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, published at Washburn, Wis., January  20, 2000


Tony Woiak

Taken from the Washburn Times January 14, 1937

The Washburn 4-H Club gets an award and leader Joe Guski received a medal of honor award. (The Washburn 4-H was organized in 1931.) Born: A son to Mr. and Mrs. Rex Simoneau on Jan. 12. (This column is dedicated in memory of two really nice people who I would always see at St. Louis  Church, Rex and Helen Simoneau.) Former Washburn teacher Paul Alfonsi was elected speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly.  Deaths:  Mrs. Ellen Anderson, 71, who was born in Norway and came to town around 1884; Walt Hodge, 48, of Bayview; Mrs. Sam Veno, 61. Mt. Valhalla, out  on County C, will hold a huge ski tournament and 150 skiers are expected to compete. (This was right around when the ski hill began. Mayor Hans Thompson was very instrumental in bringing it into existence. The 600 foot hill had a drop of 200 feet in the 300 feet of the hill.)

50 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times January  19, 1950

Friendly Valley 4-H officers: President Nonnie Vienneau, Vice President Caroline Tanneberg, Secretary Toby Hoffines, Treasurer Edna Bodin and Dianne Cuty was the reporter. Fire gutted Roddy Bourgo’s house on West Pine Street. Mary Homan and Edward Leroy Stock were married on Jan. 14. Sgt. Raymond Gilstead returned to Germany. Top bowlers of 1950 with their averages: R. Brenning 187, A. Rondeau 186, S. Stefinske 181, C. Sanger 181, H. Carlson 181 and H. Mattson 180. The Washburn Castle Guards sat at the top of the Indianhead basketball standings with an 8-2 record. In second place were the Wolverines from Iron River. Washburn Boy Scout Troop No. 44 held an investiture ceremony at the Christ Lutheran Church and attending were: Bobby Tutor, Teddy Wroblewski, Joey Demars, Larry Woiak Jr., Gary Holman, David Lacey, Glen Joanis, Donny Bergman, Frank Hendon, Billy Benedict, Bob and Dave Hofmeister, Billy Harris, Tom Barry and Bob Norlin.

25 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times January 16, 1975

Dr. Warren Gall accepted a position at the City General Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent, England, Pictured in Ernie Holman’s Yesteryear was the Ammonia Nitrate Crystalizer with the Sodium Nitrate Drying buildings. Mr. and Mrs. George Frechette celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on January 12.

10 Years Ago

Taken from the County Journal January 18, 1990

Janet (Justice) Bergman saw the first robin of the year down at West End Park. The Fighting Knights of St.  Louis overwhelmed Marengo Valley in basketball 31-12, and leading the way was Pat Beeksma with 11 points. Ben Wells added 10 points and even Paulie Frechette got into the scoring column with 6 points. Family and friends showed up in droves to honor Mr. James Strom, who retired after working nine years as Bayfield County clerk. A huge party was held at Morty’s Pub in Bayfield for him. Mr. Strom was WHS principal for 15 years.

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