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, June 29, 2000


Tony Woiak

Taken from the Washburn Times June 30, 1910

The Washburn Brick Co. was under the leadership of T.J. SKJELBAND of Rice Lake. The Ashland Daily Press was sold to Prof. HOPPER. Born: A son to Mr. and Mrs. Julius CASPERSON. Some of the 35 First Communicants of St. Louis: Bernard O’SULLIVAN, Mary SCHULTZ, Stella TOURVILLE, Caroline CYR, Henry LaHAIE, Freddy DOUCETTE, Frances NOYES, Rose LAMOREAU, Esther ARSENEAU, Alfred TROMBLEY, William PELOQUIN, Walter BOURGEOIS, George MAGER, Ruth WHITE, Jennie LIZOTTE, Viola SCANTLAND, Ed LAURION and the two SANISLAUSes, STEFINSKIE and BURLAGER. In 1910, there were 82 national cemeteries in the U.S., with 321,779 soldiers buried, and around one-half were unknown. Two of the biggest national cemeteries were at Corinth and Vicksburg, Miss. They were from the Civil War. A screenplay which I recently rewrote, "Sol’jer Boy Blue," which is about the Civil War’s most celebrated mascot, Wisconsin’s War Eagle, Old Abe, and the Eighth Wisconsin, were at Corinth and Vicksburg. [Syntax copied as written.] The Walker School’s first principal, Hosea ROOD, a Civil War veteran, actually wrote a book, "Wisconsin at Vicksburg," around the turn of the century.

50 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times June 29, 1950

Prices for a cord of wood in 1950: white pine $3; hemlock $3; white spruce $4; and balsam $3.25. Teams that the Washburn City Team played: Grand View, Bayfield, Ashland, Drummond, Sanborn and Cable. Val HANSON was coaching the Washburn Merchants baseball team. Rev. C.E. BROWNE ws reappointed as pastor of the Washburn and Bayfield Methodist churches. Washburn Superintendent of Water Works Warren SMITH reports that the town’s drinking water was safe. Mayor Hans THOMPSON made "Chauncey the Bear [Hunter]" and his wife, "Diane the Huntress," honorary mayors during the huge Farmer’s Day Picnic at Memorial Park. Louis GUSKI’s team won the tug-of-war contest. Dale FAULKNER and Caroline TANNEBERG won in a race contest. Births: A son to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest SWANSON on June 20; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Norman ROBERTS on June 22; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Irvin ANDERSON on June 21.

. 25 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times July 3, 1975

The sixth annual Flea Market was held at the Little League park. The Richard ZANTO family traveled over 4,000 miles during a trip to Disney World. Freddy GLAU was pictured by Allie HARVEAUX’s log cabin in the Times. Allie had the log cabin out by the Sioux River just before Friendly Valley Road. Allie was called the "Human Contortionist" or the "Human Pretzel." He traveled with a circus for a while. They also had a tavern. A few places around town in 1975: Knobby’s Standard, Golden Scissors Beauty Saloon (??), Washburn Laundromat, Club Lido, Little Jewelry and Sandie’s Drive-in.

10 Years Ago

Taken from the County Journal, undated

U.S. Highway 2 and 13 was chosen as the site for the Great Lakes Regional Visitors Center. Washburn cheerleaders pictured at a fund-raiser: Trician SIROIN, Lis TETZNER, Sarah MARX, Lynn YOUNG, Vivian TRAPP, Leigh BODIN, Megan LANGFORD, Heidi HARTMAN, Theresa JOHNSON, Ericka EKHOLM, Michelle MIHALEK, Kari McINTYRE and Amelia ROSENTHAL. Russell JACK and Lynn OSMAK were recently married. Kids at LEINO’s Lads and Lassies Day Care experienced being firemen for a day and those pictured were Krystle, Jared, Allison, Collin, Matt and Ron LEINO, Kyle GASPERINI and Chelsy and Ryan JOHNSON.

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