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September 11, 2014
Regular Meeting and Pot Luck

In attendance: Patricia Dudley, Treasurer, Bill MacLeod, Secretary, Len and Joy Heinlein, Cheryl Cofrin, Bob and Karen Schmidt and Gary Hilstrom.
Due to low attendance an informal meeting was declared at 5:20pm with the following updates reported.

Treasurer reported on August Fund Raiser:
              Raffle       517.00
              Food       470.00
              Beverage      286.00
              Wheel       236.00

                                   1, 509.50
                Richard Anderson  100.00
                Ron Gran    100.00
              Meat (pork) and Pop    249.51
              Beer       136.25
              Bakery           28.50
             Miscellaneous (Curtain rods)  129.93



             Treasuer Report:
              Building Fund           3, 208.14
              General Fund           1, 554.00
              Fire Works                152.39

            Secretary’s Report waived.
            Bill MacLeod reported chairpersons of Gordon and Shanagolden Townships were sent a letter reminding them of our interest in their progress with                 the Great Divide Ambulance Service.

            The Fire Extinguisher inspection has been set for October 4th at the Community Club from 1:00 pm to 3:00pm Saturday and notices have been posted. 

            Fireworks display for 2015 has been set for Saturday, July 4, 2015.
            There being no further business to report the meeting was concluded at 5:45pm.
            Respectfuly submitted by Bill MacLeod, Secretary

Letter from U.S. Post Office Implementation Team seeking public comments on 2 potential new locations for Clam Lake Post Office.  Click here for letter.

Lynne Rice had the fortune of being in the right place at the right time as she saw 4 elk on the grounds of St. George's Chapel last Wednesday. As she pulled over the elk did not budge as they were enjoying their evening meal. Thanks Lynne for the info...

Also, a big THANK YOU to Lynne for the Scotford Snippets, they were a nice addition to the paper!!

The Next Potluck Dinner/meeting will be held on Thursday September 11th. Meeting at 5pm/dinner at 6pm...

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day!!

Next week September birthdays... 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

July 14, 2014
Regular Meeting and Potluck

Meeting called to order by President Andrea Krygoski at 5:00 pm with the pledge of allegiance. In attendance: Bud Rubeck Vice President, Patricia Dudley Treasurer, Bill MacLeod Secretary, Jane Eder, Ron Vecchie, Julie Rubeck, Georgiana Fanella. Potluck: John Cannon, Radha Paramaysvri, Bob and Karen Schmidt, Tom Dezotell,Jean and Carl Kubley, Jen Scherschel and Gary Hillstrom.

Minutes of July 10th secretary’s report waived by motion of Bud Rubeck and seconded by Patricia Dudley.

Treasurer reported no membership income and after expenses:
 $3,786.52 Building Fund
 1,554.00 General Fund
 152.39 Fireworks Fund

Motion made by Bud Rubeck and seconded by Bill MacLeod to accept report.

Old Business:

Andrea reported there are 48 prizes for the chinese raffle held this Saturday at the August Fest and presented a work schedule for volunteers. It was decided to have the wheel this year in hopes of raising additional funds.

Secretary was approved to write a follow up letter to Doug Thorp Chairman Town of Gordon and Shaun Bonney Chairman Town of Shanagolden requesting an update of their progress contracting with the Great Divide Ambulance service. Motion made by John Cannon and seconded by Georgiana Fanella.

Board gave permission to join with Namakagon Fire Department on a agreed upon date in October to hold a fire extinguisher clinic at the community club by Jay Wilson, Protective Services, Hayward. Secretary will report back finalized date and times.

Andrea said new curtains for clubhouse will be installed by Jim and herself this coming week.

New Business:

Roger Anderson submitted a request for the clubhouse August 22, 2015. Moved by Bud Rubeck and seconded by Bill MacLeod to accept request.

Pat Dudley recommended a $100.00 donation to the Men’s Fellowship of Glidden for the use of their tent for August Fest. Moved by Georgiana Fanella and seconded by John Cannon.

In a surprise move, Andrea Krygoski submitted her written resignation as president of the Clam Lake Community Club, Inc. to board members as of September 2014 for health reasons. No action was taken.

Bud Rubeck made a motion to adjourn at 5:28 pm seconded by Pat Dudley. Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted, Bill MacLeod Secretary

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

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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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