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, July 20, 2000


Tony Woiak

Taken from the Washburn Times July 21, 1910

Father HONORIOUS, a Franciscan, was succeeded at St. Louis by Father BEAUDETTE of the Secular Order from Rice Lake. (Washburn petitions for the Franciscan Order to remain in town. I believe that my grandparents, Henry and Anna (KARLSON) FRECHETTE) were the first to be married by Father BEAUDETTE.) John OíSULLIVAN takes charge of the Washburn Ice Co. The clay road from Washburn (to) Bayfield was really in bad shape. A.I. LIEN expects to move into his new stone building soon. (At this time there was a free "talking-movie picture" show in from of Mr. LIENís store.) Licenses for pool tables, $10; for bowling alley, $5.

50 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times July 20, 1950

Martin BORGREN is the new pharmacist at WEBBENís Drug Store in Ashland. In the Washburn Public Schools there were 290 boys and 271 girls for a total enrollment of 561. Mary Kay VAN STONE was giving swimming lessons at Memorial Park. Harry MATTSON has 30 years at the Wisconsin Telephone Co., Seaman Lawrence ROGERS is home on leave. The TUTOR family held a family reunion at Robert TUTORís and this is the first time that Sam TUTOR saw his mother and sister in 37 years. Lucy JOHNSON celebrated her 4th birthday on July 19, and some who helped her celebrate were: Carl HOLMAN, "Cookie" MOE, Helen and Roland WOLFE , Peter RONDEAU, Mrs. Earl McDonald, Liz HAWKES, Mrs. Robert, Dick and Ray JOHNSON. (This column is dedicated in memory of a real nice man, Robert JOHNSON Sr.)

25 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times July 24, 1975

On the front page of the Times was the Bayfield County Jail in Washburn. (Back in the 1880s when Washburn wasnít yet the county seat, the jail was just a shack and some of the prisoners would pry the old wood boards and escape. At that time it was more or less a place to sober up lumberjacks, quarrymen and sailors.) Also pictured in the paper was the old wooden bridge at the Sioux River. Born: A son to Mr. and Mrs. Keith HOERICH on July 20. The UNGRODTs held a reunion at their cottage, Bay Breeze. Mr. and Mrs. John HAUGEN return from an extensive trip to Europe. WHS 1973 grad Steve SZAFARZ completes U.S. Air Force ROTC training at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Hattie BALL of Iron River passed away.

10 Years Ago

Taken from the County Journal, July 26, 1990

Peggy ARNSON is on the Deanís List at UW-LaCrosse. Pictured in (is?) the Caboose (Warren NELSONís office). Rev. Michael HARNOIS accepts a pastorate at Waterloo, Iowa. John WILHELM retires from Ohio University At Athens, Ohio. (John was a very successful person and graduated from WHS in 1933. He was a WWII war correspondent and it was during that time he met his wife, Peggy, who worked for the Red Cross. John once headed McGraw Hill World News Service. His brother, Charles, spoke at WHS 1972 graduation.)

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