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.

This Day in Wisconsin History

  • October 6, 1908 - Milwaukee Equine Wins
    On this date the Harvester, owned by August Uihlein of Milwaukee, won the Kentucky Futurity, a trotting event that is part of the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Trotters. The race has been held annually in Lexington, Kentucky since 1893. [Source: ]
  • October 6, 1917 - Robert La Follette Supports Free Speech in Wartime
    On this date gave what may have been the most famous speech of his Senate career when he responded to charges of treason with a three hour defense of free speech in wartime. La Follette had voted as well as several iniatives seen as essential to the war effort by those that supported U.S. involvement in the first World War. His resistance was met with a petition to the Committee on Privileges and Elections that called for La Follette's expulsion from the Senate. The charges were investigated, but La Follette was cleared of any wrong doing by the committee on January 16, 1919. [Source: ]
  • October 6, 1969 - Bucks Players Arrested
    On this date Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lucius Allen were arrested for suspicion of marijuana possession in Denver, Colorado. They were released on bond and never charged due to lack of evidence. [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