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
The County Journal, March 30, 2000
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.
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.