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I thought we would start out this week with a chapter of Alex Remembers:
Once we left the lumber yard we headed straight for Clam Lake. I don’t know how we made it over the roads not knowing how deep the water was. Once in Clam Lake we rented a cabin at Pinehurst Resort where we could get something to eat and then we went to look at our road. About half a mile in we came to a creek that is dry most of the time now it had washed out the road and was four feet wide and three feet deep. I had tools along, saws, axes and shovels etc. so we cut down some trees to build a bridge. We used the larger ones for stringers and the smaller ones crossways and then shoveled dirt on it so we could drive across.
The next morning we drove about a mile and came to another creek so we built another bridge and by evening we drove all the way to our property.
The next morning we checked out at the resort and hired a man who had a stake truck to haul the lumber and cement blocks in to our place as the lumber yard had left them by the highway because they could not get in.
Now we heard that a local man had gone to the town board and told them that we had hired him to do the work and they not knowing what it was all about told him to go ahead as they did not want to take his job. He did not go by the stakes and made the basement much larger and shoved all the dirt over the bank and we had nothing left for backfill. It was going to cost a lot of money to haul dirt back in so, we did not pay him and that started a lot of trouble.
I worked all day hauling lumber and we started to build the ice house. After supper we nailed all the roof boards  on but, it was too dark to finish. We slept in there that night and it did not rain so we finished the roof the next morning. Then we had a place to get inside out of the rain.
When I went down to Clam Lake to get some groceries I found all the roads into Clam Lake had washed out bridges or roads. Being a small store the people in the area bought everything in the store and I came back with no groceries.
We brought along enough groceries for a couple of days and they were about gone. Now we had a half of bushel of potatoes and six dozen eggs, first we boiled them and then fried them and that was it for a couple of days.
 On Thursday the road to Glidden was open and the train from the south could come to Park Falls so, on Friday I took Grandpa to the train back to Medford.
Grandpa and I started on the last week in July we had finished it and I left for Milwaukee.

I would like to thank Ray Mathey for the Alex Remembers contribution to my column…..
The next Potluck Dinner/meeting will be held on Thursday February 12. Meeting at 5pm dinner to follow….
February Birthday List:
02-05 Joan Griffaw
02-06 Janice Nelson
02-07 Iona Guthman is a young 90!
02-09 Richard Hogue Jr.
02-10 Pat Dudley
02-11 Mike Krygoski, Pete Biasi
02-12 Clinton McCloud
02-17 Joel Eder
02-20 Barb Snyder-Wilcox
02-22 Janice McDougall, Austin (AJ) Cofrin
02-23 Colae Vecchie, Ken Heer Jr.
02-24 Laurie Eder
02-25 Carl Guthman
02-28 Pat Nielson
We wish you all a very happy day!!
February Anniversary wish goes out to Rich and Jackie Fanella who celebrate their day on 02-04….
I hope everyone has a good week….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      
                                                                 from the
                                                   Store on Upper Clam Lake
                                                        Where you can buy
                                                          Fresh EATS Priced
                                                         Classy            Right
                                                    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

January 8, 2015
Regular Meeting and Potluck

Meeting called to order by Secretary Bill MacLeod at 5:02 pm with the pledge of allegiance. In attendance: Bud Rubeck Vice President, Patricia Dudley Treasurer, Bill MacLeod Secretary, Julie Rubeck, Andrea Krygoski, Allison Krygoski, John Cannon, Ace and Joan Griffaw, Gary and Dottie Barth Bartholomew and Dan Allen.

Minutes of the December 9th meeting were read. Moved and seconded by Andrea and Julie.

Treasurer’s Report:
Checking account balance    $ 2,736.63

  Membership              1,267.00
  Donations                         1,154.00
  Glidden Area Development Grant         359.71
  Lynne Rice donation “Camp Fire Island”       300.00

  Advanced Printing (cards)                   34.82
        “             “          (letters)                           54.76
  Bayfield Electric                          110.85
  Gordon Town Treasurer (real estate taxes) 15.78
  Stamps                                      49.00
  Checking account balance          $ 5,552.13
Moved and seconded by Dan and Andrea

Old Business: 

Dan Allen reported Gordon and Shanagolden Townships have entered into an agreement with Great Divide Ambulance Service beginning 2/1/2015. In the interim Great Divide will provide service to these townships. Further discussion included potential future use of Clam Lake facilities for the Great Divide Ambulance Service.

Bill reported a picture has been provided by Gary Bartholomew for the proposed card and is working with Advance Printing. Further information will be presented at next meeting.

New Business:

A proposal was made to hold the February meeting at a local business to avoid additional expense in opening the clubhouse. Attending members turned down the suggestion with the explanation it would be difficult to select one place out of several.

There being no further business Andrea moved the meeting adjourned seconded by John. Meeting concluded at 5:35 pm.

Interested in renting club premises? Contact any officer for policy

Vice President   Bud Rubeck  715-794-2479

Treasurer   Pat Dudley  715-794-2029

Secretary  Bill MacLeod   715-794-2578

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.

Click Here to Help the West Fork Waterway Association Save the 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!

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