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.

The County Journal, March 30, 2000


Tony Woiak

Taken from the Washburn Times March 25, 1937

The WHS (Walker High School) new band uniforms will arrive soon. Members of the WHS Student Council of 1937: Ray Mayette, Charles Wilhelm, Lois Kasmark, Bob Danielson, Arlene Welton, Clayton Bourgo, Keith Naselius, Rosalie Thompson, Martin Borgren. Some lucky fishermen included Peter Hanson, Roy Jackson, George Welty, Clarence Nelson, Ted Bodin and Melvin Freeman caught a 17-pound trout. (That sentence appears to be missing a comma.) Bill Goedeke's window was smashed by a frightened fawn, which was killed in the accident. He took his case to the Wisconsin Assembly, wanting to be reimbursed for his $150 window. He unfortunately lost. (Bill was one of the town's truly old-timers and characters. Anybody who lived in Washburn back then knew him and he in turn knew them. His confectionery store sold just about everything and was often frequented by most of the town's youngsters.) Deaths: Florence Tetzer, 38, from the WHS class of 1916; Mrs. Mary Lowry, 79, who came to Washburn in 1887. You could buy a pint of Hiram Walker at Mertz Tavern (where the County Journal is now) for 75 cents, a pint of Old Oscar pepper for $1.15 and a bottle of 15-year-old Celebrity for only $2.75.

50 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times March 30, 1950

Paul Paulson and Fred Rhody both retired from DuPont. (Paul was there from the start around 1905, then he came back in 1909 and worked there until he retired.) New bus rates: one way from Washburn-Bayfield, 35 cents and round trip was 65 cents. Deaths: James Starr; and Peter Larson. Lawrence Geisert, Lester Lindblad and Ernie Holman will leave for the Raupano DuPont Plant in New Jersey. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fahrig are visiting their daughter, Harriet, in Milan, Italy. The king and queen of the 1950 Junior Prom are Dick Bellile and Ruth Summerfield. Two Ashland people, Rusty Morris and Shirley Higgins, reported seeing "flying saucers" over Chequamegon Bay. (Some folks in Duluth also saw strange lights in the sky.)

25 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times March 27, 1975.

A full-blown blizzard hits town. Olga Steen, Hertha Sanger and Mary Anderson are pictured shoveling in front of the Autumn Manor entrance. Tom Foltz and Greg Peterson receive their degrees from UW-Madison. Annie Dagsgard, wife of Ole Dagsgard, passed away. Pictured, Hannum and Ernie Holman, "Honey" Joanis, Ray Dahl, Alice Kinney, Bea Anderson, Katherine Morris, Frances Stauffer, Marie Wick, Leonard Mitchell, Freddy Lamoreaux and Robert Rogahn from the 1925 (sic) Senior Class Play "17." The play was directed by Helen Manderville and staged at the Temple Theatre.

10 Years Ago

Taken from the County Journal March 29, 1990

Some volunteers who were recognized at Northern Lights Nursing home included: Dorothy Bodin, Barney and Libby Krenn, Fred Ledin, Dorothy Smolen, Carol Holman, Hugo Maki, Joanne Then and Laverne Westen. Lawrence and Lois Gunderson of Janesville, Wis., were up visiting with Villa Welty and Mary Ann Eilertsen.

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