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, July 13, 2000


Tony Woiak

Taken from the Washburn Times July 14, 1910

In Bayfield County from January-June there were 326 births, 152 deaths, 66 marriages. In Washburn during that time there were 99 births, 45 deaths and 24 marriages. On the Washburn Library Board (were) President Nels OSCAR, Vice President Henry JOHNSON, Secretary H.P. AXELBERG and May GREENWOOD was the librarian. (She held that job all the way from the 1890s and the Spanish-American War all the way to the mid-1960s and the Vietnam War.) Tom BLAKE is killed out at the Tacoma DuPont Plant in Washington. The Loveland Co. will sell 50 goats. George STEAD was kicked in the face by a horse and was badly bruised. (George is in a couple of my books. He was an old horse trader and was quite the character.) Prices at E.A. BLEXRUDEís Tailor Shop in 1910: hats, 98 cents, suspenders, 39 cents; shirts, 19-98 cents; straw hats, 39 cents. Carl WEDIN is run over by an automobile in Ashland and escapes miraculously as the car passed right over him.

50 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times July 13, 1950

Boxer Joe LOUIS will appear with the Dailey Brothers Circus in Ashland. On the Washburn City Council of 1950: Mayor Hans THOMPSON, KASMAREK, GUSTAFSON, ANDERSON, Larry WOIAK Sr. (my father), BERQUIST, MOLAND, HANSON, EMBERTSON, NASELIUS, MOE and JOHNSON. The Washburn Vets defeated the draftees of WWII in Donkey Softball. Some who participated in the festive activities were: Tommy PETERSON and Toby PEDERSON who rode double, Joe SWISTON (who) rode on "Joe Louis Jr.," Terry WELTY (who) was aboard "Kate Smith," Bob and Ted LINDSEY, Bob SMOLEN, Leo JUSTICE, "Tinker" ANDERSON and Bob ETTA. The donkeys came from Locust Grove, Ark. Born: A son to Mr. and Mrs. John ALBERS on July 9. Deaths: Mrs. Cecelia HANSEN, who was born in Sweden in 1861, and who arrived in Washburn in 1889; William TROCKSTAD, 68, brother of Axel.

25 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times July 17, 1975

The town of Bayview voted to go ahead and build a new $48,000 building. The Cedar Cafe (Time Out) opened for business under the new proprietors Roger and Loretta EGGER of Park Falls. Speed climber John POWERS will compete in the Lumberjack Championships in Hayward. (I donít know if a lot of folks really know, but I think the World Log Rolling Championships began right here at BODINís Brownstone Bowl in the mid-1920s. My friend and mentor Charles "Chick" SHERIDAN was a big booster of the event.) Deaths: Helen ZINSKI, 78; Jane Louise MAKI, 21. (This column is dedicated in memory of two of my former classmates and friends, Janey MAKI and Norman ROGERS.) The "Manistee" was pictured in the Times. (The ship went down with all on board in November 1883 during a bad storm after it had left Bayfield. A bottle was found at Onion River a while later with, "We may not survive the storm. Heavy laden and hard to turn. Capt. McKAY of the Manistee.")

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