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, March 9, 2000


Tony Woiak

Taken from the Washburn Times March 4, 1937

Walter Norlin succeeded Robert Nixon as district attorney of Bayfield County. Osborne J. Attoe was retired as Washburn superintendent of schools. Deaths: David Johnson, 84, a former Washburnite; Eugene Hawkes, 52, whose brother passed away just a week earlier. Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Zipperer celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 27. Harvey DeMars sold 27 Chevrolets in December alone, and sold 100 new cars and over 200 used cars in 1936. Old-timers pictured in the Times: Jim Tyrell, John Donahue, Henry Prudhomme and John Gautschi. (John Donahue was here almost from the beginning of Washburn. His house is still the oldest house in town, being built by Charles Sheridan's father around 1883. John and Billy Burns, another colorful old-timer, were the best of friends. John Gautschi was a cigar maker here in town.)

50 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times March 9, 1950

Dick Bellile was chosen to the Indianhead's First Team All Conference. He averaged 12.4 points a game. Dick Bratley made the Indianhead's All-Conference Second team. The Washburn Castle Guards lost to the Indianhead All Stars 51-46. Jerry Gierzak followed with 12 points. Former Washburnite George Forbes was recently appointed manager of one of E.B. Meyrowitz's optical stores out in New York City. Phyllis Newman is WHS's DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) person. DuPont will add two new blasting agents out at the Barksdale Works plant, Nitramex and Nitramon. The new Christ Lutheran parsonage was pictured in the Times. It was built out of material from DuPont's TNT School, where the science of making TNT was taught.

25 Years Ago

Taken from the Washburn Times March 6, 1975

Billy Bryan is pictured on his "Herters" snowmobile while he was out fishing. Mrs. Helen Smolen celebrated her birthday on March 2 at the home of Ed and Dorothy Smolen. Deb Dashner, the 1974 Winter Carnival queen, put the crown on the 1975 Winter Carnival queen, Terri Schillinger. Former Washburnite Florence Hanson passed away. The Castle Guards finished the Indianhead with a 16-2 record and the leading scorers for Washburn were: S. Foss 19.1 points; S. Sneed 11.3 points, Billy Doucette's 9.9 points and the brothers Copperud added 9 points apiece. Lynn Peavey landed two marlins while fishing in the Pacific Ocean. (Lynn was a former Washburn boy who graduated in the WHS class of 1927. His father H.H. Peavey was very prominent in Washburn's history. He was not only mayor and a successful politician in this area, but he ran one of the town's newspapers, organized the famous Washburn Militia, and Peavey Hill is named in his honor, among other things.)

10 Years Ago

Taken from the County Journal March 8, 1990

With a victory over Glenwood City in the sectionals, the Ondossagon girls basketball team goes to state. The St. Louis Knights nipped Ashland 29-27 behind Aaron Guski's 9 points and Kyle Sargent's 8 points. Dan Homann buys the Red Barn from Alice and Glen Hudson. (It was called Charley's Tap around 1973, when Charley Hudson had his tavern in there.) Some members of the board of directors for the Chequamegon Area Choir: Carolyn Sneed, Vernelle Mercer, Susan Grube, Mike Powers, Mike Goodlet, Dee Hendrickson and Vicki Hagstrom. Amy Zinski graduates from the WITC Winter New Perspectives Class. Born: A girl to Norm and Rita Regnier on March 1.

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