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

Iola Winter Sports Club

 
 
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By Paul Fehrenbach, September 24, 2011
1. Iola Winter Sports Club Marker
Inscription. The Iola Winter Sports Club’s origins trace back to January 11, 1910, with the organization of the Iola Ski Club. The first organized ski jumping tournament in Waupaca County was held at the School House Ski Hill, located in the 300 block of west Iola Street, on January 30, 1910.

A second Iola hill (Slaughterhouse ski Hill) was erected five blocks east of Main Street in December, 1910, a location now within Glacier Wood Golf Course. On Sunday, January 15, 1911, the first tournament was held there.

The third hill (Knutson Ski Hill) was built in 1913, with the first tournament being held there on February 16, 1913. The Iola Ski Club held tournaments at Knutson Hill until World War I. In February, 1920, the scaffold was dismantled and the materials sold off due to lack of interest, but local skiers continued to compete at other hills through the 1920s and 1930s.

Hogsback Ski Hill was built just north of Iola east of Hwy 49 in 1938. The first tournament held there was on Sunday, February 27, 1938; the first night tournament on March 5, 1939. On March 10, 1938; the Iola Ski Club reorganized as the Iola Winter Sports Club. The last tournament at Hogsback was held on Sunday, February 20, 1955.

Norseman Hill, the fifth ski hill, was opened in 1959. The first tournament was held on Sunday, February 22, 1959. It currently has

Iola Winter Sports Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 24, 2011
2. Iola Winter Sports Club Marker
Clubhouse with marker on the left
5, 10, 30, 40 and 60 meter hills, the latter having been built in 1996.
 
Erected 2010 by Iola Historical Society. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Location. 44° 32.258′ N, 89° 12.542′ W. Marker is in Iola, Wisconsin, in Waupaca County. Marker can be reached from County Route MM 1.5 miles west of Wisconsin Highway 49. Touch for map. Marker is located on the front of the clubhouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: E398 County Rd MM, Amherst Junction WI 54407, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Iola Mills (approx. 4.3 miles away); The “Spud Alley” Era (approx. 4.3 miles away); Iola Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.3 miles away); 1999 Father's Day Fire (approx. 4.4 miles away); Iola’s Dr. Loope (approx. 4.4 miles away); Iola’s Early History (approx. 4.4 miles away); Birthplace of Numismatic News (approx. 4.5 miles away); Birthplace of the Iola Old Car Show (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Iola.
 
Also see . . .  Iola Winter Sports Club website. (Submitted on October 3, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.)
 
Categories. Sports
 
Iola Winter Sports Club image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 24, 2011
3. Iola Winter Sports Club
Ski Jumps
Iola Winter Sports Club image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 24, 2011
4. Iola Winter Sports Club
The club hosted the Nordic events for the Badger State Games, an Olympic style competition held in Wisconsin.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 388 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 28, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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