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, May 18, 2000


Tony Woiak

Taken from the Washburn Times May 19, 1910

Lately we have covered a little of the years 1885, 1924, 1937 and 1915, so let’s see what is going on in 1910. Oliver WESTCOTT retires after eight years as Washburn’s chief of police. He is succeeded by Boyd CAMERON. E.G. MOORE has a new plumbing shop in UNGRODT’s building. Mayor HERING and his brother. R.A., traveled to Chippewa Falls to see their ailing father. James A. SHERIDAN (Chick’s father) is remodeling the LATT’s Bijou theater. (The LATT brothers sold the Bijou to Art AUNE and Otto OLSON, The theater may have been across from the Legion Park at this time and it may even have had a bowling alley in the basement.) Some places in Washburn in 1910: George CROSS Painting; Northern State Bank; Washburn Times with Nels OSCAR, editor; C.L. WILLEY’s Livery; G.A. HERING Cigars; Ben UNGRODT’s Hardware; E.C. STEVENS Dry Wood and Gold Medal Flour; Bayfield County Bank; L.N. CLAUSEN’s Insurance; and Daniel Webster CORNING’s Pioneer Store.

50 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times May 18, 1950

Lionell LeGAULT was manager of the Washburn city baseball team. Also on the team were coaches Johnny CELMER, George BURKE and Asa WILEY. Players were George MAGER Jr., Jack FLECK, Jerry GIERZAK, Elliot PETERSON, Jim HIBBEN, Jacie BURKE, Ted LINDSEY, Dick BELLILE, Jack PETERSON, James WARREN, Robert SCAMFER, Ted FLECK, James BURLAGER, Roger SANGER, Richard SCAMFER, George JOHNSON, Bud BOMEY, Dennis RAARUP, Roy HUDSON, Charles WARREN, Wally MOE and Lester LINDBLAD. The umpire was Walter GIERZAK and Irving OLSON was the scorekeeper. Gen. Mark CLARK of WWII fame is visiting friends up in Bayfield as well as fishing in the area’s local hot spots. Deaths: Mrs. Roy RUDE; Matt BAKKALA, 78, who was born in Finland. Leonard LARSON caught a seven-pound, seven-ounce rainbow trout while fishing out on the Sioux River. (This column is dedicated in memory of my friend Leonard LARSON, who fished the creeks a lot with my mother, another pretty good fisherman.)

25 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times May 22, 1975

Herb JACKSON announced that Tom ANDERSON, WHS 1950 (graduate) and Wing Scholarship Award winner, will be guest speaker at the 1975 graduation. 1975 WHS honor students: Mary SMOLEN, Pat SADONIS, Jane LINDSEY, Scott SNEED, Sherie LOWE and Dena KLEINHANS. Mrs. PACHOLKE’s first grade visits Smith’s Grocery Store. The Neighborhood Bridge Club met down at Eau Claire Lakes at the cottage of Irving VAN STONE, and those playing cards were Alta GUSTAFSON, Ethel HANSON, Adah HOLMAN, Mrs. Walter LARSON, Mrs. Lud TRANMAL and Mrs. Harry CURRY. Pictured, the WHS 1934 basketball team: Coach Clarence BRUNESS, Supt. Victor E. KIMBALL, Jack MAGER, Clayton KURSCHNER, Albin CARLSON, Leonard ANDERSON and Clarence SCHULTZ. (I think this was the B Team.) Dr. Warren GALL got his degree from UW-Madison and will be an intern at the University of Iowa Hospital at Iowa City.

10 Years Ago

Taken from the County Journal, May 24, 1990

Pictured planting a tree in front of the Civic Center were Aaron OLSON, Nathan ZUKAS and Chris and Andy BREMNER. Also pictured was Fred SCHLICHTING, Washburn’s new superintendent of schools. Fred was superintendent for South Shore for 4½ years. Deaths: Glen OLSON, 57, husband of Donna MOE; Audrey JOHNSON, 69, whose folks were Washburn pioneers, Carl and Clara (HOLT) JOHNSON; Anton PADE, 84. (Pade Road is out over Wannebo Hill and this side of Long Lake.)

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