Chequamegon Bay And Its Communities
History Column
The County Journal

Lars Larson, PhD
Emeriti Faculty
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater


Between 2009-2012, Lars Larson wrote a history column in The County Journal that presented the history of Chequamegon Bay and its communities as a series of articles on key historical topics. Access each article by clicking its title in the list below. Articles are ordered by date of publication.

1. A History Book (Dan Satran, editor) (12/20/07)
2. The Founding Of Washburn: 1882-1884 (1/1/09)
3. Washburn History: Great Klondike Adventure (6/11/09)
4. Veterans Remembered: Civil War 1861-1865 (6/25/09)
5. Veterans Remembered: World War I 1917-1918 (7/2/09)
6. Veterans Remembered: The American Legion 1920-1930 (7/9/09)
7. Veterans Remembered: World War II 1941-1945 (7/16/09)
8. A Settlement Becomes A Community: 1885-1888 (7/23/09)
9. A Settlement Becomes A Community: Docks And Ships (7/30/09)
10. A Settlement Becomes A Community: Sawmills (8/6/09)
11. A Settlement Becomes A Community: Schools, Libraries, Churches,
Culture and Government
(8/13/09)
12. The Great Boom: Growth Of The Wooden City (8/20/09)
13. The Great Boom: Modernizing The Village (8/27/09)
14. How Washburn Stole The County Seat From Bayfield—1 (9/3/09)
15. How Washburn Stole The County Seat From Bayfield—2 (9/10/09)
16. The Great Boom: Washburn Ablaze (9/17/09)
17. The Great Boom: Brownstone And The Obelisk—1 (9/24/09)
18. The Great Brownstone Obelisk—2 (10/1/09)
19. The Great Boom: Railroad Mania—1 (10/8/09)
20. The Great Boom: Railroad Mania—2 (10/15/09)
21. The Great Boom: Washburn Becomes A Real City (10/22/09)
22. The Great Boom: Washburn’s Famous Crook (10/29/09)
23. The Great Boom: DuPont Arrives (11/5/09)
24. Wide-Open Washburn (11/12/09)
25. The Great Boom: Washburn Ablaze, The Sawmill Fires (11/19/09)
26. The Great Boom: The Port Of Washburn (11/26/09)
27. The Great Boom: Ethnic Washburn (12/3/09)
28. The Great Boom: Washburn, City Of Churches (12/10/09)
29. The Post-Boom Years 1900-1914—1 (12/17/09)
30. The Post-Boom Years 1900-1914—2 (12/24/09)
31. Farming The Cutover—1 (12/31/09)
32. Farming The Cutover—2 (1/14/10)
33. Visitations Of Disease And Death (1/21/10)
34. The Great War Boom: Prosperity Returns (1/28/10)
35. The Great War Boom: Housing People (2/4/10)
36. The Automobile Arrives In Washburn (2/11/10)
37. Washburn’s Grand Opera Hall (2/18/10)
38. Movies Come To Washburn (2/25/10)
39. Washburn In The Great War—I (3/4/10)
40. Washburn In The Great War—II (3/11/10)
41. Washburn In The Great War—III (3/18/10)
42. Washburn In The Great War—IV (3/25/10)
43. Washburn In The Great War—V (4/1/10)
44. Washburn In The Great War—VI (4/8/10)
45. Washburn In The Great War—VII (4/15/10)
46. Washburn In The Great War—Peace At Last (4/29/10)
47. Visitations Of Death And Disease (5/6/10)
48. Washburn During The Roaring Twenties—1 (5/13/10)
49. Washburn During The Roaring Twenties—2 (5/20/10)
50. Washburn During The Roaring Twenties—3 (5/27/10)
51. Washburn During The Roaring Twenties—4 (6/3/10)
52. Visions Of A Great Lakes To Ocean Waterway (6/10/10)
53. Visions Of Apostle Island Park And Airport (6/17/10)
54. Auto Campers At Memorial Park (6/24/10)
55. Log Rolling At Brownstone Bowl (7/1/10)
56. Summer A Time For Washburn Celebrations—1 (7/8/10)
57. Washburn Summer Celebration—2 (7/15/10)
58. Washburn’s Automobile Culture (7/22/10)
59. Washburn During The 20s: Farming The Cutover (7/29/10)
60. Prohibition: Moral Reform Gone Awry (8/5/10)
61. Beautifying The City Of Washburn (8/12/10)
62. Washburn’s Naval Militia (8/19/10)
63. The Carnegie Library, A Literary Cornerstone (8/26/10)
64. The People’s Government—1 (9/2/10)
65. The People’s Government—2 (9/9/10)
66. Washburn During The Roaring 20s: Entertainment (9/16/10)
67. The Telephone Comes To Washburn (9/23/10)
68. 1929 The End Of The Roaring Twenties (9/30/10)
69. Washburn In The Great Depression—1 (10/7/10)
70. Who Was Who In Washburn: The Founders—1 (10/14/10)
71. Who Was Who In Washburn: The Founders—2 (10/21/10)
72. Washburn In The Great Depression—2 (10/28/10)
73. The Great Depression Arrives—3 (11/4/10)
74. Washburn In The Great Depression—4 (11/11/10)
75. Washburn In The Great Depression—5 (11/18/10)
76. Washburn In The Great Depression: Civilian Conservation Corps—6 (11/25/10)
77. Washburn In The Great Depression: Farming The Cutover—7 (12/2/10)
78. Washburn In The Great Depression: Farming The Cutover—8 (12/9/10)
79. Washburn In The Great Depression: Farming To Forestry—9 (12/16/10)
80. Who Was Who In Washburn: Pioneer Businessmen (12/23/10)
81. Who Was Who In Washburn: Pioneer Businesses That Continue Today (12/30/10)
82. Washburn During The Great Depression: Celebrations—10 (1/6/11)
83. Washburn During The Great Depression: Mount Valhalla (1/13/11)
84. Washburn During The Great Depression: Entertainment (1/20/11)
85. Washburn During The Great Depression: The Economic Base—1 (1/27/11)
86. Washburn During The Great Depression The Economic Base—2 (2/3/11)
87. Washburn During The Great Depression: The DuPont Barksdale Works (2/10/11)
88. Washburn During The Great Depression: Highways And Vehicles (2/17/11)
89. Educating Washburn’s Children—1 (2/24/11)
90. Educating Washburn’s Children—2 (3/3/11)
91. Who Was Who In Washburn: Two Family Businesses (3/10/11)
92. Who Was Who In Washburn: Civic Officials—1 (3/17/11)
93. Educating Washburn’s Children—3 (3/24/11)
94. Washburn During The Great Depression: The Churches (3/31/11)
95. Educating Washburn’s Children—4 (4/7/11)
96. Who Was Who In Washburn: Civic Officials—2 (4/14/11)
97. Educating Washburn’s Children—5 (4/21/11)
98. The Fire Monster Sows Destruction: The City (4/28/11)
99. Who Was Who In Washburn: Mill Owners And Managers—1 (5/5/11)
100. Who Was Who In Washburn: Mill Owners And Managers—2 (5/12/11)
101. The Fire Monster Sows Destruction: The Forests (5/19/11)
102. Washburn During The Great Depression: Health And Morals (5/26/11)
103. Washburn During The Great Depression: Clubs, Troops, Legionnaires (6/2/11)
104. Washburn During The Great Depression: Resurrection (6/9/11)
105a. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: The Slide Toward War
105. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Prelude To War (6/16/11)
106. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Preparedness (6/23/11)
107. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Day Of Infamy (6/30/11)
108. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Boys At War—1 (7/7/11)
109. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Mobilization (7/14/11)
110. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Boys At War—2 (7/21/11)
111. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Boys At War—3 (7/28/11)
112. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: The Home Front—1 (8/4/11)
113. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: The Home Front—2 (8/11/11)
114. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: The Home Front—3 (8/18/11)
115. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Boys At War—4 (8/2511)
116. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: The Home Front—4 (9/1/11)
117. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Boys At War—5 (9/8/11)
118. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Boys At War—6 (9/15/11)
118a. Red Cross (unpublished)
119. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: The Home Front—5 (9/22/11)
120. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Boys At War—7 (9/29/11)
121. Washburn Community Affairs 1940-1948: Government (10/6/11)
122. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Boys At War—9 (10/13/11)
123. Washburn Community Affairs 1940-1948: Improvements (10/20/11)
124. Washburn Community Affairs 1940-1948: The Airport (10/27/11)
125. Washburn Community Affairs 1940-1948: Education—1 (11/3/11)
126. Washburn Community Affairs 1940-1948: Education—2 (11/10/11)
127. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Boys At War—11 (11/17/11)
128. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Boys At War—12 (11/24/11)
129. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Boys At War—13 (12/1/11)
130a. Who Was Who In Washburn: Ministers and Missionaries—1 (12/8/11)
130b. Who Was Who In Washburn: Ministers and Missionaries—2 (12/8/11)
131. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Boys At War—14 (12/15/11)
132. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Boys At War—15 (12/22/11)
133. Washburn Community Affairs 1940-1948: The Coal Dock (12/29/11)
134. Mother Nature’s Fury: Winds And Floods Bring Destruction (1/5/12)
135. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Boys At War—16 (1/12/12)
136. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Agriculture (1/19/12)
137. A Window On The Past: Washburn’s Historic Buildings—1 (1/26/12)
138. A Window On The Past: Washburn’s Historic Buildings—2 (2/2/12)
139. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Boys At War—17 (2/9/12)
140. Washburn Community Affairs: Mt. Valhalla Winter Sports Center (2/16/12)
141. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Boys At War—18 (2/23/12)
142. Washburn Community Affairs 1940-1948: Reconstruction (3/1/12)
143. A Window On The Past: Washburn’s Historic Buildings—3 (3/8/12)
144. (skipped)
145. Washburn Community Affairs 1940-1948: Disease And Hospitals (3/22/12)
146. Who Was Who In Washburn—1 (3/29/12)
147. A Window On The Past: Washburn’s Historic Buildings—5 (4/5/12)
148. Washburn Community Affairs 1940-1948: Crime And Saloons (4/12/12)
149. Washburn Community Affairs 1940-1948: Entertainment (4/19/12)
150. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Boys At War—18 (4/26/12)
151. Who Was Who In Washburn—2 (5/3/12)
152. Washburn During The War Years 1939-1945: Boys At War—19 (5/10/12)
153. Who Was Who In Washburn—3 (5/17/12)
154. Washburn Community Affairs 1940-1948: The War Ends (5/24/12)
155. Washburn During The Post War Years: The Dream Dies (5/31/12)
156. Chequamegon Bay And La Pointe (6/7/12)
157. Washburn Community Affairs 1940-1948: Highways And Autos (6/14/12)
158. Geography Of Chequamegon Bay—1 (6/21/12)
159. Who Was Who In Washburn—4 (6/28/12)
160. Washburn’s Early Economy: Shipping And Quarrying (7/5/12)
161. Geography Of Chequamegon Bay: Historic Names And Locations—2 (7/12/12)
162. The Founding Of Ashland—1 (7/19/12)
163. The Founding Of Ashland—2 (7/26/12)
164. The Founding Of Ashland—3 (8/2/12)
165. The Founding Of Ashland—4 (8/9/12)
166. The Founding Of Ashland—5 (8/16/12)
167. Ashland: The Great Iron City (8/23/12)
168. Ashland: Progress And Prosperity 1880-1883—1 (8/30/12)
169. Ashland: Progress And Prosperity 1880-1883—2 (9/6/12)
170. Ashland: Progress And Prosperity 1880-1883—3 (9/13/12)
171. Geography Of Chequamegon Bay—3 (9/20/12)
172. Boats On The Bay—1 (9/27/12)
173. Boats On The Bay—2 (10/4/12)
174. The Founding Of Bayfield—1 (10/11/12)
175. The Founding Of Bayfield—2 (10/18/12)
176. The Founding Of Bayfield—3 (10/25/12)
177. Bayfield: Progress And Prosperity—1 (11/1/12)
178. Bayfield: Progress And Prosperity—2 (11/8/12)
179. Bayfield: Progress And Prosperity—3 (11/15/12)
180. Bayfield: Progress And Prosperity—4 (11/21/12)
181. The Iron Horse Arrives At The Bay—1 (11/29/12)
182. The Iron Horse Arrives At The Bay—2 (12/6/12)
183. The Bayfield Rifles Began To Fire When Name Changed (12/13/12)
184. Old Brass Cannon, The Historic Relic, Wound Up As Scrap (12/20/12)
185. Chequamegon Bay Played A Role In State’s Fur Trading (12/27/12)
186. Early Settlers, The McClellan Mill, And A Horrible Train Wreck (1/3/13)
187. The Indian Historical Pageant Of ‘20s Had Short Run (1/10/13)
188. Among Editors In Washburn, Here’s A Look At Who Was Who (1/17/13)
189. Early Maps Show Geography Of Chequamegon Bay Area (1/24/13)
190. Chequamegon Bay Discovered By Expeditions From Europe (1/31/13)
191. Native Americans Have 10,000 Years Of History In Our Bay Area (2/7/13)
192. Chippewas Were Confined To Land Over Which They Once Had Ruled (2/14/13)
193. An Inside Look At Early Missions And Churches In The Bay Area (2/21/13)
194. Penokee History: Settlers Found “There’s Iron In Them Thar Hills” (2/28/13)
195. Iron Ore Reports From Penokees Lured Ellis, Beaser, Others To Area (3/7/13)
196. In 1874, Ashland’s Hopes To Be Western Great Iron City Were Dashed (3/14/13)
197. Prospects Of Iron In Penokee Range Drew A Crowd Like A Candle Flame (3/21/13)
198. Horse Power, Electricity Kept Ashland’s Street Cars Running (3/28/13)
199. Monuments, Memorials Dot Chequamegon Bay Region (4/4/13)
200. Huge Furnace, Kilns Made Ashland A Great Iron City (4/11/13)
201. Great Lakes To Atlantic Canals Faded At End Of An Era (4/18/13)
202. The Early Years Of Washburn Marked By Buzz Of Sawmills (4/25/13)
203. Back In The Day, Washburn’s Sawmills Could Really Cut It (5/2/13)
204. The Boom Bust Of Population In Chequamegon Bay Area (5/9/13)
205. For About 100 Years It Was Boom Time At Barksdale Works (5/16/13)
206. Postwar Years At Barksdale Works Saw A Couple Of Large Explosions (5/23/13)
207. End Of An Era For The DuPont Barksdale Works (5/30/13)
208. Shanagolden: Ghost Town Of The Cutover (6/6/13)

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