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Iola in Waupaca County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Slaughter House Ski Hill

 

— Historic Iola —

 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, August 8, 2021
1. Slaughter House Ski Hill Marker
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Inscription.  The first recorded ski jumping in Iola occurred on February 28, 1909, when an impromptu scaffolding constructed atop the hill in the West State and North Summit streets area hosted a local competition. The Iola Ski Club was organized on January 11, 1910; its first formalized tournament was conducted on that ski jump 19 days later. See Historic Iola markers #1 and #9.)

Then, on December 29, 1910, Iola Herald reported: “A crew of carpenters have been busy several days this week erecting a (new) ski slide for the Iola Ski Club on the Taylor property about five blocks east of Main Street, which is said to be one of the biggest and best slides in this part of the state.” This location hosted its first competitive tournament on January 1, 1911, followed by another on February 22, 1911.

The new location soon assumed the Slaughter House Ski Hill identity, referencing a slaughter house built directly to its east. This hill was competitively active as the Iola Ski Club’s tournament site for only two years, being succeeded in 1913 by Knutson Hill, built on the Clarence Knutson farm two miles southeast of the village near Black
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By Paul Fehrenbach, August 8, 2021
2. Slaughter House Ski Hill Marker
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The Slaughter House Ski Hill scaffold was constructed near the hogsback located on the west edge of what is now the Glacier Wood Gold Club course’s second fairway, about halfway between the dogleg sand traps and the green, with the landing bowl being the ice-covered marsh to the west. It remained a local jumping focal point until the Hogsback Ski Hill was developed elsewhere in 1938, being minimally maintained, refashioned and actively engaged by local youth thereafter into the 1950s as their beginner hill.

The legend and lore of Iola’s ski jumping traditions were initially captured at this location; since 1958 they have continued to build at the Iola Winter Sports Club’s Norseman Hill skiing complex, located on County MM five miles northwest of the village. Although the Slaughter House Ski Hill’s last scaffolding remains were removed more than 50 years ago, its namesake structure survives, located in the out-of-bounds area between the second and fourth fairways, serving as a golf course properties and supplies storage and maintenance building.
 
Erected 2019 by Iola Historical Society. (Marker Number 13.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasSports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1909.
 
Location. 44° 30.723′ N,
Close-up of picture on side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 8, 2021
3. Close-up of picture on side 1
A ski jumper was captured lifting from the toe of the Slaughter House Ski Hill scaffold, in this vintage exposure prepared in 1911 by Iola’s W.R. Parks Studio, reputedly “one of the biggest and best slides” in the area at the time.
89° 7.268′ W. Marker is in Iola, Wisconsin, in Waupaca County. Marker is on Water Street (County Highway G) one mile east of Main Street, on the right when traveling east. Located at the 2nd hole tee box of Glacier Wood Golf Club. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Water Street, Iola WI 54945, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace of the Iola Old Car Show (approx. 0.2 miles away); Krause Publications (approx. half a mile away); Iola Mills (approx. half a mile away); Iola Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Iola’s Early History (approx. half a mile away); R. I. Anderson Machine Shop (approx. half a mile away); Birthplace of Numismatic News (approx. 0.6 miles away); Iola Hospital (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Iola.
 
Slaughter House Ski Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 8, 2021
4. Slaughter House Ski Hill Marker
Looking down the second hole fairway. The maintenance buildings are barely visible at the end of the fairway.
Close-up of picture on side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, August 8, 2021
5. Close-up of picture on side 2
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 10, 2021, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 10, 2021, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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