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, Jan 27, 2000


Tony Woiak

Taken from the Washburn Times, January 21, 1937

About 1,200 attended the huge ski tournament at Mt. Valhalla. Over 300 cars were parked on the road, all the way from Oscar Lund’s farm to the “Old Maids.” Some local skiers who took part in the “ski flying” event were: Jimmy Coulthurst, Art and Earl Pederson, Jack Mager, Paulie Robinson, Art Rondeau, Hagbert Peterson and Harold Carlson. Pictured in the Times were old-timers Capt. William O’Neal, Rev. Gibson and L.N. Clausen. (Capt. O’Neal had a flour and feed store in town. He was one of the town’s first chairmen and was in both the Civil and Spanish-American wars. Rev. Gibson’s son and daughter-in-law headed the Northwestern Fuel Company for many years. Lorenzo N. Clausen was very instrumental in early Washburn politics, holding several offices.) Bayfield County clerk Ludwig Tranmal reported that 86 wolf bounties have been paid out. Longtime Washburn Librarian May Greenwood reported that there were 9,000 books on the shelves at the library, with 1,175 patrons. The “Great White Way” (lightning the city streets) would now go from First Avenue East-Second Avenue East and from West Third Street-Eighth Avenue West. Prices at Harold’s Food Store in 1937: can of sardines 9 cents, bacon 39 cents a pound, can of corn 10 cents and chicken was 35 cents a pound. Church leaders from 1937: Emmanuel-Lutheran Dr. N.A. Nelson, St.  Louis Father Paul Boshold, Warren-Methodist Charles Browne, Christ Lutheran Harold Farseth, Assemblies of God Quentin Wheaton.

50 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times January 26, 1950

You could buy a 1931 Chev. two-door at Roffers Chevrolet for only $75. St. Anne’s officers at St. Louis Church: president Mrs. Joe Schutrop, vice president Helen Lindquist, secretary Laura Score and treasurer was Mrs. Alvin Lowe. Deaths: Mrs. Gust Bolin, 86; Martin Kiran, 77, who worked at the Box Factory, in the mills and also at DuPont; Dan L. Robinson, 64. (Dan was Cleo Grant’s father, and his sister was Mrs. T.R. Spears. Dan came to town in 1887, at the age of two. He was on the City Council and he had Dan’s Saloon (Little Finland) on West Bayfield Street.) Kathleen Burlager celebrated her 8th birthday on Jan. 15, and attending were: Helen and Joyce Bergman, Lorraine and Karen Puig, Donna Moe, Linda Malcheski, Virginia Warren and Pat Benedict.

25 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times January 23, 1975

Patty Sadonis was chosen as the Betty Crocker winner at Washburn High School. The Evergreens of Minong were clobbered by the Washburn Castle Guards in Indianhead basketball by a score of 84-58. Four members of Washburn scored in double figures, including Scott Foss’ 19 points. Scott Sneed 17 points, Billy Doucette’s 14 points and Gary Copperud chipped in with 13 points. Friendly Valley 4-H officers: president Randy Fleig, vice president Tom Hartshorn, secretary Doris Anderson, treasurer Jane Carlson and Caroline Kolb was the reporter.

10 Years Ago

Taken from the County Journal January 25, 1990

Both WHS basketball teams lost to the Glidden Black Bears. The girls lost 62-32, with Becky Werner leading Washburn in scoring with 18 points. The boys were soundly defeated 49-32 and Washburn was led by Arnie Siroin and Reid Fischer, who both had 12 points apiece. Rose Smith announced a new business in town, the Walkabout Marketplace, which is in the old Peterson M&E building. (This building was right across from the post office and caved in a couple of years ago from snow on its roof.) Loretta Bagby announced that St. Louis School would expand during the 1990-91 school year by the addition of preschool. Elizabeth McQueen, Dawn Johnson and Jay Bodin were pictured in the County Journal auditioning for the Wisconsin Honors Project Band Ensemble at UW-Eau Claire.

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