Community Life

Foster Township, Clark County, Wisconsin

 

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Deer Hunters--Adolph Meyers, Joe Groessel, Butch Gerold, Harry "Abie" Wasserberger, Al Covell, Bill Whaley, Hunz Schiesel, Freddy Draft

 

-Joe's Hunting Memories-

 

 

Foster Township has no towns or cemeteries of its own and those who have resided there have generally became involved in the community affairs of the nearby hubs of activity.

 

 

Fairchild (Eau Claire Co., WI)

 

Early History

 

Rock Dam Recreational Area (located in Foster Township)

 

Tioga (Hendren Township, Clark Co., WI)

 

Over-view

 

Willard (Hendren Township, Clark Co., WI)

 

Over-view

 

Businesses

 

Lumbering in Clark County, WI

 

It appears that all 36 Sections of North Foster Township, Clark Co., Wisconsin were dominated by lumber companies.  The township was originally platted as the northern most part of Mentor Township North (1/3  T 26 N R 4 W).

 

North Foster Owners as recorded on the 1893 Plat Map.


Section 1--C S Graves
 

Section 2--C S Graves, C M Upham
 

Section 3--C S Graves
 

Section 4--H C Parmly, H D Everly, C M Upham, North Western Lumber Co
 

Section 5--R A Canterbury, North Western Lumber Co
 

Section 6--J L Gates, C S Graves, US
 

Section 7--C S Graves, J L Gates
 

Section 8--North Western Lumber Co, Mary McEwing, US
 

Section 9--C S Graves, J L Gates, North Western Lumber Co, Ry Co
 

Section 10--North Western Lumber Co, C S Graves
 

Section 11--G A Butler, C M Upham, C S Graves, J L Gates
 

Section 12--C S Graves
 

Section 13--C S Graves, North Western Lumber Co
 

Section 14--C S Graves, North Western Lumber Co, US
 

Section 15--North Western Lumber Co, C S Graves, Ry Co, J L Gates, Mississippi River Logging Co
 

Section 16--State, US, H Palmer, E W Herrick, L H Beeson & D H Baker, J L Gates
 

Section 17--J L Gates, Ry Co, Chicago, St Paul, Milwaukee & Ohio Rail Road, C S Graves
 

Section 18--US, E V Werrick, J L Gates, H W Sage, C S Graves
 

Section 19--J L Gates, Minnie Moeser, Laura M Dusser, North Western Lumber Co
 

Section 20--North Western lumber Co, N Geer, C S Graves, US
 

Section 21--North Western Lumber Co, C S Graves, J L Gates
 

Section 22--US, A G Peabody, North Western Lumber Co, C S Graves, J Harriman, J L Gates, H C Parmly
 

Section 23--Ry Co, H C Parmly, Ramsay Land Co, C S Graves


Section 24--C S Graves, H C Parmly
 

Section 25--J L Gates, North Western Lumber Co, C S Graves, Dam on Hay Creek
 

Section 26--North Western Lumber Co, J L Gates, H C Parmly
 

Section 27--H C Parmly, Ry Co, C S Graves, Morth Western Lumber Co
 

Section 28--H C Parmly, US, C S Graves, State
 

Section 29--N C Foster Lumber Co., J L Gates, State, North Western Lumber Co, C S Gates
 

Section 30--H C Parmly, J L Gates, North Western Lumber Co, US
 

Section 31--North Western Lumber Co, J L Gates, H C Parmly, C S Graves
 

Section 32--W A Whitney, H C Parmly, J L Gates, F L Co
 

Section 33--North Western Lumber Co, C S Graves, F L Co, J L Gates
 

Section 34--North Western Lumber Co, State, F L Co
 

Section 35--J L Gates, North Western Lumber Co, C S Graves
 

Section 36--North Western Lumber Co, N C Foster Lumber Co

 

 

 

Keiner's Resort, Willard,  Clark Co., WI

 

The tavern above was located near Rock Dam, on a sight just above the bridge over Hay Creek.  The first tavern was, to the best of my knowledge, an old railroad car brought in and set on this sight. (details provided by Frank Pakiz)

 

Ernieís Rock Dam Saloon - Owners: Ernie & Bonnie Kojo
The Saloon serves beverages and liquor, along with a menu of food. Ernie and Bonnie are active in community affairs, and helped with the 75th Jubilee Committees.


Hay Creek Inn - Owners: Paul & Jane Pitt
The bar serves beverages and liquor, along with a menu of food. Friday nights feature a fish fry and on the first Thursday of the month, Italian night. Jane and Paul have been active and helpful with many community affairs, and especially the 75th Jubilee. The annual Christmas Community Party is held here.
 

Kaufman Kafe - Owners: Ken & Sherri Kaufman
The cafe serves a full menu and has daily noon specials. Ken and Sherri have done much re-modeling since ownership. They have added a buffet and additional sitting area and a very pleasant atmosphere. Ken & Sherri are also helpful with community affairs and will be helping with the 75th Jubilee.


Lakeside Lodge - Photo and owner's biography.

 

Watkins Trucking - Owner: Junior Watkins
Jr. Watkins has lived here many years and owns a trucking company for hauling logs. Jr. and Carla are active in the community.


Alís Trucking - Owner: Albert Morrison
Albert has an operation of picking up and recycling aluminum cans. Albert also hauls the recyclables for the Town of Foster to Waste Management at Chippewa Falls, once a month. Albertís family have been residents of this area for several generations. Albert has been Involved with the community all of his life and helps where ever he can. He also has been doing mowing arid blade work for the town. Without Albert, this township would have missed his many helpful ways.

Gregís Bait Shop
Greg has run the Bait Shop for about three years. A fire caused him to relocate his bait business to Rock Dam. Greg has a variety of live bait and operates year around.

 

Sources: Foster's Diamond Jubilee Booklet & Family Records.

 

 

Area Churches

 

 

 

The Residents of Foster Township attended many area churches, including:

 

The Kote Church (1915 North Foster map shows this congregation owned 100 acres in section 25)

 

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St. Mary's Catholic Church (Greenwood, Eaton Twp., Clark Co.)

Holy Family Catholic Church (Willard, Hendren Twp., Clark Co.)

 

 

Organizations

 

 

 

Rock Dam Rod & Gun Club

 

The Rock Dam Rod & Gun Club was organized in 1946.  Some of the old buildings were moved to the present site and the buildings were then built new in 1969.  In 1993, Roy Trynsk was president, Jean Ketterhagen was clerk/treasurer and the Vice President was George Klovas.  Jean had been in office for about 10 years.  The club is a non-profit organization which promotes conservation, natural resources, wild life, and fish.  The active group has many fund-raisers during the year such as their grilled chicken dinner, smelt fish feed, wild game feed and many other events.  The club has a good membership and a fan club to be involved with.  It is the dedicated people who have made this club what it is today. (excerpt from Rock Dam's "Diamond Jubilee" booklet)

 

 

Schools

 

 

Clark County

 

Index

 

Grade Schools

 

Blomquist (later known as "The Church School")

Butlerville (located in Butler Township, Clark Co., WI)

Cotton (North Mentor & South Foster Township)

Lone Pine

 

High Schools for Foster Township

 

Greenwood High School, (located in Greenwood, Eaton Twp., WI)

Fairchild, WI High School (located in Eau Claire Co., WI)

 

 

 

 

 

 


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