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
The County Journal, Washburn, WI, March 23, 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 Washburn Times March 18, 1937
Over 2,000 people attended the huge ski jumping contest at Mt.
Valhalla. Sixty-seven skiers participated in the event. Ted Zoberski of
Montreal, Wis., broke the Wisconsin record of 163 feet with a 165-foot jump
on the hill. Deaths: William Cordts, 71, who was born in Germany and
came to Washburn around 1901; Albert Paulson, 70, a former Washburn
shoe store owner. (Cordts Meat Market was close by as was the Blue Light
Saloon.) Joe DeMars caught two nice trout, a 17-poundser and also a nine-
pounder. Born: A boy to Mr. and Mrs. (Florence Manning). A.P. Kneafsey on
March 1. George Summerfield and Catherine Masko were married on March 8.
Old-timers pictures in the Times were Ernest Sauve of Iron River and J.A.
McDonald and W.D. Carson.
50 Years Ago
Taken from the Washburn Times March 23, 1950
Great Lakes sailor Merrill Beaulieu was on the Str. Steifel in Buffalo,
N.Y. Albert E. Swanson is running against Mayor Hans Thompson in the
upcoming election. Births: A daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Maunu on March
20; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Otto Kallio on March 17. Corp. Bernard Bourgo is
stationed in Puerto Rico. He is in the 185th Mobile Squadron,
Airways and Air Communications Service. Deaths: Former Washburnite
Mrs. Peter Wallin, 75; Tom Arnsten, 68, who was born in Sweden. The
Washburn Junior High basketball team won the championship with a 28-23
victory over Bayfield. On the team were the brothers Hagstrom, W. and T.,
Holman, Bellile, Norlin, Johnson, Williamson, Holzer, Bratley and Welton.
Some prices from Harold's Food Store in 1950: 10 pounds of sugar, 95 cents:
a dozen tangerines, 39 cents; a pound of chicken, 39 cents; and you could
buy a pound of butter from Washburn's own creamery for only 69 cents.
25 Years Ago
Taken from the Washburn Times March 20, 1975
The Washburn Castle Guards defeated Luck in Sectionals 51-49, but lost to
the Prentice Buccaneers in the championship game 71-56. (Coach Gaspirini
chance of reaching Spooner again, and possibly making it all the way to the
State Tournaments in Madison. He was right. They did make it to State. The
first time that a Washburn team reached Madison since about the mid-1930s.)
Mrs. Sy Foss was honored for her contribution to the Bayfield County
Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. (This column is dedicated in memory of Mark
Foss.) Some winners of ski races at Port Mountain included Karl Sharp, Corey
Carlson, David Telford, Kathy Olson, Julie Sharp, Bob Steel and Billy
Schmidt. At the St. Patrick's Day party at St. Louis the Irish dancers were
the sisters Donahoe, Laureen and Peggy, and the sisters Larson, Jean and
Molly. The Irish twirlers were Jackie Armraen and Dawn Kabasa.
10 Years Ago
Taken from the County Journal March 22, 1990
Brian Fleig recently won an award for his prize burbot that he caught in
Lake Superior. Dan Tervo is working as a flight attendant for Northwest
Airlines. (Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Rapps' daughter, Lisa, is also a flight
attendant for Northwest.) Randy Sarver is on the honor roll at St. Cloud
University in St. Cloud, Minn.