News and Events
The story this past week is the weather, what a crazy week it's been! On Saturday and Sunday we saw temperatures ranging from the high thirties to the mid forties on Sunday with pea soup fog. Then on Monday we saw the mercury take a nose-dive and the temps are in the twenties with some snow flurries. I think the high for Thursday, Thanksgiving will be 16 degrees! The areas hunters sure don't know what to dress for or even if there were deer they couldn't see them with the fog and snow! So, far the Junction has registered smaller deer than in past years. Where's all the big bucks? No matter what you get or how big it is, it is meat on the table and this Thanksgiving week we are thankful for that....
The Clam Lake Community Club will hold their annual Christmas Dinner on Tuesday December 9 at 5pm/meeting, 5:30pm/ social hour and gift exchange, 6pm/dinner and then a few games of high stakes Bingo. Your host for the evening will be Gary Hillstrom who will be making the turkeys, everyone else is asked to bring a side dish. The stuffing and green bean casserole are taken care of so, be creative, a jello salad or a cake. It will be great, no matter what you make!
Jim and I would like to wish everyone a "Safe" and Happy Thanksgiving!
Until next time...be kind (Santa's watching).
Now the next Chapter of Alex Remembers:
Now that the war was over Alex took the winter to draw up plans for their Clam Lake home. It would include a house, a garage, a cabin and an ice house. Early in the Spring Alex would quit his job and they would move north to start the resort. As the time approached Alex and Florence had a lot of questions. Alex had a good job and was making good money. They had two small children and they were expecting another. The war just ended and building supplies were in short supply. They could get the materials for a house or business but, not for recreation and it was questionable if they could build the resort. So, Alex decided to take a trip up north before making any more plans and on this trip he would bring Grandpa Schmacher.
Alex made a list of supplies he would need and went to Schraufnagel's Lumber Yard in Glidden and they said that there would be no problems with Alex getting his supplies and although they didn't have cement blocks they said if he bought they would deliver them to Clam Lake.
With this assurance Alex and Grandpa drove out to Clam Lake to lay out the buildings. As they arrived to Clam Lake they found the road in a terrible state so they drove as far as they could and walked the rest of the way in.
They laid out the basement and then went to see the town board to see what could be done with the road. Mr. Butterfield a member of the town board had a bulldozer so he was hired to bring the road up to standard and dig the basement.
After Ray was born and there were no more problems we decided that if we were going to make the move we should do it so, we could have the summer to get the house built.
Next Chapter: The big move....
I hope everyone has a "SAFE" and bountiful Hunting Season.
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
November 13, 2014
Regular Meeting and Potluck
Meeting called to order by Secretary Bill MacLeod at 5:07 pm with the pledge of allegiance. In attendance: Bud Rubeck, Vice President, Patricia Dudley, Treasurer, Bill MacLeod, Secretary, Julie Rubeck, Gary Hilstrom, Carl and Jean Kubley, Lynn Rice. Pot Luck: John and Beth Francois.
Minutes of the October 9th Secretary’s report was read and approved unanimously.
Checking account balance $ 2,918.15
Membership Dues 25.00
Protective Services (fire extinguishes) 45.00
Bayfield Electric 110.15
Postmaster (stamps for annual letter) 98.00
Checking account balance $ 2,665.00
Motion made by Gary and seconded by Julie to accept report.
The Towns of Gordon, Jacobs, Peeksville and Shanagolden have requested the Great Divide Ambulance Service to submit a five year contract to begin 1/1/15. There is a Special Town of Gordon Meeting of Electors (Open Meeting) this Tuesday the 18th at 6:00 pm at our clubhouse where their budget will be addressed for the coming year and a tax levy for new ambulance services. The public is encouraged to attend this informative meeting to better understand the problems the townships are facing.
Bud reported Chris Frasch is completing the visual tour of the clubhouse for potential users and it should be up on the web site soon.
Bill reported the annual membership letter will be sent out this month.
Lynn reported her book “Camp Fire Island” is finished. Anyone interested in purchasing can call her at 715 794-2448.
The December meeting will be held Tuesday, December 9th and will be our Christmas potluck. Gary will be bringing roasted turkey along with his quick wit and it should be a lot of fun. Mark your calendar. Meeting at 5:00 pm with social hour following.
The board agreed to ask Chris Frasch to take a picture of the clubhouse for a note card to be used for reaching out to club members on special occasions and help in the purchasing of same. Bill was asked to finalize when it would be used. He suggested it should be used for major reasons and presented monthly at meetings for personal attendees notes and signatures. Andrea has volunteered to propose names.
There being no further business a unanimous motion to adjourn was accepted. Meeting concluded at 5:35.
Bud Rubeck, Vice President 715 794-2479
Patricia Dudley, Treasurer 715 794-2029
Secretary Bill MacLeod 715 794-2578
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!