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, March 16, 2000


Tony Woiak

Taken from the Washburn Times March 11, 1937

Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Stone had a party, which was attended by over 500 people. Some of the folks who were in attendance were: Clarence Thomas, the Olaf Dagsgards, Ed Sagen, Nona Olson, Joyce Reiten, Allen and Lother Stone. (Stone's Corner is out on County C, where Harold Hopkin's (sic) farm was. This column is dedicated in memory of my friend, David Hopkins.) Mrs. W.A. Gustafson is captain of the Bayfield County Women's Field Army. Births: A girl to Mr. and Mrs. (Ruth Welton) Corby Klassen on Feb. 12. Some WHS Glee Club members of 1937: June Welty, Lorraine Tourville, Janet Anderson, Lois Tetzner, June Cotty, Josephine Burlager, Ray Mayette, Elsie Larson, Milton Bourgeois, Alice Hare, Arlene Welton, Bernard Cousineau and Joyce Swanson. Old-timers pictured in the Times: Rev. Chatterson, John A. Jacobs, Tom Nevra and James Albertson. (Along with Billy Burns, John A. Jacobs was Washburn's first historian. He was a lumber man as well as a sailor. His son was also a sailor. Tom Nevra was one of the town's first photographers.)

50 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times March 16, 1950

The big game between the Washburn Lions and Washburn VFW ended, believe it or not, with a 78-78 tie. (The Times reported that both teams were too "all in" to continue. The VFW had balanced scoring, while Clarence Senzig and Alvin Bratley led the Lions. Some 1950 WHS honor students: Phyllis Grage, Art Nelson, Phyllis Newman, Lorraine Oberts, Shirley Scholl and Robert Bolin. Ed Mitchell, 78, who once operated the Rex Theatre in Washburn, passed away. Second Lt. Richard Hawkes will train in Japan. Some 200 bowling games: S. Stefinske, 226, M. Barry 221, D. Lehto 217, E. Ekholm 214, J. Hirsch, 213. Lionel LeGault had a 29 cribbage hand. (He was partners with "Bud" Bomey and they went on to defeat the team of Jack Fleck and Harry Palm. He was dealt three fives and the jack of spades.)

25 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times March 13, 1975

Pictured were members of the Mt. Valhalla Chalet Committee Number Two: June Eskola, Laverne Anderson, James Dibbel, Larry Woiak Jr., Steve and Dennis Bachand, Niles Eilertsen, Glen Cook, Alice Hudson and Larry Young. WHS wins the regionals at Mellen and will advance to play Luck at the Spooner sectionals. (The Castle Guards had a 20-2 record that year, losing only to Glidden and Solon Springs.) Tom Schindler and family of Duluth were in town visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Schindler. (This column is dedicated in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Schindler, two very nice people. The Schindlers had the A&W in Ashland. They lived out on the Bayfield Road on Schindlers Corner, just on the other side of the Madeline Island Historical Marker.)

10 Years Ago

Taken from the County Journal March 15, 1990

Pictured with Mayor J.C. Burke during Girl Scout Week were: Molly Bergman, Maya Damrell, Alena Swanson from Washburn Brownie Troop 108. Marceline Borgren, 61, sister of Joyce Larson and June Olson, passed away. Washburn third graders Ryan Marx and Michael Kmetz visited with a few of Washburn's distinguished and longtime citizens such as Mr. Fraser, Bernard Flonnes, Charles Sheridan and Hugo Ungrodt

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