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   Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a mouse. The fog was so thick you could hardly see and it was pouring down rain. This is December, this is just insane!
 Will Ol' man winter get his act together before Christmas, we'll wait and see. Maybe a brown Christmas is what is to be...
 While you are making out your Christmas cards let's not forget those with January Birthdays.
 01-01-15  Gail McDonnel
 01-06       Morgan Keany
 01-08       Danielle Nielson, Michael Nielson
 01-09       Dan Cornell, Alana Veechie
 01-13       Mickey Dumanch
 01-17       Gordon Reinders turns 86!
 01-22       Lief Hulstrom turns 11!
 01-29       Kenlyn Estelle Heer, Bill MacLeod
 01-31       Lisa Heer
 We all hope that your special day is very happy!
 Neighbors celebrating anniversaries next month are:
 01-08-15  Bob and Tweety Bay Sr., Jerry and Patti Renzelmann
 We all hope your day is happy too!
 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

December 9, 2014
Regular Meeting and Christmas Potluck

 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, Jim and Andrea Krygoski, Carl and Jean Kubley, Jane Eder, Rick and Chris Guthman, Lynne Rice, John Cannon, Cheryl Cofrin and Ace and Joan Griffaw. Potluck: Jerry and Colleen Jossart, Scot Miller, Jerry and Lea Justice, Tom Dezotell, Dave and Jen Schershel, Bev Vadnais, Derek Bay, Jeanine Strobel, Joe Eder, and Gary Hilstrom.
 Minutes of the November 13th meeting were read. Moved and seconded by Bud and Andrea.
 Treasurer’s Report:
  Checking account balance     $ 2,665.00
  Membership               50.00
  Beer and Pop              23.63
  Bayfield Electric            109.04
     checking account balance  $ 2,736.63
Moved and seconded by Bud and Andrea to accept report.
 Old Business:
  Andrea reported The Ryan Thimm Handicap Reserve had approved a  grant for the Clam Lake Community Club ramps in the amount of $ 359.71 which she gave to the treasurer. The club thanks Andrea for her diligence in obtaining the grant.
  Lynn Rice presented the club net proceeds to date of her book “Camp Fire Island” in the amount of $300 and added the Howard Scotfords are accorded recognition. The book has been warmly received by the community and is a good read.
  Bud reported the Community Club virtual tour can be viewed on the web. Take a look. Chris Frasch did a great job and we thank him.
  Bill reported he is still looking for a suitable picture for the community club note card.
 New Business:
  Gary Hilstrom conducted a Hip Hip Hooray cheer for our local lad Joe Eder who just arrived home from Afghanistan via Texas. Everyone congratulated Joe for his service and welcomed him home.
  There being no further business Bud moved the meeting adjourned seconded by Andrea. Meeting concluded at 5:20 pm.
 Respectfully submitted by Bill MacLeod, Secretary.

Interested in renting club premises? Contact any officer for policy

 Vice President   Bud Rubeck  715-794-2479

 Treasure   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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