Clam Lake News & Events

Hello Clam Lake!

It is definitely feeling very Fall-like out there. Cooler, shorter days are the norm with occasional bursts of color here and there. After the heat and humidity of the week before it seems strange to be grabbing a jacket as one heads out. The summers seem to zip by faster and faster each year, don’t they?

HUNTING SEASONS BEGIN: It’s that time of year again! With Fall on our horizon thoughts turn to the onset of the various autumn hunts. Bear season begins September 9th and will run through October 15th. Deer Archery and Crossbow will begin on September 12th as will Grouse and Cottontail Rabbit season. Great time to be out in the forest enjoying it’s peace and beauty. With that said, we wish all the hunters a safe and successful season!

FIRST BUGLE: Chris Frasch reported hearing his first elk bugle of the season reminding us that the bulls are beginning their search for that special someone. Good luck gentlemen as you go about your courting. (As a side note: I also heard a bull calling across my lake this past week – it has begun!)

HISTORY MOMENT: As the local schools get underway for another year I look back upon the Clam Lake School’s first year of operation. This piece appears in the September 6th, 1929 edition of the Glidden Enterprise:

“Schools Get Away to an Excellent Start – The country schools in this neighborhood all commenced the school year with excellent enrollments.

The schools are taught by the following teachers:

Dryden School – Lenore Zielke
Gordon Lake School – Gladys Katon
Clam Lake School – Vera Beil
Morse School – Ellen Harris and Winifred Traxel
Shanagolden School – Erhart Carlson and Caroline Bay
Pine Curve School – Clarence Cornick
Peeksville School – Leona Rein
Traxel School – Alice Rein”

Lots of schools and lots of children! At this time, in addition to all these country schools there would have been the main school in Glidden containing grades and high school along with the Catholic parochial school. The Clam Lake School operated for 13 years, closing it’s doors in 1942. If you ever chance to go for dinner at the Glidd-Inn you will be sitting in the “once upon a time” Clam Lake School. The school building was moved, a few years after it closed, to that location.

FAREWELL: We wish to bid Bev Vadnais a fond farewell as she leaves the village to begin a new chapter in her life. Bev began coming to Clam Lake in 1982. In 1990 her and her husband, Ernie, purchased some land off of 195 where they built a log cabin home which they used as a summer and hunting retreat. In 2002, after being widowed, Bev moved up to Clam Lake full time. She has been a vital part of our community ever since often seen at Packer game parties and other social events. She always attended our Community Club functions and could be counted on to help with Club parties or gatherings whenever asked. With the sale of her home, Bev, for the moment, will be heading to Ishpeming Michigan by her daughter Joan and son Ken until she decides which direction her life will go. She has kept some land in Clam Lake so who knows? She may be back. We can hope! Take care dear friend and thanks for the memories. We will miss you!

Until next week…..enjoy the forest and it’s beauty!

Pictured is Bev Vadnais and a trail cam photo taken by Randy (Gandhi) Sersch of a bear enjoying a bait stump.