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, June 15, 2000


Tony Woiak

50 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times June 15, 1950

The Washburn Merchants pounded out a 20-hits win at a 14-8 victory over Tripp. STEFINSKE, LUKASIEWICZ had three hits apiece and ZINSKI added three triples. The winning pitcher was LINDBLAD. Admiral LEAHY was coming home to Ashland to speak. (Admiral LEAHY is one of the huge success stories in this area. He served under two presidents, Franklin D. ROOSEVELT and Harry TRUMAN, as one of the highest-ranking officers in the military. His father wanted him to attend West Point, but there were no openings, so he went to Annapolis Naval Academy. During the Spanish-American War he was on the battleship Oregon at the naval battle of Santiago.) Some attending the Washburn-California picnic: Carol MILLER, Mr. and Mrs. Guy WARDEN, Mrs. Chris FUSKERUD, Frank STEFINSKE, Mrs. Xerpha WIEMAN, Grace MATAN and Mrs. Ray Hulbert NEALLY. Births: A son to Mr. and Mrs. Harold MOORE on May 27; a son to Staff Sgt. and Mrs. G.S. KILE on June 6. The York Island sunset was in Life Magazine. (At one time the Apostle Islands were known by state names such as Oak, formerly New York; York, formerly Connecticut; Cat, Texas; Eagle, Vermont; Ironwood, North Carolina; and Madeline Island was once called Virginia.)

25 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times June 19, 1975

Terry LEDIN won the Crisco Award at WHS. Some Little Leaguers from 1975 and their teams: As, John and Glen COOK, Paul and Peter OLSON. Twins, James CARLOS, Jim and John ZANTO, Jimmy UTEGAARD. Indians, Kyler GUSTAFSON, Bryan LEINO, Joey HEDICAN. Mets, Mike FOSS, Ray and Randy ZIFKO, Joey SADONIS. Reds, Kevin SMITH and Dori GASPERINI. (The Reds were champions from 1972-74.) Deaths: Jack JOHNSON, 56, former Washburnite; John Larson, 64, WWII vet and brother of Herman. Earl JOHNSON stands by the first Bicentennial flag in Washburn, which is at his house.

10 Years Ago

Taken from the County Journal, June 21, 1990

Nell SORONEN was pictured on the front page of the Journal as she ws out for a nice summer walk. Prudence Sprague BLANCHETT, valedictorian for the WHS Class of 1929, gives money toward the Wing Scholarship fund. A deer visited Lois ARNTSEN at her home on East Fourth Street as Lois was on her deck reading the newspaper. Deaths: Phil CLEARY, 79, manager of the Michela Coal Dock; Delia HANSON, 90; Evald HEINONEN, 87; Dorothy STEMM, 85. Brandon BRATLEY, Joey LIVINGSTON, Don PELTO, Jennifer BASSETT and Wayne LOWE Jr. complete an ATV Safety Course sponsored by the Washburn Police Department.

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