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, Dec. 30, 1999


Tony Woiak

Taken from the Washburn Times December 25, 1924

Heading Walker High’s Waste Basket, Editor-in-Chief Raymond Dahl, Assistant Editor Bernice Schultheis, Senior Reporter Amelia Berquist, Junior Reporter John Johnson, Sophomore Reporter Irene Ungrodt and Freshman Reporter Anna Nelson. Mr. and Mrs. Conrad House celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The Mike Carlson Orchestra played for their party and received (sic) $125 in gold. They were married in Ontario, Canada, on Dec. 24, 1874. The pioneer couple came to Sioux River in 1885. He worked for the Omaha Railroad. Deaths: Lawrence Geisert; Mrs. Robert Schroth, who was born in Heikendorf, Pomerania, Germany in 1865, the year the Civil War ended. Some Christmas cards sent from local merchants included: Doyle & Rummel, Dr. B. Schlossman, Washburn First National Bank, James Pellizzzi’s Variety Store, Grocer Albert Holgren, F. Wilske Drug Store, Ungrodt’s Hardware and E. Bergmann’s Hardware.

50 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times December 22, 1949

The new skating rink is located on the site of the old tennis courts on Bayfield Street. Heading the project was Mike Westerlund and Ray Divine.

Olson & Olson supplied the truck to haul the dirt. (This column is dedicated in memory of Richard Westerlund.) Charles Wolf was home on leave from Charleston, South Carolina. Charles Gibson was home on leave from Ft. Riley, Kansas. Born, a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Flones on Dec. 17. WHS moved into first place in basketball with a 5-2 record as they nipped the Trollers 42-41. Larry Arnson with two free throws near the end of the game clinched the victory. Leading scorers for the Castle Guards were Gierzak, 12 points, followed by Bellile’s 11, Raarup’s 7 and Warren’s 6 points.

25 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times December 26, 1974

Wisconsin’s first Christmas was in the Times It was in 1665 in a crude birchbark chapel on Chequamegon Bay between Washburn and Ashland at Nash. French Missionary Fr. Claude Allouez held the services. The site was known as Mission Springs. It was Fr. Allouez who planted the first cross in Wisconsin. Some honor students: Julie Nourse, Doris Anderson, Cindy Sadonis, Mark Ledin, Ken Leino, Martha Malinoski, Mark Sneed, Melody Doucette, Amy Kalmon, James Leino, Fay Swanson and Mary  Smolen. Some places in town in 1974: Lowe’s Citgo, Frenchie’s, Anderson’s IGA, Washburn Sanitary, Amber Glow, Moe’s Little Jewelry, Jimmy Warren’s Outdoorsman, Waldine’s Apparel, Joe’s Conoco, Olson Building Supply, Barbara Hayden’s North Wind Antiques, LeRoy Smith’s Standard Station, Wroblewski Plumbing and Heating, Bratley’s Funeral Parlor, Peterson’s M&E, Ray’s Auto Body, Magic Mirror, Washburn Laundryama, Washburn State Bank and Cook’s Kleen Air. Born a girl to Mr. and Mrs. (Cheri) Amrein on Dec. 28. Happy 25th to Jodi! (This column is dedicated in memory of my grandmother, Anne Carlson Frechette. She passed away on Christmas Day in 1958.)

10 Years Ago

Taken from the County Journal, Dec. 28, 1989

Jimmy Yonan was up from Chicago visiting family and friends. Dave and Kathy Bloomquist and Charles Rice’s Ravin’ Dave’s Trio entertained at Court Manor. Iris Pratt was the Employee Personality at Northern Lights. Eunice Schwenzfeier presents a program for the Washburn Area Historical Society (WAHS of which I am fortunate to have been president of since 1994, and we are always looking for new active members to help preserve our history and heritage), on her trip to Germany, Denmark and Norway. Deaths: William Rave, 75, who worked at DuPont for 32 years; Paul Alfonsi, former speaker of the State Assembly and Washburn teacher, 1927-32; Anton Pade, 84. (I would like to wish everybody a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!)

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