The Bayfield County Historical Society (BCHS) is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Historical Society. There are 11 Chapters that make up the umbrella organization of the BCHS. The Chapters are Barnes Area Historical Assn., Bayfield Heritage Assn, Cable/Namakagon Historical Soc., Cornucopia Historic Green Shed Museum, Drummond Historical Soc., Eileen Area Historical Soc., Mason Area Historical Soc., Oulu Historical Soc., Port Wing Historical Soc., Washburn Area Historical Soc., and Western Bayfield County Historical Soc.  Chapter memberships include membership in the Bayfield County Historical Society and receipt of the organization’s newsletter, “Historical Happenings.”  

 A book of the first 10 years of our "Historical Happenings" newsletters is now available. This book is a compilation of published newsletters from 1980 through 1989.  It includes many stories, maps, and photos that capture the local history of Bayfield County, Wisconsin.

To order a book, please print and use the order form.

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This Day in Wisconsin History

  • October 1, 1861 - (Civil War) 4th and 5th Wisconsin Light Artillery Batteries Muster In
    The 4th and 5th Wisconsin Light Artillery batteries mustered in. Recruited in various towns around the state, the batteries gathered at Camp Utley in Racine for training. They spent three months learning how to transport and operate cannons before heading to different parts of the Southern front in January 1862. See the Regiments page for the history of individual units.
  • October 1, 1851 - First State Fair in Wisconsin
    On this date thirteen counties were represented at the first state fair which was sponsored by the Wisconsin Agricultural Society in Janesville. 10,000 people attended the two-day event. [Source: edited by Sarah McBride, p.118]
  • October 1, 1826 - Valentin Blatz Born
    On this date Valentin(e) Blatz, founder of the Blatz Brewing Co., was born at Miltenberg-on-the-Main, Bavaria. The son of Casper and Barbara Blatz, his father owned a brewery in Miltenberg. Valentine Blatz migrated to New York in August 1848 and moved to Milwaukee in 1849. Blatz operated one of the in Milwaukee. [Source: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Archive]
  • October 1, 1859 - Abraham Lincoln Delivers Address in Beloit
    On this date Abraham Lincoln, who had been invited by the Beloit Republican Club, delivered a political address in Hanchett's Hall. [Source: edited by Sarah Davis McBride, p.117]
  • October 1, 1866 - Bernard Cirgrand Born
    On this date Bernard Cirgrand, known as the , was born. Bernard showed his patriotism in 1885 by placing a small flag on his school desk on June 14. As it happens, June 14, 1777 was the day that the stars and stripes were decided upon by the new Senate. Bernard wrote many articles and many speeches trying to urge a national Flag Day to be celebrated. In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson finally declared June 14 to be Flag Day. [Source: ]



Originally named La Pointe County in 1848, Bayfield County was renamed on April 12, 1866 in honor of Henry Wolsey Bayfield, a British Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy who surveyed Lake Superior in 1823-24.


Bayfield County Historical Society - PO Box 581 - Washburn, WI 54891