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That’s the latest word around town. I was hoping by now we would be out of this Siberian front but, no such luck. Everyone is feeling the aches and pain of their arthritis when it is this cold, everyone that is but, the snowmobilers. They sure seem to be in their element as they are hitting the trails hard every weekend and they say the trails are decent despite the lack of snow….
The Clam Lake Ladies Seven ventured to Glidden last Sunday to play “Big Beef Bingo” at the Veterans Center. We had a rough start (those sheets confused us) but, in the end Kish came home the big winner as she won 2 ½ times and took home the “beef”. Thank you to the Veterans it was a lot of fun!!
The next Potluck Dinner will be our St. Patty’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner. Chef’s Pat Dudley and Mr. Bill will be cooking up the nights fair. So, mark the date Saturday, March 14th at 4pm. Come join your friends and neighbors for some good food and great company….
Next week Alex Remembers…..
Until next time….be kind and please stay warm!

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

February 13, 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, Cheryl Cofrin, Jane Eder, Ron Vecchie, Carl and Jean Kubley and Lynne Rice. Potluck: Tom Dezotell, Dave Schershel, Ace and Joan Griffaw, John Cannon, Dan Allen, Colae Vecchie. Bingo: Mark Hoffman, Collin Herman, Alason Vecchie and Beans.
 Minutes of the January 8th minutes were read. Moved and seconded by Andrea Krygoski and Cheryl Cofrin.
 Treasurer’s Report:
  Checking account balance            $ 5,552.13
  Membership                  470.00
  Donations                 210.00                      680.00
  Bayfield Electric                    99.83
  Family Dollar  (Bingo prizes)        36.49
  Dollar Tree  (Valentine decoration/candy)           27.38                163.70
  Checking account balance                  $ 6,068.43
    Building Fund $ 2,596.17
    General Fund $ 3,472.26
The report was move and seconded by Andrea Krygoski and Cheryl Cofrin.
 Old Business:
  Bill reported note card was finalized and handed them over to Andrea who volunteered to send them out to community when appropriate. They will be personalized by attendees at the regular meetings.
 New Business:
  Pat Dudley handed in her resignation of her post as Treasurer. She thanked the club for their support and we thank her for her service. Losing Pat and Andrea has given the club a challenge and we are hopeful new volunteers for club board positions will come forward. In the interim, it was moved Bill MacLeod will fill the treasurers position. Further, he and Bud Rubeck are authorized signatories on the club checking account at the State Bank of Drummond. Moved and seconded by Cheryl Cofrin and Andrea Krygoski.
  Bill MacLeod asked if there was interest in a St. Patricks Day dinner  and after some discussion it was agreed upon to hold the March meeting on Saturday    March 14th at 4:00 pm with dinner to follow. Donations will be accepted. Pat and Bill volunteered to host the event.
  Bill asked if there was interest in having a real hog roast in August. Feelers will be put out to see what options there are and if it is financially feasible. Dave Schershel said he would be willing to cook the pig if a roaster could be procured.
  Lynne Rice said she has many old pictures of Clam Lake and asked if the club would like to have copies hung in the clubhouse. There was a feeling it would be nice and she said she would organize some and plan to scope out placement in the clubhouse when the weather is warmer.
  There being no further business Andrea moved and Cheryl seconded the meeting adjourned at 5:38 pm.
 Respectfully submitted by Bill MacLeod Secretary

Interested in renting club premises? Contact any officer for policy

Vice President   Bud Rubeck  715-794-2479

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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