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, Washburn, WI, Feb. 3, 2000


Tony Woiak

Taken from the Washburn Times Jan. 28, 1937

The Emmanuel Lutheran Church celebrates their 50th anniversary on February 6-7. DeRoy Fortier (is) scoutmaster of Troop 42, which included R. Thoreson, M. Moe, D. Beulieu, K. and J. and T. Morris, H. Malinoski, R. Niemcek, D. Palm, K. Giesert, C. LaHaie, G. Joanis, L. Markham, J. Matland, B. Love, L. Newman, E. Ross and R. Rogers. Some contributors the Red Cross for the bad flood in the Ohio and Mississippi Valley: Bart and Ann Day, Stance Stefinske, Ted Bryan, Henry Frechette, Henry Lizotte, Tim Burke, Noval Embertson, John Oberts, Harry Newman, Walter Smith, J.W. Kitts, Jack Beaulieu, T. Cook, Ed Tourville, Matt View, E.B.B. Naselius, Louis Malinoski, John Frasl, Ray Lindsey, H. Moe, Fred Ledin, Peter Ness, Arnold Larson and Emil Joanis. (Civil War vet David Monroe, who was about 90 at this time, donated $3 to the Red Cross. He remembered when he lived in New York and when they took up a collection in October of 1871, to help rebuild Chicago after Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over the lantern. On that same day, a few hundred miles north of Chicago, in and around Peshtigo, WI, . . . I believe the worst fire in America's history occurred; killing more people and destroying more property than the Great Chicago Fire, but it didn't get much publicity.

50 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times February 2, 1950

The DuPont Power House celebrated 15 years without a major injury. Some men who worked there included Fred Hendon, Harvey Bratley, D.E. Montgomery, Bart Day, Henry Lizotte, Roland Nelson, Don Sitzer and Alvin Barry. Frank Utpadel was the chairman of the Town of Kelly for the March of Dimes. Fires broke out at Violet's Cafe, Melvin Peterson's home and Louis Hendrickson's farm house. Births: a girl to Mr. and Mrs. (Marguerite Randall) Bernard on Dec. 21; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Soltau on Jan. 27; a girl to Mr. and Mrs. George Bratley also on Jan. 27. It was 30 below zero on Jan. 30. Some top women bowlers and their averages: D. Peterson 148; M. Wicklund 146, D. Wangen 145, and M. McDonald 143.

25 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times January 30, 1975

Married: Elaine Lehto and Charles Brown. Bill Lampella got $120 in wolf bounties. (Bill got $20 for each wolf bounty and he has been trapping for over 45 years.)

10 Years Ago

Taken from the County Journal February 1, 1990

Sgt. Mark Moore received the U.S. Army's Achievement Medal. Big Top Chautauqua welcomed two new board members, Elizabeth Telford and Eric Kramer. Michelle Egan and Randy Sarver were going to school at St. Cloud State. Born: A girl to Mr. and Mrs. James Malinoski on Jan. 11. John Nachtsheim was coaching basketball at St. Scholastica in Duluth. Orville Henthorn, from the WHS Class of 1952, passed away.

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