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 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.

Bayfield County Journal, published in Washburn, WI, July 15, 1999

No Washburn Yesteryear column

Iron River Memories

Beverlee Thivierge

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 project.

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 steadfast service.

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 relatives 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 in Brule.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Maki of Rome, Georgia, are spending two weeks vacation here.

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.

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