Bayfield County Journal Memories 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
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.
Bayfield County Journal, published in Washburn, WI, July 15, 1999
No Washburn Yesteryear column
Iron River Memories
Reprinted from the Iron River Pioneer, July 10, 1941
Victor Nelson, well known Superior contractor, was the low bidder on the
12.7 miles of paving on U.S. Highway 2 from Iron River to a half mile east
of the Ino Store. His bid was $257,923. This paving job will be all concrete
and when this project is complete highway No. 2 will be paved all the way
across Northern Wisconsin. The highway was recently designated a Military
Highway and therefore
certain standards in construction have to be followed. Mr. Nelson expects to
start construction August 1st, and will be on the eastern end of the
Mrs. Grace Wells has sold her home in Iron River to Louis Pomish,
proprietor of the City Market.
Little Joe Pemberton was perhaps the unluckiest lad in Iron River on the
Fourth. A firecracker went off in his hand, quite seriously damaging his
thumb and also other fingers. He is under doctor’s care. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey
Fox’s son, Tommy, was also injured by a firecracker, but not as seriously as
the Pemberton boy.
Rev. George E. Griffiths, (sic) who has been pastor of the Iron River
Presbyterian Church for the past seven years, has resigned his pastorate and
on August 1st will leave to accept an offer extended to him by church
societies at Abbotsford and Edgar. During the years he has been here, the
church has made
notable progress. A church building to replace the one destroyed by fire had
just been built when he got here, and much indebtedness still had to be met.
That debt has been paid and last year a parsonage was built along side the
church edifice, and it too is a credit to the city and parish. Rev.
Griffith’s (sic) family, too, have won a high place in the esteem of the
people here regardless of religious belief. We wish him the best.
Carol McLean, George Roe and Wesley Windall are attending the BibleCamp at
Lake Nebagamon this week.
The Bayfield County Council of Defense voted to have the county join the
national drive for the collection of aluminum to aid the national defense,
and have appointed the town chairmen to look after the project. The drive
will take place July 21st.
Nellie Pettingill, widow of the late George L. Pettingill, became ill the
first of the week and is in a hospital in Ashland for treatment.
Lost -- fishing tackle box at Moon Lake July 5th. Has a 1940 license issued
to William Walkershauser. Will finder please leave same at this office?
July 9, 1959
The Port Wing Town Hall was the scene of the sixth annual South Shore
Alumni Assn. banquet -- 153 guests enjoyed a delicious chicken dinner. Two
new officers were elected by unanimous ballot, Ted Hogfeldt as vice
president and Mrs. Opie Beeksma as treasurer. Outgoing officers Earl
Anderson and Mrs. Charles Diamon were given a vote of thanks for their
Linda Tanula celebrated her 10th birthday on July 2nd with a party at her
home. her guests were Emily DeNagel, Shelley Gazdik, Carrie Tanula, Barbara
Willoughby, Wendy Wallin, Sharon Moran, Mary Ann Johnson, Chrissie Johnson,
Judy Denman, Jimmy, Johnny and Billy Johnson, Lee and Keith Tanula, Mrs.
Myrtle Tanula, Virginia Tanula and Mrs. Betty Johnson.
The family of the late Hans Madsen of Iron River held a family reunion at
Lake Nebagamon June 28th. Iron River members present were: Mr. and Mrs. John
McLean and son Ronald, Mrs. Gladys Tabelle, Mrs. Torvel Jensen, Mr. and Mrs.
Nels Wallin and daughter, Wendy, from Superior; Mr. and Mrs. Matt Madsen,
Mrs. Mary Pell, Billy and Debbie Pell, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Shykes, Douglas and
Kurt Shykes, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Sauve and son, Bradley; many, many more
were also present from Floodwood, Brule, North Dakota and Cloquet.
Mr. and Mrs. James Fisher and daughters Karen and Mary are back home for a
visit. They are living in Anchorage, Alaska,.
Francis Guy Suo, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Suo, is home on leave until the
14th of the month.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Hanson and boys of Chisholm, Minn., spent the weekend
at the Emil Hanson home and attended the family picnic at the Ranger Station
Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Maki of Rome, Georgia, are spending two weeks
Miss Darlene Lindelof, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Lindelof, became the
bride of John Jardine, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Jardine of Port Wing on
June 27th at First Lutheran Church, Port Wing. Miss Delores Lindelof, sister
of the bride, was maid of honor. Sandra Pearson and Marie Jardine were
bridesmaids. David Johnson was best man and Dennis Johnson and Kenneth
Jardine were groomsmen. The couple left on a honeymoon trip to Floirda and
the east coast.