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, December 23, 1999


Tony Woiak

Taken from the Washburn Times December 18, 1924

Washburn Postmaster Frank E. Wieman resigned because of bad health and he was replaced by Alfred Froseth. Mr. Steinmetz organized a Boy’s Band, with about 35 members. (Tom Cook organized a Boy’s Choir and asked if Washburn ever had a Boy’s Choir before. I don’t remember running across any Boy’s Choir in my research and didn’t really know, but if anybody remembers one, please contact me.) Lance D. Goodnough, 60, who had a billiard parlor with John McDonald, passed away. Some Eastern Star officers: Julia Fisk, Edward Perry, Catherine Fraser, Alice Robinson, Susan Lincoln, Inga Albretchson, Mabel Page, Mate Wescott, Stella Lord, John Bodin, Bessie Spears, Bessie Hansen, Theresa Pratt and Ivy Markham. Screen legend May Pickford’s film “Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall” was showing at the DuPont Club.

50 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times December 15, 1949

Washburn lost to South Shore and Superior Cathedral in basketball, and playing in the games were Bellile, Arnson, Warren, Anderson, Gierzak, Lukaskawcez, Bratley, Rodkewich and Raarup. Girl Scout Troop No. 1 celebrated their Christmas Party at St. Louis School and  heading the party were Father Paul Boshold, Mrs. Orly Lowe, Mrs. McAndrews, Mrs. Charles Warren and Mrs. Jack Welton. Levi Lysager heads  to (sic) KP’s Apostle Lodge No. 139. James Ledin Sr. is home on leave from Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, The Ungrodt Hardware warehouse was destroyed by fire. Washburn pioneer John Sundell passed away. (John had the first filling station in town, Cities Service Oil Station.

This was around 1923 or so.) Lt. Richard Hawkes was sent to Okinawa. (He wouldn’t return.)

25 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times December 17, 1974

Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Holman were surprised on their 40th wedding anniversary on Dec. 7th. (This column is dedicated in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Holman.) Steve Terry, Patty Westerlund, Debbie Bruneau, James Gago, Susan Anderson, Kristi Arntsen Dan Tony Woiak returned from a six-week, 12-country tour of Europe. (It doesn’t seem like 25 years ago. We traveled mostly by train and boat, over 3,000 miles. The best countries for  me -- Holland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Italy. Best food -- Chinese food in Zandvoot, Holland. Worst food -- raw musk ox in Stockholm, Sweden, and “eyeball soup” in Madrid. Most exciting experiences -- me pushing over the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Jimmy Gago trying to hold it up. Also, when Steve, Jimmy and I almost caused an international incident while drinking in a cantina in Alcola, Spain. It was with a bunch of drunken locals and members of the Spanish Army. Luckily, we were saved by the U.S. Air Force.)

10 Years Ago

Taken from the County Journal December 21, 1959

The U.S. Forest Service’s Christmas party was held at Sig and Chuck Groves’ C-Side Inn. Steve Schram was guest speaker at the Wisconsin Rod & Gun Club Show in Ashland. Some Cub Scouts at Mount Valhalla included Ryan Marx, Chas. Northern, Robert and Chris Mangs and Gabe Cook. Deaths: Frank Santala, 95, of the Town of Bayfield; Joseph Rapps, of Woodruff, father of long-time WHS teacher Mr. Bruce Rapps; Henry Tranmal,  Ph.D. “WHS 921,” brother of Ludwig Tranmal. (This column is dedicated in memory of one of the nicest and gentlest men ever, longtime Courthouse employee Lud Tranmal.) Some lucky deer  hunters of 1989: Kurt Gaber, Keith Fleig, Nory Reykdal, John Olson, Tim Olson, Bernard Guski, Bobby Mattson, Tim Compton, Tim Warren, Frances Lampella, James Potter, Raymond Barnes and Diane Zinski.

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