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
County Journal, Nov. 18, 1999
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.
Taken from the first issue of the Washburn Itemizer, October 16, 1884
Washburn is 194 miles from Minneapolis and was founded out of
the necessity of the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad.
The township equals eight townships (sic) and is covered with a
magnificent forest of pine trees. The first dock was built in 1883 --
7,000 cords of stone, 1.5 million feet of timber, 2,100 cords of wood
and slabs and 1,000 yards of earth were used to sink the crib. The dock will
have a frontage of 630 feet and 2,000 feet for landing. The depth is 24 feet
of water from the docks, at a distance no less than 400 feet from shore.
Across the bay in Ashland it was necessary to go 2,000 feet from
shore for the same depth. (The Washburn side of Chequamegon Bay is
much deeper than the Ashland side. That means that boats could just
pull up to the dock without having to worry about getting hung up. That is
one of the reasons why the CSTPM & O RR located in Washburn.
Another reason was that it was closer to Buffalo and Cleveland than
Duluth was.) Two cases of blood poisoning in Kingston, NY, were the
results of people wearing red socks. When they became damp the color
came out and into the skin it went.
50 Years Ago
Taken from the Washburn Times Nov. 3, 1949
Some winners in the Washburn Commercial Club’s Halloween
Contest: Larry Koski, Dean Buttrick, James Pederson, John Fortier,
Donald Bratley, Raymond Dickerhoff, Tom Williamson and Clayton
Tutor. Police Chief James D. Manning reported that were was not much
of a rise in Halloween vandalism this year. His nephew, James, was the
first person ever selected by the Selective Service System, 1941. He
stood 6’3” and was an expert marksman. He was killed in France on
June 26, 1944. His father, John, was a member of the area’s
Spanish-American War’s famous Company K. His cousin, Tim
Manning, was the highest ranking service man from Washburn during
WWII. Marriages: Phyllis Slicer and Ken Morris on Oct. 22; Frances
Lukaskawcez and Richard Holman on Oct. 13; Shirley Score and Don
Johnson Oct. 19. Deaths: Mrs. Alec Nicholson of the Town of Bayview;
Alec Legacy, who came to Washburn in 1885.
25 Years Ago
Taken from the Washburn Times November 14, 1974
A public hearing will be held discussing the overcrowding at
WHS. Wally Jack and Katy (sic) Cook were recently married. In the
wedding party were Peter “Elmer” Dagsgard, James “Rudy” Gago,
Michael Jack, Ron Jack, David “Jaybird” Jack, Janet Bergman, Dona
Lancour, Diane Haugen and Paula Jack. (Happy 25th to Wally & Kathy.
(sic) ) (This column is dedicated in memory of Paula Shanks Jack.)
Jeffrey Anderson and Nancy Bruneau are engaged and planning on a
December 21st wedding. Pictured in Charles A. Shoresman’s Store
were: Mr. Shoresman, C. Holman and Emma LaPoint. (C.A.
Shoresman’s Store was around where the Thrift Shop is now. When you
bought something from his store, the clerk would put the money in a
can that was on a string and Charley would pull it upstairs, where he
made change. Then he’d put the change into the can and slide it back
down. He and his wife were early Washburn pioneers and merchants.
Their granddaughter was in the movies out in California.)
10 Years Ago
Taken from the County Journal, November 16, 1989
The Ondossagon School is pictured on the front page of the
County Journal. The statue of the Drummond Black Bear is dressed for
deer hunting. The site of the new elementary school west of the football
field gains support. Attending UW-Stout from Washburn: Mary Hovey,
Kevin Jack, Karla Gustafson, Gary Bachand, Larry Cicero, Eric Follis,
Renee Shortridge and Amy Norlin. Jerry Hagen, associate pastor at St.
Louis, gives a narrated slide show at the Washburn Women’s Civic
Club. Hubert Grambort, who was born in Colby in 1903, passed away.
Pictured WHS cheerleaders; Michelle Mihalek, Amber Benson, Sarah
Marx, Heidi Hartman, Stephanie Schmidt, Beth Schick and Stacie