but the one left in the field was all right.)

25 years ago

Taken from the Washburn Times November 7, 1974

WHS students attending UW-River Falls: Beta Bodin, David “Grub” Grupstra, Chris Haugen, Anne Hovey, Linda Karaba, Becky Schwenzfeier, Jeffrey “Joe” Swiston, Michael Strycharske, Colleen Larson, Eddie Leino, Kate Lindsey and Debbie Lowe. The Men’s Club is working on building the new Mt. Valhalla Chalet. One of the people who were very instrumental in the making Mt. Valhalla a reality was one of Washburn’s most popular as well as controversial people, Mayor Hans Thompson. Thompson’s West End Park was named in honor of Hans. Back around the turn of the century, Hans was a pretty good ski jumper. On the Champion 1974 Little League Reds: Kurt “Beeker” Beeksma, Tim Jouppi, Ted Chaney, Duane Gasperini, James and Robert Gibb, Tom and Chris Waltenberg, Timmy “Little Ralph” Maassen, Kevin “Punk” Smith and “Bobby “Bufford” Mattson. Deaths: Eitel F. Dittbrenner of the WHS Class of ‘26; Gerald Nichols, who was born in Washburn in 1895 and was custodian at the schools. New officers of the Men’s Club: Tom “T-Bone” Siroin, president; Larry Woiak, treasurer; Darrell Beeksma, secretary; and vice president, Bruce Swanson.

10 years go

Taken from the County Journal November 9, 1989

Mary Rice hosted an open house to thank the many supporters of Big Top  Chautauqua and pictured were: Tom Lindsey, Carolyn Sneed and Betty Ferris. Big Top had a 47 percent increase in attendance over the previous year.  Sixty-seven percent of the voters say yes to all five Ondossagon School detachments. Woodland Realty opens for business with owner Jim Nourse and associates John Vernon and Bev Gaber. Janell and Jackie Ogilvie are pictured at a booth during Washburn’s Community Craft Fair.

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