News and Events
It was a really gloomy day today (Monday) but, I always try to find the diamond in the rough and on an early morning trip to Hayward I found it on the way back home. The golden hue of the Tamarack trees dotted the areas swamps with their grace and beauty. It was a beautiful sight to say the least and speaking of beautiful sights:
Lynne Rice just happened to glance out her window on Sunday afternoon and there they were six cows and one 6X6 bull swimming around Red Ike Lake. They swam around the lake a bit and then headed up to the shore right around Lynne's house."It was an amazing sight!" Lynne stated. The bulls head and rack riding above the water as he swam was a picture. Lynne wished she would have gotten one. She did step outside but, the group was long gone. Another beautiful treasure of our northwoods! Thanks Lynne for the note....
If you saw a bus of elderly folks in town a couple of weeks ago they weren't lost! It was the Rhinelander YMCA Aging Unit that had come to Clam Lake for an Elk Talk. The seniors enjoyed their time and found the elk talk interesting!!
If you missed the last potluck dinner and monthly meeting you missed a lot. For starters the 2015 date for the Clam Lake "fireworks" will be Saturday, July 4 at dusk. So, mark that date down for next year!
It was voted on and our future dues to the Clam Lake Community Club will be $10.00 an adult(18 and older) or $25.00 a family. This dues increase will go into effect on January 1, 2015.
We are looking for a Club President! The 3 current officers don't wish to vacate their positions and the president resigned for personal reasons and that leaves the position open and to be filled. Anyone interested??
Tabled for next month's old business: the Christmas Party and restarting the Sunshine Club.
Why not attend a meeting and find out what's going on in our little community... The November Potluck will be held on Thursday November 13. Meeting at 5pm dinner at 6pm sharp!
Until next time ...get out and look for those diamonds!
The next Clam Lake Potluck Dinner/meeting will be held on Thursday October 9 at 5pm. Meeting will be at 5pm dinner will be at 6pm. So, bake up a tasty fall treat and join your friends and neighbors in a good time!!
The Clam Lake Forest Riders will be holding their next meat raffle on Saturday, October 18 from 3pm to 5pm at Deb's Y-Go-By in downtown Clam Lake.....
I received a letter from Ray and Bev Mathey in it contained Ray's Dad Alex's journal of the building of Mathey Road and Pine Point Resort. For the next few weeks I will be taking pages out of the journal and adding them to my column. From what I have read it's very interesting, I hope you enjoy it....
A few friends are celebrating October birthday's and anniversaries so, here they are:
10-04 Kali Jo Ford, Paul Eickermann
10-06 Tammi Eder
10-07 Al VanCamp
10-09 Laura Cornell
10-11 Margaret Schier
10-13 Buzzard, Audrey Hakes
10-16 Barb Schaeffer
10-18 Faith Hulstrom
10-19 Tawnya Hulstrom
10-22 Randy Roquemore, Liam Swearingen
10-24 Carl & Jean Kubley
10-26 Freddie Hodgeman Jr., Teri Steffen
10-27 Tweety Bay
10-29 Lynne Rice, Bob & Georgie Fanella
10-31 Lance Hollister
No matter what you are celebrating we all hope it's a happy day!!
Until next time....be kind!!
Letter from U.S. Post Office Implementation Team seeking public comments on 2 potential new locations for Clam Lake Post Office. Click here for letter.
Lynne Rice had the fortune of being in the right place at the right time as she saw 4 elk on the grounds of St. George's Chapel last Wednesday. As she pulled over the elk did not budge as they were enjoying their evening meal. Thanks Lynne for the info...
Also, a big THANK YOU to Lynne for the Scotford Snippets, they were a nice addition to the paper!!
The Next Potluck Dinner/meeting will be held on Thursday September 11th. Meeting at 5pm/dinner at 6pm...
I hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day!!
Next week September birthdays... Until next time....be kind!!
Here's a Snippet from Lynne:
My next couple of snippets will be devoted to the village of West Fork. This was what Clam Lake was known as before 1928. I am also including a photo of the Clam Lake Store from 1939. Notice the lively business The Chippewa Tavern is enjoying. Prohibition was definitely over!
First: The West Fork Company Store.....here's it's tale.
Howard Scotford not only owned the first resort in Clam Lake on Camp Fire Island, he also helped establish the first store. His Journal does not mention the Store, so it was something that came later....most likely in the late teens or early 20's. I think this was probably a venture that began after the big lumber companies had moved out. When the lumber camps were here, the early people of Clam Lake could go there for supplies. Once the camps were gone, I am sure there was a need for a store. Howard Scotford was an entrepreneur, therefore when he saw business need he tried to meet that need.
Until the late 20's, Clam Lake was not called Clam Lake. It officially became Clam Lake in 1928 when the Post Office went in. Until that time it was known as West Fork, standing for “West Fork of the Chippewa River”. So, the first store was called the West Fork Company.
On the back wall of our Post Office there is a framed paper sign. It is a sign for the West Fork Store that reads:
You Are _________ Miles
Store on Upper Clam Lake
Where you can buy
Fresh EATS Priced
Lumber and Building Supplies
West Fork Company Halfmile Off Highway 77
The number of miles is blank. Possibly handwritten and faded away over the years. This sign was found by Ace Giffaw while cleaning out the old Buffalo Lake resort owned by the Zurawskis of Chicago. This resort was on what is now White Bass Lake Road, but, was once Highway M and a main thoroughfare. Possibly this sign was posted somewhere on the old Highway denoting how far one was from the nearest store.
The West Fork Company Store ran into the late 20's and then was dissolved and became the Clam Lake Mercantile run by George Deringer Sr. (whom was Hazel Scotford's uncle*) in conjunction with his store in Glidden. Howard Scotford operated our first Post Office out of the Clam Lake Mercantile until the Edward Hines Lumber Company Office was moved in and used as the Post Office building. The old Post Office building is now the Northern Post Gift Shop.
So, when shopping at the Northern Post Gift Shop you are in what was once the Hines Lumber Company Office and later the first Post Office Building in Clam Lake. You will also see a “Clam Lake Post Office” sign painted by Howard Scotford, displayed on the wall.
So in 2014 one can view a sign for our first Post Office in one of our stores and a sign for our first store in our current Post Office.
The Clam Lake (West Fork Company) Store no longer exists. The building was torn down several years ago. We now have it's modern counterpart – The Clam Lake Junction.
Highway 77 began it's life as the West Fork Road. Howard Scotford was instrumental in the development of that road and turning it into State Highway 77.
* Hazel (Taylor) Scotford's Mother was Katherine (Katie) Deringer, daughter of Louis Deringer Jr., brother to George Deringer Sr.
Community Club Minutes
Meeting called to order by Secretary Bill MacLeod at 5:04 pm with the pledge of allegiance. In attendance: Bud Rubeck, Vice President, Patricia Dudley, Treasurer, Bill MacLeod, Secretary, Julie Rubeck, Gary & Dottie Bartholomew, John Cannon, Dan Allen, Gary Hilstrom, Lynn Rice, Andrea Krygoski, Cheryl Cofrin and Len & Joy Heinlein.
Minutes of September 11, 2014 meeting were read. Minutes accepted as read by Andrea and seconded by Julie.
Beginning checking balance 4,914.5 Income
membership dues ------------
misc 68.83 68.83
bayfield Electric 139.87
waterheater (Rubeck) 226.34
hart publishing 20.00
club insurance 1,679.00 2,065.21
Ending checking balance
building fund 2,849.32
general fund 68.83 2,918.15
Report was accepted as presented by John and seconded by Andrea.
The position of President is still vacant and members were requested to bring to next meeting names of interested persons.
Bud Rubeck reported Rhinelander YMCA seniors stopped at club to hear an update commentary on the Clam Lake elk herd by WI DNR. It was a spur of the moment request.
Bud asked if a virtual tour of our facility could be done by Chris Frasch for web site and potential users. It was agreed by all present.
Dan Allen reported Town of Gordon is working on emergency medical services which would involve some clam lake residents. Progress was noted.
Bill reported on fire extinguisher inspection promotion on Oct 4th and said seven people attended. He and Jay Wilson agreed next years date should be in the summer when more home owners are here.
Community Club Meeting times were reconfirmed as: 5:00 pm Board Meeting
5:30 pm Social time
6:00 pm Potluck
Lynn Rice request Howard and Hazel Stafford name plaque be installed at the kiosk station in recognition as the founding couple of Clam Lake. She will order appropriate plaque and have it installed. Unanimously approved.
Club membership fees were reviewed for 2015 and will be announced in year end report to membership mailing in November: $10.00 per adult $25.00 family
A question from the floor regarding club’s policy on guns carried to meetings and functions. There was a great deal of discussion with no consensus reached. It was moved by Andrea and seconded by Bud no policy would be set at this time. Approved by all.
The idea of a club card to be used for community recognition (sympathy, birthdays, anniversaries, get well, etc.) was brought up by Bill to bring the club closer to its members and residents. The general idea was accepted with Andrea offering to take on the task. Guidelines and proposed format of a card will be brought to next meeting.
There being no further business motion was made to adjourn by Andrea and seconded by Joy. Meeting concluded at 5:50 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Bill MacLeod, Secretary.
Bud Rubeck, Vice President 715 794-2479
Patricia Dudley, Treasurer 715 794-2029
Secretary Bill MacLeod
Interested in renting club premises? Contact any officer for policy
West Fork Waterway Association Inc.
West Fork Waterway Association Inc. is a a 501(c) 3 not for profit organization of concerned people for the preservation and protection of the historic West Fork Waterway and wildlife area for recreation and public enjoyment of its scenic beauty today and in the future.
WFWA Inc. is on the West Fork of the Chippewa River and includes the area from the Day Lake Dam to the Highway 77 Dam. It is located in the community of Clam Lake, Township Of Gordon Wisconsin and assists the Township of Gordon in funding expenses related to the maintenance of the Highway 77 Dam.
Clam Lake, Wisconsin Area Events
4th of July Fireworks Show - Sat. July 4, 2015
September - Fall Elk Bugling
Elk bugling is a special feature of the fall rut usually starting in late August and running through late September in the Clam Lake, Wisconsin area. As the big bull elk prepare to attract female cows, they let out bellows, which range from deep tones to high-pitch squeals to grunts. On fall nights in the Chequamegon National Forest around Clam Lake, Wisconsin, the distinctive sounds of elk rutting can often be heard. Listen to the remarkable, unforgettable sounds of native, free ranging bull elk bugling in a Northern Wisconsin wilderness. If you've never heard the bugle of the bull elk during the fall rutting period, you are in for an experience that is at once thrilling and haunting. We invite you to join us in Clam Lake during the month of September and experience this unique event! You won't soon forget the sounds of elk bulging as they echo through the forest and across the lakes of Northern Wisconsin!