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, May 11, 2000


Tony Woiak

Taken from the Washburn Times May 13, 1915

J.S. Stearns will start up their sawmill for the season with around 100 employees. Washburn’s oldest resident, Amos Elliot, 93, was having a new curb put in front of his residence on East Fourth Street. Some jurors of 1915: Henry Morgili, Thomas Moore, Frank Tetzner and Thomas Lamoreaux. Spanish-American War vets organize a Camp. Some members of Washburn’s Company K who were involved were: William O’Neil, Harvey Irish, E.R. Fahrig, R.A. Hering, John F. Manning, Roy Soper, Paul Richards, John Simoneau and Charles Wolfe. (During this time Washburn probably had around five or so veterans from the Civil War. Harvey Irish’s father, William, was Washburn’s first mayor after the town incorporated around 1904. I think that R.A. Hering was once mayor of Washburn and he may have been married while he was in camp during the Spanish-American War.) Andrew Fraser, on his 20-acre farm two miles northwest of Washburn, was grafting apple trees and mountain ash. Enforcement of local ordinances were in effect: It was a $5 - $10 fine for letting swine (pigs) run around in the city limits of Washburn. (You could also get fined if you spit on the sidewalk, but the amount at that time was unknown.)

50 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times May 11, 1950

Harold Moe opens his Little Jewelry Store on West Bayfield Street, next to Olson & Olson’s. The ice is leaving the bay and the smelting run is very heavy. USN E.C. Bellile is a fireman on the USS Linderwald during Operation Crossover. Deaths; Mrs. Emil Erickson, 60; Abe Lord, 72, a former express agent. George Coulthurst retires from DuPont. Martha Blexrude celebrated her 85th birthday at the Rainbow Grill. (The Rainbow Grill was right behind Mrs. Hayden’s Antique Shop and the old Oddball’s Tavern. Jim Kile had it.)

25 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times May 15, 1975

There was talk of rejuvenating the City Hall. The price tag was $250,000. Ken Welton is named Marketer of the Year in Madison. He is vice president of Wick Building Systems Inc. Billy Doucette celebrated his 18th birthday on May 8, and helping him celebrate in the home of his folks, Jerry and Joan Doucette, were his sisters, Darlene and Sharilyn Doucette, Mrs. Hertha Sanger, Mrs. Chester Peterson, Mrs. Morris Day, Roni and Tom Day, Renee Kobylinski, Brian and Denise Fleig and Wally Pearce. John Blahnik Jr. caught a 5-pound trout at Sioux River and entered it into KBJR-TV’s fishing contest. He is pictured with Pershing Kurschner and Bill Benson of the Clinic Pharmacy. Mrs. Frances Lindsey, 74, who was born in Washburn, passed away.

10 Years Ago

Taken from the County Journal, May 17, 1990

Fred Schlichting, superintendent of South Shore, will be the new superintendent of WHS. Claire Regnier of St. Louis School had the winning essay in the DNR Contest. Bobby and Monique Mattson’s twins, Robert and Mark, were born on March 26, 1990. Washburn Women’s Civic Club officers: president, Carol Lattimer; vice president, Isabel Lowe; corresponding secretary, Catheryn Johnson; treasurer, Gertrude Trebbe; secretary, Lucy Culver; and historian, Sara Reykdal. Deaths: Joan Uting, 55; Glen Olson, 57. Ministers from 1990: United Methodist -- Pastor George Groves; Assembly of God -- Rev. Dale Eytzen; Messiah Lutheran -- James Kasperson; St. Louis -- Father Flavius Czuba.

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