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, Nov. 18, 1999


Tony Woiak

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 Greene.

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