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, April 23, 2000


Tony Woiak

Taken from the Washburn Times April 29, 1915

H.H. Peavey (of Peavey's Hill fame),Washburn's Second Ward supervisor, is a candidate for chairman of the Bayfield County Board. A son was born to Superintendent Tobias Chew and his wife. (Tobias Chew is a great Washburn name and another was M.M. Sweet, who was once mayor.) A.P. Fraser left for a business trip to Bayfield. Northland College almost burned to the ground. John Howard and Mary Daisy McDonald were married. George Dibbell caught the biggest trout of the year so far, 8 pounds on his bamboo pole while fishing at Sioux River. It took him a half-hour to land the beauty. (George was mayor of Washburn during the early 1900s. He, along with Jacob Dibbell, were murdered over the rights to a steam engine patent which he invented, 12 years later in 1927 in Washburn.) Washburn baseball officials of 1915: president, J.F. Brandl; treasurer, Nels Myhre; secretary, John Joanis; and George Calder was manager. You could see the "War in Europe" for 15-25 cents at the Temple Theatre. (Two years later you could see the War in Europe for real as America joined around 1917. WWI was called the "World War" at that time not knowing that 20 some years later there would be a Second World War.

50 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times April 27, 1950

Some WHS students who were on the Honor Roll in 1950: Tom Arnson, Phyllis Grage, Carolyn Mattson, Dana Sanger, Jean Nowak, John Smith, Lorraine Oberts, Phyllis Newman, Arlette Zanto and Carol Mick. Fifty-six people were confirmed at St. Louis by Bishop Meyer, and some of the confirmants were Ida Montbriand, Cecilia King, Mrs. Emma Joanis, Tom Bachand, Janet McAndrews, Elizabeth Rodkewich, Tom Burlager, Anthony Pikus, Norma Gierczic, (sic) Sharon McManus, William Harris, Henry Frechette, Jean Stephenson, Annabelle Mesner, Janet Gierzak, Marcelline Cordts and Larry Woiak Jr. Tom Anderson wins the Metternich Trophy. Deaths: William Finnegan, 61, son of Washburn pioneers, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Finnegan; Mrs. Lulu McDonald, 67; Mrs. Ellen Johnson; Jack Beaulieu, 59.

25 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times May 1, 1975

WHS students at the State Speech Contest were: Lu Ann Garnich, Stacey Maunu, Sherie Lowe, Mary Smolen, Diane Peterson and Patti Holvick. Their advisers were John Albers and Sharon St. Germain. On the front page of the Times were Gloria Maitland, Dick Bodin, Toni Scott and Pastor Hanson of the United Missions Appeal. James Strom was a guest at the Bayfield Follies and was dressed as Superman. First communicants at St. Louis: Kathy Donahoe, Andy Volak, Tommy Maassen, Brenda and Debbie Dashner, Jill Stauffer, Marti Malinoski, Debbie Gasperini, Mrs. Larry Badura, Mrs. Gayle Kabasa, Mrs. Paula Jack, David Lowe, Robin and Rosemary Anderson, Cathy Kalmon, Cheryl Ann Truchon, Janelle Rubat, Denise and Brian Fleig, Theresa Williamson, Donna Guski and last but certainly not least, Joe Stock.

10 Years Ago

Taken from the County Journal May 3, 1990

The Gym Nest's Beth Couturier qualified to compete at the regional gymnastics meet in South Dakota. Births: a girl (Maria) to Mr. and Mrs. (Patty Anderson) Jim Hintze on April 21; a son to Marvin and Etta Charette on April 27. Nancy Franz is the guest speaker at the Ashland Rotary Club. Local artist Greg Alexander is one of five young wildlife artists honored by U.S. Art. Pictured, members of St. Louis Parish at a training session in Ashland: Mary Hudson, Florence Lamoreaux, Marlys Wells, Jerry Hagen, Norma Knetter, Nancy Anderson, George Eder and Sue Kundlinger. Ski Doo dealers Phil and Jan Ross were honored at Cable at a dealers meeting and were given an all-expense trip to Jamaica.

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