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.

Bayfield County Journal, Washburn, Wis., Jan. 13, 2000


Tony Woiak

Taken from the Washburn Times January 7, 1937

The following few Yesteryears for the next few weeks are from 1937 (and are) for Charles Wilhelm and his sister, Marion, who suggested that I put something about the 1930s into my column. I appreciate  your suggestion.

Nora Myhre was teaching in Muskegon, Mich. The Sunshine Club met at Hazel Bodin’s. Lily Robinson bowled a 169 game and Evelyn McManus had a 435 three-game series. Mrs. Hansine Olson, 83, passed away. Some Bayfield County officers from 1937: District Attorney Robert Nixon, Treasurer J.O. Bodin, Register of Deeds Nels Myhre, Clerk Ludwig Tranmal, clerk of Circuit Court Percy Newhouse, Coroner Robert North. Seventy-seven marriages were registered at the courthouse in 1936 for Bayfield County; January 3, February 6, March 2, April 2, May 11, June 10, July 5, August 7, September 4, October 12, November 8 and December 7. (October had the most marriages of 1936.)

50 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times January 12, 1950

James B. Hibben was elected as president of the Commercial Club. James Fisk will operate his Northern Car Repair Shop. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Johnson entertained the following Chequamegon Bakery employees: Shirley Smith, Betty Ann Larson, Gilbert Higholt, Tom Anderson, Mrs. Felix Guski, Terry Welty, Rosalyn and  Jimmie Johnson and Colonel Smith. Births: A girl to Mr. and Mrs. John  Maitland on Jan. 6; a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Ing Moland on Dec. 31. Mrs. Ed (Ella Stienert), who was born in Washburn, passed away. WHS defeated Mellen in Indianhead basketball action 47-44. Playing the game for Washburn: Bellile, Gierzak, Anderson, Bratley and Raarup. Prices at the Washburn Pharmacy from 1937: hot fudge sundae 13 cents; banana split 23 cents, 100 aspirins 33 cents, and you could buy a flashlight for only $1.29.

25 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times  January 9, 1975

Washburn defeated Solon Springs in basketball 70-55 and leading the way for the Castle Guards was Scott Foss with 28 points. He was followed by Gary Copperud’s 13 points and Billy Doucette added 11 points. he WHS girls basketball team narrowly nipped the Glidden Black Bears 26-23 behind Lisa King’s 11 points and Jane Lindsey’s 7 points. Jane Mihalik and Tim Cook got engaged. (Happy early 25th anniversary to Tim and Jane!) Deaths: Elma Niemisto, 58, who was born in the Town of Bayview; Harold Benton, a long-time Washburn school teacher; and Clarence Thomas, one of the area’s best trappers. Harold’s father was a lighthouse-keeper on Lake Superior for 19 years. Harold was an assistant lighthouse-keeper for a few years. Clarence Thomas lived west of town on County C and some of his beautiful flowers are still growing just after the “Fill.” (He was the Town of Washburn chairman for some 54  years.)

10 Years Ago

Taken from the County Journal January 11, 1990

On the front page of the County Journal was Cornucopia’s Russian Orthodox Church, which was built around 1918. Dean Cook reached a milestone while playing basketball for UW-River Falls when he scored his 1,000th point. At the time, he was averaging 25 points per game. Lisa Rapps was a member of the Heart Graphics Volleyball Team which won the At-Large Co-Ed Volleyball title in Ashland.  Some WHS French students pictured: Dawn Johnson, Tonya Langford, Jenny Bodin, Jana Bitzer, Steve Harding, Needa Noiwong, Sunday Landraint, Beth Karaba, Brian Lenzen, Gwen Herbette, Jenny Then, Elizabeth and Matt McQueen, with Mrs. Martha Cole and Mrs. Mary Henzel. On Jan. 11, in the Wikdal Room of the Washburn Library, the Washburn Area Historical Society will listen to local historian and author Tony Woiak, who finished his second book on Washburn, “Small Town II.”

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