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Wow! It's 88 degrees outside right now! Good thing we are in for less humid temperatures this week. I must say it's like being in Florida!! As you can tell I'm not a heat fan, 70 degrees is warm enough for me...

The 2nd Clam Lake Forest Riders Meat Raffle will be held this Saturday July 26th at the Elkhorn Lodge in downtown Clam Lake. There will be music by John Warren and food and drink specials all day. So, come on down for a great time....

The next Clam Lake Community Potluck Dinner will be held on Thursday August 14 at 5pm. There will be a meeting at 5pm and dinner at 6pm. This meeting will be to finalize the preparations for August Fest on August 16th. ( I think I got the date wrong last week, it's the second Thursday of the month!) Hope to see you there....

Our late summer celebration will held on Saturday August 16. We will be enjoying music by Richard Anderson and Ron Gran. The meal will consist of Pulled Pork, Potato Salad, beans and corn. If you have any questions please call one of the club officers or my self...

It's sure hard to believe that this is the last of July. We've hardly enjoyed the summer!

Get out there and enjoy...Until next time be kind...

Here's a Snippet from Lynne:

In this snippet I am including a photo of Grandad Taylor and Ernie Taylor. Ernie was Hazel Scotford’s Father. The Taylor family played a big part in Clam Lake’s early history. George Taylor, whom is in the Journal from the beginning, held the position of Janitor at the Glidden School for many years.

Now, back to 1916 and life at Camp Fire Island in the village of West Fork (as Clam Lake was known then).

In July of 1916 hot, dry weather settles in. Howard has July 27th as the Hottest Yet. Followed by July 28th through the 31st labeled as Hot Again and Yet and Also.

In the summer of 1916 Hazel isn’t mentioned much, whereas normally she is on every page. As we learn later, she is in Glidden awaiting the birth of their first child.

With Hazel gone, Gertrude Derringer and Clarence Stuebe are accompanying Howard with picking berries and fishing.

On September 4th a big storm goes through and hits the pine beside the kitchen. Time is spent cleaning that up.

On September 13th, Grandad Taylor is found dead, so George and Gertrude Derringer return to Glidden. Grandad Taylor figures prominently in this Journal. He has helped with many projects on the Island. He is Hazel’s Grandfather.

On the 18th of September Francis Hart and George Taylor arrive with happy news! Howard Scotford’s first child has been born. In the Journal in large fancy lettering is written – BABY BORN LAST NIGHT! HURRAY!

On the 20th he is finally able to go into Glidden to see his wife and new baby. He only stays a few days as the Island is busy and he must return.
He doesn’t return to Glidden until the 6th of October where he writes he has been to see Hazel and the baby (a daughter named Eileen), proclaiming the baby to be, “Some kid!” He is a proud father.

Barb: The picture of Grandad Taylor that I am sending is also on page 29 of the Glidden Historical Book. Just letting you know in case it’s easier to scan it from there. Thanks, Lynne


Community Club Minutes

 June 23, 2014 Open Meeting Regarding Emergency Medical                           Services for Clam Lake Area

Meeting called to order by President Andrea Krygoski at 7:00 pm. In attendance: Bud Rubek vice president (Julie), Patricia Dudley Treasurer, Bill MacLeod Secretary, Georgiana Fanella, Fred and Kish Hodgemen, Jim and Joan Wilbur, Brian and Danielle Brianic, Gail McDonnell, Ronna Pagenkopf, Mary Ann Reinders, Al Sawallish, John and Rada Cannon, Jerry and Lea Justice, Mary and Rayna Schier, Ace Griffaw. Guest Speakers: Jack McGregor, Great Divide Ambulance; Rob Pols paramedic coordinator (GDA); Candy financial coordinator (GDA); Doug Thorp Chairman Town of Gordon; Dan Allen supervisor Town of Gordon; Absent: Shaun Bonney Chairman Town of Shanagolden.

President Krygoski introduced meeting agenda. Jack McGregor outlined current medical services provided by Glidden Four Town Fire Protection and introduced Rob Pols to present advantages of Great Divide Ambulance Service. The GDA comprises four townships; southern Grandview, Drummond, Cable and Namakagon approximately 357 square miles. It maintains a complete full time staff in Cable and is presently a model for all of Wisconsin. Jack and Rob handled questions regarding services while Candy explained possible financing options. After lengthly discussion Bill MacLeod moved to have Rob Pol present proposal for GDA to cover agreed western portion of Gordon Township with Town of Gordon and for the two entities to work out a mutual beneficial contract. Second by Andrea Krygoski. Unanimous approval. Meeting adjourned at 8:10 pm.
respectfully submitted, Bill MacLeod Secretary

Potluck Dinner/Meeting   06-12-14  

In the absence of the secretary and treasurer there were no reports given. An informal meeting was held.
 There was a discussion on the “White Elephant” to be held on Saturday, July 5 at 10am to?. There are all those old Community Club windows and what should we charge to make it a fair price for everyone? After a discussion Georgie Fanella made a motion to sell the windows $5 or 3/$10. The motion was seconded by Joy Heinlein. All agreed, motion passed.
 Fourth of July Fireworks: Bud will pick up the fireworks and Joy suggested that we fog the yard before the event. Everyone agreed.
 Dan Allen brought to our attention that it would be beneficial for the community club to purchase a first responder kit to keep at the firehouse. He also, stated that Rob Shurhawk is an EMT and could benefit from said kit. We could have a fundraiser, ie; a bake sale.
 Beth Francois brought up about having a (Rent-a-table) rummage sale. Karen Schmidt was also interested in this idea and the two will brainstorm and get back to the club next month.
 John Francois made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was seconded by Bud. All agreed, meeting was adjourned.
 Submitted by;
 Andrea Krygoski


Monthly potluck meetings on 2nd Thursday unless a federal holiday then 3rd Thursday. Check website for details on events and meeting minutes.

We thank the work crew and generous contributors for the new windows, handicap front ramp, newly painted picnic tables, mowing of lawn and plowing snow. With continued support we hope to replace beer shed roof, woman's bathroom floor, front door, rear handicap ramp to restrooms, remove outhouses and grade plus caulk windows.  A special thank you to Gary Hillstrom taking responsibility for pot lucks and providing generous setups, entres and prizes for bingo. Meetings and meals move smoothly due to his effort.

July 5th White Elephant & Bake Sale 11:00am until goods gone. Proceeds are for the Community Club. Items you wish to donate can be brought to the clubhouse Sat June 28th 9:00am - 12:00 or Sun June 29th 12:00 - 3:00. We have the right to refuse certain items. See website for most common non acceptable items or call Pat Dudley 715 794-2029

Fireworks at dusk. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, bug spray and a donation (accepted at beverage stand). The presentation will be larger than last year. Aug 16th 2nd Annual Reunion Picnic 11:00 am thru afternoon Pulled pork sandwiches, homemade potato salad, bourbon beans, corn on the cob and beverage stand. Many games; raffle table, money wheel, minnow races for children etc. Music by Richard Anderson and Ron Gran.

Special Attention

2014 Membership Dues     $5.00 per adult Mail to Patricia Dudley Treasurer, 60125 State Highway 77, Clam Lake, WI. 54517


Contact any officer listed below:  

Andrea Krygoski, President  715 794-2343  
Bud Rubeck, Vice President  715 794-2479
Patricia Dudley, Treasurer  715 794-2029  
Jane Eder, Secretary   715 794-2440

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.

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

Clam Lake, Wisconsin Area Events


4th of July Fireworks Show - Sat. July 5, 2014



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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