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, April 20, 2000


Tony Woiak

Taken from the Washburn Times April 15, 1915

Three men drown near Madeline Island as their boat is capsized by ice. The victims were Charles Russell, Nels Tigen and Chauncey Wright. Capt. Angus and Bill Johnson saved a couple others from a similar fate. LaVerne Downey and Gerhard Rowe were married. Truman Ellicson buys the first Dodge ever in Washburn’s history. Some Washburn teachers of 1915: Lottie Kinney, Anna Jacobs, Opal Frost, Mary O’Sullivan, Anna O’Neil and Grace Greenwood.

50 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times April 13, 1950

Tom "Tinker" Anderson won the Metternich Trophy at WHS. (This trophy was awarded to the best athlete. Jack Peterson won the Roundy Cloughlin Award in 1946. Lee Anderson won the Metternich Trophy in 1947. Robert Sanger won the Metternich Trophy in 1948. Dennis Raarup won the Metternich Trophy in 1949.) Deaths: Fred Thoreson, 62, WWI vet, Oliver Handberg, 43, WWII vet. (He was "Hoot’s" brother and was awarded numerous combat awards in France and the Rhineland.) Births: A girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. George Leafbad (sic) on April 11; a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Celmer on April 11; a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Phil Lindgren on April 5. 1950 Washburn city officials: Mayor Hans Thompson, Treasurer Katherine Buzard, Justice of the Peace Robert Spears, Constable Charles Sheridan and the aldermen were Joe Kasmarek, Art Anderson, Peter Hanson, Al Embertson, Harry Moland and Helmer Moe. (This column is dedicated in memory of two people who were very prominent in Washburn’s history, Robert Spears and Charles Sheridan.)

25 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times April 17, 1975

UW-Madison basketball coach John Powless was the guest speaker at the 32nd Annual Lions Club Banquet. Former WHS students at UW-Stout included Patty Westerlund, Sharon Garnich and Diane Swanson. Hilma Kallio turned 91 and Levi Holden turned 84 this week at the nursing home. (This column is dedicated in memory of Hilma and Levi. 1909-10 photograph of some students at the Garfield School included Bernard Myhre, Melius Sylte, Henry Harrington, Arnold Bergman and Harry Robinson. (The Garfield School was build around 1900.) Some jurors of 1975: Lynn Anderson, Gladys Stone, Robert Gasperini, Mike Pederson, Robert Johnson Jr., John Day, Richard Olson Jr. and Eunice Schwenzfeier.

10 Years Ago

Taken from the County Journal, April 10, 1990

Stephanie Malinoski, Colleen Bark, Judy Markus and Mrs. Cline take the St. Louis first and second graders to Tetzner’s Dairy for a visit. Washburn Boat Club officials: President W. Pohlman, Vice President R. Roberts, Treasurer-Secretary T. Casper and S. Schram was auditor. Prices of 1990 at Darwin Ford: 1987 Ford Bronco $10,700, 1985 Chevrolet C 10 4x2 $4,800, 1983 Mazda B2000 $1,995, and you could by a 1985 Ford Bronco for only $7,700. Wisconsin’s largest Lombardy poplar tree is next to the Washburn A&W. Around 40 years ago, Roffers Chevrolet used that area for a lot for their vehicles.

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